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:

Amazon shows off Oregon-made robot programmed for warehouse work (Portland Business Journal)

Agility Robotics grew out of research at Oregon State University. The company is co-headquartered in Corvallis, where the company has its research hub, and Pittsburgh.

US Department of Defense awards grant to project aiming to predict how climate change could lead to conflicts over fishing rights (Seafood Source)

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded an Oregon State University (OSU) researcher USD 1.4 million (EUR 1.3 million) over three years to predict how fish stocks could shift due to climate change, specifically focusing on movements that have the potential to cause geopolitical tension.

OSU Board approves strategic plan, including goal to nearly double OSU-Cascades enrollment by 2030 (KTVZ)

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday accepted a university strategic plan that will guide Oregon State through 2030, and in which OSU seeks to increase research activity, improve graduation rates and increase enrollment online and at OSU-Cascades in Bend, the latter to 2,200 students.

Orcas are learning terrifying new behaviors. Are they getting smarter? (Live Science)

This newly documented hunting behavior is an example of social learning, with strategies being shared and passed on from adult orcas to their young, Robert Pitman, a marine ecologist at Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute, told Live Science in an email. "Anything the adults learn will be passed along" from the dominant female in a pod to her offspring, he said.

Author Andrea Carlisle reflects on aging as she looks for the 'Old Woman' in literature and life (Oregon Arts Watch)

Carlisle continued the blog for seven years, ending it 15 years ago after her mother died at age 100. Now, Oregon State University Press has published Carlisle’s book of essays on women and aging, There Was an Old Woman: Reflections on These Strange, Surprising, Shining Years. 

Art About Agriculture celebrates 40th anniversary with show in Portland (Corvallis Advocate)

Art About Agriculture's annual exhibition of agriculture and natural resource-themed artwork by Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a touring show that will be on display from Nov. 17 to Dec. 31 in Portland. 

What to do about smelly, slimy soil after overseeding a lawn? Ask an Extension expert (Oregonian)

Gardening is wrapping up, but there’s still plenty to do and you may have questions. To ask one, simply go to the OSU Extension website, type it in and include the county where you live. A photo is very helpful.

University of Michigan slithers toward history with massive acquisition of jarred snake specimens (AOL)

The museum this fall acquired tens of thousands of reptile and amphibian specimens from Oregon State University, many of which are snakes. The development places the university in a unique position, according to Schneider, the research museum collections manager for the museum's division of reptiles and amphibians.


Today's photo

Sunrise over Dixon: Tony Nelson with Facilities Services submitted this photo. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Could your students benefit from a range of academic success resources? Share the Academic Success Center’s Where Do I Start quiz, which will direct students to specific resources to explore on the ASC Learning Corner. Also, ASC Strategists are available in person and via email, phone and text if students want to discuss potential success strategies and resources.


Onboarding forums: The President and Provost’s Leadership Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PPLC) is hosting onboarding forums for employees of color and supervisors of employees of color this fall. The goal of these forums is to seek to identify additional ways to support the success and belonging of new employees of color. For employees: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m, Oct. 23 and Nov. 2, MU 109. For supervisors: 2:30-4 p.m., Nov. 6, and 9-10:30 a.m., Nov. 7, MU 104. RSVP to [email protected]. For Zoom or 1:1 options, email [email protected].

Department of Horticulture seminar series: The Horticulture Fall 2023 Seminar Series takes place at noon on Mondays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom. Phil Allen, Brigham Young University horticulture, will present, “Trends in Post-Secondary Horticulture Programs and What it Means for OSU.” Noon, Oct. 23. Visit the website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information at:


NEW! I Stand With Immigrants Day: Join the Dreaming Beyond Borders (DBB) Resource Center and MEChA for the annual "I Stand With Immigrants" Day of Action, from noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 25, on the Jefferson Street side of Waldo Hall. Enjoy snacks and receive an "I Stand With Immigrants" t-shirt, while supplies last. Participating in this national Day of Action can help the OSU community demonstrate support for immigrant students, faculty and staff; jump-start conversations about immigration; and bring like-minded students together for advocacy. If you have questions or accommodation requests, please email [email protected]. Event flyer available here.

NEW! UAOSU Fall General Membership Meeting: Join United Academics of Oregon State University (UAOSU) for their fall general membership meeting. It will be held from 5:30-7 p.m., Nov. 2 in the Journey Room in the Memorial Union. Refreshments will be served. A hybrid option is available if you’re unable to attend in person. Please RSVP by Oct. 26 at

Register to attend the 2023 OSU Supplier Showcase & Expo: Tthe OSU Supplier Showcase and Expo takes place 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 25 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The 2023 OSU Supplier Showcase and Expo is an opportunity for OSU faculty and staff who are in the market for goods and services or even contemplating a future purchase. Familiarize yourself with supplier offerings, make meaningful contacts, learn about new products and services from a wide array of preferred vendors and pick up some supplier swag. Visit to register for OSU staff attendance.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! EMT Seminars: Vasilis Vasiliou will speak on “1,4-Dioxane: A Persistent Chemical Linked to Human Disease,” at 3:30 p.m., Oct. 24. This will be a hybrid seminar, in person in ALS 4001 and by Zoom. Join Zoom meeting:

NEW! Care Talks, Confident Parenting: Resiliency for Working Parents. Today’s working parent needs to build resiliency in order to prevent burnout. This webinar will give you the tools to manage stress while maintaining a sense of work and family life balance. 10 a.m., Oct. 25. Register today.

NEW!  WRPM Seminar Series: Anna Pakenham Stevenson from Water Rights Adjudication will present "Montana Water Resources," 4 p.m., Oct. 25 in Burt 193 or on Zoom.  Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details.  

NEW! BB Seminar Series: Please join the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics for BB Seminar Series Speaker Evan Forsythe, assistant professor in biology at Oregon State University-Cascades campus, for a talk titled “Genome-Wide Coevolution Networks Uncover New Layers of Connectivity in the Plant Proteome,” 4 p.m, Oct. 25, in ALS 4001 and via Zoom:

NEW! Diversity Action Plan Open Forums: The Office of Institutional Diversity invites you to help develop OSU’s next Diversity Action Plan for 2024-2030. Attend one of three open forums or submit feedback online. An employee-only open forum is scheduled for Oct 31 2:30-4 p.m. on Zoom. For more information and registration, please visit

NEW! Our Health& the Cost of Water: Dive into a new webcast series from the OSU Alumni Association and College of Health where your questions guide the conversation. In Episode 1, Our Health& the Cost of Water, experts share how you can retain valuable water and change your routines to prepare for when resources dwindle. Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m.

Beaver Family Connections: Enjoy lunch and connect with other OSU parents and caregivers as we explore interesting topics and discussions related to child development, parenting and family health and well-being. No sign-up required. October’s topic: “How to Make the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences and Communications,” noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 24. See the full 2023-2024 schedule for future dates and topics. For accommodations, please contact Cari Maes at 541-737-4906 or [email protected].

The Path to SBIR/STTR w/ NSF Program Director: Elizabeth (Ela) Mirowski, program director of the NSF’s SBIR/STTR program, will share how to best prepare your idea and project pitch required by the NSF to receive an official invite to submit a full SBIR/STTR proposal. She will touch on the proposal process and share tips and tricks for best presenting your work. You won’t want to miss out on this valuable opportunity to hear directly from Ela. 2-4 p.m., Oct. 25, MU La Raza Room.

Critical Questions Lecture Series: Samuel Baker, associate professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss the provocative intersection of literature and technology in a lecture titled “A Report to the Fronts.” He will speak at 4 p.m., Oct. 25 in the Asian Pacific American Room in Memorial Union 206.

Take Note

Notice of Availability: In compliance with the Clery Act, Oregon State University published the 2023 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for the Corvallis Campus, OSU-Cascades, Hatfield Marine Science Center, OSU Portland Center, and OSU at EOU. The report includes important safety/security policies, fire safety practices, helpful university and local resources, crime prevention programs, and crime and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. Paper copies are provided upon request. The reports are available without charge.

Graduate Student Research and Writing Residency: Spring Creek Project is accepting applications for a graduate student residency at Shotpouch Cabin for one session during winter break. We invite students who are engaged in writing and/or research projects aligned with the mission of the Spring Creek Project to apply. Faculty are encouraged to share this opportunity with eligible students who might benefit. Applications are due Nov. 13. Learn more and apply.

Spring Creek Project Faculty Residency: OSU faculty members working on projects aligned with Spring Creek Project's mission are invited to apply for a weeklong winter break residency at Shotpouch Cabin. Projects at the intersection of environmental science and writing, art, music, social science and/or humanities would be a good fit. Applications are due Nov. 13. Learn more and apply.

Got a startup idea? Apply to Iterate: This is a one-month program consisting of weekly 90-minute workshops. The goal of Iterate is to equip you with a toolkit for evaluating your ideas from an entrepreneurial mindset. The program is free and open to community members and Oregon State University researchers, students, and faculty. Apply online now — Iterate begins Nov. 1.

Child Care assistance: FriendRaisers Child Care Assistance fund is open and applications are due Friday, Oct. 20. To learn more and access the application, click here. The FriendRaisers Child Care Assistance Fund is a small endowment at the OSU Foundation, and annually we’re able to provide assistance to about five employee families. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help support OSU quality early care and education, please reach out to [email protected].

International Friendship Program: Are you an international student or scholar looking for valuable support and exciting opportunities in Oregon? Are you an OSU student, faculty member or Oregon resident interested in building global friendships and engaging in meaningful cultural exchange? The International Friendship Program (IFP) is here to connect you with local community friends and foster lasting relationships. Join the IFP today and embark on a journey of cultural enrichment, global understanding and lifelong friendships. To learn more, visit our IFP website. Priority registration deadline is Oct. 22. 

New Certificate in the Science and Technology of Alcoholic Beverages: Offered 100% online via Ecampus. Apply now for Winter 2024 for the new certificate in the Science and Technology of Alcoholic Beverages. Learn the fundamentals of crafting wine, beer, cider and spirits through OSU’s Ecampus. Apply by Nov. 1 for non-OSU students to participate in winter term. There are prerequisites to the classes required for the certificate that involve chemistry and microbiology. For more information contact an advisor here.

Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Family Care. Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. Families can cope with disaster by creating a disaster plan. Knowing what to do is not only your responsibility but is the best protection for your family. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

Traffic and Maintenance

Sackett Hall: As part of the Nash Hall Cooling Tower Replacement project, the Sackett Hall North parking lot (#3303) will be partially closed on Oct. 23 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. In addition, the walkway that runs along the west side of Nash Hall will also be closed. Pedestrians may detour around the area via walkways on the south, east and north sides of the building. (View map.)

Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement project, Washington Way between 17th and 26th Streets will remain closed through Tuesday, Oct. 31. In addition to the road closure, the sidewalk on the north side of Washington Way between 17th and 26th Streets will be closed. Pedestrians may use the multi-use path on the south side of Washington Way as a detour.


“September is dressing herself in showy dahlias and splendid marigolds and starry zinnias. October, the extravagant sister, has ordered an immense amount of the most gorgeous forest tapestry for her grand reception.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Corvallis: Partly sunny today, high of 60, low of 41. Rain Tuesday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 59, low of 31. Slight chance of rain and snow tomorrow.

Newport: Partly sunny today, high of 61, low of 44. Rain tomorrow.

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