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:

'Lab on a chip': Scientists invent new and improved tool to measure light (Interesting Engineering)

Scientists and materials researchers have invented a new and improved tool, "lab on a chip," to measure light, according to a press release by Oregon State University (OSU) published on October 20. (see also Tech Times)  

City Club of Eugene: Wind, waves and the future of energy on the Oregon Coast (KLCC)

In addition, recent findings about wave energy have led the federal government to award a $25 million grant to Oregon State University to build a first-of-its-kind wave energy testing facility off the coast of Newport.

'Untold human suffering' is in the near future as U.N. warns climate change is pushing Earth closer to extreme warming (CBS News)

As the U.N. released its slew of reports, climate researchers from Oregon State University published their own special report in the American Institute of Biological Sciences journal BioScience, saying that "we are now at 'code red' on planet Earth." "Humanity is unequivocally facing a climate emergency," they wrote. "The scale of untold human suffering, already immense, is rapidly growing with the escalating number of climate-related disasters."

OSU Board of Trustees approves building projects, presidential goals (KTVZ)

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday approved OSU President Jayathi Murthy’s goals for the 2023 fiscal year and advanced construction of several projects on the Corvallis campus and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

'I, Joan' centers trans and nonbinary visibility (Ms. Magazine)

A piece by Finn Johnson, PhD student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University.

More wildfires (Ag Info)

The use of virtual fencing to manage cattle grazing on sagebrush rangelands has the potential to create fuel breaks needed to help fight wildfires, a recent Oregon State University and U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service study found.

Focus on Fruit (Pacific Northwest Ag Network)

What are some of the biggest post-harvest issues facing pear growers? Oregon State University's Achala KC takes a look.

Will a Crossbow application harm my neighbor's fruit trees? Ask an expert (Oregonian)

You may have problems with gardening in fall. For answers, turn to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service. 

Sugar beet harvest is in full swing (Argus Observer)

Oregon State University’s Malheur Experiment Station, in Ontario, runs a number of sugar beet trials for scientific research and commercial companies, and has been investigating the use of sugar beets as a soil nitrate “sop up” crop since 1990,


Today's photo

Study abroad at the power plant: This is a group of OSU Honors College students who went to France last June (2022) with the study abroad program and visited the Bugey nuclear power plant (photo taken by staff) north of Lyon. The group was led by two OSU professors, James Sterns from Ag Econ and Dominique Bachelet from BEE. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: What does quality teaching look like? See the Quality Teaching (QT) Framework developed by the OSU Faculty Senate Advancement of Teaching committee. Then learn more about the Center for Teaching and Learning’s 2022-23 Quality Teaching Campaign


NEW! Cayuse Human Ethics is Now Live: The Research Office is excited to announce that the Cayuse Human Ethics (HE) module is now live. All IRB applications will now be submitted in Cayuse. For more information, remote drop-in hours or to request an advising session, please see the HRPP website and FAQs.

Kids’ Trick-or-Treat: The annual Trick-or-Treat Tour for families takes place on Halloween (Monday, Oct. 31) from 3-5 p.m. You must come to the MU Family Lounge to pick up a map with all of the tour stops before heading out. We have worked with many campus partners to ensure many opportunities for your children to pick up a treat. Costumes are not required but are encouraged. This event is open to students, staff and faculty and you must always remain with your child.

Department of Integrative Biology seminar: Erica Fleishman, professor in CEOAS at Oregon State University and director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, will present a seminar, "Starkness, beauty, and discovery in the Basin and Range," on Monday, Oct. 31, 4 p.m. in person at the Coast Range Building Room 2196 and via Zoom. The seminar is free and open to the public.


NEW! International Education Week: Join us in celebrating Oregon State University's global achievements, impacts and community during International Education Week. A full listing of events is available at

OSUAA Tailgate Town — Away vs. ASU: Join Beaver football festivities at the Westin Tempe’s Opal Ballroom/Sunstone Terrace to get your game face on before the OSU vs. ASU game. Mingle at the tailgate just a few minutes away from Sun Devil Stadium on Nov. 19 beginning 2.5 hours before kickoff. Meal is included with admission price. Register by Nov. 14.

Beaver Boosters: OSU will be providing COVID-19 booster clinics on the OSU Corvallis campus, Tuesday, Nov. 15 through Thursday, Nov. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. in Memorial Union Room 62. Clinics are open to the public and will provide updated bivalent boosters for individuals 5 and older, plus COVID-19 vaccine for ages 6 months and older, while supplies last. No appointments are needed and vaccines are free of charge. Please bring your vaccination card. Visit the Beaver Booster Blitz web page for more information. Subject to change.

Oregon Stater Awards: Nov. 17, 6-9 p.m., CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Presented by the College of Engineering, the Oregon Stater Awards honor alumni whose contributions to the field exemplify Oregon State’s leadership over the past 150 years. Open to College of Engineering alumni, friends, industry professionals, faculty and staff. Attendance is free and available on a first-registered, first-served basis. Details and registration:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture Fall 2022 Seminar Series Tuesdays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom on Nov. 1 at noon. Hayley E. Park, technical coordinator, technical department, Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), will present, “Organics & OMRI: Bridging the Gap Between Government Standards and Certified Farming Practices.” The event is free and open to the public. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information at: 

NEW! EMT Seminars: Miguel Vega-Sanchez Seminar, "Bringing Biotechnology Products to Market — Regulatory Perspective," Tuesday, Nov.1 at 3:30 p.m. This seminar will be via Zoom:

NEW! Capital projects forum: A webinar forum regarding university housing takes place Nov. 3 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. This event will provide updates on the Upper Division Undergraduate and Graduate Student Housing project, recent improvements in campus housing and a look at the vision for campus housing and dining in Corvallis. The webinar will feature overviews on each project’s details for the first 30 minutes. A Q&A opportunity for students, faculty and staff will follow for the remainder of the time. Register for this webinar by using this link.

PERS workshops: PERS All About OPSRP (for all OPSRP members, which are those hired after Aug. 28, 2003, at any stage of their career), Nov. 1, 3-5 p.m; PERS Retirement Readiness (for Tier One and Tier Two members that are within three years of retirement), Nov. 2, 9-11 a.m.; and Introduction to PERS (for Tier One and Tier Two members that are more than three years to retirement), Nov. 2, 2:30-4:30 p.m. All workshops held in MU 208. Workshops will also be offered online at this link

FMLA/OFLA protected leave trainings: Lori Schmidt will present a training on protected leave for employees on Nov. 1 at 11 a.m.; register here. Whitney Brown will present a training on protected leave for OSU supervisors on Nov. 3 at 11 a.m.; register here.

2022 Thomas Condon Lecture: Kathy Cashman, University of Oregon, will present “What’s under a volcano and how do we know?” Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7-8 p.m., with refreshments at 6:30 p.m., at The LaSells Stewart Center and online. For registration and details, see

Take Note

NEW! 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.

NEW! 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.

Open Enrollment: Open Enrollment for PEBB benefits ends Oct. 31 Participation is mandatory for everyone and includes newly enrolled employees who have active PEBB coverage on or before Oct. 1, 2022, and employees that opt out of PEBB medical for the cash incentive. Failure to participate can result in a loss of benefits or out of pocket costs for your benefits. Participate online in the PEBB Portal or fill out paper forms and return them to 236 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, OR 97331-8578. Questions? Email: [email protected].

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! Executive Director for AMP (Administrative Modernization Program): The University Information and Technology (UIT) Office of Information Security is seeking an Executive Director for AMP (Administrative Modernization Program). This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. The AMP Executive Director will be responsible for the three- to five-year Administrative Modernization Program efforts that includes both business and digital transformation at Oregon State University. The AMP will allow Oregon State University to modernize its ERP (replacing Banner and additional applications); re-engineer core administrative HR, student and finance tools and processes; and deploy Al and automated workflows in the cloud. Posting #P06173UF. Full consideration Nov. 7. Closes Nov. 14.

EXTENDED! Administrative Services Director: OSU Libraries and Press invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Administrative Services Director position. Posting #P06138UF. Closes Nov. 14.

NEW! Assistant Director, Digital Transformation: University Information and Technology (UIT) is seeking an Assistant Director of Digital Transformation. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. The AD leads and supervises a team providing services to plan, facilitate and design digital transformations for OSU, including business process management (BPM), business analysis, and the broad stakeholder experience. Posting #P06165UF. Closes Nov. 28.


“In making theories, always keep a window open so that you can throw one out if necessary." ~ Bela Lugosi

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 59, low of 41. Showers and patchy fog tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of rain today, high of 60, low of 35. Rain and snow likely Tuesday.

Newport: Rain today, high of 54, low of 44. Showers Tuesday.

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