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. Content appearing includes timely news and feature stories from broadcast, print and online sources. Occasionally, opinion pieces and first-person columns appearing in mainstream media outlets that are written by faculty members and pertain to their academic or professional expertise may be included based on their unique, informative value, timeliness and space constraints. It is not the policy of OSU Today to include Letters to the Editor.  

Carcass of giant blue whale off Oregon Coast brought to surface for study (OPB)
The carcass of a giant blue whale that has been submerged off the Oregon coast for more than three years was hauled to the surface so it can be reassembled, studied and put on public display, scientists with Oregon State University said Friday. (see also Oregonian, Corvallis AdvocateStatesman Journal)

Will whatever is causing this waterfall of sap spread to other trees? (Oregonian)

Winter is on its way, but gardening season is far from over. We’re still getting plenty of questions to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Dogs can't help falling in love (New York TImes)
In particular, dogs followed human pointing better than other animals. Dr. Wynne and Monique Udell, an animal behaviorist at Oregon State University, expected to confirm Dr. Hare’s findings.

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Raising the skeleton of a blue whale: After more than three years of rest in Yaquina Bay in Newport, the skeleton of a 78-foot blue whale was brought back to dry land this week so it can be preserved and prepared for a public display. While the skeleton was in the water, marine scavengers cleaned the bones. An anonymous donor last year provided a gift of $125,000 to the Oregon State University Foundation to help pay for the retrieval and cleaning of the bones. For more information: Photo by Michelle Klampe.


Capstone presentation: Tiffany Miller will present her capstone, “Physical Climate Variables Associated with California Current System and Implications in Recreational Fisheries Management.” She is completing her MNR degree under the guidance of Michael Harte. Monday, Nov 25, 10 a.m., Richardson 115.

Samantha Cargill – Water Resource Science M.S. Defense: Sami Cargill will present her thesis, The influence of lithology on stream metabolism in mountain systems,” on Monday, Nov. 25, at 3 p.m. in STAG 111. Cargill is completing her M.S. under the guidance of major professors Catalina Segura and Dana Warren. Free and open to the public.

Biomedical Core Awareness Symposium: Researchers at OSU have access to a multitude of specialized instruments and services supporting a wide diversity of biomedical research. Learn about available state-of-the art capabilities designed to support and stimulate research productivity. Twelve facility core directors will present short talks highlighting capabilities, applications, and access. Nov 25, 3-5:30 p.m., Pharmacy 305. For more information, contact

NEW! Research Seminar: Aditya Guntuboyina, associate professor with the department of statistics at UC Berkeley, will speak on “Multivariate extensions of isotonic regression and total variation denoising via entire monotonicity and Hardy-Krause variation.” Monday, Nov. 25, 4 p.m., Weniger 149. This seminar is open to the public.

Making Indigenous Sovereignty and Bodily Contamination Visible: Witness a live oral history conversation as part of the NSF grant "Reconstructing Nuclear Environments and the Downwinders' Case" with Allison Davis-White Eyes and Jacob Darwin Hamblin, followed by a discussion with the audience and recorded by oral historians from the SCARC. Monday, Nov. 25, 4 p.m., MU room 213.

Department of Integrative Biology Seminar: David Bickford, Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair in Biology, University of La Verne, will present a seminar, “The Evolution and Ecology of Parental Care in the Microhylid Frogs of New Guinea” on Monday, Nov. 25, 4 p.m., in ALS 4001. The seminar is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend in person, you can catch the seminar streaming on ZOOM at For more information and to view the entire Integrative Biology Department Spring Seminar Series lineup, please go to

Movie night: The Structural Engineering Institute is presenting "Movie Night: Leaning Out" in WITH 109 on Monday, Nov 25, 6 p.m. The film features the story of the world trade center's lead structural engineer. This event is free and open to all OSU students. We encourage ASCE food drive donations which can be brought to the movie. 

OSU SACNAS Chapter meeting: The OSU Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science has just returned from 2019 National Diversity in STEM Conference Hawai’i Convention Center, Honolulu. Seven graduate and 16 undergraduate students from seven colleges attended. Chapter members are holding a conference recap meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in MU 221 to thank stakeholders and share their experiences.

MU Ballroom Contra Dance: The Contra Dance Club of OSU and the Corvallis Folklore Society are hosting a free contra dance. George Marshal will be calling with live music from the band Faux Paws. Monday, Nov. 25, in the MU Ballroom. A brief lesson starts at 7 p.m. and the dance goes from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is free, donations accepted.


NEW! OSU Lyric: Scenes and selections from W.A. Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro,”Die Zauberflote,” “Cosi fan tutte” and “Don Giovanni.” 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, and Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Ashbrook School, 4045 SW Research Way, Corvallis. $10 advance, $15 door. OSU students with ID and K-12 youth free. Advance tickets at:

NEW! Volunteering at OSU: Do you want to learn more about volunteering opportunities at OSU? Then attend “Volunteering at OSU” presented by OSU’s Director of STEM Academy and Food Security Programs Coordinator, Dec. 2, 1-2 p.m.,Hallie Ford Center 115. This event is free to PFLA members and $10 for non-members. Beverages will be provided and you are welcome to bring your lunch. For more information about the event and how to register, click here.

NEW! Sigma Xi Science Social: Join Sigma Xi's Oregon State University Chapter for a free, no-host informal social/meetup Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. at McMenamin's on Monroe, across from the OSU campus. Nonmember guests are welcome to attend, especially if they are involved in science. RSVP to to provide a head count and to receive event updates.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

OSU Beaver Store’s Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night: All OSU faculty and staff are invited to come to the OSU Beaver Store on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There will be discounts throughout the store and food and wine will be served. Faculty/staff ID required at the door.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Assessing Student Work: Join Funmi Amobi to explore the purpose of and approaches to assessing and responding to student work. +Tech Talk: Explore Gradescope, a web app that improves the efficiency of assessing handwritten student work such as graphs, diagrams, equations, short answers etc. This workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215, Nov 26, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here.

The London Classroom (CPHHS): Join Professor Ellen Smit for a three week, 9-credit faculty led program in London from June 28 - July 18, 2020.  While living in London's East End, students will explore London's eclectic mix of cultures, universal health care system, and a wealth of historical artifacts to analyze the past, present, and future of public health and health care. Students will trace John Snow's footsteps in his landmark epidemiological cholera investigation, meet health care and public health professionals, and visit a number of health care and health promotion facilities.  For more information, visit the program brochure and/or join one of several info sessions held in Milam 159: Nov. 26 at 3 p.m., Dec. 5 at noon and Jan. 28 at 3 p.m.

Department of Horticulture Seminar: David Leon, Ph.D. candidate, will speak on “Development of a fertilizer blend for coffee in Peru.” Tuesday, Nov. 26, 4 p.m. in ALS 4000. The event is free and open to the public. The seminar will also be streaming on Zoom at For more information and to view the entire Department of Horticulture Fall Seminar Series schedule, go to

Supervisor training: The Core Curriculum for Current Supervisors and Managers training program, presented by the Office of Human Resources, has new sessions open for registration. Core Curriculum is a blended online/two-day classroom training program that strengthens knowledge and skills required for effective supervision and management at OSU. Multiple content experts from key offices will lead you through topics that address OSU policies, procedures and practices. View dates and register.

The Social Justice Education Initiative schedule for fall still has openings: From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is an  foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Search Advocate workshopsRegister now for the fall, winter or spring search advocate workshop series. Search advocates are external process advisors for employee search committees, working to enhance equity, validity and diversity. Become a search advocate by completing the two-part workshop series, which introduces the search advocate role and strategies, provides an overview of implicit bias, diversity and the legal environment for hiring, and does a deep dive into early stages of the search process. For more information, see or contact Anne Gillies, search advocate program director in Faculty Affairs.

Take Note

NEW! Beavers Fight Hunger: This holiday season, join your colleagues in the fight to end student hunger at OSU. Every day, 2 in 5 college students skip meals to make ends meet. Visit the campaign website [] to make a gift (every donation is matched) and learn more about this important issue. Every dollar raised will directly fund the OSU Human Services Resource Center, such as the food pantry and other programs that help reduce food insecurity among our students. 

NEW! OSU Today reminder: OSU Today will not be published Nov. 28-29 due to the Thanksgiving holiday and will resume publication Dec. 2.

Extended Deadline for Hybrid Course Proposals: To allow more time for proposal preparation, the Center for Teaching and Learning has extended the due date for proposals for the Winter '20 Hybrid Faculty Learning Community until Tuesday, Dec. 3. See the updated Call for Proposals ( Questions:

Learning Corner — UPDATES: The Academic Success Center’s online resource, the Learning Corner, has been refreshed. Find a new home page and updated topic pages that combine research, strategies, techniques and tools. And don’t worry — the strategy quiz and the worksheets page are still there. This iteration was developed to improve navigation and to create more transparent connections between topics. Check it out, share it with students and provide feedback. For questions/clarifications, email Sarah Norek.

Triad Scholarship: The TRIAD Service Scholarship was established to promote service as a value worthy of encouragement, acknowledgment and reward. The award is for $750 and up to three awards will be given this year to OSU undergraduate junior or senior students. Applications are due Dec. 6 and will be evaluated based on academic record and service activities. To apply visit Triad Scholarship Application. Questions? Contact: Gretchen Dursch, TRIAD Scholarship co-chair,

Request for Proposals: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking proposals to facilitate the further development and commercialization of OSU applied innovations. Proposals can be submitted for projects focused on bringing OSU-owned innovations invented by OSU faculty, staff, and/or graduate students in any discipline closer to market. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000. Proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2. Read the full RFP here:

Recreational Sports Advisory Board: There is an opening for an undergraduate student to join the Recreational Sports Advisory Board. For information on the advisory board and how to apply follow the link or contact Applications are due by Friday, Dec. 6.

Traffic and Maintenance

Owen-Kearney walkway: As part of the Owen Hall Chiller Replacement project, the walkway between Owen Hall and Kearney Hall will be closed, and the Owen Hall loading dock will be intermittently occupied by construction traffic Nov. 25-26. There will also be truck and crane traffic along Campus Way and equipment noise in the area of Owen Hall, Merryfield Hall and Kearney Hall. For questions or comments on this closure, contact construction manager Jason Lundy at 541-270-0193.


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NEW! The Department of Food Science and Technology is accepting applications for a full-time Administrative Program Assistant. This position supports academic programs through coordination and administrative support of the graduate and undergraduate programs. FST is home to more than 150 undergraduate and 40 graduate students and this position is central to the success of the students and FST academic programs. The incumbent works closely with FST undergraduate academic advisors and graduate committee chairs. Position #P02469CT. Full consideration Dec. 1. Closes Dec. 8. 

NEW! Administrative Program Assistant: College of Engineering invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Administrative Program Assistant (Schedule Coordinator positions). Posting #P02458CT. Closes Dec. 1. 

NEW! Student engagement coordinator: INTO OSU is seeking a full-time (1.0 FTE) Student Engagement Coordinator. This position is responsible for student engagement programming within the INTO OSU center and outreach to promote international student integration at OSU. This position supports the Student Services team in providing a range of co-curricular programs and services to promote the social, personal and academic success and well-being of INTO OSU students. To apply visit Submission deadline is Dec. 8.

NEW! Public Information Representative 2: College of Engineering invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Public Information Representative 2 position. Posting #P02465CT. Closes Dec. 15. 


“True love doesn't happen right away; it's an ever-growing process. It develops after you've gone through many ups and downs, when you've suffered together, cried together, laughed together." ~ Ricardo Montalbán, born today in 1920.

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 47, low of 34. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of snow, high of 38, low of 26. Chance of snow tomorrow.

Newport: Showers with highs close to 50. Colder and rainier tomorrow.

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