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.

OSU Extension building partnership in new fire program (KTVZ)

In a time of increasing wildfire activity, Oregon State University Extension Service said Friday it has implemented a new statewide fire program to help facilitate forest and range management plans, as well as create a healthy respect of fire through education and outreach efforts.

Grant's Getaways: Songbird science (KGW)

“Listen up! Do you hear that? We call it the ‘dawn chorus’ when birds become very active as the sun rises,” said OSU assistant professor Dana Sanchez.

OSU hires new wheat extension agent for Wasco, Sherman counties (Capital Press)

Oregon State University has hired a new extension agent for dryland wheat growers in Wasco and Sherman counties. (see also Bend Bulletin)

DOE awards nearly $25M to advanced hydropower pilot projects (Power Engineering)

Pacific Marine Energy Center (formerly known as the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center), operated jointly by Oregon State University, the University of Washington and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, facilitates the development of wave, tidal and in-river energy converters through research, education, outreach and environmental characterization, design, and operation of testing sites. 

State of the Coast conference set for Nov. 9 (The World)

Registration has opened for Oregon Sea Grant’s annual State of the Coast conference, which will be held Nov. 9 at the Salishan resort in Gleneden Beach and will provide opportunities to hear about marine science and policy issues facing the Oregon coast. Presenters and panelists will include Oregon State University faculty, government officials, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Surfrider Foundation and Local Ocean Seafoods.

News roundtable (Think Out Loud)

We get opinions and analysis of some of the big stories of the week with Nkenge Harmon Johnson, Doug Badger and Christopher McKnight Nichols (OSU).

OSU-Cascades Equity Lounge creates space for marginalized students (Bend Bulletin)

Risa Christie, a sophomore at Oregon State University-Cascades, said that because of a chronic illness, being active can be difficult. So when she had the opportunity to create a place on the school’s Bend campus that was welcoming to all students from underrepresented groups such as students with disabilities, she was thrilled.

Ask an expert: How can I get rid of mushrooms in my yard that sickened my dog? (Oregonian)

Brrr, it’s cold outside, but there are always questions for Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

Clint Shock honored by Oregon State University (Argus Observer)

On Oct. 2, Dr. Clint Shock was inducted into Diamond Pioneer Registry at Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The induction ceremony was held on campus in Corvallis.

Print Arts Northwest works to be displayed at OSU's Fairbanks Gallery (Gazette-Times)

A collection of works from Print Arts Northwest members will be on display from Nov. 4 through Dec. 4 at the Fairbanks Gallery of Art on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

Advancing high-rise wood construction at Oregon State University (KEX)

A KEX radio broadcast.

Today's photo

Ready for anything: November's here and like this pack dog, we have to be ready for anything when it comes to the weather. This week will be a little cloudier and a little warmer than last. Photo courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives.


Grand opening Military and Veteran Resources Center: Please join us for some free refreshments as we share our new Military and Veteran Resources Center with the university community. Monday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Snell Hall Suite 150.

CGRB Listening Sessions: The CGRB Strategic Planning Committee has arranged four listening sessions on four intersecting topics and are seeking input from our broader community. On Monday, Nov. 4 from 1-2:30 p.m., we’ll be discussing needs, challenges and opportunities for data generation including genomics, imaging, and bioinformatics. RSVP is encouraged but not required. For more information go to

Behind the Uniform: Meet some of your fellow students that once served in U.S. Military, hear their stories, break the stigma. Monday, Nov. 4, 1-4 p.m., SEC Plaza.

Discovery Days: A pivotal outreach event with the local community and students at OSU aimed for elementary aged kids. It features hands-on activities from biology to robotics and everything in between! Discovery Days is open to the community Nov. 4-5, 2-3 p.m., at The LaSells Stewart Center. If you have any questions, please email

Real-time Grid Operations: Bob Frost of Portland General Electric’s Grid Engineering & Compliance will provide an overview of real-time grid operations within the interconnections of the United States. The presentation will include balancing authority operations, transmission operations and electrical engineering roles within grid operations. He also will discuss how the industry is changing with the integration of renewable resources into the grid. Nov. 4, 2-4 p.m., KEC 1007

Research Seminar: Wendy Meiring, professor from UC Santa Barbara, will speak on "A functional data analysis study of stratospheric ozone trends, and ozonesonde measurement biases," on Nov. 4, 4 p.m., in Weniger Room 149. This seminar is open to the public.

Department of Integrative Biology Seminar: Drew Harvell, professor, Cornell University will present a seminar, “Turning Up the Heat on Ocean Outbreaks from Seagrasses to Seastars” on Monday, Nov. 4, 4 p.m. in ALS 4001. The seminar is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend in person, please feel free the catch the seminar streaming on Zoom at For more information and to view the entire Integrative Biology Department Fall Seminar Series lineup, please go to

Honors Student Research Symposium: Maia Insinga (Psychology), Mahal Miles (Public Health Management & Policy/Medical Humanities), and Mohammed Shakibnia (Political Science/Philosophy) were awarded summer internships to collaborate on humanities research projects with faculty mentors through a partnership between the OSU Center for the Humanities and the Honors College. Come hear them talk about their work on Seasonal Affective Disorder prevention, the history of nuclear radiation and public health, and factors affecting political judgment on Monday, Nov. 4, 4-5 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave. Check out the calendar event listing for more details.  

ART:SCI Lecture Series: Ken Van Rees, Director for the Centre for Northern Agroforestry and Afforestation at the University of Saskatchewan, presents “The Collision of Science and Art: Pain, Soil and Charcoal,” Monday, Nov. 4, 5:30 p.m., Memorial Union 213. 

Do you have a business idea but need some help? The OSU Advantage Accelerator is offering Iterate, a free class for entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs who have a business idea but aren't sure what to do next. Come learn how to create a value proposition, find and understand your market, and more. Iterate consists of four workshops that build on each other: Nov. 4, 6, 13, and 20, all from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Learn more and register:


NEW! OSU Album Club hosted by Bob Santelli. Featuring John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.” Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. Community Hall room 303, free.

NEW! Veterans Organization Fair: Learn more about some of the local veterans organizations and service providers like Healing Waters, Team RWB, Team Rubicon, Benton County Veterans Services, WorkSource Oregon Veterans Services and Samaritan Veterans Outreach. Open to veteran students, faculty and staff. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to noon, Snell 150.

NEW! Storytelling for veterans: Take this opportunity to learn how to tell a part of your story in writing. Writing offers an avenue that can lead to healing for the writers and increases understanding in those who read it. Open to veteran students, faculty and staff. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1-2:30 p.m., Snell 151.

NEW! "Island Soldier": Filmed in Kosrae, Micronesia, "Island Soldier" follows the Nena family as they grieve the loss of their son, Sapuro “Sapp” Nena. His death in Afghanistan makes waves through the community where nearly everyone is connected to the U.S. military. Known as a recruiter's paradise, Micronesia, a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean, contributes a disproportionate number of soldiers to the American armed forces. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6-8 pm., Snell Hall Suite 150. This event is open to the public.

NEW! IEEE Student Branch Presentation: Join the IEEE Student Branch (OSU Overclocking) for a presentation and pizza on Nov. 6, 6 p.m, Kelley 1001. Presentations by the IEEE Student Branch chair and the IEEE client services manager will cover the activities and projects available through the IEEE Student Branch and the benefits of the IEEE Professional Society. 

NEW! Rewilding a Mountain Film Screening and Panel: This film captures the "rewilding" of Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge in Southeastern Oregon. It unravels an unsettling controversy that challenges the core identity of the West and follows a team of scientists that ask the question: What happened here? Nov. 7 at Gilfillan Auditorium, 6 p.m. doors and pizza, 6:30 p.m. start. Trailer:

Baccalaureate Core Listening Sessions: The Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the Office of Undergraduate Education are holding a series of listening sessions for Bacc Core stakeholders: faculty, students, unit supervisors, advisers and other personnel involved with developing, administering and teaching Baccalaureate Core courses. Representatives from the EC, Vice Provost Alix Gitelman’s office and the Faculty Senate Baccalaureate Core Committee will attend each meeting to hear your ideas. From this feedback, as well as research on other current models of general education in higher education, we expect to develop two or three alternative models to bring back to listening sessions before the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. Nov. 5, 3-5 p.m., ALS 4001; Nov. 8, 9:30-11:40 a.m., FURM 102; Nov. 12, 4-6 p.m., (student session), MU 206; Nov. 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m., MU 109; Dec. 5, 1-3 p.m., LINC 128. For those who cannot attend any listening session, or who have additional comments, there is an opportunity to offer extended commentary and feedback via a Qualtrics survey at

OSU Gallery Walk: A cooperative of galleries on the Oregon State University campus will host the first OSU Gallery Walk on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 4 – 7 p.m. on the main campus. The event is similar to the Corvallis Arts Walk, with galleries staying open that evening for self-guided tours. Some will have refreshments available. Participating galleries are: Concourse Gallery in the Memorial Union; Fairbanks Gallery of Art in Fairbanks Hall; Giustina Gallery in the LaSells Stewart Center; The Little Gallery, 210 Kidder Hall; Micro Gallery, 234 Nash Hall; and Strand Gallery, 440 Strand Agriculture Hall. Gallery Walk maps will be available at each location. Parking is permit-free on campus after 5 p.m. Admission is free. The galleries plan to host a Gallery Walk each term. For more information, contact Andrew Nigon,

Micro Gallery: College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Microbiology, and Art About Agriculture presents an exhibition of artwork by Corvallis artist, Carol Chapel. Chapel draws creative inspiration from the sciences; in particular, uses scientific observation tools to study plants and animals she encounters on her rural property. Nov. 5 – Dec. 12. Reception during OSU Gallery Walk, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 4 – 7 p.m., Micro Gallery, 234 Nash Hall.  

Strand Gallery: College of Agricultural Sciences and Art About Agriculture presents Black Carbon, an exhibition of artwork in response to fires, featuring artist Ken Van Rees from University of Saskatchewan, Corvallis artist Patrick Collier, OSU Seminarium, and students from the School of Arts and Communication. Nov. 5 – Dec. 12.  Reception during OSU Gallery Walk, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 4 – 7 p.m., 440 Strand Hall. 

Healing the Warrior's Heart: Healing the Warrior’s Heart examines the emotional trauma of war through the prism of Native American tradition and ceremony. The program reveals the central role that military service plays in Native life and explores the spiritual traditions that help returning American Indian soldiers reintegrate into society. These traditions hold lessons for the nation as we seek to bring comfort and healing to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6-7 p.m., Snell Hall 150. Open to the public

Zimbabwe a cappella quintet: Nobuntu, an all-female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 6, in the LaSells Stewart Center. The OSU women’s chorus, Bella Voce, will join Nobuntu for some traditional Zimbabwean songs during the program. Nobuntu is known for its inventive performances of music ranging from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro jazz to gospel. The ensemble’s concerts are performed with. voices augmented by minimalistic traditional percussion instruments and dance movements.Tickets for the performance are $30 and $35 in advance or $35 and $40 at the door. OSU student tickets are $10 each, limit one per student, with ID card in advance or at the door. All seats are reserved. The performances will be held in Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. To purchase tickets in person, go to Fairbanks Hall room 309A or 309B between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets will also be available at the LaSells Stewart Center box office prior to the concert. To purchase online, visit or call 541-737-5592.

Home game Friday, Nov. 8: OSU will be hosting the University of Washington at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8. This may produce some parking and commuting challenges for the Corvallis campus community. To learn more, see:

Fulbright Reception: In collaboration with the Fulbright Association of Oregon Chapter, we would like to invite you to the Fulbright Reception during International Education Week. Network with current, past and prospective Fulbrighters in the Oregon State University community on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Student Experience Center, SEC 112 Involvement Lounge.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Ovarian and breast cancer awareness: Join the OSU Student Public Health Association for a presentation by the Rivkin Center on ovarian and breast cancer. Attendees can receive informational tools for early detection, risk assessment, prevention and self-advocacy. This event is free, open to all and will be held Tuesday, Nov 5, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Waldo 400.

NEW! Workplace workshop: Cascade Employee Assistance Program is providing a workshop for all OSU employees on Nov. 6, 9-10 a.m., MU, Multipurpose Room 13. The topic of the workshop is: "Working in a Changing Environment - Strategies to Cope with Change and Transitions in the Workplace." During this presentation EAP staff will address the elements of change, different types of loss individuals experience related to change and the transitional stages in the process. They will also offer ideas regarding healthy ways of coping with stress and change. To register: This is also offered through Zoom for employees who would like to attend remotely: Questions? Contact Employee Benefits at or 541-757-2805.

NEW! Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): “Introductory microbiome analysis using phyloseq, i.e., How to generate exploratory diversity plots and what they mean” Ed Davis (Center for Genome Research & Biocomputing), Wednesday, Nov. 6, noon, ALS 3005. BUG consists of life scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, statisticians, and researchers of all types who meet to discuss topics related to these fields of study. Meetings are generally informal, consisting of discussions, interactive talks, or short workshops. All are welcome. No experience needed to participate. For additional information, see

NEW! Native Americans in Sci-Fi: Join the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures in celebrating Indigenous History Month by discussing representations of Native Americans in science fiction. We will consider the way indigenous people have been portrayed in major sci-fi franchises and then watch Nanobah Becker's short film, "The 6th World", which depicts the salvation of humanity on Mars by a Navajo/Dine scientist. Pizza will be provided. Space is limited. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. Milam 301.

NEW! Preretirement workshop: Save the date for a Thursday, Nov. 7, preretirement workshop presented by the Oregon State University Retirement Association from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in MU 208. This workshop is for faculty and staff who are within one to three years of retirement and will illustrate some aspects of the physical, psychological, and social dimensions of retirement. Carolyn Aldwin, director of the Center for Healthy Aging, will provide an introductory presentation followed by a panel of four retired faculty/staff from OSU. For more information, contact Tom Plant, OSURA Board Secretary, at 541-736-6231 or

NEW! "Household Energy In Guatemala” 3-credit Field Course info session: Students from any major are invited to travel to Guatemala for 10 days in September 2020 to learn about the household energy poverty facing 40% of the world’s families, and the technologies and policies that can help to address it. An informational session will be held Nov. 12, 5 p.m., Rogers 226. More details on the info session are here and details about the past course here. Contact the course leader Nordica MacCarty,, with any questions

Veteran Resume Review Workshop: Resume review/Q&A with Benton County Human Resources. Come in and get some help with your resume, and making it into a more professional product. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 10-11 a.m., Snell 151. Open to veteran students, faculty and staff.

Learning Innovation Grant Information Session: Are you considering submitting a proposal for a Learning Innovation Grant? Come learn more! An information session will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in Kidder 202. Attendance is recommended if you are considering submitting a proposal. Can’t make it to Kidder? The event will be live streamed:  For application materials, please visit: .

Government Relations Candidate Forums: Meet three candidates invited to interview for the position of executive director for government relations. Open forums will be held on Nov. 5 at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 6 at 8:30 a.m. and Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. All sessions are in MU 211 and at the full details.

Department of Horticulture Seminar Tuesday: The Horticulture Fall 2019 Seminar Series will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m., in ALS 4000. The event is free and open to the public. Robin Rosetta, Associate Professor, Nursery Integrated Pest Management Extension, " Shop of Little Horrors: Reflection on 25 Years of Nursery Pest Extension in Oregon.”

SBIR/STTR Innovation Day: Join us to learn how you can access federal funding to help advance your research towards greater societal impact. Each year, several federal agencies are required to allocate a portion of their budget to Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) funded projects. The event takes place Nov. 14, 3-6 p.m. From 3- 5 p.m, hear from state and university experts about how you can access this funding, and then stick around for the hosted reception from 5 – 6 p.m. to talk more. Registration is free but an RSVP is required:

Journey Into Leadership: The Center for Learning & Organizational Development, Office of Human Resources, is accepting applications from academic faculty, professional faculty and classified employees for the Journey Into Leadership program through Friday, Nov. 1. JIL is a seven-series leadership exploration and development program. It promotes the belief that you can effectively lead from whatever position you hold. The first session begins in December 2019 and the final session will be held in March 2020. Visit the JIL website for details and to apply.

Take Note

NEW! Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing a link to SAIF online tips for preparing for winter You can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

NEW! Toys for Tots Donation Drive: Through Dec. 13, Naval ROTC will be collecting new unwrapped toys and distribute them to bring a smile to a less fortunate child on Christmas morning. Help get toys to needy children to make their holiday a memorable one. There are three boxes at the armory and toys can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NEW! Sustainability conference: The Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) will be held at the University of Oregon, March 2-4, 2020. It's a regional conference that empowers sustainability action at area higher education institutions. Through facilitated workshops, presentations and networking, help support regional policy goals and drive the development of a generation of professionals! Early registration ends Friday, Nov. 8. For an additional 30% off the registration fee, use OSU’s custom discount code OSUCOMMCOMP20.

Fulbright survey: Calling all friends of Fulbright: Are you an alum, friend, or interested applicant? Curious to know more about the U.S.’s premier exchange program with the rest of the world? You are invited to connect with others who have lived the Fulbright experience. Help us build the OSU Fulbright community by completing this quick survey ( and receive timely information about events and networking opportunities with other Fulbright fans.

Opportunity for Student Engagement on OSU’s Tuition and Budget: We are looking for students to join the Student Budget Advisory Council (SBAC). SBAC is a student group that serves in an advisory role to the University Budget Committee (UBC). The SBAC gives students the chance to engage with peers to provide input, raise issues and ask questions about OSU’s tuition, fees, finances and budget priorities. The SBAC meets Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Valley Library, Room 3622. Benefits of SBAC participation include peer engagement, leadership, skill development and more. Complete an SBAC membership spplication form via For more information or contact

Gift Funds: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on new policy drafts for Gift Funds. For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

ScholarDollars Scholarship Application Now Open: ScholarDollars is Oregon State University’s online search and application portal. All OSU students are encouraged to use ScholarDollars to submit an application to be considered for campus-based scholarship funding that will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. By submitting one application, students will be considered for over 1,600 OSU scholarship opportunities! If you have any questions, feel free to contact our officeSubmit your application today.

Seeking Volunteers for Cat Behavior Research: The Human-Animal Interaction lab is looking for participants in a study researching attachment between pairs of cats who share the same household. The test consists of two separate 15-minute visits to our lab in Withycombe Hall on the OSU campus. Cats of any age/breed/etc are eligible to participate as long as they are in good health. If you own multiple cats and are interested in participating or would like to learn more, please contact Kristyn Vitale at  Website link to Human-Animal Interaction Lab:


Football: Oregon State Athletics is offering OSU staff and faculty a discounted reserved seat ticket for one of the oldest rivalry football games in the country when the Beavers host Washington in a nationally televised game Friday, Nov. 8, at Reser Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Faculty and staff can purchase a $20 ticket using the promo code OSUFS at to cheer on the team. 


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NEW! The Mathematics Department is seeking an Administrative Program Assistant. This position will be located in Corvallis, Oregon. Posting #P02447CT. Closes Nov. 6. 


"“Never miss a good chance to shut up.” ~ Will Rogers, born today in 1879.

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 59, low of 37. Sunny tomorrow after patchy fog.

Central Oregon:  Sunny today, high of 66, low of 33. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Patchy fog and then mostly sunny, high of 56, low off 43. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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