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.

Research says you might be drinking microplastics with your tea. Should you worry? (Bicycling)

This credit-card amount is based on what is known about the levels of microplastics in things like beer, water, honey, and seafood, as well as in the air, Susanne Brander, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of environmental and molecular toxicology at Oregon State University, told Bicycling.

Classes without textbooks? More colleges are giving it a try (Seattle Times)

“Some OERs are great and some may not be helpful,” said Regan A.R. Gurung, a professor of psychology at Oregon State University. “The bottom line here is that OERs are extremely promising but we’ve got to make sure that in our assessments of OER that we are being true to the students. Just giving them something free if it’s not the same quality really in the long run is not doing our students a service.”

Kill Bullwinkle: Big money and controversy surround Western trophy hunts (High Country News)

And it’s hard for those outside the hunting community to join in discussions about the practice, said Chelsea Batavia, an Oregon State University ecological ethicist who studies trophy hunting. The lines between hunting for food, culture or trophy blur as hunters’ motivations don’t cleanly fit in a single box. 

A parasitic bacterium saps energy from corals (Hakai Magazine)

The bacterium is the first member of a newly identified genus, and was discovered during a study of the Caribbean staghorn coral microbiome by Oregon State University (OSU) molecular biologist Rebecca Vega Thurber and her colleagues.

Troubled pine trees could get help with DNA research (Bend Bulletin)

Although still in its preliminary stages, the project will eventually allow researchers to evaluate the genetic health of whitebark pine populations and be a potentially effective tool to control the negative effects of white pine blister rust, according to project leader Seth Ganzhorn, a Natural Resources and Environmental Science instructor at OSU-Cascades.

OSU Extension celebrates Redmond expansion (KTVZ)

The OSU Extension Service in Deschutes County celebrated the expansion of its Redmond facilities Friday evening, providing more classroom space.

Ask an expert: Can I chip our dying red alder that has a bacterial infection? (Oregonian)

We’re well into fall, but gardening questions never cease. We’re still getting plenty of questions to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. 

Today's photo

Coffee talk: 
Pouring a cup of coffee in the Memorial Union commons, October 1961.


United Academics of OSU Bargaining Session: Faculty and interested OSU community members are invited to attend as UAOSU continues to negotiate with the university's administration for their first collective bargaining contract. The bargaining session will be held on Monday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center Agricultural Science Room.

Department of Integrative Biology Seminar: Matt Orr, assistant professor at OSU-Cascades, will present a seminar, “From Gut Microbes to Stream Systems: Behavior and Restoration in Central Oregon Communities,” on Monday, Oct. 28, 4 pm in ALS 4001. The seminar is free and open to the public. The seminar will also be streaming on Zoom at For more information and to view the entire Integrative Biology Department Fall Seminar Series lineup, go to

Research Seminar: Xihong Lin with the Department of Biostatistics and the Department of Statistics at Harvard University and Broad Institute will speak on “Scalable Analysis of Massive Health Data: Challenges and Opportunities,” Oct. 28, 4 p.m, Weniger Room 149. This seminar is open to the public.


OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

Get Out the Count: The Asian & Pacific Cultural Center is hosting a Census 2020 webinar on Oct. 29, 1-2:30 p.m., to focus on how college students, organizations and staff can get involved in ensuring that college students are counted. Light refreshments will be provided.

Beyond the Wall exhibit: This year is the 30th anniversary of the disintegration of the Iron Curtain in Europe. One of the major events of the collapse, in November 1989, was the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 2017, Stefan Roloff created a 229-meter panorama called Beyond the Wall, on the original Berlin wall. That exhibit combined footage and stills from the old border area, with silhouetted portraits of former citizens of East Germany. At the end of October, Roloff will transform the space of the Little Gallery and adapt the original Berlin exhibit to fit the walls of Kidder Hall. At the opening on Oct. 28, 3-5 p.m., Roloff will talk about his experience of growing up on the “island”of West Berlin, surrounded by the wall, and the way that experience has influenced his life and artistic concept. Rene Siebenhaar, representative of the German embassy in Washington, D.C., will officially open the exhibit with some brief remarks. The Little Gallery is in Kidder Hall 210.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Escaping the Shadow: Mental Health Across the Lifespan - Panel Discussion: Five Oregon State University professors will present on topics related to optimizing mental health. The panel is organized to cover the adult lifespan. Each of the presenters has conducted research in the area they will be speaking about and will integrate results from their studies into the general theme of mental health across the lifespan. Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Agriculture Production room at The LaSells Stewart Center. Free and open to the public. Presented in conjunction with the My Secret Double international art exhibit. Learn more about the panel discussion and art exhibit.

NEW! Department of Horticulture Seminar: Priya Chakrabarti, Postdoc Research Associate, Apiculture Lab, will speak about "The impacts of various stressors on bee pollinators – OSU Honey Bee Lab updates." Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m., in ALS 4000. The event is free and open to the public. The seminar will also be streaming on Zoom at For more information and to view the entire Department of Horticulture Fall Seminar Series schedule, go to

NEW! Biochemistry and Biophysics Guest Lecture Seminar: Aman Husbands, a professor at Ohio State University, will present "Complexity and reproducibility: investigating two fundamental outcomes of development" on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. in ALS 4001. 

NEW! Thomas Condon Lecture: Maureen E. Raymo, the Bruce C. Heezen Lamont Research Professor and director of the Lamont-Doherty Core Repository at Columbia University, will present the 2019 Condon Lecture on “Climate, CO2, and sea level — past is prologue.” She will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7 to 8 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Hall. Refreshments from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

NEW! Goat Discovery Day at Pleasant Hill High School: This is an educational event for both the experienced and beginner goat farmer. Classes, displays and hands-on learning. Saturday Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Pleasant Hill High School, 36386 OR-58 in Pleasant Hill. Session topics include goat health and disease management, milking, FAMACHA training, packing with goats, hay and forage nutrition, milking and milking machines, goat conformation and more. There will be demonstrations with live goats. The registration fee is $30. Pre-registration is required for this event, as space is limited. The full schedule for Goat Discovery Day and registration information is available online at

Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Collecting Feedback & Responsive Teaching: Join Lyn Riverstone and Kenton Hokanson to learn strategies for collecting, analyzing and responding to midcourse feedback from students. +Tech Talk: Get started with Top Hat, one of several tools useful for collecting student feedback. This workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register. Learn more here. Contact us here.

Defend the Internet lecture: Retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart will give a discussion on “Cybersecurity: Protecting the Fifth Domain,” on Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. A reception will follow.

A Century of Shakespeare at OSU: Hear about a hundred years of Shakespeare productions on the Beaver stage with a spirited presentation by theatre arts professor emeritus Charlotte Headrick. Enjoy stories and images of past plays by a legendary OSU director who has brought the Bard to campus many times. Coffee, tea and cider will be available. Feel free to bring your lunch. Oct. 30, noon to 1 p.m, Willamette Room East, Valley Library third floor.

Workshop: Blending Your Teaching with Instructional Media: Want to know how to create instructional media for your on-campus courses and to learn best practices of blending classroom and Canvas content? The Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Technology invite you to explore the new Faculty Media Center to learn how to make audio, video and other media, while planning an upcoming course. All faculty and GTAs invited. Thursday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., Kidder 100; refreshments will be served. Bring a laptop and your imagination. Register.

Impact Studio Sessions: Join Rich Duncombe, Impact Studio director, on Oct. 31 from noon to 1 p.m., in MU 215 Thought Lab for a conversation about the 2019 Impact Studio initiatives. Duncombe will open with a summary of the initiatives and an overview of the Impact Studio development process. This is an informal brown bag lunch studio session of a series being offered every three months to discuss the active initiatives in our portfolio and broader topics relating to how to lead adjacent innovation inside of Oregon State and other successful institutions.

Journey Into Leadership: The Center for Learning & Organizational Development, Office of Human Resources, is accepting applications from academic faculty, professional faculty and classified employees for the Journey Into Leadership program through Friday, Nov. 1. JIL is a seven-series leadership exploration and development program. It promotes the belief that you can effectively lead from whatever position you hold. The first session begins in December 2019 and the final session will be held in March 2020. Visit the JIL website for details and to apply.
Do you have a business idea but need some help? The OSU Advantage Accelerator is offering Iterate, a free class for entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs who have a business idea but aren't sure what to do next. Come learn how to create a value proposition, find and understand your market, and more. Iterate consists of four workshops that build on each other: Nov. 4, 6, 13, and 20, all from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Learn more and register:

DevOps BootCamp 2019: The OSU Open Source Lab DevOps BootCamp is a single-day event designed to teach participants DevOps, a program development process that includes building, testing, and releasing software. Participants learn the basics of DevOps practices. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the OSU Open Source Lab. Kelley Engineering Center, Saturday, Nov. 2,  9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Lunch provided. Free registration: For more information:

Workplace workshop: Cascade Employee Assistance Program is providing a workshop for all OSU employees on Nov. 6, 9-10 a.m. in MU, Multipurpose Room 13. The topic of the workshop is: Working in a Changing Environment - Strategies to Cope with Change and Transitions in the Workplace. During this presentation EAP staff will address the elements of change, different types of loss individuals experience related to change and the transitional stages in the process. They will also offer ideas regarding healthy ways of coping with stress and change. To register: This is also offered through Zoom for employees who would like to attend remotely: Questions? Contact Employee Benefits at or 541-757-2805.

Procurement Training Sessions: Procurement is holding training sessions covering three topics: Procurement Standards and Resources (Nov. 13 and 22), Informal Procurement (Nov. 15 and 19), and Federal Purchases under Uniform Guidance (Nov. 14 and 20). These sessions are being offered in person and via Zoom. For more information, registration, times and locations, visit the Procurement Training and Support webpage.

Take Note

UPDATED! Yogurt Consumers: Participants wanted for a research study examining factors that drive consumer purchases of yogurt. Potential subjects must be a yogurt consumer, between 18-65 years old, and fluent in English. The study may run through December and may take up to 45 minutes. Compensation is $10 cash upon completion. For more information, please email and include “Yogurt Choice Study” in the subject line. Study Title: Dairy Choice Experiment, PI: Dr. Nadia Streletskaya

Support your Valley Library with $20 for 20: To improve library study spaces, classrooms, exhibits and other learning spaces, OSU Libraries has a $20 for 20 campaign on now for the 20th anniversary of the remodel and expansion of the Valley Library. Join us with a $20 donation. Show your support by donating by Oct. 31 at

Gift Drive for OSU Kid’s Gift Closet: The Family Resource Center Kid’s Gift Closet helps provide gifts for children of OSU students during holidays and celebrations. A remodel of our Kid’s Gift Closet space will kick off at the end of October and help is needed to stock the closet. Consider donating as an individual, an office, and/or a department. To donate gifts or learn more about this program, contact or 541-737-4906.

Campus Directions: Learn more from University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations about how Oregon State's campuses are improving every day. Read the latest issue of Campus Directions to learn about the grant OSU received to explore how mass timber could be used to build a performing arts space, what the next Facilities Renewal Initiative projects are and more. Interested in keeping up with projects on campus? Subscribe to our newsletter.

Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for Winter term projects are now being accepted: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach or creative projects related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $300 and are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Friday, Nov. 1, with notification in Week 7. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact Joy Jorgensen at

OSU Training Days now open for registration: OSU Training Days is a free two-day conference that provides employees with more than 60 brief training and informational workshops. OSU subject experts will introduce you to the latest policies, procedures, technical processes, innovations, tools and tips to reinforce your knowledge in support of OSU’s mission. Nov. 6-7, starting at 8:30 a.m. daily. Click Training Days to view the full schedule of presentations and for registration details.


Football: Oregon State Athletics is offering OSU staff and faculty a discounted reserved seat ticket for one of the oldest rivalry football games in the country when the Beavers host Washington in a nationally televised game Friday, Nov. 8, at Reser Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Faculty and staff can purchase a $20 ticket using the promo code OSUFS at to cheer on the team. 


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NEW! Fiscal Coordinator 2. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) position. Posting # P02239CT. Closes Nov. 1.

NEW! The Jackson County Extension Office at Oregon State University is seeking a limited duration Education Program Assistant 1. This is a part-time (.25 FTE, 10 hours a week), classified position expected to last through October 2020, Posting # P02433CT. Position will be located in Central Point. Closes Nov. 3.

EXTENDED! Oregon State University – Extension 4-H/SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator: Oregon State University Extension Service invites applications for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, fixed-term, Extension 4-H/SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator serving Grant County, Oregon. Posting # P03349UF. Closes Nov. 10.

NEW! The Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at Oregon State University is seeking an Education Program Assistant 1. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), classified position. Posting #  P02434CT. Position will be located in Grants Pass. Closes Nov. 15.


“I'm not handsome enough to be James Bond. Maybe a villain, though. I always steal a pair of socks on every photo shoot I do." ~ British actor Matt Smith, who turns 37 today.

Corvallis: Frosty and then sunny, high of 56, low of 29. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 52, low of 18. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 54, low of 34. Sunny tomorrow.

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