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:

Oregon's newest House district holds first general election (Washington Post) 

“It’s a much closer race than would be expected, given the demographics and the partisan makeup of that district,” said Christopher Stout, associate professor of political science at Oregon State University. (see also KGW)

Portland students prepare for the 'big one' in Great Oregon ShakeOut drill (KGW)

Chris Goldfinger, a marine geologist and professor at Oregon State University, said the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the 600-mile long fault that runs from northern California to British Columbia, has produced 20 major earthquakes over the last 10,000 years.

Here's EXACTLY What to Do When the Next Megaquake Hits: Cascadia Subduction Zone (PBS video)

Featuring OSU researchers Chris Goldfinger and Erica Fischer.

Oregon's 4th District will elect new representative for first time since 1986 (KLCC)

"It went from being a swing district, and at a point, a district that slightly favored Republicans, to one that more heavily favors Democrats,” said Chris Stout, an associate professor of political science at Oregon State University. "It’s a district that Biden did much better in. So that changed the dynamic of the race.”

USFS burn boss arrested after prescribed fire burns private land (High Country News) 

Fire scientists and prescribed fire practitioners say the reported arrest is unprecedented and shocking. “This is a really big deal,” said Christopher Adlam, a regional fire specialist for Oregon State University’s fire extension program. “Burn bosses need to be able to do their job, and if they are going to be under arrest for doing their job, then there’s going to be a chilling effect on the whole practice.”

Caterpillars lay waste to hay fields (East Oregonian)

The outbreak has been fast and furious. OSU Extension agent Pete Schreder said armyworms do prefer fresh, green grass where they lay their larvae. “Now we are reaping the ‘glorious benefits’ of their attack,” Schreder said.

Will agrivoltaic farming have a role in our food and energy future? (Renewable Energy Magazine) 

Many people in the agriculture sector and elsewhere balk at opportunities to do things differently unless they have strong assurances those changes will bring benefits. An Oregon State University team investigated the effects of co-developing land for farming and solar energy — the results of their study were undoubtedly impressive. They found this approach could generate 20% of the electricity in the United States while only requiring an investment equaling less than 1% of the annual budget.

Human cells take in less protein from plant-based meat than chicken, study flags (Food Ingredients First)

“This study adds another piece of data at the molecular level to conclude specifically that these particular meat substitutes did not break down into peptides as efficiently as the meat proteins, and therefore are not as digestible for body growth and function compared to meat proteins,” says Dr. Robert McGorrin, a professor at Oregon State University. 

Today's photo

Black cat magic: Rachel Handy, academic advisor with the Department of Integrative Biology, says, "Happy Pumpkin Season from Eby! This is her favorite time of year since she's a pro snuggler and loves to watch the falling leaves." We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Do students have a solid understanding of how to succeed in your course? Help students increase their confidence by taking a few minutes in class to talk about the Academic Success Center’s Study Cycle resources, to share openly about course content and structure and to encourage students to tailor their study activities to your specific course.


ADDENDUM: University Budget Committee: The committee will meet today from 2-3:30 p.m. via Zoom. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities and budget policies. The committee will give an overview of the UBC Charge and University Fund Budgeting; an update on current year budget, enrollment and inflation estimates for FY24; and begin on a tentative work plan. If you are interested in joining as an observer, please register for the webinar.

Title IX Campus Partners Panel Discussion: In keeping with OSU’s plans to celebrate the spirit and the letter of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access is sponsoring a panel discussion with campus partner offices. The panel will take place on Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. in the Asian and Pacific Cultural Center. Panelists will provide an overview of their respective roles and responsibilities when a complaint intersects or crosses jurisdictional borders with EOA’s sexual harassment or sexual misconduct processes. For questions or accommodations, contact EOA at [email protected] or 541-737-3556.

FYI Friday – FERPA: "Serving Students in the 21st Century." As our instructional and service models shift more online, we want to be sure that we're providing excellent service to students while remaining compliant with FERPA. Come chat with the Office of the Registrar to learn tips and tricks for maintaining student privacy in the digital age. Part of the Fall 2022 FYI Friday series; Friday, Oct. 21, 10-11 a.m. via Zoom. Registration required.

FST Farm 2 Fork Webinar: “Sensory Science – Where Does it Fit and How Do I Use It.” Would you like to learn about sensory science and how it fits into food science? Join us Friday, Oct. 21, noon to 12:45 pm. Register today.

Music à la Carte: Takohachi X (aka “TakoX “TakoTen”) is a duo project by the founding director, Yumi Torimaru, with Kohei Kimura. The two collaborate to bring Japanese culture and Takohachi originality to our communities. Yumi and Kohei have performed hundreds of shows in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Texas and Japan. In this informal, lunch hour performance TakoX will introduce several different Japanese traditional instruments including tsugaru shamisen, taiko drum, shinobue Japanese bamboo flute and shakuhachi. Oct. 21 at noon in the Memorial Union Lounge. Free, open to all.

Anthropology Lecture Series: Molly Kirkpatrick (USDA Siuslaw National Forest) will give the lecture “Geoarchaeological Investigations at the Tahkenitch Landing Site.” She will speak on Oct. 21 at noon. The free lecture is open to OSU faculty and students in Strand Ag Room 211. All lectures are accessible via Zoom in real time:

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.

NEW! 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, snack sticks and Beaver Classic cheese. The store is at 3260 SW Campus Way, next to the Motor Pool. Contact [email protected] for questions regarding the store.

Educational Technology Support Drop-in Hours: Do you have questions regarding the use of university-supported educational technologies, such as Canvas, Gradescope and Top Hat? Stop by LINC 468 on Friday, Oct. 21, 1-2 p.m. for the UIT-Academic Technologies open office hour. Questions? Email us at [email protected]

College of Public Health and Human Sciences Friday Research Seminar: “Social media and mental health” will be presented from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, HFC 115 and Zoom, by Brian Primack, CPHHS dean and professor.

NEW! AFAPC October Social: Association of Faculty & Staff for the Advancement of People of Color (AFAPC) Steering Committee is pleased to announce its first social of the year. Come as you are, as you are able, on Friday, Oct. 21, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Common Fields in Corvallis. Please register here if you are planning to attend.

University Theatre: With the support of the OSU Arts and Education Center's "Unboxed" event series, University Theatre will present Andrea Stolowtiz’s romantic comedy "Successful Strategies" in four limited-seating public performances. This unique play about a winery, set in a winery, is hosted by the Lumos Wine Company, with performances Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lumos Winery tasting room, 24000 Cardwell Hill Dr., Philomath. Tickets are advance purchase only and go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7. They are $17 for the general public, $12 for seniors and youth, and $5 for OSU students, available at or by contacting the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2853. No tickets will be sold at the winery on the evening of performances.

WOHESC proposal deadline extended: OSU will host the Washington and Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference March 6-8 in Corvallis. WOHESC brings together 400-500 students, staff, faculty and others to solve the most pressing problems of our time, including social and environmental justice, and the inequitable impacts of climate change. The Call for Proposal deadline has been extended to this Friday, Oct. 21. The 2023 WOHESC theme is Mindscape and Landscape: The Intertwined Nature of Mental, Social and Planetary Health. 

Candidate Nominations for Faculty Senate leadership positions: 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. Please forward candidate suggestions for President-Elect, Interinstitutional Faculty Senator and Executive Committee by noon on Oct. 21 to Vickie Nunnemaker at [email protected]. When responding, please insert ‘Candidate’ in the subject line.

Faculty Senate Elections – Faculty with Split Appointments: According to the Faculty Senate Bylaws, 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. This choice will determine Faculty Senate representation. Faculty not indicating where they wish to be apportioned will be placed in an apportionment unit at the discretion of the Faculty Senate Office. Complete and submit the survey at no later than noon on Oct. 21 to indicate with which apportionment unit you wish to be affiliated.

Campbell retirement: Vicki Campbell retires on Oct. 21 from the OSU Extension Service in Washington County. After 16 years with Extension, she’s ready to step into the next chapter of her life. Her time with OSU began in the Extension Administration office on the main Corvallis campus and finishes at the Extension Washington County office in Beaverton, Oregon. To send good wishes, email her at [email protected].


Alumni Center pregame tailgate | OSU vs. Colorado: Before OSU takes on Colorado, make an appearance at the OSU Alumni Association’s Tailgate Town, presented by OCCU. With photo booths, swag giveaways and indoor lawn games, there’s game day fun for the whole Beaver family at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Stop by three hours before kickoff on Oct. 22. 

Crux Fermentation Project, OSU Tailgate Oct. 22: See what’s brewing with OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Crux Fermentation Project and the OSU Alumni Association at a lively tailgate prior to the game against Colorado Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. Enjoy Crux and OSU Brewery samples, treats from the Beaver Classic food truck and experience the Crux Fermentation Project's Gypsy Coolship. The first 100 people to sign up for the event will each receive one free drink ticket to be used at OSUAA Tailgate Town, also hosted in the OSU Alumni Center. Register today at


NEW! Media Hub Open House – studio tours, giveaways and more: UIT’s Media Hub welcomes you to an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. showcasing services available to create academic and instructional multimedia. Come meet your Media Hub team, tour the studios and learn about our impactful services to support and elevate your academic multimedia creations.

NEW! Celebration of Life: Please join us as we celebrate the life of Alden Bradley, Ph.D., physics. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 4-6 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Agriculture Meeting Rooms. The family invites you to stop by and share your memories.

NEW! PFLA Presents: Political Expression in the Workplace by Julie Penry, Office of General Counsel. Join us for a practical refresher on expressing your political opinions as an OSU professional faculty employee. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 1-2 p.m. For more information about this hybrid event and how to register, click here.

NEW! Work-Life Fit Forum: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women and the Office of Institutional Diversity invite members of the OSU community to attend this free, in-person-only event on Thursday, Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Register by Oct. 24 to share diverse experiences of work and life in the wake of the last two years, gain a greater understanding of organizational structures that support individuals at OSU, and generate ideas for collaboration across university groups to strengthen work-life balance for all. Doors open at 8 a.m. and breakfast and lunch are provided. For more information contact [email protected].

American Strings: An Evening with Rickie Lee Jones. Musician and storyteller Rickie Lee Jones has been inspiring pop culture for decades, beginning with her first albums "Rickie Lee Jones" and "Pirates." A two-time Grammy Award winner, Jones’ celebrated memoir "Last Chance Texaco" was named Book of the Year by MOJO, Pitchfork and NPR. Join University Director of Popular Music Bob Santell for an intimate conversation with this legendary pop/rock star, followed by a live performance. Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in C&E Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center. Seating is limited to 200. Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 24 at 8 a.m. at

Artist Talk: Ann Hamilton. MacArthur Fellow, National Medal of the Arts recipient and internationally acclaimed artist Ann Hamilton is recognized for large-scale multimedia installations, performance pieces and public projects. Her talk invites faculty and students to engage in the material and tactile experience of language. Hamilton will address how her practice and artworks have evolved over time, in response to the site and communities where she creates, as part of a visit to OSU related to her creation of a permanent artwork for the renovation of Cordley Hall. Monday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. in the MU Horizon Room.

Community Vigil for Survivors: We all have a role to play in encouraging health relationships. Staff from CAPE, along with students from SAFER and advocates from CARDV, have joined together to build this community-wide event. Monday, Oct. 24, from 6-7 p.m. at the Corvallis Central Park Gazebo. Lend us your support toward a world free of violence.

Board of Trustees: The OSU Board of Trustees will meet Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m.-2:40 p.m. to consider approving OSU President Jayathi Murthy’s goals for the 2023 fiscal year and advancing building projects, among other topics. The meeting will be held in the Horizon Room, Memorial Union on the Corvallis campus. Board committees will meet beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Horizon Room. Agendas and meeting materials will be posted at Members of the public may attend the Oct. 27 and 28 meetings in person or view the meetings at The board will hold a retreat on Oct. 26 to discuss the development of the university’s next strategic plan, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Participation will be limited to invited guests, but members of the public may view the retreat at

OSUAA Tailgate Town | Away vs. Washington: Celebrate and cheer for our student-athletes at a pregame tailgate before the OSU vs. UW game. Join Beaver football festivities in The Zone, just a few minutes away from Husky Stadium, on Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Meal is included with admission price. Register in advance by Oct. 30. 

Beaver Boosters: OSU will be providing COVID-19 booster clinics on the OSU Corvallis campus, Monday, Nov. 14 through Friday, Nov. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. in Memorial Union Room 62. Clinics are open to the public and will provide updated bivalent boosters for individuals 12 and older, while supplies last. No appointments are needed and boosters are free of charge. Please bring your vaccination card. Visit the Beaver Booster Blitz web page for more information. Subject to change.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Research Office Campus Conversations (ROCC) Session 1: Demystifying USDA Funding. As part of our sponsor conversation series, the Oct. 27 Campus Conversation is intended to demystify the USDA for OSU researchers. We will hear from members of the OSU faculty who have substantial experience with USDA research. Thursday, Oct. 27, noon to 1:30 p.m., Linus Pauling Science Center Room 400. Register here. In-person attendance is encouraged. A Zoom link is available upon request to [email protected]. For more information regarding the Office for Research Advancement visit our website

UPDATED! Center for Teaching & Learning Quality Teaching (QT) Talks: "Effective Teaching: Using Evidenced-Informed Pedagogical Practices," presented by Regan Gurung. Higher education is packed with buzzwords for how to be an effective teacher. What does the evidence say? This presentation will provide a core set of areas that represent effective teaching, and highlight key practices for course design and instruction. Aligned with OSU's Quality Teaching Framework and based on a wide body of peer-reviewed publications. Oct. 25, 11-11:50 a.m. in LINC 414. Please RSVP; for remote viewing, register for the Zoom link.

NEW! Center for Teaching & Learning Quality Teaching (QT) Tips: New(er) faculty and GTAs are welcome to join an open and casual community conversations about teaching. Bring a lunch, your questions and your teaching-related successes to share. We will meet in the Learning Innovation Center (LINC) Lounge 468 on Oct. 25, 12:15-12:50 p.m. No registration required; come as you please. Snacks and beverages are provided. Email [email protected] for more information.

NEW! Faculty, Food and Fun: Sense of Belonging Matters. Faculty and staff are invited to join the [email protected] program Oct. 25, 4-6 p.m., for a workshop on sense of belonging in education, featuring biology education researcher Erin Shortlidge (PSU). Enjoy food, wine/beer and connecting with your colleagues in the MU Journey Room or on Zoom. RSVP:

NEW! Information Session: New & Expanded Student Support Resources. Join representatives from Counseling & Psychological Services, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Education to learn more about new and expanded resources for students. This presentation will be Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Memorial Union 109. Additional details can be found at: OSU Expanded Student Support Resources.

NEW! Public Health Insider – Modifying Metabolism: Small Choices, Big Results. Learn how to take control of your metabolic health during the next Public Health Insider series webcast on Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. Faculty from the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences will explore metabolic health, share actionable tips that drive positive outcomes and highlight the latest research from OSU’s Translational Metabolism Research Laboratory. Register here:

NEW! Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture Fall 2022 Seminar Series Tuesdays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom on Oct. 25 at noon. Jesse Carroll, Ph.D. candidate, OSU Department of Horticulture, will present, “Pulsing of Drip Irrigation Improves Growth and Production of Pacific Northwest Blueberry and Raspberry Crops.” The event is free and open to the public. Visit the horticulture website for the presenter’s bio and the Zoom information:

NEW! Travel Talks — Greece: Join the OSUAA Group Travel Program for an all-new Travel Talk on Nov. 19, featuring Gary B. Ferngren, emeritus professor of history. Ferngren will discuss historical and cultural aspects of Greece and Turkey while sharing his favorite spots in the region. Kate Sanders, director of the OSUAA Group Travel Program, will also be on hand with information on reserving a spot on one of OSUAA’s 2023 Greek tours. Register at

VPCDO candidate visits. Candidate for OSU Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Scott Vignos will be on campus Monday, Oct. 24. Opportunities to engage with the candidates include a University Forum at 3:30 p.m. and Student Town Hall at 4:30 p.m. on each date. All forums will be held in person with light refreshments and via Zoom webinar. Visit the VPCDO search webpage for details and the Zoom webinar links.

Upcoming FMLA/OFLA protected leave trainings: Lori Schmidt will present a training on protected leave for employees on Nov. 1 at 11 a.m.; register here. Whitney Brown will present a training on protected leave for OSU supervisors on Nov. 3 at 11 a.m.; register here

Take Note

Recruiting LGBQ+ cisgender women for a research study on stress and alcohol use: To participate, you must drink alcohol regularly and be 21-60 years old. The study includes a brief screening survey, one two-hour virtual visit, and two one-hour in-person visits to Reed Lodge. Those who complete the study receive up to $70 in Amazon gift cards. Click the link to access the screening survey: and email [email protected] if you have any questions. 

Believe It: The Campaign for Oregon State University. The OSU community celebrated the public launch of Believe It: The Campaign for Oregon State University at an Oct. 14 dinner on the Memorial Union Quad. More than 56,000 donors together have already contributed over $1 billion in five years toward the $1.75 billion goal to advance student access and success across all OSU campuses and Ecampus, and support faculty excellence, research and outreach that serve Oregon and the world. Learn more about the university’s second comprehensive fundraising and engagement campaign at

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. This month’s poster can be downloaded at:

Faculty Senate Elections – Indicating Interest in Serving as a Faculty Senator OR Declining Senator Election: To ensure inclusivity, 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 Senator Nomination Ballot, or you wish to indicate a strong interest in serving if elected, please complete and submit the survey at no later than noon on Nov. 14. Faculty must decline each year.

CFP — 2023-24 Humanities Fellowships: The OSU Center for the Humanities is now accepting applications for 2023-2024 Flexible Humanities Fellowships. The deadline to submit proposals is Friday, Nov. 11. Find application forms, instructions and information about awards online at

Free COVID tests: Free iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests are available on the Corvallis and Bend campuses and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Each box contains two tests. While supplies last, OSU community members can pick up these self-test kits without restrictions. Please note the FDA has extended the self-test kit expiration dates by six months. 

Book Talk

NEW! The School-Prison Trust. Join a discussion of the book “The School-Prison Trust," by Sabina VaughtBryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, and Jeremiah Chin in which the authors describe a conquest strategy encompassing the boarding school and juvenile prison models, and deployed in the long war against Native peoples. The book is described as a constellation of stories of Indigenous self-determination in the face of this ongoing conquest. Free, open to all on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at noon via Zoom. Presented by the School of Language, Culture and Society.


“Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.” ~ Carol Bishop Hipps

Corvallis: Rainy with a high of 62 and low of 47. Showers and patchy fog through the weekend. 

Central Oregon: Partly sunny with chance of rain, high of 60, low of 35. Rain and snow showers through the weekend.

Newport: Rain, high of 52, low of 51. Rainy and breezy Saturday then partly sunny Sunday. 

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