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:


OHSU, OSU researchers discover nanotechnology could detect, treat ectopic pregnancies (KEZI)

Breakthrough medical research shows nanotechnology could be used to better detect and treat ectopic pregnancies, according to researchers from Oregon Health & Science University and Oregon State University. (see also KGW)

A home in the forest (Statesman Journal)

The unpredictability of dispersed camping compared to other forms of camping means that sensitive vegetation and wildlife has less of a chance to adapt, said Oregon State University recreational ecologist Ashley D’Antonio. This adds unnecessary strain to vulnerable wildlife populations and makes it difficult to manage conservation. 

Here's why the West Coast Dungeness crab season has been delayed (OPB News)

Link said the problem of domoic acid has been growing over the past 10 years, and he’s hoping ongoing research by marine biologist Francis Chan at Oregon State University will shed new light on the impacts of climate change on the crab fishery.

Receding ice, energetic volcanoes and the Southern Ocean iron experiment: be careful what you wish for (Cosmos)

It happened, says study author Professor Alan Mix, an oceanographer and paleoclimatologist at Oregon State University, US, by “uncorking” them by reducing the weight of ice pressing down on them. “That releases the stress, which then can trigger volcanoes,” he says.

Did Western philosophy ruin Earth? A philosopher's letter of apology to the world (Salon)

A piece by Michael Paul Nelson, professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University.


Star Trek (BBC Radio 3)

Matthew Sweet is joined by George Takei, Naomi Alderman, Una McCormack and José-Antonio Orosco (Oregon State University) to discuss the Cold War politics and contemporary relevance of the Star Trek universe.

Extreme weather, delayed 2022 growing season strained Mid-Valley farms (Statesman Journal)

Dr. Patty Skinkis, viticulture extension specialist at Oregon State University, said people panicked over the frost. Skinkis’ job is to “help guide people in these uncertain times,” she said.

"Older than dinosaurs," lamprey back at Miller Lake (KDRV)

Jordan Ortega caught the six brown trout as an Oregon State University graduate student who's part of a team working to get lamprey back into Miller Lake.

Oregon State prof warns of climate horror (Democrat-Herald)

Bill Ripple has seen climate horror. The Oregon State University forestry school professor was undoubtedly among thousands who drove over to the state’s coast in June 2021 soon after the heat dome.


Record number of firs dying in Oregon, Washington in what experts call 'Firmageddon' (Oregonian)

The USFS will continue monitoring the Douglas fir die-off and will meet with researchers at Oregon State University in the coming weeks to study the issue further.

OSU Public Safety searching for man in sexual misconduct case (KEZI)

The Oregon State University Department of Public Safety is looking for a man who has allegedly been involved in two cases of sexual misconduct near campus.

Global plastic treaty should address chemicals (Science)

A piece co-authored by OSU's Susanne Brander.

OSU researchers to search for the world's oldest ice (KATU)

A team of researchers from Oregon State University will travel to the South Pole in search of the world’s oldest ice.

Prop gun triggers 'active threat situation' at Oregon State University (KPTV)

A prop gun mistaken for a real firearm triggered an “active threat situation’ on the campus of Oregon State University on Tuesday night. A tweet sent out by the university at 8:39 p.m. told people to stay inside and wait for further instructions in Buxton and Hawley Hall. The tweet also instructed people to call 911 if they were injured.


Today's photo

Trapped beauty: George Poinar Jr. with the College of Science says, “It began by taking a photo of some flies when the camera went awry and out came this Escher-like image.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

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


Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture Fall 2022 Seminar Series in ALS 4001 or via Zoom on Nov. 28 at noon. Jesse Carroll, Ph.D. candidate, OSU Department of Horticulture, will present, “Pulsing of Drip Irrigation Improves Growth and Production of Pacific Northwest Blueberry and Raspberry Crops.” The event is free and open to the public. Zoom information at:

NEW! Canvas Gradebook: Join UIT-Academic Technologies Monday, Nov 28 at 3 p.m. to learn about Canvas gradebook functionalities. Register for this free 30-minute webinar with an additional 15 minutes for Q&A. Questions? Email us at [email protected]


NEW! Demonstration: On Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 2-3:30 p.m. there will be a demonstration at the MU stairs in solidarity with Iranian protesters. This demonstration is in coordination with a global community of over 100 universities. Organizers want to spread the messages of the Iranian people and raise awareness of the injustices the Iranian people are facing at the hands of the present regime. They will also honor the strength of the protesters in Iran, especially the women and girls who are fighting with all they have.

NEW! Percent for Art celebration: Oregon was one of the first states to pass ‘Percent for Art’ legislation, setting aside no less than 1% of funds for the acquisition of public-facing artwork in all state funded building construction projects. The Peavy Forest Science Center features three art installations funded by this program. Nov. 30, 3:30-6  p.m., Peavy Forest Science Center. More information is on our website:

NEW! OSU Guitar Ensemble Fall Concert: The OSU Guitar Ensemble offers up its signature blend of music from around the world for large and small ensembles. Music from Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Cuba, England and holiday favorites share the program. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in Community Hall 303. Free, open to all. Limited seating.

NEW! OSU Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert featuring works celebrating from Mingus, Metheny, Steve Owen, Ellen Rowe and others. You can expect to hear familiar classics as well as some new and exciting compositions. The OSU jazz band features some of the finest brass, wind and rhythm players on campus. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in the MU Ballroom. Free, open to all.

NEW! The Dreaming Beyond Borders Resource Center Open House: Please join as we celebrate the Dreaming Beyond Borders (DBB) Resource Center's third anniversary. The DBB will be having an open house on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The DBB is located at 326 Waldo Hall. For questions or accommodation requests, please contact [email protected]. Event flyer available here.

NEW! ROTC Navy vs. Army Football Game: Friday, Dec. 2, 4-5 p.m. in Reser Stadium. Every year, these two groups play in a fun, end-of-fall-term flag (mostly) football game, in light of the real USNA/USMA football game in December. Feel free to come cheer on your favorite branch of military as the Navy defends their title. Come support us and root for your favorite team.

NEW! OSU Symphony Holiday Concert: Debussy's Children’s Corner Suite and holiday favorites with OSU Choirs. Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets and information.

Book Club: Join the Association of Faculty and Staff for the Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC) for a book club reading of “The Matter of Black Lives,” a collection of The New Yorker’s writing on race in America with a foreword by and edited by Jelani Cobb, 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration keynote speaker. We are reading this book in advance of the Feb. 1 keynote address. Register by Nov. 28. The book club will meet via Zoom every two weeks on Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. beginning Nov. 29. For questions, contact [email protected].

Graduating Seniors Art Exhibition: Fairbanks and Praxis Galleries. Featuring artwork by Kayla Farrell, Adeline Hall, Michael Heath, Jessica Hume-Pantuso and Alex Ozeran. Nov. 21-Dec. 9 in Fairbanks Hall. Reception: Nov. 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free, open to all.

Bobbin’ Through the Woods: College of Forestry Holiday Craft & Art Fair: Over 30 vendors selling a variety of items including pottery, glass and wood art, clothing, food and more. Dec. 2-3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Peavy Forest Science Center and Richardson Hall, Corvallis campus, 3100 SW Jefferson Way. Check out our vendors and find out more on our website: All proceeds from the show will benefit Rootstock, the college's in house food pantry for students. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! WRGP Seminars: Drew Capone from Indiana University will present "Steps Towards Universal Water and Sanitation Access in the United States," Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. in STAG 111 or on Zoom. Please reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details. All are welcome.

NEW! Undergraduate Assessment Leads and Assessment Personnel: Join the team from Assessment & Accreditation for an undergraduate programs assessment workshop on Dec. 1, 10-11 a.m. in Milam 215. We look forward to discussing proposed changes to the assessment reporting process and sharing a draft of the revised annual assessment reporting template. Please use this link to sign up to attend.

Department of Integrative Biology M.S. Defense Seminar: Sarah Hardisty will present “Morphology, Sediment Microbial Analysis, and Species Distribution Modeling of a New Offshore Population of Ghost Shrimp (Neotrypaea sp.)” on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 9 a.m. in person in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building Auditorium at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Or join via Zoom: Hardisty is completing her M.S. in integrative biology under the guidance of Sarah Henkel.

EMT Seminar: Daniel Elson defense seminar, Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 3:30 p.m., in LPSC 402: “A versatile receptor with a penchant for surprise: AhR as a therapeutic target in cancer.”

College of Science Meets President Murthy: The College of Science is invited to meet President Murthy, join in food and drink and hear her remarks about her goals and their impact on the college. There will be a Q&A session. Nov. 29, 4-5  p.m., MU Multipurpose Rm 13. Admission is free. RSVP here.

Data privacy webinars: Oregon State Libraries is proud to present two opportunities to hear Sarah Lamdan, professor of law at CUNY School of Law, present on the current state of data brokering by academic publishers. Introductory session Monday, Nov. 28 at noon: registration required; and Student/Faculty Impacts session Friday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m.: registration required. Visit our Data Privacy & Social Justice Guide for more information.

MPP defense: Leah Pratt will present “K-12 School Finance Reform: An Idaho Case Study." There have been years of stalled K-12 school finance reform efforts in Idaho, yet it was unclear what key Idaho education interest groups currently thought about how Idaho funds their public schools. Therefore, this project explored the institutional perspectives and beliefs of K-12 Idaho education stakeholders regarding the Idaho K-12 school funding formula. Nov. 30, 9-11 a.m. Contact Erin Heim ([email protected]) for Zoom link.

Indigenous Placekeeping in Corvallis and at the Confluence: Join us Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., for the next talk in this year's Champinefu Webinar Series. Indigenous artists will join in conversation with David Harrelson, Cultural Resources Department Manager for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Register and learn more. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project.

Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Research Symposium: Come explore the intersections between chemistry, biology, epidemiology and regulatory science on Friday, Jan. 20 in The LaSells Stewart Center. Speakers include current students and staff and EMT alumni from industry, government and academia. There will be a career Q&A and a poster session. Registration is free.

Take Note

NEW! 25 Year club: Congratulations to Anita Holman, faculty research associate, 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.

NEW! Driving study participants wanted: The OSU School of Civil and Construction Engineering seeks research study participants who are at least 18 years old and have a valid driver's license. The study purpose is to better understand driver habits while operating a vehicle at night to increase safety on the roadway. Participants will be paid for their involvement, which requires a time commitment of approximately one hour and coming to the OSU Driving Simulator Laboratory. To participate, email graduate research assistant Kezia Suwandhaputra at [email protected]; for more information, contact Principal Investigator David Hurwitz at [email protected]

Ask A Dam Therapist: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a Black Mental Health & Wellness podcast hosted by Chanale Propst MMS, NCC and Ireti Debato-Cancel MS, LPC-I. An unapologetic deep dive into the Black student mental health and wellness attending a PWI. Come join us for a candid conversation and a good laugh with some of the brightest minds in the field and culture. The podcast can be found on SpotifyApple Music or Google Podcast

Notice of policy action: The university community is invited to review and provide comment on four proposed university policies, which may be found on the What's New page of the University Policy & Standards website. The policies are: University Policy 03-200 Real PropertyUniversity Policy 04-010 RetaliationUniversity Policy 05-100 Termination Not-for-Cause of Professional Faculty Appointment and University Policy 05-105 Corrective Discipline and Termination for Cause of Professional Faculty Member’s Appointment. Comments must be received by Dec. 9.

Dr. Martin Luther King Saturday of Service: Presented by Community Engagement & Leadership: The Dr. MLK Saturday of Service will take place on Saturday, Jan. 14. MLK Day is an opportunity to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. Students, faculty, staff and their partners and children are all invited to participate. Register on the Community Engagement & Leadership Homepage.

Free COVID tests: Free iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests are available on the Corvallis and Bend campuses and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Each box contains two tests. While supplies last, OSU community members can pick up these self-test kits without restrictions. Please note the FDA has extended the self-test kit expiration dates by six months.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Street and sidewalk closure on Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement Project, SW Washington Way will be closed daily between SW 26th and SW 17th Streets to begin water line replacement. Work will occur Nov. 30, 2022 through Jan. 6 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. This portion of Washington Way will reopen to vehicle traffic after 5 p.m. daily. (View map) The sidewalk on the north side of Washington Way will also be closed, and an alternate pedestrian route will be identified with signage. For questions or comments on this closure, contact construction manager Derek Bennett at 541-609-6111.


“The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing.” ~ Hannah Whitall Smith

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 43, low of 30. Chance of snow showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Snow likely today, high of 34, low of 18. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Showers likely today, high of 47, low of 34. Showers likely tomorrow.

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