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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:


The future of beer grains is uncertain. Can farmers and brewers protect your pint? (Modern Farmer)

“One of the strategies that we’re going to have to employ, I believe, is to have more barley, and more diverse barley, grown in more places,” says Patrick Hayes, professor of barley breeding and genetics at Oregon State University. 

The Social Classroom (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Lori Kayes and Devon Quick have designed the large-enrollment biology courses they teach at Oregon State University around active learning that happens in assigned small groups. That gives students a home base in a giant lecture hall.

Disabled, LGBTQ, people of color rely less on peer support following sexual assault, study finds (OPB)

“These perceptions can reflect their own past experiences, whether individually or with people they know,” said Oregon State University, or OSU, instructor Jill Hoxmeier, who co-authored the study.

Klamath dam removals, restoration work will help salmon, researchers say, but some challenges will remain (KTVZ)

“The dam removals will likely go a long way towards restoring balance in the river,” said Sascha Hallett, a fish parasitologist at Oregon State University who has studied the river for two decades. “Certainly under certain circumstances, there are going to be disease outbreaks, like with people and pathogens. But we envision that they are not going to be as large and not going to be as frequent as we have observed in the past.”

Apple waste OSU (Ag Info)

Options to replace plastic packaging is the focus of research at Oregon State University where they are looking at recycling fruit waste from processing plants to do that. Professor Yanyun Zhao says with more and more people getting their news online, there is less and less old newspapers to use when creating packing materials, so they are looking for options.

OSU-Cascades to host science pub talk on sharks (Bend Bulletin)

Oregon State University-Cascades will host a science pub talk Nov. 14 on sharks and research at the Chapple Big Fish Lab at the university's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.


Today's photo

Autumn sky: Jon Boeckenstedt, vice provost, enrollment management, submitted this photo taken on Bruce Road, just west of the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: What are optimal ways to encourage students to engage in midterm reflection? See Five Ways to Prompt Midterm Reflection from the Academic Success Center for effective tools and strategies you can use right now to help students approach the second half of the term prepared for success.

NEW! Strategic Plan: Our vision for Oregon State University — a driving force for prosperity that is equitable, scalable and sustainable — is one we can all help bring to reality. See where OSU is going at the launch of the next strategic plan, Prosperity Widely Shared: The Oregon State Plan. Join us Friday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. 


Music à la Carte: Join guitarist Mario Diaz and percussionist Martin Zarzar for a performance at noon on Friday, Nov. 3 in the Main Lounge of the MU. Admission is free.

CTL Sparkshop: Funmi Amobi, CTL instructional consultant and college liaison, will speak on searching for ways to boost class participation and peer-to-peer interaction in your teaching. Join CTL Sparkshop to discuss evidence-informed structure and tips for implementing interteaching to promote student engagement and learning. Noon to 12:20 p.m., Nov. 3. Registration.

Anthropology Lecture Series: Kali FurmanWGSS instructor Kali Furman will present research titled, "Student Activism and Institutional Change: A History of the Difference, Power, and Oppression Program," at noon Nov. 3 in Strand 111. Admission is free.

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.

Meat Center: The Clark Meat Science Center retail store will be open Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Products include fresh and cooked/smoked sausages, bacon, retail cuts, jerky and snack sticks. The store is at 3260 SW Campus Way, next to the Motor Pool. Contact [email protected] for questions regarding the store.

College of Health Friday Research Seminar: “Community Partnerships and Anthropological Engagements: Pandemic Lessons for Local Health Equity Work" will be presented by Kristin Yarris, University of Oregon, from 1-2 p.m., Nov. 3, in HFC 115 and Zoom. Learn more about upcoming and past seminars on the college website.

University Budget Conversation: The Office of Budget and Resource Planning will hold a University Budget Conversation via Zoom from 1-2 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 3. This week’s topic is the “State Funding Process.” The initial 15 minutes is spent on presentation of the topic, followed by discussion and Q&A. Registration is required at For questions, contact [email protected].

FYI Friday – Earthquake Preparedness / Family Care: Join us for a brief overview of the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake risk and its severity. Participants will learn about a checklist for home preparedness, basic supplies, an overview of the “2 Weeks Ready” program and family planning/reunification. 1-1:45 p.m. Nov. 3 via Zoom. Registration required.

Applied Economics Seminar: Jo Albers from the University of Wyoming will present "Migratory Species’ Movement Decisions Should Inform Development and Conservation Actions" in person in Ballard Extension Hall Room 219, and also available via Zoom. 2:30-4 p.m., Nov. 3. Additional details here


Statistics Graduate Program Open House: Learn about opportunities available for the M.S./Ph.D. in Statistics program from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 4 (lunch provided) in Weniger Hall Room 222. Prospective graduate students will hear from graduate faculty and current students, learn about admissions and graduate funding and tour our spaces. Register using this link.  

Register for the Peer Ed Conference: Join other undergraduate students in peer educator roles from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 4 in Austin Hall to share experiences, engage in collaborative workshops and build relationships with undergraduate colleagues in similar roles at OSU. RSVP by Oct. 31 for free lunch. Questions? See our website or contact [email protected].

Leadership experience: Community Engagement & Leadership is hosting a day-long immersive leadership experience, "Beavs Lead: Spark," from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 4 in Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez (CCCC). Students will have the opportunity to explore their personal leadership approach by examining their values, strengths, identities and passions. This event is open to all students, but first-year, second-year and transfer students are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. Register at: For more information or accommodations for disabilities contact 541-737-3041 or [email protected].

NEW! Alert system test on Saturday: Benton County Sheriff's Office will be conducting a test of the Linn-Benton ALERT system at 3 p.m., Nov. 4. The test will cover all of Benton County. All traditional land phone lines in the 9-1-1 database will receive the message. Those who have registered other devices with Linn-Benton ALERT will also receive the test message. Recipients will be given the option to confirm receipt of the message on each phone or device. Residents can sign up for the Linn-Benton ALERT system as well as learn about emergency preparedness at After signing up for the alerts you will receive all emergency-related notifications related to your location. For questions on the mass notification system, email [email protected] or call 541-766-6864.

Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild presents “Artistic License:” The exhibit features more than 80 black-and-white and color photographs by 25 members of the PhotoArts Guild who were asked to exercise their creative freedom for the group’s 13th biennial exhibit at the Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center. The exhibit runs from Nov. 1-Dec.18. The reception takes place from 5-7 p.m., Nov. 4. Learn more about this exhibit including Giustina Gallery hours.

OSUAA Tailgate Town: Away vs. Colorado. Join the pregame party in Boulder. While game tickets are sold out, you can snag a spot at the OSUAA Tailgate Town to get in on  Tailgate tickets limited – get yours now. Enjoy the game-day spirit and enjoy food, drinks, music and great company.. Nov. 4, 2.5 hours before kickoff (time TBD).


NEW! Red Cross blood drive: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 6-9, MU Basement. Appointments and drop-ins welcome:

Art exhibit: The Department of Botany and Plant Pathology has announced the opening of an art exhibition showcasing eight larger than life works by Maxwell Eckelbarger. Displayed on the first and second floors of Cordley Hall, the exhibition is made up of two collections on loan from the Plant Cell Atlas Consortium and Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology (Stanford, CA). The banners are available to visit during business hours, Monday to Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in the hallways of the first and second floor of the recently remodeled West Wing of Cordley Hall.

Employee Veteran Breakfast: Join employee veterans at Oregon State University for the Veteran Employee Breakfast on Monday, Nov. 6, 9-11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. Connect with others who have served, enjoy breakfast and learn about resources available to employees who are veterans with a brief program. Questions and accommodations for disabilities may be made by contacting 541-737-2278 or emailing [email protected].

College of Education Tailgate: College of Education alumni and friends are invited to a tailgate event from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the Ch2M Hill Alumni Center in the Willamette Room 115. The first 100 through the door get a snazzy light-up cowboy hat. Join us for food, fun and football. Register at

International Education Week Nov. 13-17: Join us in celebrating Oregon State University's global achievements, impacts and community during International Education Week. For the full calendar of events, visit:

Fulbrights for OSU Faculty: Join us for a live Fulbright U.S. Scholar information session. Program staff will discuss award opportunities, the application and selection process, and answer your questions. Register to attend. Noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 13 via Zoom. More info available on the OSU Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program website. This event is part of International Education Week. For the full calendar of events, please visit:

President's Reception for International Students: OSU President Jayathi Murthy invites all international students to join her for coffee and conversation from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Nov. 15 in the MU Main Lounge. This event is part of International Education Week. For the full calendar of events, please visit:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Education research lecture: Join Lucy Purgason, assistant professor of counseling education for school counselor and English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) teacher collaboration: "Supporting Multilingual Students." Noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 7, via Zoom.

NEW! Surface Pressure: Managing Workplace Expectations: Expectations about how we should perform can come from inside of us or be placed on us from others. Join this gathering to talk more about the ways internal and external pressures to perform can impact mental health, as well as ways to take care of yourself in the midst of this pressure. Noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 7. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn.

UPDATE! Provost’s Lecture featuring Diana B. Henriques has been postponed: The first Provost’s Lecture of the 2023-24 series, featuring Diana B. Henriques, award-winning financial journalist and author, has been postponed. The event will be rescheduled on a later date. The Provost’s Lecture Series is a partnership of the Office of the Provost and the OSU Foundation that brings renowned thinkers, writers, scientists, artists and leaders to OSU to engage, challenge and inspire. 

Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture Fall 2023 Seminar Series Mondays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom. At noon on Nov. 6., Andrew Millison, OSU Horticulture Department, will present, “Mass Movements of Land Regeneration in India and Africa.” The event is free and open to the public. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information at:

How can I save time and money on graduate school? Get a jump start on graduate school with an accelerated Master of Public Health degree from the College of Health. Interested? Attend an information session from noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 6, in Waldo 400 or via Zoom. Register for more details.

Teaching Workshop: Regan A. R. Gurung, AVP and Director of the CTL, will moderate an informal conversation about teaching assessment with Shane Brown (COE), April LaGue (CoEd) and Louis M. Wojcinski (COS) titled, "Is an Unexamined Class Worth Teaching? Pointers from Experienced Faculty,” 10-11 a.m., Nov. 8 via Zoom. Register to participate here.  

Fall Faculty Lunch on AI Integration: Join Ecampus for an exciting discussion on AI integration in online education with Ecampus instructors and pros. Discover effective uses for AI and student work evaluation strategies. Enjoy a complimentary hot lunch when you join us in person at the Memorial Union Horizon Room from noon to 1:30 p.m., Nov. 9 or participate via Zoom livestream. Reserve your spot now.

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: Managers and supervisors at OSU play a key role in enabling employees to do their best work. The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University managers, supervisors and lead workers. Fall 2023 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Tuesday-Friday, Nov. 14-17, via Zoom. Winter 2024 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Monday-Thursday, Feb. 26-29, via Zoom. Spring 2024 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Tuesday-Friday, May 7-10, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by the Office of University Human Resources that dives deep into the way that we solve problems together. This engaging workshop helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work, and together be able create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. View upcoming workshops and enroll here. A $40 fee covers materials. 

Take Note

Enabling Verified Duo Push for all OSU students and employees: As we continue to see round after round of increasingly sophisticated and malicious phishing attacks targeting the OSU community, we are working to improve our security posture and increase our resiliency by adopting new security measures. Beginning Monday, Nov. 6, we will be activating Verified Duo Push for all OSU students and employees. What is Verified Duo Push? Check out this brief video of one of our Service Desk student employees talking about this change: 

Ask Alumni: Job search strategies webcast. WorkSource Oregon offers free career resources for students and alumni. Hear about services, trainings and referrals available from Job Developer Corey Habiger, ’17, in Job Search Strategies, an on-demand webcast presented by the OSU Alumni Association. Get connected with employment opportunities to meet your work goals. Watch for free at

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Severe Weather. Make sure your family and home are ready in case severe weather strikes. Knowing safety tips and having severe weather plans in place are the best way to prepare. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing this link to resources for your department about how Improving your safety culture starts with leadership. For more information on Safety at OSU visit OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a link to report safety concerns online.

Deadline extended: The Open Educational Resources Unit is accepting proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant until Nov. 30. Faculty can receive up to $15,000 in funding to adopt, adapt or author an open educational resource (OER) for your course. OER are openly licensed course materials that save students money and make higher education more accessible. This grant is made possible by OSU's new Division of Educational Ventures and all funding is a department-to-department transfer. Questions? Contact OERU Director Stefanie Buck.

Faculty Senate Elections – Candidate Nominations: Faculty are encouraged to suggest colleagues whom they believe are knowledgeable about the university and who would well represent OSU Faculty. Faculty may also nominate themselves. Forward candidate suggestions by noon Nov. 2 to Vickie Nunnemaker at [email protected]. Insert ‘Candidate’ in the subject line. President-Elect – Candidates must now be or have been an OSU Faculty senator. Interinstitutional Faculty Senator – Candidates need not have been an OSU faculty senator. Executive Committee – Candidates must now be or have been an OSU faculty senator.

Blood sugar study participants sought: Researchers in the College of Health at OSU are studying the effects of an FDA-approved drug on people at risk for high blood sugar. We are looking for study participants between the age of 18-59, who are nonsmokers, and who do not have diabetes. The study involves several visits to the Samaritan Athletic Medicine Center in Corvallis over approximately 4 months. By participating, you may receive up to $1,000, as well as information about your health. Email [email protected] to learn more and apply.

Faculty Senate Elections – Faculty with Split Appointments: Non-tenured faculty who have split appointments between two apportionment units may choose with which unit they wish to be apportioned for Faculty Senate purposes. For example, if a faculty member has a split appointment between Agricultural Sciences and Science, they may choose one or the other (FTE will not be split between apportionment units). This choice will determine Faculty Senate representation.  No later than noon Nov. 14, complete and submit the survey at to indicate with which apportionment unit you wish to be included.

Faculty Senate Elections – Interest in serving as a faculty senator or declining senator election: All currently employed academic, research, extension and professional faculty, regardless of FTE, are eligible to be elected to a Faculty Senator position and represent faculty in their respective Faculty Senate apportionment unit. If you wish to either decline to have your name placed on the ballot, or you wish to indicate a strong interest in serving if elected, complete and submit the survey at no later than noon Nov. 14. Faculty must decline each year.

Yoga and Meditation Class Scholarships for OSU Undergrads: OSU undergraduates are invited to apply for financial support to attend classes at Marigold: the OSU Center for Contemplative Practice. Initial scholarship covers 80% of class fees for yoga, meditation and dance classes. Additional funding is available for upcoming programs such as mindful self-compassion, lucid dreaming and more. Marigold is a beautiful biophilic practice center located in downtown Corvallis. Apply for this scholarship or contact us

Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Winter 2024: Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours long. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! Sackett Hall: As part of the Nash Hall Cooling Tower Replacement project, the Sackett Hall North parking lot (#3303) will be partially closed on Monday, Nov. 6 to allow for crane activity. The closure will impact parking spaces on the east side of the lot, closest to Nash Hall. The southwest basement and south first floor entrances to Nash Hall will also be closed. The northeast entrance and the loading dock will remain open. 

NEW! Campus Way: As part of the Kelley District Utility Plant project, SW Campus Way will be closed between SW 26th Street and SW Memorial Place starting Monday, Nov. 6 through Wednesday, Nov. 15 to allow for crane activity. The south entrance at Kelley Engineering Center will also be closed.
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.


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Education Program Assistant 2: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for an Education Program Assistant 2 position based at the OSU Extension Service Jackson County Office in Central Point.  This is a 12-month, part-time (0.25 FTE, approximately 10 hours per week), classified position starting at $18.92 hourly. This EPA position will support the Land Steward Program which provides educational opportunities for people interested in caring for rural land and sustainability. Posting #P04486CT. Closes Nov. 13.

NEW! University Information and Technology (UIT) at Oregon State University is recruiting a UIT Business and Fiscal Manager. This position is a full-time professional faculty position and a hybrid option is available. As the UIT Business and Fiscal Manager you will be responsible for administration and oversight of the division’s financial and business operations and financial strategic planning. Open until filled. Posting #P07475UF. Full consideration Nov. 21. Recruitment is open until filled. 


“The thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of. The mite which November contributes becomes equal in value to the bounty of July." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Corvallis: Patchy fog and rain, high of 63, low of 57. Showers and breezy Saturday, showers Sunday.

Central Oregon: Increasing clouds today, high of 63, low of 49. Rain Saturday, chance of rain Sunday.

Newport: Rain today, high of 67, low of 55. Rain and windy Saturday, showers and windy Sunday.

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