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.
 

How oceans rise and die on a warming planet (New Yorker Magazine)

 “The ocean today is higher, warmer, more acidic, less productive, and it holds less oxygen,” Jane Lubchenco, a former administrator of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said. (see also Science Friday, Christian Science MonitorPolitico)
 

Ever older remains of early migrants rewrite the story of the first North Americans (CBC)

Dr. Loren Davis, a professor of anthropology at Oregon State University, led the excavation at a site called Cooper's Ferry, which is located at the lower Salmon river canyon in western Idaho
 

Oregon Public Universities reach agreement with SEIU, averting strike (KEZI)

Bargaining teams from Oregon’s seven public universities and the union representing classified employees reached a tentative agreement on a two-year labor contract Saturday. (see also Gazette-Times)
 

Your voice, your vote: Impeachment inquiry (KATU)

We spoke to a historian about all this. Christopher McKnight Nichols, professor of history at Oregon State University, joined Steve Dunn in the studio. 
 

The front lines of the art world's color wars (Discovery)

‘Blue, for example, rarely exists in nature,’ says Mas Subramanian, Milton Harris Professor of Materials Science at Oregon State University – and the discoverer of an entirely new pigment. ‘You can see blue in eyes or in the feathers of birds – but it doesn’t come from pigments. It comes from light interacting with a nanostructure.’
 

The world begins to slowly cooperate on new nuclear energy (Forbes)

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded funds to build SMR simulators at three American universities: Oregon State University, Texas A&M University-College Station and the University of Idaho, NuScale Power has announced. The simulators will be used for research and educational purposes.
 

OSU-Cascades digs into pumice mine project (Bend Bulletin)

Filling a giant hole in the ground with dirt would seem to be a simple task. But Oregon State University-Cascades has a more complicated, exacting method of turning the 100-foot-deep former pumice mine on its property into 46 acres of its expanded campus.
 

New catalyst outshines platinum for producing hydrogen (Phys Org)

With collaborators from Oregon State University, the researchers tested a molybdenum-phosphide (MoP)  with wastewater in a small reactor called a microbial electrolysis cell (MEC). Test results showed that MoP worked better than platinum, a precious and expensive metal typically used for its high catalytic performance. The MoP catalyst also produced hydrogen five times as fast as other non-platinum catalysts reported in related studies.
 

Ask an expert: Mistletoe can be considered a pest, but it's helpful to wildlife (Oregonian)

Fall has arrived, but gardening season is far from over. We’re still getting plenty of questions to Ask an Expert, an online question-and-answer tool from Oregon State University’s Extension Service
 

Ancient lake beds give a history of past Northwest quakes (Bend Bulletin)

“The lake records are the missing link,” Oregon State University marine geologist Chris Goldfinger said. “We don’t know very well how hard it is going to shake as you move inland. We have models, which are great, but we don’t have very much direct evidence.”
 

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Alma Mater: The beginning of a new school year is a great time to learn more about the history of Oregon State University. An easy way to start is to absorb some of the many facts gathered during last year's OSU150 celebration. Scroll through these photos here to discover something new about OSU: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oregonstateuniversity/albums/72157691484855161

Today

FROM LAB to MARKET: Badass Women Increasing Research Impact Through the Market: Co-hosted by the OSU Advantage Accelerator and VertueLab Sept 30 at 5:30 p.m. in MU 104. There will be two panels: one of women entrepreneurs and researchers that will provide insights into fundraising, grant management, scaling and managing a startup, and another of funding experts that will talk about SBIR federal funding, state matching dollars, and other funds. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP at http://bit.ly/OSUBadassWomen

REGISTER NOW! New2OSU: New2OSU is focused on impacting student success by accelerating the effectiveness of newer teachers. This certificated program is intended for newer faculty and for those looking for teaching renewal. Registration is now open. The CTL will accept 20 applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. New2OSU launches Monday, Sept. 30. Free. Details and registration here.

Events

NEW! PERS: Tiers 1 & 2 Simplified: What role will PERS play in your retirement plan? In light of the significant changes the 2019 Oregon Legislature has made, this presentation is designed to help PERS members make informed decisions about their options. Understand how your PERS retirement works and explore the various choices, advantages/disadvantages you will need to consider when you decide to retire. Designed for people within five years of retirement.  Presented by Greg Elker, Financial Advisor, CFS*  Tuesday, Oct. 1, noon to 1 p.m., Memorial Union, MU 212: M.L.K.  RSVP to RetirementPlanning@mapscu.com

NEW! Student Engagement Community of Practice meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. in MU 206: This group is open to those who work with students outside of the classroom. This month’s topic is recruitment issues and strategies for engagement opportunities. We meet the first Tuesday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. in MU 206. Join our listserv or contact Gabrielle James or Sara Caldwell-Kan for more information.

NEW! OSU Research Forests Information Session: The College of Forestry is hosting an information session for the public regarding OSU’s 10 research forests and the creation of new individual forest management plans. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and provide input regarding the individual forest management plan process. The session will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Horizon Room.

NEW! UAOSU Bargaining at Cascades Campus: Saturday, Oct 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 205 Obsidian Hall, UAOSU and the administration’s team will discuss academic freedom, health and safety, facilities and workspaces, evaluations, promotion and tenure, and more. Click here to see UAOSU’s 48 proposals and the administration’s 19.

Speed Friending: Make New Friends FAST. Join the Active Minds student club for an evening of dinner, fun and friendship. Open to OSU students. Thursday, Oct. 3 from 7-9 p.m., in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Contact Tess Webster-Henry at tess.websterhenry@oregonstate.edu for more info. Hosted by CAPS and the Active Minds student club.
 
Portland Business Roundtable: Chi Nguyen, executive director at APANO, will discuss the history, current impact and future of the census as well as local repercussions that a citizenship question would have on Oregon specifically. Join us at Andina restaurant on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Price is $10 for OSUAA members and $20 for non-members.

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. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Oct 8, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in  MU 109. 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.

Benefits Fair: The 2020 OSU Corvallis Campus Benefit Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Memorial Union Horizon Room (room 49). There are also workshops available for employees to attend that day: Short-term and Long-term Disability Insurance, 9:30 to 10 a.m., MU room 208; Pregnancy & Parental Leave, 11 to 11:30 a.m., MU room 208; Medicare Basics - A, B, C,  1 to 3 p.m., MU room 208; Moda Health Plan Changes  1:30 to 2:30 p.m., MU room 206.

Educational Opportunities Program celebrates 50 years: A celebration of EOP’s 50th birthday takes place Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come share light snacks and see new office murals. Waldo Hall third floor. For more information: janet.nishihara@oregonstate.edu

ElderCare Connections: Social Hour & Welcome: Meet up with others at OSU that are caring for their aging loved ones and share your successes and challenges while enjoying some complimentary snacks. Tuesday, Oct. 1, from noon to 1 p.m. in MU 222. For a calendar of this year’s sessions visit https://familyresources.oregonstate.edu/eldercare-connections. Accommodations for disabilities may be made by contacting 541-737-4906 or familyresources@oregonstate.edu.

Apply now for the OSU Ecampus Research Fellows Program: If you are interested in conducting research about online teaching and learning, the OSU Ecampus Research Unit will help you plan your proposal for the Ecampus Research Fellows Program. The OSU Ecampus Research Unit annually funds up to five faculty and/or department projects, $20,000 each, to support research in the areas of distance and online education, including hybrid delivery. Info sessions will be held Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. and Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m. on the fourth floor of the Valley Library, Drinkward Conference Room. Applications are due Nov. 1. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, MaryEllen.DelloStritto@oregonstate.edu.

Giustina Gallery at OSU to exhibit "My Secret Double" Oct. 1-30: “My Secret Double – an International Exhibition,” featuring the works of artists from the Northwest and the Baltics, will be on display Oct. 1-30 in the Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. The exhibit captures artists’ personal journeys during their struggle with addiction or depression, including anger, suicide, fear and loss of hope. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the gallery. The reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Biochemistry and Biophysics Guest Lecture Seminar: Zachary A. Lewis, an associate professor, at the University of Georgia, will present "Assembly and maintenance of repressive chromatin domains" on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m. in ALS 4001. 

Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Teaching Philosophies & Portfolios: Join Lexi Schlosser to learn how to use philosophies and portfolios to capture the evolution of your teaching, ideology, and accomplishments. +Tech Talk: Learn how to use Google Sites to create your ePortfolio. This workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn more here. Contact us here.

Campbell Lecture: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families will host the annual Campbell Lecture, “Living in Pasteur’s quadrant: Can we link basic and applied research?” Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 4 to 5 p.m. in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room. Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., Unidel H. Rodney Sharp chair and professor of education, University of Delaware, will present.

Apply now for the OSU Ecampus Research Fellows Program: If you are interested in conducting research about online teaching and learning, the OSU Ecampus Research Unit will help you plan your proposal for the Ecampus Research Fellows Program. The Ecampus Research Unit annually funds up to five faculty and/or department projects - $20,000 each - to support research in the areas of distance and online education, including hybrid delivery. Info sessions will be held Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. and Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m. at the fourth floor of The Valley Library, Drinkward Conference Room. Applications are due Nov. 1. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, MaryEllen.DelloStritto@oregonstate.edu.

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities and also learn about the 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. 3, Dec. 5, Feb. 7, April 15 or June 4.

Take Note

NEW! Apply now for Ecampus professional development funds: OSU Ecampus invites professorial faculty, professional faculty and advisors to pursue professional development related to effective teaching and learning in OSU's online and hybrid courses. Examples include attending conferences about online teaching and learning, taking workshops related to teaching your discipline online, and purchasing books on online pedagogy and supporting online students. The application deadline is Oct. 8, so learn more and apply today.

NEW! Older men needed for OSU multivitamin study (Corvallis): Are you a healthy, non-smoking man age 68 or older? Our study is looking at the role of multivitamins in improving the micronutrient status. Participants will take tablets daily for six months. Contact Alexander Michels for more information: LPICoreLab@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-8730. Principal Investigator: Tory Hagen, Linus Pauling Institute.

NEW! Proposed Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy Program’s What’s New page (http://policy.oregonstate.edu/whats-new) to view a pending policy amendment. Proposed University Policy 07-040 Safety of Minors outlines roles and responsibilities of individuals who engage in programs, activities or events involving minors. This page is updated frequently with new developments so we encourage you to check back frequently. Comments or questions may be submitted to OSU-Policy@oregonstate.edu

NEW! Volunteers Needed: Sign up to volunteer at the Fall Career Expo on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 23-24. Benefits include volunteer experience and face time with employers. There are various shifts to accommodate your schedule; morning and late afternoon volunteers are provided light refreshments, and mid-day volunteers are provided lunch. Sign up here.

Feedback sought for fiscal policies: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on new policy drafts for Meals, Refreshments & Events and for E&G/SWPS Budgeted Operations. For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

Proposed Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy Program’s What’s New page (http://policy.oregonstate.edu/whats-new) to view three pending policy amendments. Proposed University Standard 07-025 Vehicle Use and Parking governs the use of vehicles on university property. Proposed University Standard 07-020 Smoking and Tobacco Use on University Property prohibits the use of tobacco products on university property. Proposed University Policy 07-040 Safety of Minors outlines roles and responsibilities of individuals who engage in programs, activities or events involving minors. This page is updated frequently with new developments so we encourage you to check back frequently. Comments or questions may be submitted to OSU-Policy@oregonstate.edu

International Friendship Program: Invitation to all OSU and Corvallis community members to participate in the International Friendship Program. The program pairs you up with OSU International students and scholars for monthly social activities focused on community, culture and support. Register by Oct. 15, at https://bit.ly/2M1t8be. For more information, see https://international.oregonstate.edu/ois/international-friendship-program. Contact OIS.Programs@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

Jobs

This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: jobs.oregonstate.edu 

To apply for the below positions, visit  unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Senior Director, Marketing and Communications: College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Senior Director, Marketing and Communications position. Posting #P03331UF. Closes Oct. 21.

Weather

"Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor." ~ Truman Capote, born today in 1924,

Corvallis: Areas of frost and then sunny, high of 59, low of 35. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Slight chance of snow showers and then partly sunny, high of 45, low of 24.

Newport: Sunny, high of 58, low of 41. Sunny tomorrow.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/