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:


These bizarre devices could generate power from ocean waves (Scientific American)

PacWave is owned by Oregon State University and works in partnership with DOE. It's intended to be an updated version of the European testing center, according to Hales, who expects tests to begin sending wave-powered electricity to the power grid by 2025.

Damage maps of Gaza’s hard-hit areas since the start of the war (Washington Post)

Damage analysis of Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite data was conducted by Corey Scher of CUNY Graduate Center and Jamon Van Den Hoek of Oregon State University. Van Den Hoek, a geographer who leads the Conflict Ecology lab at OSU, uses satellite imagery and geospatial data to study short- and long-term effects of violent conflicts on people and landscapes.

Oregon's new license plate is the bee's knees, and it's available soon (Oregonian)

Stanton was part of Oregon State University’s Master Melittologist program, a program that studies native bees. He was too young to be part of the program by himself so his mom, Kalika Stanton, signed up with him and also attended every class.

Aquatic plants floating in the Willamette not related to pollution: experts (KOIN)

Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences Professor Emeritus Stanley Gregory told KOIN 6 News that there are a few common types of floating aquatic plants, known as macrophytes, that occasionally wash into the main stem of the Willamette. These plants include azolla, duckweed and watermeal.

2023 Great Shakeout: getting ready for the 'Big One' (KATU)

While students like Jo and Emery participated in the drill, researchers at both the University of Oregon and Oregon State University have joined forces with a number of universities around the country to approach this looming quake in a different way. In late October, more than 140 scientists and researchers will hold a kickoff meeting for the Cascadia Region Earthquake Science Center, or CRESCENT, in order to better understand the tectonic behavior of the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Winter grazing of medusahead offsets hay needs, reduces wildfire fuel (Progressive Cattle)

Other authors included William Price and Sergio Arispe with Oregon State University (OSU) Extension, April Hulet with Brigham Young University, Chad Boyd and Kirk Davies with the USDA Agricultural Research Service Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Dustin Johnson and Yanming Di with OSU and Barry Perryman with the University of Nevada – Reno.

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Rainbow view: Ernie Colantonio, senior faculty research assistant with CEAOS, took this photo of Clear Lake in early October. “The colors of the water and trees were so beautiful!" We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Are your students preparing for their first exam? Remind them of the difference between memorizing and practicing active recall. Practicing recall helps students become comfortable using content knowledge under test-like conditions and develops metacognitive skills and memory cues they can use later in exams. The Active Studying worksheet can give students several options for getting started.


Music à la Carte: Join Oregon Symphony concertmaster Sarah Kwak, principal violist Amanda Grim, and pianist Cary Lewis for a performance at noon on Friday, Oct. 20 in the main lounge of the MU. Admission is free.

Anthropology Lecture Series: Nírvia Ravena de Sousa of the Federal University of Pará, Brazil, will present research titled, "Traditional Communities and Indigenous people in Amazon facing new paradigms of Sustainability” at noon Oct. 20 in Strand 111. Admission is free.

The Influence of Federalist Society Affiliation on Judicial Nominations: Please join the School of Public Policy for a talk from Christine Bird (Oklahoma State University) on the influence of the Federalist Society on judicial nominations. Since its inception, the Federalist Society has been a key player in the conservative legal movement but its scope of influence on political processes and the U.S. judiciary has not been fully defined. This talk discusses how affiliation impacts U.S. senators’ votes for federal judges. Noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 20 in Bexell 415. Contact [email protected] for more details.

FYI Friday – Get There in a Carpool or Vanpool: Oregon provides a free statewide ride-matching tool called Get There. OSU's Corvallis campus has its own network that you can join to find carpool buddies or to form a vanpool. During this interactive presentation you will be invited to have a quick look at how the ride-matching tool works, ask questions and meet other people at OSU who are thinking about carpooling or vanpooling. Noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 20 via Zoom. Registration required.

Department of Food Science and Technology Farm 2 Fork Webinar Series: Reverse Engineering Foods. Ellen Bradley, CFS, founder and principal food scientist of River City Food Group. Have you ever wondered how food scientists duplicate an ingredient or a competitor’s product? There are many reasons why scientists need to perform culinary detective work. Bradley will teach us her tricks of the trade and a few tips that you can utilize at home. Noon, Oct. 20:

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.

College of Health Friday Research Seminar: “Implementation Science in Real Time: Building a System for Oregon Early Care and Education Coaches" will be presented by Bridget E. Hatfield, OSU College of Health, from 1-2 p.m. Oct. 20, in HFC 115 and via Zoom. This seminar is sponsored by the Human Development and Family Sciences program in the College of Health. Learn more about upcoming and past seminars on the college website.

Applied Economics Seminar: Prof. Judson Boomhower from the University of California, San Diego, will present "How Are Insurance Markets Adapting to Climate Change? Risk Selection and Regulation in the Market for Homeowners Insurance," 2:30-4 p.m., Oct. 20 in Ballard Extension Hall Room 219, and also available via Zoom. Additional details here

EECB Fall Seminar Series: Zanethia Barnett is a research fisheries biologist for the USDA Forest Service. She is a subject-matter expert in aquatic ecology and population genetics. Barnett’s research focuses on understanding factors that impact the structure of aquatic communities and genetic populations, quantifying the effects of human induced disturbances on aquatic systems and improving the understanding of life history and distribution of aquatic organisms. She will speak at 4 p.m, Oct. 20, in LINC 302 and on Zoom

"A Peace of My Mind: Exploring Belonging One Story at a Time" Keynote. Join us as John Noltner unveils the portraits he took during his Corvallis visit and shares lessons learned from the week. His keynote presentation as well as subsequent dialogue will center how we can build community, bridge divides and support belonging for all through personal story sharing. Refreshments will be served. ASL and Spanish interpreting will be provided. 4-6 p.m., Oct. 20, Corvallis Community Center, 2601 NW Tyler Ave. Learn more about the series of events on the A Peace of My Mind: Exploring Belonging One Story at a Time webpage.

Fulbright Fall Mixer: Happy hour for anyone connected to or interested in Fulbright programs. Open to all; family-friendly. Snacks and nonalcoholic drinks sponsored by the Oregon Chapter of the Fulbright Association. Learn more about Fulbright at OSU: 4:30-6:30 p.m., Oct. 20, Downward Dog on Monroe.

Art About Agriculture 2023 Reception at Rogue Gallery: All are welcome to the in-person reception for the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Art About Agriculture Competition and Touring Exhibition 2023’s visit to Rogue Gallery (40 S. Bartlett St., Medford, OR). 5-8 p.m., Oct. 20 Information about the Art About Agriculture 2023 program:

NEW! Pro-Israel Community Wide Prayer Rally and Walk: Hosted by Turning Point at OSU. Join us to pray for Israel and victims killed in the Oct. 7 terror attacks and 200+ prisoners held by Hamas, the terrorist organization. The event will be held at 7 p.m., Oct. 20 in the Linus Pauling Science Center parking lot.  

Student music showcase: Students featuring majors, minors, alumni and collaborators from the OSU Contemporary Music Industry Major and Popular Music minor will showcase and perform original music on the Improvisation Summit of Portland Oregon at 8 p.m., Oct. 20, at Blue Butler Studios, 2400 SE Holgate Blvd., Portland. This is the first-ever showcase of these programs in Portland, and will feature works from both Ecampus and Corvallis campus students.


Register to attend the 2023 OSU Supplier Showcase & Expo: Tthe OSU Supplier Showcase and Expo takes place 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 25 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The 2023 OSU Supplier Showcase and Expo is an opportunity for OSU faculty and staff who are in the market for goods and services or even contemplating a future purchase. Familiarize yourself with supplier offerings, make meaningful contacts, learn about new products and services from a wide array of preferred vendors and pick up some supplier swag. Visit to register for OSU staff attendance.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Horticulture seminar series: The Horticulture Fall 2023 Seminar Series takes place at noon on Mondays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom. Phil Allen, Brigham Young University horticulture, will present, “Trends in Post-Secondary Horticulture Programs and What it Means for OSU.” Noon, Oct. 23. Visit the website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information at:

Onboarding forums: The President and Provost’s Leadership Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PPLC) is hosting onboarding forums for employees of color and supervisors of employees of color this fall. The goal of these forums is to seek to identify additional ways to support the success and belonging of new employees of color. For employees: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m, Oct. 23 and Nov. 2, MU 109. For supervisors: 2:30-4 p.m., Nov. 6, and 9-10:30 a.m., Nov. 7, MU 104. RSVP to [email protected]. For Zoom or 1:1 options, email [email protected].

Beaver Family Connections: Enjoy lunch and connect with other OSU parents and caregivers as we explore interesting topics and discussions related to child development, parenting and family health and well-being. No sign-up required. October’s topic: “How to Make the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences and Communications,” noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 24. See the full 2023-2024 schedule for future dates and topics. For accommodations, please contact Cari Maes at 541-737-4906 or [email protected].

The Path to SBIR/STTR w/ NSF Program Director: Elizabeth (Ela) Mirowski, program director of the NSF’s SBIR/STTR program, will share how to best prepare your idea and project pitch required by the NSF to receive an official invite to submit a full SBIR/STTR proposal. She will touch on the proposal process and share tips and tricks for best presenting your work. You won’t want to miss out on this valuable opportunity to hear directly from Ela. 2-4 p.m., Oct. 25, MU La Raza Room.

Critical Questions Lecture Series: Samuel Baker, associate professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss the provocative intersection of literature and technology in a lecture titled “A Report to the Fronts.” He will speak at 4 p.m., Oct. 25 in the Asian Pacific American Room in Memorial Union 206.

Ask Alumni panel with communication professionals: Get answers from OSU alumni and communication industry professionals who have been where you are now. The OSU Alumni Association and the School of Communication present "Things I Wish I Would Have Known," 5:30 p.m., Nov. 1. Register, plus watch free Ask Alumni webcasts on demand at

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]

Forest Field Reports: Creative Collaboration at the H.J. Andrews. A discussion with David Buckley Borden, the H.J. Andrews designer-in-residence, as he shares his latest environmental-communication collaborations with the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and the Fuller Initiative for Productive Landscapes. Learn about his research-driven creative process and view artistic pieces, including the Atmos 44 Weather Station currently on display in the College of Forestry. 4-6 p.m., Nov. 9, PFSC 117. Refreshments follow.

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State managers, supervisors and lead workers. Learners will gain a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to our employees; know how to navigate within the space of talent management activities; recognize when, and how, to provide equal opportunity and access to employees and be familiar with OSU resources and responsibilities. Fall 2023 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Nov. 14-17 via Zoom. Winter 2024 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Feb. 26-29, via Zoom. Spring 2024 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, May 7-10, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

Take Note

NEW! Notice of Availability: In compliance with the Clery Act, Oregon State University published the 2023 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for the Corvallis Campus, OSU-Cascades, Hatfield Marine Science Center, OSU Portland Center, and OSU at EOU. The report includes important safety/security policies, fire safety practices, helpful university and local resources, crime prevention programs, and crime and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. Paper copies are provided upon request. The reports are available without charge.

NEW! Graduate Student Research and Writing Residency: Spring Creek Project is accepting applications for a graduate student residency at Shotpouch Cabin for one session during winter break. We invite students who are engaged in writing and/or research projects aligned with the mission of the Spring Creek Project to apply. Faculty are encouraged to share this opportunity with eligible students who might benefit. Applications are due Nov. 13. Learn more and apply.

NEW! Spring Creek Project Faculty Residency: OSU faculty members working on projects aligned with Spring Creek Project's mission are invited to apply for a weeklong winter break residency at Shotpouch Cabin. Projects at the intersection of environmental science and writing, art, music, social science and/or humanities would be a good fit. Applications are due Nov. 13. Learn more and apply.

Got a startup idea? Apply to Iterate: This is a one-month program consisting of weekly 90-minute workshops. The goal of Iterate is to equip you with a toolkit for evaluating your ideas from an entrepreneurial mindset. The program is free and open to community members and Oregon State University researchers, students, and faculty. Apply online now — Iterate begins Nov. 1.

Child Care assistance: FriendRaisers Child Care Assistance fund is open and applications are due Friday, Oct. 20. To learn more and access the application, click here. The FriendRaisers Child Care Assistance Fund is a small endowment at the OSU Foundation, and annually we’re able to provide assistance to about five employee families. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help support OSU quality early care and education, please reach out to [email protected].

International Friendship Program: Are you an international student or scholar looking for valuable support and exciting opportunities in Oregon? Are you an OSU student, faculty member or Oregon resident interested in building global friendships and engaging in meaningful cultural exchange? The International Friendship Program (IFP) is here to connect you with local community friends and foster lasting relationships. Join the IFP today and embark on a journey of cultural enrichment, global understanding and lifelong friendships. To learn more, visit our IFP website. Priority registration deadline is Oct. 22. 

New Certificate in the Science and Technology of Alcoholic Beverages: Offered 100% online via Ecampus. Apply now for Winter 2024 for the new certificate in the Science and Technology of Alcoholic Beverages. Learn the fundamentals of crafting wine, beer, cider and spirits through OSU’s Ecampus. Apply by Nov. 1 for non-OSU students to participate in winter term. There are prerequisites to the classes required for the certificate that involve chemistry and microbiology. For more information contact an advisor here.

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Family Care. Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. Families can cope with disaster by creating a disaster plan. Knowing what to do is not only your responsibility but is the best protection for your family. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

Want free contraceptive care? Oregon ContraceptiveCare (CCare) is a program funded through a grant from the Centers for Medicaid Services and the Oregon Department of Human Services that allows Student Health Services to provide FREE reproductive health care and contraceptive services to OSU students who meet certain income criteria. Most students qualify. Sign up for CCare by calling 541-737-9140.

Comment period extended to Wednesday, Nov. 8: An updated draft Forest Management Plan for the Elliott State Research Forest has been released and the public comment period is now open. Since early 2019, OSU and the Oregon Department of State Lands have been working collaboratively to explore transforming the Elliott State Forest into a publicly owned research forest. Review the draft plan and provide your comments. 

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 Oct. 23 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. In addition, the walkway that runs along the west side of Nash Hall will also be closed. Pedestrians may detour around the area via walkways on the south, east and north sides of the building. (View map.)

Campus Way: The schedule for this project has changed. As part of the West Greenhouse Improvement project, sections of the north sidewalk along SW Campus Way will be closed Oct. 19-Oct. 20. Phase 1 will impact the area between the Seed Laboratory and the West Greenhouses. Phase 2 will impact the area just west of the Seed Laboratory. Pedestrians approaching the area from the east or west may use the crosswalk located at the Seed Laboratory and the south sidewalk to detour around the work area. (View map)

Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement project, intersection work will occur along SW Washington Way at SW 17th, SW 26th and SW 30th streets from Oct. 16 through Oct. 20.    

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.


“the thing with October is, I think, it somehow gets in your very blood. Unapologetically. Almost ruthlessly.” ~  Anne Sexton

Corvallis: Partly sunny today, high of 50, low of 72. Mostly cloudy Saturday, rain Sunday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 77, low of 49. Partly sunny Saturday, rain Sunday.

Newport: Partly sunny today, high of 63, low of 54. Slight chance of rain Saturday, rain Sunday.

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