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.

Underwater robotic gliders measure ocean sound levels (SCUBA News)

At a time when ocean noise is receiving increased global attention, researchers at Oregon State University and NOAA have developed an effective method to use an underwater robotic glider to measure sound levels over broad areas of the sea. (see also Inverse, KTVZ)

It's still not aliens - 'Mars Bug' claim could damage the search for life (Space)

But, according to David Maddison, a professor in the integrative biology department at Oregon State University, this "proof" is likely just an example of pareidolia, a phenomenon in which people see patterns in random data. 

Wave energy tech is ready to plug into a real grid (IEEE Spectrum)

“Wind and solar are really cheap and ubiquitous on land, but there are challenges with those technologies,” said Bryson Robertson, co-director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center and an Oregon State University associate professor.


Today's photo

The scoop on whale poop: Using drones in the air and GoPros underwater, Oregon State University marine ecologist Leigh Torres recently completed her fourth field season documenting previously unseen behaviors of gray whales – and gathering their poop – off the Oregon coast. Images and data collected under NOAA/NMFS permit #21678. To learn more: 


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Seminar: Matt Johnson, professor and project director of HSI STEM at Humboldt State University, presents on Place-based Learning Communities Help to Close Equity Gaps in First-year STEM Students on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m., in Richardson Hall, Room 107. Free and open to the public. For accommodations email

SEIU meeting: Thursday Nov. 21, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Willamette West, 3rd floor Valley Library. Lunch served. For more information, contact Siobhan Burke at 630-699-0281. 

TRIAD meeting: Tara Williams, associate dean of the Honors College and professor of English, will speak on “Marvels in late medieval literature,” Nov. 21, noon to 1 p.m. in MU 211. The public is welcome to attend free of charge. An optional catered lunch is available for $13. Contact Janice Nave-Abele, to reserve a lunch. TRIAD provides faculty, staff, students and community members with an opportunity to network and learn something new. See

Budget conversation: On Thursday, Nov. 21 from noon to 1 p.m., the Office of Budget & Resource Planning will hold another University Budget Conversation in the Memorial Union Room 215. This week’s topic is about F&A Recovery. The Budget Conversation sessions are limited to 60 minutes and are an open forum structure with the initial 15-20 minutes spent on presentation of the topic, leaving time for discussion and Q&A. We encourage you to bring your lunch and join the conversation and to learn more about OSU’s budgeting and fiscal matters. More information about University Budget Conversations is located on the Office of Budget & Resource Planning website. If you have questions, please contact Sherm Bloomer for more information. 

Compliance in the Classroom: Join staff from the Office of the Registrar, Disability Access Services, and Equal Opportunity and Access for a session on creating inclusive classroom practices that ensure federal compliance. Thursday, Nov. 21, 1-2 p.m., Owen Hall 101.

NEW! Department of Microbiology Seminar: Kat Milligan-Myhre with the department of biological sciences at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, will speak on “Adapting an Evolutionary Model Organism to Study Host-Microbe Interactions.” Milligan-Myhre’s talk will take place at 3 p.m. on Nov 21, LPSC 402.

ASCE Le Val Lund Lecture“Disasters, Resilience and the Next Generation,” by Yumei Wang. Thursday, Nov. 21, 3 to 4 p.m., Kearney 311, roundtable discussion to follow from 4 to 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend the seminar and discussion. Co-hosted by the OSU EERI Student Chapter.

Faculty-led program expo: Explore the many OSU faculty-led programs being offered in 2020 at our expo on Nov. 21, 4-6 p.m. ,SEC 112. With so many options taking place this summer, along with spring break and fall course extension, we want to give you and your students an opportunity to meet the faculty leaders, past participants and OSU GO staff in one location. As always, our entire portfolio of mostly short-term study abroad programs can be viewed through our OSU GO faculty-led program offerings site. For more information, contact

A Just Anthropocene? Water, Climate, Community, and Resilience: A lecture by Nancy Langston. In her new book about Lake Superior, the world’s largest and fastest-warming lake, Langston describes conservation success stories for fish, forests and water quality, with significant consequences for Native American and working-class communities. Langston is distinguished professor of environmental history at Michigan Technological University and is currently the Inaugural Mellon Visiting Scholar in the Center for Environmental Futures at the University of Oregon. Thursday, Nov 21, 4 p.m., MU Room 213.

Baccalaureate Core Listening Sessions: The Faculty Senate executive committee and the Office of Undergraduate Education are holding a series of listening sessions for baccalaureate core stakeholders: faculty, students, unit supervisors, advisers and other personnel involved with developing, administering and teaching baccalaureate core courses. Representatives from the committee, 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. 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

Science on Tap in Portland: Curious minds are invited to join us for a Science on Tap titled, “Everything is connected – the environment and your health.” The event will feature Roberta Marinelli, dean of the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, and Javier Nieto, dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and other special faculty guests. Registration is required. Thursday, Nov. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ecotrust in Portland. All guests receive a drink ticket for wine or beer and appetizers. Presented by OSU Alumni Association and the North Willamette Region Extension Service.

OSU Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony: Fall concert featuring works by Bernstein, Holst, Whitacre and more. Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. $5 advance, $10 door. OSU students and K-12 youth free. Advance tickets at:


NEW! OSU SACNAS Chapter meeting: The OSU Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science has just returned from 2019 National Diversity in STEM Conference Hawai’i Convention Center, Honolulu. Seven graduate and 16 undergraduate students from seven colleges attended. Chapter members are holding a conference recap meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in MU 221 to thank stakeholders and share their experiences.

NEW! OSU Beaver Store’s Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night: All OSU faculty and staff are invited to come to the OSU Beaver Store on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There will be discounts throughout the store and food and wine will be served. Faculty/staff ID required at the door.

Navy vs. Army ROTC Flag Football: Every year these units play in a fun, end-of-fall-term flag football game, in light of the intercollegiate Army/Navy game in December. Dress warmly and come cheer on your favorite branch of military as the Navy tries to redeem itself following Army's win last year. Nov. 22 at 6 a.m. in Reser Stadium. 

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 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.

Music a la Carte: OSU student chamber ensembles. Friday, Nov. 22, at noon. Memorial Union Lounge, free.

Building Coalition: This event will be focused on creating a collaborative art piece together that represents the stories and histories of trans activism within social justice movements. Nov. 22, 2-4 p.m., Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez.

Shakespeare in Love: Oregon State University Theatre will present “Shakespeare in Love,” at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 22-23, and 2 p.m. Nov. 24 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 SW Campus Way, Corvallis. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for seniors; $10 for youth/students; and $5 for OSU students. They are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784 or online at

Prospective student open house: Beaver Preview, an open house program for prospective students, will be in the Memorial Union on Saturday, Nov. 23. There will be approximately 600 guests on campus, which may impact parking and retail food locations. Welcome the guests while they are on campus.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony: Shostakovich Symphony No. 10; Dvorak “Carnival Overture”; Kodaly “Dances of Galanta.” Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m.  at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. Ticket info at:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Capstone presentation: Tiffany Miller will present her capstone, “Physical Climate Variables Associated with California Current System and Implications in Recreational Fisheries Management.” She is completing her MNR degree under the guidance of Michael Harte. Monday, Nov 25, 10 a.m., Richardson 115.

NEW! Samantha Cargill – Water Resource Science M.S. Defense: Sami Cargill will present her thesis, The influence of lithology on stream metabolism in mountain systems,” on Monday, Nov. 25, at 3 p.m. in STAG 111. Cargill is completing her M.S. under the guidance of major professors Catalina Segura and Dana Warren. Free and open to the public.

NEW! Biomedical Core Awareness Symposium: Researchers at OSU have access to a multitude of specialized instruments and services supporting a wide diversity of biomedical research. Learn about available state-of-the art capabilities designed to support and stimulate research productivity. Twelve facility core directors will present short talks highlighting capabilities, applications, and access. Nov 25, 3-5:30 p.m., Pharmacy 305. For more information, contact

NEW! Making Indigenous Sovereignty and Bodily Contamination Visible: Witness a live oral history conversation as part of the NSF grant "Reconstructing Nuclear Environments and the Downwinders' Case" with Allison Davis-White Eyes and Jacob Darwin Hamblin, followed by a discussion with the audience and recorded by oral historians from the SCARC. Monday, Nov. 25, 4 p.m., MU room 213.

NEW! Supervisor training: The Core Curriculum for Current Supervisors and Managers training program, presented by the Office of Human Resources, has new sessions open for registration. Core Curriculum is a blended online/two-day classroom training program that strengthens knowledge and skills required for effective supervision and management at OSU. Multiple content experts from key offices will lead you through topics that address OSU policies, procedures and practices. View dates and register.

Oregon Bioengineering Symposium: The inaugural symposium will be held at the CH2M Alumni Center on Nov. 22. The meeting, conducted in collaboration with the University of Oregon and Oregon Health & Science University, will cover all areas of bioengineering/biomedical engineering, with an emphasis on technologies for precision health. Advanced registration is $25 for students and post-docs, $60 for faculty and $125 for non-academic registrants.

Just Futures Symposium: Panel discussions about social justice, climate change, and activism through the realms of “A Handmaid's Tale,” Star Trek, Star Wars, the politics of utopia/dystopia and Dungeons & Dragons are among the topics that will be covered during a conference Nov. 22 at Oregon State University. The Just Futures Symposium is free and open to the public. The symposium takes place Friday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Memorial Union Horizon Room.

Youth development measures talk: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences presents “Context matters for measurement: Rethinking measures of positive youth development,” by CPHHS associate professor John Geldhof, on Friday, Nov. 22, from 1 to 2 p.m. in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room. Sponsored by the CPHHS and its Human Development and Family Studies program.

EECB Seminar: Matt Johnson is a professor in the wildlife department at Humboldt State University. His talk, titled "Birds, pests, and habitat: case studies of bird-provided ecosystem services from Jamaica, Kenya, and California," will be presented on Friday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. in LINC 302. 

Speech Communication Colloquium Series: Yanni Ma, assistant professor of speech communication, presents her research titled “Knowing Better, Persuading Smarter: Why Climate Change Communication Fails” on Friday, Nov. 22, 3 p.m. in STAG 110. Ma’s presentation will focus on delivering scientific facts to the public and how this type of communication can backfire. 

Biomedical Core Awareness Symposium: Researchers at OSU have access to a multitude of specialized instruments and services supporting a wide diversity of biomedical research. Learn about available state-of-the art capabilities designed to support and stimulate research productivity. Twelve facility core directors will present short talks highlighting capabilities, applications and access. Nov. 25, 3-5:30 p.m., Pharmacy 305For more info, contact

The Social Justice Education Initiative schedule for fall still has openings: From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is an  foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Search Advocate workshopsRegister now for the fall, winter or spring search advocate workshop series. Search advocates are external process advisors for employee search committees, working to enhance equity, validity and diversity. Become a search advocate by completing the two-part workshop series, which introduces the search advocate role and strategies, provides an overview of implicit bias, diversity and the legal environment for hiring, and does a deep dive into early stages of the search process. For more information, see or contact Anne Gillies, search advocate program director in Faculty Affairs.

Take Note

NEW! Learning Corner — UPDATES: The Academic Success Center’s online resource, the Learning Corner, has been refreshed. Find a new homepage and updated topic pages that combine research, strategies, techniques and tools. And don’t worry — the strategy quiz and the worksheets page are still there. This iteration was developed to improve navigation and to create more transparent connections between topics. Check it out, share it with students and provide feedback. For questions/clarifications, email Sarah Norek.

NEW! Triad Scholarship: The TRIAD Service Scholarship was established to promote service as a value worthy of encouragement, acknowledgment and reward. The award is for $750 and up to three awards will be given this year to OSU undergraduate junior or senior students. Applications are due Dec. 6 and will be evaluated based on academic record and service activities. To apply visit Triad Scholarship Application. Questions? Contact: Gretchen Dursch, TRIAD Scholarship co-chair,

Request for Proposals: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking proposals to facilitate the further development and commercialization of OSU applied innovations. Proposals can be submitted for projects focused on bringing OSU-owned innovations invented by OSU faculty, staff, and/or graduate students in any discipline closer to market. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000. Proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2. Read the full RFP here:

Recreational Sports Advisory Board: There is an opening for an undergraduate student to join the Recreational Sports Advisory Board. For information on the advisory board and how to apply follow the link or contact Applications are due by Friday, Dec. 6.

Are you exposed to loud noise at work? Find out more about OSU’s Hearing Conservation Program and Noise Control Plan. The goal of OSU’s Hearing Conservation Program is to monitor and protect employees who have the potential to develop noise-induced hearing loss. In collaboration with Environmental Health & Safety, Occupational Health Services provides annual hearing tests for those exposed to loud noise on the job. Training is available through the EH&S website. Contact Occupational Health or Environmental Health and Safety with questions.

Many UFIO offices moving Nov. 25 and 26: The University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations (UFIO) offices currently located at the Oak Creek Building, 3015 SW Western Blvd., will be moving to 850 S.W. 35th St. (the former OSU Foundation building) on Nov. 25 and 26. The following offices are moving: Capital Planning and Development, including Capital Planning, Space Management, University Land Use Planning, Sustainability, Project Delivery (Design and Construction), and Leasing and Strategic Real Property; the OSU Plan Center; and the Specialized Administrative Services teams serving UFIO including Financial Services, IT Services and Communication Services. The updated mailing address will be: 850 SW 35th St., Corvallis OR 97333..

Hybrid Learning Community Call for Proposals: The Center for Teaching and Learning’s Hybrid Faculty Learning Community supports faculty in the redesign of Corvallis campus courses as hybrid courses that integrate classroom meetings with online learning activities. This learning community is offered in a hybrid format and offers professional development funding to participants. See the Call for Proposals for details. Space is limited so apply now. Address questions and submit proposals for the hybrid program by Nov. 25, via email to

Prism Art Journal Submissions: Prism Art and Literary Journal is now accepting visual, written, audio and video work created by OSU students. For a chance to be featured in this year’s edition, students may submit work digitally by Friday, Nov. 22, at For more information, visit our website, follow us on social media, or send us an email (; @osuprism;


Gymnastics: Nov. 22, 7 p.m., Gill Coliseum, Oregon State hosts the annual Orange & Black Exhibition. The event is free and the gymnasts will sign autographs following the exhibition.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Owen-Kearney walkway: As part of the Owen Hall Chiller Replacement project, the walkway between Owen Hall and Kearney Hall will be closed, and the Owen Hall loading dock will be intermittently occupied by construction traffic Nov. 25-26. There will also be truck and crane traffic along Campus Way and equipment noise in the area of Owen Hall, Merryfield Hall and Kearney Hall. For questions or comments on this closure, contact construction manager Jason Lundy at 541-270-0193.


“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities." ~ Voltaire, born today in 1694.

Corvallis: Frosty and then sunny, high of 51, low of 30. Frosty and then sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 46, low of 24. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 56, low of 36. Frost and then sunny tomorrow.

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