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: Research helps solve issues with direct-ethanol fuel cells; could replace gas, diesel (KATU)

Research at Oregon State University developed a way to solve problems with a cleaner alternative to burning fossil fuels to power cars and trucks. (see also Tech XploreScienceDaily)


NYC Mayor-elect Adams traveling to Ghana despite omicron COVID variant: 'I'm not afraid of anything' (NY Daily News)

Andrew Blaustein, a professor of infectious diseases at Oregon State University, urged Adams to reconsider his travel plans. “The mayor-elect may not be afraid, but it is irresponsible to visit Africa at the moment because he could get exposed to the new variant and bring it back to the U.S.,” Blaustein said. “He should postpone his trip.”

Smoke study: Grant a major boost for research (Wine Press)

Oregon State University researchers and a team of West Coast university collaborators have received a $7.65 million grant to study the impact of smoke exposure on grapes, a project that will provide critical knowledge to grapegrowers and winery owners severely impacted by widespread wildfire smoke in recent years.

Researchers aim to turn seafood byproducts into source of nutrition (Daily Astorian)

A research project led by Oregon State University has the potential to reduce food waste by utilizing seafood byproducts as a cheap, high-quality source of protein.

Saving the planet by saving the soil: Can cover crops fulfill their promise? (AgriPulse)

“The thing is, like much else in ag, there cannot be a cookie-cutter approach,” said Francisco Calderon, the director of the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center at Oregon State University. 

OSU Board of Trustees to talk president search, Reser videoboard (Lebanon Express)

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet Friday, Dec. 10 to discuss the presidential search timeline, among many subjects.

Today's photo

Crimson blueberries: Zuzana Vejlupkova, senior research assistant in Botany and Plant Pathology, said, "Blueberry leaves turn beautiful colors in the fall. This picture was taken in our yard in NW Corvallis after one of the refreshing showers. This blueberry bush variety is Patriot and it produces large and tasty berries in early summer." Submit your photos to [email protected].


NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for ways to help your students finish the term successfully? Review your Canvas gradebook for accuracy. Make sure it’s fully up to date so students know their status in your course. Use SpeedGrader in Canvas to evaluate assignments more efficiently. 

NEW! ​​It’s Giving Tuesday: Let’s join together in making the most of a $25,000 Beavers Fight Hunger challenge that will help the OSU community amplify our impact for students facing food insecurity in Corvallis and at OSU-Cascades. You can help by making a gift yourself and/or by encouraging your friends, family and fellow Beavers to do so. Please contact Tyrell Warren-Burnett with questions or visit

CTL Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: "Providing Student Feedback: A Fishbowl Conversation," Benita Blessing, Liz Delf, Kenton Hokanson, Nathan Kirk, Caity Smyth, Weiwei Zhang. Join us in a fishbowl conversation on providing feedback to students in teaching. Nov, 30, 10-11:50 a.m., Zoom: For more information:

Giving Effective Feedback in Personal or Work Situations: This session addresses strategies on how to deliver effective feedback at work or at home. The training will offer multiple examples and provide participants with ample practice to learn how to give feedback that helps individuals improve performance. Nov 30, 10-11 a.m. Register here.

NEW! OSU SEIU meeting: Bargaining news. Nov. 2, 11:30 a.m.; repeated at noon. MU Multipurpose Room and on Zoom. COVID-safe lunches served on location. Join Zoom meeting For more information: [email protected].

Water Resource Science Ph.D. Defense: Catie Finkenbiner will present, “Advancing the Understanding and Representation of Ecohydrological Processes using Tracer-enabled Modeling Approaches” on Nov. 30, noon. Finkenbiner is advised under the guidance of major professor Stephen Good of Biological & Ecological Engineering. Join via Zoom.

Environmental Arts and Humanities Prospective Student Information Session: Are you thinking about graduate school in an environmental field and want to build on your strengths in the humanities or arts? Register for the online info session to learn more about the M.A. in Environmental Arts and Humanities at OSU. Nov. 30 at noon. Register:

Faculty & Staff Mind-Body Practice Group: Contemplative Studies and CAPS will offer simple, guided practices for grounding, relief, and clarity amidst a busy day. Nov. 30,  12:15-12:45 p.m.: Moving from Within with Jocelyn Kerr. Join in-person at Dixon Lodge or via zoom. Registration required.

NEW! EMT Seminars: Afua Nyarko will speak on “Dynamic embrace: unique features of multivalent IDP complexes in Hippo signaling,” Nov. 30, 3:30 p.m. This will be a hybrid seminar. In-person in ALS 4001 and remote access available by Zoom. Zoom waiting room opens at 3 p.m. Join Zoom meeting:

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. 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.

What’s in Your Water? Do you know what’s in your drinking water — or how to test it? College of Public Health and Human Sciences faculty Molly Kile and Veronica Irvin and OSU Extension’s Chrissy Lucas will explore how to fight disease and reduce health disparities by identifying tainted water sources through at-home testing. Join this virtual discussion on Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m.:

Incidental Fee Deliberations; Final Votes. The Student Fee Committee (SFC) is currently deliberating over the budget proposals received from the eight fee-funded units. Drop by MU 49 Horizon Room to learn more and provide your valuable feedback about what programs and services you want funded next year during the final two meetings Nov. 30, 6-9 p.m. (Zoom) and Dec. 3, 3-6 p.m. (Zoom). Submit questions & feedback through this form.

NEW! Diffusions: A Music Technology Concert. Students from the music technology program directed by Dr. Jason Fick present their fall 2021 showcase. Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Remote. Livestream free to all at:


NEW! Oregon State Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert: Ryan Biesack directs the band in a live, in-person concert of music by Stevie Wonder, Ellen Rowe, Soundgarden, Charles Mingus, Chick Dorea, Count Basie and more. Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Free, open to all. Please come prepared to show a valid OSU ID card, or, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test plus a photo ID.

NEW! Songwriters in the Round Showcase: Join OSU Songwriters in the Round for an evening of original music created by OSU students, faculty and community members. Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. Calapooia Brewing, 140 NE Hill St., Albany. Venue requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry to this event.

NEW! Memorial gathering in honor of T. Darrah Thomas: Family, friends and colleagues of Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry T. Darrah Thomas will gather in LPSC 402 on Dec. 7 from 2-4 p.m. There will be a Zoom session open for those not able to attend in person. RSVP if you are able to join on campus, or get Zoom access details here: [email protected]

NEW! Northern California Regional Connections Dec. 7: Get help building your network in these challenging times. The OSU Alumni Association invites alumni, students and friends in Northern California to the next free virtual Regional Connections event, Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Register at

Fall Guitar Concert: Cameron O’Connor leads the OSU Guitar Ensemble in concert performing the music of Joe Hisaishi (selections from “Kikujiro” Tchaikovsky), as well as Leo Brouwer’s aleatoric masterwork, “Cuban Landscape with Rain.” Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., in Community Hall Room 303. Free. Must show a valid OSU ID card, or proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test from within three days and a photo ID.

Launch Academy Final Round Competition: Join us Dec. 3, from 3-5 p.m. virtually (register online) or in-person (Austin Hall 100) to watch OSU’s top teams pitch for prizes. Finalist teams include: Baysal Productions, led by Alihan Baysal; Knewt Auto Vision, led by Cassidy Hughes; Day by DAE, led by Dari Edwards; WxH, led by Austin Lally; Howling Hounds Coffee Roasters, led by Reid Burford; and HazAdapt, led by Virginia Katz. 

Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees will meet Dec. 10, 8 a.m. to noon. Trustees will consider an update to the proposed presidential search timeline and process; elect board officers and consider the appointment of the board secretary. The board will hear a progress report from the Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance; consider the 2022 work plan for the Executive & Audit Committee; and consider a capital project related to the Reser Stadium videoboard. The board also will hear an update on university public safety efforts and receive reports on all hazards planning, compliance and ethics, and from the Office of General Counsel. The board meeting agenda and materials will be posted as they are available at For special accommodations, contact 541-737-3449 or  [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance.  

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! BioResource Research seminar: Wilfrido Raymundo, BS BioResource Research, Biotechnology Option, will present, “MatTek™ EpiIntestinal™ a 3D Small Intestine Epithelial Cell Culture Model For Screening in Dietary Chemoprevention Studies Treated with Benzo[a]pyrene,” Dec. 2, 10 a.m., via Zoom:

NEW! TRIAD: The next TRIAD program is Dec. 2 at noon: Luhui Whitebear, assistant director, Native American Longhouse Eena Haws, “The #MMIW Movement (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) and addressing this crisis.” Zoom link:

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: KC Bierlich, a postdoctoral scholar with the Marine Mammal Institute’s Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna (GEMM) Lab at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will be giving a seminar titled “Incorporating uncertainty associated with drone-based measurements to better monitor the health of whales,” Dec. 2, 3:30 p.m., via Zoom linkClick here for more information.

NEW! Women of Color discussion: The AYA Women of Color Initiative at the Hattie Redmond Women and Gender is teaming up with Shaznin Daruwalla and Chanale Propst from Counseling & Psychological Services to host this discussion group for women of color on campus to be able to talk about academics and personal life. Discussions happen at the HRWGC on Dec. 2, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Fall Seminar Series: “Plant Biology on the International Space Station” presented by Simon Gilroy of University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dec. 2, 4 p.m. via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

NEW! Economy and Climate Change: How can our investments make a difference? The Corvallis-Albany League of Women Voters' Climate Change Committee is hosting a program on "Socially Responsible Investing," featuring three speakers. A question-and-answer period will follow. Panelists include author Robert Devine, Professor Jennifer Alix-Garcia and sustainable investing advisor Kristen Taylor. Dec. 2, 6 p.m. Registration:

NEW! Research Symposium: Celebrating Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Current Research and Outstanding Alumni. Featuring scientific presentations by EMT alumni from various sectors and current faculty, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students. Join us to network and ask questions during the scientific/career panel. The symposium is Jan. 25, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the MU Horizon Room. Register by Dec. 17. 

Karla Jarecke: Ph. D. defense. Karla Jarecke will present her dissertation, “Spatial Patterns of Soil Moisture and the Relative Importance of Atmospheric Water Demand Versus Soil Moisture Availability in Limiting Late-summer Growth of Douglas-fir Under a Changing Climate,” Dec. 2, 2 p.m., in Richardson 107 and via Zoom. Contact [email protected] to receive the Zoom link.

Navigating Workplace Conflict Workshop in Corvallis: Developed by University Ombudsperson and conflict management expert Sue Theiss, this workshop focuses on essential elements of managing interpersonal, small group and organizational conflict. Participants will have a good understanding of how to navigate conflict and the tools to help you create real change through inclusive processes. Dec. 16. Register at

Take Note

NEW! Human-robot interaction: The Human-Machine Teaming Laboratory in OSU's Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute is conducting a research experiment to study human-robot interaction for simulated supervisor-based environments. Participants will complete a series of tasks that require controlling and monitoring a simulated remotely-piloted vehicle and will complete anonymous questionnaires. The experiment requires participants to complete one two-hour session. Participants who complete the entire evaluation will receive $30. For requirements and more information: contact Prakash Baskaran at [email protected].

This IS Kalapuyan Land Exhibit: This IS Kalapuyan Land exhibit is now on display on the second floor of the Valley Library in the lobby and the Learning Commons. This display was curated by Steph Littlebird Fogel from Five Oaks Museum. For more information, please visit our LibGuide at: and

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Flooding. Flooding occurs in Oregon due to our seasonal rainfall, summer fires, melting snow, new development and levees/dams. All influence how water is absorbed or directed downstream. Areas that have not flooded in the past may flood now due to changes that occurred somewhere else and caused a change in how the ground interacts with the water.

OSU Press Holiday Sale: From now through the end of the year, get 30% off and free shipping on all OSU Press books when you purchase directly through the OSU Press website. Visit to explore new releases and old favorites. Enter the promo code 21HOLIDAY at checkout to receive the discount. Expires Dec. 31. Books are not available for local pickup.

Call for Applications: Career Champions Program. Applications for the winter 2022 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. More information can be found on the Center for Teaching and Learning website. Direct questions to Brenna Gomez or Brandi Fuhrman. Complete the application form by Dec. 1.  

Beavers Fight Hunger: Inspired by donors who have participated in Beavers Fight Hunger over the last two years, the OSU community is joining together once again to make a difference for OSU students facing food insecurity. Gifts to Beavers Fight Hunger will fund OSU's Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) as well as the OSU-Cascades Food Pantry. Please join us by promoting this initiative in your college or unit communications. Contact Tyrell Warren-Burnett with questions. www.beaversfighthunger.or.

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. To minimize points of contact, donations this year will take place via an Amazon registry that ships directly to FRC OR you can shop at the Toy Factory in downtown Corvallis and leave the gift in our donation box. For more information contact [email protected].

COVID-19 testing: Oregon State University, in collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology (WVT), is providing on-site COVID-19 testing. OSU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to test at one of these locations: Corvallis: The LaSells Stewart Center: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Student Experience Center: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Dec. 9-10, only the SEC location will be open. During Winter Break, only the SEC location will be open, and its hours will be limited to Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. WVT will provide testing over the break for travel purposes. Student Health Services will not be providing testing for travel purposes. (For staff wanting to get a test voluntarily, please make sure to register for a lab dash account prior to arrival: Bend: Ray Hall 302, Weeks of Nov. 29-Dec. 20: Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3  to 6 p.m.; Week of Dec. 27: No testing; Week of Jan. 3: Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.

Traffic and Maintenance

Fairbanks: As part of the Fairbanks Hall Renovation Project, utility work will be happening. The sidewalk between the Women’s Building and Fairbanks Hall is scheduled to be closed from Nov. 29 through Dec. 27 (view map). An area of the sidewalk/fire lane between Austin Hall and the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center will also be closed.

Reser Stadium lot: For work related to the Completing Reser Stadium project, the west area of the Reser Stadium lot (lot #3281) will be closed from Nov. 22 through Dec. 10. Exterior saw-cutting work is scheduled for an electrical reroute. An extended closure for the west area of the Reser Stadium lot is also scheduled starting Nov. 22 through June 15, 2023. The area will be used for a contractor job site and temporary storage space (view map).


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NEW! Laborer 2: University Housing and Dining Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Laborer 2 position. Posting #P03288CT. Closes Dec. 6.


“'What good are these tales in today's world?' asked many people, never realizing that the Ojibway tales teach a philosophy for living. They tell of the purity of man and nature and keeping them in balance." ~ Ignatia Broker

Corvallis: Mostly cloudy today, high of 54, low of 44. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 58, low of 42. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly cloudy today, high of 59, low of 45. Partly sunny tomorrow.

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