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:

U.S. regulators will review car-tire chemical that kills salmon, upon request from West Coast tribes (Washington Post)

Susanne Brander, an associate professor and ecotoxicologist at Oregon State University, called the decision a great move, but cautioned that the lethal impacts on salmon are likely from more than just 6PPD. She said she is also concerned about whatever chemical tire manufacturers eventually use to replace it.

A new 'Pied Piper' robot protects Oregon's vineyards from pests with some good vibes (KLCC)

“This one’s deciding to be difficult,” he says, gently coaxing it out onto the branch of a holly bush sitting in a vase in the Oregon State University undergraduate’s lab. “In general, bugs are annoying. They’re very finicky.”

New multi-million dollar arts center at OSU set to be complete in a few months (KEZI)

The new, $75 million Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts on the Oregon State University campus is a few months away from opening its doors to the public. Crews are hard at work trying to make the center, also referred to as "PRAx," a reality. Peter Betjemann is the executive director of the project and could not be more excited about it. 


Global plastics treaty: the scientists' response to the zero draft (Renewable Matter)

One important aspect that scientists say must be included in the treaty is the simplification of chemicals in order to reduce the negative impacts they have on humans and other living organisms. "Thousands of chemicals are used in the production of plastics, and the vast majority of these are not regulated globally " Susanne M. Brander, Associate Professor in Ecotoxicology at Oregon State University and co-leader of the WG3. Working Group, Chemicals, Polymers, and Problematic and Hazardous Products, tells Renewable Matter.

OSU-Cascades hosts fall residency for MFA writers (Bend Bulletin)

Instrumental music hummed from a laptop in an Oregon State University-Cascades classroom as Bob Arellano watched his students write.


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Ancient tree: Kimberly Copeland, procurement & business systems manager with UHDS, says, “Just as you enter Rockaway Beach Oregon, you can access Cedar Wetland Preserve. The inclusive boardwalk trail goes just under half a mile in and ends at a large Western red dedar. The tree is approx. 154’ tall and 49’ circumference. It is estimated to be 800-1200 years old. There is a lot of beautiful scenery along the way.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Do you have writing projects coming up in the second half of fall term? If so, this is a great time to remind students about the support available through the Writing Center. Students and project groups can arrange consultations in-person or via Zoom, or can get written feedback via email. Check out the Writing Center’s extensive faculty resources.

NEW! Strategic Plan: There is no problem too great — and Oregon State is prepared to offer effective, real-world solutions. Our new strategic plan — Prosperity Widely Shared: The Oregon State Plan — unveils the goals, ambitions and vision for a better future. President Jayathi Murthy will share details at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. 


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

Employee Veteran Breakfast: Join employee veterans at Oregon State University for the Veteran Employee Breakfast on 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].

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.


NEW! Rally for Respect with classified staff: Join OSU’s classified staff at 11:45 a.m., Nov. 7 in the library quad to demonstrate that staff deserve respect, fair wages and safe workplaces. Faculty, staff and students welcome. Wear purple to show your support.

NEW! National First-Generation College Student CelebrationJoin faculty, staff, and students from the College of Liberal Arts from noon to 2 p.m., Nov. 8 in Bexell Hall for National First-Generation College Student Celebration. Cocoa, cider and cake will be served.

NEW! Defense Intelligence Agency Careers: Join the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and School of Public Policy (SPP) for an exclusive event at 3 p.m. Nov. 8, featuring a representative from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), who is also a CLA/SPP alumna. The representative will share unique insights into the world of defense intelligence and national security for students who are interested in related career fields.

NEW! NDiSTEM recap: Following the National Diversity in STEM, NDiSTEM Conference, the OSU Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) chapter will be hosting a NDiSTEM conference recap reception to thank their sponsors from 5-7 p.m., Nov. 8 in MU 49 Horizon Room. Questions? Contact Jimena Caballero Ignacio, chapter president at [email protected].

NEW! OSUAA Tailgate Town - Home vs. Washington: Put on your best orange and black and come cheer on your Beavs as they face the Huskies of Washington. Food, prizes and games will be offered at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on Saturday, Nov. 18, three hours prior to kickoff. Learn more.

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.

November Family Business 360 event: The Center for Family Enterprise’s 2023 Excellence in Family Business Award winner for Generational Development Koeber’s Interiors will be celebrated from 8:30-9 a.m., Nov. 8, in a virtual format. Don’t miss out on the chance to hear from owner Jaann Hoisington and manager of marketing and sales Georgie Funk on how they have successfully transitioned their family business through three generations. Register here.  

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

American Strings: An Evening with Twanguero. Dubbed a “fire-breathing guitar hero” by the press, and called “the King of Twang” by Guitar Player Magazine, Latin Grammy-winning, guitarist/composer/performer Twanguero (Diego Garcia) is considered by many to be one of the finest guitarists in Spain. 7:30 p.m., Nov. 16 at The LaSells Stewart Center; tickets $25 or free for OSU students with advance registration. 

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! EMT Seminars: Maureen Baldwin, “Early Pregnancy Loss – Epidemiology and Health Behaviors,” 3:30 p.m., Nov. 7. This will be a hybrid seminar, in person in ALS 4001 and by Zoom:

NEW! Caregiving for Someone with a Disability: While caregiving can be one of the most rewarding and worthwhile commitments, it can also be a difficult and draining state to maintain. Join this virtual gathering to meet with other caregivers and discuss the challenges or difficulties you face. This gathering is intended for people who care for others with a disability. 9-10 a.m., Nov. 8. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

NEW! Care Talks: Financial Wellness -- Living Off Your Paycheck. This webinar will go over goal-setting and how your money beliefs can affect the way you save and spend. Other topics covered during this session include how to reduce debt, the difference between “meat vs. gravy” and how to increase your wealth. 10 a.m., Nov. 8, online. Register today.

NEW! Diversity Research Virtual Lighting Talks: This event will feature concise, short, rapid-fire presentations that showcase recent research and scholarship advancing a more equitable and just world. This virtual event will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 8. Hosted by the Research Office and the Office of Institutional Diversity. Register here

NEW! Working While Grieving: Grief is one of the most common human experiences, yet it’s one of the least discussed and understood. Grief impacts our ability to be present and fully engaged, especially at work. Join this virtual gathering to discuss the ways grief impacts work and share helpful strategies to make room for both. Noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 8 or Nov. 13. Access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

NEW! Federal funding opportunities and climate tech support seminar: Join Leon Wolf and Juan Barraza of VertueLab to learn more about how you can compete for SBIR/STTR grants and other federal opportunities, as well as assistance programs for climate entrepreneurs. This 90-minute session will include information on the various federal funding agencies, how to find the right opportunity and tips and tricks for submitting successful applications. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Nov. 8, Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Institute (ATAMI), Metolius Room, 1110 NE Circle Blvd. Zoom option available. Lunch provided. Please let us know if you'll be attending in person.

NEW! STEM Education in South Africa and the US: Join the College of Education and the STEM Research Center from 3-4 p.m., Nov. 8, in Furman 404 for a lecture by Derek Fish, a current Fulbright scholar at OSU with 30 years of experience running a science center in South Africa. Fish will discuss the challenges of STEM education in a country that experienced major political changes after Apartheid, massive continuing inequality and racial tensions, and enormous linguistic and cultural diversity. The conversation will focus on mutual learning based on his experiences as a Fulbright Scholar in the U.S.

NEW! Paul Lawrence Farber Humanities Endowment Fund Lecture: The Paul Lawrence Farber Humanities Endowment Fund presents Elizabeth O’Brien, assistant professor of the history of medicine and of Latin America at UCLA. O’Brien will present on her recent research titled, "Surgery and Colonialism: How the Church Decided that Life Begins at Conception," and how the caesarean operation played a role in shaping Catholic claims about unborn life. 4 p.m., Nov. 8, The LaSells Stewart Center. Admission is free.

NEW! University of Canterbury Info Session: Meet Anna Foster from UC to find out how a study abroad program in New Zealand can apply to your OSU degree. Join the College of Forestry International Programs for an info session from noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 9 in Richardson 107 or via Zoom. Open to all OSU students.

NEW! Galaxies, Stars, Planets, and Life: A Universe of Awe & Inspiration. CSA’s Newman Lecture Series brings Jennifer Wiseman to OSU. Wiseman (full bio here) has an expansive history of experience in science, public speaking and Christianity and is currently a senior astrophysicist at NASA. Wiseman's lecture will be from 6-7:30 pm, Nov. 14. Register for webinar here.  

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.

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.

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.  

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

NEW! Active shooter training: OSU Emergency Management offers in-department active shooter training. The 45-minute in-person presentation teaches OSU’s Run.Hide.Fight response to an active threat. To schedule a session for your team, email [email protected].

NEW! Reserve the CH2M HILL Alumni Center: Host your next event at a premier meeting and event space on the OSU campus. The center offers ample and versatile space outfitted with the latest technology to accommodate in-person, hybrid and virtual events and meetings. It boasts modern amenities, onsite AV support and a one-of-a-kind ambience. Make your reservation today. 

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! May Ave: As part of the Pride Center Renovation project, a section of SW May Avenue will be closed Nov. 6-8. The impacted section is located between SW 15th and SW 16th Streets, directly behind the Pride Center. Several parking spaces along May Avenue will also be closed.

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. 

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! Accounting Services Manager: The Controller’s Unit Financial Strategic Services invites applications for a full-time, 12-month Accounting Services Manager position. This position will provide oversight for a fiscal support team carrying out financial operations in support of various campus units. You will play a critical role in supporting the mission of the university by ensuring quality assurance in financial transactions, reporting and compliance monitoring. Posting #P07442UF. Full consideration Nov. 7. Closes Nov. 20.

NEW! Executive Assistant: The Office of International Services is recruiting for an Executive Assistant that is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. The primary responsibility of this position is to provide functional support to ensure OIS operates at optimum capacity to meet its strategic priorities Posting #P07476UF. Closes Nov. 14.

NEW! The College of Engineering at Oregon State University is looking for a Director of Student Engagement. This position fills a vital role and is a key member of the College of Engineering community. The successful candidate will develop and implement strategic efforts that reframe the undergraduate co-curricular experience. Posting #P07489UF. Full consideration Nov. 19. Closes Dec. 10. 

NEW! Administrative Assistant: University Information Technology invites applicants for the role of Administrative Assistant in the office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO). This is a 12-month, F/T, professional faculty position. Posting #P146050. Closes Nov. 25.


“So dull and dark are the November days. The lazy mist high up the evening curled, and now the morn quite hides in the smoke and haze; the place we occupy seems all the world.” ~ John Clare

Corvallis: Showers and breezy today, high of 55, low of 46. Showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Rain and breezy today, high of 52, low of 36. Chance of rain tomorrow.

Newport: Showers and breezy, high of 59, low of 48. Showers Tuesday.

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