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:


Klamath dam removal will help but not cure salmon, research shows (Jefferson Public Radio)

But the research also shows that dam removal will not solve all the issues for the migrating fish. We get into the details with Sascha Hallett, a fish parasitologist at Oregon State University, and Julie Alexander, a fish ecologist at OSU. Both are among a flock of authors on the research.

Which is better, active learning or lecture? It's not so simple. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

To Regan A.R. Gurung, a professor of psychology at Oregon State University, the Martella paper underscores that “research in the classroom is really tough.” These studies did not meet all 12 internal validity controls, but research rarely does, says Gurung, who teaches research methods. This evidence, says Gurung — who is also associate vice provost and executive director of Oregon State’s Center for Teaching and Learning — “is still enough for us to say to an instructor, Really try and do some more active learning.”

Footprints in New Mexico suggest that humans were already in North American over 20,000 years ago (My Modern Met)

Loren Davis, an archaeologist at Oregon State University who was not involved in the research, expressed concern to Science that older carbon-14 in the lake water could have been absorbed into the plants which produced the seeds. To help settle these concerns, the researchers have now added two new dating methods that both agree with their former findings.


From students to employees: OSU-Cascades graduates who are helping grow the university (Bend Bulletin)

Recently, Oregon State University unveiled a goal to double student enrollment at the Cascades campus by 2030. As the campus has grown, its faculty and staff have grown with it.

Researchers look to fill gaps in understanding tufted puffins (KMUN)

Rachael Orben, an assistant professor and researcher at Oregon State University, has been leading efforts to document what puffins eat by taking high quality photographs of the seabirds as they land at burrows on Haystack Rock.

Oregon State University, NASA sending microbes to space for low gravity study (KOIN)

Oregon State University is partnering with NASA to research the role gravity plays in microbial growth by sending samples to the International Space Station.

Jonathan Smith leaving Oregon State to become next Michigan State head coach; Kefense Hynson to serve as interim coach (KGW)

Michigan State University has officially announced Jonathan Smith as the new head coach of the football program. 

What to know before you buy someone a houseplant for the holidays (Oregonian)

Before you buy, though, consider some key care tips, including how to get them home, said Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. She advises taking a cardboard box along with you to the store and then covering the plant after getting it into the car.

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Bright spot: This photo was submitted by Mark Brown, assistant director, Center for Family Enterprise. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Studying for finals, finishing up projects, researching and writing papers takes a lot of energy. Encourage your students to get regular sleep, take breaks and eat nutritious meals. Let them know about the Basic Needs Center’s Healthy Beaver Bags, and consider sharing Academic Success Center strategies for designing effective breaks and potential break activities.


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.

NEW! Scooter and Bike Security: Free, drop-in. You can take steps to protect your scooter or bike from theft. Visit with Public Safety and Transportation Services at the library to learn how. 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 27, Valley Library. 

Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture Fall 2023 Seminar Series at noon Mondays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom. On Nov. 27 at noon, Lane Selman, OSU Horticulture Department faculty, will present, “The culinary breeding network.” The event is free and open to the public. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information at:

NEW! An Evening with Jaiyah: Sports Legend and Groundbreaker. Jaiyah’s story as the first transgender person to compete in a FIFA Soccer tournament is featured in "Next Goal Wins," a Hollywood film directed by Taika Waititi. She has used her platform to travel the world and advocate for SOGIE visibility and inclusion in sports. She was also recently featured in Out Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. The event will take place at the CH2M Alumni Center Ballroom (across from Reser Stadium) starting at 3 p.m., Nov. 27.

Department of Integrative Biology seminar: Itchung Cheung (pronounced "E-Chung Chung"), academic program manager, Hatfield Marine Science Center and assistant professor of practice, Department of Integrative Biology, will present a seminar, “Enhancing Undergraduate Learning through Experiential Education in Field and Marine Sciences,” at 4 p.m., Nov. 27,  in CRB 2196 or on Zoom at For more information and to view the entire Integrative Biology Department Seminar Series lineup, please go to


NEW! Emeritus Farewell: Everyone is invited to the farewell ceremony for Emeritus, the 80-foot tall sculpture by John Grade, which will be moving to Alaska after 14 months at OSU. We’ll have hot chocolate, share writing inspired by the sculpture, learn about its next installation and then turn off the lights as we say goodbye. 5-6 p.m., Dec. 7, sequoia grove in the Memorial Union Quad.

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 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

Book Talk: Tribal Histories of the Willamette Valley. David Lewis, assistant professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society, will talk about his book "Tribal Histories of the Willamette Valley" from 3-5 p.m., Nov. 29 at Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws at OSU. Admission is free.

Hawaii fundraiser: 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 includes 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Nov. 30 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 1, at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 3, at Valley Football Center. Donations requested include diapers, feminine care products, toys and gift cards. 

OSU Lyric Workshop Presents: Into the Trailer ParkThrilling musical scenes from "Cry Baby," "Great American Trailer Park Musical," and "Into the Woods." 7 p.m., Dec. 2; and 3 p.m., Dec. 3, in Community Hall Room 202. Free, open to all. Limited seating.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Annual Holiday Concert: Featuring holiday favorites with OSU choirs at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7 at The LaSells Stewart Center. Guest conductors Marlan Carlson, Steven Zielke, Sandra Babb and Raymund Ocampo. Tickets and more information at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Navigating the holiday season, family edition: The holiday season can be filled with joy, but it can also come with complications — especially when we factor in family dynamics. Whether you’re navigating grief, family conflict or new traditions with your chosen families, the holidays can hold more difficult emotions than we would like. Join this gathering to discuss the challenges we can face while navigating family dynamics during the holiday season. 9-10 a.m., Nov. 28. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

NEW! Kate McCredie M.S. defense: A presentation of Kate McCredie’s thesis, titled: “The Impact of Compound Disturbance Across a Stream Network in Western Oregon: Forest Harvesting, Wildfire, and Post-Fire Management Effects on Stream Water Nitrate and Riparian Soil Nutrients,” takes place at noon Nov. 28 in PFSC 315. McCredie is earning her M.S. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Kevin Bladon and Tom DeLuca. Please contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions, for the zoom link, or for accommodations for disabilities.

NEW! Championing Mental Health in the Workplace: Join this gathering to either voice or listen to ways that coworkers can advocate for mental health at work and support each other on the journey toward a healthier self. This gathering is intended for anyone open to discussing mental health in the workplace. 9-10 a.m., Nov. 29. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

NEW! 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.

NEW! Left Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (panel discussion): Panel discussion featuring Mahdy Alkhodr (OSU student), Joel Beinin (professor of Middle East history, emeritus, Stanford University) and William Smaldone (professor of European history, Willamette University). For accommodations or for more information contact [email protected]. The event is from 4-6 p.m., Nov. 29 in Room 386 in the Learning Innovation Center (LINC).

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

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.

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].

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.

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:

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. 

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.

Take Note

NEW! 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].

NEW! 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.

NEW! 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.

NEW! Beavers Unite OSUAA Membership Challenge: Last day to join. OSU students and alumni benefit when you become a new OSU Alumni Association member, renew or upgrade, and you benefit, too. Receive 25% off all memberships until midnight tonight, gain access to amazing perks and create lasting support for your fellow Beavers. Visit and use promo code UNITE.

Teaching faculty learning community: Excited about teaching? Or need a recharge? Apply to join the Winter ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community sponsored by CTL and Academic Technologies. We’ll explore teaching strategies, useful ed tech tools and developing resiliency to thrive in the changing educational landscape. See the call for participation. Apply by Dec. 4. Funding provided. 

Ready, Set, AI: Join the Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Technologies for a Winter ‘24 faculty learning community addressing artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on higher education. We will explore how we respond to the immediate impact of AI in education, develop proactive strategies and hear from students and experts. See the call for participation. Apply by Dec. 4. Funding provided.

Payroll Office changes in December: During the month of December, Payroll is having some work done to rearrange and add workspace in our office. Our windows will be closed and phones will go to voicemail, but we will have a representative at the front desk in B100 (Business Affairs) and will be returning phone calls and responding to emails as quickly as possible every day.  A more open space will be available starting in the new year.

$15K of funding available: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is currently seeking applications that describe technology-based projects in any discipline that will move OSU-owned technologies closer to commercialization. Proposals should describe a project that requires $15,000 or less of funding to achieve an important milestone(s) connected to commercialization. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000 and should span nine months or less, beginning in January 2024. Proposals are due by 5 p.m., Dec. 8. Learn more and apply.

Planning a trip out of town? From intercity buses to airport shuttles, OSU’s Corvallis Campus has several options to choose from. Visit our Transit page for ideas. To receive timely transportation tips and updates, sign up for OSU’s Sustainable Transportation quarterly newsletter or email [email protected].

Internship supplement: New Beginnings for Tribal Students (NBTS) offers $5,000 supplemental funding for summer internships in natural sciences to self-identifying Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian undergrads enrolled at OSU. NBTS also pairs students with mentors, meets as a cohort in the summer, and includes a small scholarship and support to attend science conferences. NBTS past participants are welcome to apply to the program again. For more information and to apply, see

Advantage Accelerator: It’s time to accelerate your startup, technology, and/or business idea! The OSU Advantage Accelerator is offering a virtual Accelerate program starting this January. In just nine weeks, streamline your value proposition, get to market faster and validate your product-market fit. The Accelerate program is open to OSU researchers, students and staff, and the Corvallis community who intend to start or grow an entrepreneurial venture and can qualify teams to receive NSF I-Corps funds. The fun starts Jan. 16. Learn more and apply here:

Call for Applications: Career Champions Program. Applications for the winter 2024 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. The Career Champions program provides educators with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while tackling issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Direct questions to Brenna GomezApplications are due Dec. 15.

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

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.

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 an 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].

Traffic and Maintenance

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 you begin to know how long the winter will be.” ~ Martha Gellhorn

Corvallis: Areas of frost and then sunny, high of 45, low of 27. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 46, low of 22. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Areas of frost and then sunny, high of 55, low of 36. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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