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.

Mars Insight mission (Think Out Loud)

Oregon State University professor Jeff Barnes has devoted much of his career to studying the atmosphere on Mars. He lent his expertise to NASA’s Mars InSight mission, which landed a probe on the red planet this week.

The scientists who spend their summers hunting for whale poop (Gizmodo)

Marine ecologist Leigh Torres has been documenting gray whales along the Oregon coast since 2015 — watching them arrive to feed, monitoring how young ones have grown over the time, and studying their defecations.

Chronically ill, traumatically billed: $123,019 for two multiple sclerosis treatments (WBHM)

“There was no competition on price that was occurring,” said Daniel Hartung, the OHSU and Oregon State University professor who led the study. “It appeared to be the opposite. As newer drugs were brought to market, it promoted increased escalation in drug prices.”

Donald Trump's 'natural instinct for science' is wrong, scientists say (Inverse)

It begs the question: Is he getting any of this right? Trump would likely answer yes. In the same wide-ranging interview, the president said he has “a natural instinct for science,” and “I am truly an environmentalist.” Dominique Bachelet, Ph.D., a senior climate scientist at the Conversational Biology Institute and an associate professor at Oregon State University, however, disagrees.

OSU-Cascades' Tykeson Hall earns architecture design award (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University-Cascades’ first academic building, Tykeson Hall, earned recognition from the American Institute of Architects Portland earlier this month for its design. (see also KTVZ)

Earth's polar regions communicate via oceanic 'postcards,' atmospheric 'text messages' (Science Daily)

"The North Atlantic is sending messages to Antarctica on two different time scales," said Christo Buizert, an Oregon State University climate change specialist and lead author on the study. (see also

Christmas Tree supplies remain tight (Capital Press)

Chal Landgren, a Christmas tree specialist at Oregon State University, said tight supplies are the result of overproduction during the late 2000s that deflated prices and forced roughly one-third of farms to drop out of the business.

We Have Work To Do (LIFE@OSU)

As a slogan“We Have Work To Do” evokes images of a campus rolling up its sleeves and getting down to business. That is exactly what the Office of Institutional Diversity intends with its new campaign, which takes a look at where Oregon State University stands on its path to create a more inclusive community.

Oregon State sold $714,298 in beer and wine at football games this season (KGW)

It was the first year fans in Corvallis could buy beer and wine throughout the stadium. Previously, alcohol was only served in certain areas of Reser Stadium.

OSU holiday craft fair set for Friday, Saturday (Gazette-Times)

The Holiday Marketplace features handmade fine arts, including pottery, glasswork, woodwork and food items, crafted by more than 100 Oregon artists. It is a free, family-friendly event that showcases local artists and musicians and is an opportunity to engage in Oregon culture.

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 An international team of scientists, led by OSU’s Christo Buizert, has documented how the Earth’s polar regions communicate via oceanic “postcards” and atmospheric “text messages.” To learn more:


The Path to becoming an Electric Utility Engineer: Hear about Shamus J. Gamache's story on becoming a power utility engineer as well as challenges ahead in the utility industry that we are facing and potential opportunities for the next generation of power utility engineers. Thursday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m., in KEC 1005.

NEW! Budget Conversation: On Thursday, Nov. 29, at noon, the Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning will hold another University Budget Conversation in the Memorial Union, Room 215. This week’s topic is Athletics. The Budget Conversations 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. A Budget Brief (handout) will be available on Thursday. More information about University Budget Conversations is located on the Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning website. If you have questions, please contact Sherm Bloomer for more information.

Personal Devices in the Classroom: Curious about the new Top Hat student response system, but concerned about distractions? Join an OSU Academic Technology webinar to learn about approaches for handling personal devices in the classroom: Thursday Nov. 29, noon to 12:45 pm. Register in advance, or sign in  Nov. 29 at noon (this session will be recorded). Discover more webinars. Questions?

TRIAD: Victor Villegas, Technology & Media Support Coordinator at OSU, will present “Social Media, Drones and Edutainment for STEAM Outreach and Engagement” on Nov. 29, 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 Kathy DeBellis, to reserve a lunch.  TRIAD provides faculty, staff, students and community members with an opportunity to network, discuss events of the day, and learn something new. See

Paws to De-stress: Finals can be ruff. Take a break from studying to do some self-care and hang out with therapy dogs. There is sure to be a "pawstive" outcome. Thursday, Nov. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Main Lounge.

Poinsettia sale: The Horticulture Club is doing its annual poinsettia sale. Greenhouse No. 12 (next to Cordley Hall), Nov. 27-30, 3-6 p.m. Price/Sizes: 2½ inches for $5 each, 4½ inches that are two for $15, 6½ inches for $15 each. Support the club and get some holiday cheer.

Guerrini retirement: Join us for a retirement reception for Professor Anita Guerrini, who is retiring after 10 years of service to the School of History, Philosophy and Religion. Thursday, Nov. 29, 4 p.m. Memorial Union, Journey Room 105. Lightly catered.

Bridging Arts and Sciences: Carol Ryff will present Bridging the arts and sciences for human betterment at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the MU Horizon Room. Ryff is professor of psychology and director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will be visiting OSU as a guest of the provost and the deans of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and the College of Engineering. Her visit will highlight the developing partnerships among the three colleges in efforts to build healthier communities through arts and science. A reception will follow.

Arts & Indulge: The APCC will be holding an Arts & Indulge paper weaving event this Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5-7 p.m. at the APCC. The event is a time for students to learn how to paper weave, meet new people in the community, learn about the APCC, and relax right before finals.

Upcoming Events

The 38th Annual Holiday Marketplace: A large and festive arts fair, with more than 100 Oregon artisans, featuring fine art, handmade crafts and specialty foods. The event takes place on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. There will be live musical performances throughout the two days. This event, sponsored by the OSU Craft Center, is free and open to the public.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sale 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.

Retirement Reception for Indira Rajagopal and Kevin Ahern: You are invited to attend a retirement reception for Indira Rajagopal and Kevin Ahern, both in Biochemistry and Biophysics in the College of Science. They are retiring after 29 and 30 years, respectively, of service to OSU. The reception is Friday, Nov. 30, from 4:45 – 6:45 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. A short program will start at 5 p.m.; refreshments will be served. You are invited to send brief well-wishes via a web interface by Wednesday, Nov. 28. For questions, contact Tony Reyna (; 541-737-4512)

Clothing swap: A clothing swap is taking place Nov. 1-30 at the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center on campus. Accepting gently used clothing donations for all gender identities, ages and sizes. No donations necessary to participate. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Holiday bazaar: Come join the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center at its annual Holiday Bazaar. Items for sale to include international decor and accessories, textiles, and food. Explore its new home on Jackson Avenue while searching for the perfect gift or item for you or a loved one. All proceeds benefit the center. Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2638 N.W. Jackson Ave. For more information contact, or call 541-243-8976. 

Poe auditions: Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s winter production, “Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe,” will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. The adaptation is an abstract retelling of five of Edgar Allen Poe’s greatest works, including “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”  Five performers will play 12 roles. Performance dates for “Nightfall” are Feb. 14-17, with technical and dress rehearsals Feb. 9-13. All performers must be available for all technical rehearsals and performances. Rehearsals will begin Jan. 8 and generally run Sundays through Thursdays until tech week. For questions concerning the audition or rehearsal process contact the director, Lindsey Esch, at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Ecology, Evolution and Conservation of Biodiversity Seminar Series: Jack Dumbacher, curator of ornithology and mammalogy at the California Academy of Sciences, will give this week’s seminar, titled “The Ecology and Evolution of Toxicity of New Guinea Birds.” He will speak on Nov. 30 from 3 to 4 p.m. in LINC 302.

NEW! Tap Talks Corvallis: OSU's Susanne Brander will share her research on the effects of plastic pollutants on fish and will discuss local outreach initiatives, (such as the Corvallis Ocean Friendly Establishments campaign), to reduce the use of disposable plastics. Q&A on these topics and how citizens can contribute to a more sustainable future to follow. Dec. 4, 7 p.m., Block 15 Brewery & Tap Room, 3415 S.W. Deschutes St., Corvallis. 

What’s the buzz about Gradescope? Discover a new tool in Canvas that makes grading more consistent, fair, and efficient, especially for hand-written formulas, calculations or computer code. Join an online Q and A session with OSU instructors: Friday Nov. 30, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Register in advance, or sign in  Nov. 30 at 9:30 a.m. (this session will be recorded). Discover more webinars. Questions?

Seminar: Report back from the Library Freedom Institute: Kelly McElroy, assistant professor in the library, will discuss topics about digital privacy and security, and applying concepts like data minimization and threat modeling to your work. Friday, Nov. 30, 10-11:30 a.m., Autzen Classroom (Room 2082), Valley Library. Free.

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ weekly research seminar will be held from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in HFC 115. Carol Ryff, professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will present “Rethinking the Meaning of Human Health:  Transformational Advances from MIDUS.”

Faculty Grant Training: The OSU Foundation is presenting a faculty training, “Proposal Narratives: Nuts & Bolts,” at the new OSU Foundation Office, 4238 S.W. Research Way on Friday, Nov. 30, from 2-3:30 p.m. Chris Nelson of the Graduate Writing Center will co-present on the required elements of a successful proposal narrative. Contact Elizabeth Ocampo at to attend.

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

Leadership conference deadline extension: Student Leadership & Involvement has extended the deadline for workshop presentation proposals for the 2019 OSU Leadership Conference (occurring Feb. 16). The theme this year is Courageous LeadershipAll students and faculty/staff are welcome to submit workshop proposals. The extended deadline to submit is Friday, Nov. 30. Contact Jaime Koehler ( for more information: Application Link

Diversity workshops: The College of the Engineering presents two workshops focused on excellence in promotion/tenure and search practices. In coordination with Oregon State ADVANCE, the workshops are facilitated by AWED Theater, a team of professional actors and facilitators that presents at universities across the nation. Attendance is free and open to all OSU faculty and staff. Food is provided. Continuing education credit for Search Advocates is available. Workshop 1: On the Line - a performance and workshop that applies a living case study and interactive curriculum to engage participants in methods for mitigating bias in tenure and promotion practices. Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Memorial Union Horizon Room; lunch provided. Workshop 2: The Search Process: An interactive workshop that examines the complexities and dynamic tensions of an academic search committee. Dec. 4, 1-3 p.m.; Memorial Union Ballroom; refreshments provided. Registration is required. To register for either or both workshops: For more information or accommodations, contact Brad Canfield at

UPDATED! Leadership Collaborative I: Applications for the winter, 2019 Leadership Collaborative (LCI) 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.

Master Recycler class: Act soon to secure your spot. This eight-week, non-credit class covers all aspects of waste reduction, reuse and recycling and is free to those who agree to pay back what they learned by completing 30 hours of volunteer service. Hosted on the OSU campus on Tuesday nights, Jan. 8 through Feb. 26 from 6:15 to 9 p.m. plus field trips. Visit for more details and to register.

Take Note

NEW! 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:

NEW! This January, it’s time to Accelerate your startup: In just 10 weeks, streamline your value proposition, get to market faster and validate your product-market fit. The Accelerate program is open to OSU researchers, students and staff who intend to start or grow an entrepreneurial venture. The fun starts Jan. 8. Learn more and apply here:

University Budget Committee and Tuition Discussions: The University Budget Committee has begun meeting to discuss recommendations for tuition rates for the 2019-20 academic year. The committee welcomes questions, comments, and ideas. Opportunities for public comment and feedback on tuition scenarios being discussed will be available beginning in January. Information about the tuition-setting process and the work of the University Budget Committee is available on the Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning website. For more information, to provide an idea or opinion, or to ask a question contact Sherman Bloomer.

Learning Innovation Grant Individual Proposals: University Information and Technology invites proposals from faculty and staff for Individual Learning Innovation Grants to foster the meaningful use of educational technology. Proposals of up to $10,000 will be awarded for innovative uses of technology to improve student experience, whether in courses, informal learning experiences, or student life. Proposals are due Dec. 7. To learn more or to apply, visit Questions? Contact Robin Pappas at

One of the Charitable Fund Drive-supported organizations, the Senior Meals/Meals on Wheels program, served more than 2,119 seniors and people with disabilities last year in our tri-county region of Benton, Lincoln, and Linn Counties. In total, more than 232,000 meals were served. Your donations to this organization, as well as all the other CFD organizations, are making a difference! Please pledge now:

Volunteers wanted for pollutant mixture research study (Corvallis): If you are healthy, age 21-65, non-smoking, without kidney, liver, intestinal problems or bariatric surgery, you may qualify to participate.  Females must be post-menopausal or surgically sterile. Study involves giving blood and urine samples, a screening visit, and two 48-hour study cycles. Volunteers will receive up to $250 and free parking during visits.  Study Title: Ultralow Dose PAH Binary Mixture Study,  PI: David Williams, Ph.D. Contact Sandra Uesugi, R.N.:, 541-737-3594.

Need new recycling signs? Did you know that recycling has changed? OSU is following new guidelines concerning what is accepted in recycling bins, meaning that many signs around campus are out of date. Campus Recycling is unable to install updated signs across campus in the immediate future, but you can help move this process along. Visit Campus Recycling’s website to print out new signs to install in your offices or throughout your building.

Volunteer for Winter 2019 International Students Orientation Week: Engage with international students and help new Beavers from around the world during Fall 2018 orientation week. For more information and to sign up go here.Volunteer training day (required for new volunteers or those who not participate on Fall 2018 training day): Dec. 28. New students move-in day: Dec. 31, Orientation week: Jan. 2-4, 2019. Different volunteer shifts available to fit your schedule. For more information or questions, contact Carla Portugal at or go to our website.


Basketball doubleheader: Saturday’s women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader at Gill Coliseum benefits local kids. At noon the No. 9 ranked women’s basketball team hosts LaSalle; fans receive a $5 general admission ticket for bringing a new toy to the game. At 4 p.m. the men’s team hosts Missouri State marking the fourth annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by Toyota – fans are asked to bring a new or slightly used stuffed toy to the game to throw onto the court at halftime. Tickets are available at or at the Gill Coliseum ticket office.

Harlem Globetrotters: The Harlem Globetrotters visit Gill Coliseum Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. Receive your 25 percent discount ticket price by following this link. Use the promo code BEAVERS.


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NEW! Office Specialist 2: The Graduate School invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #P01876CT. Closes Dec. 5.

NEW! Oregon State University‘s University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) is seeking to fill 1 Temporary Custodian position. This position will be part time and will work Monday through Friday 6 a.m.-10 a.m. from Dec. 17, 2018 through Feb. 15, 2019. Posting #P01842CT. Closes Dec. 6. 

NEW! Biological Science Research Technician 3: This recruitment will be used to fill two full-time, seasonal (April-September) positions for the Institute of Natural Resources Biodiversity Information Center at Oregon State University. These positions will be in eastern Oregon. Posting #P01882CT. Full consideration Feb. 22, 2019. Closes March 1, 2019.


“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.” ~ Isaac Asimov.

Corvallis: Mostly cloudy, high of 50, low of 39. Showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain or snow and then rain or snow likely, high of 42, low of 26. Chance of snow Friday.

Newport: Mostly cloudy, high of 52, low of 43. Showers Friday.

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