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.

Women aren't in the Constitution. What would change if they were? (VICE)

“The right to abortion has been framed as a privacy issue and that allows for that fact that states can take an interest in the status of the fetus once it’s viable,” said Kelsy Kretschmer, an assistant professor at Oregon State University with expertise on the ERA.

The climate crisis will profoundly affect the health of every child alive today, report says (CNN)

"I think raising awareness through rigorous science can only benefit policymakers and the public at large, as it could lead to sound policy that would be feasible from a political standpoint. This report contributes to this important discussion," said Todd Pugatch, an associate professor at Oregon State University, who did not work on the report.

Oregon State gets grant to study tiny plastics in waterways (KDRV)

Oregon State University will use a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study pollution from tiny plastics and its impact on aquatic life.

OSU ecologist uses drones, GoPros to track gray whale behavior (KTVZ)

Using drones deployed in the air and GoPros underwater, Oregon State University marine ecologist Leigh Torres recently completed her fourth field season documenting previously unseen behaviors of gray whales – and gathering their poop – off the Oregon coast. (see also KGWNews-Guard)

Christmas tree shortage means more expensive trees this year (KGW)

Oregon State University Christmas tree expert Chal Landgren knows of a number of Christmas tree farms that have shut down for good this year.

Bend ranks fourth for the number of vacation rentals per capita (Bend Bulletin)

Generally, vacation rentals create new jobs, generate income for homeowners and bring in customers for shops and restaurants, said Todd Montgomery, Oregon State University-Cascades Business and Hospitality executive in residence.

OSU-Cascades professor receives $750,000 grant to study people displaced by floods (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University-­Cascades anthropology assistant professor Elizabeth Marino received a three-year, $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the effects of repetitive flooding on coastal communities and how the federal government handles their relocation.

The State of the Coast (News Times)

Sponsored by Oregon Sea Grant, the conference is identified as an event “where everybody from scientists to industries to citizens can learn, network and engage in the current and future state of Oregon’s marine environment.”

Today's photo

Shakespeare in Love:  Oregon State University Theatre presents “Shakespeare in Love,” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22-23 and 2 p.m. Nov. 24 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre. Tickets available online at Photo by @bryanbernartphoto


Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Emotionally Intelligent Teaching: Join Shauna Tominey to learn about hands-on tools and strategies that can be embedded into any class to create an emotionally-supportive environment. +Tech Talk: Visit the user-friendly media creation technologies available at the Faculty Media Center. This workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. and  2 p.m. Learn more here. Contact us here.

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.

Transgender Resource Fair: This program is centered around providing resources and support for folx within the queer and trans community on how to navigate through health-oriented spaces. Nov. 19, 3-5 p.m., SEC lobby.

The International LGBT Rights Movement - A History - New Approaches to International History: Using selected historical figures, organizationf and events to illuminate critical junctures in the global LGBT movement, this lecture asks the audience to contemplate whether “victory” for global LGBT equality is possible, what such success might look like, and what actions the global community could take to facilitate that aim. Laura Belmonte is dean of the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and professor of history. She is also a former OSU Center for the Humanities Fellow. Lightly catered, open to all. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 4 p.m. MU La Raza Room 208.

Department of Horticulture Seminar: The Horticulture Fall 2019 Seminar Series will take place this Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m., in ALS 4000. The event is free and open to the public. Nicole Sanchez, Assistant Professor, Horticulture, "Hort Career Retrospective: Knowing when NOT to stick to the plan."

The Truth About Vaping: Join ASOSU, the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Benton County Health Department and Student Health Services on Nov. 19, 4-5 p.m., in SEC 112 as they host researchers and health professionals in an informational panel discussing the risks and realities of vaping. Free food provided.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

OSU Jazz Ensemble: Jazz classics and new compositions by student composers. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Memorial Union Lounge, free.


NEW! “The Game Changers” Film Screening:  OSU Vegan and Vegetarian club sponsors this event for empathy, health, and environment. James Wilks travels the world on a quest for truth about meat, protein, and strength. Myths against plant-based diets are discussed along the way. Film, dinner and discussion Nov.r 20, 6 – 8:30 p.m, Cascade Hall 136, Corvallis. Open to the public.

NEW! Baccalaureate Core Listening Sessions: The Faculty Senate executive committee and the Office of Undergraduate Education are holding a series of listening sessions for baccalaureate core stakeholders: faculty, students, unit supervisors, advisers and other personnel involved with developing, administering and teaching baccalaureate core courses. Representatives from the committee, Vice Provost Alix Gitelman’s office and the Faculty Senate Baccalaureate core committee will attend each meeting to hear your ideas. From this feedback, as well as research on other current models of general education in higher education, we expect to develop two or three alternative models to bring back to listening sessions before the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. Nov. 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m., MU 109; Dec. 5, 1-3 p.m., LINC 128. For those who cannot attend any listening session, or who have additional comments, there is an opportunity to offer extended commentary and feedback via a Qualtrics survey at

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

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

Dan Edge retirement: College of Agricultural Sciences’ Associate Dean Dan Edge is retiring. Join the College to celebrate and honor Edge’s 30-year career at Oregon State University on Nov. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the MU Horizon Room.

Fulbright Reception: In collaboration with the Fulbright Association of Oregon Chapter, a Fulbright Reception will be held during International Education Week. Network with current, past and prospective Fulbrighters in the Oregon State University community on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Student Experience Center, SEC 112 Involvement Lounge.

Indigenous Trans and Two Spirit Stories of Resilience: This event is in collaboration with Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Queer Studies. Nov. 20, 3-4 p.m., Native American Longhouse.

Trans Day of Remembrance: This event is centered around being in community and centering the lives and experiences of trans folx. There will be a CAPS representative at the event as well as refreshments for folx. Nov. 20, 5-7 p.m., Native American Longhouse.

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

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

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

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

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

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

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

Supporting working families - Paid family leave in Oregon: Women in Policy invites you to a panel discussion on the impact of paid family leave on families’ health, income, and work-life balance. Panelists include Julia Goodman and Dawn Richardson from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health,  David Rothwell from the OSU School of Behavioral and Social Health Sciences, and Amy Luhn, director of the OSU Family Resource Center. Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to noon in Room 206 in the Memorial Union. Refreshments provided.

Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): “High-throughput maize ear phenotyping with a custom-built scanner and machine learning seed detection, i.e., Computer counts corn, correctly?” Matthew Warman (John Fowler lab, botany and plant pathology, Wednesday, Nov. 20, noon in ALS 3005. BUG consists of life scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, statisticians and researchers of all types who meet to discuss topics related to these fields of study. Meetings are generally informal, consisting of discussions, interactive talks, or short workshops. All are welcome. For additional information, see

Linus Pauling Institute Seminar: Dylan Nelson, assistant director of the High-Throughput Screening Services Lab, will share information on this fee-for-service facility at OSU for bioactivity, small-molecule and high-content screening to facilitate research of OSU faculty and external clients. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2 to 3 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center 402. Email for more info.

Catalog, Curriculum, & Scheduling: Do you advance curriculum or course changes? Do you have questions about how course scheduling affects students? Join Mike Jefferis, associate registrar for Catalog, Curriculum, and Scheduling, for an informative session on how to ensure your department remains compliant with relevant regulations regarding course scheduling and curriculum changes. Nov. 20, 2-3 p.m., Owen Hall 103.

WRGP Guest: Julie O’Shea, "Irrigation Modernization: Meeting Environmental, Agricultural, and Energy Needs at Scale." Julie O’Shea, executive director of the Farmers Conservation Alliance, will give a seminar Nov. 20, 4-5 p.m., in Bexell Hall 328. Free admission to all. 

The Game Changers Screening: James Wilks travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein and strength, showcasing elite athletes, special ops soldiers and visionary scientists to change the way people eat and live. Academy Award winner Louie Psihoyos ("The Cove") interviews experts and athletes like U.S. Olympian Kendrick James Farris and surfer Tia Blanco, taking aim at myths against plant-based diets. Film, dinner and discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m. in Cascade Hall 136.

Ridge to Reef: Sustainable Resource Management in Palau: Join Bryan Endress and Scott Heppell from the College of Agricultural Sciences for a four-credit, two-week program in the Republic of Palau from June 22 through July 5, 2020. Students will learn about Palauan history, culture and natural wonders both on land and in the ocean. You will experience first-hand how local communities, agencies and non-governmental organizations are actively managing terrestrial and marine resources to ensure healthy, productive ecosystems that provide a wide array of goods and services including food, clean water, biodiversity, and more. Join one of four info sessions: Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m. and Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m., all in Nash 104J. For more information, contact: or or visit the program brochure.

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

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

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

The London Classroom (CPHHS): Join Professor Ellen Smit for a three-week, nine-credit, faculty-led program in London from June 28 through July 18, 2020. While living in London's East End, students will explore London's eclectic mix of cultures, universal health care system, and historical artifacts to analyze the past, present and future of public health and health care. Students will trace John Snow's footsteps in his landmark epidemiological cholera investigation, meet health care and public health professionals, and visit a number of health care and health promotion facilities. For more information, visit the program brochure and/or join an info session in Milam 159: Nov. 26 at 3 p.m., Dec. 5 at noon and Jan. 28 at 3 p.m..

Event Planner Symposium: Do you plan events or meetings and want to learn the latest rules and processes surrounding OSU events? Get insider tips and tricks from University Events and other campus service providers that will save you time and money. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 9:30 to noon at the LaSells Stewart Center. Register today. Can’t attend? Join our mailing list to be notified about future event planner training opportunities. For questions, contact University Events at 541-737-4717 or

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volunteers wanted for online learning research study (Corvallis):  If you are older than 18 years old and have normal or corrected vision, you may qualify to participate. Study involves wearing an electroencephalography measurement of eye-tracking, taking a personality test and a short-term memory test and participating in a learning session. Volunteers will receive $30. Study title: "Temporal Motivation and Learning Performance using eye-tracking and wireless EEG Phase 2." The PI is David Nembhard. Contact Yuzhi Sun:

Dialogue Facilitation Lab: The Office of Institutional Diversity has opened applications to join the Dialogue Facilitation Lab Winter 2020 cohort. The Dialogue Facilitation Lab is a professional learning and exploratory seminar for faculty, staff, and graduate students looking to integrate critical dialogue facilitation skills into professional environments. DFL welcomes practitioners of all skill and experience levels to explore the philosophy and techniques of critical dialogue facilitation. Submit your application here: Application deadline is Nov. 24 by 5 p.m. Contact Brandi Douglas,, if you have any questions.

CGRB Listening Sessions: Thank you to everyone who was able to attend a listening session over the past two weeks. Your feedback is important. For those who were not able to attend, you can always submit feedback directly to a Strategic Planning Committee member. For more information contact Lynn Thompson, administrative assistant at the CGRB.

Call for Proposals: The Center for Teaching and Learning invites instructors and tenure-track faculty to participate in the Winter ’20 Hybrid Learning Community and redesign a Corvallis campus course as a hybrid course that integrates on-campus and online learning activities. Professional development funding available. Submit your two-page proposal by Nov. 25. See the Call for Hybrid Proposals for details.

Wanted: Students with the potential to change the world: Faculty and staff are invited to nominate creative, problem-solving, critically thinking students to join Launch Academy, a course for students of all majors who have ideas for services, products or community change. Launch Academy students are eligible to win up to $2,500 in business development funding each term and have access to mentorship, co-working space, travel grants and prototyping support. Nominate students here and contact with questions. 

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


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! The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an Administrative Assistant to the Associate Deans and DirectorThis position provides administrative support and project management for the associate dean for research, associate dean for outreach and engagement and associate director Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station/Sun Grant director. Posting #P03427UF. Closes Dec. 11.
NEW! Bio Science Research Tech 3: The Institute for Natural Resources seeks a number of Bio Science Research Tech 3's. Posting #P02462CT. Closes Dec. 18. Approximately19-20 full-time, seasonal positions (April-September) for sagebrush steppe sampling during the 2020 field season are available. The positions will be located throughout eastern Oregon and Washington.

NEW! Bio Science Research Tech 1: The Institute for Natural Resources seeks a number of Bio Science Research Tech 1's. Posting #P02461CT. Closes Dec. 18. Approximately 19-20 full-time, seasonal positions (April-September) for sagebrush steppe sampling during the 2020 field season are available. The positions will be located throughout eastern Oregon and Washington.


"You know, if someone says, 'You can't do that,' then I'm going to be, 'Yeah, you watch me.'" ~ Actor Allison Janney, who turns 60 today.

Corvallis: Chance of showers today, high of 53, low of 36. Patchy fog and then sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain, high of 46, low of 26. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of showers and then partly sunny, high of 56, low of 38. Sunny Wednesday.

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