Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media. For more about this section, see:

OSU researchers seeking octopuses from local fisheries bycatch (OPB News)

Oregon State University’s marine researchers want an octopus. They’re asking local fishermen to let them know if they happen to find one.

Beyond settler history: New book explores the story of Willamette Valley's Indigenous tribes (OPB News)

The author, Dr. David Lewis, is an assistant professor of anthropology and Indigenous studies at Oregon State University and a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

When it comes to picking sustainable Christmas trees, here's why actual plants may beat plastic (Yahoo News)

Chal Landgren, a retired Christmas tree specialist at Oregon State University, who also has a five-acre Christmas tree farm, told Salon on the phone that trees are carbon sequesters, meaning that they store carbon in new growth every year. In other words, it’s good for the environment to have more trees, and Christmas tree farmers are in the business of planting more trees.

Oregon State University tackles organic potato spoilage challenge with $2M federal grant (OPB News)

Potatoes fuel a $2.2 billion industry in the Pacific Northwest. So the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s $2-million award to Oregon State University researchers to keep stored spuds from spoiling shouldn’t be a big surprise.

OSU researchers buzz into action: Major grant fuels study on honey bee mystery disease (KATU)

Oregon State University (OSU) researchers have received a $4.2 million grant from the U.S. government to study European foulbrood disease, which is killing honey bees. (see also Farm Progress and Oregon Business)

Maui donation drive at OSU (KEZI)

Several months removed from the August wildfires and the losses on the island are still being felt in Corvallis. Oregon State's Hui O Hawaii members worked to create a week long donation drive for the people of Maui as the small island continues to rebuild.

Oregon State Research Winery renovations (American Vineyard)

Exciting things are happening at the Oregon State University Research and Teaching Winery. The winery is undergoing a complete renovation as part of a larger project renovating Withycombe Hall. This renovation will increase the winery size from approximately 900 sq feet to over 2,500 sq feet.

December gardening guide: Here's how to prepare for an Oregon winter (Oregonian)

Timely advice on garden chores, fertilizing, pest control, and more from OSU Extension.

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Witch Float: Tiffany Cochran, marketing and digital communications specialist with PRAx, says, “This was taken at the First Annual Corvallis Witch Float. More than 50 water vessels were counted in the water for the event that started at Crystal Lake and ended at Michael’s Landing. I saw plenty of OSU employees participating, it was a really fun (and sunny) day.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for ways to provide meaningful encouragement to your students at this challenging time in the academic calendar? See the latest guidance from the Academic Success Center: Ways to Show Support for Students at the End of the Term. 

NEW! Charitable Fund Drive: Your donation, our compassion. As an Oregon State University employee, you have the power to change lives right in your community. The CFD is running now through Dec. 31, and it's the perfect time to demonstrate your commitment. By giving during this campaign, you help boost OSU’s reputation as a kind, generous neighbor, all while making a positive impact in Oregon. Visit and use your easy login to replicate last year's donation or give anew. Show your neighbors in need that you care.


Department of Integrative Biology M.S. Defense Seminar: Miriam Obley will present “Modifications to Rearing Environments as a Method for Reducing Domestication Selection in Hatchery-reared Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)” at 10 a.m., Dec. 4 in ALS 4001 and via Zoom. Obley is completing her M.S. in Integrative Biology under the guidance of Michael Blouin. 

Shalet Ngoli Idawo M.S. defense: A presentation of Idawo’s thesis, titled: “Water Czars and Groundwater Diplomacy: Skills, Scales and Sustainability," takes place at 11 a.m., Dec. 4, in Burt Hall 193. Idawo is earning her M.S. in Water Resources Policy and Management with Todd Jarvis. Please contact the WRGP Department at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Valeri Sawiccy will present “Metabolic and Immune Responses in Cnidarian-Symbiodiniaceae Symbiosis and Dysbiosis” at noon, Dec. 4 in the Coast Range Building, room 2196, 4575 SW Research Way, Corvallis and via Zoom. Sawiccy is completing her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology under the guidance of Virginia Weis. 

Onboarding forums held via Zoom: The President and Provost’s Leadership Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PPLC) is hosting two additional onboarding forums via Zoom for employees of color and supervisors of employees of color in December. These forums are seeking to identify additional ways to support the success and belonging of new employees of color. For employees: Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 4 (registration is required). For supervisors: Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 13 (registration is required). If unable to attend there is an anonymous feedback survey here. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

Research Integrity Forum  Safeguarding Science: Promoting International Science and Maintaining Research Security. International research and collaborations are essential to OSU’s mission but come with regulations and challenges. At this forum, learn about some of the new research security standards that pertain to international research and how OSU can help navigate them. We will cover disclosing outside financial and other interests, talent recruitment programs, export controls, cybersecurity, international travel, visiting scholars and more. 1-2:30 p.m., Dec. 4, MU room 213. Register here to attend in person. Virtual attendees register via Zoom.

NEW! Department of Integrative Biology Seminar: Karen Crawford, professor of biology and Whitman Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory at St. Mary's College of Maryland, will present "Keep calm and listen to the squid: from fertilization to CRISPR-Cas 9 genome editing with Doryteuthis (Loligo) pealeiion," 4 p.m., Dec. 4. A livestream of this virtual event will happen in CRB 2196. The seminar will be streaming at The seminar is free and open to the public.

OSU Jazz Ensemble: Music by Thad Jones, Jessika Smith, Frank Foster, Jim McNeely and more. Directed by Ryan Biesack. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4 in the MU Ballroom; $10 for general admission, free for OSU students. Tickets can be purchased online.


NEW! OSU Guitar EnsembleDirected by Cameron O'Connor, the OSU Guitar Ensemble offers up a sampling of the world's music for the instrument, including Spanish favorites, Japanese pop and the Beatles reimagined. 7 p.m., Dec. 6 in Room 303 of Community Hall; free and open to all.

NEW! OSU Theatre presents A Christmas Carol: A 1940s Radio Show by Thomas Nabhan. OSU Theatre will present, "A Christmas Carol: A 1940s Radio Show," a new twist on a beloved holiday classic by Thomas Nabhan. The production is directed by guest artist Tara Wibrew and features OSU students Dylan Danielson, Hannah Ford, Addison Hoppe, E.J. Penny and Rory Tegen. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7, at Compton Family Wines in Philomath.

Diffusions: A Music Technology Concert. OSU Music Technology and Production presents "Diffusions: A Music Technology Concert" at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5 in the Milam Hall Auditorium. Admission is free and open to all.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Navigating Homophobia in BIPOC Communities: Join this gathering to discuss the impact of homophobia in BIPOC communities — especially on workplace experiences — and how to prioritize mental health and self-care when we feel its impact. This gathering is intended for people who identify as BIPOC and a sexual minority (including, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bi, pansexual, queer or asexual). 9 a.m., Dec. 5. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn. Note: Lyra Learn is a separate login from Lyra Health; for ease of use, sign up for Lyra Learn with your work email address.

NEW! Navigating Impostor Syndrome: Join this gathering to talk about the realities of navigate impostor syndrome. We will also discuss strategies for overcoming impostor syndrome and self-care practices to bring with you on your journey. Noon, Dec. 5. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings, go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn. Note: Lyra Learn is a separate login from Lyra Health; for ease of use, sign up for Lyra Learn with your work email address.

NEW! Public Seed Library Lecture Series: Growing Sprouts and Microgreens Indoors. Come learn how to grow highly nutritious sprouts and microgreens indoors this winter from Benton County Master Gardeners Jill Farrow and Jennifer Klammer. There'll be samples of many crops to taste, and Public Seed Library organic microgreens and sprouts seeds to take home afterwards. Growing your own sprouts and microgreens is an inexpensive way to have easy year-round access to the freshest locally grown greens to meet your nutritional needs and support your health. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Dec. 5 at the Corvallis Public Library Meeting Room.

NEW! PFLA Zoom event: "Surviving the Holidays and Winter in the PNW."  An informal lunch-and-learn to share tips and strategies, plus resources for wellness and managing stress. Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 5. For more information about the event and how to register click here.

NEW! Navigating the Holiday Season: Join this gathering to discuss the mental and emotional challenges that can come up during the holiday season. Attendees will also discuss self-care strategies to help you manage stress and maintain your mental health during this time. 9 a.m., Dec. 6. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn. Note: Lyra Learn is a separate login from Lyra Health; for ease of use, sign up for Lyra Learn with your work email address.

NEW! Healthy Boundaries in the Workplace: Join this gathering to discuss how to achieve a healthier work-life balance and brainstorm what you can do to maintain it. Noon, Dec. 6. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn. Note: Lyra Learn is a separate login from Lyra Health; for ease of use, sign up for Lyra Learn with your work email address.

NEW! The Search for Lumbering Giants: Listening to the whispers of Behemoth Black Holes: The universe whispers to us across the vastness of spacetime, telling us about black holes, neutron stars and other compact objects -- in the form of gravitational waves -- a prediction of Einstein’s theory of general relativity unseen until this century. Join Jeff Hazboun from the Department of Physics at 6 p.m., Dec. 6 for the next Science Pub in person or online.

NEW! Michael Gordon Ph.D. Defense: Michael Gordon will present his dissertation, titled: “Host-induced gene silencing in black cottonwood for resistance to Septoria canker: Efficacy and impacts on non-target fungi,” at 1 p.m., Dec. 13, in PFSC 315 and on Zoom. Gordon is earning his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology with co-advisors Steve Strauss of Forest Ecosystems and Society and Jared LeBoldus of Botany and Plant Pathology and Forest Engineering, Resources and Management. Please contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions, for accommodations for disabilities or for the Zoom link.

NEW! Elder Care ConnectionsJoin us for monthly, lunch-hour informational meetings and discussions about what it means to be a caregiver and how to optimally support your loved ones and yourself. Connect with other OSU community members providing care for a loved one. This month’s presentation is “Exploring Adult Day Services” with Grace Center. Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 7. For Zoom meeting link and for accommodations, please email: [email protected].

NEW! Floor Monitor Training: Training for floor monitors and building managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday every month at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom Floor Monitor Training at:

NEW! Adult & Higher Education Doctoral Information Session: You’re invited to learn about the College of Education’s Adult & Higher Education Ed.D. program: Noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 12. Please RSVP for the Zoom link and password. Contact [email protected] for questions or accommodation requests.

NEW! Holiday networking webcast: The OSU Alumni Association is making spirits bright with "Festive Connections: Navigating Networking During the Holiday Season," 4 p.m., Dec. 14. Executive recruiter Nick Poloni, ’15, unwraps the secret for helping you “sleigh” your networking game during this most wonderful time of the year. Register for this engaging and informative webinar for free at

ICS 300 training: The three-day ICS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents is accepting registrations for the Dec. 5-7 class being offered at OSU. Enhance your incident command skills with a special focus on new concepts of the Incident Command System (ICS). The course will also benefit anyone who has a responsibility to function in a command post managing an expanding incident. Additional and registration information is located at:

Research Lecture: Rebekah Elliott, associate professor of mathematics education, will discuss a design research project on K-12 teacher leader anti-bias mathematics education professional development. The implications of the analysis will help teachers confront the ways whiteness shapes mathematics PD. Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 5, Zoom:

PFLA Zoom event: Surviving the Holidays and Winter in the PNW. An informal lunch-and-learn to share tips and strategies, plus resources for wellness and managing stress. Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 5. For more information about the event and how to register, click here.

DFA Risk Appetite and Risk Assessment Tools: Train the Trainer. Insurance and Risk Management Services will facilitate a workshop for unit leaders and supervisors to provide exposure to the DFA risk appetite statements and risk assessment tools. Attendees will gain hands-on practice and develop the skills necessary to assist other employees in understanding and incorporating the DFA risk appetite statements and risk assessment tools into their work. Zoom session from 1-2:30 p.m., Dec. 5. Registration required.

OSULP Seminar: Anne Bahde, rare book and history of science librarian, presents “Data Visualizations: Analyzing Subject Strengths Across SCARC Collections,”  followed by Adam Lindsley, OSU engineering librarian, “Using Photogrammetry to Share Library Special Collections and Archives Objects Online.” 2-3 p.m., Dec. 5, Willamette East classroom, third floor, Valley Library, Corvallis or Zoom. (More information & link

Travel Talk: The Kingdom of the Netherlands. Join an OSUAA Travel Talk webcast with Dave Stone, the College of Agricultural Sciences’ associate dean of international programs. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the dean’s tour, where you can meet the Dutch trailblazers driving amazing innovations in agriculture while exploring enchanting Delft, Amsterdam and the Friesland region. 5:30 p.m., Dec. 5. Register today. 

Science Pub: The discovery related to gravitational waves which made international headlines earlier this year and was predicted by Albert Einstein more than a century ago will be the topic of Oregon State University’s Science Pub on Dec. 6. Jeff Hazboun, an astrophysicist at Oregon State and one of the scientists who led the project that resulted in the gravitational wave astronomy breakthrough, will talk about the discovery and future directions for the research at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Old World Deli in Corvallis. It can be viewed in person or online. Registration is required to attend Science Pubs. 

Take Note

NEW! Hawai'i donation drive: The devastating fires in Lahaina in August resulted in the loss of life and property. OSU students, staff and community members who are from Maui and Hawai’i have been directly and indirectly impacted significantly. OSU Kokua Maui–Hui O Hawai’i is taking the lead along with other OSU entities to organize the collection and drop-offs, which take place from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 4-8, at the Beth Ray Center. Donations requested include diapers, feminine care products, new children’s toys and gift cards.

NEW! Internationalization Grant: The Office of Global Engagement is pleased to announce the Internationalization Grant application cycle for 2023-24, opening Dec. 1 and closing Jan. 31. This year, the grant is offered in three tracks, aligned with Oregon State University’s new strategic plan “Prosperity Widely Shared,” focusing on research and innovation, global and intercultural learning and career and workforce development. Grant funds are provided through the INTO OSU Joint Venture Internationalization Fund. Full details are available on the website.

NEW! OSU Loyal Philanthropic Partner award: OSU President Emeritus Ed Ray has been chosen for the OSU Foundation’s 2023 OSU Loyal Philanthropic Partner Award, which honors faculty and staff who promote a culture of philanthropy at the university. “Throughout Ed’s 17-year tenure as president – and his ongoing involvement as a faculty member – he has been an extraordinary philanthropic leader,” said Larry Landis, a member of the OSU Loyal Advisory Committee that selected the award winner in this third annual tradition.

NEW! Thank you to employee donors: Thank you to all faculty and staff who have made a gift to the university this year. You are OSU Loyal, and a Nov. 28 gathering at Peavy Forest Science Center celebrated your impact on students. Basic Needs Center peer navigator Denna Alnasser noted that the food pantry has served 8,500+ people this fall, with your support: “It is so great to see students leave with needs met and a smile on their face.”

NEW! Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Workplace Violence. Every day, we see workplace violence on the news. However, reports and statistical analysis of workplace violence document the low probability of injury or death due to violence. Still, being prepared and knowing how to respond to violence in the workplace is important in case it should occur. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

NEW! 25 Year Club: Congratulations to Janell Bishop-Stewart, microbiologist, for being inducted into the 25 Year club at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others inducted into the club by clicking on their name. Congratulations and thank you for your service.

We need volunteers: OSU VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). Learn how to do income taxes. Help others do their taxes. Gain valuable experience to add to your resume. We partner with the IRS to help underserved populations. Get trained and certified. What is VITA? Interested? General information meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Jan. 11, Austin Hall Room TBA. Questions?

OSU Today holiday schedule: OSU Today will switch to weekly editions Dec. 18, with no edition the week of Dec. 25. Daily issues will return Jan. 8.

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing links to several free safety training resources from SAIF available to OSU managers, supervisors, and employees. For more information on Safety at OSU visit OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

Mindful Self Compassion 10-week Program: Kate Gallagher will guide a 10-week mindful self compassion program starting Jan. 10 at the Marigold Center. MSC is an empirically supported method that improves mood, relationships and resilience and reduces harsh self-criticism. Registration is open and the cost is $400 for educators and $450 for the public. Scholarships are available for OSU undergraduates. Contact with questions.

PRISM submissions are now open: Submit your art, poetry, prose, music, films, photography and more to OSU's annual student-run art and literature journal. Take your chance at getting published. Submission form found in our Instagram bio or at; the deadline is Dec. 15.

Call for Applications: Career Champions. Applications for the winter 2024 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. Career Champions provides educators with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while tackling issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applications are due Dec. 15. Cohort meets Thursdays 3-4 p.m. on Zoom weeks 3-8 of winter term. Direct questions to Brenna Gomez.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Legacy Awards: Nominations are being accepted until Dec. 8. Each award comes with a $500 stipend as a token of appreciation and to celebrate the outstanding contributions of the recipients to make OSU more just and inclusive. Award recipients and nominees will be honored at the 42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast on Jan. 15. Register for the Peace Breakfast here.

Students: Borrow your textbooks for free. The Basic Needs Center has a Textbook Lending Library open to all on-campus students that includes books, calculators, chemistry model sets and more. Visit their website to see if they have your books or request one if they don’t. Checkouts begin January 8th; request your book by Dec. 11 to check it out at the start of the term. Pop by 1030 SW Madison Ave., call 541-737-3747 or email [email protected] for questions and more textbook affordability advice.

2024 Merchant Card assessment and modernization project: OSU intends to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to evaluate and rebid services currently in place for credit card processing. To leverage this RFP requirement as an opportunity, OSU is asking interested stakeholders to participate in a survey to share thoughts on OSU’s card processing today and in the future. The survey will be emailed directly to merchant managers, TouchNet departmental deposit users and registered survey respondents. Visit to be a “registered survey respondent” before Dec. 4.

Policy updates: Fiscal policies for memberships, dues & subscriptions, surplus property salesFOAPAL elements and Exhibit 003-02 Account Codes have been updated. Please see the FPP website for more information and contact the policy steward listed on each policy with any questions.

Student Pricing for All at The Marigold Center: From Nov. 27-Dec. 11, Marigold class packs will be on sale for educators and the public. Marigold offers a range of contemplative drop-in classes including gentle and flow yoga, contemplative dance, mindfulness meditation and more. Student pricing for class packs will be extended to everyone and range from $15 (single) to $250 (20 passes). View the drop-in class schedule and purchase passes. Email: [email protected].

Flex Pass: Keep moving through the holidays and winter term with Faculty Staff Fitness. Get a Flex Pass for Dec. 11-15. Purchase in Langton 123. Winter 2024 registration opens Dec. 1. Sign up for two weeks of online FSF for $15, available Dec. 18-Jan. 1. Winter term online FSF for $45 begins Jan. 1. Visit the FSF website for schedules, more information and to register.

Read local: Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or thoughtful reading for long winter nights, the OSU Press Holiday Sale has you covered with new releases and old favorites. Visit and use promo code 23HOLIDAY at checkout to receive 25% off and free shipping. Order early to ensure timely delivery.

Gift Drive for OSU Kids Gift Closet: The Family Resource Center Kids Gift Closet helps provide gifts for children for those in the OSU community struggling to purchase gifts during holidays and celebrations. Thanks to our generous sponsors, each year’s gift closet is a huge success and we have many grateful families. You can give in a variety of ways: Amazon Registry that ships directly to FRC; the Toy Factory in downtown Corvallis (you can leave the gift in our donation box); or you can bring in any new and unwrapped gifts to OLV|Milne in the lower level of Milne from 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. We will be collecting gifts until Dec. 8. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about this program, please contact [email protected].


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! University Human Resources is seeking a Training Specialist. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. Join the Office of University Human Resources Learning & Development team in supporting professional development for OSU employees. Posting #P07534UF. Full consideration Dec. 5; closes Dec. 12.

EXTENDED! Education Program Assistant 1 (limited duration): OSU Division of Extension and Engagement, 4-H Youth Development Program invites applications for an Education Program Assistant 1 position based at the OSU Extension Service Clackamas County office in Oregon City. This is a 12-month, full-time, classified, limited duration position (expected to last until 8/31/25) starting at $17.43 hourly + benefits. Posting #P04499CT. Closes Dec. 14.

NEW! OSU Division of Extension and Engagement and the Extension Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Program invite applications for an Assistant Professor of Practice position. This is a 12-month, full-time, fixed-term position located in Lakeview that will serve Lake County. Posting #P07568UF. Closes Jan. 14.

Traffic and Maintenance

Stadium Avenue: As part of the Bloss Hall Renovation project, a section SW Stadium Avenue, located between CH2M Hill Alumni Center and Bloss Hall, will be closed from Wednesday, Nov. 29 through Friday, Jan. 5. Multiple parking spaces in the Bloss Hall West parking lot (bordering Stadium Ave.) will also be closed. In addition, the sidewalk on the west side of Bloss Hall will be closed. Other possible impacts include noise, dust and mud near the work site. (View map)

Park Terrace Place: As part of the Jen-Hsun & Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex project, a section of the west sidewalk along SW Park Terrace Place will be permanently closed to allow for ongoing construction activities. The closure will begin Thursday, Nov. 30. The impacted sidewalk section is located just north of Johnson Hall. This will be a permanent closure as the area undergoes construction related to the Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex. The east sidewalk will be open for pedestrians. Other possible impacts include noise, dust and mud near the work site. (View map)


"May and October, the best-smelling months? I’ll make a case for December; evergreen, frost, wood smoke, cinnamon." ~ Lisa Kleypas

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 58, low of 58. Rain Tuesday.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain today, high of 54, low of 50. Rain likely tomorrow.

Newport: Rain and breezy today, high of 61, low of 52. Heavy rain tomorrow.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: