COVID testing: Oregon State University, in collaboration with Willamette Valley Toxicology, is providing on-site COVID-19 testing. OSU employees and students, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to obtain a test at one of these locations: Corvallis: The LaSells Stewart Center: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Student Experience Center: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (For staff wanting to get a test voluntarily, please make sure to have registered for a lab dash account prior to coming to test in order to save time: https://labdash.net/.) Bend: Ray Hall 302, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.

Vaccine compliance: Effective Sept. 15, Oregon State University requires employees and students who work, learn or engage with others in-person as part of their job duties to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19. OSU employees and students who are required to comply and who meet an exemption not to be vaccinated, will be required to test for COVID-19 weekly until further notice.

Face coverings now required in OSU indoor settings.

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Want to use effective questioning techniques to support student engagement and learning success? Skillful questioning in class can promote critical thinking while checking for students’ conceptual understanding of course content. Register for the CTL Sparkshop on Zoom on Friday, Oct. 15 at noon, to learn to apply evidence-informed teaching strategies to engage students through effective questioning. 

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. Content appearing includes timely news and feature stories from broadcast, print and online sources. Occasionally, opinion pieces and first-person columns appearing in mainstream media outlets that are written by faculty members and pertain to their academic or professional expertise may be included based on their unique, informative value, timeliness and space constraints. It is not the policy of OSU Today to include Letters to the Editor. Occasionally, articles highlighted in OSU Today may either be subscription-only or behind a paywall if a maximum number of articles has been reached that month. Many subscription-only publications, like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, can be accessed by anyone with an OSU email account through the search function on the OSU Libraries home page, which grants free access to many publications. See https://library.oregonstate.edu/ and click on 1Search.

 

OSU researchers to study how to make 'deadliest catch' safer (OPB News)

Crabbing is Oregon’s most lucrative – and dangerous – fishing market. Now a federal grant aims to make the work safer. Nearly $900,000 from the Occupational Safety and Health Department will fund research by Oregon State University faculty. (see also KLCC)
 

Oregon State University drafts presidential search timeline (Oregonian)

Oregon State University’s Board of Trustees staff outlined a preliminary plan on Friday to have a new president chosen by May 2022. (see also OPBKTVZ, KXL)
 

Oregon State trustees approve preliminary plans for presidential search ([email protected])

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees today approved preliminary plans for an open search process to begin in this month for the selection of the university’s next president.
 

Hunting regulations have helped safeguard the sage grouse (Earth.com)

“It appears that, overall, agencies are doing well with adjusting the timing of hunting seasons, reducing season lengths and maintaining later hunting seasons as supported by previous research,” added study lead author Jonathan Dinkins, an assistant professor of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University
 

Impact of forest thinning on wildfires creates divisions (WYNT)

James Johnston, a researcher with Oregon State University's College of Forestry, called the groups' conclusions "pretty misleading," "irresponsible" and "self-contradicting." "Claims that modern fuel-reduction thinning makes fire worse are not credible," Johnston said. (see also ABC News)

 

OSU wins national award for campus diversity, inclusion (again!) (KLCC)

For the fourth year in a row, Oregon State University has won a national award for having a campus culture committed to diversity and inclusion.
 

OSU granted $10M to explore Western hemp production (KOIN)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will grant Oregon State University’s (OSU) Global Hemp Innovation Center $10 million to study sustainable hemp production. (see also Hemp Gazette)
 

Was this year's garden a dud? Here are some reasons why, tips to improve next year's yield: Ask an expert (Oregonian)

Gardening season is winding down, but you may still have some questions. For answers, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. 
 

OSU event to link Star Trek and activism (Corvallis Advocate)

OSU’s Science Pub will be hosting an interesting presentation tomorrow, Oct 11. The episode will feature philosophy professor Dr. José-Antonio Orosco. His talk is titled, “To Boldly Go: Why Scientists and Social Justice Warriors Need Star Trek”, and looks to be a fascinating discussion about the philosophies found in Star Trek and how they can help us create a better future. 
 

'Mystery spider' stirs curiosity among C.O. residents; biologist provides its identity (KTVZ)

With so many Central Oregonians enjoying nature and the outdoors as summer turns to fall, a spider some have come across recently has stirred curiosity. Many natives apparently didn't know what the mysterious specimen was, so NewsChannel 21 reached out to an Oregon State University professor to find out.
 

Microbiology research furthers understanding of ocean's role in carbon cycling (Lab Manager)

Microbiology researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) have shed new light on the mechanisms of carbon cycling in the ocean, using a novel approach to track which microbes are consuming different types of organic carbon produced by common phytoplankton species.

 

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Other fish in the sea: A new study of the genetic profiles of wild and hatchery coho salmon demonstrates important distinctions in how the two types of fish form mating pairs. These findings by Oregon State University researchers provide new insight into subtle differences between wild and hatchery fish that could lead to changes in how hatchery fish are mated to promote the success of hatchery fish and conserve and protect wild fish. To learn more https://beav.es/UNX 

COVID-19 vaccines: For information about vaccines in the Benton County, visit this website. OSU-Cascades students, faculty and staff can learn where to find vaccines in Central Oregon here. Check your local public health authority websites for more information. You can also visit the Oregon Health Authority: Get Vaccinated Oregon website and the CDC VaccineFinder for vaccinations anywhere in the U.S. Go to COVID-19 information for links to OSU, local, state and federal resources; and updates on the latest federal travel restrictions.

Today

NEW! National Retirement Security Month: The month of October is National Retirement Security month. We have scheduled retirement savings education webinars during this month that are available to all OSU employees. We wanted to notify you ahead of time about the topics, dates and times so that you could register and plan to attend if these topics are of interest to you. For additional questions and to register please see: https://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/current-employees/retirement. Fidelity webinars: Oct. 11 and 12; TIAA webinars: Oct. 8, 13 and 15; Oregon Savings Growth webinars: Oct. 13 and 14.

100 Reasons to Stay Alive: When times get hard, it is important to be reminded of all of the beautiful things that life has to offer. 100 Reasons to Stay Alive is a walk-through, interactive exhibit of some of the reasons life is beautiful. We hope the exhibit will inspire you to think about your personal reasons and the meaning they hold for you. Visit this year’s exhibit: The Valley Library Lawn, daily from Monday, Oct. 11 to Friday, Oct. 15. Inspire: Share your reason and be featured on the event website and in future exhibits: https://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0J6zhRafdR8vOYe. For additional information contact Tessie Webster-Henry at [email protected].

Maximize Social Security in Your Retirement Strategy: If you want to understand important Social Security claiming strategies: Learn about strategies for claiming your Social Security benefit and how it fits with other income sources to create your retirement paycheck. Oct. 11, 11 a.m. Register now. Hosted by Fidelity.

Teaching workshop on using informal writing to promote active learning: Sarah Tinker Perrault, WIC Director, will give a 50-minute interactive workshop on how to use informal writing to enhance student learning in all disciplinary areas and at all levels (lower division through graduate classes). The workshop will take place via Zoom (register for a link) on Monday, Oct. 11, from noon to 12:50 p.m.

Department of Integrative Biology Seminar: Dr. Amy Angert, professor, University of British Columbia, will present a seminar, "Variation in Local Adaptation Over Time," on Monday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. via Zoom: https://beav.es/IBFallSeminar. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information (including dial-in information) and to view the entire Integrative Biology Department Spring Seminar Series lineup, please go to http://ib.oregonstate.edu/smnrs. Accommodations for disabilities may be made by contacting 541-737-3705 or [email protected].

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Please join us on Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. for Indigenous Peoples' Day 2021. Our featured speaker this year is Buddy Lane, OSU alumni and Cultural Education Director for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. We are also joined by Steven Paul from the First Indigenous Nations Society and Corvallis Mayor Biff Traber. Register at: https://beav.es/UGG. For accommodations related to a disability, please contact [email protected] or 541-737-9036. Sponsored by the Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws in partnership with the City of Corvallis.

Science Pub: The Oregon State University Science Pub on Monday, Oct. 11 will focus on how science fiction like Star Trek movies and television programs may strengthen hope for building a better future when the world seems overcome with crises. The virtual event, a joint effort of Oregon State University in Corvallis and OSU-Cascades in Bend, will feature a talk by Jose-Antonio Orosco, a professor of philosophy at Oregon State. His presentation is titled: “To Boldy Go: Why Scientists and Social Justice Warriors Need Star Trek.” The free Science Pub will run from 6-7:30 p.m. The event will be broadcast on YouTube Live. Registration is required and can be completed at https://beav.es/Upe.

Events

NEW! Party at the Plaza: Spiritual Life @ OSU is hosting a Party at the Plaza on Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the SEC Plaza. Spiritual Life @ OSU serves our campus community by encouraging and cultivating transformative spiritual exploration, discovery and development. Connect with various religious, spiritual, and philosophical student clubs and organizations. Food. Yard Games. Fun. Find community.

NEW! National Transfer Student Week: Get ready to celebrate OSU’s transfer students during National Transfer Student Week, Oct. 18-22. Download a NTSW Zoom background and/or register to attend the Supporting Transfer Student Success: Five Key Practices workshop. To see full list of activities and ways to get involved, visit beav.es/NTSW or contact Erin Bird, Transfer Transitions Coordinator.  

OSU Album Club: Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys. Album Club returns this fall in the remote meeting format to safely and conveniently connect campus and community in discussing some of the greatest music albums of all time. Join host Bob Santelli as we listen to and delve deep into the story of The Beach Boys 11th studio album, "Pet Sounds." Free and open to all. Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Register.

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 Science Diversity Action Plan Launch: Come help launch the CoS Strategic Diversity Action Plan. We’ll have an overview of the Strategic Diversity Action Plan followed by small group discussions. Only OSU students will be in attendance. Masks required to be worn except for when eating or drinking. Oct. 12, MU Ballroom, 5-6 p.m. RSVP at beav.es/US3.

The High Kings to perform at The LaSells Stewart Center: The High Kings are platinum-selling international artists who have sold out shows in Ireland and the U.S. The High Kings are noted for their rousing acoustic flavor of Celtic music they label “Folk and Roll.” Thursday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m. More information including how to purchase tickets.

The Emerald City Jazz Kings — I'm Glad There Is You: The song stylings of Johnny Hartman and Lena Horne. The Emerald City Jazz Kings, led by Glenn Griffith and featuring Shedd veterans Siri Vik and Bill Hulings, present the rich and diverse songbooks of jazz vocalist Johnny Hartman and legendary Hollywood entertainer Lena Horne. Saturday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center. More information including how to purchase tickets.

Employees can sign up today for the flu shot clinic scheduled at the Corvallis campus Oct. 19: It will be located in the MU Ballroom. When you sign up you must enter your insurance information in the portal. It will state it is optional but for the OSU employee clinic it is not optional. If you do not provide this your appointment time may be delayed up to an hour. Detailed information regarding how to sign up in the Kroger portal can be found at the OSU Flu Shot Clinic Website here

October Flu Shot Clinics: Flu shot clinics are scheduled for OSU faculty, staff and students this October at various locations. The Flu Shot Clinic Sign-up portal is now open and working for the Corvallis flu shot clinic at the MU Ballroom. Detailed instructions are located on the HR Website here. Beginning Oct. 5, employees can sign up for the Oct. 19 clinic at: www.krogerhealth.com/partnerscheduling. You must enter your insurance information in the portal.  It will state it is optional but for OSU employees it is not optional.  If you do not provide this your appointment time may be delayedThe last day to schedule for Oct. 19 is Oct. 13. In Newport, OSU employees in the Newport area can access a flu shot clinic on Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at Hatfield Marine Science Center. For more information, please contact Shannon Reed at [email protected]. This year Kaiser members can attend the flu shot clinics in Newport hosted by Fred Meyer/Kroger. In BendCascades campus in Bend is hosting a COVID vaccine and flu shot clinic COVID-19 vaccine clinic Oct. 12 and 13. Employees can choose to receive their flu shot or COVID-19 vaccine or both. More information is pending in the next two weeks. Please contact Stefanie Maerki with questions at [email protected]. Additionally, Kaiser Permanente, Yoda Health, Providence Health Plan and PacificSource Plan members can contact their medical plan providers for ways to receive a flu shot. Questions? Please contact [email protected] or 541-737-2805.

Celebrate OSU’s finest at the 2021 Black and Orange Awards: Join the OSU community online and honor eight outstanding Beavers whose service, creative leadership and distinguished careers have strengthened Oregon State's reputation and programs. Listen to their inspiring stories, then share your congratulations during interactive receptions following the main program. Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Register at ForOregonState.org/BlackAndOrange.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Processing emotions: Two optional EAP sessions are scheduled for employees who wish to process the emotions related to resumption and the pandemic as a group. This will be facilitated by Fabiola Ruiz, a provider with OSU’s EAP Beyond Benefits. It will not be a space where OSU will be taking suggestions on re-opening, discussing the Pathway to Fall, etc., but a space for employees to process feelings and emotions related to the pandemic’s impact and the current transitions. The events take place Oct. 12, noon. Registration is required because the sessions are limited to 30 employees per a session by the EAP and it guarantees you a spot. If the sessions fill up we will schedule additional sessions. Employees who are seeking tools and coping strategies may find individual sessions with an EAP counselor more beneficial than these group processing sessions. There are also recorded webinars on topics related to the transition that provide coping strategy suggestions. They can be found at the OSU Beyond Benefits EAP website

NEW! People and Nature Lunch Series: Tuesday, Oct. 12, from noon to 12:50 p.m. Eric Wade (Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences) presents “The role of actor prominence and brokers in information-sharing networks in Jamaican small-scale fisheries.” The lecture is free and open to all. To join the meeting, register at https://peopleandnatureosu.weebly.com/schedule.html.

NEW! Make the Most of Your Retirement Savings: If you want to save more for retirement: Learn how to maximize your retirement savings, ways to save for retirement beyond your workplace savings plan, and steps you can take today to get prepared for retirement. Oct. 12,1 p.m., REGISTER NOW. Hosted by Fidelity.

NEW! Tree School Online: Due to the success we have had with Tree School Online, we are continuing to work with the Partnership for Forestry Education to continue Tree School Online. We will feature one class a month on the second Tuesday of each month from Oct. 12 through Feb. 8, 2022. The classes will continue to run from 3-4:30 p.m. The Tree School Online class guide contains all of the information on future and past classes (beav.es/treeschoolonline).

NEW! October Random Review: Robert Beschta of Corvallis will review "Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter," as part of the Friends of the Library’s Random Review series on Oct. 13, noon to 1 p.m. The program will take place online via GoToWebinar. It is free but registration is required at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7204958277406993168. Ben Goldfarb's "Eager" is an engaging look at the natural history of beavers and the negative impact their near eradication had on the environment of North America, particularly the Western United States. Beschta is professor emeritus in the Oregon State University School of Forestry's Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society.

NEW! Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): "Cracking the agarikon code: Answering age-old questions about an ancient medicinal mushroom." Zolton Bair (Research scientist, Fungi Perfecti), Wednesday, Oct. 13 at noon via Zoom. BUG consists of life scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, statisticians and researchers of all types who meet to discuss topics related to these fields of study. Meetings are generally informal, consisting of discussions, interactive talks or short workshops. All are welcome. No experience needed to participate. For additional information, see https://cqls.oregonstate.edu/training/bioinformatics-users-group-bug.

NEW! She’s Got It: A woman’s guide to saving and investing. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m. Register for these workshops with TIAA here.

NEW! Career Panel: Becoming a Lawyer. Meet OSU alumni who are now practicing attorneys and discover what it is like to attend law school, prepare for the Bar Exam, and successfully launch your career. This virtual event will be held via Zoom, with time for a Q&A with our panelists. Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 5:30 p.m. Free. Open to all OSU students. Presented by the College of Liberal Arts Career Development Center. Register to attend on Handshake: http://beav.es/3CU or join the Zoom session at: http://beav.es/396

NEW! Library Student Review Board Special Meeting: Would you like to meet new people, learn about the library and get free swag? The first LSRB meeting of the 2021-2022 year will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 6-7:30 p.m. over Zoom. This term, our meeting is an informal chat about what you would like to see at the library and meeting other students in the LSRB. If you would like to attend the meeting, please register here: beav.es/oSh.

NEW! Fire Since Time Immemorial: An Indigenous Fire Chronology for Western Oregon. Increasing wildfires have encouraged fire planners to consider the use of fire through the centuries. Presenters David Harrelson, Dustin Hawks, and Amanda Rau will share a survey of creation stories, oral histories and more for the first talk in this year's Champinefu Lecture Series. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Free and open to everyone. Register here.

NEW! FYI Friday – Supporting Transfer Student Success: Five Key Practices. Transfer student success is essential for equitable outcomes in courses, programs and institutions. More than ever, we must be ready to support students who are navigating the often complex and challenging transfer transition. "Supporting Transfer Student Success: Five Key Practices" is designed to not ask faculty and staff to add another “obligation” to an already full workload. Rather, the hope is to examine current methods with an eye toward identifying some possible new approaches, amplifying effective strategies and abandoning attitudes and behaviors that result in student disengagement. Through this session you will be asked to reflect on your own awareness and knowledge of transfer students, learn who our OSU transfer students are and collaborate to improve the ways in which our transfer students feel that OSU cares deeply about their success. Part of the Fall 2021 FYI Friday series; Friday, Oct. 15, 9:30-11 a.m. via Zoom. Registration required.

NEW! OSU’s Office of URSA Research Ready Workshop – RSVP TO ATTEND: The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Arts (URSA) invites students to join us and learn the steps to getting involved in research or creative work. URSA will show students how to identify a faculty mentor and share other resources available for emerging student researchers. Open for undergraduates from all disciplines and all years of study. Please RSVP to attend this workshop, held on Oct. 21 from 5-6 p.m. in Milam 318. Email [email protected] with questions.

NEW! Cybersecurity: Please join Lt. Gen. Lori Reynolds, USMC (retired) for an informative lecture to mark Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Lt. Gen. Reynolds has experience at the national level as the senior cyber leader in the Marine Corps and is a thought leader in information and influence. Her lecture will talk about the impact social media has on national security. The webinar is open to the public and will be held on Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. Please register for this event here: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Tuoe86W9T4-5qqc0U82qv.

NEW! Intro to Media for Teaching: Discover ways to create and use media in your teaching as you blend synchronous and asynchronous learning in your Corvallis and Cascades campus courses. The Faculty Media Center and CTL invite faculty and GTAs to a one-hour Zoom workshop: Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m., or Thursday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. Register now.

CTL Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: "Trauma-Informed College Teaching: Prepare, Respond, Restore," with Jeff Kenny, Ph.D. Increasing numbers of students are participating in higher education with complex trauma histories. Trauma history complicates our assumptions about the theory and practice of adult learning. This workshop will provide resources and skill building to prepare for, respond to and recover from expressions of trauma in the college classroom. ​For more information see https://ctl.oregonstate.edu/sparkshops. Zoom sessions: Oct 12, 10-11:50 a.m.​ Get the Zoom link: https://beav.es/UJj.

Faculty & Staff Mind-Body Practice Group: Contemplative Studies and CAPS will offer simple, guided practices for grounding, relief and clarity amidst a busy day. Mindfulness, yoga and more inspire sessions, which are suitable for bodies and abilities of every kind. Join in-person at Dixon Lodge or via Zoom. Tuesdays 12:15-12:45 p.m.; begins Oct. 12. Registration required. https://beav.es/UxY.

Introduction to PERS — Tier One and Tier Two more than 3 years to retirement: This presentation is ideal for Tier One/Tier Two members with more than three years to PERS retirement. Topics include a look at available resources, information about Online Member Services estimates, a review of retirement timelines, an explanation of working after retirement rules, detailed information regarding the Individual Account Program (IAP) and other information you may find useful as you move toward retirement. Oct, 12, 3-5 p.m. Register here for this workshop.

MEDICARE 101 virtual webinar: Join the OSU Retirement Association on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. for Medicare 101 with Dr. Wayne Kradjan, Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus, College of Pharmacy. Dr. Kradjan will give an overview of the definitions of the parts of Medicare, enrollment deadlines for Medicare, deferral for people who have employer health plans, Medigap plans, Advantage Plans, prescription drug plans and options available from PERS. Register today. For questions, contact [email protected]

Take Note

NEW! Call for Faculty Fellow: The Center for Teaching and Learning has issued a 2022 Blended Learning Faculty Fellow Call for Applications. The Fellow will coordinate a course redesign program and examine the structure of gateway courses. Nominations are sought from academic leadership (deans, directors and department heads) and applications will also be accepted directly from interested candidates by Nov. 1.

NEW! Human Resources Service Center: In order to increase efficiency and consistency, the service center Life Cycle team now has a new and updated single email inbox and Customer portal. Requests can be received directly into the TeamWork Desk portal here or sent to [email protected]. Any questions? Contact info - HR Teams.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program: There has been a recent overhaul of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. All OSU employees count as public service employees and would qualify for PSLF as long as they are working full-time. Some items may be time sensitive. https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/fact-sheet-public-service-loan-forgiveness-pslf-program-overhaul. Contact Lois DeGhetto, assistant director, Office of Financial Aid, at  [email protected] if you have questions.

Opening the Conversation: Taking on Life After Cancer Together. Researchers at Oregon State University are working to evaluate a program that will help young adult breast and gynecologic cancer survivors and their partners communicate about and cope with relationship concerns after cancer. You and your partner will be randomly assigned to one of two programs, with 4-5 weekly sessions that will be delivered by a trained counselor via Zoom. You will learn skills to cope with and improve your relationship health after cancer. To be eligible for our study, you must have a history of breast or gynecologic cancer diagnosed between the ages of 18-39, and within 6 months to five years ago. We invite couples with any sexual orientation and gender identity to participate. This study is funded by the American Cancer Society. Go to https://health.oregonstate.edu/research/programs/survivorship/oc or email [email protected] for more information. This study is being conducted by the OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences. The principal investigator is Jessica R. Gorman.

Join a Conversation on Student Success: The Academic Success Center & Writing Center publish "The Success Kitchen" 1-2 times 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 Tuesday, Oct. 12 to receive the next issue of "The Success Kitchen."

Coming Oct. 27, a call for proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant: OSU’s Affordable Learning Grant provides funding to adapt, adopt or author open educational resources, such as textbooks. An open textbook is licensed under an open copyright license and made freely available online for students, faculty and members of the public to use. Want to learn more? Join a workshop on the grant proposal process. For more information, contact Stefanie Buck

The sounds of fire safety: It is important to understand the different sounds your fire safety devices are telling you.  When you hear three loud, continuous beeps, that means smoke or fire. Get out and dial 9-1-1. When you hear four loud, continuous beeps, that means carbon monoxide is detected. Get out and dial 9-1-1. Chirping that happens every 30-60 seconds means to replace the battery or the device itself. Also, smoke detectors must be replaced after 10 years regardless of how they function. Reference website: https://www.nfpa.org/Events/Events/Fire-Prevention-Week/About.

Stone Soup: Sign up to volunteer at Stone Soup Kitchen, providing meals to the homeless. WestM organizes volunteer shifts for Tuesdays during Fall, Winter and Spring terms. WestM coordinates volunteers from the OSU community (students, gaculty, staff, alumni, etc.) for these shifts. Stone Soup provides a hot meal 365 days a year to hungry people in Corvallis. Volunteers are currently needed. Online signup and information for Tuesdays is available at westm.org/stone-soup. Other days of the week can be found at stonesoupcorvallis.org.

Seeking participants for lactose intolerance research study: Are you lactose intolerant and interested in learning more about it? Consider participating in the research study that investigates the effects of prebiotics on the gut microbiome in lactose-intolerant individuals. Participants may receive up to $300 for the time committed to the study and information about their health. Follow this link to learn more about the study and how to get involved.

Traffic and Maintenance

Harrison Blvd resurfacing: As part of the 2021-22 Street Resurfacing Project along NW Harrison Boulevard, changes to access on NW Harrison Boulevard will remain in effect as follows: Oct. 1-12, Harrison Boulevard daytime closure, open overnight (Circle to 29th), and open on the weekends. The existing detour that utilizes 29th, and Grant will be expanded to include Witham and Circle. Detours will be signed. 35th Street at Harrison Boulevard will be closed during the daytime to allow the grinding and paving to occur. A traffic detour for the closure of 35th Street at Harrison will be Western to 15th to Harrison. This project is managed by the city of Corvallis. For questions or comments on this closure, contact Project Manager Josh Bjornstedt.

Jobs

This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: http://today.oregonstate.edu/email/jobs To apply for the below positions, visit jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Instructor in Organic Chemistry: We invite applications for one full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term instructor position. The anticipated starting date is March 1, 2022; a later start date is possible upon mutual agreement. Posting #P04854UF. Full consideration Dec. 1. Closes Dec. 31. 

Weather

“October was always the least dependable of months … full of ghosts and shadows.” ~ Joy Fielding

Corvallis: Slight chance of showers today, high of 56, low of 37. Partly sunny tomorrow.
 
Central Oregon: Frost and then mostly sunny, high of 46, low of 25. Mostly sunny Tuesday.

Newport: Chance of showers and then partly sunny today, high of 61, low of 38. Partly sunny Tuesday.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/