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:

Rising tide: Pacific Northwest could soon double or triple its small number of seaweed farms (KUOW)

The Oregon company was an outgrowth of Oregon State University research into seaweed varieties suitable for farming in the Northwest. When OSU announced its researchers had patented a “seaweed that tastes like bacon” in 2015, it created a minor sensation with headlines such as “The new, sustainable superfood,” "the new kale," "the magical bacon unicorn of vegetables," or combined all in one: "Move Over, Kale: Dulse is the Superfood of the Future.

When is the healthiest time to retire? Science weighs in (IFL Science)

“[We] found that retiring one year later was associated with a nine percent lower mortality risk,” said Chenkai Wu, lead author of a 2016 study into the link between retirement and longevity and then-PhD-student in public health at Oregon State University, in an interview with Harvard Business Review.

Hemp byproducts are good alternative feed for lambs, study finds (Science Daily)

An Oregon State University study found that spent hemp biomass -- the main byproduct of the cannabinoid (CBD) extraction process of hemp -- can be included in lamb diets without any major detrimental effects to the health of the animals or their meat quality.

Water worries: Farmers, regulators struggle to address nitrate contamination (Capital Press)

Chrissy Lucas-Woodruff, outreach program coordinator for OSU Extension in the Willamette Valley, has spent the last 15 years working with small-scale farmers, landowners and new residents to educate them about nitrates, and to test their wells.

Cable array to study ocean upwelling (Newport News-Times)

A research vessel launched from the NOAA dock at Newport Wednesday to deploy buoys and other equipment to the Endurance Array, the Pacific Northwest coastal component of the Ocean Observatories Initiative, a global network of sensors collecting data to study ocean change.

New rollout date announced for Oregon's wildfire risk map (KTVL)

"The purpose of the map—a collaboration between ODF and wildfire scientists at OSU’s College of Forestry—is to provide transparent and science-based information to Oregonians about the factors near them that drive wildfire exposure including weather, climate, vegetation and topography," ODF said.

Education preparation programs pivot to meet students' need as school staffing shortages persist (KEZI)

At Oregon State University, Associate Dean of Educator Preparation Programs Kristen Nielsen said recruitment numbers are starting to rise again after fall due to the pandemic. Those numbers are expected to meet or exceed pre-pandemic levels within a year or two.

The Edge: A Request to Readers in the 2022 'Gone Fishing' Issue (Chronicle of Higher Education)

“The future has to be in the classroom,” said Burns. “It’s the one place where every student goes.” Faculty members can — and should — talk about career development, said Brenna Gomez, Oregon State University’s director of career integration. Students trust their professors, she said, and want them to talk about careers. Oregon State now encourages faculty members to integrate career-readiness activities into coursework and to put career competencies on syllabi.

Today's photo

Pendleton Roundup: Ben Davis, assistant director of marketing and communications with the College of Agricultural Sciences, sent this photo of President Jayathi Murthy (right) and College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Staci Simonich riding horses in the parade at the Pendleton Round Up, along with the OSU wagon train. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Assigning a group project to your students this term? Wondering how to promote positive interdependence and to assess individual accountability? See the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Assessing Student Learning: Group Projects for evidence-based guidance.


Room Change! Booster clinic: OSU will be providing additional COVID-19 booster clinics on the OSU Corvallis campus, Friday Sept. 23, from noon to 4 p.m. in rooms 211 & 212 in the Memorial Union. These will be booster-only clinics for individuals 12 and older. The updated bivalent boosters will be provided on a walk-up basis and are free of charge. Please bring your vaccination card. Click here for more information.

Department of Integrative Biology Ph.D. Defense Seminar: Elizabeth Knorr will present “Structure and Dynamics of the Canine (Canis familiaris) Nasal Microbiome” on Friday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Knorr is completing her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology under the guidance of Ben Dalziel.

Applied Economics Seminar: Prof. Hope Michelson from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will present "Restoring Trust: Evidence from the Fertilizer Market in Tanzania,” Friday, Sept. 23 from 2-3:30 p.m., in Ballard Extension Hall Room 219. Additional details available here

Beaver Bash: Join us for OSU Program Council's unforgettable End of Summer Beaver Bash Afterglow event on Sept. 23, featuring Bachelor Nation contestant Blake Hortsmann as our DJ. Afterglow is a foam and glow dance party for OSU students taking place in the SEC Plaza from 9-11 p.m. Free snacks are provided.


Alumni Center pregame tailgate — OSU vs. USC: Before the Beavers take on USC, fire up your Oregon State spirit with swag giveaways, photo booths and indoor lawn games in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center’s comfortable climate-controlled ballroom. Join the OSU Alumni Association Tailgate Town, presented by OCCU, three hours before kickoff on Sept. 24.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease: The Healthy Aging Club is sponsoring the Beavers United Against Alzheimer’s team for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease this Saturday, Sept. 24 at Bruce Starker Arts Park, 4485 SW Country Club Dr. Registration begins at 9; walk at 10:30 a.m. (< 1 mile). For more information, please contact team captain Maria Kurth, [email protected]. To register for the walk or to donate to support those walking, please go to

Fall Into Service 2022: Community Engagement & Leadership invites you to “Fall Into Service” with us on Saturday, Sept. 24. Fall Into Service provides OSU community members with 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, lunch and transportation to the service projects will be provided to volunteers. Register today at


Free concert: The Corvallis-OSU Symphony presents The University of Stuttgart Academic Orchestra featuring works from Brahms, Schumann and Bartók. Sunday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. More information at


NEW! Strand Gallery Fall 2022 Exhibition: Paulette Kaskinen: Woolly, Sept. 27-Dec. 9. Kaskinen’s intricate charcoal drawings of fiber animals highlight careful stewardship of farmers and personalities of her animal subjects. Open Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., or by appointment: (541) 737-5534. Strand Gallery, 440 Strand Agriculture Hall. More information at Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences.

NEW! Quality Teaching (QT) Tips: New(er) faculty and GTAs are welcome to join our open and casual community conversations about teaching. Bring a lunch, your questions and your teaching-related successes to share. We will meet in the LINC Lounge (LINC 468) every other Tuesday, starting Sept. 27 from 12:15-12:50 p.m. No registration required; come as you please. Snacks and beverages provided. Email [email protected] with questions. 

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 on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 3-6 p.m. Learn about our events and services, enjoy some light refreshments and meet some of our student staff. Drop-in style event. No registration.

Free bike registration: OSU’s Department of Public Safety and Transportation Services is hosting a bike registration event on Sept. 26 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the McNary Dining Quad. The event is free. Registering your bike with 529 Garage is a tool used by law enforcement to reduce bike theft and obtain information such as serial numbers and photos in the event your bike is stolen. You can also register for ZAP Oregon State, a free bike commute rewards program for Oregon State University students and employees.

Fulbright Program Reception: Current, past and future Fulbrighters, Fulbright advisors, and anyone curious to learn more about the Fulbright program are invited to attend this reception on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 4-5 p.m. at the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, Room 115. Contact [email protected] for any questions.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

Hiring Q&A Webinar: This session is designed for supervisors and department HR liaisons. Feel free to drop in and ask your questions about the hiring process. We will have a panel of experts from different HR teams that work directly with hiring to assist with your questions. The panel will include representatives from the following teams: Classification and Compensation, HR Strategic Partners, Recruitment, Onboarding and HR Support Services. Sept. 26, 10 a.m. Register here.

Apply now for the Ecampus Research Fellows Program: If you’re interested in conducting research about online teaching and learning, the Ecampus Research Unit will help you plan your proposal for the Ecampus Research Fellows Program. The Research Unit annually funds up to five faculty and/or department projects — $25,000 each — to support research on distance and online education. Info sessions will be held Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. and Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Applications are due Nov. 1. To register or ask questions, contact Naomi Aguiar, assistant director of research.

Elliott State Research Forest Forest Management Plan listening session: A public listening session will be held on Sept. 27 to discuss recent drafts of the Forest Management Plan being developed by OSU. This is a time for the public to share their thoughts and provide any input regarding the FMP. This is an online session from 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Recent draft of sections of the Forest Management Plan (FMP) can be accessed through the Department of State Lands Elliott page. Zoom link: Direct questions to: [email protected].

History Pub: Sam Stern, OSU professor and dean emeritus of education, will present “Bernard Daly’s Promise: The Legacy of a Place-Based Scholarship,” on Sept. 27, 7 p.m. at Worthy Brewing in Bend as part of the Worthy History History Pub from the Deschutes Historical Museum. Registration is free:

SJEI workshop registration open through fall 2022 — secure your spot: The Social Justice Education Initiative is a professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI workshops are infused with expertise, empathy and humor while embracing a guiding principle of “more curiosity, less judgment” to achieve robust learning objectives. Learn more, see the workshop schedule and register on the SJEI website registration page or contact SJEI director Jane Waite at [email protected].

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: This 10-hour course teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional or risky topics at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on those decisions with unity and commitment. This program consists of a series of five live, online sessions on Thursdays 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 6 through Nov. 3. There is a $100 fee to attend Crucial Conversations. Learn more and register before Sept. 23.

Take Note

NEW! OSU Flu clinic: To register for the Oct. 5 flu clinic, to be held in the MU Ballroom, participants must complete the sign-up process by Sept. 30. Follow the directions carefully. Detailed directions are located here. OSU Faculty/Staff/Students sign-up at this link:  To register for the Oct. 17 clinic, follow the same steps starting Sept. 29 and complete the process by Oct. 9.

NEW! TIAA retirement consultations: Employees who are interested in retirement consultations with TIAA can sign up for times next week at the following links: Retirement financial website, Workshops and Events | University Human Resources | Oregon State University; direct link to sign up, TIAA- Seminars & Meeting. Questions? Contact [email protected].

NEW! Mutual Mentors: Classroom observations are a critical component noted in OSU's Faculty Handbook and have rich benefits for both the observer and the observed. This term-long, hybrid program offers experiential learning opportunities to develop the skills and behaviors needed to conduct classroom observations and simultaneously advance Quality Teaching (QT). Launching the week of Sept. 26, it is not too late to register with CTL:

Internationalization grant application now open: The Office of Faculty Affairs Internationalization Grant is open to all OSU professional and academic faculty and INTO OSU employees. The program awards up to $5,000 for projects that advance the university’s internationalization agenda. Applications for the fall cycle are due by Friday, Oct. 14. 5 p.m. For more information and to apply, visit

OSU Advantage: The OSU Advantage Innovation Impact Program is accepting applications for its fall Accelerate cohort which begins Oct. 4. Accelerate is open to teams who want to launch high-growth businesses or explore the commercialization potential of an idea. Upon completion of the hybrid program, teams will have a five-minute pitch deck, product market validation, mentor feedback and more. The nine-week program takes place on Tuesdays from 3-5 p.m. Learn more & apply by Sept. 27.

Instructors: Check Your Library Links. OSU Libraries made several system updates over the summer. Please double-check all your links (including permalinks) to course materials to ensure they still work. We recommend checking both on and off campus. For help fixing broken links visit You may also notice problems with saved searches and search alerts in the library catalog, 1Search. If you need help fixing this, contact [email protected].

Homecoming week class reunions: It’s time to reconnect, reminisce and reunite with classmates and campus. Join the honored Class of 1972 — celebrating a special 50th golden reunion — plus gatherings with the classes of 1970, 1971 and 1962. All classes are welcome. View the schedule of fun reunion activities taking place Oct. 13-15 at

OSU IT Year in Review 2022: The OSU IT Year in Review 2022 website and annual report is now available to the OSU community (OSU Login required). This year’s report highlights IT accomplishments across OSU during the 2021-22 academic year. We've made significant strides to unify the way IT works for OSU and cultivating an IT community with shared vision and goals – enabling us to architect a modern institution that is ready to deliver on its missions across teaching and learning, research, and extension and engagement. 

Public Service Loan Forgiveness: The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) provides public service employees with federal student debt forgiveness, in certain situations, after 10 years or 120 consecutive monthly payments. On Oct. 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced a change to Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program rules for a limited time as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency. Now, for a limited time, borrowers may receive credit for past periods of repayment that would otherwise not qualify for PSLF. The waiver ends Oct. 31, 2022. Join a representative from the Department of Education as they discuss the PSLF program, and the steps borrowers need to take to make sure they get credit under the Limited PSLF Waiver. Sept. 28, noon. Register for this webinar.

4-H volunteers: 4-H volunteers are the key to a successful 4-H program and create positive life-changing experiences for youth. Oregon has more than 6,000 adult and teen volunteers who offer their time and talents to our program. Benton County 4-H is home to over 200 of those volunteers. New volunteers receive a comprehensive orientation and training specific to their role, no knowledge or experience is required. Join us on Oct. 25, 6 p.m. at the Benton OSU Extension office for our next training; registration is required (see the flyer for all the details). For more information, see the website or contact our Benton Extension office. 

Boosters for Beavs: Free COVID-19 vaccination clinics are open to the public on our Corvallis, Bend and Newport campuses. Updated booster doses (bivalent) are available in limited supply. No ID, no insurance required. Bring your COVID-19 CDC Card if possible. Mask required inside these spaces. Subject to changes. Visit for updates. Newport: Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Hatfield Marine Science Center, Guin Library Seminar Room (has flu shots too). Corvallis: Oct. 10-14, 12-4 p.m., Memorial Union 62. Bend: Oct. 14, 1-5 p.m., Ray Hall, Atrium 011 and 013. Corvallis: Nov. 14-18, 12-4 p.m., Memorial Union 62.

Call for Blended Learning Fellowship Nominations: The Center for Teaching and Learning is accepting nominations and self-nominations for a 2022-23 Blended Learning Faculty Fellow. The Fellow will support CTL’s mission of enhancing teaching excellence. The Fellow will be involved in coordination, design and facilitation of faculty development around blended learning. See call for nominations and apply by Sept. 23.

Free COVID tests: Free iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests are available on the Corvallis, Bend and Newport campuses. 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 expiration date six months. For questions or accommodations related to disabilities, contact [email protected].

Traffic and Maintenance

Full road closure for section of U.S. 20: ODOT is working on a construction project to build a retaining wall, realigning and reconstructing a portion of the road and repairing damage caused by landslides on Hwy 20. Work includes fixing the road surface from milepost 55.4 to milepost 55.6 and milepost 56 to milepost 56.2 to create a smoother ride and prevent water from pooling. If you use this route for work at OSU-Cascades, research, field work or other travel, note that a two-week full road closure is scheduled Sept. 9-22. Detour information is available online. Expect daytime single lane closures Monday through Friday from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. through October 2022.


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! Ecampus is seeking two enrollment services specialists to join our marketing and enrollment services team. The enrollment services specialists will advise and guide prospective Ecampus students through the policies and processes involved with admissions, enrollment and registration. These are full-time (1.0 FTE) classified positions. Posting #P03773CT. Closes Oct. 5.


"One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world." ~ Malala Yousafzai

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 76, low of 52. Sunny this weekend.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 63, low of 48.  Sunny this weekend.

Newport: Gradual clearing today, high of 65, low of 50. Partly sunny this weekend.

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