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:

How researchers, farmers and brewers want to safeguard beer against climate change (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

That’s why some researchers are working on varieties of hops that can better withstand summer heat, warmer winters, changing pests and diseases and less snowfall, which could mean less available irrigation, said Shaun Townsend, an associate professor and senior researcher at Oregon State University. Mr. Townsend is working on a project where he subjects hops to drought stress to eventually create more drought-tolerant varieties.

Oregon State's president doesn't want to do away with Pac-12 conference (Little Rock NPR)

One of those conferences is one of the oldest in college sports. The Pac-12 is on the verge of being extinct. Next year, only two schools will call the Pac-12 home. Dr. Jayathi Murthy leads one of them. She's the president of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. Welcome to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.

OSU dedicates veterans center to medal of honor recipient (Democrat-Herald)

Ahead of Veterans Day, Oregon State University honored one of its former students Friday, Nov. 10 at a dedication event, recognizing his distinguished military service. (see also KEZI)

Mysterious respiratory disease sickening dogs across the Willamette Valley (OPB News)

Kurt Williams, the laboratory director at OSU, said too little is known about the disease to advise dog owners on how to avoid it. Canine respiratory diseases like kennel cough are common, and many dogs can recover if they are fully vaccinated.

Man injured in Oregon State explosion identified (Gazette-Times)

Rodas Gonzalo Rodas-Martin, 22, of Cottage Grove lit a mortar firework in his hand, and the firework exploded, causing serious injuries to his hands. Preliminary reports indicated he was not a student of the Corvallis-based school.

Corvallis photo group opens new show at OSU (Gazette-Times)

While renovation continues at the LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University, the venue is officially open for business — and artwork.  The first art show after months of construction work is a photo exhibit courtesy of a longtime Corvallis photography group. 

What do Montana's independent ranchers need to survive? Customers. (Billings Gazette)

Without a strong customer base, Rebecca Thistlethwaite, director of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network at Oregon State University, fears that many small processors will fail. She cited a University of Illinois study that suggested success is contingent upon local demand. “It’s not a field of dreams situation; it’s not an ‘If you build it, they will come,’” Thistlethwaite said. “You can’t build supply chains without having that end consumer.”

First Tribal relations director named at Oregon State University (Corvallis Advocate)

Chance White Eyes, an assistant professor of Native American studies at Southern Oregon University and an alumnus of Oregon State University, has been named the inaugural director of Tribal relations at Oregon State. He starts Dec. 15. (see also KMTR)

Oregon State University to receive $6.5 million for geospatial coordinate system update work (KEZI)

Oregon State University will receive $6.5 million in federal funding over a five-year period for research related to updating the National Spatial Reference System, a coordinate system that defines geographical elements ranging from longitude and latitude to height and orientation, the college said.

This year's University Press Week showcases work that sparks conversation (Lit Hub)

First Meal by Julie Green and Kirk Johnson. Available from Oregon State University Press Set against the backdrop of a flawed criminal justice system, First Meal is a combined work of imagination and reporting, showing and telling the stories of 25 wrongfully convicted people and what they chose as their first meals after exoneration and release from prison.


Today's photo

International Education Week: Paul Dorres says, “Here is a picture of program leaders and participants on the CAS faculty-led program 'Sustainable Pastoral Landscapes' in New Zealand in cooperation with Lincoln University, New Zealand from Sept 13-27. Program leaders: Serkan Ates and Paul Dorres. This was taken on Monkey Creek on the Milford Sound Highway, South Island." We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for alternatives to traditional term paper assignments? See Beyond the Term Paper: Alternative and Authentic Assessments by Ecampus senior instructional designer Nadia Jaramillo. Alternative and authentic assessments can focus on higher-order thinking skills, can give students opportunities to apply their learning to real-life situations and can make learning more lasting and meaningful. 


International Education Week Nov. 13-17: Join us in celebrating Oregon State University's global achievements, impacts and community during International Education Week. For the full calendar of events, visit:

Lyra Health informational sessions for OSU employeesLyra Health offers a range of services, including access to a network of experienced and culturally responsive mental health professionals, therapists and counselors who are available for in-person and virtual appointments. Their platform also provides resources for self-guided support and emotional well-being tools to help you and your family members manage stress and improve your overall mental health. You can learn more about Lyra, including eligibility information, in this short video. Noon, Nov. 13: OSU + Lyra: Lyra 101 General Employee Information Session.

Working While Grieving: Grief is one of the most common human experiences, yet it’s one of the least discussed and understood. Grief impacts our ability to be present and fully engaged, especially at work. Join this virtual gathering to discuss the ways grief impacts work and share helpful strategies to make room for both. Noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 13. Access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

Fulbrights for OSU Faculty: Join us for a live Fulbright U.S. Scholar information session. Program staff will discuss award opportunities, the application and selection process, and answer your questions. Register to attend. Noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 13 via Zoom. More info available on the OSU Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website. This event is part of International Education Week. For the full calendar of events, please visit:

Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture Fall 2023 Seminar Series Mondays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom at noon on Nov. 13. Mustafa Bozkus, masters graduate student, OSU Horticulture Department, will present, “Evaluating the efficacy and safety of oxalic acid vaporization method to control a honey bee pest Varroa destructor,” followed by a topic (TBD) presented by Femi Omilani, doctoral graduate student, OSU Horticulture Department. For more information go to

OSU’s Accommodations Offices External Review: The Dean of Students and Equal Opportunity and Access offices have partnered with the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) to assist with an assessment of OSU’s accommodations offices. You are invited to engage with external reviewers by attending the following feedback sessions. Faculty feedback sessions: 9-9:45 a.m., Nov. 13-14. Campus partners feedback sessions: 1:30-2:15 p.m., Nov. 13-14. Student feedback sessions: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Nov. 13-14. All sessions will be held in the Valley Library Willamette Room. For questions, email [email protected].

Amateurism, Conference Realignment, and the Future of College Sports: Join us for an expert-led discussion, featuring Kirsten Hextrum (OSU professor, former DI athlete) and Grace Fetherstonhaugh (OSU graduate student, OSU cross-country athlete). 3-5 p.m., Nov. 13, Memorial Union 208. Sponsored by OSU Phi Beta Kappa honor society and OSU School of Language, Culture and Society.

OSU Procurement Training Series: Procurement will be hosting virtual training sessions next week on various OSU procurement topics. Sessions include: Procurement Standards and Resources, 3-4 p.m., Nov. 13; Informal Procurements, 3-4 p.m., Nov. 14; Introduction to Sole Source 3-4 p.m., Nov. 15; Introduction to Personal Services Contracts, 3-4 pm., Nov. 16; Federal Purchases Under Uniform Guidance, 3-4 p.m., Nov. 17. To register, visit the Virtual Trainings section of the Procurement Training and Support webpage:

Investigations of Gut Microbiome Modulation from Grains, Berries, and their Phytochemical Compounds: Frank Carbonera is a microbial ecologist from Washington State University with a specific interest in nutrition and gut microbiome. His research specifically focuses on the impact of consumption of non-digestible phytochemicals on the animal and human gut microbiome. He will speak at 4 p.m., Nov. 13 in Wiegand Hall 106 or on Zoom.

Perspectives on Thanksgiving: Join Community Engagement & Leadership and Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws from 5-7 p.m., Nov. 13, in Memorial Union Room 109 for our fall dialogue: "Harvesting Truth: Diverse Perspectives on Thanksgiving." Explore Thanksgiving's history through diverse voices. Register at for engaging discussions, storytelling and reimagining this holiday's meaning in the United States. Open to students and OSU community members.

NEW! GIS Day 2023 @ OSU: OSU celebrates GIS Day with presentations and demos that showcase GIS for Good starting Monday Nov. 13, 6:30-8 p.m., in Strand 363. This is an opportunity to learn how to be involved in the exciting field of Geospatial Science, compete in mapathons and socialize. Free and open to all. View full event schedule at:

Geography Awareness Week Mapathon: YouthMappers at OSU will be hosting a mapathon open to all students, staff and faculty from 6:30-8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13 and Tuesday, Nov. 14 in Strand 361 and 363. Enjoy snacks while learning how to map with Open Street Mapping and win prizes for your contributions. For more information, email [email protected].

Album Club: "Surrealistic Pillow" by Jefferson Airplane. Join University Director of Popular Music and Performing Arts Bob Santelli at 7 p.m., Nov. 13 to discuss Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 album "Surrealistic Pillow." Join on Zoom or in person in Memorial Union Multipurpose Room 13.


NEW! OSU Beaver Dads: Come join in with other self-identified dads from around the Corvallis campus to talk about parenting, work and everything in between. Lunch will be provided. This is a time for informal conversation, so come late or leave early if you need, ask questions of other dads, share experiences/stories/resources and more. Facilitated by Tarron Anderson. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Nov. 15, MU 212. For accommodations and questions contact [email protected] with the Family Resource Center.

NEW! CAPE Open House: An open house at the Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education (CAPE) will take place from 1:30-4:30 p.m., Nov. 15 in the Student Experience Center (SEC), Suite 350. We are excited to welcome the OSU community into our new location in the SEC and meet the CAPE staff. Expect fun activities and light refreshments.

NEW! Provost’s Reception for International Employees and Scholars: This year’s International Education Week event lineup offers all members of the OSU community opportunities to come together to celebrate our global connections and achievements. The Provost’s Reception for International Employees and Scholars recognizes and celebrates OSU’s exceptional international employees, visiting scholars and department sponsors. Hosted by Provost Edward Feser with remarks by President Jayathi Murthy at 5 p.m., Nov. 15 in the MU Main Lounge. 

NEW! The Nature of Gratitude: Join us in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library's main meeting room for an annual community gathering exploring diverse aspects of gratitude through live music, spoken word, photography and art. Presenters include writer Charles Goodrich, musicians Halie Loren and Don Latarski, and performance poet Jorah LaFleur, among others. 5:30 p.m., Nov. 15. Free and open to all. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project.

UAOSU Listening Sessions: UASOU will be hosting four listening sessions for members to share their contract priorities with members of the bargaining team. These sessions will be both in-person and hybrid from noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 14, in Milam 319; noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 15, in Milam 319; 5-6 p.m., Nov. 29, in the OSU Library, Willamette Room (room 3622); and 3-4 p.m., Dec. 1, in the Memorial Union, Thought Lab (room 215). To RSVP visit

From Guerrilla to Grandmother: Author Katherine Ann Power will read from her newly published memoir, “Surrender: My Journey from Guerrilla to Grandmother,” at noon Nov. 14 in MU 208. 

Electron microscope open house: The electron microscope facility is having an open house from 12:30-3:30 p.m., Nov. 14. Finger food is served 12:30-2:30 p.m. Come get a snack and enjoy a tour of our facility, look at cross sections of a fruit fly and phase maps of the Gibeon meteorite. LPSC room 145.

World Languages and Cultures Fair: Come to the SEC Plaza from 2-4 p.m., Nov. 14 for the World Languages and Cultures Fair, sponsored by the School of Language, Culture, and Society. Learn about programs within World Languages and Cultures and engage in cultural activities.

President's Reception for International Students: OSU President Jayathi Murthy invites all international students to join her for coffee and conversation from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Nov. 15 in the MU Main Lounge. This event is part of International Education Week. For the full calendar of events, please visit:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Center for Teaching and Learning QT Talks – The Power of Mentorship: Presenters: Michelle Strowbridge, assistant director of Career Development and Niki Weight, career advisor, Career Development Center. Attendees will get to explore the need for connection as instructors and provides several strategies to create meaningful network connections. There is a component of in-person networking and this allows attendees to meet people who are in similar positions as they are, along with a guided portion of the session meant to give attendees a tangible way to build their network. 11-11:50 a.m., Nov. 14, LINC 343. In-person registrationZoom registration.

NEW! Sustaining Your Global Research Agenda. In celebration of International Education Week, faculty members who have developed or who are interested in developing an international research agenda are encouraged to attend a brown-bag lunch from noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 14 in the Memorial Union (MU) Journey Room. Panelists will share advice about how to start and sustain international research projects. Coffee and dessert will be served. Register here. 

NEW! Galaxies, Stars, Planets, and Life, A Universe of Awe & Inspiration: CSA’s Newman Lecture Series brings Jennifer Wiseman to OSU. Wiseman (full bio here) has an expansive history of experience in science, public speaking and Christianity and is currently a senior astrophysicist at NASA. Wiseman's lecture will be from 6-7:30 p.m, Nov. 14. Register for webinar here. 

NEW! Care Talks: Caring for Aging Loved Ones -- Family Meetings & Having the Care Conversation. Family meetings are an essential part of making certain that conflict is diminished among all of your family members. This seminar will cover how to prepare for a family meeting and how to communicate with older adults and other family members about important decisions such as health, housing, finances and legal issues. We will go over starting the conversation, effective communication, dealing with denial and more. 10 a.m., Nov. 15. Register today.

NEW! New Learning Opportunity for Supervisors: OSU Supervisor Forums: University HR has announced the first OSU Supervisor Forum. Offered once per quarter, these forums will provide resources and action steps that support your journey as a supervisor. The first OSU Supervisor Forum will include an introduction to the University HR structure and key contacts, more employee and supervisor mental health tips, and a deeper dive into the importance of employee onboarding. Join us via Zoom from 1-1:50 p.m., Nov. 15. Registration is required.

NEW!  WRPM Seminar Series: Jack Schmidt, director, Center for Colorado River Studies, will present "Advancing our predictive understanding of river corridor exchange,” 4 p.m., Nov. 15 in Burt 193 or on Zoom.  Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details.  

NEW! BB Seminar Series Speaker: Please join the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics in attending the BB seminar talk by Nicole Hams from U.S Fish & Wildlife, for a presentation titled “The Role of Mentors and Diverse Learning Experiences in Shaping Young Conservation Professionals,” 4 p.m., Nov. 15, ALSO 4001 and via Zoom,

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.

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: Managers and supervisors at OSU play a key role in enabling employees to do their best work. The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University managers, supervisors and lead workers. Fall 2023 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Tuesday-Friday, Nov. 14-17, via Zoom. Winter 2024 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Monday-Thursday, Feb. 26-29, via Zoom. Spring 2024 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Tuesday-Friday, May 7-10, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

Trans Identity in the Workplace: Join this gathering to talk about the strengths and struggles within transgender communities and how to increase inclusion and safety in the workplace. This gathering is intended for people who identify as transgender, including non-binary and gender non-conforming folks. 9-10 a.m, Nov. 14. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

Care Talks, Raising Children with Disabilities: Healthy Habits for the Holidays. The holiday excitement creates joy and stress for families of children with disabilities. In this webinar we will talk about how to effectively navigate family gatherings, different routines, special diets and increased behaviors without needing to rely on electronics to appease our children. 10 a.m., Nov. 14. Register today.

Beaver Family Connections: Enjoy lunch and connect with other OSU parents and caregivers as we explore interesting topics and discussions related to child development, parenting and family health and well-being. No sign-up required. November’s topic: “Preparing Your Family For Emergencies.” Noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 14, MU 207. See full 2023-2024 schedule for future dates and topics. For accommodations, contact Cari Maes at 541-737-4906 or [email protected].

OMSI Communication Fellowship Info Session: The College of Science will host a presentation and answer questions about the OSU-OMSI Spring Science Communication Fellows Program in the Kidder 128 conference room. The program is open to any faculty, postdocs, staff or graduate students at OSU. Join us from noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 14 to learn more.

Our Health & the Cost of Water: Dive into a new webcast series from the OSU Alumni Association and College of Health where your questions guide the conversation. In Episode 1, Our Health & the Cost of Water, experts share how you can retain valuable water and change your routines to prepare for when resources dwindle. Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m.

PFLA Zoom event, "Cascades Edge Career Development Program": Presented by Blair Garland, OSU-Cascades chief marketing and engagement officer. Learn more about the new, innovative program that provides integrated professional development to students. 1-2 p.m., Nov. 15. For more information about the event and how to register click here.

The Dive of a Lifetime to the Deepest Place on Earth: Dawn Wright, a.k.a. "Deepsea Dawn,” is the first Black person to dive to the deepest spot on the entire planet - Challenger Deep. Attend the free Marston Lecture at 6 p.m., Nov. 15 in The LaSells Stewart Center and hear Dawn talk about this dive—including the geospatial and imaging technologies used on the dive, discoveries from mapping this part of the world in history-making detail, and implications of discoveries for future ocean science. Learn more and register here.

Social Justice Education: Social Justice Education Initiative workshops are open for registration through Fall '23. The SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. Learn more, see the schedule and register for remote Tier One Platform & Tier Two Next Level workshops here. Interested in this development for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information: [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! Fall 2023 Update from Vice President for Finance and Administration: Want to be an insider? Find out what Division of Finance and Administration units have been doing to help advance OSU’s goals in this update to DFA employees: Each quarter, Vice President Mike Green and DFA senior leaders share project milestones, unit news, highlights, updates and coming events. While targeted to division employees, the VPFA quarterly updates are a great way for anyone to get an overview of the broad and varied work of DFA units.

Lyla June Johnston and Riane Eisler on Inner Nature: The latest episode of the Inner Nature podcast series features Indigenous scholar and community organizer Lyla June Johnston in conversation with Riane Eisler, social systems scientist and president of the Center for Partnership Systems. Listen here on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Inner Nature is produced by the Spring Creek Project and the Contemplative Studies Initiative.

Watershed Fellowship opportunity: OSU faculty and community members are invited to apply for a year-long Watershed Fellowship with the Public Humanities Collaboratory sponsored by PRAx, the Spring Creek Project and the Center for the Humanities. The Collaboratory convenes scholars, creatives, cultural practitioners and nonprofit and community leaders in a collective effort to discover new approaches to enduring or emerging challenges. The application window closes Jan. 8. Learn more about the program, eligibility, and how to apply.

Ask Alumni: The Power of Networking webcast. Networking is a powerful tool you can use in the job search. Find out where, when and how to meet new and interesting people by watching "The Power of Networking During the Job Search," an on-demand webcast presented by the OSU Alumni Association. Watch for free at

Pedestrian experiment: The OSU School of Civil and Construction Engineering is seeking participants for a study examining how people use intersections. Participants must be at least 18 years old, have normal or corrected-to-normal vision (glasses and contacts are OK) and feel comfortable walking approximately 1 mile total. Participation involves walking three adjacent intersections wearing eye tracking glasses and a time commitment of approximately one hour. Please contact Amy Wyman by email at [email protected].


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EXTENDED! Agriculture Extension Agent: OSU Extension Service and the College of Agricultural Sciences invite applications for an Assistant Professor of Practice (Agriculture Extension Agent) position with the Extension Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Program. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term, Assistant Professor of Practice position based in Condon that serves both Gilliam and Morrow Counties. The academic home for this position is in the Department of Crop and Soil Science. Posting #P07390UF. Closes Nov. 23.

NEW! KidSpirit Camps Coordinator: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement KidSpirit Program invites applications for a KidSpirit Camps Coordinator. This is a 12-month, full-time, professional faculty position located in Corvallis. This position is to be funded for a period of one year, with any extension dependent upon availability of funds. Posting #P07493UF. Closes Nov. 30.

NEW! The department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences (FWCS) invites applications for Faculty Research Assistant. This position will use data from the Nisqually River Delta in southern Puget Sound, Washington to model the Nisqually fall Chinook salmon population under varying hatchery, harvest and habitat conditions. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. Posting #P07484UF. Full consideration Nov 16. Closes Dec. 3. For additional questions contact [email protected].

NEW! Extension Field Crops Assistant Professor of Practice: OSU Extension Service and the College of Agricultural Sciences invite applications for two Extension Field Crops Assistant Professor of Practice positions. These are 12-month, full-time, fixed-term positions. One position is to be located with the OSU Extension Marion County office in Salem and will cover Marion and Clackamas counties; the other position is to be located with the OSU Extension Yamhill County office in McMinnville and will cover Yamhill, Polk and Washington counties. Posting #P07497UF. Full consideration Dec. 6. Closes Dec. 20.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Attention vehicle owners parked on Southwest 11th Street near campus: City of Corvallis has requested that vehicles parked in a specially marked tow-away zone on 11th Street south of Madison, north of Adams and north of Washington immediately move their vehicles to avoid being towed due to construction work taking place starting Monday. 

EXTENDED! Campus Way Closure, 26th Street to Memorial Place: As part of the Kelley District Utility Plant project, SW Campus Way will be closed between SW 26th Street and SW Memorial Place from Nov. 6-27 to allow for crane activity.

Traffic diverted to temporary Van Buren bridge starting in mid-November: Commuters to campus may notice a traffic pattern change between downtown Corvallis and the east side of the Willamette River. Starting in mid-November, eastbound traffic will be diverted onto a temporary bridge on NW Van Buren Ave. The temporary bridge includes a separate path for pedestrians and bicyclists. The paths underneath the bridge will remain closed. A temporary signal at NW Van Buren Ave. and NW First Street will control traffic flow and NW First Street will change from two-way to one-way traffic for one block north and south of the Van Buren bridge. Access to NW Van Buren Avenue from NW First Street will be restricted. For more information, visit the ODOT Van Buren Bridge project page.
Kerr: As part of the Kerr Administration South Parking Lot Improvement project, the Kerr South parking lot closure has been extended until Dec. 4 to finish construction activities, including lighting installation, paving and striping. This includes the closure of the west sidewalk. ADA access is available on the east side of the building.


“In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year.” ~ Cynthia Rylant

Corvallis: Chance of showers today, high of 54, low of 40. Slight chance of showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain today, high of 52, low of 34. Mostly cloudy Tuesday.

Newport: Slight chance of showers today, high of 58, low of 40. Chance of showers Tuesday.

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