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. 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: Looking for ways to increase grading efficiency? Gradescope is an OSU-supported tool that enables instructors to give more timely and consistent feedback. Learn about Using Gradescope at OSU and consider attending one of Gradescope’s weekly online workshops

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 and click on 1Search.


OSU study aims to dissect vaccine hesitancy within Latino community (KEZI)

A new Oregon State University study is looking at the reasons for vaccine hesitancy in the Latino community. The study found that a lack of trusted medical resources, traumatic past experiences with medical care and widespread misinformation have contributed to vaccine hesitancy in this community. (see also KPIC)

Special session drama could hamper OR Democrats' 2022 agenda (US News & World Report)

“It seems extremely likely to me that (the last special legislative session) indicates heightened tensions, polarization and likely more extreme maneuvers — particularly from Republicans — in the state Legislature in the next year,” said Christopher McKnight Nichols, an associate professor of history at Oregon State University. (see also Register-Guard)

OSU study of African buffalo sheds light on persistence of highly contagious pathogens (KTVZ)

A new Oregon State University study on foot-and-mouth disease among buffalo in South Africa could help explain how certain extremely contagious pathogens are able to persist and reach endemic stage in a population, long after they’ve burned through their initial pool of susceptible hosts.

Why climate change is making it harder to chase fall foliage in the US (CGTN)

It's happening already. This summer's heatwave in the Pacific Northwest brought temperatures of over 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 Celsius) to Oregon, and that led to a condition called "foliage scorch," in which leaves prematurely browned, said Chris Still, a professor at the Forest Ecosystems and Society department at Oregon State University.

We are the architects of our lives (Psychology Today)

A study from Oregon State University on aging found that how people thought about themselves at age 50 predicted a wide range of future health outcomes up to 40 years later—cardiovascular events, memory, balance, will to live, hospitalizations, and even mortality.

Amazon's Astro robot is stupid. You'll still fall in love with it. (MIT Technology Review)

“Ease of use is often a bigger predictor of home robot acceptance than explicit utility,” says Heather Knight, an assistant professor of computer science at Oregon State University whose research focuses on human-robot interaction. What makes voice assistants like Alexa so powerful is that to use them, you just plug them in and yell out their name and a command.

Clover lawn pioneer let yard grow to 8 inches. Now what? (Oregonian)

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

Sharks are common in local waters (Curry Coastal Pilot)

Taylor Chapple, assistant professor at the Marine, Fishing and Wildlife Department at Oregon State University, encourages people to explore the sharks of Northern California and Oregon - all 15 species of them. So, was it a shark? “That’s not a shark,” he said. “If it were a shark, we would see the caudal fin poking out of the water.”

Remote learning and the politics of refusal (Inside Higher Ed)

Co-written by Patti Duncan, associate professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Oregon State University and the editor of Feminist Formations. (originally appeared in ADVANCE Journal (


Today's photo

Autumn beauty: Fall is in full swing on the OSU campus. Have a photo of some beautiful fall foliage where you are? Send your photos to [email protected]  to share them with the OSU Today community.

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.


TIAA workshop: “Tomorrow in Focus,” Monday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m. Register for these workshops with TIAA here.

NEW! Department of Integrative Biology Seminar: John C. Wingfield, UC Davis will present a seminar, “Weathering the Storm: Challenges Faced by Migrant Songbirds in the Arctic,” Monday, Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. The seminar will be held in ALS 4001 and via Zoom:


NEW! Board of Trustess: The OSU Board will meet from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. The board will consider items recommended for action by its committees, the board’s 2022 work plan and the preliminary timeline and process for the next presidential search. The board also will hear a report and host a panel discussion with faculty and others on the university’s efforts to advance equity, inclusion and social justice. Committees of the board will meet from 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. The agendas and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at Trustees will also hold a retreat on Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to discuss governance roles, responsibilities, shared governance and to discuss key elements of the next presidential search. Members of the public may view the meetings and retreat at For accommodations, please contact: 541-737-3449 or [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance. 

NEW! 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.

National Work & Family Month: The Month of October was established by Alliance for Work-Life Progress as National Work & Family Month (NWFM) in 2003. It is a month of dedication to ensure that the worlds of both work and family are in balance in each person’s life. OSU’s NWFM is brought to you by the Family Resource Center & Human Resources. To check out a listing of all the events taking place, visit

Finding the Light: Giustina Gallery presents “Finding the Light,” an exhibit of the Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild. The exhibit features black-and-white and color photographs that interpret the opening lines of Amanda Gorman's poem that she read at the Presidential Inauguration in January 2021. Exhibit runs Oct. 1-30, at the Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center. Learn more including hours of operation.

Oregon Public Universities Virtual Benefits Fair: Retirement programs, PEBB plans and Health and Wellness Programs. Oct. 5-14. Information is live now. Live webinars, door prizes and ways to connect with vendors to ask individual questions: list. (Save the date for webinars you wish to attend.)

American Strings: An Evening with Shook Twins. Join host Bob Santelli for a conversation and live performance with the rising stars of American folk rock, Shook Twins, as American Strings launches a brand-new season outdoors on the Student Experience Center plaza. American Strings brings renowned artists from around the U.S. to Corvallis and OSU for an in-depth look at how and why stringed instruments play such a profound role in American music. Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Face coverings are required. There is also an opportunity to watch the event remotely via a livestream at

Breaking Misconceptions: Multimedia Artist Julianna Souther presents her senior thesis show, Sept. 27-Oct. 22. Artist talk and reception, Oct. 7, 4-6 p.m. The Little Gallery, 210 Kidder Hall. Free.

President's Commission on the Status of Black Faculty and Staff Affairs hosts Fall Welcome: New faculty and staff (hired since fall 2019) are warmly invited to our Fall Welcome social event for refreshments and great conversation with OSU colleagues. Fall Welcome will be hosted in the CH2M Hill Alumni Center outdoor tent on Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. Please direct questions to Sara Smith ([email protected]) or Terrance Harris ([email protected]). RSVPs are appreciated: PCSBFSA Fall Welcome 2021.

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: 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.

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. 5, noon and 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! Turn Your Savings into Retirement Income: If you’re planning to retire within the next few years: Learn the benefits of a retirement income plan, factors to consider when transitioning your savings into income and ways to develop a retirement plan that suits your goals and lifestyle. Oct. 5, 1 p.m. Register now. Hosted by Fidelity.

NEW! No Such Thing as Perfect Parent: Today’s diverse society makes it difficult to describe a typical family situation or define what characteristics make a “perfect parent.” Culture, values, beliefs, emotional disposition and the environment in which a person was raised all influence parenting techniques. In an effort to be perfect, new parents will frequently try too hard to protect their child from any adverse experiences or go to great lengths in an attempt to please their children. This type of well-intended “perfect parenting” can lead to unanticipated problems. This workshop will address these problems and suggest ways to let go of perfection and seek a balanced parenting approach. Oct. 5, 3 p.m. Register here.

NEW! Department of Integrative Biology Special Seminar: Marilyn Ramenofsky, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, UC Davis will present a seminar, "Migration Studies Through the Lenses of Migrant and Resident Comparisons and Seasonal Stages of Spring and Autumn," on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 4 p.m. in hybrid format. The in-person location will be JOHN 102 and the Zoom webinar link is Please contact Tresa Bowlin at [email protected] for passcode. For more information and to view the entire Integrative Biology Department Spring Seminar Series lineup, please go to

NEW! Get Started and Save for the Future You: If you want to get started in your workplace savings plan, or to save more: Learn the benefits of your workplace savings plan, how to enroll, and small steps you can take to save more. Oct. 6, 11 a.m. Register now. Hosted by Fidelity.

NEW! Inside Money: Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2 p.m. Register for these workshops with TIAA here.

NEW! Innovation to Market: Funding & Training Opportunities. OSU faculty and graduate student researchers are invited to join the OSU Advantage office on Wednesday, Oct. 6 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:

NEW! Do you have a business idea but need some help? The OSU Advantage Accelerator is offering Iterate, a free virtual class for researchers, entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs who have a business idea or technology that could become a sellable product or service 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 on Wednesdays that build on each other: Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17, all from 3-4:30 p.m. Learn more and register:

PERS/Oregon Savings Growth 2021 Expo: Attend the PERS Expo 2021 on Oct. 5-6 online. The theme of Expo 2021 is "Your Gateway to a Secure Retirement." You can register for the Expo here.

CTL Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: “Emotionally Intelligent Teaching” with Shauna Tominey, The past year has been like no other. With a global pandemic, heightened attention to racial justice, political divides and natural disasters, students are on an emotional rollercoaster (and instructors are, too). Join Shauna Tominey to discuss strategies for emotionally intelligent teaching that can be applied in many different class contexts toward recognizing the impact of stress on learning and building meaningful connections with students. Oct. 5, 10-11:50 a.m. via Zoom,​ For more information see

Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for The Horticulture Fall 2021 Seminar Series Tuesdays in ALS 4000 or via Zoom. On Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m., Aaron Anderson of Oregon State University Horticulture will present, “What I did this summer: AAAS Mass Media Fellowship at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.” The event is free and open to the public. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information at:

PERS Retirement Readiness — Tier One and Tier Two (hired before Aug. 29, 2003) within 3 years of retirement: This presentation is ideal for Tier One/Tier Two members who are within three years of PERS retirement. Topics include a step-by-step review of a PERS estimate of retirement benefits, retirement options and retirement timelines; guidelines on completing the retirement application; an explanation of working after retirement rules; detailed information regarding the Individual Account Program (IAP); and a list of available resources. Oct. 5, 3-5. p.m. Register here for this workshop.

Meditation as Embodied Practice: A Nine-Month Training. OSU’s Contemplative Studies Initiative offers an experiential, progressive program for those interested in learning a meditative arc of development. Includes instruction, practice, readings and community. Thursdays 6-8 p.m on Zoom. Guided by Audrey Perkins and Kate Gallagher. Priority registration: Oct. 7; begins Oct.14. $700 for community members; $400 for faculty and staff; $200 for students.

The 2021 Campbell Lecture: "Motor competence, a building block that supports healthy developmental trajectories in children," presented by Professor Leah E. Robinson from the University of Michigan, will be held from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in HFC 115 and online. This lecture is hosted by the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families. Learn more.

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities. We'll also discuss OSU policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome; employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Oct. 11, Nov. 17, Feb. 3, Mar. 24, Apr. 18 or May 22.

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 (

Navigating Workplace Conflict Workshop in Corvallis: Developed by University Ombudsperson and conflict management expert Sue Theiss, this one-day workshop focuses on essential elements of managing interpersonal, small group and organizational conflict. By the end, you will have a good understanding of how to successfully navigate conflict and you’ll have the tools to help you create real change through inclusive processes. Oct. 21. Secure your seat here:

Take Note

NEW! Togetherall: New mental health resource for OSU students. Togetherall is a safe, online community to share anonymously and get support to improve mental health and well-being. The Togetherall community is available 24/7 and is monitored by licensed mental health practitioners. Join the community and learn more at

NEW! Participants wanted for a short-term vegetable sprout research study (Corvallis): If you are healthy, age 18-60, non-smoking, not pregnant or breastfeeding, without diabetes, heart disease or stroke, bariatric surgery, kidney, thyroid or intestinal problems, you may qualify. The study lasts 72 hours. Volunteers will receive $150. PI: Emily Ho, Ph.D. Title: "Discovery of Biological Signatures for Cruciferous Vegetable Intake." Contact us at [email protected], 541-737-5049 or visit for information and online screener. 

International Friendship Program Registration Open: The International Friendship Program is a conversation partner program that provides support and opportunities designed to assist OSU international students and scholars during their adjustment period by connecting them with friends from the community. Register here by Friday Oct. 22. International students, international scholars, OSU community members and Oregon community members are welcome.

Monthly Emergency Preparedness Topic: Earthquake. Experts predict that the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake will occur within our lifetime. The projected magnitude is 9.0, with shaking lasting for 5-7 minutes. The Oregon coast will also experience a tsunami (30-40 foot wave) that follows the earthquake. This month’s poster can be downloaded at

Apply for FY22 PCOSW scholarship and project funding: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women invites applications for funding to faculty, students and staff who are pursuing professional development, research or other opportunities that support PCOSW’s mission. Apply by Friday, Oct. 29. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements and application link. Questions? Contact [email protected].  

Volunteer service projects: Join Community Engagement & Leadership for Beavs Volunteer group service projects.  Projects address multiple social issues alongside community partners: Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society, Parks & Rec, Room at the Inn and Starker Arts Garden for Education (SAGE). Help grow food for families that cannot afford it, provide emergency meals and housing, enhance parks and trails, maintain space for animals (with doggie playtime), or work toward affordable housing. Register:

ID Center realignment: The OSU ID Center, previously in the Controller’s Unit, is now part of OSU’s Department of Public Safety. This transition aligns with the university’s Community Wellness, Education & Safety Network shared goals to support students and employees and advance public safety. The ID Center supports students, staff and faculty by providing OSU ID cards, badges, door access and support for Orange Cash, and will continue to be located in the Memorial Union. 

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety with information from SAIF on how to help your employees stay resilient at 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.

Part-time Faculty Benefits: New this fall, related to SB 551, actively working part-time faculty working at least half-time at a single public institution of higher education or in aggregate at multiple public institutions of higher education in Oregon (Public Community College or University) during at least three of the four previous academic terms may be eligible for employee only, medical only insurance coverage. Please note current members and dependents in PEBB/OEBB plans are not eligible for this coverage. For more details regarding eligibility please visit the website here

Open Enrollment: Open Enrollment for PEBB Benefits begins next week on Friday Oct. 1 and ends Sunday Oct. 31. Participation in Open Enrollment is mandatory this year. This includes newly enrolled employees who have or will have active PEBB coverage on or before Oct. 1, and employees that opt-out of PEBB medical for the cash incentive. Detailed information can be found here: OSU Open Enrollment Website. 

Calling all students and faculty: We have a short 8 or 9 years left to take meaningful steps on behalf of our warming planet. OSU is committed to reaching carbon neutrality and has exciting efforts completed, underway and on the horizon. OSU leadership wants to share the carbon neutrality vision with the community and hear from you. Check out the draft Path to Carbon Neutrality (link to download the document is at the top of the feedback survey) and give your feedback today. Registration is also open now to hear, at a live session via Zoom, about our path forward. Please mark your calendars: The forum is scheduled for Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. 

Working with Students in Distress: Faculty and staff may be the first to notice a student is struggling and may be in the best position to reach out with care and concern. The Office of the Dean of Students, in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services, developed a CARE folder, which is intended to provide you with resources and referral information that we hope you find valuable. Simply click on this link and you will be directed to login to Box to access these resources. We recommend you bookmark this link for easy access on your phone, laptop or tablet.

Updated Fiscal Policy: 03-110-201 Record Keeping has been updated with minor revisions to how checks are processed (section previously related to FIS 102-01 Deposit Slips, Timing Account Codes). Please contact the Fiscal Policy Coordinator for your Business Center or the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

Updated Fiscal Policy: 03-140-206 University Credit Cards (previously titled “Procurement Cards”) has been updated to align with the new travel system (Concur), which is now used for all credit card requests and expenses processed at OSU. Please contact the Fiscal Policy Coordinator for your Business Center or the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

Traffic and Maintenance

NEW! 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.


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! Ecampus is seeking a web team manager to join the Course Development and Training team. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) professional faculty position. This position will have the option to work remotely until June 30. Posting #P04838UF. For full consideration please apply by Oct. 20. Final closing date is Nov. 15.

NEW! Facilities Services at Oregon State University is seeking a full-time Carpenter. Posting #P03218CT. Closes Oct. 24.

NEW! The College of Engineering has openings for two Administrator School Network positions. These positions maintain department and College-level instructional and research services, networks and systems by installing new software and servers and fixing problems with existing components. Collaborates with other technical staff to provide an interoperable infrastructure of accounts, services, wireless and conventional networks and software that serve the Schools and College needs. Posting # P04841UF. Full consideration date Oct. 24. Closes Nov. 7.

NEW! Fiscal Coordinator 2 positions: The Controller’s Unit invites applications for five full-time, 12-month Fiscal Coordinator 2 positions. The five positions will be in AMBC, ASBC, FOBC, HSBC and UABC. Posting #P03219CT. Full consideration Oct. 25. Closes Nov. 8. 


“In October, a maple tree before your window lights up your room like a great lamp. Even on cloudy days, its presence helps to dispel the gloom.” John Burroughs

Corvallis:  Mostly cloudy today, high of 68, low of 48. Rain likely tomorrow.
Central Oregon: Mostly cloudy today, high of 75, low of 48. Mostly cloudy Tuesday.

Newport: Mostly cloudy today, high of 59, low of 49. Rain Tuesday.

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