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 President Murthy aims for perfect graduation rate (KLCC)

Oregon State University President Jayathi Murthy has set a goal of achieving a 100% graduation rate. On Friday, OSU held a investiture ceremony to formally recognize Murthy, who has served as president since September of last year. (see also KEZI)

Planting for the future (Oregon Wine Press)

According to Cody Copp, assistant professor of horticulture at Oregon State University, Oregon wine enthusiasts can still expect many of their current favorites to be produced in the next few years. Although wineries must combat new problems like increased wildfire risk, consumer desire remains the primary reason for varietal choice. “You may see a lot of adjustments to how Oregon wines are grown. Wineries and vineyards are experimenting so they can remain resilient,” said Copp.

New OSU research shows climate change, wildfires have caused $11 billion drop in value (KLCC)

 An Oregon State University study has found climate change has led to an $11 billion decrease in the value of privately-owned West Coast forests over the last 20 years.

Israel told Palestinians in Gaza to evacuate to southern Gaza -- and stepped up attacks there (NPR)

The latest analysis of imagery from the European Space Agency's Sentinel-1 satellite shows a steady increase in the number of buildings destroyed in middle and southern Gaza. Since the beginning of the conflict, over 10,000 buildings are likely to have been damaged or destroyed by airstrikes in these areas, according to analysis by Corey Scher of New York's CUNY Graduate Center and Jamon Van Den Hoek of Oregon State University.

What is mass timber, and how might it help Oregon's timber industry? (KMTR)

"It gives us the ability to take what used to only be possible to do in concrete and steel, i.e larger buildings, not single family homes but multi-family residences, institutional buildings, office buildings, commercial buildings, hotels," said Iain Macdonald, the director of the Tallwood Institue, a collaborative effort between the Oregon State University, and the University of Oregon to advance the understanding, and application of mass timber. "All of those things can be done now using wood."

Best prepaid cards (Wallet Hub)

Featuring Michael Budke, program manager, Center for Advancing Financial Education (CAFE), Oregon State University, College of Business.

Dogs across the U.S. are falling sick from a mystery illness. Here's what to know (TIME)

Kurt Williams, director of the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Oregon State University, is quoted as telling the Associated Press that “dogs have died,” but said that it’s hard to count how many died from a severe form of the infection without any clear way to define the disease or test for it yet. 

Should fallen leaves be left over winter on a flower bed? Ask an Extension expert (Oregonian)

Gardening season is starting to wind down, but there’s some things still do, and you may have questions. To ask one, simply go to the OSU Extension website, type it in and include the county where you live. 

Today's photo

Spanning the continents: LeAnn Adam, director of National and Global Scholarships Advising, touches the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates in the Silfra fissure in Iceland. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Want to be part of a faculty learning community? CTL and Academic Technologies are offering two funded opportunities for instructional faculty this winter to re-energize your classroom teaching. Consider participating in the new Teaching and AI Faculty Learning Community or in the popular Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community. Apply by Dec. 4.


Government to Government training workshop: This training, lead by Pam and Gordon James of the Skohomish and Colville tribes, is an overview of tribal governments and their relationship with federal, state and local governments. The hope is that this overview will inspire participants to further their tribal knowledge. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Nov. 20 or 21. Free event. Registration is required:

Search Advocate Program focus groups invitation: Members of the OSU community who have interacted with the OSU search advocate program in some way are invited to participate in facilitated Zoom focus groups evaluating the program. There are several sessions available for registration on this website for people who have had different roles in relation to search advocacy at OSU (search chairs, search administrators, hiring managers, search advocates, etc.). Upcoming sessions include one for search administrators and support staff from 9-10:30 a.m., Nov. 20; one for search committee members from 9:30-11 a.m., Nov. 27; and one for search advocates, 1-2:30 p.m., Nov. 27. A Qualtrics survey will also be sent to the OSU community. Contact Anne Gillies or Jane Waite with questions.

NEW! Mental Health 101: We all have mental health — it’s shaped by our emotional, psychological and social well-being. Our mental health impacts how we think, feel and behave, but many of us don’t notice the impact it has on our lives and miss opportunities to get or give support when it’s needed. Others may be reluctant to talk about or seek support for mental health because of stigma. That’s where this workshop comes in — it covers what mental health is, why it matters and how understanding mental health and reducing stigma are key to supporting our mental well-being at work and at home. 10-11 a.m., Nov. 20. Register here.

Live, Learn, Work and Play: The Social Determinants of Health in London. Join OSU faculty leader Stephanie Grutzmacher and Ashley Vaughn from the College of Health from the College of Health to learn more about a 4-credit, two-week program in London studying the social determinants and disparities of health in one of the world’s most diverse and unequal cities from June 30-July 16, 2024. Two upcoming info sessions: Noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 20; and 4:30-5:30 p.m., Nov. 29, Waldo 400. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and program brochure and application.

Trans Day of Remembrance: A candle decorating event will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m., Nov. 20 at the Pride Center. A QTIBIPOC and First Gender Rose Ceremony will take place from 3-4 p.m. at Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws with guest speaker Dharma Mirza. A vigil will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. in the SEC Plaza and after food will be provided in the Pride Center. For alternative formats or accommodations please reach out to the Pride Center at [email protected].

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. 20. Cody Copp, faculty, OSU horticulture department, will present “Sunscreen for grapevines: Kaolin clay use in vineyards.” The event is free and open to the public. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information:

OSU Wind Symphony and Campus Band Present: Influences and Lineages. Directed by Olin Hannum, associate director of bands, and Erik Kar Jun Leung, director of bands. Student conductors include Annalee Hiebert, Abigail Underwood, Nathan Mason, Christian San Nicolas and Nicole Katsel. 7:30 p.m., Nov. 20 at The LaSells Stewart Center; $10 for general admission, free for OSU students. Tickets can be purchased online.


NEW! Beavs Serve: Join us Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Weeks 2-10 for a cohort-based volunteer program where students gain leadership skills in relation to a specific community social issue. We will be working with Linn Benton Food Share and diving into educational materials to learn more about addressing food insecurity and poverty alleviation locally. Register at

OSU Chamber Winds and Wind Ensemble Presents: Homages. Directed by Erik Kar Jun Leung and featuring works by Stravinsky, Cuong, Mackey, Sparke and Sousa. 7:30 p.m., Nov. 21. Tickets can be purchased online; $10 for general admission, free for OSU students.

Save the date: Bobbin' Through the Woods Art and Craft FairThe holiday craft and art fair is returning to the Peavy Forest Science Center. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Dec. 8 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 9. This year we have even more vendors, but the mission remains the same. All proceeds support Rootstock, our College of Forestry food pantry, and our food insecure students. 

Holiday Tree Auction: Firs for Food Insecurity. Dec. 8-9, Peavy Forest Science Center. We have 11 decorated trees donated by different units around campus that are up for silent auction during the fair. As you move throughout the building, please stop by to have a look at the trees, place your bid and collect passport stamps to be entered to win a prize valued at over $200. All proceeds from the auction will go to Rootstock, our student food pantry. Trees are fully decorated and will be available to take home Saturday after 3 p.m. Trees donated by Starker Forests, Inc.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Care Talks -- Confident Parenting: Managing Fear & Anxiety in Children. In this webinar we will discuss important tactics to help children of all age groups deal with anxiety and fear and how our own fears and anxieties must be handled in order to provide proper support to children. 10 a.m., Nov. 22. Register today.

NEW! Same Storm, Different Boats: Mental Health in Communities of Color. Racial and ethnic minorities often suffer from disproportionately higher rates of more severe mental health outcomes due to a range of social and economic factors: inaccessibility of culturally competent mental health care, cultural stigma, physical and mental health consequences of discrimination and more. In this workshop, a clinician presenter from Lyra Health will cover: race-based traumatic stress, stigma and cultural mistrust; barriers to accessing care and how to overcome them; culturally informed self-care strategies; and how to access culturally-responsive mental health services. Noon, Nov. 30. Register here.

NEW! 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. 

NEW! Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for Winter 2024 course via Zoom and register here. In response to increasing material costs, the registration fee for this program will be adjusted to $255 as of Jan. 1.

Qualitative Methods Research Cluster Symposium 2023Join in person or online on Nov. 27 for a whole-day event focused on qualitative research methods in social sciences, humanities, public health and engineering design. All OSU faculty, researchers, instructors, graduate students and undergraduate students are invited. MU 49.

Getting Ready for AI in Winter ‘24? Wondering what AI resources are available to guide you in Winter ‘24 course planning? Join CTL and UIT-Academic Technologies on Zoom to explore resources such as CTL Guidance for Syllabus Statements about AI Use. There will be opportunities to consider AI use at the course level, to plan your next steps to learn about AI tools and to share your experiences and questions. 1-1:45 p.m., Nov. 29. Registration

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 any person who has a responsibility to function in a command post managing an expanding incident. Additional and registration information is located at:

Take Note

NEW! Ask Alumni: Writing a great personal statement webcast. Make a statement on your scholarship or grad school application. Rebecca Otto with OSU’s National and Global Scholarships Advising Office shares strategies in "How to Write a Great Personal Statement," an on-demand webcast presented by the OSU Alumni Association. Watch for free at

NEW! Are you exposed to loud noise at work? Find out more about OSU’s Hearing Conservation Program and Noise Control Plan. The goal of OSU’s Hearing Conservation Program is to monitor and protect employees who have the potential to develop noise-induced hearing loss – a preventable, permanent and progressive health issue. In collaboration with Environmental Health & Safety, Occupational Health Services provides annual hearing tests for those exposed to loud noise on the job. Training is available through the EH&S website. Contact Occupational Health or Environmental Health and Safety with questions.

NEW! FYI Friday proposals: Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Winter and Spring 2024. Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours in length; it’s up to you. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Feel free to reach out to [email protected] with any questions, or for assistance with your application.

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].

Beavers Unite OSUAA Membership Challenge: Become a new OSU Alumni Association member, renew or upgrade from Nov. 17-27 to receive 25% off all memberships, gain access to exclusive perks, help unlock three $1,000 gifts for vital student and alumni programs and scholarships, and show the world that when others take flight, Beavers Unite. Visit and use promo code UNITE.

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Clothing in Disaster. Essential clothing for a disaster supply is a commonly overlooked area of preparedness. If a person does not have the proper clothing suitable for the terrain they are in, then harsh elements such as rain, cold and snow can have catastrophic effects. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

Music Technology and Production (MTP) -- Call for Submissions: Calling all student songwriters and producers: MTP is looking for songwriters to produce. Selected artists will be paired with student producers to record and produce a song, which will be released on an album in 2024. Students are welcomed to submit a link to their demos by Dec. 1 to be considered for a spot on the album.

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for Winter 2024 course via Zoom and register here. In response to increasing material costs, the registration fee for this program will be adjusted to $255 as of Jan. 1, 2024.

The OSU Libraries Survey: Oregon State University Libraries has contracted with Madison Avenue Collective, a local design firm, to help them update the Valley Library, Guin Library and OSU-Cascades Library websites. The first phase is to gather information about the current state of these sites. We're asking everyone in the OSU community to share their opinions anonymously. OSU community. The survey takes about five minutes to complete. It will close at 5 p.m. Nov 22. Take the OSU Libraries website survey.


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! Education Program Assistant 1 (internal employment opportunity): OSU Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for an Education Program Assistant 1 position based at the OSU Extension Service Morrow County Office in Heppner. This internal employment opportunity is a 12-month, part-time (0.5 FTE, approximately 20 hours per week), classified position starting at $17.43 hourly + benefits. Posting #P04512CT. Closes Nov. 27.

NEW! Registered Nurse 2: OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for a Registered Nurse 2. This position is a part-time (0.5 FTE), 9-month, regular position. Posting #P04508CT. Full consideration Nov. 28. Closes Dec. 31.

NEW! Information Technology Consultant 2: OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for an Information Technology Consultant 2. This position is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, regular position. Posting #P04509CT. Closes Dec. 6.

Traffic and Maintenance

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.
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.

Beaver Research Champions

Kim Bernard: Kim Bernard leads the Zooplankton Ecology Lab at OSU, studying how climate change and other anthropogenic disturbances alter zooplankton ecology at the individual, population and community levels and thus the structure and function of marine ecosystems and services. Bernard was recognized at a Beaver Football home game at Reser Stadium for the important work that she does:


“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." ~ William Arthur Ward  

Corvallis: Partly sunny today, high of 43, low of 34. Slight chance of rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 51, low of 32. Decreasing clouds tomorrow.

Newport: Increasing clouds today, high of 55, low of 42. Chance of rain tomorrow.

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