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:

Lower birth weights connected to traffic congestion-related pollution (KGW)

A new study by Oregon State University researchers gives us a better idea of how traffic congestion affects pregnant women, and ultimately their babies.

Outcry over nitrate pollution spurs changes to Eastern Oregon groundwater committee (OPB News)

On Friday, DEQ added new member categories for the general public and tribal members to better represent community concerns. Oregon State University associate professor Salini Sasidharan is the new chair for the committee, which will now create bylaws to add organizational structure as the board looks for ways to reduce nitrate contamination in the region.

OSU professors contribute to report further confirming climate emergency (Jefferson Public Radio)

If there was any lingering doubt about the reality of climate change, Oregon State University scientists are among a dozen saying yup, it's absolutely real. William Ripple, Christopher Wolf, Matthew Betts, Beverly Law, and Jillian Gregg co-authored a recently published report showing that Earth is "unequivocally" in the midst of a climate emergency.

Political science professor weighs in on Oregon's competitive congressional races (KGW)

Competition in the House Districts is new for Oregon politics, according to Christopher Stout, an associate political science professor at Oregon State University. His research and teaching focuses on campaigns, elections, voting behavior, Congress, racial and ethnic politics.

Researchers look at reducing Salmonella risk for bulb onions (Food Safety News)

The first project, titled “Assessing the potential for production practices to impact dry bulb onion safety,” is led by Joy Waite-Cusic, Ph.D., with Oregon State University. 

Ask an expert: How do I winterize my flower bulbs? (Oregonian)

Extended summer is over. Fall is definitely here and there’s plenty to do in the garden. You may have questions. For answers, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. 

Today's photo

Early morning: Joe Klopfenstein, clinical assistant professor with the Carlson College of Veterinary  Medicine, says “Sunrise from my office window in Magruder Hall.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Interested in peer observation of teaching or development of a teaching portfolio? You’re invited to register for the CTL Quality Teaching Talk, "Peer Observations and Portfolios: Advancing Teaching Practices," tomorrow (Nov. 8) at 11 a.m. Participants can attend in LINC 414 or via Zoom. 


Bake Sale — Fall Harvest: The Disabled Students Union will have pumpkin crunch, pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls, pumpkin spice hot chocolate, sparkling fall punch, caramel apples, apple crisps, cranberry orange mini loaves, decadent peppermint brownies and a few other seasonal treats. Cash, card (Square), Venmo and Cashapp (@DisabledStudentU). Nov. 7, SEC Plaza, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, [email protected].

Veterans Resource Fair: Meet with providers that can help you gain a better understanding of the benefits and services that you have earned by your service, and provide you a helping hand in applying for them. Students, faculty, staff and community members welcome. Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p .m., Military and Veteran Resource Center, Snell Hall Ste. 150.

Honors College Humanities Interns Symposium: Supported by a grant from the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation and sponsored by the OSU Honors College, the College of Liberal Arts and the Center for the Humanities, seven undergraduates worked with faculty mentors this summer to advance research and creative projects. They will present work on topics ranging from humanitarian engineering to book design and production on Monday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. This is a virtual event; register here.

Community listening session on McDonald and Dunn research forests: The OSU College of Forestry invites members of the public to the second community listening session on Monday, Nov. 7 from 6-8 p.m. We want to hear about your ideas, experiences and hopes related to the McDonald and Dunn research forests as we develop a new forest management plan. Additional information on the planning process and event can be found on the McDonald-Dunn Research Forest Planning Process website. Please register in advance. Peavy Forest Science Center Room 117 or via Zoom, Meeting ID: 851 8983 5847.


NEW! Fall 2022 Career Fairs: The Career Development Center invites students to attend one or all eight career fairs occurring this term. More than 250 employers will be recruiting students on campus and virtually. This fall's fairs include: College of Forestry Career Fair, Nov. 9. Get details and register online. Questions? Contact [email protected].

NEW! Forest Management Plan Listening Session: There will be a public listening session Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom to discuss recent drafts of the Forest Management Plan (FMP) being developed by OSU. This is a time for the public to share their thoughts and provide any input regarding the plan. Recent draft sections of the plan can be accessed through on the FMP webpageZoom link. For questions, email [email protected]

Cultural Center Connection: Join us in welcoming representatives from our OSU Cultural Centers as they share information about their programs and the services they provide the communities they support. Students, faculty, staff and community members welcome. Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Military and Veteran Resource Center, Snell Hall Suite 150.

National First-Generation College Celebration at OSU: Celebrate being first in your family to get a four-year college degree at the First-Gen Shared Mural Project at the SEC Plaza between noon and 4 p.m., or the Break the Code event at the Valley Library Willamette Room from 4:30-6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Free food at both events. More details online.

Robin Pappas’ Farewell Gathering: After 17 years at OSU, Robin Pappas is taking an exciting next step to serve as the IT Governance Program Manager for UC Berkeley. There will be an open house on Nov. 8 from 3-5 p.m. in LINC 468.

Celebrating OSU STEAM: The OSU/NSF Polar STEAM initiative will engage educators, artists, writers and scientists in authentic collaborations. This event will introduce Polar STEAM and partners as we celebrate STEAM with guests including Oregon-based artists April Waters and the Rainbow Dance Theatre Company. Nov. 8, 4 p.m., MU Horizon Room. Reception following hosted by the STEM Research Center and CEOAS. RSVP here.

State of the Students: ASOSU President Matteo Paola will deliver his State of the Students Address on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. in the MU Main Lounge. All are invited to attend and refreshments will be served.

OSU Parent and Family Social on Nov. 12: OSUAA will host a free informal reception for current OSU parents and families during Fall Family Weekend. The Parent and Family Social will take place on Nov. 12 before the OSU vs. Cal game. Mix, mingle and enjoy food, beverages and game-day fun. Co-hosted by OSUAA, ASOSU and the Beaver Caucus. Register:

Rivalry Week — Let’s beat the Ducks Nov. 21-28: The OSU and UO alumni associations are facing off in a friendly competition to see who can enroll the most members — can you help ensure a third win for OSU? From Nov. 21-28, save 25% on any membership (whether joining anew, upgrading to a life membership, renewing or gifting) and lead OSU to victory:

International Education Week Nov 14-18 Join us in celebrating Oregon State University's global achievements, impacts and community during International Education Week. It’s not too late to add your event. Check out the Marketing Toolkit. A full listing of events is available at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! The 2022 General Elections: Speakers include Christopher Stout, OSU’s Government Relations Team and other political practitioners from the legislative scholars program. Nov. 9, 5 p.m. LINC 314 or via Zoom at Sponsored by the School of Public Policy.

NEW! Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium 2022 Fall Student Symposium: Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium is hosting its Fall 2022 Student Symposium on Nov. 10, beginning at 9 a.m. The symposium will be hosted in person at LaSells Stewart Center. The public is invited to attend, view the student posters and watch the student presentations. There will be a virtual keynote speaker from NASA at 9:45 a.m. The posters and further information may be found prior to the symposium at

NEW! Travel Share: Oregon State University’s Retirement Association (OSURA) invites you to a talk by Debi and Simon Johnson where they will share photos and facts from their 22 days in Kenya, Tanzania and Nairobi. Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. in the OSU Foundation’s boardroom. Free, reserve your spot by emailing [email protected].

Center for Teaching & Learning Quality Teaching (QT) Talks: "Peer Observations and Portfolios: Advancing Teaching Practices," presented by Brooke Howland and Funmi Amobi. Peer observation (PO) of teaching can be used to serve two purposes. Whether PO is implemented for evaluative or formative purpose, the overarching goal is to advance effective quality teaching that supports student learning success. Participants will discuss evidence-informed processes for leveraging evaluative and formative collaborative PO to maximize benefits to teaching and learning. ­­Nov. 8, 11-11:50 a.m., LINC 414. Registration.

Gardening talk: Growing the Good Stuff: from Sweet Potatoes to Bitter Melon will be presented by horticulture doctoral student Todd Anderson as part of the Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series. Tuesday, Nov. 8, noon, online. All events in this popular OSU Extension Master Gardeners series are free, online and open to the public.  

Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture Fall 2022 Seminar Series Tuesdays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom on Nov. 8 at noon. Elizabeth Tomasino, associate professor, OSU Food Science & Technology, will present, “Grape smoke exposure and smoke taint in wine.” The event is free and open to the public. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information at:

Center for Teaching and Learning – 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 Learning Innovation Center (LINC) Lounge – 468, Nov. 8 from 12:15-12:50 p.m. No registration required; come as you please. Snacks and beverages are provided. Email [email protected] for more information.

EMT Seminars: Kevin Hobbie will present "Technology Increases Efficiency in Systematic Evidence Collection and Review for Decision Making Frameworks,” Nov. 8 at 3:30 p.m. This will be a hybrid seminar: in person in ALS 4001 and via Zoom at:

OSU Society for the Advancement of Chicanos\LatinXs and Native Americans in Science: SACNAS Chapter students, advisors and college recruiters just returned from the largest National Diversity in STEM Conference in the country in Puerto Rico with over 6,000 attendees. We would love to share our experiences from the 2022 conference and express our gratitude for your support. We are hosting a re-cap meeting on Nov. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in MU room 109. The 2023 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference is scheduled for Oct. 26-28, 2023 in Portland.

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. At the end of this course, learners will have a solid understanding about the principles and policies that apply to our employees, know how to navigate within the space of talent management activities and recognize when, and how, to provide equal opportunity and access to employees. Nov. 15-18, 8:15 a.m. to noon each day via Zoom. Learn more and register before Nov 8.

Rare disease talk: Kathleen Bogart will be speaking on a webinar for Science Magazine on “The profoundly personal side of rare disease: Humanizing the therapeutic journey of patients.” Register for free for the webinar, which will occur on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 9 a.m.

CPHHS Coaches Clinic Series: Foundations of Coaching. Learn how to support positive developments as a youth sports coach by attending this session led by OSU kinesiology experts. The first session in the Coaches Clinic Series presented by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences is Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hallie Ford Center, Room 115. Advanced registration required and space is limited.

FMLA/OFLA Protected Leave Training: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are rescheduling our Protected Leave for Supervisor training (previously Nov. 3) to Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. If you have already registered, you should have received a notice of this change. If you have not registered and you would like to attend, please register here:

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2024-25 Info Session: Learn about opportunities for university faculty and administrators through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program on Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. This is an interactive session with Fulbright Association Program staff who will take live questions. The catalog of awards for 2024-25 will be posted in February 2023. Register at

Innovation to Market — Funding & Training Opportunities: OSU faculty and graduate student researchers are invited to join the OSU Advantage office on Nov. 17 for a one-hour virtual event offered once in the morning and once in the afternoon that will describe funding and training opportunities that support innovation and entrepreneurship at the federal, state and OSU levels. At this event, you will also learn how to apply for a special $5,000 Innovation Award available from OSU Advantage. Register here for a Zoom link:

Take Note

NEW! Survey on Motivation in Rabbits: The Human-Animal Interaction lab at OSU is currently researching rabbit behavior. If you own a rabbit and would like to participate, please take our survey about motivation in rabbits. It mainly consists of questions about your rabbit's behavior and preferences. Contact Emma DeFreeuw at [email protected] with any questions. To take the survey, visit or access it directly in English ( or Spanish (

NEW! 25 Year club: Congratulations to Ray Aguilar, telecomm technician, for being inducted into the 25 Year club at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others inducted into the club by clicking on their name.

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

Letters to Veterans: Join ASOSU in writing letters to our Veteran’s from Nov. 7-11. The letters can be dropped off in SEC 250 or SNELL 150.

Join a Conversation on Student Success: The Academic Success Center (ASC) & Writing Center publish The Success Kitchen once or twice a term. It includes staff and student perspectives on success topics, interviews with campus partners, highlights of collaborations, and strategies and tools. Sign up by Friday, Nov. 11 to receive the next issue of The Success Kitchen.

$15K of Funding Available: The OSU Advantage Innovation Impact Program is currently seeking applications that describe technology-based projects in any discipline that will move OSU-owned technologies closer to commercialization. Proposals should describe a project that requires $15,000 or less of funding to achieve an important milestone(s) connected to commercialization. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000 and should span nine months or less, beginning in January 2023. Proposals are due by 5 p.m., Nov. 30. Contact [email protected] with questions. Learn more and apply.

Call for Applications: Career Champions Program. Applications for the winter 2023 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. The Career Champions program provides faculty and instructors with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom while advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and examining the barriers to access for first-generation, high-financial need, and/or students of color. More information can be found on the Center for Teaching and Learning website. For questions, contact Brenna Gomez. Complete the application form by Nov. 23.

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing a link to available free trainings from SAIF at, which you can sign up for using policy number 790864. You can also access 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.

Policy update: 03-140-206 University Credit Cards has had a minor revision to remove all references to department cards as these will no longer be issued. Please contact the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

Policy update: 03-140-401 Travel has been revised to clarify guidelines for pre-trip registration (section 3.1). The revised policy also provides additional requirements/restrictions for lodging booked through online platforms (section 3.3.3) to mitigate the risks associated with vacation rentals (such as AirBnB and VRBO). Please contact the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

OSU's Open Educational Resources Unit is accepting proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant until Nov. 30: The grant provides funding to adopt, adapt or author an open educational resource, such as a textbook. An open textbook is one that is published under an open copyright license and is made freely available online for students, faculty and the public. All funding is a department-to-department transfer. Please talk to your department head about how this applies to the grant. Questions? Contact OERU Director Stefanie Buck.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Lane closure on SW Washington Way through Nov. 10: As part of the Washington Way Improvement Project, there will be a one-lane closure with flagging operations on SW Washington Way between SW 35th and SW 30th Streets. Work is scheduled to take place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, starting Monday, Oct. 24 and continuing through Thursday, Nov. 10 (view map). For questions or comments on this closure, contact project manager Aaron Amoth at 541-207-5084.


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! Administrative Program Assistant: Oregon State University Extension Service invites applications for an Administrative Program Assistant based at the OSU Extension Deschutes County office in Redmond. This is a 12-month, F/T, classified position starting at $17.43 hourly + benefits. This position will serve several programs that enhance and sustain natural resources in the area including the Master Gardener/Home Horticulture, Forestry and Natural Resources/Fire, and Agriculture programs. Posting #P03848CT. Closes Nov. 19.

NEW! Administrative Office Manager: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement invites applications for an Administrative Office Manager position based at the OSU Extension Washington County office in Beaverton. This is a F/T, 12-month, professional faculty position. The anticipated starting salary will be in the range of $57,900-$63,900, commensurate with skills, education and experience. Posting #P06212UF. Closes Nov. 25.

NEW! Assistant Director, MAST Program (internal employment opportunity): The College of Liberal Arts seeks an Assistant Director to provide leadership for the undergraduate degree in Marine Studies (MAST). This is a part-time (0.25 FTE), 12-month position. Posting #P06202UF. Closes Nov. 27.


“This is a wonderful day. I have never seen this one before.” ~ Maya Angelou

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 45, low of 30. Slight chance of showers Tuesday.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of showers today, high of 39, low of 23. Chance of snow showers Tuesday.

Newport: Showers today, high of 50, low of 36. Slight chance of showers Tuesday.

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