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.

How OSU helped NASA land its InSight Mission craft on Mars (Portland Business Journal)

OSU scientists have been running computer models of the weather on Mars to help determine the perfect landing spot. (see also KPTVPamplin)

Why are Christmas trees so expensive? X-mas tree shortage causing price increase (Newsweek)
"In an average year, about 10% of the seedlings die," Oregon State University Extension Service Chal Landgren, who specializes in Christmas trees, said in 2017. "In these last two years, growers have experienced 50%, 60% and even 70% losses on noble firs."

OSU study: Frogs' sticky tongues may help in adhesives research (KTVZ)

The next generation of high-tech adhesives could take some design cues from the tongues of frogs, according to new research led by the Oregon State University College of Engineering.

Federal report: Climate change imperils some farms, but there's hope (Capital Press)

The assessment warns the Northwest’s 2015 snowpack provided a preview of may become “more commonplace” and cites a study led by the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University. (see also KGWKMTR)

Freres builds for the future with new mass plywood panels (Gazette-Times)

The OSU shipment is the final delivery of the panels to be used in two new buildings that will form the Oregon Forest Science Center on campus, which is estimated to cost $80 million and scheduled to open in the fall of 2019.

Vintage Meier & Frank fashions return to downtown Portland (The Skanner)

A collection of vintage clothing and accessories from the original Meier & Frank Department Store in downtown Portland is returning to the historic building this fall in a new window display designed by Oregon State University students.

This printer makes 'visual' aids for people with sight problems (Science News for Students)

John Gardner was a solid-state physicist at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis. His job involved using “the properties of the nucleus [of an atom] to learn something about the solid [state]” of materials, he explains. For many projects, he and his team added tiny bits of radioactive impurities — think of them as tags — to different solids and liquids. Then they applied a strong magnetic field to each material.

Today's photo

Mars Landing: Tom Hoffman, InSight Project Manager, NASA JPL reacts to the first image to be seen from the Mars InSight lander shortly after confirmation of a successful touch down on the surface of Mars, Monday, Nov. 26.   Oregon State University atmospheric scientists assisted with the planning for the two-year InSight mission, which will dovetail into a larger and more complex mission in 2020, when NASA launches another craft that will explore the Red Planet looking for signs of life. Oregon State University atmospheric scientist Jeffrey Barnes has been working on both missions, helping the NASA engineers and scientists determine the best locations for landing. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)


InclusiveExcellence@OSU Candidate Open Forum: Join us for a brief presentation by candidate Ann Sitomer followed by a robust discussion on inclusivity in STEM education at OSU on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 9 to 9:50 a.m. in LInC 314. For accommodations email For more information about IE@OSU visit here.

Tuesday Teaching Talks: Interpreting & Responding to Course Data. Join colleagues and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) in a certificated series of teaching workshops. Attend one, some, or all. On Nov. 27, join Meg Mobley (AGSci) and Tasha Biesinger (AT) to learn what data is available in Canvas, how to access it, and how it can be used to improve your course design. Bring your laptop, this will be an interactive session. This two-hour workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by.  Learn more here. Contact us here.

Resilience seminar: CCE Resilience Seminar, “Science, Engineering and Public Policy: The Oregon Resilience Plan,” by Jay Raskin, FAIA. Raskin is an architect, chair of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, and a nationally recognized resilience expert who helped create the Oregon Resilience Plan. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 4 to 5 p.m., Kearney 305.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 S.W. 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.

Songwriters in the Round: Bring your instrument, your songs and your enthusiasm. Hosted by Bob Santelli. 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, Bexell Hall Lounge. Free.

OSU Wind Symphony: Alfred Reed’s “The Hounds of Spring” and other band classics. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center. $5 advance, $10 door. OSU students free. Advance tickets at

Album Club: It’s like a book club about the greatest albums ever recorded. Hosted by Bob Santelli. Join for a discussion of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m.,  Bexell Hall Lounge. Free.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Guerrini retirement: Join us for a retirement reception for Professor Anita Guerrini, who is retiring after 10 years of service to the School of History, Philosophy and Religion. Thursday, Nov. 29, 4 p.m. Memorial Union, Journey Room 105. Lightly catered.

Paws to De-stress: Finals can be ruff. Take a break from studying to do some self-care and hang out with therapy dogs. There is sure to be a "pawstive" outcome. Wednesday, Nov. 28 and Thursday, Nov. 29 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Main Lounge.
OSU Guitar Ensemble: Fall term performance, directed by Cameron O’Connor. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m., Community Hall 303. Free.

The 38th Annual Holiday Marketplace: A large and festive arts fair, with more than 100 Oregon artisans, featuring fine art, handmade crafts and specialty foods. The event takes place on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. There will be live musical performances throughout the two days. This event, sponsored by the OSU Craft Center, is free and open to the public.

Holiday bazaar: Come join the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center at its annual Holiday Bazaar. Items for sale to include international decor and accessories, textiles, and food. Explore its new home on Jackson Avenue while searching for the perfect gift or item for you or a loved one. All proceeds benefit the center. Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2638 N.W. Jackson Ave. For more information contact, or call 541-243-8976. 

Retirement Reception for Indira Rajagopal and Kevin Ahern: You are invited to attend a retirement reception for Indira Rajagopal and Kevin Ahern, both in Biochemistry and Biophysics in the College of Science. They are retiring after 29 and 30 years, respectively, of service to OSU. The reception is Friday, Nov. 30, from 4:45 – 6:45 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. A short program will start at 5 p.m.; refreshments will be served. You are invited to send brief well-wishes via a web interface by Wednesday, Nov. 28. For questions, contact Tony Reyna (; 541-737-4512)

Clothing swap: A clothing swap is taking place Nov. 1-30 at the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center on campus. Accepting gently used clothing donations for all gender identities, ages and sizes. No donations necessary to participate. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

MLK Celebration: Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, author and advocate for social justice is the keynote speaker for the 37th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration lecture on Mon., Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. Through Dec. 5, free tickets are available to OSU faculty, staff and students for the Jan. 21 peace breakfast and the keynote session. Beginning Dec. 6, keynote session tickets will be available to the general public. The celebration week runs from Jan. 19-25. To register and for a full list of events, visit For info, contact or 541-737-4717.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Enrollment Summary – Institutional Research Special Topic: Have you ever wondered how the official university statistics are calculated? Come learn the ins and outs of the Enrollment Summary, a quarterly report published by the Office of Institutional Research. This workshop will cover how we decide which students are counted, review definitions of commonly used terms, and explain the difference between census and operational data. Contact IAR with any related questions. Nov. 28, 2- 2:45 p.m., Kerr B094 & WebEx. Register:

NEW! The Path to becoming a Electric Utility Engineer: Hear about Shamus J. Gamache's story on becoming a power utility engineer as well as challenges ahead in the utility industry that we are facing and potential opportunities for the next generation of power utility engineers. Thursday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m., in KEC 1005.

NEW! Personal Devices in the Classroom: Curious about the new Top Hat student response system, but concerned about distractions? Join an OSU Academic Technology webinar to learn about approaches for handling personal devices in the classroom: Thursday Nov. 29, noon to 12:45 pm. Register in advance, or sign in  Nov. 29 at noon (this session will be recorded). Discover more webinars. Questions?

NEW! Leadership conference deadline extension: Student Leadership & Involvement has extended the deadline for workshop presentation proposals for the 2019 OSU Leadership Conference (occurring Feb. 16). The theme this year is Courageous Leadership. All students and faculty/staff are welcome to submit workshop proposals. The extended deadline to submit is Friday, Nov. 30. Contact Jaime Koehler ( for more information: Application Link

NEW! Diversity workshops: The College of the Engineering presents two workshops focused on excellence in promotion/tenure and search practices. In coordination with Oregon State ADVANCE, the workshops are facilitated by AWED Theater, a team of professional actors and facilitators that presents at universities across the nation. Attendance is free and open to all OSU faculty and staff. Food is provided. Continuing education credit for Search Advocates is available. Workshop 1: On the Line - a performance and workshop that applies a living case study and interactive curriculum to engage participants in methods for mitigating bias in tenure and promotion practices. Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Memorial Union Horizon Room; lunch provided. Workshop 2: The Search Process: An interactive workshop that examines the complexities and dynamic tensions of an academic search committee. Dec. 4, 1-3 p.m.; Memorial Union Ballroom; refreshments provided. Registration is required. To register for either or both workshops: For more information or accommodations, contact Brad Canfield at

M.S. Defense - Sustainable Forest Management.  Max Boath, Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 11 a.m. in 3622 Willamette East Room, Valley Library.  The title of his thesis is “Estimation of soil particle size distribution using CT scans.”  Boath is advised by Bogdan Strimbu in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources & Management.

Location Update! M.F. Presentation - Sustainable Forest Management.  Cory Garms, Wednesday, Nov, 28, at 11 a.m. in Crop Sciences Building 119.  The title of his thesis is “Vigor Classification of Southwestern White Pine Seedlings in a Common Garden Study from High Resolution Multispectral and Thermal Infrared UAS Imagery. Garms is advised by Michael Wing in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources & Management.

Career development workshop: PFLA is hosting a Career Development Workshop: From Credible to Influential onWednesday, Nov.  28, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., in the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws. Join us for an interactive discussion where three panelists will share their personal experience in assessing professional development, leadership aspirations, and the role of diversity. This workshop is free for PFLA members, and is $10 for non-PFLA members. Use the following link to register:

WRGP Fall Seminar Series. David Wrathall, an Oregon State University geographer, will present “Water Stress and Human Migration” on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Owen 106. Free and open to the public.

Beatles talk: “It was 50 Years Ago Today…The Beatles and the 60s: A Conversation with Beatles Authority Ken Womack” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The talk is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. Womack’s appearance is part of the College of Liberal Arts’ new series, “The 60s: The Decade That Changed America.” The series celebrates the cultural and artistic impact the 1960s have had on the past five decades of American life. The series was created by journalist and historian Bob Santelli, OSU’s director of popular music and performing arts.

TRIAD: Victor Villegas, Technology & Media Support Coordinator at OSU, will present “Social Media, Drones and Edutainment for STEAM Outreach and Engagement” on Nov. 29, 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 Kathy DeBellis, to reserve a lunch.  TRIAD provides faculty, staff, students and community members with an opportunity to network, discuss events of the day, and learn something new. See

Bridging Arts and Sciences: Carol Ryff will present Bridging the arts and sciences for human betterment at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the MU Horizon Room. Ryff is professor of psychology and director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will be visiting OSU as a guest of the provost and the deans of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and the College of Engineering. Her visit will highlight the developing partnerships among the three colleges in efforts to build healthier communities through arts and science. A reception will follow.

Faculty Grant Training: The OSU Foundation is presenting a faculty training, “Proposal Narratives: Nuts & Bolts,” at the new OSU Foundation Office, 4238 S.W. Research Way on Friday, Nov. 30, from 2-3:30 p.m. Chris Nelson of the Graduate Writing Center will co-present on the required elements of a successful proposal narrative. Contact Elizabeth Ocampo at to attend.

Leadership Collaborative I: Applications for the winter, 2019 Leadership Collaborative (LCI) are now being accepted.  The LCI includes six day-long sessions and features engaged, self-directed learning; a collaborative learning approach; practical, effective tools and skills; and on-the-job implementation.  All OSU employees are encouraged to apply.  Contact Kristen Magis for more information.  Submit your application on the LCI webpage by Dec. 7.

Master Recycler class: Act soon to secure your spot. This eight-week, non-credit class covers all aspects of waste reduction, reuse and recycling and is free to those who agree to “pay back” what they learned by completing 30 hours of volunteer service. Hosted on the OSU campus on Tuesday nights, Jan. 8 through Feb. 26 from 6:15 to 9 p.m. plus field trips. Visit for more details and to register.

Take Note

NEW! Charitable Fund Drive donations as gifts: There is a Charitable Fund Drive organization sure to please each person on your gift list, providing support for pets, nature, equity programs, children, teens, the elderly, mental and physical health programs, the arts, education, and end-to-hunger programs. Check out the extensive list here. Then make your donations here. Payroll deduction donations come out of your check starting in January and are 2019 tax deductible.

NEW! Volunteers wanted for pollutant mixture research study (Corvallis):  If you are healthy, age 21-65, non-smoking, without kidney, liver, intestinal problems or bariatric surgery, you may qualify to participate.  Females must be post-menopausal or surgically sterile. Study involves giving blood and urine samples, a screening visit, and two 48-hour study cycles. Volunteers will receive up to $250 and free parking during visits.  Study Title: Ultralow Dose PAH Binary Mixture Study,  PI: David Williams, Ph.D. Contact Sandra Uesugi, RN:, 541-737-3594.

Need new recycling signs? Did you know that recycling has changed? OSU is following new guidelines concerning what is accepted in recycling bins, meaning that many signs around campus are out of date. Campus Recycling is unable to install updated signs across campus in the immediate future, but you can help move this process along. Visit Campus Recycling’s website to print out new signs to install in your offices or throughout your building.

Volunteer for Winter 2019 International Students Orientation Week: Engage with international students and help new Beavers from around the world during Fall 2018 orientation week. For more information and to sign up go here.Volunteer training day (required for new volunteers or those who not participate on Fall 2018 training day): Dec. 28. New students move-in day: Dec. 31, Orientation week: Jan. 2-4, 2019. Different volunteer shifts available to fit your schedule. For more information or questions, contact Carla Portugal at or go to our website.

Noise Control Plan: 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.

Help Create a Vision for the Corvallis Campus: Oregon State is embarking on an 18-month process to develop a physical vision for the future of the Corvallis campus. The  Physical Development Strategy will reflect the university’s values and vision from the Strategic Plan 4.0. Share your thoughts in an interactive survey. We’re looking to craft a development strategy that supports an environment that enhances your best OSU experiences, and also leads to a more welcoming and inclusive campus. All responses are anonymous and confidential and will only be used for the purposes of this project.

Heroes sought: The Professional Faculty Leadership Association is seeking nominations for the Our Hero Award to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond while exhibiting leadership skills. PFLA membership is not required of the nominator or the nominee. Visit the PFLA Our Hero webpage to submit a nomination. 

Staff Art Exhibit: This is the ninth year of the Staff Art Show, which is looking for representation from all parts of OSU in this showcase of creativity. Do you have creative individuals in your area (maybe even you)? Most any medium is accepted in this exhibit, so register your submissions of work by Nov. 26. The benefits, besides showing talent beyond the day-to-day job, are that departments are listed on the artist’s block next to the work. All artists, co-workers and friends are invited to a special reception hosted by President Ray on Jan. 14. For more information: or 541-737-6522.


Harlem Globetrotters: The Harlem Globetrotters visit Gill Coliseum Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. Receive your 25 percent discount ticket price by following this link. Use the promo code BEAVERS.


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NEW! Student Clerical Position –The Agricultural and Marine Sciences Business Center (AMBC) in Corvallis invites applications for a Student Clerical Position.  Posting #P04572SE. Closes Dec. 14.

NEW! Faculty Research Assistant: The North Willamette Research & Extension Center (NWREC) invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term Faculty Research Assistant position, which is located at the OSU North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora, Oregon. Reappointment is at the discretion of Director and program leader. Posting# P02618UF. Closes Dec. 16.  


“People say that if you find water rising up to your ankle, that’s the time to do something about it, not when it’s around your neck.” ~ Chinua Achebe.

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 55, low of 45. Rain likely tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Rain today, high of 47, low of 32. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today, high of 55, low of 47. Rain tomorrow.

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