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:

Blue whales: Ocean giants return to 'safe' tropical haven (BBC)

One of the lead investigators, Dr Kate Stafford (associate professor with the Marine Mammal Institute), told BBC News: "It turns out if you stop killing animals on mass scales and you give them a chance to rebound, they can recover."

OSU bucks decade-long enrollment trend, as UO, PSU struggle (Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State University in Corvallis added the most students, 1,330, for a 3.9% jump. Willamette University in Salem, Western Oregon University (WOU) in Monmouth, Eastern Oregon University (EOU) in La Grande and Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls each added over 100 students over the year and grew enrollment by 4% or more. By contrast, Portland State University (PSU) had a continued decline in its student body with 21,040 this fall, a 4.6% drop of almost 1,000 students from last year. (this article may be behind a paywall. To see a PDF, contact [email protected])

Gaza in Ruins: Satellite Imagery Researchers Say Israel has Destroyed or Damaged 56,000 Buildings (Democracy Now)

Doctoral researcher Corey Scher explains how researchers use open data to bring consistent, transparent assessments of the rapidly expanding damage in Gaza. “We’ve all been surprised at the speed of this,” says Jamon Van Den Hoek, associate professor of geography at Oregon State University and the lead of the Conflict Ecology lab.

OSU club collecting supplies to help ongoing Hawai'i fire recovery (KEZI)

As recovery efforts continue on Maui after the summer’s devastating wildfires, an Oregon State University club is looking to provide continued support to those still trying to rebuild.

Today's photo

Monroe Street sunrise: Daniel Wombacher submitted this photo. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for ways to ensure the alignment of your course components? Are learning activities aligned with student learning outcomes? See You Are Here: The Importance of Course Mapping by Ecampus instructional designer Julie Jacobs. These course mapping concepts and tools are relevant to on-campus and hybrid course modalities as well as to fully online courses.


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. 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! Maham Furqan Ph.D. defense: A presentation of Maham Furqan's thesis, titled: "Valuing Resiliency from Microgrids," takes place at 11 a.m., Nov. 28 in Bexell 414. Contact the School of Public Policy at [email protected] for the Zoom link.

NEW! Mountains to the Sea: Ecosystems of Chile. Join faculty leaders Carlos Gonzalez and Andrew Hawley from the College of Forestry for a 3-credit, one-week faculty-led program in Chile from March 24-31, embedded within a six-week course. Info session: noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 28. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and program brochure.

NEW! The Salmon Coast: Forest and Resource Management for Sustainability in Canada. Join Eric Jones and Jacob Bukoski from the College of Forestry to learn about two key resources, salmon and forests, in this one-week faculty-lead program on Vancouver Island, British Columbia from March 23-30. Info session: noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 28. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and program brochure.

Kate McCredie M.S. defense: A presentation of Kate McCredie’s thesis, titled: “The Impact of Compound Disturbance Across a Stream Network in Western Oregon: Forest Harvesting, Wildfire, and Post-Fire Management Effects on Stream Water Nitrate and Riparian Soil Nutrients,” takes place at noon Nov. 28 in PFSC 315. McCredie is earning her M.S. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Kevin Bladon and Tom DeLuca. Please contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link, or for accommodations for disabilities.

NEW! Sustainable Scandinavia: Exploring Sustainable Communities in Denmark and Sweden. Join faculty leaders Ann Scheerer and Kim Townsend from the College of Agricultural Sciences for a 6-credit, two-week program exploring the concept of sustainable development through the policies and culture of Scandinavia from Sept. 10-24. Info session: 4-5 p.m., Nov. 28. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

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.


NEW! UPRIVER: A Watershed Film. Within Oregon’s Willamette River system, "UPRIVER" focuses on people from all walks of life who are coming together to revive the health of this large river and the life it supports. The film's director will be in attendance to introduce the film at Darkside Cinema in downtown Corvallis, 6 p.m., Nov. 30, as well as lead a Q&A afterwards.

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 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

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.

Hawaii fundraiser: The devastating fires in Lahaina in August resulted in the loss of life and property. OSU students, staff and community members who are from Maui and Hawai’i have been directly and indirectly impacted significantly. OSU Kokua Maui–Hui O Hawai’i is taking the lead along with other OSU entities to organize the collection and drop offs, which includes 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Nov. 30 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 1, at the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 3, at Valley Football Center. Donations requested include diapers, feminine care products, toys and gift cards. 

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.

Emeritus Farewell: Everyone is invited to the farewell ceremony for Emeritus, the 80-foot tall sculpture by John Grade, which will be moving to Alaska after 14 months at OSU. We’ll have hot chocolate, share writing inspired by the sculpture, learn about its next installation and then turn off the lights as we say goodbye. 5-6 p.m., Dec. 7, sequoia grove in the Memorial Union Quad.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Annual Holiday Concert: Featuring holiday favorites with OSU choirs at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7 at The LaSells Stewart Center. Guest conductors Marlan Carlson, Steven Zielke, Sandra Babb and Raymund Ocampo. Tickets and more information at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Live, Learn, Work and Play: The Social Determinants of Health in London. Join Stephanie Grutzmacher and Ashley Vaughn from the College of Health to learn more about a 6-credit, two-week program in London studying the social determinants and disparities of health in one of the world’s most diverse and unequal cities from June 30-July 16. Info session: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Nov. 29. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and the program brochure and application.

NEW! Graham Frank, Ph.D. defense: A presentation of Graham Frank’s dissertation, titled: “Biodiversity responses in early seral forests of the Klamath-Siskiyou: Comparisons with birds, bees, and ground beetles among post-fire, salvage logging, and intensive forest management environments,” takes place at 9 a.m., Nov. 30, PFSC 315. Frank is earning his Ph.D. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Meg Krawchuk. Contact the FES Department at [email protected] with questions, for the Zoom link or for accommodations for disabilities.

NEW! Care Talks: Your Healthy Lifestyle — Emotional Eating. This webinar will define what emotional eating is and identify reasons behind it. We will explore eating behavior, examine the relationship between mood and cravings, identify the steps needed for improvement, best practices and resources. 10 a.m., Nov. 30. Register today.

NEW! Navigating the Holiday Season: The holiday season can be a joy-filled time for many of us. We get time off from work and we come together with loved ones. But for some, this time might also come with an added layer of stress, grief and pressure — pressure to spend money, take time off or interact with people or spaces that feel uncomfortable. Join this gathering to discuss the mental and emotional challenges that can come up during the holiday season. Attendees will also discuss self-care strategies to help you manage stress and maintain your mental health during this time. Noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 30. 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: Carl Hendrickson with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s Ocean/Coastal Services Division will be giving a seminar titled “Oregon Coastal Management Program: Utilizing Bottom-up Community Engagement Practices to Prepare for Climate Change Impacts,” at 3:30 p.m., Nov. 30. 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! Navigating the Classroom of Tomorrow: Exploring the Role of AI in Higher Education. Join InclusiveExcellence@OSU for our Fall 2023 Faculty, Food, and Fun from 4-6 p.m., Nov. 30 in the Journey Room, Memorial Union or via Zoom. Inara Scott will share the work of OSU’s AI Taskforce in responding to this new frontier in higher education, and facilitate a collaborative discussion of the possibilities and pitfalls of AI in promoting equitable teaching. More information and RSVP here.

Championing Mental Health in the Workplace: Join this gathering to either voice or listen to ways that coworkers can advocate for mental health at work and support each other on the journey toward a healthier self. This gathering is intended for anyone open to discussing mental health in the workplace. 9-10 a.m., Nov. 29. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

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.

Left Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (panel discussion): Panel discussion featuring Mahdy Alkhodr (OSU student), Joel Beinin (professor of Middle East history, emeritus, Stanford University) and William Smaldone (professor of European history, Willamette University). For accommodations or for more information contact [email protected]. The event is from 4-6 p.m., Nov. 29 in Room 386 in the Learning Innovation Center (LINC).

Take Note

NEW! Policy updates: Fiscal policies for memberships, dues & subscriptions, surplus property salesFOAPAL elements and Exhibit 003-02 Account Codes have been updated. Please see the FPP website for more information and contact the policy steward listed on each policy with any questions.

Student Pricing for All at The Marigold Center: From Nov. 27-Dec. 11, Marigold class packs will be on sale for educators and the public. Marigold offers a range of contemplative drop-in classes including gentle and flow yoga, contemplative dance, mindfulness meditation and more. Student pricing for class packs will be extended to everyone and range from $15 (single) to $250 (20 passes). View the drop-in class schedule and purchase passes. Email: [email protected].

Flex Pass: Keep moving through the holidays and winter term with Faculty Staff Fitness. Get a Flex Pass for Dec. 11-15. Purchase in Langton 123. Winter 2024 registration opens Dec. 1. Sign up for two weeks of online FSF for $15, available Dec. 18-Jan. 1. Winter term online FSF for $45 begins Jan. 1. Visit the FSF website for schedules, more information and to register.

Read local: Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or thoughtful reading for long winter nights, the OSU Press Holiday Sale has you covered with new releases and old favorites Visit and use promo code 23HOLIDAY at checkout to receive 25% off and free shipping. Order early to ensure timely delivery.

Teaching faculty learning community: Excited about teaching? Or need a recharge? Apply to join the Winter ’24 Resilient Teaching Faculty Learning Community sponsored by CTL and Academic Technologies. We’ll explore teaching strategies, useful ed tech tools and developing resiliency to thrive in the changing educational landscape. See the call for participation. Apply by Dec. 4. Funding provided. 

Ready, Set, AI: Join the Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Technologies for a Winter ‘24 faculty learning community addressing artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on higher education. We will explore how we respond to the immediate impact of AI in education, develop proactive strategies and hear from students and experts. See the call for participation. Apply by Dec. 4. Funding provided.

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.

$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.

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].

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

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:

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].

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Jefferson Way: As part of the telecommunications project at Valley Library, SW Jefferson Way will be closed between SW Benton Place and SW Waldo Place for crane activity from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 28. Traffic on SW Jefferson Way will be rerouted via SW Benton Place to SW Langton Place. The north sidewalk on Jefferson Way will be closed between Benton Place and Langton Place. Pedestrians may detour around the area using the south sidewalk. Other possible impacts include noise near the work site. (View map)

NEW! LaSells Stewart Center: As part of the LaSells Stewart Center Mechanical and Roof Renewal project, a section of the northbound lane on SW 26th Street will be closed from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 30 to allow for crane activity. The lane closure will be located between the intersection with SW Western Boulevard and The LaSells Stewart Center. In addition, the traffic signals at the intersection of 26th Street and Western Boulevard will be shut down during this closure. Flaggers will be present at the intersection to direct traffic through the area. The east sidewalk on 26th Street will be closed between Western Boulevard and the CH2M Alumni Center. The west sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. The walkway on the north side of The LaSells Stewart Center will also be closed. Other possible impacts include noise near the work site. (View map)

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.

Beaver Research Champion

Cristina Eisenberg and the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Lab's goal is to create sustainable and resilient natural systems in which people engage with the Earth with reciprocity. Eisenberg was recognized at a Beaver Football home game at Reser Stadium for the important work that she does.


“Peering from some high window, at the gold of November sunset and feeling that if day has to become night, this is a beautiful way.” ~ E. E. Cummings

Corvallis: Frost, then mostly sunny, high of 44, low of 28. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 46, low of 25. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Areas of frost and then sunny, high of 54, low of 35. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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