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:


Climate change likely playing role in 40 percent drop in Pacific gray whale population (Oregon Capital Chronicle)

One population of whales studied by Oregon State University scientists no longer goes to the Arctic to feed, instead staying along the coasts of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. 

Why sneaker waves are so insidious (Bay Magazine)

The unpredictability of these waves makes them tricky to study. Tuba Özkan-Haller, an Oregon State University professor, is among the wave scientists who are trying to save people from sneaker waves by understanding them better, and recently, they’ve made some headway.

OSU researchers in search of world's oldest ice (KEX)

A team of 22 scientists from the Oregon State University-led Center for Oldest Ice Exploration, or COLDEX, is headed to Antarctica for the first field season in its pursuit of the Earth’s oldest ice and the climate records preserved in it.


Weird (political) science: OSU class creates post-zombie apocalypse government (Gazette-Times)

Rorie Solberg doesn’t like scary movies or the horror genre in general, but she’s found zombies an amazing tool for classroom engagement. This fall, the Oregon State University professor is teaching Political Science 110, “Governing After the Zombie Apocalypse.”

Federal funds spark next generation of Oregon farmers (Gresham Outlook)

Oregon State University received $749,997 for its OSU Extension Small Farms Program, which is developing programs to help launch new farmers and ranchers.

The fascinating, deadly pufferfish (Boing Boing)

Dr. Brian Sidlauskas, Associate Professor and Curator of Fishes at Oregon State University, notes puffers evolved from a group of fish (porcupines, molids, triggerfishes, and filefishes) that all possessed ctenoid scales, denoted by small teeth along their outer edges. "Filefishes actually feel fuzzy. So it isn't perhaps too surprising to imagine those scales expanding and getting more and more spiny."

Scott Vignos appointed OSU chief diversity officer (Corvallis Advocate)

Scott Vignos, who has served as Oregon State University’s interim vice president and chief diversity officer since fall 2021, has been named to the position on a permanent basis.

Quinoa (Line on Agriculture)

Oregon State University is testing some of the first ever quinoa plantings in the Pacific Northwest. Technically it's not a grain but the seed of a leafy plant related to spinach.


Today's photo

Yaquina Bay: Bobbi Becker, academic support administrative coordinator with INTO OSU Student Success Services, submitted this photo of old bridge pilings, taken from Boone Slough on Yaquina Bay Road overlooking Yaquina Bay. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Want to be sure grades in your Canvas course are calculated and displayed correctly for your students? Register now for the Canvas gradebook workshop on Monday, Nov. 28 at 3 p.m., to learn Canvas gradebook functionalities. Looking for a quick guide to basic gradebook features? See Set up or manage the Canvas gradebook.


Center for Teaching and Learning – Quality Teaching (QT) Tips: New(er) faculty and GTAs are welcome to join our open and casual community conversations about teaching. Bring a lunch, your questions, and your teaching-related successes to share. Nov 22, 12:15-12:50 p.m., LINC Lounge, 468. No registration required; come as you please. Snacks and beverages are provided. Email [email protected] for more information.

Worker Solidarity: CGE, SEIU and UAOSU invite you to join us on Nov. 22, 5-6:30 p.m. in the MU Horizon room for an event on worker solidarity across OR higher ed. Nationally renowned labor leader Sara Nelson will deliver a keynote address, followed by a panel discussion with higher ed activists from across Oregon. Contact [email protected] for questions.

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, 5:30-7:30 p.m. details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.

OSU Wind Symphony Fall Concert: Directed by Olin Hannum. Featuring the OSU Campus Band, directed by Erik Leung. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center. Free, open to all.


NEW! Alumni Center pregame tailgate: OSU vs. Oregon. Get loud and show everyone that Beaver Nation is the bes. Before an exciting Rivalry Game on Nov. 26, celebrate with fellow Beavs at the OSU Alumni Association’s Tailgate Town, presented by OCCU. Visit the CH2M HILL Alumni Center for swag giveaways, a prize wheel, photo booths and indoor lawn games starting three hours before kickoff. 

Graduating Seniors Art Exhibition: Fairbanks and Praxis Galleries. Featuring artwork by Kayla Farrell, Adeline Hall, Michael Heath, Jessica Hume-Pantuso and Alex Ozeran. Nov. 21-Dec. 9 in Fairbanks Hall. Reception: Nov. 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free, open to all.

Bobbin’ Through the Woods: College of Forestry Holiday Craft & Art Fair: Over 30 vendors selling a variety of items including pottery, glass and wood art, clothing, food and more. Dec. 2-3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Peavy Forest Science Center and Richardson Hall, Corvallis campus, 3100 SW Jefferson Way. Check out our vendors and find out more on our website: All proceeds from the show will benefit Rootstock, the college's in house food pantry for students. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! EMT Seminars: Benjamin Philmus will present “(Cyanobacterial) natural products: Compounds, tools, strains, and alkynes,” Nov. 22, 3:30 p.m., ALS 4001 and via Zoom:

NEW! MPP defense: Leah Pratt will present “K-12 School Finance Reform: An Idaho Case Study." There have been years of stalled K-12 school finance reform efforts in Idaho, yet it was unclear what key Idaho education interest groups currently thought about how Idaho funds their public schools. Therefore, this project explored the institutional perspectives and beliefs of K-12 Idaho education stakeholders regarding the Idaho K-12 school funding formula. Nov. 30, 9-11 a.m. Contact Erin Heim ([email protected]) for Zoom link.

NEW! Undergraduate Assessment Leads and Assessment Personnel: Join the team from Assessment & Accreditation for an undergraduate programs assessment workshop on Thursday Dec. 1 from 10-11 a.m. in Milam 215. We look forward to discussing proposed changes to the assessment reporting process and sharing a draft of the revised annual assessment reporting template. Please use this link to sign up to attend.

NEW! Research Office campus conversation: "Ask Me Anything: A Conversation with the Vice President for Research." In the spirit of open dialogue between the Research Office and the campus community, join Vice President for Research Irem Tumer and members of the leadership team for an open Q&A session focused on the future of the research enterprise. Dec. 1, noon to 1:30 p.m., MU 206. Register here to attend in person; for Zoom, register here.

NEW! BB Graduate Student Phillip Zhu Ph.D. Thesis Defense: Please join the Department of Biochemistry and Biopohysics in attending the Ph.D. defense seminar of BB graduate student Phillip Zhu, titled "Elucidating the Effects of 14-3-3 Post-Translational Modifications using Genetic Code Expansion." Dec. 1, noon, ALS 4001 or via Zoom:

Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Research Symposium: Come explore the intersections between chemistry, biology, epidemiology and regulatory science on Friday, Jan. 20 in The LaSells Stewart Center. Speakers include current students and staff and EMT alumni from industry, government and academia. There will be a career Q&A and a poster session. Registration is free.

Indigenous Placekeeping in Corvallis and at the Confluence: Join us Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., for the next talk in this year's Champinefu Webinar Series. Indigenous artists will join in conversation with David Harrelson, Cultural Resources Department Manager for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Register and learn more. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project.

Take Note

NEW! 25 Year club: Congratulations to Laura Hampton, study abroad manager, for being inducted into the 25 Year club at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others inducted into the club by clicking on their name.

NEW! Ask A Dam Therapist: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a Black Mental Health & Wellness podcast hosted by Chanale Propst MMS, NCC and Ireti Debato-Cancel MS, LPC-I. An unapologetic deep dive into the Black student mental health and wellness attending a PWI. Come join us for a candid conversation and a good laugh with some of the brightest minds in the field and culture. The podcast can be found on SpotifyApple Music or Google Podcast

NEW! Notice of policy action: The university community is invited to review and provide comment on four proposed university policies, which may be found on the What's New page of the University Policy & Standards website. The policies are: University Policy 03-200 Real PropertyUniversity Policy 04-010 RetaliationUniversity Policy 05-100 Termination Not-for-Cause of Professional Faculty Appointment and University Policy 05-105 Corrective Discipline and Termination for Cause of Professional Faculty Member’s Appointment. Comments must be received by Dec. 9.

Thanksgiving break: Oregon State University will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving break and OSU Today will not publish on these days. It will resume publication Monday, Nov. 28.

Rivalry Week — Let’s beat the Ducks Nov. 21-28: The OSU and UO alumni associations are facing off in a friendly competition to see who can enroll the most members — can you help ensure a third win for OSU? From Nov. 21-28, save 25% on any membership (whether joining anew, upgrading to a life membership, renewing or gifting) and lead OSU to victory:

Dr. Martin Luther King Saturday of Service: Presented by Community Engagement & Leadership: The Dr. MLK Saturday of Service will take place on Saturday, Jan. 14. MLK Day is an opportunity to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. Students, faculty, staff and their partners and children are all invited to participate. Register on the Community Engagement & Leadership Homepage.

AAAHC accreditation: Student Health Services is pleased to announce its re-accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. The AAAHC inspires high-quality care in health facilities by emphasizing excellence in standards throughout the 1,095 days of the accreditation term. SHS will be reevaluated in October 2025.

EXTENDED! Nominations are open for the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Awards, honoring OSU community members who exemplify qualities of service and selflessness. This year, nominations will be accepted for four awards: the Phyllis S. Lee Award, the Frances Dancy Hooks Award, the Oscar Humberto Montemayor Award and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alumni Legacy Award. More information about all four awards is available on the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Awards website. Deadline for nominations is extended to Dec. 1. For questions, contact [email protected] or 541-737-1063. 

OSU Women’s Giving Circle: Each year the OSU Women's Giving Circle funds vital and innovative grants for university programs. Last year, the Women’s Giving Circle awarded more than $70,000 to 11 OSU programs. If you have an idea for a funding opportunity to enhance the OSU undergraduate student experience and improve student retention and the determination to directly impact as many OSU students as possible, consider applying for an OSU Women’s Giving Circle grant by Jan. 9. For more information, visit the Women’s Giving Circle proposal site or contact Sara Dier.

OSU Press Holiday Sale: From now through the end of the year, get 30% off and free shipping on selected books when you purchase directly through the OSU Press website. Visit the sale page at to find the perfect gift or stock up on thoughtful reading for the long winter nights ahead. Enter the promo code 22HOLIDAY at checkout to receive the discount on the selected titles. Books are not available for local pickup.

Call for Applications: Career Champions Program. Applications for the winter 2023 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. The Career Champions program provides faculty and instructors with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom while advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and examining the barriers to access for first-generation, high-financial need, and/or students of color. More information can be found on the Center for Teaching and Learning website. For questions, contact Brenna Gomez. Complete the application form by Nov. 23.

Gift Drive for OSU Kid’s Gift Closet: The Family Resource Center Kid’s Gift Closet helps provide gifts for children of OSU students 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 the Champinefu Lodge donation box at the front desk. We will be collecting gifts until Dec. 6. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about this program, please contact [email protected].

Free COVID tests: Free iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests are available on the Corvallis and Bend campuses and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Each box contains two tests. While supplies last, OSU community members can pick up these self-test kits without restrictions. Please note the FDA has extended the self-test kit expiration dates by six months.


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NEW! Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director: College of Business invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Administrative Assistant position. Posting #P06206UF. Closes Nov. 28.


“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Corvallis: Showers and breezy today, high of 53, low of 40. Partly sunny tomorrow. 

Central Oregon: Chance of rain today, high of 46, low of 28. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly cloudy today, high of 58, low of 41. Mostly cloudy Wednesday.

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