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.

These small cars can help drive the autonomus future (Wired)

Abbas, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Oregon State University, hopes the toys are the key to cracking the self-driving car. He and colleagues believe their miniature, cheap, open source, self-driving “platform” will give 33 scientists of all stripes chances to experiment with cutting-edge technology at a critical moment: before autonomous vehicles hit the streets en masse.


Oregon creamery hopes to turn whey into vodka (San Francisco Chronicle)

Greenwood says whey-based vodka is not common. He says they have been working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University to "perfect" the process.

OSU study: Deafness-causing deficiency may make brain rewire itself (KTVZ)

Published Friday in Nature Scientific Reports, the findings by an Oregon State University research collaboration make the case that a protein mutation that causes profound hearing loss also alters the growth and wiring of certain neurons – cells that act as the building blocks of the nervous system.

Bee markets still in good shape despite pressures from parasites and colony collapse disorder (ZME Science)

This research can trace its way back several years ago when Randy Rucker, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics in the MSU College of Agriculture, started looking into the phenomenon of colony collapse to estimate its economic impact along with members from North Carolina State University and Oregon State University. All in all, the study reports that CCD isn’t a very big threat to current commercial pollinator markets.

Kaylee's Law pulls all community colleges' campus security into one comprehensive vision (Register-Guard)

At Oregon State University, the campus is policed by Oregon State Police and the on-campus security.

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Celebrating Valley Library: In this archival photo, Gladys Valley and former OSU President Paul Risser were seated together at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Valley Library expansion ceremony. Risser was president of Oregon State University from 1996 to 2002. The library expansion is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.


Valley Library’s 20th anniversary: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the library’s expansion and remodel, a display about the library’s history is up Oct. 7-18 near the library’s main entrance. At the exhibit launch on Oct. 7 at 4 p.m, free food is available. The exhibit is in conjunction with the $20 for 20 fund-raising effort to improve spaces in the Valley Library for study spaces, classrooms, exhibits, and other learning spaces. Donate at

Economic History Guest Lecture & ReceptionEmma Griffin, professor of Modern British History at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, is the author of five books. In “Home Economics: Food, Money, and Emotions in Victorian Britain,” a guest lecture at the Center for the Humanities, she’ll discuss the sharing of resources in Victorian Britain to shed light on why so many rural and urban families remained on the margins of the country’s newfound prosperity. Oct. 7, 4 p.m., Autzen House, 811 SW Jefferson Ave. Reception from 5-7 p.m.


NEW! Fairbanks Gallery of Art: Lucy Copper and Granite Calimpong, “Seeing is Deceiving,” Oct. 7-30 in Fairbanks Hall. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; open until 8 p.m. Oct. 24 for the Corvallis Art Walk.

NEW! Film Screening “Survival of the Sunbears”: Fisheries and Wildlife student Jocelyn Stokes has directed a 30-minute film focused on the conservation efforts by nonprofits in Malaysia to protect this highly endangered species. The film has been selected for the 2019 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in NYC. There will be a Q&A after the screening. Seating is limited. Oct. 8, 5-6 p.m., Strand 311.

NEW! Family BBQ: The Family Resource Center is celebrating OSU families and campus children’s centers with a catered barbecue on Oct. 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Bring your family to Champinefu Lodge and enjoy a complimentary barbecue dinner with other OSU families. RSVP at

NEW! Education open house: Interested in becoming a teacher, counselor or educational leader? The College of Education invites students to a Fall Open House on Oct. 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the second-floor lobby of Furman Hall in Corvallis. All programs will be represented including Corvallis, Ecampus, and OSU-Cascades. Register now.

NEW! OSU Album Club: It’s like a book club where you listen to and discuss the greatest albums ever recorded. Hosted by OSU director of popular music Bob Santelli, formerly of the GRAMMY Museum. Featuring Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart's Club Band by the Beatles. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m., Community Hall room 303. Free and open to the public.

NEW! Prospective student open house: Beaver Open House, an open house program for prospective students, will be held in the Memorial Union on Friday, Oct. 11. There will be approximately 1,200 guests on campus, which may impact parking and retail food locations.

NEW! American Strings: Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5, R.E.M. ) of The Baseball Project; Veteran rockers talk music and baseball, and perform. Hosted by Bob Santelli. Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., The Majestic Theatre. Tickets:

NEW! An Evening with Jazz and Blues Guitarist Wayne Goins & Friends: Goins is a legendary guitarist, recording artist and author. He is the founder of Little Apple Records and a distinguished professor of Jazz Studies at Kansas State University. Goins will be joined by some of the mid-Valley’s favorite jazz artists: Joe Manis, saxophone; Sean Peterson, bass; Torrey Newhart, piano; and OSU Jazz Band Director Ryan Biesack, drums. 7:30 p.m., The Majestic Theatre. Tickets:

NEW! Board of Trustees: The OSU Board will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. The board will consider items recommended for action by its committees and the board’s 2020 work plan. The board also will hear a report on the university’s efforts to advance equity, inclusion and social justice. The board will hold an executive session pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(d) to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations. Committees of the board will meet from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Horizon Room and the Multipurpose Room of the Memorial Union. The board will hold a retreat on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Reser Stadium loge, 660 S.W. 26th St. in Corvallis. The agendas and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at For accommodations: 541-737-3449 or at least 48 hours in advance.

Homecoming 2019 – Your OSU. Your Home: Celebrate Homecoming Oct. 7-12 with a variety of student competitions during the week. On Friday, Oct. 11, attend the lecture by climate scientist and alumnus Warren Washington and later that night check out Battle of The DJs at the Memorial Union Pavilion. On Saturday, Oct. 12, join the homecoming celebration at a variety of tailgate locations, including the Alumni Center, the multicultural alumni and friends tailgate at Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, the College of Forestry tailgate celebrationASOSU/Beaver Caucus homecoming celebration at the Alumni Center, or the NROTC Foxhole & Fantail Alumni Muster. Are you tailgating on your own? Join the Tailgate Decorating Contest and decorate your tailgate like “Benny’s living room” for a chance to win prizes. #Bennyslivingroom

Flu Shot Clinics: The Office of Human Resources in partnership with Fred Meyer Pharmacies will offer flu shot clinics for faculty, staff and their dependents age 7 or above on Oct 8, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in  the MU Ballroom. Bring your insurance card and photo ID (for billing). Wear short sleeves. Plan on staying for five minutes after receiving the vaccination. If paying at the time of service, payment by cash (with exact change) or check will be the only methods of payment accepted. PEBB Statewide (Providence), Providence Choice and Moda plans will cover the cost of the flu vaccinations. Employees with Kaiser insurance must pay at the time of vaccination, or go to a Kaiser facility for a free flu shot.

Digital Community Meeting: Join OSU’s community of digital workers to join in on the project management throw down, learn how to use card sorting in your content strategy and UX work, see a sneak peek of the new student dashboard and more. Oct. 8 from 2-4 p.m. in Cascade Hall 136. Learn more at Drupal at Oregon State University. We welcome all who work on the internet at OSU.

Innovation Days @ OSU: Research Impact Resources: Are you working on a research project that could have societal and economic impact? Interested in learning about resources available to help develop this research into something that might attract an industry partner or a startup? Join us on Oct. 17 from 3 – 5 p.m. in MU 109 to learn how engagement in Innovation and Entrepreneurial activities will increase your research impact, can increase industry engagement, increase your odds for competitive grants, lead to more publications and more citations of these publications. Register here:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Mexican-Origin Foodways & Social Movements: School of Language, Culture, & Society scholar-in-residence Devon Peña presents "Mexican-Origin Foods, Foodways, and Social Movements: Decolonial Perspectives,” with book signing. Oct. 8, 5-6:30 p.m., Autzen House (Center for the Humanities), 811 SW Jefferson Ave. Free and open to the public. 

NEW! Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): “A phased, diploid assembly of the hop (Humulus lupulus) genome reveals patterns of selection and haplotype variation, i.e., Resolving functional and evolutionary mysteries of a large, complex plant genome with genomic data science” Lillian Padgitt-Cobb (David Hendrix Lab, biochemistry and biophysics), Wednesday, Oct. 9, at noon in ALS 3005. 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. For additional information, see

NEW! CGRB Seminar this Wednesday: The first of the CGRB Seminar series will take place this Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m. in ALS 4001 with refreshments following. The event is free and open to the public. The speaker is Marilyn Roossinck. 

NEW! Indigenous Agroecology: School of Language, Culture, & Society Scholar-in-Residence Devon Peña, will present “Decolonizing the Rhizosphere and Gut Microbiomes: Indigenous Agroecology, Heritage Cuisine, and Community Health.” He will discuss how food sovereignty and indigenous agroecology are pathways to the recovery of the health of the soil and of communities. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 4-5:30 p.m., Memorial Union, Room 109. Free and open to public.

NEW! Human-Elephant Coexistence In Malaysian Borneo: Renowned elephant biologist Nurzhafarina Othman will give a presentation about human-elephant conflicts and possibilities for coexistence in the manmade landscapes dominated by oil-palm plantations in Malaysian Borneo. With Bob Lee, elephant curator at the Oregon Zoo, on Thursday, Oct. 10, 11a.m. to noon, Richardson 115.

NEW! Collections at the Center lecture: Melissa Santala, assistant professor of materials science, School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, will present “Through the Lens: Tools for Extending our Vision and Knowledge through History” as part of Collections at the Center, a lecture and hands-on exploration series from the Special Collections and Archives Research Center. Using the collections of the SCARC and her experience as a materials scientist and microscopist, Santala will discuss the power and pitfalls of microscopes since 1600. Thursday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m., fifth floor Valley Library.

NEW! Register for a CIM Training Session: OSU will implement a new curriculum proposal system in Fall 2019 called CIM (pronounced ‘Kim’), which will replace the current CPS. A representative from the vendor, Leepfrog, will be on the Corvallis campus Oct. 16-17 to provide training sessions on how to use CIM. Everyone who interacts with the current CPS or anticipates needing to propose, review or approve curriculum proposals in future, should attend this training. Register your attendance using the survey link and share with your colleagues. For an overview of the project and to stay up-to-date on the implementation, visit the Office of the Registrar’s projects page. Direct all CIM-related questions to

NEW! Flash Panel on Impeachment: Want to know more about what impeachment is, how it works, what issues are at stake in it, and what it might mean for the Trump presidency and the future of American politics? Come hear OSU faculty specialists and your Oregon State Senator reflect on the current impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. Bring your questions and ask the experts. Panelists: Sara Gelser, state senator; Rorie Solberg, School of Public Policy, Steve Shay, School of History, Philosophy & Religion; Chris Nichols, School of History, Philosophy & Religion; and moderator Amy Koehlinger, School of History, Philosophy & Religion. Friday, Oct. 11, 4 p.m. Learning Innovation Center (LINC), 128. 

NEW! College of Science Fall Distinguished LectureWarren Washington, climate scientist and alumnus, will present a talk titled "The Historic Development of Climate Models and Geoengineering of the Earth's Climate" at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Hall. The event is free and open to the public. A reception starts at 5 p.m. RSVP here.

Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addiction and mental illnesses. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in MU 206. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited. Preregistration by Oct. 4 is required:

Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Creating Equitable & Culturally Inclusive Environments - Join Jane Waite (SJEI) for critical inquiry: Why do students experience the same classes differently? How does who we are impact the ways we teach and learn? What constitutes an equitable environment? +Tech TalkLearn tools for supporting Universal Design. This workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215 at Oct 8 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here.  Contact us here.

Beaver Family Connections- Kindergarten Readiness: How important is it for your child to know their ABC’s and 123’s? Or are there other skills you should be focusing on and preparing them for? Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 8 from noon to 1 p.m. in MU 207 to hear from OSU’s Megan McClelland on how to best prepare your child for Kindergarten. For a calendar of this year’s sessions visit

Online Peer Educator Training – Launch & Orientation: The Academic Success Center (ASC) & Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) invite you to learn more about the new training resource available to faculty and staff who oversee peer educator (tutor, mentor, ambassador, etc.) positions across campus. We’ll walk through it and answer questions Tuesday, Oct. 8, noon to 12:30 pm in Waldo Hall, Room 400.

WIN PubTalk - Digital Manufacturing: Magic or Myth?   Interested in “Digitally” Manufactured Items? Wondering what they are? We hear about 3D printing and digital manufacturing almost every day.  Yet these technologies don’t seem to be parts of our everyday lives. Join HP Fellow Will Allen to learn about digital manufacturing, HP’s 3D printing products, why these technologies are important and how they will affect all of us on Oct. 8 from 6 – 8 p.m. on the HP campus. Tickets available here:

Library Faculty Association Seminar Series: Michael Boock, associate professor and scholarly communications librarian at OSU Libraries and Press, will deliver the first presentation in this year's Seminar Series. The topic is: A Fulbright and Librarian in Bulgaria. He will speak on Oct. 18 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Valley Library, VLib 3622 - East Willamette Industries Seminar Room.

The Social Justice Education Initiative schedule for Fall still has openings: From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is an  foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Take Note

NEW! Classroom-based Poster Campaign Rolls Out Monday: The “Ask for Help” poster campaign will launch on Monday Oct. 7. The goal of this project is to normalize and encourage asking questions and seeking resources, particularly in the academic/course context. Posters will be hung in preapproved locations and remain in place throughout the year. Questions? Comments? See a poster that needs to be replaced or want posters for your departmental classrooms or other OSU locations? Contact Clare Creighton, Academic Success Center,

NEW! Volunteers needed for Tri Club event: On Sunday, Oct. 13, at Philomath Middle School, the OSU Tri Club will host the Beaver Fever Triathlon. Volunteers are needed for this event. Volunteers receive a free shirt, snacks, coffee and drinks throughout the day. To sign up: For more information, write to

Show Us Your Dam Family: As part of National Work & Family Month, OSU’s Family Resource Center wants to show off all of our amazing families! Whether you have fur babies, human babies, teenagers, or elderly parents, we want to see your family. Photos will be posted in the Memorial Union Oct. 14-27. To submit your family photos visit Questions? Contact or 541-737-4906.

Comments sought for Oregon Sea Grant review: A team convened by the National Sea Grant College Program will review Oregon Sea Grant Oct. 29-31 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center at OSU. The review was rescheduled from January because of the federal government shutdown. It will consider all aspects of the Oregon Sea Grant program, including management and organization, performance, stakeholder engagement and collaborative activities, including those with various offices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. You are invited to email your comments about Oregon Sea Grant to through Oct. 18. Please put “Oregon Sea Grant Site Review” in the subject line.

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month: When OSU starts up in full swing in the fall, cyber attackers step up their game, too. If an e-mail seems too good to be true, or is asking you to provide personal information such as your social security number, bank information or passwords, take a minute and think about it! Learn more about common cyber scams and attacks at OSU here: This year’s national theme for Cybersecurity Awareness Month is: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. You can learn more about this campaign and resources available at:


“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." ~ Desmond Tutu, who turns 88 today.

Corvallis: Mostly sunny today, high of 69, low of 49. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 72, low of 47. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Newport: Slight chance of rain, high of 61, low of 49. Chance of showers tomorrow.

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