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:


Oregon State researchers help look for possible animal origins of COVID (Jefferson Public Radio)

Science is still trying to figure out where COVID-19 came from. Bats, maybe? The viruses of bats have certainly found their ways to humans in the past, generally with some other animal species serving as a bridge to humans. So it would help to know which animals harbor the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and Oregon State University plays a role in that research.

OSU research identifies primary factor that allows forests to combat greenhouse gas emissions (KEZI)

Oregon State University researchers have identified the primary factor in a forest that allows trees to combat greenhouse gas emissions and will allow for more sustainable timber practices, the college said.

World's richest 1% emit as much carbon as 5 billion people, report says (Yahoo News)

Oregon State University ecology professor William Ripple, who is also the director of the Alliance of World Scientists, told CBS News that the report's methodology and findings are "broadly consistent with some recent peer-reviewed scientific literature on this topic."

Does vanilla flavoring actually come from beaver butts? (Smithsonian)

“If you think about this from an economic and supply chain perspective, there is no commercial source of beaver castor sacs,” Robert J. McGorrin, a flavor chemist at Oregon State University, tells Business Insider’s Rebecca Strong.

Droughts are causing die-offs of iconic red cedar in Pacific Northwest, scientists say (FOX 22)

“Our analysis concluded that if climate change continues as predicted, we could see increased Douglas fir mortality at higher elevations,” said study coauthor, David Shaw, a professor and forest health specialist at Oregon State University.

Today's photo

A good friend: Rebecca Jackson, assistant director of the Electron Microscopy Facility, says, “Daisy's favorite toy is Benny.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Interested in adapting, adopting or authoring open textbooks? See the call for proposals for an Affordable Learning Grant through OSU Open Educational Resources. Courses may be face-to-face, hybrid or fully online. Using an open textbook is a key step in making learning more affordable and equitable, in retention and in student success. Apply by Nov. 30.


Care Talks -- Confident Parenting: Managing Fear & Anxiety in Children. In this webinar we will discuss important tactics to help children of all age groups deal with anxiety and fear and how our own fears and anxieties must be handled in order to provide proper support to children. 10 a.m., Nov. 22. Register today.


NEW! 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. 

NEW! 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

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.

OSU Lyric Workshop Presents: Into the Trailer Park. Thrilling 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.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture Fall 2023 Seminar Series at noon Mondays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom. On Nov. 27. Lane Selman, OSU Horticulture Department faculty, will present, “The culinary breeding network.” The event is free and open to the public. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information at:

NEW! Department of Integrative Biology seminar: Itchung Cheung (pronounced "E-Chung Chung"), academic program manager, Hatfield Marine Science Center and assistant professor of practice, Department of Integrative Biology, will present a seminar, “Enhancing Undergraduate Learning through Experiential Education in Field and Marine Sciences,” at 4 p.m., Nov. 27,  in CRB 2196 or on Zoom at For more information and to view the entire Integrative Biology Department Seminar Series lineup, please go to

NEW! Onboarding forums held via Zoom: The President and Provost’s Leadership Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PPLC) is hosting two additional onboarding forums via Zoom for employees of color and supervisors of employees of color in December. These forums are seeking to identify additional ways to support the success and belonging of new employees of color. For employees: Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 4 (registration is required). For supervisors: Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 13 (registration is required). If unable to attend there is an anonymous feedback survey here. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

Same Storm, Different Boats: Mental Health in Communities of Color. Racial and ethnic minorities often suffer from disproportionately higher rates of more severe mental health outcomes due to a range of social and economic factors: inaccessibility of culturally competent mental health care, cultural stigma, physical and mental health consequences of discrimination and more. In this workshop, a clinician presenter from Lyra Health will cover: race-based traumatic stress, stigma and cultural mistrust; barriers to accessing care and how to overcome them; culturally informed self-care strategies; and how to access culturally-responsive mental health services. Noon, Nov. 30. Register here.

Qualitative Methods Research Cluster Symposium 2023: Join in person or online on Nov. 27 for a whole-day event focused on qualitative research methods in social sciences, humanities, public health and engineering design. All OSU faculty, researchers, instructors, graduate students and undergraduate students are invited. MU 49.

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

DFA Risk Appetite and Risk Assessment Tools: Train the Trainer. Insurance and Risk Management Services will facilitate a workshop for unit leaders and supervisors to provide exposure to the DFA risk appetite statements and risk assessment tools. Attendees will gain hands-on practice and develop the skills necessary to assist other employees in understanding and incorporating the DFA risk appetite statements and risk assessment tools into their work. Zoom session from 1-2:30 p.m., Dec. 5. Registration required.

ICS 300 training: The three-day ICS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents is accepting registrations for the Dec. 5-7 class being offered at OSU. Enhance your incident command skills, with a special focus on new concepts of the Incident Command System (ICS). The course will also benefit any person who has a responsibility to function in a command post managing an expanding incident. Additional and registration information is located at:

Travel Talk: The Kingdom of the Netherlands. Join an OSUAA Travel Talk webcast with Dave Stone, the College of Agricultural Sciences’ associate dean of international programs. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the dean’s tour, where you can meet the Dutch trailblazers driving amazing innovations in agriculture while exploring enchanting Delft, Amsterdam and the Friesland region. 5:30 p.m., Dec. 5. Register today. 

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for Winter 2024 course via Zoom and register here. In response to increasing material costs, the registration fee for this program will be adjusted to $255 as of Jan. 1.

Take Note

NEW! 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. 

NEW! 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.

OSU Today holiday reminder: OSU Today will take a break Thursday and Friday and return Monday for publication.

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:

Call for Applications: Career Champions Program. Applications for the winter 2024 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. The Career Champions program provides educators with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom, while tackling issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Direct questions to Brenna Gomez. Applications are due Dec. 15.

Ask Alumni: Writing a great personal statement webcast. Make a statement on your scholarship or grad school application. Rebecca Otto with OSU’s National and Global Scholarships Advising Office shares strategies in "How to Write a Great Personal Statement," an on-demand webcast presented by the OSU Alumni Association. Watch for free at

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.

FYI Friday proposals: Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Winter and Spring 2024. Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to an audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours in length; it’s up to you. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Feel free to reach out to [email protected] with any questions, or for assistance with your application.

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].

Beavers Unite OSUAA Membership Challenge: Become a new OSU Alumni Association member, renew or upgrade from Nov. 17-27 to receive 25% off all memberships, gain access to exclusive perks, help unlock three $1,000 gifts for vital student and alumni programs and scholarships, and show the world that when others take flight, Beavers Unite. Visit and use promo code UNITE.

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Clothing in Disaster. Essential clothing for a disaster supply is a commonly overlooked area of preparedness. If a person does not have the proper clothing suitable for the terrain they are in, then harsh elements such as rain, cold and snow can have catastrophic effects. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

Music Technology and Production (MTP) -- Call for Submissions: Calling all student songwriters and producers: MTP is looking for songwriters to produce. Selected artists will be paired with student producers to record and produce a song, which will be released on an album in 2024. Students are welcomed to submit a link to their demos by Dec. 1 to be considered for a spot on the album.

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for Winter 2024 course via Zoom and register here. In response to increasing material costs, the registration fee for this program will be adjusted to $255 as of Jan. 1, 2024.

The OSU Libraries Survey: Oregon State University Libraries has contracted with Madison Avenue Collective, a local design firm, to help them update the Valley Library, Guin Library and OSU-Cascades Library websites. The first phase is to gather information about the current state of these sites. We're asking everyone in the OSU community to share their opinions anonymously. OSU community. The survey takes about five minutes to complete. It will close at 5 p.m. Nov 22. Take the OSU Libraries website survey.

Traffic and Maintenance

Campus Way Closure, 26th Street to Memorial Place: As part of the Kelley District Utility Plant project, SW Campus Way will be closed between SW 26th Street and SW Memorial Place from Nov. 6-27 to allow for crane activity.
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.


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NEW! 4-H Assistant Professor of Practice: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement and the Extension 4-H Youth Development program invite applications for a 4-H Assistant Professor of Practice position based at the OSU Extension Service Umatilla County Office in Pendleton. This is a full-time, 12-month, fixed-term position that will serve Umatilla County. Posting #P07535UF. Closes Jan. 2.

NEW! Statewide 4-H Volunteer Coordinator: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement and the Extension 4-H Youth Development program invite applications for a Statewide 4-H Volunteer Coordinator. This is a 12-month, full-time, professional faculty position located in Corvallis. Posting #P07528UF. Closes Jan. 5.


“The turkey. The sweet potatoes. The stuffing. The pumpkin pie. Is there anything else we all can agree so vehemently about? I don’t think so.” ~ Nora Ephron

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 50, low of 36. Mostly sunny for Thanksgiving.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of rain today, high of 52, low of 32. Partly sunny Thursday.

Newport: Rain today, high of 55, low of 39. Sunny Thursday.

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