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:


OSU, NASA partnership will send microbes to space to see how they grow in low gravity (ScienMag)

Two Oregon State University College of Engineering faculty members are partnering with NASA on a $525,000 National Science Foundation project to examine the role that gravity, or the lack thereof, plays in microbial growth. (see also Central Oregon Daily)

PRAx facts: OSU's Patricia Valian Reser Center is a transformative investment in the arts (Oregon Artswatch)

Oregon State University is known for engineering, agriculture, research, and as one of the two remaining members of the crumbling Pac-12 athletic conference. It’s not usually thought of as an arts school – but that could be changing.

Mysterious respiratory illness affects dogs in multiple states (New York Times)

Typically, dogs can recuperate from a respiratory illness on their own or with the help of antibiotics but that is not always the case with this latest illness, said Dr. Kurt Williams, director of the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University. (see also ABC NewsThe Today Show)

Crisis hotline opens for farmers, ranchers, loggers and fishermen in Oregon (Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Its launch marks a dream come true for Allison Myers, who leads the Family and Community Health program at the Oregon State University extension service and campaigned for months to get the line established in Oregon. 

Farmers who grow barley and hops having to adapt to climate change (FOX 47)

As CEO of Indie Hops, Jim Solberg is looking for the perfect hop, not just in taste but in sustainability as well. The company works with Oregon State University plant geneticist Sean Townsend to develop hops for craft brewers.

OSU horticulturist winter-blooming plant guide (Corvallis Advocate)

Before you buy, though, consider some key care tips, including how to get them home, said Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. She advises taking a cardboard box along with you to the store and then covering the plant after getting it into the car.


Today's photo

World in a web: Zuzana Vejlupkova, senior faculty research assistant in botany and plant pathology, submitted this photo of morning dew droplets on a spider web. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Getting Ready for AI in Winter ’24? Looking for OSU resources to aid in course planning? Faculty are invited to join CTL for a 45-minute Zoom session to consider AI use at the course level, learn about AI-related resources and share experiences thus far. 1-1:45 p.m., Nov. 29. Register now.  


Beavs Serve: Join us Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Weeks 2-10 for a cohort-based volunteer program where students gain leadership skills in relation to a specific community social issue. We will be working with Linn Benton Food Share and diving into educational materials to learn more about addressing food insecurity and poverty alleviation locally. Register at

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., details here

OSU Chamber Winds and Wind Ensemble Presents: Homages. Directed by Erik Kar Jun Leung and featuring works by Stravinsky, Cuong, Mackey, Sparke and Sousa. 7:30 p.m., Nov. 21. Tickets can be purchased online; $10 for general admission, free for OSU students.


NEW! Book Talk: Tribal Histories of the Willamette Valley. David Lewis, assistant professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society, will talk about his book "Tribal Histories of the Willamette Valley" from 3-5 p.m., Nov. 29 at Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws at OSU. Admission is free.

NEW! 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.

Save the date: Bobbin' Through the Woods Art and Craft FairThe holiday craft and art fair is returning to the Peavy Forest Science Center. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Dec. 8 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 9. This year we have even more vendors, but the mission remains the same. All proceeds support Rootstock, our College of Forestry food pantry, and our food insecure students. 

Holiday Tree Auction: Firs for Food Insecurity. Dec. 8-9, Peavy Forest Science Center. We have 11 decorated trees donated by different units around campus that are up for silent auction during the fair. As you move throughout the building, please stop by to have a look at the trees, place your bid and collect passport stamps to be entered to win a prize valued at over $200. All proceeds from the auction will go to Rootstock, our student food pantry. Trees are fully decorated and will be available to take home Saturday after 3 p.m. Trees donated by Starker Forests, Inc.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! DFA Risk Appetite and Risk Assessment Tools: Train the Trainer. Insurance and Risk Management Services will facilitate a workshop for unit leaders and supervisors to provide exposure to the DFA risk appetite statements and risk assessment tools. Attendees will gain hands-on practice and develop the skills necessary to assist other employees in understanding and incorporating the DFA risk appetite statements and risk assessment tools into their work. Zoom session from 1-2:30 p.m., Dec. 5. Registration required.

Care Talks -- Confident Parenting: Managing Fear & Anxiety in Children. In this webinar we will discuss important tactics to help children of all age groups deal with anxiety and fear and how our own fears and anxieties must be handled in order to provide proper support to children. 10 a.m., Nov. 22. Register today.

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.

Qualitative Methods Research Cluster Symposium 2023Join in person or online on Nov. 27 for a whole-day event focused on qualitative research methods in social sciences, humanities, public health and engineering design. All OSU faculty, researchers, instructors, graduate students and undergraduate students are invited. MU 49.

Getting Ready for AI in Winter ‘24? Wondering what AI resources are available to guide you in Winter ‘24 course planning? Join CTL and UIT-Academic Technologies on Zoom to explore resources such as CTL Guidance for Syllabus Statements about AI Use. There will be opportunities to consider AI use at the course level, to plan your next steps to learn about AI tools and to share your experiences and questions. 1-1:45 p.m., Nov. 29. Registration

ICS 300 training: The three-day ICS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents is accepting registrations for the Dec. 5-7 class being offered at OSU. Enhance your incident command skills, with a special focus on new concepts of the Incident Command System (ICS). The course will also benefit any person who has a responsibility to function in a command post managing an expanding incident. Additional and registration information is located at:

Travel Talk: The Kingdom of the Netherlands. Join an OSUAA Travel Talk webcast with Dave Stone, the College of Agricultural Sciences’ associate dean of international programs. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the dean’s tour, where you can meet the Dutch trailblazers driving amazing innovations in agriculture while exploring enchanting Delft, Amsterdam and the Friesland region. 5:30 p.m., Dec. 5. Register today. 

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.

Take Note

NEW! OSU Today holiday reminder: OSU Today will take a break Thursday and Friday and return Monday for publication.

NEW! 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.

NEW! $15K of funding available: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is currently seeking applications that describe technology-based projects in any discipline that will move OSU-owned technologies closer to commercialization. Proposals should describe a project that requires $15,000 or less of funding to achieve an important milestone(s) connected to commercialization. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000 and should span nine months or less, beginning in January 2024. Proposals are due by 5 p.m., Dec. 8. Learn more and apply.

NEW! Planning a trip out of town? From intercity buses to airport shuttles, OSU’s Corvallis Campus has several options to choose from. Visit our Transit page for ideas. To receive timely transportation tips and updates, sign up for OSU’s Sustainable Transportation quarterly newsletter or email [email protected].

NEW! Internship supplement: New Beginnings for Tribal Students (NBTS) offers $5,000 supplemental funding for summer internships in natural sciences to self-identifying Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian undergrads enrolled at OSU. NBTS also pairs students with mentors, meets as a cohort in the summer, and includes a small scholarship and support to attend science conferences. NBTS past participants are welcome to apply to the program again. For more information and to apply, see

NEW! Advantage Accelerator: It’s time to accelerate your startup, technology, and/or business idea! The OSU Advantage Accelerator is offering a virtual Accelerate program starting this January. In just nine weeks, streamline your value proposition, get to market faster and validate your product-market fit. The Accelerate program is open to OSU researchers, students and staff, and the Corvallis community who intend to start or grow an entrepreneurial venture and can qualify teams to receive NSF I-Corps funds. The fun starts Jan. 16. Learn more and apply here:

NEW! Call for Applications: Career Champions Program. Applications for the winter 2024 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. The Career Champions program provides educators with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while tackling issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Direct questions to Brenna GomezApplications are due Dec. 15.

Ask Alumni: Writing a great personal statement webcast. Make a statement on your scholarship or grad school application. Rebecca Otto with OSU’s National and Global Scholarships Advising Office shares strategies in "How to Write a Great Personal Statement," an on-demand webcast presented by the OSU Alumni Association. Watch for free at

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 – a preventable, permanent and progressive health issue. 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.

FYI Friday proposals: Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Winter and Spring 2024. Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours in length; it’s up to you. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Feel free to reach out to [email protected] with any questions, or for assistance with your application.

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].

Beavers Unite OSUAA Membership Challenge: Become a new OSU Alumni Association member, renew or upgrade from Nov. 17-27 to receive 25% off all memberships, gain access to exclusive perks, help unlock three $1,000 gifts for vital student and alumni programs and scholarships, and show the world that when others take flight, Beavers Unite. Visit and use promo code UNITE.

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Clothing in Disaster. Essential clothing for a disaster supply is a commonly overlooked area of preparedness. If a person does not have the proper clothing suitable for the terrain they are in, then harsh elements such as rain, cold and snow can have catastrophic effects. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

Music Technology and Production (MTP) -- Call for Submissions: Calling all student songwriters and producers: MTP is looking for songwriters to produce. Selected artists will be paired with student producers to record and produce a song, which will be released on an album in 2024. Students are welcomed to submit a link to their demos by Dec. 1 to be considered for a spot on the album.

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, 2024.

The OSU Libraries Survey: Oregon State University Libraries has contracted with Madison Avenue Collective, a local design firm, to help them update the Valley Library, Guin Library and OSU-Cascades Library websites. The first phase is to gather information about the current state of these sites. We're asking everyone in the OSU community to share their opinions anonymously. OSU community. The survey takes about five minutes to complete. It will close at 5 p.m. Nov 22. Take the OSU Libraries website survey.

Traffic and Maintenance

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.
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.


“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind." ~ Lionel Hampton

Corvallis: Partly sunny today, high of 45, low of 36. Rain and fog Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 56, low of 34. Chance of rain Wednesday.

Newport: Slight chance of rain today, high of 56, low of 48. Rain tomorrow.

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