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 University studying 'enigmatic disease' killing honeybees (KOIN)

Oregon State University is teaming up with researchers from around the country to study a disease killing honeybees and impacting pollination of specialty crops. Starting in February, researchers will begin a four-year study on the high incidence of European foulbrood disease — a disease caused by bacteria infecting honeybees at the larval stage, “turning the newly hatched bee larvae into brown mush within a few days,” OSU says.

Blue power: Will ocean waves be California's new source of clean energy? (Cal Matters)

“It’s the first-of-its-kind full-scale deployment. Not in ‘nursery’ conditions. It’s the real world, off you go,” said Bryson Robertson, director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center at Oregon State University, which is constructing the two testing sites. “We want to prove that we can deliver power.”

New USDA and Oregon State University map helps winter gardeners (Think Out Loud)

Chris Daly is the lead author of the new map, the founding director of the PRISM Climate Group and a professor in the college of engineering at Oregon State University. He joins us to talk about developing the map, what it means for Oregon growers and the impact of a changing climate on the winter growing season.

No benefit to segregating English learners (Language Magazine)

Kieffer and the study’s co-author, Karen D. Thompson of Oregon State University, analyzed National Assessment of Educational Progress data from 2003 to 2015. The data demonstrated that although all students’ scores improved, multilingual students’ scores improved two to three times more than monolingual students’ scores in both subjects in grades four and eight. There is little evidence that these trends can be explained by cohort changes in racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, or regional composition.

El Niño and climate change reshaping Oregon beaches, experts seek nature-based solutions (KMTR)

Peter Ruggiero, with Oregon State, says dynamic cobble redeposits are working along the coast in Washington and have features that are mimicking cobble beaches that are very dynamic. The stone is small enough that these features might evolve with waves.

Stunning video shows Antarctic killer whales appearing to use icebergs as scratching posts, possibly to exfoliate their skin (Yahoo News)

Robert Pitman, a marine ecologist at Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute and lead author of the 2019 paper, told Business Insider he agreed that the orcas could be using the icebergs for exfoliation.

Today's photo

Saturday Market: Logan Bingle, data services manager, data and information architecture at Oregon State says, “I captured this sketch of the Corvallis Saturday Market at the end of September. Nice to have some fall color while the temperatures were still reasonable.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Distributed practice and self-testing are effective strategies for spacing out learning and promoting long-term memory formation and retention. Share these strategies using the Academic Success Center’s Effective Test Prep page. Making time in class to talk about these two strategies and giving students time to map out a study schedule can encourage planning in advance of finals.


Graham Frank, Ph.D. defense: A presentation of Graham Frank’s dissertation, titled: “Biodiversity responses in early seral forests of the Klamath-Siskiyou: Comparisons with birds, bees, and ground beetles among post-fire, salvage logging, and intensive forest management environments,” takes place at 9 a.m., Nov. 30, PFSC 315. Frank is earning his Ph.D. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Meg Krawchuk. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

Care Talks: Your Healthy Lifestyle — Emotional Eating. This webinar will define what emotional eating is and identify reasons behind it. We will explore eating behavior, examine the relationship between mood and cravings, identify the steps needed for improvement, best practices and resources. 10 a.m., Nov. 30. Register today.

Hawaii fundraiser: The devastating fires in Lahaina in August resulted in the loss of life and property. OSU students, staff and community members who are from Maui and Hawai’i have been directly and indirectly impacted significantly. OSU Kokua Maui–Hui O Hawai’i is taking the lead along with other OSU entities to organize the collection and drop offs, which includes 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Nov. 30 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 1, at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 3, at Valley Football Center. Donations requested include diapers, feminine care products, toys and gift cards. 

Navigating the Holiday Season: The holiday season can be a joy-filled time for many of us. We get time off from work and we come together with loved ones. But for some, this time might also come with an added layer of stress, grief and pressure — pressure to spend money, take time off or interact with people or spaces that feel uncomfortable. Join this gathering to discuss the mental and emotional challenges that can come up during the holiday season. Attendees will also discuss self-care strategies to help you manage stress and maintain your mental health during this time. Noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 30. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn.

Same Storm, Different Boats: Mental Health in Communities of Color. Racial and ethnic minorities often suffer from disproportionately higher rates of more severe mental health outcomes due to a range of social and economic factors: inaccessibility of culturally competent mental health care, cultural stigma, physical and mental health consequences of discrimination and more. In this workshop, a clinician presenter from Lyra Health will cover race-based traumatic stress, stigma and cultural mistrust; barriers to accessing care and how to overcome them; culturally informed self-care strategies; and how to access culturally-responsive mental health services. Noon, Nov. 30. Register here.

HMSC Research Seminar: Carl Hendrickson with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s Ocean/Coastal Services Division will be giving a seminar titled “Oregon Coastal Management Program: Utilizing Bottom-up Community Engagement Practices to Prepare for Climate Change Impacts,” at 3:30 p.m., Nov. 30. 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.

Navigating the Classroom of Tomorrow: Exploring the Role of AI in Higher Education. Join InclusiveExcellence@OSU for our Fall 2023 Faculty, Food, and Fun from 4-6 p.m., Nov. 30 in the Journey Room, Memorial Union or via Zoom. Inara Scott will share the work of OSU’s AI Taskforce in responding to this new frontier in higher education, and facilitate a collaborative discussion of the possibilities and pitfalls of AI in promoting equitable teaching. More information and RSVP here.

UPRIVER: A Watershed Film. Within Oregon’s Willamette River system, "UPRIVER" focuses on people from all walks of life who are coming together to revive the health of this large river and the life it supports. The film's director will be in attendance to introduce the film at Darkside Cinema in downtown Corvallis, 6 p.m., Nov. 30, as well as lead a Q&A afterwards.


NEW! OSU Jazz Ensemble: Music by Thad Jones, Jessika Smith, Frank Foster, Jim McNeely and more. Directed by Ryan Biesack. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4 in the MU Ballroom; $10 for general admission, free for OSU students. Tickets can be purchased online.

University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. on Dec. 1 via Zoom and in B011 Kerr Admin. Bldg. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities and budget policies. For materials associated with this week’s topics, visit the UBC web page. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].

Music à la Carte: Listen to a jazz set by OSU faculty members Ryan Biesack, drums; Ben Mutschler, reeds; and Steve Willis, guitar, at noon on Dec. 1 in the Main Lobby of the MU. Admission is free.

The Nightmare Before Dead Week: Murder Mystery. Oregon State Program Council and DAMChic present an exquisite fashion show followed by an immersive murder mystery experience featuring talented actors and a delectable dinner — all unfolding in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Get ready for a night of style and suspense, 7 p.m., Dec. 1. Tickets will be $7 for OSU students and $15 for non-students. Tickets are live now and they will be limited.

UAOSU Listening Sessions: UASOU will be hosting four listening sessions for members to share their contract priorities with members of the bargaining team. These sessions will be both in-person and hybrid from 3-4 p.m., Dec. 1, in the Memorial Union, Thought Lab (room 215). To RSVP visit

OSU Lyric Workshop Presents: Into the Trailer ParkThrilling musical scenes from "Cry Baby," "Great American Trailer Park Musical," and "Into the Woods." 7 p.m., Dec. 2; and 3 p.m., Dec. 3, in Community Hall Room 202. Free, open to all. Limited seating.

Yoga Nidra: Drawn from Vedic and Tantric practices, yoga nidra “yogic sleep” is a guided meditation experience which often yields deep relaxation, insight and a sense of connection. Guided by Tiffany Bailey 6-7:30 p.m., Dec. 3 at Marigold: 648 SW Second St. in Corvallis. By donation/open to all. Please pre-register:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Integrative Biology M.S. Defense Seminar: Miriam Obley will present “Modifications to Rearing Environments as a Method for Reducing Domestication Selection in Hatchery-reared Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)” at 10 a.m., Dec. 4 in ALS 4001 and via Zoom. Obley is completing her M.S. in Integrative Biology under the guidance of Michael Blouin. 

NEW! Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Valeri Sawiccy will present “Metabolic and Immune Responses in Cnidarian-Symbiodiniaceae Symbiosis and Dysbiosis” at noon, Dec. 4 in the Coast Range Building, room 2196, 4575 SW Research Way, Corvallis and via Zoom. Sawiccy is completing her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology under the guidance of Virginia Weis. 

NEW! Crime and Punishment in the UK (info session): Join faculty Michele Inderbitzin and Susan Shaw from the College of Liberal Arts to learn about a 6-credit, faculty-led program that explores both the historical and fictional crime and justice system of the UK. This two-week journey takes place in London, England from Aug. 2-17. Info session: noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 4. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) program brochure and application.

NEW! Research Integrity Forum  Safeguarding Science: Promoting International Science and Maintaining Research Security. International research and collaborations are essential to OSU’s mission but come with regulations and challenges. At this forum, learn about some of the new research security standards that pertain to international research and how OSU can help navigate them. We will cover disclosing outside financial and other interests, talent recruitment programs, export controls, cybersecurity, international travel, visiting scholar sand more. 1-2:30 p.m., Dec. 4, MU room 213. Register here to attend in person. Virtual attendees register via Zoom.

FYI Friday – Supervision of Employees: Professional Development, Growth and Support. The Dean of the College of Education will share a supervision workshop that was developed in 2023 to better support supervisors in their own development and thinking about how to best support employees and themselves. Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 1, via Zoom. Registration required.

Anthropology Lecture Series: Razan Ghazzawi. WGSS Assistant Professor Razan Ghazzawi will present research titled, “Towards Grassroots Queer Ethics in Wartime: Rethinking Research Ethics at Times of War and the ‘Refugee Crisis’" at noon, Dec. 1 in Strand 111. Admission is free.

College of Health Friday Research Seminar: “How to Best Preserve Human Donor Milk’s Bioactive Proteins" will be presented by Dave Dallas, OSU College of Health, from 1-2 p.m. Dec. 1, in HFC 115 via Zoom. This seminar is co-sponsored with the Nutrition program in the College of Health. Learn more about upcoming and past seminars on the college website.

Rachel Zitomer Ph.D. Defense: Rachel Zitomer will present her dissertation, titled: “Native Bees in Intensively Managed Conifer Forests: Community Composition, Habitat Connectivity, and Foraging Ecology,” at 1 p.m., Dec. 1, in PFSC 125. Zither is earning her Ph.D. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Jim Rivers. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

Shalet Ngoli Idawo M.S. defense: A presentation of Shalet’s thesis, titled: “Water Czars and Groundwater Diplomacy: Skills, Scales and Sustainability," takes place at 11 a.m., Dec. 4, in Burt Hall 193. Idawo is earning her M.S. in Water Resources Policy and Management with Todd Jarvis. Please contact the WRGP Department at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

Onboarding forums held via Zoom: The President and Provost’s Leadership Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PPLC) is hosting two additional onboarding forums via Zoom for employees of color and supervisors of employees of color in December. These forums are seeking to identify additional ways to support the success and belonging of new employees of color. For employees: Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 4 (registration is required). For supervisors: Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 13 (registration is required). If unable to attend there is an anonymous feedback survey here. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

Selma Murwan Hamid Alrasheed M.S. defense: A presentation of Selma’s thesis, titled: “How International Law Instruments Shape the Protection of Freshwater in Armed Conflict",” takes place at 10 a.m., Dec. 7, in Burt Hall 193. Alrasheed is earning her M.S. in Water Resources Policy and Management with Susanne Schmeier. Please contact the WRGP Department at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

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 Winter 2024 course via Zoom and register here. In response to increasing material costs, the registration fee for this program will be adjusted to $255 as of Jan. 1.

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by the Office of University Human Resources that dives deep into the way we solve problems together. This engaging workshop helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work, and together be able create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. In the spirit of professional development, University Human Resources is excited to offer this new two-hour workshop to OSU employees on a monthly basis starting this spring. View upcoming workshops and enroll here. In response to increasing material costs, the registration fee for this program will be adjusted to $55 as of Jan. 1. Hurry – seats are limited.

Take Note

NEW! Call for Applications: Career Champions. Applications for the winter 2024 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. Career Champions provides educators with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while tackling issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applications are due Dec. 15. Cohort meets Thursdays 3-4 p.m. on Zoom weeks 3-8 of winter term. Direct questions to Brenna Gomez.

NEW! Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Legacy Awards: Nominations are being accepted until Dec. 8. Each award comes with a $500 stipend as a token of appreciation and to celebrate the outstanding contributions of the recipients to make OSU more just and inclusive. Award recipients and nominees will be honored at the 42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast on Jan. 15. Register for the Peace Breakfast here.

NEW! Students: Borrow your textbooks for free. The Basic Needs Center has a Textbook Lending Library open to all on-campus students that includes books, calculators, chemistry model sets and more. Visit their website to see if they have your books or request one if they don’t. Checkouts begin January 8th; request your book by Dec. 11 to check it out at the start of the term. Pop by 1030 SW Madison Ave., call 541-737-3747 or email [email protected] for questions and more textbook affordability advice.

NEW! Registration open: Mindful Self Compassion 10-week Program. Kate Gallagher will guide a 10-week mindful self compassion program starting in January. MSC is an empirically researched contemplative method that improves mood, relationships and resilience. Reserve your spot. Partial scholarships are available for OSU undergraduates. Program held at Marigold, our beautiful biophilic practice center located in downtown Corvallis. Contact us with questions.

2024 Merchant Card assessment and modernization project: OSU intends to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to evaluate and rebid services currently in place for credit card processing. To leverage this RFP requirement as an opportunity, OSU is asking interested stakeholders to participate in a survey to share thoughts on OSU’s card processing today and in the future. The survey will be emailed directly to merchant managers, TouchNet departmental deposit users and registered survey respondents. Visit to be a “registered survey respondent” before Dec. 4.

Policy updates: Fiscal policies for memberships, dues & subscriptions, surplus property salesFOAPAL elements and Exhibit 003-02 Account Codes have been updated. Please see the FPP website for more information and contact the policy steward listed on each policy with any questions.

Student Pricing for All at The Marigold Center: From Nov. 27-Dec. 11, Marigold class packs will be on sale for educators and the public. Marigold offers a range of contemplative drop-in classes including gentle and flow yoga, contemplative dance, mindfulness meditation and more. Student pricing for class packs will be extended to everyone and range from $15 (single) to $250 (20 passes). View the drop-in class schedule and purchase passes. Email: [email protected].

Flex Pass: Keep moving through the holidays and winter term with Faculty Staff Fitness. Get a Flex Pass for Dec. 11-15. Purchase in Langton 123. Winter 2024 registration opens Dec. 1. Sign up for two weeks of online FSF for $15, available Dec. 18-Jan. 1. Winter term online FSF for $45 begins Jan. 1. Visit the FSF website for schedules, more information and to register.

Read local: Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or thoughtful reading for long winter nights, the OSU Press Holiday Sale has you covered with new releases and old favorites. Visit and use promo code 23HOLIDAY at checkout to receive 25% off and free shipping. Order early to ensure timely delivery.

Teaching faculty learning community: Excited about teaching? Or need a recharge? Apply to join the Winter ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community sponsored by CTL and Academic Technologies. We’ll explore teaching strategies, useful ed tech tools and developing resiliency to thrive in the changing educational landscape. See the call for participation. Apply by Dec. 4. Funding provided. 

Ready, Set, AI: Join the Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Technologies for a Winter ‘24 faculty learning community addressing artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on higher education. We will explore how we respond to the immediate impact of AI in education, develop proactive strategies and hear from students and experts. See the call for participation. Apply by Dec. 4. Funding provided.

Payroll Office changes in December: During the month of December, Payroll is having some work done to rearrange and add workspace in our office. Our windows will be closed and phones will go to voicemail, but we will have a representative at the front desk in B100 (Business Affairs) and will be returning phone calls and responding to emails as quickly as possible every day.  A more open space will be available starting in the new year.

Gift Drive for OSU Kids Gift Closet: The Family Resource Center Kids Gift Closet helps provide gifts for children for those in the OSU community struggling to purchase gifts during holidays and celebrations. Thanks to our generous sponsors, each year’s gift closet is a huge success and we have many grateful families. You can give in a variety of ways: Amazon Registry that ships directly to FRC; the Toy Factory in downtown Corvallis (you can leave the gift in our donation box); or you can bring in any new and unwrapped gifts to OLV|Milne in the lower level of Milne from 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. We will be collecting gifts until Dec. 8. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about this program, please contact [email protected].


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! Talent Acquisition Associate: University Human Resources is seeking a Talent Acquisition Associate with a focus on Academic Faculty recruitment. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. The Academic Faculty Talent Acquisition HR Associate is dedicated to delivering talent acquisition/recruitment services to support academic faculty hires at Oregon State University and in embracing excellence and inclusiveness for fair and equitable searches. Posting #P07558UF. Full consideration Dec. 13. Closes Dec. 20. 

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Stadium Avenue: As part of the Bloss Hall Renovation project, a section SW Stadium Avenue, located between CH2M Hill Alumni Center and Bloss Hall, will be closed from Wednesday, Nov. 29 through Friday, Jan. 5. Multiple parking spaces in the Bloss Hall West parking lot (bordering Stadium Ave.) will also be closed. In addition, the sidewalk on the west side of Bloss Hall will be closed. Other possible impacts include noise, dust and mud near the work site. (View map)

Park Terrace Place: As part of the Jen-Hsun & Lori Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex project, a section of the west sidewalk along SW Park Terrace Place will be permanently closed to allow for ongoing construction activities. The closure will begin Thursday, Nov. 30. The impacted sidewalk section is located just north of Johnson Hall. This will be a permanent closure as the area undergoes construction related to the Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex. The east sidewalk will be open for pedestrians. Other possible impacts include noise, dust and mud near the work site. (View map)

LaSells Stewart Center: As part of the LaSells Stewart Center Mechanical and Roof Renewal project, a section of the northbound lane on SW 26th Street will be closed from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 30 to allow for crane activity. The lane closure will be located between the intersection with SW Western Boulevard and The LaSells Stewart Center. In addition, the traffic signals at the intersection of 26th Street and Western Boulevard will be shut down during this closure. Flaggers will be present at the intersection to direct traffic through the area. The east sidewalk on 26th Street will be closed between Western Boulevard and the CH2M Alumni Center. The west sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. The walkway on the north side of The LaSells Stewart Center will also be closed. Other possible impacts include noise near the work site. (View map)

Kerr: As part of the Kerr Administration South Parking Lot Improvement project, the Kerr South parking lot closure has been extended until Dec. 4 to finish construction activities, including lighting installation, paving and striping. This includes the closure of the west sidewalk. ADA access is available on the east side of the building.


“It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.” ~ Good Omens (Gaiman and Pratchett)

Corvallis: Rain and patchy fog today, high of 45, low of 38. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Rain and snow today, high of 43, low of 27. Rain and snow tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today, high of 50, low of 43. Showers and breezy tomorrow.

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