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.

Mote takes over as dean of OSU Graduate School (Gazette-Times)

Noted Oregon State University climate scientist Philip Mote has been promoted to vice provost and dean of OSU’s Graduate School.

Latest climate change report paints grim picture (KEZI)

Philip Mote, a researcher at Oregon State University and director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, said that things will only get worse. (see also Bend BulletinChinook Observer)

OSU study: Blood-sucking flies around 100 million years (KTVZ)

But a review by entomologist George Poinar of Oregon State University showed that amber from five regions around the world contained hematophagous arthropods carrying preserved, identifiable pathogens and parasites. (see also Laboratory Equipment)

Companies blocked from using West Coast ports to export fossil fuels keep seeking a workaround (The Conversation)

Co-written by OSU's Hilary Boudet.

Frog mucus research sticky business at OSU (KLCC)

New research led by Oregon State University’s College of Engineering finds the chemical makeup of frog mucus could guide design for glues used in mechanics and medicine.

Molalla 4-H alumna performs special duties at national event (Molalla Pioneer)

Each state has the opportunity to nominate one current or college-aged 4-H member to perform at the national ceremony every year. It is a great honor to be nominated, according Wendy Hein, 4-H Youth Development faculty with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Clackamas County.

Today's photo

Hitting the books: Students study near Gill Coliseum in 1975. During Dead Week, many similar scenes will play out, but indoors.


M.S. Defense - Sustainable Forest Management.  Max Boath, Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 11 a.m. in 3622 Willamette East Room, Valley Library.  The title of his thesis is “Estimation of soil particle size distribution using CT scans.”  Boath is advised by Bogdan Strimbu in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources & Management.

Location Update! M.F. Presentation - Sustainable Forest Management.  Cory Garms, Wednesday, Nov., 28, at 11 a.m. in Crop Sciences Building 119.  The title of his thesis is “Vigor Classification of Southwestern White Pine Seedlings in a Common Garden Study from High Resolution Multispectral and Thermal Infrared UAS Imagery. Garms is advised by Michael Wing in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources & Management.

Career development workshop: PFLA is hosting a Career Development Workshop: From Credible to Influential onWednesday, Nov.  28, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., in the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws. Join us for an interactive discussion where three panelists will share their personal experience in assessing professional development, leadership aspirations, and the role of diversity. This workshop is free for PFLA members, and is $10 for non-PFLA members. Use the following link to register:

Paws to De-stress: Finals can be ruff. Take a break from studying to do some self-care and hang out with therapy dogs. There is sure to be a "pawstive" outcome. Wednesday, Nov. 28, and Thursday, Nov. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Main Lounge.

Enrollment Summary – Institutional Research Special Topic: Have you ever wondered how the official university statistics are calculated? Come learn the ins and outs of the Enrollment Summary, a quarterly report published by the Office of Institutional Research. This workshop will cover how we decide which students are counted, review definitions of commonly used terms, and explain the difference between census and operational data. Contact IAR with any related questions. Nov. 28, 2- 2:45 p.m., Kerr B094 & WebEx. Register:

NEW: Poinsettia sale: The Horticulture Club is doing its annual poinsettia sale. Greenhouse No. 12 (next to Cordley Hall), Nov. 27-30, 3-6 p.m. Price/Sizes: 2½ inches for $5 each, 4½ inches that are two for $15, 6½ inches for $15 each. Support the club and get some holiday cheer.

WRGP Fall Seminar Series. David Wrathall, an Oregon State University geographer, will present “Water Stress and Human Migration” on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Owen 106. Free and open to the public.

Beatles talk: “It was 50 Years Ago Today…The Beatles and the 60s: A Conversation with Beatles Authority Ken Womack” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Oregon State University in Corvallis. The talk is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center. Womack’s appearance is part of the College of Liberal Arts’ new series, “The 60s: The Decade That Changed America.” The series celebrates the cultural and artistic impact the 1960s have had on the past five decades of American life. The series was created by journalist and historian Bob Santelli, OSU’s director of popular music and performing arts.
OSU Guitar Ensemble: Fall term performance, directed by Cameron O’Connor. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m., Community Hall 303. Free.

Upcoming Events

NEW! Arts & Indulge: The APCC will be holding an Arts & Indulge paper weaving event this Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5-7 p.m. at the APCC. The event is a time for students to learn how to paper weave, meet new people in the community, learn about the APCC, and relax right before finals.

NEW! Poe auditions: Auditions for Oregon State University Theatre’s winter production, “Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe,” will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Lab Theatre in Withycombe Hall, 2901 S.W. Campus Way, Corvallis. The adaptation is an abstract retelling of five of Edgar Allen Poe’s greatest works, including “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”  Five performers will play 12 roles. Performance dates for “Nightfall” are Feb. 14-17, with technical and dress rehearsals Feb. 9-13. All performers must be available for all technical rehearsals and performances. Rehearsals will begin Jan. 8 and generally run Sundays through Thursdays until tech week. For questions concerning the audition or rehearsal process contact the director, Lindsey Esch, at

Guerrini retirement: Join us for a retirement reception for Professor Anita Guerrini, who is retiring after 10 years of service to the School of History, Philosophy and Religion. Thursday, Nov. 29, 4 p.m. Memorial Union, Journey Room 105. Lightly catered.

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

The 38th Annual Holiday Marketplace: A large and festive arts fair, with more than 100 Oregon artisans, featuring fine art, handmade crafts and specialty foods. The event takes place on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. There will be live musical performances throughout the two days. This event, sponsored by the OSU Craft Center, is free and open to the public.

Holiday bazaar: Come join the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center at its annual Holiday Bazaar. Items for sale to include international decor and accessories, textiles, and food. Explore its new home on Jackson Avenue while searching for the perfect gift or item for you or a loved one. All proceeds benefit the center. Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2638 N.W. Jackson Ave. For more information contact, or call 541-243-8976. 

Retirement Reception for Indira Rajagopal and Kevin Ahern: You are invited to attend a retirement reception for Indira Rajagopal and Kevin Ahern, both in Biochemistry and Biophysics in the College of Science. They are retiring after 29 and 30 years, respectively, of service to OSU. The reception is Friday, Nov. 30, from 4:45 – 6:45 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lounge. A short program will start at 5 p.m.; refreshments will be served. You are invited to send brief well-wishes via a web interface by Wednesday, Nov. 28. For questions, contact Tony Reyna (; 541-737-4512)

Clothing swap: A clothing swap is taking place Nov. 1-30 at the Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center on campus. Accepting gently used clothing donations for all gender identities, ages and sizes. No donations necessary to participate. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

MLK Celebration: Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, author and advocate for social justice is the keynote speaker for the 37th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration lecture on Mon., Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. Through Dec. 5, free tickets are available to OSU faculty, staff and students for the Jan. 21 peace breakfast and the keynote session. Beginning Dec. 6, keynote session tickets will be available to the general public. The celebration week runs from Jan. 19-25. To register and for a full list of events, visit For info, contact or 541-737-4717.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Seminar: Report back from the Library Freedom Institute: Kelly McElroy, assistant professor in the library, will discuss topics about digital privacy and security, and applying concepts like data minimization and threat modeling to your work. Friday, Nov. 30, 10-11:30 a.m., Autzen Classroom (Room 2082), Valley Library. Free.

NEW! The College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ weekly research seminar will be held from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in HFC 115. Carol Ryff, professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will present “Rethinking the Meaning of Human Health:  Transformational Advances from MIDUS.”

NEW! 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

The Path to becoming an Electric Utility Engineer: Hear about Shamus J. Gamache's story on becoming a power utility engineer as well as challenges ahead in the utility industry that we are facing and potential opportunities for the next generation of power utility engineers. Thursday, Nov. 29, 11 a.m., in KEC 1005.

Personal Devices in the Classroom: Curious about the new Top Hat student response system, but concerned about distractions? Join an OSU Academic Technology webinar to learn about approaches for handling personal devices in the classroom: Thursday Nov. 29, noon to 12:45 pm. Register in advance, or sign in  Nov. 29 at noon (this session will be recorded). Discover more webinars. Questions?

What’s the buzz about Gradescope? Discover a new tool in Canvas that makes grading more consistent, fair, and efficient, especially for hand-written formulas, calculations or computer code. Join an online Q and A session with OSU instructors: Friday Nov. 30, 9:30-10:15 a.m. Register in advance, or sign in  Nov. 30 at 9:30 a.m. (this session will be recorded). Discover more webinars. Questions?

Leadership conference deadline extension: Student Leadership & Involvement has extended the deadline for workshop presentation proposals for the 2019 OSU Leadership Conference (occurring Feb. 16). The theme this year is Courageous Leadership. All students and faculty/staff are welcome to submit workshop proposals. The extended deadline to submit is Friday, Nov. 30. Contact Jaime Koehler ( for more information: Application Link

TRIAD: Victor Villegas, Technology & Media Support Coordinator at OSU, will present “Social Media, Drones and Edutainment for STEAM Outreach and Engagement” on Nov. 29, 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 Kathy DeBellis, to reserve a lunch.  TRIAD provides faculty, staff, students and community members with an opportunity to network, discuss events of the day, and learn something new. See

Bridging Arts and Sciences: Carol Ryff will present Bridging the arts and sciences for human betterment at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the MU Horizon Room. Ryff is professor of psychology and director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will be visiting OSU as a guest of the provost and the deans of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and the College of Engineering. Her visit will highlight the developing partnerships among the three colleges in efforts to build healthier communities through arts and science. A reception will follow.

Faculty Grant Training: The OSU Foundation is presenting a faculty training, “Proposal Narratives: Nuts & Bolts,” at the new OSU Foundation Office, 4238 S.W. Research Way on Friday, Nov. 30, from 2-3:30 p.m. Chris Nelson of the Graduate Writing Center will co-present on the required elements of a successful proposal narrative. Contact Elizabeth Ocampo at to attend.

Diversity workshops: The College of the Engineering presents two workshops focused on excellence in promotion/tenure and search practices. In coordination with Oregon State ADVANCE, the workshops are facilitated by AWED Theater, a team of professional actors and facilitators that presents at universities across the nation. Attendance is free and open to all OSU faculty and staff. Food is provided. Continuing education credit for Search Advocates is available. Workshop 1: On the Line - a performance and workshop that applies a living case study and interactive curriculum to engage participants in methods for mitigating bias in tenure and promotion practices. Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Memorial Union Horizon Room; lunch provided. Workshop 2: The Search Process: An interactive workshop that examines the complexities and dynamic tensions of an academic search committee. Dec. 4, 1-3 p.m.; Memorial Union Ballroom; refreshments provided. Registration is required. To register for either or both workshops: For more information or accommodations, contact Brad Canfield at

Leadership Collaborative I: Applications for the winter, 2019 Leadership Collaborative (LCI) 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.  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

NEW! University Budget Committee and Tuition Discussions: The University Budget Committee has begun meeting to discuss recommendations for tuition rates for the 2019-20 academic year. The committee welcomes questions, comments, and ideas.  Opportunities for public comment and feedback on tuition scenarios being discussed will be available beginning in January. Information about the tuition-setting process and the work of the University Budget Committee is available on the Office of Budget & Fiscal Planning website. For more information, to provide an idea or opinion, or to ask a question contact Sherman Bloomer.

NEW!  Learning Innovation Grant Individual Proposals: University Information and Technology invites proposals from faculty and staff for Individual Learning Innovation Grants to foster the meaningful use of educational technology. Proposals of up to $10,000 will be awarded for innovative uses of technology to improve student experience, whether in courses, informal learning experiences, or student life. Proposals are due Dec. 7. To learn more or to apply, visit Questions? Contact Robin Pappas at

The Oregon Employees’ Charitable Fund Drive runs now through Dec. 31. It’s possible you already give to some of the more than 750 charities listed; however, by giving as part of the CFD, you help show our neighbors-in-need that state employees care about them. Make your donation now: The site has been populated with your name and OSU ID so login is easy. You can even replicate last year’s donation.

Volunteers wanted for pollutant mixture research study (Corvallis):  If you are healthy, age 21-65, non-smoking, without kidney, liver, intestinal problems or bariatric surgery, you may qualify to participate.  Females must be post-menopausal or surgically sterile. Study involves giving blood and urine samples, a screening visit, and two 48-hour study cycles. Volunteers will receive up to $250 and free parking during visits.  Study Title: Ultralow Dose PAH Binary Mixture Study,  PI: David Williams, Ph.D. Contact Sandra Uesugi, R.N.:, 541-737-3594.

Need new recycling signs? Did you know that recycling has changed? OSU is following new guidelines concerning what is accepted in recycling bins, meaning that many signs around campus are out of date. Campus Recycling is unable to install updated signs across campus in the immediate future, but you can help move this process along. Visit Campus Recycling’s website to print out new signs to install in your offices or throughout your building.

Volunteer for Winter 2019 International Students Orientation Week: Engage with international students and help new Beavers from around the world during Fall 2018 orientation week. For more information and to sign up go here.Volunteer training day (required for new volunteers or those who not participate on Fall 2018 training day): Dec. 28. New students move-in day: Dec. 31, Orientation week: Jan. 2-4, 2019. Different volunteer shifts available to fit your schedule. For more information or questions, contact Carla Portugal at or go to our website.


NEW! Basketball doubleheader: Saturday’s women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader at Gill Coliseum benefits local kids. At noon the No. 9 ranked women’s basketball team hosts LaSalle; fans receive a $5 general admission ticket for bringing a new toy to the game. At 4 p.m. the men’s team hosts Missouri State marking the fourth annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by Toyota – fans are asked to bring a new or slightly used stuffed toy to the game to throw onto the court at halftime. Tickets are available at or at the Gill Coliseum ticket office.

Harlem Globetrotters: The Harlem Globetrotters visit Gill Coliseum Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. Receive your 25 percent discount ticket price by following this link. Use the promo code BEAVERS.


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NEW! Web Developer/Analyst Programmer – Ecampus invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, Web Developer/Analyst Programmer position. Posting #P01845CT. Closes Dec. 5.  


"That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir.

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 52, low of 41. Mostly cloudy tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Chance of rain and snow turning to a chance of showers, high of 44, low of 29. Chance of rain and snow Thursday.

Newport: Showers likely today, high of 52, low of 45. Chance of showers tomorrow.

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