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:


Christmas trees may cost more this holiday season after a challenging year for growers (Oregonian)

Chal Landgren, an Oregon State University Extension professor, has worked with Christmas trees for four decades. Until this year, he had never experienced a heat dome or witnessed such damage to trees.

After early success, Taiwan struggles to exit 'zero COVID' policy (Al Jazeera)

“People in Taiwan have been – let me use a strong word – ‘spoiled’ with the good life and with that there’s a low tolerance on any community outbreak,” Chunhuei Chi, a professor and director at the Center for Global Health at Oregon State University, told Al Jazeera.

Turning a CBD farming byproduct into livestock feed (Jefferson Public Radio)

It’s an interesting question to ask: What happens if you feed cannabis to sheep? It’s a question that livestock scientists are actually wondering about at Oregon State University. They’re trying to develop a new animal feed market for industrial hemp.  

Farmworkers keep Oregonians fed, but often struggle to put food on their own tables (Statesman Journal)

Stephanie Grutzmacher, an Oregon State University professor who studies food insecurity, said the USDA’s definition and scale for measuring food insecurity may not capture farmworkers’ full experiences. 

Offensive place names in Oregon have been slow to change. Here's why (OPB News)

David Lewis, a professor at Oregon State University and consultant to the Oregon Geographic Names Board, said name changes require time for research and tribal collaboration. He’s happy about the national order but cautions, “If they really want this to happen, they would offer some sort of funding that we could pay people for sometimes hours and hours and hours of work, looking through the languages trying figure out an appropriate replacement either back to the original name, or to a name that we create based on the characteristics of the site.”

Climate change will destroy existing environments, create new ones, and undermine sea life protection efforts (Brinkwire)

Climate change is changing the world’s oceans and creating new environments, according to new research from Oregon State University, which could jeopardize efforts to protect sea life in the world’s largest marine protected areas.

Oregon hay farmers take a big hit (Natural Resource Report)

Farmers saw production cut by tens of millions, according to Mylen Bohle, agronomist for Oregon State University Crook County Extension Service. With rainfall 60 percent to 70 percent below normal, he said, water districts curtailed water allocations for irrigation by as much as two-thirds, which led to lower crop yields. 

People who practice this controversial habit have very low emotional intelligence (Inc.)

Writing in the journal, Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology researchers Alyssa MacKenzie and Anita Cservenka of Oregon State University looked for existing studies that touched on links between the use of cannabis and emotion processing.

Post-fire recovery depends on Cascade snow cover, study says (Jefferson Public Radio)

Researchers with Oregon State University and the University of Nevada, Reno found that snow cover is among the most critical elements to revegetating heavily burned areas of the Oregon and Washington Cascades. (see also OPB News)

Thanksgiving is possible this year because of COVID-19 vaccines (NBC News)

As Christopher Nichols, a historian at Oregon State University who has written about past pandemics, told me, “I can't think of a truly comparable world-historical event of the likely impact and import of the 2020-21 global race for effective Covid-19 vaccines and production and distribution to get this many shots in arms this fast.”

Project wants to evaluate food safety challenges of blueberry harvesting (Fresh Plaza)

Joining Chen as co-PIs are Renee Holland, a UGA area extension agent for commercial blueberries, and Wei Qiang Yang, Ph.D., a district berry extension agent with Oregon State University. 

Is it too late to prune a hydrangea? What about other plants? Ask an expert (Oregonian)

Gardening season is wrapping up but you may still have questions. For answers, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. 

Today's photo

Into the Fog: Olga Loza, salesforce developer, Ecampus, says “This was taken in Crystal Lake Park in south Corvallis. My son and his friend noticed a very unusual strip of dense fog just above the ground and ran into it, disappearing almost completely.” Submit your photos to [email protected].


NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Want to reflect on your teaching practices, discuss inclusive pedagogies and share strategies to transform teaching and learning? Register for the DPD and CTL Winter/Spring Book Club. Participants receive a free copy of "Transformative Approaches to Social Justice Education: Equity and Access in the College Classroom." All GTAs, instructors and tenure-track and professional faculty are welcome.  

Claudio A. Guevara Diaz M.S. Defense: Guevara Diaz will present his thesis, “Modelling Early-Seral Vegetation Dynamics Using Climate and Soil Moisture,” on Nov. 29, 3 p.m., via Zoom. Guevara Diaz is pursuing his M.S. degree in Sustainable Forest Management with Carlos Gonzalez-Benecke in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management. Contact the FERM Department via [email protected] for additional details. Zoom login:


NEW! Giving Tuesday: Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving, and a $25,000 challenge will help the OSU community amplify our impact for students facing food insecurity. We are grateful to our donors, who have together given over $1 million to Beavers Fight Hunger in the last two years. Promote this initiative in your college or unit communications and/or make a gift today.

NEW! Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees will meet Dec. 10, 8 a.m. to noon. Trustees will consider an update to the proposed presidential search timeline and process; elect board officers and consider the appointment of the board secretary. The board will hear a progress report from the Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance; consider the 2022 work plan for the Executive & Audit Committee; and consider a capital project related to the Reser Stadium videoboard. The board also will hear an update on university public safety efforts and receive reports on all hazards planning, compliance and ethics, and from the Office of General Counsel. The board meeting agenda and materials will be posted as they are available at For special accommodations, contact 541-737-3449 or  [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance.  

Incidental Fee Deliberations; Final Votes. The Student Fee Committee (SFC) is currently deliberating over the budget proposals received from the eight fee-funded units. Drop by MU 49 Horizon Room to learn more and provide your valuable feedback about what programs and services you want funded next year during the final two meetings Nov. 30, 6-9 p.m. (Zoom) and Dec. 3, 3-6 p.m. (Zoom). Submit questions & feedback through this form.

Fall Guitar Concert: Cameron O’Connor leads the OSU Guitar Ensemble in concert performing the music of Joe Hisaishi (selections from “Kikujiro” Tchaikovsky), as well as Leo Brouwer’s aleatoric masterwork, “Cuban Landscape with Rain.” Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., in Community Hall Room 303. Free. Must show a valid OSU ID card, or proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test from within three days and a photo ID.

Launch Academy Final Round Competition: Join us Dec. 3, from 3-5 p.m. virtually (register online) or in-person (Austin Hall 100) to watch OSU’s top teams pitch for prizes. Finalist teams include: Baysal Productions, led by Alihan Baysal; Knewt Auto Vision, led by Cassidy Hughes; Day by DAE, led by Dari Edwards; WxH, led by Austin Lally; Howling Hounds Coffee Roasters, led by Reid Burford; and HazAdapt, led by Virginia Katz. 

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Karla Jarecke: Ph. D. defense. Karla Jarecke will present her dissertation, “Spatial Patterns of Soil Moisture and the Relative Importance of Atmospheric Water Demand Versus Soil Moisture Availability in Limiting Late-summer Growth of Douglas-fir Under a Changing Climate,” Dec. 2, 2 p.m., in Richardson 107 and via Zoom. Contact [email protected] to receive the Zoom link.

CTL Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: "Providing Student Feedback: A Fishbowl Conversation," Benita Blessing, Liz Delf, Kenton Hokanson, Nathan Kirk, Caity Smyth, Weiwei Zhang. Join us in a fishbowl conversation on providing feedback to students in teaching. Nov, 30, 10-11:50 a.m., Zoom: For more information:

Giving Effective Feedback in Personal or Work Situations: This session addresses strategies on how to deliver effective feedback at work or at home. The training will offer multiple examples and provide participants with ample practice to learn how to give feedback that helps individuals improve performance. Nov 30, 10-11 a.m. Register here.

Water Resource Science Ph.D. Defense: Catie Finkenbiner will present, “Advancing the Understanding and Representation of Ecohydrological Processes using Tracer-enabled Modeling Approaches” on Nov. 30, noon. Finkenbiner is advised under the guidance of major professor Stephen Good of Biological & Ecological Engineering. Join via Zoom.

Environmental Arts and Humanities Prospective Student Information Session: Are you thinking about graduate school in an environmental field and want to build on your strengths in the humanities or arts? Register for the online info session to learn more about the M.A. in Environmental Arts and Humanities at OSU. Nov. 30 at noon. Register:

What’s in Your Water? Do you know what’s in your drinking water — or how to test it? College of Public Health and Human Sciences faculty Molly Kile and Veronica Irvin and OSU Extension’s Chrissy Lucas will explore how to fight disease and reduce health disparities by identifying tainted water sources through at-home testing. Join this virtual discussion on Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m.:

Navigating Workplace Conflict Workshop in Corvallis: Developed by University Ombudsperson and conflict management expert Sue Theiss, this workshop focuses on essential elements of managing interpersonal, small group and organizational conflict. Participants will have a good understanding of how to navigate conflict and the tools to help you create real change through inclusive processes. Dec. 16. Register at

Take Note

NEW! This IS Kalapuyan Land Exhibit: This IS Kalapuyan Land exhibit is now on display on the second floor of the Valley Library in the lobby and the Learning Commons. This display was curated by Steph Littlebird Fogel from Five Oaks Museum. For more information, please visit our LibGuide at: and

NEW! Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Flooding. Flooding occurs in Oregon due to our seasonal rainfall, summer fires, melting snow, new development and levees/dams. All influence how water is absorbed or directed downstream. Areas that have not flooded in the past may flood now due to changes that occurred somewhere else and caused a change in how the ground interacts with the water.

OSU Press Holiday Sale: From now through the end of the year, get 30% off and free shipping on all OSU Press books when you purchase directly through the OSU Press website. Visit to explore new releases and old favorites. Enter the promo code 21HOLIDAY at checkout to receive the discount. Expires Dec. 31. Books are not available for local pickup.

Call for Applications: Career Champions Program. Applications for the winter 2022 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. The Career Champions program provides faculty and instructors with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. More information can be found on the Center for Teaching and Learning website. Direct questions to Brenna Gomez or Brandi Fuhrman. Complete the application form by Dec. 1.  

Beavers Fight Hunger: Inspired by donors who have participated in Beavers Fight Hunger over the last two years, the OSU community is joining together once again to make a difference for OSU students facing food insecurity. Gifts to Beavers Fight Hunger will fund OSU's Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) as well as the OSU-Cascades Food Pantry. Please join us by promoting this initiative in your college or unit communications. Contact Tyrell Warren-Burnett with questions. www.beaversfighthunger.or.

DPD & CTL Book Club: Join the Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program and the Center for Teaching and Learning for the 2022 Book Club. Participants will receive a free copy of "Transformative Approaches to Social Justice Education: Equity and Access in the College Classroom" and attend four online discussions spread across Winter and Spring 2022. More information and registration here.

Bonus fitness sessions: OSU Faculty Staff Fitness is ready to get you moving with a bonus session Dec. 6-17 with Flex Passes, winter registration opening Dec. 1 (click here for schedule), and more Online FSF options. Contact [email protected] to help you find your fitness plan today.

Gift Drive for OSU Kid’s Gift Closet: The Family Resource Center Kid’s Gift Closet helps provide gifts for children of OSU students during holidays and celebrations. To minimize points of contact, donations this year will take place via an Amazon registry that ships directly to FRC OR you can shop at the Toy Factory in downtown Corvallis and leave the gift in our donation box. For more information contact [email protected].

COVID-19 testing: Oregon State University, in collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology (WVT), is providing on-site COVID-19 testing. OSU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to test at one of these locations: Corvallis: The LaSells Stewart Center: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Student Experience Center: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Dec. 9-10, only the SEC location will be open. During Winter Break, only the SEC location will be open, and its hours will be limited to Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. WVT will provide testing over the break for travel purposes. Student Health Services will not be providing testing for travel purposes. (For staff wanting to get a test voluntarily, please make sure to register for a lab dash account prior to arrival: Bend: Ray Hall 302, Weeks of Nov. 29-Dec. 20: Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3  to 6 p.m.; Week of Dec. 27: No testing; Week of Jan. 3: Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Fairbanks: As part of the Fairbanks Hall Renovation Project, utility work will be happening. The sidewalk between the Women’s Building and Fairbanks Hall is scheduled to be closed from Nov. 29 through Dec. 27 (view map). An area of the sidewalk/fire lane between Austin Hall and the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center will also be closed.

Reser Stadium lot: For work related to the Completing Reser Stadium project, the west area of the Reser Stadium lot (lot #3281) will be closed from Nov. 22 through Dec. 10. Exterior saw-cutting work is scheduled for an electrical reroute. An extended closure for the west area of the Reser Stadium lot is also scheduled starting Nov. 22 through June 15, 2023. The area will be used for a contractor job site and temporary storage space (view map).


“The best teachers have showed me that things have to be done bit by bit. Nothing that means anything happens quickly — we only think it does. The motion of drawing back a bow and sending an arrow straight into a target takes only a split second, but it is a skill many years in the making." ~ Joseph Bruchac

Corvallis: Rain, mainly before 10 a.m.; high of 56, low of 45. Patchy fog Tuesday.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain, high of 53, low of 35. Mostly sunny Tuesday.

Newport: Rain, mainly before 9 a.m.; high of 56, low of 49. Mostly cloudy Tuesday.

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