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.

OSU Forest Science Complex touts 'forest to frame' wood products (Capital Press)

Wooden beams, walls and ceilings highlight the new George W. Peavy Forest Science Center under construction at Oregon State University, where Geoff Huntington, with the College of Forestry, led a tour of the unfinished building Dec. 4.

Christmas tree prices rise yet again, and that's likely to continue (LA Times)

Seedlings planted during that time have finally grown tall enough to be classic Christmas trees now sitting on lots around the country, which is why people are feeling the effects, said Chal Landgren, a Christmas tree specialist at Oregon State University.

A downtown parking lot is being repaved with nanomaterials made from wood. Here's why (Greenville Journal)

The addition of cellulosic nanomaterials, however, increases the hydration of cement particles, thus making it stronger, according to Dr. Jason Weiss, a professor of civil and construction engineering at Oregon State University. In lab tests, the addition of the nanomaterials increased the tensile strength of traditional concrete by 15 percent, improving it enough to help prevent cracks.

OSU researcher Tom Chastain honored by Linn Soil & Water (Democrat-Herald)

Tom Chastain, associate professor in the crop and soil science department at Oregon State University, received the Educator of the Year Award Tuesday evening from the Linn Soil & Water Conservation District during the group’s annual meeting at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital.

BTSR, a female president, and the 'glass cliff' (Baptist News)

A piece by OSU's Susan Shaw.

Corvallis police education effort earns international recognition (Gazette-Times)

In developing new fliers and other educational materials, including posters and refrigerator magnets, the officers partnered with the Benton County Health Department, Oregon State University and Oregon State Police. With $5,000 each from the Police Department and the Health Department, the organizations hired the Madison Avenue Collective to do design work, research effective alcohol education campaigns and hold focus groups with students to help understand what sorts of messages would connect with them.

Bend kindergarten teacher develops problem-solving classroom (Bend Bulletin)

The fourth-year teacher came up with the idea for the program while she was earning her master's degree from Oregon State University­Cascades in 2015 — her graduate thesis was about how students view themselves as learners.

Champinefu Lecture Series finale (Corvallis Advocate)

One of the people Eckert was working closely with on this project, Gabe Sheoships, was a graduate student at the time studying lamprey in OSU’s Department of Fish and Wildlife and is a member of the Umatilla Tribe.

Today's photo

Winter Wonderland: This image shows Fairbanks Hall in the snow during the Dec. 21, 1919 storm in which Corvallis received 22 inches of snow and recorded an all-time low temperature of -14 degrees F. No snow is slated for the forecast anytime soon but we can all dream.


End of Term Sale: The OSU Beaver Store will have its end of term sale now through Saturday, Dec. 8.  Big discounts on Beaver gear, while supplies last.

Demonstration of Wireless Real-time Testing and Control of Systems Using Simulink:  Guest Speaker: Ali Haider (OSU Ph.D. candidate). This demonstration explains the procedure for real-time testing and control of large-scale systems, such as Wave Energy Converters or Power Electronics Converters, using real-time capabilities of Simulink. A real-time machine, named "Speedgoat" (, will be introduced as a solution for real-time control problems. A wireless real-time interface will be demonstrated using two machines interfaced with each other using Speedgoat and Matlab/Simulink over Ethernet layer. Thursday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m., in WESRF Lab (Dearborn Basement).

NEW! Faculty Senate: The Dec. 6 Faculty Senate agenda is online at; the meeting begins at 3 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Construction and Engineering Hall. Instructions to participate remotely in the Faculty Senate meeting are online at

Poinsettia sale: The Horticulture Club is doing its annual poinsettia sale. Greenhouse No. 12 (next to Cordley Hall), Dec. 3-7, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Price/sizes: 2½ inches for $5, 4½ inches that are two for $15, 6½ inches for $15 each.

Upcoming Events

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Friday, noon to 3 p.m., at 644 S.W. 13th. 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 150 on OPB: Oregon Experience will rebroadcast the “Oregon State University” episode filmed earlier this year on OPB at 9 p.m., Dec. 10, as well as Dec. 12 at 2 a.m.

Save The Date: Ann Leen Retirement Reception: Come help Fisheries and Wildlife congratulate Ann Leen on her 22 years of service to the OSU community. Thursday Jan. 10, 10-11:30 a.m., MU 109. Refreshments and drinks provided.  

Kemper retirement: Hank Kemper is retiring from Transportation Services after 33 years of service. Join us in a celebration to wish him well on Dec. 13, from 2-4 p.m., in the Wells Fargo room located in The LaSells Stewart Center. Light refreshments will be served.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Rent burden panel discussion: The city of Corvallis will host a public meeting on housing affordability and rent burdens. Corvallis has the highest percentage of rent-burdened households in Oregon. The meeting will feature a panel discussion with representatives from local agencies. The event will take place on Dec. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library’s Main Meeting Room.

NEW! Register for the 2019 Willamette Valley Bird Symposium: A daylong symposium bringing together professionals, students and amateurs to celebrate birds. The plenary speaker is Kenn Kaufman, renowned naturalist and artist and the author of the cult-classic book “Kingbird Highway.” Jan. 19, 2019 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Cost: $15 for students/educators, $20 general public. To register and for more information, visit

Disability Studies: Interested in Disability Studies? Want to help promote diversity, equity and inclusion? If so, join the OSU Disability Network and the Disability Studies Center for the Humanities Research Cluster for our upcoming events. Join us on Friday, Dec. 7, noon, Milam 301 for a discussion with Allison Hobgood, "Shakespeare and Crip Sexualities.”

M.S. defense: Gabriel Foote is pursuing his M.S. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Darrell Ross.  Join us on Friday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. in RH 107 for a presentation of Foote’s thesis, titled: “Testing a novel formulation of the anti-aggregation pheromone, MCH, for protecting trees from Douglas-fir beetle infestation: Responses of wild bee communities to MCH treatments and Douglas fir beetle disturbance in forest stands.”  Contact the FES Department at (541) 737-2244 with questions or for accommodations for disabilities.

Oregon Women In Higher Education Webinar Viewing. Brown bag lunch and viewing of OWHE’s latest webinar: Gender 101. This webinar will provide a holistic introduction and reflections on concepts surrounding gender. You do not have to be a member of OWHE to attend. Monday, Dec. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. in Valley Library 3622 -  the West Willamette Industries Seminar Room. Questions? Contact Olivia Heath at

Sustainable Landscape Seminar: The two-day Sustainable Landscape Seminar provides the public with practical information to create sustainable/green/ecological landscapes. Some outcomes to expect include lowering power, water and waste bills due to more efficient use of resources, and reducing the flow of organic matter into the landfill. Wednesday, Dec. 11, and Thursday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Class is held at Lane Extension, 996 Jefferson St., Eugene. Cost: $25.Register

MLK Celebration: Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, author and advocate for social justice is the keynote speaker for the 37th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration lecture on Mon., Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. Through Dec. 5, free tickets are available to OSU faculty, staff and students for the Jan. 21 peace breakfast and the keynote session. Beginning Dec. 6, keynote session tickets will be available to the general public. The celebration week runs from Jan. 19-25. To register and for a full list of events, visit For info, contact or 541-737-4717.

UPDATED! Leadership Collaborative I: Applications for the winter, 2019 Leadership Collaborative are now being accepted. The LCI includes six day-long sessions and features engaged, self-directed learning; a collaborative learning approach; practical, effective tools and skills; and on-the-job implementation. All OSU employees are encouraged to apply for sessions offered in Corvallis and Portland. Contact Kristen Magis for more information. Submit your application on the LCI webpage by Dec. 7.

Take Note

NEW! Weight Watchers is free for PEBB employees: New session starting soon. Get registered today by calling the WW center at 1-866-454-2144 – reference location #60359 OSU-PEBB. Meetings are Tuesdays in Milam 105 at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (30 minutes long). Wellness check-ins start a half hour prior to each meeting. No check-ins after 1 p.m. Email with questions.

NEW! Can’t find the organization you want to support via the Charitable Fund Drive? Go here and click on “main menu” in the top green navigation bar. From there, click on “charity search tool.” Click on “search mode” to perform a search. To make your pledge and to view Oregon State University’s campaign totals against all the other state universities, click on “home,” also under the main menu. .

NEW! Momentum: Since the dawn of the 21st century, the pace of technological innovation has been astonishing. Along with the advances that are improving and simplifying our lives come new perils. Throughout the College of Engineering, researchers are working on novel solutions to help address some of the greatest threats of our time. In this issue of Momentum, the college highlights a few of these projects and the researchers who are striving to keep us safe and secure.

Winter 2019 FERPA Learning Community: The Office of the Registrar will offer another FERPA Learning Community (LC) in Winter term. Join the LC and explore the nuances and applications of FERPA with colleagues from across campus. If you’re interested, take a minute to fill out this interest survey, which lists the dates/times of the meetings.

OSU Today: Starting Monday, Dec. 10, OSU Today will publish once a week until the beginning of Winter Term, when daily publication will resume. In order to get an item into OSU Today for the following week, submit your item to by noon the previous Friday.

Winter Break Recycling Collection Schedules: Dec. 17 through Jan. 4, most buildings will have recycling collection reduced to every other week due to reduced available staffing and activity within most buildings during that time. Contact Campus Recycling through this form to inform us of any exceptions that need to be addressed such as full building or office closures; include a contact name, email, phone and the office or building location.

The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety with a link to information about total worker health titled “Get Active” 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.

Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy & Standards page to learn about recent policy updates: This announcement runs monthly and the page is updated frequently with new developments.

Student entrepreneurs who want money and prizes: The third campus-wide Next Great Startup competition starts this January. This is a campus-wide opportunity for startup ventures to get visibility, bragging rights, cash, prizes and direct one-on-one mentorship with venture capitalists and local entrepreneurs. Teams must be led by an OSU student. Apply to compete here:

Traffic and Maintenance

Bike path closure: Due to asphalt work the bike path south of Washington Way between 30th Street & 35th Street will be closed (see map) beginning Thursday, Dec. 6.


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NEW! Temp Administrative Program Specialist: Oregon Sea Grant invites applications for a part-time temporary position to coordinate the 2019 Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholar’s Program. Posting #P01887CT. Full consideration Dec. 10. Closes Dec. 21.

NEW! Instructional Consultant: The Office of Undergraduate Education is seeking an Instructional Consultant. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term, professional faculty position. Posting #P02629UF. Full consideration Dec. 31. Closes Jan. 11, 2019.


“The world can be a heartbreaking place. This is why we have grilled cheese sandwiches and Dearfoam slippers.” ~ Myrna Tellingheusen (@PearlsFromMyrna)

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 45, low of 26. Patchy freezing fog and then partly sunny Friday.

Central Oregon: Patchy freezing fog and then mostly sunny, high of 34, low of 15. Patchy freezing fog and then mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 49, low of 34. Partly sunny tomorrow.

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