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:


Wolves hunt sea otters and seals, a startling find (National Geographic)

Wolves are opportunistic scavengers and won’t turn up their nose at a carcass, but the frequency with which seafood appeared in the scat samples suggested it’s “a strategy they’ve adopted,” says study co-author Ellen Dymit, a Ph.D. student in wildlife science at Oregon State University. Several packs chose den sites extremely close to the beach, she says.

Oregon State researchers receive funding as part of federal effort to modernize geospatial coordinate system (KGW)

Last week, Oregon State University (OSU) announced that it will be awarded a $6.5 million research grant as part of a federal effort to modernize geospatial coordinate system.

Map: After a month of bombardments, as much as a third of Gaza City is damaged (NPR)

Since the onset of the war, an estimated 27% to 35% of all buildings in the northern half of the territory have likely been damaged, according to analysis by Corey Scher of New York's CUNY Graduate Center and Jamon Van Den Hoek of Oregon State University. Throughout the Gaza Strip, they estimate that between 13% and 18% of all structures have been destroyed or damaged, a range of 38,000 to 51,500 buildings.

Climate scientists fear the "uncharted territory" Earth has entered (Atmos)

The annual report has long been alarming., but this year’s edition shifts its tone in a subtle yet notable way. Urgency has moved into fear: Fear of extreme weather, of another lost year without meaningful climate policy, of the cataclysmic feedback loops that could consume the planet if we don’t act now. “The climate situation is much scarier in 2023 [than before],” said lead author Dr. William Ripple, an ecologist at Oregon State University.

Biden gives center stage to the climate report Trump tried to bury (Vox)

The report then connects the dots between research on warming and how that in turn affects people. “Social science is predictive of climate change outcomes in a very serious way,” said Elizabeth Marino, an associate professor of anthropology at Oregon State University Cascades, who led the chapter on social justice. “It’s one thing to say there will be sea level rise and it’s another thing to say these are the processes that lead to who will move and who will not.”

Wildfire, drought have caused $11.2 billion damage to West Coast private forests over past 20 years, OSU study finds (KTVZ)

Wildfires and drought have led to $11.2 billion in damages to privately held timberland in California, Oregon and Washington over the past two decades, a new Oregon State University study found. (see also KEZI)

Former OSU professor reflects on trip to deepest spot on planet (Think Out Loud)

In July 2022, oceanographer Dawn Wright made history by becoming the first Black person to dive to the deepest known spot on the planet. Victor Vescovo, a former Naval officer, entrepreneur and explorer, invited Wright to accompany him on the expedition to descend more than six-and-a-half miles to Challenger Deep in the western Pacific Ocean.

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International Education Week: OSU’s Dominique Bachelet says, “This photo features the 2023 group of Study Abroad - Honors College undergraduates in Lyon, France, with Alex Alexanian, a 2-Michelin-star chef, who prepared our lunch in his restaurant and talked about how climate change, politics and fashion are affecting his ingredients.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Students listen to and care about resources instructors recommend. You can normalize resource use and encourage students to have positive experiences accessing campus resources. Consider using Canvas announcements, discussion board posts or 1:1 conversations to share resources like Academic Coaching and the Writing Center that can provide timely support in the latter part of the term.

Strategic Plan: On Friday, Oregon State University begins its next chapter: Prosperity Widely Shared: The Oregon State Plan. Join President Jayathi Murthy for the launch of this ambitious strategic plan at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the event begins at 11 a.m. Visit for more details. 


International Education Week Nov. 13-17: Join us in celebrating Oregon State University's global achievements, impacts and community during International Education Week. For the full calendar of events, visit:

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: Managers and supervisors at OSU play a key role in enabling employees to do their best work. The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University managers, supervisors and lead workers. Fall 2023 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Tuesday-Friday, Nov. 14-17, via Zoom. Winter 2024 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Monday-Thursday, Feb. 26-29, via Zoom. Spring 2024 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Tuesday-Friday, May 7-10, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

OSU’s Accommodations Offices External Review: The Dean of Students and Equal Opportunity and Access offices have partnered with the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) to assist with an assessment of OSU’s accommodations offices. You are invited to engage with external reviewers by attending the following feedback sessions. Faculty feedback sessions: 9-9:45 a.m., Nov. 14. Campus partners feedback sessions: 1:30-2:15 p.m., Nov. 14. Student feedback sessions: 3:30-4:30 p.m., Nov. 14. All sessions will be held in the Valley Library Willamette Room. For questions, email [email protected].

Trans Identity in the Workplace: Join this gathering to talk about the strengths and struggles within transgender communities and how to increase inclusion and safety in the workplace. This gathering is intended for people who identify as transgender, including non-binary and gender non-conforming folks. 9-10 a.m, Nov. 14. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

Care Talks, Raising Children with Disabilities: Healthy Habits for the Holidays. The holiday excitement creates joy and stress for families of children with disabilities. In this webinar we will talk about how to effectively navigate family gatherings, different routines, special diets and increased behaviors without needing to rely on electronics to appease our children. 10 a.m., Nov. 14. Register today.

Center for Teaching and Learning QT Talks – The Power of Mentorship: Presenters: Michelle Strowbridge, assistant director of Career Development and Niki Weight, career advisor, Career Development Center. Attendees will get to explore the need for connection as instructors and provides several strategies to create meaningful network connections. There is a component of in-person networking and this allows attendees to meet people who are in similar positions as they are, along with a guided portion of the session meant to give attendees a tangible way to build their network. 11-11:50 a.m., Nov. 14, LINC 343. In-person registrationZoom registration.

Beaver Family Connections: Enjoy lunch and connect with other OSU parents and caregivers as we explore interesting topics and discussions related to child development, parenting and family health and well-being. No sign-up required. November’s topic: “Preparing Your Family For Emergencies.” Noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 14, MU 207. See full 2023-2024 schedule for future dates and topics. For accommodations, contact Cari Maes at 541-737-4906 or [email protected].

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 noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 14, in Milam 319; noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 15, in Milam 319; 5-6 p.m., Nov. 29, in the OSU Library, Willamette Room (room 3622); and 3-4 p.m., Dec. 1, in the Memorial Union, Thought Lab (room 215). To RSVP visit

From Guerrilla to Grandmother: Author Katherine Ann Power will read from her newly published memoir, “Surrender: My Journey from Guerrilla to Grandmother,” at noon Nov. 14 in MU 208. 

Sustaining Your Global Research Agenda. In celebration of International Education Week, faculty members who have developed or who are interested in developing an international research agenda are encouraged to attend a brown-bag lunch from noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 14 in the Memorial Union (MU) Journey Room. Panelists will share advice about how to start and sustain international research projects. Coffee and dessert will be served. Register here. 

OMSI Communication Fellowship Info Session: The College of Science will host a presentation and answer questions about the OSU-OMSI Spring Science Communication Fellows Program in the Kidder 128 conference room. The program is open to any faculty, postdocs, staff or graduate students at OSU. Join us from noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 14 to learn more.

Electron microscope open house: The electron microscope facility is having an open house from 12:30-3:30 p.m., Nov. 14. Finger food is served 12:30-2:30 p.m. Come get a snack and enjoy a tour of our facility, look at cross sections of a fruit fly and phase maps of the Gibeon meteorite. LPSC room 145.

World Languages and Cultures Fair: Come to the SEC Plaza from 2-4 p.m., Nov. 14 for the World Languages and Cultures Fair, sponsored by the School of Language, Culture, and Society. Learn about programs within World Languages and Cultures and engage in cultural activities.

OSU Procurement Training Series: Procurement will be hosting virtual training sessions next week on various OSU procurement topics. Sessions include: Informal Procurements, 3-4 p.m., Nov. 14; Introduction to Sole Source 3-4 p.m., Nov. 15; Introduction to Personal Services Contracts, 3-4 pm., Nov. 16; Federal Purchases Under Uniform Guidance, 3-4 p.m., Nov. 17. To register, visit the Virtual Trainings section of the Procurement Training and Support webpage:

Our Health & the Cost of Water: Dive into a new webcast series from the OSU Alumni Association and College of Health where your questions guide the conversation. In Episode 1, Our Health & the Cost of Water, experts share how you can retain valuable water and change your routines to prepare for when resources dwindle. Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies, and more at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers this Tuesday, 5:30-7 p.m. and Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.

Galaxies, Stars, Planets, and Life, A Universe of Awe & Inspiration: CSA’s Newman Lecture Series brings Jennifer Wiseman to OSU. Wiseman (full bio here) has an expansive history of experience in science, public speaking and Christianity and is currently a senior astrophysicist at NASA. Wiseman's lecture will be from 6-7:30 p.m, Nov. 14. Register for webinar here. 

Geography Awareness Week Mapathon: YouthMappers at OSU will be hosting a mapathon open to all students, staff and faculty from 6:30-8 p.m., Nov. 14 in Strand 361 and 363. Enjoy snacks while learning how to map with Open Street Mapping and win prizes for your contributions. For more information, email [email protected].


NEW! Classified Staff union membership meeting: Classified staff are welcome to attend our union’s monthly meeting from noon to 12:30 p.m., Nov. 16 for updates on bargaining and other happenings. This meeting is hybrid. If attending online, registration in advance is required. In-person attendees can join us for lunch in Memorial Union Room 211. Email for accommodations.

NEW! International Fellowships Mixer: All faculty are invited to attend an international fellowships mixer from 5-6 p.m., Nov. 16 in the Memorial Union (MU) Journey Room. The mixer will provide an opportunity to celebrate and learn from Humboldt Research Fellows and Fulbright Scholars. Faculty members who are interested in international fellowship opportunities are particularly encouraged to attend. A selection of drinks and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Register here.

NEW! Global Community and Culinary Heritage Celebration: The OSU community is invited to sample cultural dishes prepared by international and domestic student teams while cultivating a greater appreciation of food as cultural heritage. This IEW event is from 6-8 p.m., Nov. 16 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. This event is free but tickets are required.

NEW! Samantha Scherer: Whistling in the DarkThis exhibition will feature drawings and paintings representing over 15 years of exploration by the artist, from five distinct bodies of work. The exhibition will run from Nov. 13 to Dec. 15 in Fairbanks Hall. Admission is free.

OSU Beaver Dads: Come join in with other self-identified dads from around the Corvallis campus to talk about parenting, work and everything in between. Lunch will be provided. This is a time for informal conversation, so come late or leave early if you need, ask questions of other dads, share experiences/stories/resources and more. Facilitated by Tarron Anderson. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Nov. 15, MU 212. For accommodations and questions contact [email protected] with the Family Resource Center.

CAPE Open House: An open house at the Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education (CAPE) will take place from 1:30-4:30 p.m., Nov. 15 in the Student Experience Center (SEC), Suite 350. We are excited to welcome the OSU community into our new location in the SEC and meet the CAPE staff. Expect fun activities and light refreshments.

Provost’s Reception for International Employees and Scholars: This year’s International Education Week event lineup offers all members of the OSU community opportunities to come together to celebrate our global connections and achievements. The Provost’s Reception for International Employees and Scholars recognizes and celebrates OSU’s exceptional international employees, visiting scholars and department sponsors. Hosted by Provost Edward Feser with remarks by President Jayathi Murthy at 5 p.m., Nov. 15 in the MU Main Lounge. 

The Nature of Gratitude: Join us in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library's main meeting room for an annual community gathering exploring diverse aspects of gratitude through live music, spoken word, photography and art. Presenters include writer Charles Goodrich, musicians Halie Loren and Don Latarski, and performance poet Jorah LaFleur, among others. 5:30 p.m., Nov. 15. Free and open to all. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project.

President's Reception for International Students: OSU President Jayathi Murthy invites all international students to join her for coffee and conversation from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Nov. 15 in the MU Main Lounge. This event is part of International Education Week. For the full calendar of events, please visit:

American Strings: An Evening with Twanguero. Dubbed a “fire-breathing guitar hero” by the press, and called “the King of Twang” by Guitar Player Magazine, Latin Grammy-winning, guitarist/composer/performer Twanguero (Diego Garcia) is considered by many to be one of the finest guitarists in Spain. 7:30 p.m., Nov. 16 at The LaSells Stewart Center; tickets $25 or free for OSU students with advance registration. 

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for a special session of the Horticulture Fall 2023 Seminar Series at noon Nov. 15 in ALS 4001 and Zoom. Joe Hull, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, will present, “The 'fun' of functional genomics in a non-model pest." The event is free and open to the public. More information at

NEW! Commodities, Cafes and Climate Change: This week, OSU faculty leaders James Sterns and native French Dominique Bachelet from the College of Agriculture will tell you about their 4-credit, two-week (June 18-July 2, 2024) program in Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France, during two info sessions from 2:30-4 p.m., Nov. 15 and 16 in LInC 3446. Once there, you will be eating fabulous food, hiking in the mountains with a goat farmer, touring a nuclear power plant, visiting the UN in Geneva, discovering ancient cities and learning about how climate change challenges France's viticulture and agriculture ancient customs. For more details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) program brochure and application.

NEW! Study Abroad Affordability: Students are invited to attend a joint session with OSU GO, Scholarships, National and Global Scholarships Advising and Financial Aid for tips and advice on how to afford study abroad programs. This hybrid International Education Week event will be held 4-5 p.m, Nov. 15 in STAG 210 or online.

NEW! Care Talks: Succeed at Work -- Stress Management. This webinar covers common causes of stress, how to recognize your stress signals and successful strategies for managing stress when it occurs. 10 a.m., Nov. 16. Register today.

NEW! Navigating the “holiday season," family edition: The holiday season can be filled with joy, but it can also come with complications — especially when we factor in family dynamics. Whether you’re navigating grief, family conflict or new traditions with your chosen families, the holidays can hold more difficult emotions than we would like. Join this gathering to discuss the challenges we can face while navigating family dynamics during the holiday season. Attendees will also discuss self-care strategies to help you manage stress and maintain your mental health during the holiday season. Noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 16; 9-10 a.m., Nov. 28. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Nicholas Battista with the School of Science at the College of New Jersey will be giving a seminar titled “To fish, worms, and beyond: using computational models to study how variations in morphology and kinematics affect swimming performance,” 3:30 p.m., Nov. 16. 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.

NEW! International students and research: Are you an international student eager to dive into the world of research and high-impact opportunities? Join the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts (Office of URSA) for "Discover, Engage, Impact” as part of International Education Week from 4-5 p.m., Nov. 16, LINC 100. Unlock the door to a world of academic exploration and personal growth as we guide you through the exciting realm of research and high-impact practices. Whether you're curious about research opportunities, internships, community involvement or leadership roles, this event is your comprehensive guide to academic excellence and beyond.

Care Talks: Caring for Aging Loved Ones -- Family Meetings & Having the Care Conversation. Family meetings are an essential part of making certain that conflict is diminished among all of your family members. This seminar will cover how to prepare for a family meeting and how to communicate with older adults and other family members about important decisions such as health, housing, finances and legal issues. We will go over starting the conversation, effective communication, dealing with denial and more. 10 a.m., Nov. 15. Register today.

New Learning Opportunity for Supervisors: OSU Supervisor Forums: University HR has announced the first OSU Supervisor Forum. Offered once per quarter, these forums will provide resources and action steps that support your journey as a supervisor. The first OSU Supervisor Forum will include an introduction to the University HR structure and key contacts, more employee and supervisor mental health tips, and a deeper dive into the importance of employee onboarding. Join us via Zoom from 1-1:50 p.m., Nov. 15. Registration is required.

PFLA Zoom event, "Cascades Edge Career Development Program": Presented by Blair Garland, OSU-Cascades chief marketing and engagement officer. Learn more about the new, innovative program that provides integrated professional development to students. 1-2 p.m., Nov. 15. For more information about the event and how to register click here.

WRPM Seminar Series: Jack Schmidt, director, Center for Colorado River Studies, will present "Advancing our predictive understanding of river corridor exchange,” 4 p.m., Nov. 15 in Burt 193 or on Zoom.  Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details.  

BB Seminar Series Speaker: Please join the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics in attending the BB seminar talk by Nicole Hams from U.S Fish & Wildlife, for a presentation titled “The Role of Mentors and Diverse Learning Experiences in Shaping Young Conservation Professionals,” 4 p.m., Nov. 15, ALSO 4001 and via Zoom,

The Dive of a Lifetime to the Deepest Place on Earth: Dawn Wright, a.k.a. "Deepsea Dawn,” is the first Black person to dive to the deepest spot on the entire planet - Challenger Deep. Attend the free Marston Lecture at 6 p.m., Nov. 15 in The LaSells Stewart Center and hear Dawn talk about this dive—including the geospatial and imaging technologies used on the dive, discoveries from mapping this part of the world in history-making detail, and implications of discoveries for future ocean science. Learn more and register here.

PFLA Zoom event: Surviving the Holidays and Winter in the PNW. An informal lunch-and-learn to share tips and strategies, plus resources for wellness and managing stress. Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 5. For more information about the event and how to register click here.

Social Justice Education: Social Justice Education Initiative workshops are open for registration through Fall '23. The SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. Learn more, see the schedule and register for remote Tier One Platform & Tier Two Next Level workshops here. Interested in this development for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information: [email protected].

Take Note

NEW! Namecoach: At OSU, we believe everyone deserves to be addressed by their correct name. That's why University Information and Technology has launched Namecoach. This transformative tool makes it easy to record and share your name pronunciation and listen to name recordings made by others. Namecoach is available to OSU students, faculty and staff to help make OSU a more inclusive place to learn, work, and grow. Get started and learn more by visiting

NEW! Ask Alumni webcast: Tips from a corporate recruiter. Always leverage the career insights of your OSU network. Emalee Rabinovitch, ’16, offers job search strategies from the perspective of a corporate recruiter in this Ask Alumni on-demand webcast, presented by the OSU Alumni Association. Watch for free and get more tips and advice from accomplished alumni professionals:

Fall 2023 Update from Vice President for Finance and Administration: Want to be an insider? Find out what Division of Finance and Administration units have been doing to help advance OSU’s goals in this update to DFA employees: Each quarter, Vice President Mike Green and DFA senior leaders share project milestones, unit news, highlights, updates and coming events. While targeted to division employees, the VPFA quarterly updates are a great way for anyone to get an overview of the broad and varied work of DFA units.

Lyla June Johnston and Riane Eisler on Inner Nature: The latest episode of the Inner Nature podcast series features Indigenous scholar and community organizer Lyla June Johnston in conversation with Riane Eisler, social systems scientist and president of the Center for Partnership Systems. Listen here on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Inner Nature is produced by the Spring Creek Project and the Contemplative Studies Initiative.

Watershed Fellowship opportunity: OSU faculty and community members are invited to apply for a year-long Watershed Fellowship with the Public Humanities Collaboratory sponsored by PRAx, the Spring Creek Project and the Center for the Humanities. The Collaboratory convenes scholars, creatives, cultural practitioners and nonprofit and community leaders in a collective effort to discover new approaches to enduring or emerging challenges. The application window closes Jan. 8. Learn more about the program, eligibility, and how to apply.

Ask Alumni webcast: The Power of Networking. Networking is a powerful tool you can use in the job search. Find out where, when and how to meet new and interesting people by watching "The Power of Networking During the Job Search," an on-demand webcast presented by the OSU Alumni Association. Watch for free at

Pedestrian experiment: The OSU School of Civil and Construction Engineering is seeking participants for a study examining how people use intersections. Participants must be at least 18 years old, have normal or corrected-to-normal vision (glasses and contacts are OK) and feel comfortable walking approximately 1 mile total. Participation involves walking three adjacent intersections wearing eye tracking glasses and a time commitment of approximately one hour. Please contact Amy Wyman by email at [email protected].


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NEW! Associate Dean for Student Life: OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for an Associate Dean for Student Life. This position is a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, regular position. Posting #P07491UF. Full consideration Nov. 24. Closes Dec. 1.

Traffic and Maintenance

Attention vehicle owners parked on Southwest 11th Street near campus: City of Corvallis has requested that vehicles parked in a specially marked tow-away zone on 11th Street south of Madison, north of Adams and north of Washington immediately move their vehicles to avoid being towed due to construction work taking place starting Monday. 

EXTENDED! Campus Way Closure, 26th Street to Memorial Place: As part of the Kelley District Utility Plant project, SW Campus Way will be closed between SW 26th Street and SW Memorial Place from Nov. 6-27 to allow for crane activity.

Traffic diverted to temporary Van Buren bridge starting in mid-November: Commuters to campus may notice a traffic pattern change between downtown Corvallis and the east side of the Willamette River. Starting in mid-November, eastbound traffic will be diverted onto a temporary bridge on NW Van Buren Ave. The temporary bridge includes a separate path for pedestrians and bicyclists. The paths underneath the bridge will remain closed. A temporary signal at NW Van Buren Ave. and NW First Street will control traffic flow and NW First Street will change from two-way to one-way traffic for one block north and south of the Van Buren bridge. Access to NW Van Buren Avenue from NW First Street will be restricted. For more information, visit the ODOT Van Buren Bridge project page.
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.


"Her garden seemed sad, too. It was virtually empty now, and the few brave flowers that remained there were flattened by rain, their yellows stalks sprawling in all directions. Most of the trees were bare, and the woods had a wet carpet of leaves.” ~ Julie Andrews Edwards

Corvallis: Partly sunny with a chance of showers, high of 52, low of 42. Chance of showers Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny and then a chance of rain, high of 55, low of 41. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of showers, high of 58, low of 44. Chance of showers tomorrow.

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