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: https://today.oregonstate.edu/email/submission-guidelines
Inside scientists' mission to save America's wine industry from climate change (Napa Valley Register)
Winemakers around the world are already adapting to climate change, including by moving their vineyards to cooler zones and planting varieties that do better in drought and heat. Wildfires pose an additional and more immediate risk being tackled by scientists from Oregon State University, Washington State University and UC Davis.
Another year for the record books: A recap of the main extreme weather events in Summer 2023 (Earth)
“We can say there are conditions that are consistent with wildfire, wildfire size and expansion that are changing as climate changes,” Erica Fleishman, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University, told CNN. “And some of the things that we’re seeing with this wildfire in Maui are consistent with some of the trends that are known and projected as climate changes.”
A biomedical research program at Oregon State University has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to modernize their lab. (see also OPB)
DNA from discarded whale bones suggests loss of genetic diversity due to commercial whaling (Phys.org)
Commercial whaling in the 20th century decimated populations of large whales but also appears to have had a lasting impact on the genetic diversity of today's surviving whales, new research from Oregon State University shows. (see also KTVZ)
Gut microbes from wild wolves might be the solution for a severe gastrointestinal problem prevalent among domestic dogs. This new research from Oregon State University – Cascades is a significant stride towards resolving canine inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Rangeland researchers focus on estimating wildfire fuel (Hermiston Herald)
“Up to 75% of the fuel load is litter,” said Sergio Arispe, an Oregon State University Malheur County Extension educator. Litter is dead annual grasses and weeds.
Families face uncertain day care outlook as state spends last of federal funds (Capital Chronicle)
Oregon tallied a 5% increase in child care slots from March 2020 to December 2022, according to Oregon State University research. Chatterjee said the American Rescue Plan funds played a big role in that increase, along with the state’s more than $400 million investments in early learning through the Student Success Act. (see also Salem Reporter)
Extension retreat: Employees from Benton, Linn, Lane, Marion, Polk and Yamhill Extension Service got together at Avery Park in Corvallis on Sept. 15 for an afternoon of training and team-building. They are members of the OSU Extension’s Western Region. Photo submitted by Michele Webster, office manager and local liaison for OSU Extension Linn County. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].
NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Catching up on OSU guidance around generative AI in teaching and learning? See ChatGPT and Other AI Tools: Implications for Teaching and Learning from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and Artificial Intelligence Tools from Ecampus. The Ecampus Inspire blog and CTL’s OSU Teaching blog provide frequent AI-related posts.
Corvallis Campus Benefits Fair: Visit with healthcare and retirement savings providers. Representatives from Moda, Kaiser, Providence, VSP, Willamette Dental, The Standard, PERS, Social Security, Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) and OSU program representatives will also be available, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 3 in the MU Horizon Room. Many of the vendors are hosting workshops during the day as well. Times, topics and additional information can be found on this website.
Paid family and medical leave: The Standard is administering OSU’s equivalent plan for Oregon Paid Family and Medical Leave (OPFML). An information sessions are scheduled for employees to learn more about this leave option in October. There will be Zoom and live options (MU 109) at 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., Oct. 3. Additional Information about applying for OPFML leave through The Standard is located here. Please contact [email protected] for questions related to OSU processes.
Flu shot clinics: OSU is hosting two flu shot clinics this fall for faculty, staff and students on the Corvallis campus on Oct. 3 and Oct. 17. Participants can sign up in the Fred Meyer portal. Please note that the insurance section is required in the portal. View the registration instructions and portal access. When registering, make sure to click on the location OSU Faculty, Staff Student Flu Shot Clinic only. Kaiser members are not able to receive their flu shots at the OSU clinics but can find options here: www.kp.org/flu. OSU Cascades is hosting a flu shot clinic from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Ray Hall Atrium. Flu vaccines will be given on a first come first serve basis. More details will be posted on Ben Beavs Central. OSU Medical Insurance Plans also cover flu shot clinics at many pharmacies or at medical appointments. Go to this website to learn more. Questions? Please contact [email protected] or 541-737-2805.
Attend an info session about the Ecampus Research Fellows Program: Learn how you can receive up to $25,000 in funding for a research project related to hybrid and online education. Info sessions about the Ecampus Research Fellows Program will be held at 1 p.m., Oct. 3 and 11 a.m., Oct. 6 via Zoom. These sessions are open to full-time instructional faculty of all ranks who want to learn more about the program, as well as those interested in applying this year. Applications will be due Nov. 1. To register for an info session or ask questions, please contact Naomi Aguiar, associate director of research.
NEW! EMT Seminars 10x Genomics Webinar: “Access the Full Richness of Biological Complexity with Single Cell and Spatial Multiomics,” 3:30 p.m., Oct. 3: https://10xgenomics.zoom.us/j/99572280777?pwd=TWlqVzNac01sbkw2WU1sRmFvN0V2QT09.
OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers this Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.
The Hacking Age, a cybersecurity lecture by David Kennedy. In this talk, Kennedy will discuss the who and the how of today’s hackers while also providing ways to defend yourself and your data. In-person attendees can come to LINC 100 at 7 p.m., Oct. 3 (registration not required). To attend virtually, register for the access link. Questions? Contact [email protected].
NEW! October is Oregon Archives Month: Celebrate with OSU's SCARC at the Valley Library. Free events will be happening all month long including open houses, glittery crafts and a recipe showcase. Learn more at the SCARC Blog.
NEW! Student scrapbooks on display: Get glimpses from nearly a century of campus history in scrapbooks assembled by OSU students from the 1910s through the 2010s. These scrapbooks, housed in the OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center (SCARC), will be available for viewing from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 4 in the SCARC Reading Room on the fifth floor of the Valley Library. This event is kicking off our celebration of Oregon Archives Month in October and other activities are planned, so check us out.
NEW! Celebrate National Campus Children’s Centers Week: Join us in celebrating Campus Children’s Centers Week 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 5 in SEC Plaza. Stop by to grab a cookie and say hi to OSU’s Family Resource Center team. The OSU Corvallis campus offers high quality full-time and short-term early care and education centers for OSU families. To learn more, contact [email protected] or visit the Family Resource Center.
NEW! Poker Ride: Bring your bike or scooter to the Poker Ride starting at Marketplace West Dining Hall, 3:30-5 p.m., Oct. 5. You will get a free helmet and lights. Join new friends for a quick riding tour and get your game card stamped. Lucky winners take home grand prizes including waterproof panniers or u-locks. No actual knowledge of poker is required and beginning riders are welcome. Sign up to receive email reminders for Poker Ride. Free; no RSVP required.
NEW! Sound, Gentrification, and Listening to Black Life: Ethnomusicologist Allie Martin directs the Black Sound Lab at Dartmouth College, a research environment dedicated to amplifying Black life and decriminalizing Black sound through digital practice. Martin will discuss her work exploring the relationships between race, sound and gentrification at 5 p.m., Oct. 5 in the MU Multipurpose Room.
NEW! Benton County 4-H open house: Attend the annual 4-H Open House to learn about the Benton County 4-H program. Come meet our members and volunteers and explore the majority of projects available. 4-H is America's largest youth development organization serving over 6 million youth annually. 6:30 p.m., Oct. 5, Benton County Fairgrounds Solar Building. More information at the website.
NEW! Community Engagement & Leadership invites you to “Fall Into Service”: Fall Into Service provides OSU community members an opportunity to kick off the academic year engaged in our community. Students, faculty, staff and their partners and children are all invited to participate in this event. A light breakfast, snacks and hot lunch will be provided to volunteers. Check-in will be held at the SEC Plaza. Project times and locations vary; see the registration page for details. Community Engagement & Leadership will provide transportation to and from service projects. Oct. 7. For more information, 541-737-3041 or [email protected].
NEW! CEL/ASOSU Open House: Come visit Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) and the Associated Students of Oregon State University (ASOSU) for our open house in our shared office: Student Experience Center (SEC) 250 from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 10. Learn about our events and services, enjoy some light refreshments and meet some of our student staff. Drop-in style event; no registration required.
NEW! OSUAA Tailgate Town — Home vs. UCLA: Be a part of Oregon State’s fun Homecoming traditions. Stop by the CH2M HILL Alumni Center for a free tailgate extravaganza starting three hours before kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 14. Amp up your Beaver spirit with fellow fans before the OSU vs. UCLA Homecoming showdown. Learn more.
Part-Time Job Fair: Looking for a job, internship or research opportunity? Want to meet with industry professionals and learn more about employers in your field? Come network, learn and explore possibilities for your future career at one of the Fall 2023 Career Fairs. Employers will be accepting applications on-site at the Part-Time Job Fair from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Oct. 4 in the SEC Plaza. Interact with representatives from local businesses to find the job or internship that is right for you. Sign up for the fairs you're most interested in here.
Marigold: Grand Opening: The OSU Center for Contemplative Practice will celebrate its grand opening on Oct. 4-5 and Oct. 7 with free/by donation yoga, meditation, and contemplative classes, open houses with activities and treats, and a dance party. View the full schedule of events and pre-register for a class here: https://beav.es/TVw
Open Enrollment Help Sessions: The Employee Benefits Team from the Office of University Human Resources will be providing in-person help sessions during open enrollment. Cascades Hall 118: 7-10 a.m. on Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 13 and 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 27. Questions? Contact [email protected].
Multicultural networking event: Join us for another Hello Mid-Valley event on from 6-7:30 p.m., Oct. 18 at the University of Oregon’s Erb Memorial Union Ballroom (1395 University St., Eugene, OR 97403). The goal of the event is to help employees in the Willamette Valley area build community and connections that support diverse identity characteristics. All are welcome. Hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes provided. Learn more and register on our OSU Event page or on our Eventbrite.
Career Fairs: Looking for a job, internship, or research opportunity? Want to meet with industry professionals and learn more about employers in your field? Come network, learn and explore possibilities for your future career at one of the Fall 2023 Career Fairs. More than a dozen in-person and virtual options are available for all different majors. Sign up for the fairs you're most interested in here: https://career.oregonstate.edu/career-fairs.
Lectures, Workshops, Webinars
NEW! FURst Aid: Reproductive Care for Dogs and Cats presentation: In this FURst Aid, Dr. William “Bill” Whitler and Dr. Olivia Stricklin from the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine will teach you preventative care tips to help your dogs and cats through all aspects of reproductive health as well as strategies to deal with common injuries and complications. 5:20-6:20 p.m., Oct. 4. Attend in person (Magruder Hall 1152) or via Zoom webinar. Registration required at beav.es/FURst-aid.
NEW! HMSC Science on Tap: Katherina Audley with the Whales of Guerrero out of Barra de Potosí, Mexico will present a public talk titled “Saved by the Whales: How the Discovery of a Whale Nursery Transformed a Community,” 6 p.m., Oct. 4, in person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Webinar link or call: +1 971 247 1195 Webinar ID: 981 3720 2150. Click here for more information.
NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Katherina Audley with the Whales of Guerrero out of Barra de Potosí, Mexico will join us again to give a seminar titled “What I Got Wrong About Working with Whales,” 3:30 p.m., Oct. 5, in person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.
NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Fall Seminar Series: “Engineering the Production of Pharmaceuticals from Plants and Plant Tissue Cultures,” presented by Carolyn Lee-Parsons of Northeastern University, 4 p.m., Oct. 5, ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.
NEW! OSU Health and Safety Committee: The University Health and Safety Committee would like to invite campus members interested in health and safety to attend our open meetings, held semi-annually in May and October. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 2:30-4 p.m. Anyone can access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at https://ehs.oregonstate.edu/UHSC, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a web link to report safety concerns. Contact Dan Kermoyan at [email protected] to RSVP and request the meeting location.
NEW! Social Justice Education: Social Justice Education Initiative workshops are open for registration through Fall '23. The SJEI is a foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey. Learn more, see the schedule and register for remote Tier One Platform & Tier Two Next Level workshops here. Interested in this development for your unit? Contact SJEI director Jane Waite for further information: [email protected].
WRS Seminar Series: Racquel Rancier, Interagency Coordination from Oregon Water Resources Department and WRGP alumni, will present "Interdisciplinary Work in State Government through the Lens of the Integrated Water Resources Strategy," 4 p.m., Oct. 4 in Burt 193 or on Zoom. Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details.
Science Pub Corvallis: James Sulikowski, professor and director of Oregon State’s Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station in Newport, and Taylor Chapple, assistant professor, will talk about their research and adventures tracking and studying sharks, including on the Oregon Coast, on Oct. 4 in Corvallis. They lead the Big Fish Lab and have been featured on the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and National Geographic’s Shark Fest programs. 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Old World Deli. Science Pub is free and is available in person or online.
Open forum: Faculty, staff and students are invited to a university open form presented Brent Gustafson, candidate for the position of Assoc. Vice President for Budget and Resource Planning within the division of finance and administration. The forum takes place in Kidder 202 and via Zoom from 10:15-11 a.m., Oct. 5. Your participation and input to the search committee is greatly appreciated.
Teaching about disability conference: Want to learn how to incorporate disability into your social science classes? Attend this free virtual conference hosted by the Disability Advocacy and Research Network (DARN) and OSU. It will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 6, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 7. Learn more and register here: https://darndisability.org/blog/2023/09/abnormal-no-more-a-darn-conference-on-incorporating-disability-into-the-teaching-of-psychology/.
Virtual Accelerate program: It’s time to accelerate your startup, technology and/or business idea. The OSU Advantage Accelerator is offering a virtual Accelerate program starting this October. 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, 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 Oct. 10. Learn more and apply here: https://advantage.oregonstate.edu/advantage-accelerator/programs/accelerate.
Center for Family Enterprise's October Family Business 360 event: Join us virtually from 8:30-9:30 a.m., Oct. 11 for our Business Success Insights featuring OSU alum Steve Smith, visionary leader, accomplished entrepreneur, and second-generation CEO of Tec Laboratories. Gain invaluable insights as he reflects on more than 40 years of remarkable growth. Smith will unravel the secrets behind Tec Laboratories' success story and share the formula that propelled them to the forefront of their industry. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from a seasoned expert in business leadership and strategy. Register for this complimentary event here.
Ask Alumni Live Panel with LGBTQIA+ professionals: Alumni share how to navigate the landscape at work as an LGBTQIA+ professional on Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. The OSU Alumni Association and the School of Language, Culture, and Society bring together alumni to share their experiences from various lenses. Register, plus watch free Ask Alumni on-demand webcasts at ForOregonState.org/AskAlumni.
Career workshop: Ready to find your next job or internship, but not sure where to start? Looking for a workshop to help you build a government resume, land a summer internship or use AI tools to boost your resume? Come learn, network and explore possibilities for your future career at one of the Fall 2023 Getting A Dam Job career workshops. In-person and virtual options are available for all students. Sign up for the workshops you’re most interested in here: https://career.oregonstate.edu/careered/getting-dam-job.
NEW! Human-robot interaction: The Human-Machine Teaming Laboratory in Oregon State University’s Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute is conducting a research experiment to study human-robot interaction for peer-based environments. Participants will be trained as first responders and complete a series of disaster response tasks with a robot teammate and will complete anonymous questionnaires. The experiment requires participants to complete two separate two-hour sessions. Participants who complete the entire evaluation will receive $60. Contact Josh Bhagat Smith at [email protected] to schedule your experiment time.
NEW! Affordable Learning Grant: OSU's Open Educational Resources Unit is accepting proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant until Oct 23. The grant provides funding to adopt, adapt or author an open educational resource, such as a textbook. An open textbook is one that is published under an open copyright license and is made freely available online for students, faculty and the public. All funding is a department-to-department transfer. Talk to your department head about how this applies to the grant. Questions? Contact OERU Director Stefanie Buck.
NEW! Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Earthquake. Experts predict that the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake will occur within our lifetime. The projected magnitude is 9.0, with shaking lasting for five to seven minutes. The Oregon coast will also experience a tsunami (30-40 foot wave) that follows the earthquake. Fires and floods cause evacuations most frequently across the U.S. and almost every year, people along coastlines evacuate as hurricanes approach. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here: https://emergency.oregonstate.edu/emergency-management/preparedness-topics/earthquake.
NEW! Interested in Birds? Join the OSU Bird Nerds Club to learn more about birds and birding. We host weekly campus bird walks and have lots of events planned for fall term, like our owling trip where we look for owls. Join our discord at https://discord.gg/wcE5GuXJfS to stay updated on club events.
NEW! Fiscal policy feedback: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on the policy for "Memberships, Dues & Subscriptions." For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Notifications Page – Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.
International Education Week is Nov 14-18: Each year in the third week of November, Oregon State University celebrates International Education Week. If your unit has existing events planned fall term which connect to the theme of international exchange and global engagement, or if you would like to plan an event during this week for your unit to celebrate OSU’s global achievements, impacts and community, please provide details via this webform by Oct. 6 for inclusion in centralized marketing materials. For questions, contact [email protected].
International Friendship Program at OSU: Make global friends.The International Friendship Program (IFP) invites you to participate in a rewarding cultural exchange experience. Connect with international students and scholars and make friends from around the world. Apply now: https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3sKD2J3ehUQ0FiB. Contact: [email protected].
CAPE Peer Education Program: Are you interested in making your campus a safer and healthier place ... and getting paid to do it? Join the Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education (CAPE)'s new Peer Education Program. Peer educators will work collaboratively to develop peer-led educational programming and events centered on gender-based violence prevention and sexual health. Time commitment is four hours/week (40 hours/term) with a $600 stipend per term. Click here or visit beav.es/Tu8 to apply today. Application closes Oct. 15. Learn more at https://cape.oregonstate.edu/Prevention/peer-education-program.
National Transfer Student Week, Oct. 16-20. Every third week of October, OSU participates in National Transfer Student Week, celebrating and honoring our transfer students. If your department has plans to participate, please share with us your event, workshop or activity details here. For inclusion in marketing and website promotion, please submit your event no later than Friday, Oct. 7. NTSW events and activities can be found on beav.es/NTSW. For questions, please reach out to [email protected].
Traffic and Maintenance
NEW! 26th St: As part of the LaSells Stewart Center Mechanical and Roof Renewal project, a section of the northbound lane on SW 26th Street, between SW Western Boulevard and The LaSells Stewart Center, will be closed to allow for crane activity 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 3. Flaggers will be present in the area to direct traffic. In addition, a section of the sidewalk on the east side of 26th Street will be closed along with the crosswalk near the front entrance and the walkway on the north side of The LaSells Stewart Center. The west sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians.
Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement project, Washington Way between 17th and 26th Streets will remain closed through Tuesday, Oct. 31. In addition to the road closure, the sidewalk on the north side of Washington Way between 17th and 26th Streets will be closed. Pedestrians may use the multi-use path on the south side of Washington Way as a detour.
Parking spaces removed: As part of the Goss Baseball Hitting Building project, 38 parking spaces on the south side of the Coleman Field East parking lot (#3261) will be permanently removed to allow for construction of the new building, effective Monday, Oct. 2.
Student Legacy Park: As part of the Student Legacy Park Resurfacing project, the SLP fields and tennis courts will be reopening beginning Sept. 26. While the fields and tennis courts will be available for use, other areas within the park will remain closed through Oct. 6. The parking areas and sidewalk on SW Washington Way will remain closed through Oct. 6 along with the basketball courts. While the entry points to the park along Washington Way will remain closed, access to the park will be available from SW 26th St., SW Intramural Lane and SW 30th St. ADA parking spaces will be available on 26th St. in front of Dixon Recreation Center and on Intramural Lane.
Traffic change on SW 26th St. to improve safety: Southwest 26th St. stretching from SW Jefferson Way north to NW Orchard Avenue has been changed from two-way vehicle traffic to one-way, northbound traffic only. The street has been updated with new signage, designated north and south bicycle lanes and other street markings designed to clarify and enhance the pedestrian and bicyclist priority zone. This change supports a more safe and comfortable campus that prioritizes pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users and minimizes conflicts between vehicles and people, especially during class change times and implements a key recommendation in OSU’s Transportation Plan and the city’s Transportation System Plan.
"In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October, when the trees are bare to the mild heavens, and the red leaves bestrew the road, and you can feel the breath of winter, morning and evening—no days so calm, so tenderly solemn, and with such a reverent meekness in the air." ~ Alexander Smith
Corvallis: Chance of rain today, high of 69, low of 49. Mostly sunny tomorrow.
Central Oregon: Slight chance of rain today, high of 63, low of 40. Sunny tomorrow.
Newport: Slight chance of rain today, high of 68, low of 47. Sunny tomorrow.
Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr