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.

Climate change is driving California's wildfires. The Kincade Fire? Not so much (KQED)

Climate change “is probably secondary" as a cause, Oregon State University fire ecologist Meg Krawchuk says about the Kincade Fire.

Take a fresh look at frozen seafood and prepare to be surprised (KUOW)

If you ask American consumers whether fresh seafood or previously frozen tastes better, you are bound to get "fresh" as the answer. But blind taste tests conducted by Oregon State University found that fish caught and quickly frozen at sea rated as good or better than supposedly "fresh" fish bought at the supermarket. (see also OPB)

Oregon farmers hope high vole numbers take cyclical nosedive (Capital Press)

Though estimating the pest’s specific population isn’t feasible, damage to crops indicates their regional numbers are “astronomical” — likely in the millions, said Nicole Anderson, field crops Extension agent with Oregon State University.

Four remain in OSU presidential hunt (Gazette-TImes)

Last month, after sifting through 68 applications, a presidential search committee settled on a short list of 12 semifinalists, conducted a first round of interviews and made its recommendations to Rani Borkar, chair of the OSU Board of Trustees.

More than 11,000 scientists foresee "untold suffering" due to climate emergency (ZME Science)

“We have joined together to declare a climate emergency because the climate change is more severe and accelerating faster than was expected by scientists,” Bill Ripple, professor of ecology at Oregon State University and co-author of the paper, told CNET. “Many of us feel like the time is running out for us to act.”

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Women's basketball: In 1899, Oregon State already had a small but determined women's basketball team. Today, OSU women's basketball is still alive and thriving. For a schedule of upcoming games, see


CGRB Listening Sessions: The next two listening sessions from the CGRB Strategic Planning Committee are Thursday, Nov. 7, 9-10:30 a.m., and Friday, Nov. 8, 3-4:30 p.m., discussing data sciences needs, challenges and opportunities in molecular biosciences disciplines (Nov. 7) and biomedical and health sciences (Nov. 8). For more information go to

Budget conversation: On Thursday, Nov. 7, at noon, the Office of Budget & Resource Planning will hold another University Budget Conversation in the Memorial Union Room 215. This week’s topic is an "Update on the Budget Model." 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. More information about University Budget Conversations is located on the Office of Budget & Resource Planning website. If you have questions, contact Sherm Bloomer for more information. 

Preretirement workshop: Save the date for a Thursday, Nov. 7, preretirement workshop presented by the Oregon State University Retirement Association from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in MU 208. This workshop is for faculty and staff who are within one to three years of retirement and will illustrate some aspects of the physical, psychological, and social dimensions of retirement. Carolyn Aldwin, director of the Center for Healthy Aging, will provide an introductory presentation followed by a panel of four retired faculty/staff from OSU. For more information, contact Tom Plant, OSURA Board Secretary, at 541-736-6231 or

Catalonia Update: Political prisoners and public reaction to the sentences: Presentation and round table discussion, followed by Q&A. Members of the OSU community of the Casal Català d’Oregon will discuss the status of the independence movement in Catalonia. Thursday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m., Bexell 321.

Rewilding a Mountain Film Screening and Panel: This film captures the "rewilding" of Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge in Southeastern Oregon. It unravels an unsettling controversy that challenges the core identity of the West and follows a team of scientists that ask the question: What happened here? Nov. 7 at Gilfillan Auditorium, 6 p.m. doors and pizza, 6:30 p.m. start. Trailer:

“Lioness” film screening: "Lioness" tells the story of a group of female Army support soldiers who were part of the first program in American history to send women into direct ground combat. Without the same training as their male counterparts but with a commitment to serve as needed, these young women fought in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq war and returned home as part of this country’s first generation of female combat veterans. "Lioness" makes public for the first time their hidden history. Thursday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m., Snell Suite 150. Veteran panel discussion immediately to follow. This event is open to the public.

OSU Choirs: Fall Sing! featuring the OSU Meistersingers, Bella Voce and the OSU Chamber Choir. Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave. Tickets $10 advance, $15 door. OSU students and K-12 youth admitted free. CAFA discounts apply. Advance tickets available online at:


Baccalaureate Core Listening Sessions: The Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the Office of Undergraduate Education are holding a series of listening sessions for Bacc Core stakeholders: faculty, students, unit supervisors, advisers and other personnel involved with developing, administering and teaching Baccalaureate Core courses. Representatives from the EC, 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. 8, 9:30-11:40 a.m., FURM 102; Nov. 12, 4-6 p.m., (student session), MU 206; 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

OSU International Scholar and Faculty Coffee Social: OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International and OSU Office of International Services invites you to join international visiting faculty, scholars, students and their families for conversation, coffee, tea and light snacks at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center in the Einerson House, 2638 NW Jackson Ave., Corvallis on Friday, Nov. 8  between 10:30 a.m. and noon.

Music a la Carte: Northwest Piano Trio. Friday, Nov. 8, at noon. Memorial Union Lounge; free.

Government Relations Candidate Forums: Meet the final candidate invited to interview for the position of executive director for government relations. An open forum will be held Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. in MU 211 and at the full details.

Veteran’s Pre Game BBQ: The Veteran Community of OSU is welcome join the Student Veterans Association as we get ready to enjoy the Veterans Appreciation Game at Reser Stadium against UW. Swing by and enjoy a burger and hot dog before the game, and connect with other members of the community. Friday, Nov. 8, 4-7:30 p.m., Snell Hall Suite 150.

Home game Friday, Nov. 8: OSU will be hosting the University of Washington at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8. This may produce some parking and commuting challenges for the Corvallis campus community. To learn more, see:

FREE admission to alumni center pregame tailgater: Get fired up at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center before home games in the newly upgraded indoor tailgating event space. Enjoy great food, beverages, family-friendly games and more. Rooms are also available to rent for private parties. And, you can always upgrade your OSUAA membership to gain access to VIP accommodations. Cheer on the Beavs as they gear up to play Washington this Friday, Nov. 8.

Flying Club Open House: Corvallis Airport, Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Airplane rides with a $20/person donation, weather permitting, and free food. Talk to members, see aircraft and learn about the Oregon State Flying Club. OSU and LBCC students, alumni, faculty, staff and families are eligible for membership. Visit:

Hazel Hall Memorial Reading: Join us for a night of readings by students and faculty from OSU-Cascade’s MFA in creative writing. Presenters will read excerpts from creative writing pieces, both finished and in progress. This event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m in At Liberty, 849 NW Wall St., Bend. Light refreshments provided.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! TRIAD meeting: Shauna Tominey, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, will speak on “Emotional Intelligence in Action: The Role of Emotions in Teaching and Learning,” Nov. 7, 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

NEW! Communities of Color Talk: “The Prevention of Underage and High-Risk Drinking in Underrepresented Minority Communities. Let’s Talk About It!” High-risk drinking creates health and safety concerns for all and reducing its prevalence is a shared responsibility. Listen to a panel of student leaders speak about how they are affected by the drinking culture and hear their perspectives on what can be done. This candid conversation will encourage inclusive excellence to promote a climate that supports the retention and success of all students. Nov. 19, SEC lounge, noon to 1 p.m. Lunch provided. For information, contact Nikia Braxton-Franklin, 541-737-7266.

Medication safety talk: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences presents “Medication safety practice in the primary care setting,” by Grace Kuo, dean of OSU’s College of Pharmacy, Friday, Nov. 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room.

Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Seminar Series: Scott Mills, associate vice president of research for global change and sustainability and professor of wildlife biology at the University of Montana, will give his talk titled “Seasonal Camouflage Reveals the Potential for Adaptive Rescue to Climate Change” on Friday, Nov. 8, from 3 to 4 p.m. in LINC 302.

Updates about the Corvallis Campus Vision: University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations invites the OSU and Corvallis communities to attend an informational meeting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, where we will share updates about the Corvallis Campus Vision. The meeting will be held in the Agriculture Meeting Room at the LaSells Stewart Center.

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 & Sciences University, will cover all areas of bioengineering/biomedical engineering, with an emphasis on technologies for precision health. Advanced registration costs are $25 for students and post-docs, $60 for faculty and $125 for non-academic registrants.

Take Note

Hybrid Faculty Learning Community: The Center for Teaching and Learning’s popular 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. Address questions and submit proposals for the hybrid program by Nov. 25 via email to

OSU Press Online Sale: In celebration of University Press Week (Nov. 3-9), OSU Press is announcing its holiday sale. Now through Dec. 31, take 25% off selected titles when you order directly through the OSU Press website. Enter the promotion code 19HOLIDAY at checkout. Note that the books are not available for local pickup, and the discount is valid only on the featured titles.

Grant Funding Request for Proposals: The OSU Women’s Giving Circle is accepting proposals for grant funding to be awarded in May 2020. Projects that enhance the undergraduate experience, directly impact as many OSU students as possible, and improve student retention are eligible. The applications are due by Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 at 9 a.m. To apply for a grant, visit Questions: Contact Molly Moriarty Russell at 541-737-4044 or

Sparkshops: The Center for Teaching and Learning now offers “Sparkshops.” This is a 15-minute workshop on an evidence-based instructional practice that can be presented to faculty during a department meeting or other teaching-related meetings. There are three categories of Sparkshops topics: assessment, active learning and inclusive teaching. Contact Funmi Amobi to schedule one of these Sparkshops in your college or department.

Changes to Valley Library hours effective Nov 12: The library will be open modified hours Nov. 12-31. The main part of the Valley Library will be closed to the public from 2 to 6 a.m., and the Java II coffee shop and lobby spaces will be available as study spaces during this time (2 a.m. to 6 a.m., valid OSU ID required). The Valley Library will resume 24/5 service for dead week and finals week (Dec. 1-13).

Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy & Standards page ( to learn about recent and pending policy amendments. The What’s New page is updated frequently with new developments.

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing a link to SAIF online tips for preparing for winter 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.

Toys for Tots Donation Drive: Through Dec. 13, Naval ROTC will be collecting new unwrapped toys and distribute them to bring a smile to a less fortunate child on Christmas morning. Help get toys to needy children to make their holiday a memorable one. There are three boxes at the armory and toys can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sustainability conference: The Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) will be held at the University of Oregon, March 2-4, 2020. It's a regional conference that empowers sustainability action at area higher education institutions. Through facilitated workshops, presentations and networking, help support regional policy goals and drive the development of a generation of professionals! Early registration ends Friday, Nov. 8. For an additional 30% off the registration fee, use OSU’s custom discount code OSUCOMMCOMP20.

Fulbright survey: Calling all friends of Fulbright: Are you an alum, friend, or interested applicant? Curious to know more about the U.S.’s premier exchange program with the rest of the world? You are invited to connect with others who have lived the Fulbright experience. Help us build the OSU Fulbright community by completing this quick survey ( and receive timely information about events and networking opportunities with other Fulbright fans.

Opportunity for Student Engagement on OSU’s Tuition and Budget: We are looking for students to join the Student Budget Advisory Council (SBAC). SBAC is a student group that serves in an advisory role to the University Budget Committee (UBC). The SBAC gives students the chance to engage with peers to provide input, raise issues and ask questions about OSU’s tuition, fees, finances and budget priorities. The SBAC meets Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Valley Library, Room 3622. Benefits of SBAC participation include peer engagement, leadership, skill development and more. Complete an SBAC membership spplication form via For more information or contact

Gift Funds: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on new policy drafts for Gift Funds. For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

ScholarDollars Scholarship Application Now Open: ScholarDollars is Oregon State University’s online search and application portal. All OSU students are encouraged to use ScholarDollars to submit an application to be considered for campus-based scholarship funding that will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. By submitting one application, students will be considered for over 1,600 OSU scholarship opportunities! If you have any questions, feel free to contact our officeSubmit your application today.


NEW! Volleyball: Nov. 7, 6 p.m., Gill Coliseum, versus Washington State. Dam Hunger game. Fans who donate a non-perishable food item receive a $5 ticket at the box office.

NEW! Volleyball: Nov. 10, 12 p.m., Gill Coliseum, versus Washington. Sunday’s contest is the Beavers’ Military Appreciation game. Active duty and veterans can receive two complimentary tickets with a valid ID. Fans can also redeem their ticket stub from Friday’s football game against Washington for a free ticket to Sunday’s volleyball match.

Football: Oregon State Athletics is offering OSU staff and faculty a discounted reserved seat ticket for one of the oldest rivalry football games in the country when the Beavers host Washington in a nationally televised game Friday, Nov. 8, at Reser Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Faculty and staff can purchase a $20 ticket using the promo code OSUFS at to cheer on the team. 

Traffic and Maintenance

Jefferson Way: Due to the repairs of street safety concerns, Jefferson Way between 26th Street and SW Weatherford Place (see map) will be closed Thursday Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon


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! Director of Development, College of Business: The OSU Foundation seeks a director of development for the College of Business. This position works closely with the Dean, her leadership team, other academic leaders, lead volunteers, and development colleagues, and will partner in the development of clearly-defined strategic fundraising priorities for the College and articulate a compelling case for support leading to fundraising success. To apply, use the following link: or contact Jason Thomas ( This position will be open until filled.

NEW! Assistant Director of Development, College of Science: The OSU Foundation seeks an assistant director of development for the College of Science. This position works closely with assigned foundation and academic leadership to advance the philanthropic priorities of the college. To apply, use the following link: or contact Jason Thomas ( This position will be opened until filled.


"You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful." ~ Marie Curie, born today in 1867.

Corvallis: Mostly sunny today, high of 57, low of 37. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 59, low of 37. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 61, low of 34. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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