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. Content appearing includes timely news and feature stories from broadcast, print and online sources. Occasionally, opinion pieces and first-person columns appearing in mainstream media outlets that are written by faculty members and pertain to their academic or professional expertise may be included based on their unique, informative value, timeliness and space constraints. It is not the policy of OSU Today to include Letters to the Editor.

The trees and the forest of new towers (New York Times)

“Roughly 11 percent of the global carbon footprint is related to what buildings are made out of,” said Mr. Green, whose mass-timber projects include the T3 office building in Minneapolis (the name stands for timber, technology and transportation) and a pair of buildings for Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, including a research and development facility for the school’s TallWood Design Institute.

Structural design to prepare for a wall of water (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Meanwhile, at Yaquina Bay in Newport, crews are building for Oregon State University a showcase facility, the Marine Studies Building at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, able to withstand a major earthquake and tsunami. The three-story building will top out at over 47 feet and feature an escape area for the approximately 150 anticipated occupants.

After seedling shortage a decade ago, some Oregon Christmas tree farmers facing a tough time (Oregonian)

Christmas trees take between seven and 11 years to mature and, just about a decade ago, seedling suppliers grew too few small trees to go around, according to Chal Landgren, a Christmas tree specialist at Oregon State University.

Oregon State researchers using whale poop to study ocean (KGW)

Oregon State University researchers have been scooping up whale poop to better understand not only the health of the mammals but also of our ocean.

Zero hour for Gordon Sondland: The 'pivotal figure' in impeachment process set to testify Wednesday morning (Oregonian)

Sondland “clearly was clearly deputized by the president and allowed to do this by the secretary of state,” said Christopher McKnight Nichols, a history professor at Oregon State University. “If he gives full disclosure, he becomes the pivotable person. He could implicate the president and secretary of state.”

Fiona Wylde: How this world champion athlete overcomes Type 1 diabetes (Forbes)

She is currently sitting number two in stand-up surfing and “would like to win a stand-up surfing world title.” Oh, and she is also going to Oregon State University where she is studying geography and geospatial sciences. 

OSU scientists lead the charge for climate action at the state capitol (Corvallis Advocate)

On Monday, Dr. Beverly Law and Dr. Dominique Bachelet of Oregon State University urged legislators at the state capitol to take action on the climate crisis. Oregon is currently behind in its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 51 million metric tons by 2020. An attempt at regulation earlier this year was foiled when Republican lawmakers staged a walkout.  

Today's photo

Sackett Hall: Sackett Hall was originally the women's dormitory, and this photo was taken soon after it opened in 1948. Sackett, built to help alleviate a severe student housing shortage on campus due to a post-World War II enrollment surge, is divided into four quadrants with two wings per quadrant. It was dedicated to Beatrice Walton Sackett, a member of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education and alumna, in the spring of 1950. Photo courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives.


Supporting working families - Paid family leave in Oregon: Women in Policy invites you to a panel discussion on the impact of paid family leave on families’ health, income, and work-life balance. Panelists include Julia Goodman and Dawn Richardson from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health,  David Rothwell from the OSU School of Behavioral and Social Health Sciences, and Amy Luhn, director of the OSU Family Resource Center. Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to noon in Room 206 in the Memorial Union. Refreshments provided.

Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): “High-throughput maize ear phenotyping with a custom-built scanner and machine learning seed detection, i.e., Computer counts corn, correctly?” Matthew Warman (John Fowler lab, botany and plant pathology, Wednesday, Nov. 20, noon in ALS 3005. BUG consists of life scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, statisticians and researchers of all types who meet to discuss topics related to these fields of study. Meetings are generally informal, consisting of discussions, interactive talks, or short workshops. All are welcome. For additional information, see

Linus Pauling Institute Seminar: Dylan Nelson, assistant director of the High-Throughput Screening Services Lab, will share information on this fee-for-service facility at OSU for bioactivity, small-molecule and high-content screening to facilitate research of OSU faculty and external clients. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2 to 3 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center 402. Email for more info.

Catalog, Curriculum, & Scheduling: Do you advance curriculum or course changes? Do you have questions about how course scheduling affects students? Join Mike Jefferis, associate registrar for Catalog, Curriculum, and Scheduling, for an informative session on how to ensure your department remains compliant with relevant regulations regarding course scheduling and curriculum changes. Nov. 20, 2-3 p.m., Owen Hall 103.

Dan Edge retirement: College of Agricultural Sciences’ Associate Dean Dan Edge is retiring. Join the College to celebrate and honor Edge’s 30-year career at Oregon State University on Nov. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the MU Horizon Room.

Fulbright Reception: In collaboration with the Fulbright Association of Oregon Chapter, a Fulbright Reception will be held during International Education Week. Network with current, past and prospective Fulbrighters in the Oregon State University community on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Student Experience Center, SEC 112 Involvement Lounge.

Indigenous Trans and Two Spirit Stories of Resilience: This event is in collaboration with Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Queer Studies. Nov. 20, 3-4 p.m., Native American Longhouse.

WRGP Guest: Julie O’Shea, "Irrigation Modernization: Meeting Environmental, Agricultural, and Energy Needs at Scale." Julie O’Shea, executive director of the Farmers Conservation Alliance, will give a seminar Nov. 20, 4-5 p.m., in Bexell Hall 328. Free admission to all. 

Trans Day of Remembrance: This event is centered around being in community and centering the lives and experiences of trans folx. There will be a CAPS representative at the event as well as refreshments for folx. Nov. 20, 5-7 p.m., Native American Longhouse.

The Game Changers” Film Screening:  OSU Vegan and Vegetarian club sponsors this event for empathy, health, and environment. James Wilks travels the world on a quest for truth about meat, protein, and strength. Myths against plant-based diets are discussed along the way. Film, dinner and discussion Nov. 20, 6 – 8:30 p.m, Cascade Hall 136, Corvallis. Open to the public.

The Game Changers Screening: James Wilks travels the world on a quest for the truth about meat, protein and strength, showcasing elite athletes, special ops soldiers and visionary scientists to change the way people eat and live. Academy Award winner Louie Psihoyos ("The Cove") interviews experts and athletes like U.S. Olympian Kendrick James Farris and surfer Tia Blanco, taking aim at myths against plant-based diets. Film, dinner and discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m. in Cascade Hall 136.

Ridge to Reef: Sustainable Resource Management in Palau: Join Bryan Endress and Scott Heppell from the College of Agricultural Sciences for a four-credit, two-week program in the Republic of Palau from June 22 through July 5, 2020. Students will learn about Palauan history, culture and natural wonders both on land and in the ocean. You will experience first-hand how local communities, agencies and non-governmental organizations are actively managing terrestrial and marine resources to ensure healthy, productive ecosystems that provide a wide array of goods and services including food, clean water, biodiversity, and more. Join one of four info sessions: Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m. and Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m., all in Nash 104J. For more information, contact: or or visit the program brochure.

NEW! The 60’s: The Decade that Changed America - Presents The Merry Pranksters: Join CLA’s Bob Santelli in a conversation with Ken Kesey’s son Zane and some of the original Merry Pranksters as they recall their days on their bus, Further. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., C&E Auditorium, the LaSells Stewart Center.


NEW! SEIU meeting: Thursday Nov. 21, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Willamette West, 3rd floor Valley Library. Lunch served. For more information, contact Siobhan Burke at 630-699-0281. 

NEW! Budget conversation: On Thursday, Nov. 21 from noon to 1 p.m., the Office of Budget & Resource Planning will hold another University Budget Conversation in the Memorial Union Room 215. This week’s topic is about F&A Recovery. The Budget Conversation sessions are limited to 60 minutes and are an open forum structure with the initial 15-20 minutes spent on presentation of the topic, leaving time for discussion and Q&A. We encourage you to bring your lunch and join the conversation and to learn more about OSU’s budgeting and fiscal matters. More information about University Budget Conversations is located on the Office of Budget & Resource Planning website. If you have questions, please contact Sherm Bloomer for more information. 

NEW! Music a la Carte: OSU student chamber ensembles. Friday, Nov. 22, at noon. Memorial Union Lounge, free.

NEW! Building Coalition: This event will be focused on creating a collaborative art piece together that represents the stories and histories of trans activism within social justice movements. Nov. 22, 2-4 p.m., Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez.

NEW! Corvallis-OSU Symphony: Shostakovich Symphony No. 10; Dvorak “Carnival Overture”; Kodaly “Dances of Galanta.” Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m.  at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. Ticket info at:

Faculty-led program expo: Explore the many OSU faculty-led programs being offered in 2020 at our expo on Nov. 21, 4-6 p.m. ,SEC 112. With so many options taking place this summer, along with spring break and fall course extension, we want to give you and your students an opportunity to meet the faculty leaders, past participants and OSU GO staff in one location. As always, our entire portfolio of mostly short-term study abroad programs can be viewed through our OSU GO faculty-led program offerings site. For more information, contact

Baccalaureate Core Listening Sessions: The Faculty Senate executive committee and the Office of Undergraduate Education are holding a series of listening sessions for baccalaureate core stakeholders: faculty, students, unit supervisors, advisers and other personnel involved with developing, administering and teaching baccalaureate core courses. Representatives from the committee, Vice Provost Alix Gitelman’s office and the Faculty Senate Baccalaureate core committee will attend each meeting to hear your ideas. From this feedback, as well as research on other current models of general education in higher education, we expect to develop two or three alternative models to bring back to listening sessions before the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. Nov. 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m., MU 109; Dec. 5, 1-3 p.m., LINC 128. For those who cannot attend any listening session, or who have additional comments, there is an opportunity to offer extended commentary and feedback via a Qualtrics survey at

OSU Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony: Fall concert featuring works by Bernstein, Holst, Whitacre and more. Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St., Corvallis. $5 advance, $10 door. OSU students and K-12 youth free. Advance tickets at:

Navy vs. Army ROTC Flag Football: Every year these units play in a fun, end-of-fall-term flag football game, in light of the intercollegiate Army/Navy game in December. Dress warmly and come cheer on your favorite branch of military as the Navy tries to redeem itself following Army's win last year. Nov. 22 at 6 a.m. in Reser Stadium. 

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 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.

Shakespeare in Love: Oregon State University Theatre will present “Shakespeare in Love,” at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 22-23, and 2 p.m. Nov. 24 in the Withycombe Hall Main Stage theatre, 2901 SW Campus Way, Corvallis. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for seniors; $10 for youth/students; and $5 for OSU students. They are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2784 or online at

Prospective student open house: Beaver Preview, an open house program for prospective students, will be in the Memorial Union on Saturday, Nov. 23. There will be approximately 600 guests on campus, which may impact parking and retail food locations. Welcome the guests while they are on campus.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Just Futures Symposium: Panel discussions about social justice, climate change, and activism through the realms of “A Handmaid's Tale,” Star Trek, Star Wars, the politics of utopia/dystopia and Dungeons & Dragons are among the topics that will be covered during a conference Nov. 22 at Oregon State University. The Just Futures Symposium is free and open to the public. The symposium takes place Friday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Memorial Union Horizon Room.

NEW! Youth development measures talk: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences presents “Context matters for measurement: Rethinking measures of positive youth development,” by CPHHS associate professor John Geldhof, on Friday, Nov. 22, from 1 to 2 p.m. in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room. Sponsored by the CPHHS and its Human Development and Family Studies program.

NEW! EECB Seminar: Matt Johnson is a professor in the wildlife department at Humboldt State University. His talk, titled "Birds, pests, and habitat: case studies of bird-provided ecosystem services from Jamaica, Kenya, and California," will be presented on Friday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. in LINC 302. 

NEW! Speech Communication Colloquium Series: Yanni Ma, assistant professor of speech communication, presents her research titled “Knowing Better, Persuading Smarter: Why Climate Change Communication Fails” on Friday, Nov. 22, 3 p.m. in STAG 110. Ma’s presentation will focus on delivering scientific facts to the public and how this type of communication can backfire. 

NEW! Biomedical Core Awareness Symposium: Researchers at OSU have access to a multitude of specialized instruments and services supporting a wide diversity of biomedical research. Learn about available state-of-the art capabilities designed to support and stimulate research productivity. Twelve facility core directors will present short talks highlighting capabilities, applications and access. Nov. 25, 3-5:30 p.m., Pharmacy 305For more info, contact

NEW! The Social Justice Education Initiative schedule for fall still has openings: From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is an  foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

NEW! Search Advocate workshopsRegister now for the fall, winter or spring search advocate workshop series. Search advocates are external process advisors for employee search committees, working to enhance equity, validity and diversity. Become a search advocate by completing the two-part workshop series, which introduces the search advocate role and strategies, provides an overview of implicit bias, diversity and the legal environment for hiring, and does a deep dive into early stages of the search process. For more information, see or contact Anne Gillies, search advocate program director in Faculty Affairs.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Seminar: Matt Johnson, professor and project director of HSI STEM at Humboldt State University, presents on Place-based Learning Communities Help to Close Equity Gaps in First-year STEM Students on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m., in Richardson Hall, Room 107. Free and open to the public. For accommodations email

TRIAD meeting: Tara Williams, associate dean of the Honors College and professor of English, will speak on “Marvels in late medieval literature,” Nov. 21, 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 Janice Nave-Abele, to reserve a lunch. TRIAD provides faculty, staff, students and community members with an opportunity to network and learn something new. See

Compliance in the Classroom: Join staff from the Office of the Registrar, Disability Access Services, and Equal Opportunity and Access for a session on creating inclusive classroom practices that ensure federal compliance. Thursday, Nov. 21, 1-2 p.m., Owen Hall 101.

A Just Anthropocene? Water, Climate, Community, and Resilience: A lecture by Nancy Langston. In her new book about Lake Superior, the world’s largest and fastest-warming lake, Langston describes conservation success stories for fish, forests and water quality, with significant consequences for Native American and working-class communities. Langston is distinguished professor of environmental history at Michigan Technological University and is currently the Inaugural Mellon Visiting Scholar in the Center for Environmental Futures at the University of Oregon. Thursday, Nov 21, 4 p.m., MU Room 213.

ASCE Le Val Lund Lecture “Disasters, Resilience and the Next Generation,” by Yumei Wang. Thursday, Nov. 21, 3 to 4 p.m., Kearney 311, roundtable discussion to follow from 4 to 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend the seminar and discussion. Co-hosted by the OSU EERI Student Chapter.

Science on Tap in Portland: Curious minds are invited to join us for a Science on Tap titled, “Everything is connected – the environment and your health.” The event will feature Roberta Marinelli, dean of the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, and Javier Nieto, dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and other special faculty guests. Registration is required. Thursday, Nov. 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ecotrust in Portland. All guests receive a drink ticket for wine or beer and appetizers. Presented by OSU Alumni Association and the North Willamette Region Extension Service.

Oregon Bioengineering Symposium: The inaugural symposium will be held at the CH2M Alumni Center on Nov. 22. The meeting, conducted in collaboration with the University of Oregon and Oregon Health & Science University, will cover all areas of bioengineering/biomedical engineering, with an emphasis on technologies for precision health. Advanced registration is $25 for students and post-docs, $60 for faculty and $125 for non-academic registrants.

The London Classroom (CPHHS): Join Professor Ellen Smit for a three-week, nine-credit, faculty-led program in London from June 28 through July 18, 2020. While living in London's East End, students will explore London's eclectic mix of cultures, universal health care system, and historical artifacts to analyze the past, present and future of public health and health care. Students will trace John Snow's footsteps in his landmark epidemiological cholera investigation, meet health care and public health professionals, and visit a number of health care and health promotion facilities. For more information, visit the program brochure and/or join an info session in Milam 159: Nov. 26 at 3 p.m., Dec. 5 at noon and Jan. 28 at 3 p.m..

Event Planner Symposium: Do you plan events or meetings and want to learn the latest rules and processes surrounding OSU events? Get insider tips and tricks from University Events and other campus service providers that will save you time and money. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 9:30 to noon at the LaSells Stewart Center. Register today. Can’t attend? Join our mailing list to be notified about future event planner training opportunities. For questions, contact University Events at 541-737-4717 or

Oregon Bioengineering Symposium: The inaugural symposium will be held at the CH2M Alumni Center on Nov. 22. The meeting, conducted in collaboration with the University of Oregon and Oregon Health & Sciences University, will cover all areas of bioengineering/biomedical engineering, with an emphasis on technologies for precision health. Advanced registration costs are $25 for students and post-docs, $60 for faculty and $125 for non-academic registrants.

Take Note

NEW! Request for Proposals: The OSU Advantage Accelerator is seeking proposals to facilitate the further development and commercialization of OSU applied innovations. Proposals can be submitted for projects focused on bringing OSU-owned innovations invented by OSU faculty, staff, and/or graduate students in any discipline closer to market. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000. Proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2. Read the full RFP here:

Recreational Sports Advisory Board: There is an opening for an undergraduate student to join the Recreational Sports Advisory Board. For information on the advisory board and how to apply follow the link or contact Applications are due by Friday, Dec. 6.

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. 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.

Many UFIO offices moving Nov. 25 and 26: The University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations (UFIO) offices currently located at the Oak Creek Building, 3015 SW Western Blvd., will be moving to 850 S.W. 35th St. (the former OSU Foundation building) on Nov. 25 and 26. The following offices are moving: Capital Planning and Development, including Capital Planning, Space Management, University Land Use Planning, Sustainability, Project Delivery (Design and Construction), and Leasing and Strategic Real Property; the OSU Plan Center; and the Specialized Administrative Services teams serving UFIO including Financial Services, IT Services and Communication Services. The updated mailing address will be: 850 SW 35th St., Corvallis OR 97333..

Hybrid Learning Community Call for Proposals: The Center for Teaching and Learning’s Hybrid Faculty Learning Community supports faculty in the redesign of Corvallis campus courses as hybrid courses that integrate classroom meetings with online learning activities. This learning community is offered in a hybrid format and offers professional development funding to participants. See the Call for Proposals for details. Space is limited so apply now. Address questions and submit proposals for the hybrid program by Nov. 25, via email to

Prism Art Journal Submissions: Prism Art and Literary Journal is now accepting visual, written, audio and video work created by OSU students. For a chance to be featured in this year’s edition, students may submit work digitally by Friday, Nov. 22, at For more information, visit our website, follow us on social media, or send us an email (; @osuprism;

Volunteers wanted for online learning research study (Corvallis):  If you are older than 18 years old and have normal or corrected vision, you may qualify to participate. Study involves wearing an electroencephalography measurement of eye-tracking, taking a personality test and a short-term memory test and participating in a learning session. Volunteers will receive $30. Study title: "Temporal Motivation and Learning Performance using eye-tracking and wireless EEG Phase 2." The PI is David Nembhard. Contact Yuzhi Sun:

Dialogue Facilitation Lab: The Office of Institutional Diversity has opened applications to join the Dialogue Facilitation Lab Winter 2020 cohort. The Dialogue Facilitation Lab is a professional learning and exploratory seminar for faculty, staff, and graduate students looking to integrate critical dialogue facilitation skills into professional environments. DFL welcomes practitioners of all skill and experience levels to explore the philosophy and techniques of critical dialogue facilitation. Submit your application here: Application deadline is Nov. 24 by 5 p.m. Contact Brandi Douglas,, if you have any questions.

CGRB Listening Sessions: Thank you to everyone who was able to attend a listening session over the past two weeks. Your feedback is important. For those who were not able to attend, you can always submit feedback directly to a Strategic Planning Committee member. For more information contact Lynn Thompson, administrative assistant at the CGRB.

Call for Proposals: The Center for Teaching and Learning invites instructors and tenure-track faculty to participate in the Winter ’20 Hybrid Learning Community and redesign a Corvallis campus course as a hybrid course that integrates on-campus and online learning activities. Professional development funding available. Submit your two-page proposal by Nov. 25. See the Call for Hybrid Proposals for details.


NEW! Gymnastics: Nov. 22, 7 p.m., Gill Coliseum, Oregon State hosts the annual Orange & Black Exhibition. The event is free and the gymnasts will sign autographs following the exhibition.


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NEW! Assistant Director: Insurance and Risk Management Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Assistant Director position. Posting #P03430UF. Full consideration Dec. 4.

UPDATED! The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an Administrative Assistant to the Associate Deans and Director. This position provides administrative support and project management for the Associate Dean for Research, Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement, and the Associate Director Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station (OAES)/ Sun Grant Director. Posting #P03427UF, Closes Dec. 11.


“What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy, who was born today in 1925.

Corvallis: Becoming sunny today, high of 53, low of 31. Frost and then sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny, high of 42, low of 23. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 56, low of 38. Sunny tomorrow.

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