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.

New building at OSU could reshape future engineering (KMTR)

A new building at Oregon State University could re-shape the engineering of future buildings. “We needed to take the opportunity to show kids 18, 19, 20-years-old what the future of forestry is,” Geoff Huntington with OSU says. (see alsoKLCCKVAL)

Scent research could help more salmon find their way home (OPB)

Apparently, salmon don’t like the smell of watercress. The aroma of shrimp doesn’t pique their interest either. And the fragrance, eu de steelhead? A definite no-go. “The fish did not like it at all. We tried. They did not like it,” said Oregon State University researcher Maryam Kamran. “They’re very picky.”

Targeting tumors with 3-D animation (ECN)

Two professors in Oregon State University's College of Engineering are advancing mathematical modeling to make 3D images more realistic. The techniques can not only improve our movie going experience, but when applied to science, they can increase the accuracy of simulation models used to predict natural disasters like tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Or, in this case, help medical professionals better target cancerous tumors.

Drug money: Health-care costs (The Economist)

Using information from OSU's Daniel Hartung.

These all-natural hard coconut waters and green teas are the boozy Snapple of your dreams(Thrillist)

“The process for brewing hard green tea and hard coconut isn’t radically different than beer,” explains Innovation Brewmaster Peter Wolfe. A 15-year industry vet, Wolfe cut his teeth studying brewing science at Oregon State University and has been the guiding force behind LQD’s four-barrel operation since its inception about two years ago.

OSU names international affairs adviser (Gazette-Times)

A mechanical engineering professor with extensive international research and education experience will be Oregon State University’s new senior adviser to the provost for international affairs, the university announced on Tuesday.

Siblings decorate cake to celebrate OSU's 150th (Coos Bay World)

Oregon State University celebrated 150 years on Oct. 27 with cakes that represented 23 campus buildings. Becky Yu, a junior at Bandon High School, and member of Coquille Crazy Crafting Chefs 4-H Club, traveled to Corvallis to decorate a cake with her brother Andy Yu, a sophomore at OSU in the Mechanical Engineering Department and a 2017 graduate of Bandon High.

Oregon State University to host academic conference devoted to the music and culture of Phish (Live for Live Music)

Oregon State University has announced plans to host the first peer-reviewed academic conference devoted to the music and fan culture of Phish. The conference, dubbed “Phish Studies: An Interdisciplinary Conference On The Band, Its Music & Its Fans,” will take place from May 17th through 19th at the university’s campus in Corvallis, OR.

US colleges competitively defend energy infrastructure in DOE CyberForce challenge (Homeland Preparedness News)

Oregon State University was the competition’s regional winner. Western Washington University received the 256th Intelligence Squadron Award from the Washington Air National Guard. Top national honors went to the University of Central Florida.

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New name: Obsidian Hall is the new name of the dining and academic building at OSU-Cascades in Bend, thanks to a campus-wide engagement campaign. Obsidian -- glossy, black volcanic glass -- is found in Central Oregon in areas where lava flowed. Sustainability components of the building include net zero-ready and energy efficiency features. 


NEW! End of Term Sale: The OSU Beaver Store will have its End of Term sale now through Saturday, Dec. 8.  Big discounts on Beaver gear, while supplies last.

Ph.D. Thesis Defense, Michael Dennis: “Of Planes and Plumblines: Map Projections and Differential Leveling in a GNSS-based 3D Geodetic Framework.” Major adviser: Chris Parrish, associate professor of geomatics and Eric H.I. and Janice Hoffman Faculty Scholar. Dec. 5, 9 a.m., Kearney 311.

Reconciling Financial CORE Reports: One of the most frequently asked questions about finance reports in CORE is: “Why doesn’t the transaction and operating ledger match up?” In this session, we will look at the common reason there are discrepancies between the transactional and operating ledger reports in CORE. We will also look at the reports that you cannot compare against each other due to this issue. Dec. 5, 2-2:45 p.m., Kerr B094. Register: Questions? Email:

Poinsettia sale: The Horticulture Club is doing its annual poinsettia sale. Greenhouse No. 12 (next to Cordley Hall), Dec. 3-7, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Price/sizes: 2½ inches for $5, 4½ inches that are two for $15, 6½ inches for $15 each.

CANCELLED! Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing Seminar (CGRB): Daniel Buckley, Cornell University. Presentation has been cancelled.

OSU Beaver Store’s Faculty & Staff Appreciation Night: All OSU faculty and staff are invited to come to the OSU Beaver Store on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 5:30-7 p.m.  There will be discounts throughout the store and food and wine will be served.  Faculty/Staff ID required at the door.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU 150 on OPB: Oregon Experience will re-broadcast the “Oregon State University” episode filmed earlier this year on OPB at 9 p.m., Dec. 10, as well as Dec. 12 at 2 a.m.

NEW! Save The Date: Ann Leen Retirement Reception: Come help Fisheries and Wildlife congratulate Ann Leen on her 22 years of service to the OSU community. Thursday Jan. 10, 10-11:30 a.m., MU 109. Refreshments and drinks provided.  

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales 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.

Kemper retirement: Hank Kemper is retiring from Transportation Services after 33 years of service. Join us in a celebration to wish him well on Dec. 13, from 2-4 p.m., in the Wells Fargo room located in The LaSells Stewart Center. Light refreshments will be served.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Disability Studies: Interested in Disability Studies? Want to help promote diversity, equity, and inclusion? If so, join the OSU Disability Network and the Disability Studies Center for the Humanities Research Cluster for our upcoming events. Join us on Friday, Dec. 7, noon, Milam 301 for a discussion with Allison Hobgood, "Shakespeare and Crip Sexualities.”

NEW! M.S. defense: Gabriel Foote is pursuing his M.S. in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Darrell Ross.  Join us on Friday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. in RH 107 for a presentation of Foote’s thesis, titled: “Testing a novel formulation of the anti-aggregation pheromone, MCH, for protecting trees from Douglas-fir beetle infestation: Responses of wild bee communities to MCH treatments and Douglas fir beetle disturbance in forest stands.”  Contact the FES Department at (541) 737-2244 with questions or for accommodations for disabilities.

UPDATED! Oregon Women In Higher Education Webinar Viewing. Brown bag lunch and viewing of OWHE’s latest webinar: Gender 101. This webinar will provide a holistic introduction and reflections on concepts surrounding gender. You do not have to be a member of OWHE to attend. Monday, Dec. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. in Valley Library 3622 -  the West Willamette Industries Seminar Room. Questions? Contact Olivia Heath at

Demonstration of Wireless Real-time Testing and Control of Systems Using Simulink:  Guest Speaker: Ali Haider (OSU Ph.D. candidate). This demonstration explains the procedure for real-time testing and control of large-scale systems, such as Wave Energy Converters or Power Electronics Converters, using real-time capabilities of Simulink. A real-time machine, named "Speedgoat" (, will be introduced as a solution for real-time control problems. A wireless real-time interface will be demonstrated using two machines interfaced with each other using Speedgoat and Matlab/Simulink over Ethernet layer. Thursday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m., in WESRF Lab (Dearborn Basement).

Sustainable Landscape Seminar: The two-day Sustainable Landscape Seminar provides the public with practical information to create sustainable/green/ecological landscapes. Some outcomes to expect include lowering power, water and waste bills due to more efficient use of resources, and reducing the flow of organic matter into the landfill. Wednesday, Dec. 11, and Thursday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Class is held at Lane Extension, 996 Jefferson St., Eugene. Cost: $25.Register

UPDATED! Leadership Collaborative I: Applications for the winter, 2019 Leadership Collaborative 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 for sessions offered in Corvallis and Portland. 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

Why should I give via the Charitable Fund Drive? When you give through the CFD, 100 percent of your donation goes to the organization(s) you designate. All CFD costs - less than 10 percent of funds raised - are paid by the participating charities. And by giving during this OSU campaign, you help boost OSU’s reputation for being a kind, generous neighbor, all while making a positive impact in Oregon. It’s easy with online pledging and payroll deduction:

Winter 2019 FERPA Learning Community:  The Office of the Registrar will offer another FERPA Learning Community (LC) in Winter term. Join the LC and explore the nuances and applications of FERPA with colleagues from across campus. If you’re interested, take a minute to fill out this interest survey, which lists the dates/times of the meetings.

OSU Today: Starting Monday, Dec. 10, OSU Today will publish once a week until the beginning of Winter Term, when daily publication will resume. In order to get an item into OSU Today for the following week, submit your item to by noon the previous Friday.

Winter Break Recycling Collection Schedules: Dec. 17 through Jan. 4, most buildings will have recycling collection reduced to every other week due to reduced available staffing and activity within most buildings during that time. Contact Campus Recycling through this form to inform us of any exceptions that need to be addressed such as full building or office closures; include a contact name, email, phone and the office or building location.

The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety with a link to information about total worker health titled “Get Active” You can also access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member, and a link to report safety concerns online.

Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy & Standards page to learn about recent policy updates: This announcement runs monthly and the page is updated frequently with new developments.

Student entrepreneurs who want money and prizes: The third campus-wide Next Great Startup competition starts this January. This is a campus-wide opportunity for startup ventures to get visibility, bragging rights, cash, prizes and direct one-on-one mentorship with venture capitalists and local entrepreneurs. Teams must be led by an OSU student. Apply to compete here:

This January, it’s time to Accelerate your startup. In just 10 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 along with community members who intend to start or grow an entrepreneurial venture. The fun starts Jan. 8. Learn more and apply here:


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Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 43, low of 24. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Patchy freezing fog, high of 30, low of 13. Patchy freezing fog tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny, high of 48, low of 31. Sunny tomorrow.

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