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.  

OSU study: We love coffee so much, caffeine literally in our blood (KTVZ)

Scientists at Oregon State University may have proven how much people love coffee, tea, chocolate, soda and energy drinks as they validated their new method for studying how different drugs interact in the body. (see also Register-Guard)

OSU-Cascades cancels classes Wednesday due to snowstorm (Bend Bulletin)

Classes at Oregon State University-Cascades have been canceled for Wednesday due to the winter storm, the school said press release Tuesday night.

Oregon State University employee injured in wave lab (KATU)

The Gazette-Times reports on Tuesday the employee was setting up the experiment at O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory in a wave flume and became trapped. (see also Democrat-Herald)

Model looks at policy decisions affecting migration amid sea level rise (KTVZ)

“I’m often asked ‘How many people will migrate because of sea level rise?’ The answer is the number depends entirely on decisions we make now,” said David Wrathall, the paper’s lead author and an assistant professor in Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

Today's photo

Snowy preparations: In this 1915 photo from Lincoln County, a hail and hearty winter driver braves some tricky weather conditions with grace and style. While we didn't wake up to snow in Corvallis, there's still a chance before 10 a.m., and Bend is already seeing an accumulation and has cancelled classes at OSU-Cascades. Drive safe as you head for Thanksgiving destinations. Photo courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives.


NEW! Toys for Tots: Don’t forget to pick up some extra toys, for Toys for Tots, this weekend. Through Dec. 13, Naval ROTC will be collecting new, unwrapped toys and distributing them to bring a smile to a less fortunate child on Christmas morning. There are three boxes to fill at the armory, and toys can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Volunteering at OSU: Do you want to learn more about volunteering opportunities at OSU? Then attend “Volunteering at OSU” presented by OSU’s Director of STEM Academy and Food Security Programs Coordinator, Dec. 2, 1-2 p.m.,Hallie Ford Center 115. This event is free to PFLA members and $10 for non-members. Beverages will be provided and you are welcome to bring your lunch. For more information about the event and how to register, click here.

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. 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. There will be discounts throughout the store and food and wine will be served. Faculty/staff ID required at the door.

Sigma Xi Science Social: Join Sigma Xi's Oregon State University Chapter for a free, no-host informal social/meetup Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. at McMenamin's on Monroe, across from the OSU campus. Nonmember guests are welcome to attend, especially if they are involved in science. RSVP to to provide a head count and to receive event updates.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Interpreting & Responding to Course Data: Join Meg Mobley and Tasha Biesinger to learn what data is available in Canvas, how to access it, and how it can be used to improve your course design. Bring your laptop with you. +Tech Talk: A tech clinic for remembering old and/or discovering new tools. This workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here. Contact us here.

NEW! ElderCare Connections: Explanation of Care Options: With so many different types of care/facilities it is hard to know which one is best for your aging loved one. Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from noon to 1 p.m. in MU 222 for a deep dive into what each type of care is and who it is best for. Questions? Contact or 541-737-4906

NEW! Department of Horticulture Seminar this Tuesday: Alice Formiga, assistant professor, horticulture, "Identifying vegetables in historical art and botanical works: the case of Cucurbita maxima." The Horticulture Fall 2019 Seminar Series will take place this Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 4 p.m., in ALS 4000. The event is free and open to the public. 

NEW! 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

Supervisor training: The Core Curriculum for Current Supervisors and Managers training program, presented by the Office of Human Resources, has new sessions open for registration. Core Curriculum is a blended online/two-day classroom training program that strengthens knowledge and skills required for effective supervision and management at OSU. Multiple content experts from key offices will lead you through topics that address OSU policies, procedures and practices. View dates and register.

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:

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.

Take Note

NEW! Register now for the 2020 State of the University Address: Join President Edward J. Ray as he approaches the close of his 17-year tenure to celebrate the continuing momentum, leadership and impact of Oregon State University across the state and around the world. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Oregon Convention Center. Individual seating and table sponsorships are available. Visit for more info.

NEW! Many UFIO offices have moved: Many University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations offices have moved to 850 SW 35th St. (the former OSU Foundation building). The following offices have moved: 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 is: 850 SW 35th St., Corvallis OR 97333.

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:

NEW! Sea Grant fellowships: Oregon Sea Grant has announced several paid fellowship opportunities in marine science and policy for undergraduates, graduates and recent graduates. Fellowship details and information on how to apply are on the Oregon Sea Grant website. An informational webinar on the fellowships and application process will be held Friday, Jan.10, 2020, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Register here to attend the webinar.

UPDATED! Beavers Fight Hunger: This holiday season, join your colleagues in the fight to end student hunger at OSU. Every day, 2 in 5 college students skip meals to make ends meet. Visit the campaign website to make a gift (every donation is matched) and learn more about this important issue. Every dollar raised will directly fund the OSU Human Services Resource Center, such as the food pantry and other programs that help reduce food insecurity among our students. 

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. Thanks to our generous sponsors, last year’s gift closet was a huge success and we had many grateful families. A remodel of our Kid’s Gift Closet space is under way and we want to have plenty of toys/gifts once it is complete, just in time for the winter holidays. We need your help to stock our closet. Consider donating as an individual, an office and/or a department. To donate gifts or learn more about this program, contact or 541-737-4906.

Trip to France: Join professors James Sterns and Dominique Bachelet for a four-credit, faculty-led program in France from June 16 through July 3, 2020. Let the cities of Lyon and Paris be your classrooms for 18 days. Explore France’s response to climate change and experience French food culture. Students will meet food producers as well as climate scientists, and explore farms, vineyards, food processors and distributors, retailers and restaurants/cafes while also visiting museums and historic sites. For more information, pick up the program brochure and/or contact the organizers.

Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Arts (URSA) Engage Program: Participating faculty mentors are looking for undergraduates to engage in paid research experiences with them through the URSA Engage Program. For example, Jason Dorsette, an URSA Engage mentor, is looking to connect with early-career undergraduate students who are interested in researching issues of access and equity for underrepresented students. Learn more about how students can apply to URSA Engage here. For information, contact Sophie Pierszalowski, associate director of undergraduate research, at or 541-737-4892.

OSU Today reminder: OSU Today will not be published Nov. 28-29 due to the Thanksgiving holiday and will resume publication Dec. 2.

Extended Deadline for Hybrid Course Proposals: To allow more time for proposal preparation, the Center for Teaching and Learning has extended the due date for proposals for the Winter '20 Hybrid Faculty Learning Community until Tuesday, Dec. 3. See the updated Call for Proposals ( Questions:

Learning Corner — UPDATES: The Academic Success Center’s online resource, the Learning Corner, has been refreshed. Find a new home page and updated topic pages that combine research, strategies, techniques and tools. And don’t worry — the strategy quiz and the worksheets page are still there. This iteration was developed to improve navigation and to create more transparent connections between topics. Check it out, share it with students and provide feedback. For questions/clarifications, email Sarah Norek.

Triad Scholarship: The TRIAD Service Scholarship was established to promote service as a value worthy of encouragement, acknowledgment and reward. The award is for $750 and up to three awards will be given this year to OSU undergraduate junior or senior students. Applications are due Dec. 6 and will be evaluated based on academic record and service activities. To apply visit Triad Scholarship Application. Questions? Contact: Gretchen Dursch, TRIAD Scholarship co-chair,

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.


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EXTENDED! The Graduate School at Oregon State University is seeking a Special Programs Enrollment Manager. This is a part-time (.50 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term professional faculty position. Posting #P03425UF. Closes Dec. 5. 

NEW! The Union County Extension Office at Oregon State University is seeking a Seed Certification Aide 1. This is a part-time, intermittent (.30 FTE, approximately 12 hours per week as needed) position. Posting #P02472CT. Closes Dec. 16. This position is located in La Grande.


“Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them." ~ Bruce Lee, born today in 1940.

Corvallis: Chance of snow before 10 a.m., Sunny Thursday and Friday before the possibility of rain and/or snow rolls in for the weekend. Lows in the upper 20s, highs in the upper 30s to low 40s.

Central Oregon: Snow today, accumulation of up to four inches. Mostly cloudy tomorrow, partly sunny Friday before snow may return. Lows in the teens, highs in the mid 20s.

Newport:  Mostly sunny until the weekend brings a chance of rain, highs in the mid 30s, lows in the 40s.

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