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:

Oregon State chemist hopes to revolutionize how we make batteries (KGW)

With a worldwide race to transition to electric vehicles and grid energy storage, an Oregon State chemistry professor said it's time to find new ways to handle energy. "We are in a crisis for the entire humanity in terms of energy, how we use energy, how we store energy," said Xiulie "David" Ji, a professor for chemistry at Oregon State University.

Blue whales chase the wind to hunt tiny prey (Discover)

Leigh Torres, an associate professor at the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute, says the results are not only convincing, but an important step forward when it comes to conservation strategies. “I think sometimes people think whales are cool, they're big, but they're not that much of a thinking, adapting creature. But I think what we're learning is that they are, and they have to be, because again the ocean has patchy resources.”    

Dungeness crab season delayed as tests bode poorly (KEZI)

Dungeness crabs are just one of many species facing ill effects from changing ocean conditions. Oregon State University researchers say climate change and low levels of oxygen in the ocean are threatening Dungeness crab, krill, and other important parts of the ocean ecosystem. Earlier this year, OSU received a grant to begin studying exactly what those threats might be in order to help fisheries prepare for the future.

Researchers studying oldest ice on Earth become first Antarctic field camp to use Starlink internet (Fox Weather)

The National Science Foundation-funded center, led by Oregon State University, was founded in search of the oldest ice cores on Earth, some as old as 2.7 million years. More than a dozen universities send researchers to the base to contribute to the program.


Today's photo

Fall morning: Kimberly Callahan with Botany & Plant Pathology submitted this photo of the morning sun from the library quad. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for open educational resources (OER) for a future class? Check out the Oregon State University OER Commons, a repository of open educational resources created by OSU faculty. Browse textbooks, interactive modules, assessments and even full courses on a wide range of topics. For more information, contact the OER Unit.


Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. defense seminar: David Hubert will present “Life in a rapidly changing environment: The thermal biology of the Red-sided garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis)” on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. in person in ALS 4001 or via Zoom: Hubert is completing his Ph.D. in integrative biology under the guidance of Bob Mason.

Department of Integrative Biology M.S. defense seminar: Sushovita Pal will present “Seeking sacred sequences: A comparative population-genetic analysis of Ficus religiosa chloroplast and mitochondrial DNA” on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. in person in the Coast Range Building, room 2196, 4575 SW Research Way, Corvallis. Or join via Zoom:, Meeting ID: 91023581837. Pal is completing her M.S. in Integrative Biology under the guidance of Dee Denver.

ElderCare Connections will meet on Thursday, Dec. 8. The winter holiday season can be a particularly stressful time for caregivers. Join Lumina Hospice and Palliative Care caregiver support coordinator Naomi Hirsch as she shares strategies for managing caregiver stress. The Zoom link will open at 11:30 a.m., for caregiver check-in from 11:30 a.m. to noon and will close at 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact [email protected]

Faculty senate: The Dec. 8 Faculty Senate meeting is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. This meeting will be held in person in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall with a Zoom webinar option for individuals outside of OSU Corvallis and those unable to attend in person:

HMSC Research Seminar: On Thursday, Dec. 8, at 3:30 p.m., Laurie Weitkamp, a research fisheries biologist with NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center at HMSC, will be giving a seminar titled “Opening the oceanic black box: highlights from the 2022 IYS High Seas survey.” Please join us in person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information
Visceral Imagery: A surround-sound composition concert by students in the OSU music technology program. Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Community Hall 202. Free, open to all


NEW! Cutest pet photo contest: Hosted by the Fish and Wildlife Graduate Student Association, this fundraiser is open until 5 p.m. Dec. 16. Photo entrance fees are $5 for students and $15 for other folks per photo. After that, you'll get emails to vote through weekly brackets (it’s a great dopamine rush), and the winner’s human gets a free portrait of their cute pet. Submission link:

Retirement Celebration for Jon Dolan: Jon Dolan, Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) has formally announced that he will retire from OSU on Dec. 31. Please join University Information and Technology (UIT) and the OSU IT community for an open house at the Memorial Union, Room 109 on Dec. 13 from 3-5 p.m. to congratulate Jon on his retirement and thank him for his extraordinary service to OSU. 

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Adult & Higher Education Doctoral information session: You’re invited to learn about the College of Education’s Adult & Higher Education Ed.D. program Thursday, Dec. 15, noon to 1 p.m. Please RSVP for the Zoom link and password. Contact [email protected] for questions or accommodation requests.

Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. defense seminar: Dan Schneck will present “Phenotypic and Transcriptomic Evolution of the Circadian Clock Network in an Intertidal Marine Crustacean” on Friday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. in person in LINC 314. Or join via Zoom: Schneck is completing his Ph.D. in integrative biology under the guidance of Felipe Barreto.

Floor Monitor Training: Training for Floor Monitors and Building Managers on roles and responsibilities when evacuating their building. Training is the second Wednesday of every month via Zoom. Sign up for Zoom Floor Monitor Training at:

Coaches Clinic: Teambuilding and Culture, Jan. 18. OSU kinesiology faculty show you how to support connection, encourage learning and create community as a youth sports coach. The College of Public Health and Human Sciences' next Coaches Clinic event is Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hallie Ford Center 115. Create a positive culture with rituals, routines and practices for your team. Registration required

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.

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 the Winter 2023 and Spring 2023 courses and register here. There is a $100 fee to attend this workshop.

SJEI workshop registration open through spring 2023, with in-person and remote options. The Social Justice Education Initiative is a professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI workshops are infused with expertise, empathy and humor while embracing a guiding principle of “more curiosity, less judgement” to achieve robust learning objectives. Learn more, see the workshop schedule and register on the SJEI registration page or contact SJEI director Jane Waite at [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! 25 Year club: Congratulations to Jasmine Nahorniak, senior faculty research assistant II, 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! 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 view Oregon State University’s campaign totals against all the other state universities, click on “home," also under the “MAIN MENU.” Thank you for your pledges!

MLK event submissions: Event submissions for the 41st annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration are now open. An important part of the Commemoration are events organized by Oregon State community members across the state to collaboratively carry on the legacy and teachings of Dr. King. We encourage community members to submit an event or learn more by going to the event page. Event submissions will be accepted until Dec. 21.

Grants to support undergraduate student experience and improve retention! Since 2003, the OSU Women's Giving Circle has supported the university with 178 awards totaling over a million dollars. They are seeking applications for programs and projects which enhance the OSU undergraduate student experience and improve student retention. The average grant amount is $5,000-$10,000. Application deadline: Jan. 9 at 9 a.m. Applications, additional criteria, and further information can be found at or by contacting the Women’s Giving Circle staff liaison, Sara Dier.

GCE4All Free Webinar Series: Register for the International Genetic Code Expansion Webinar, a free monthly webinar series, open to all, featuring talks focused on cutting-edge applications of GCE technologies as well as advances in the GCE field. It is organized by the Oregon State University GCE4All Research Center and hosted by Rick Cooley and John Lueck. To register: The webinars run from October through June and occur on the third Thursday of each month at 7 a.m. Learn more on the International GCE Webinar webpage

Honors College Colloquium Proposals: OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor and emeritus faculty are invited to submit honors colloquium proposals for 2023-2024 at Any general catalog course can also be offered as a small, highly-engaged honors course; interested faculty should contact [email protected] for details. Faculty may apply for Meehan course development grants of up to $3,000 to develop experiential learning opportunities for honors courses and colloquia. More information: [email protected] or 541-737-6412. Deadline: Jan. 15.

Deadline Extended: OSU's Open Educational Resources Unit is accepting proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant until Dec. 15. The grant provides funding to adopt, adapt or author an open educational resource, such as a textbook. An open textbook is one that is published under an open copyright license and is made freely available online for students, faculty and the public. All funding is a department-to-department transfer. Please talk to your department head about how this applies to the grant. Questions? Contact OERU Director Stefanie Buck

OSU Women’s Giving CircleEach year the OSU Women's Giving Circle funds vital and innovative grants for university programs. Last year, the Women’s Giving Circle awarded more than $70,000 to 11 OSU programs. If you have an idea for a funding opportunity to enhance the OSU undergraduate student experience and improve student retention and the determination to directly impact as many OSU students as possible, consider applying for an OSU Women’s Giving Circle grant by Jan. 9. For more information, visit the Women’s Giving Circle proposal site or contact Sara Dier.

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! Washington Way traffic disruption: As part of the Washington Way Improvement Project, significant traffic impacts will occur the week of Dec. 12-16, along and near SW Washington Way. Dec. 12: The intersection of SW 26th Street & SW Washington Way will be flagged. Only northbound traffic will be allowed on SW 26th Street north of SW Washington Way to SW Intramural Way. Dec. 13: The intersection of SW 26th St & SW Washington Way will be closed for waterline installation. Dec. 14-15: SW Washington Way closed from 26th Street to 30th Street for waterline installation. Dec. 16: SW Washington Way closed from 17th Street to 26th Street & 26th Street to 30th Street for paving. The intersection at SW 26th Street & SW Washington Way will be open.  View map.

Student Legacy Park South parking lot: As part of the Washington Way Improvement Project, Student Legacy Park South parking lot, the parking lot directly north of SW Washington Way, will be permanently closed. (view map). For questions or comments on this closure, contact construction manager Derek Bennett at 541-609-6111.

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.


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Training Outreach Coordinator for Inclusion Initiatives: The Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences is seeking a Training Outreach Coordinator for Inclusion Initiatives. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. The Training Outreach Coordinator will work on the implementation team of a new grant focused on implementing practices that advance early childhood inclusion in Oregon. Posting #P06293UF. Full consideration Dec. 21. Closes Dec. 28.

NEW! Education Program Assistant 2: The Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences is seeking a full-time Education Program Assistant 2. This position will assist the Inclusion Initiative Implementation Team with implementing practices that advance early childhood inclusion in Oregon. Posting #P03891CT. Full consideration Dec. 14. Closes Dec. 21.


"Virtues, like viruses, have their seasons of contagion. When catastrophe strikes, generosity spikes like a fever. Courage spreads in the face of tyranny." ~ Nancy Gibbs

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 46, low of 34. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Snow and rain likely today, high of 36, low of 22. Snow likely Friday.

Newport: Rain today, high of 47, low of 41. Rain and breezy tomorrow.

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