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:

There's a big problem with your car's tires (Slate)

As Susanne Brander, an ecotoxicologist at Oregon State University, recently told the Associated Press, “My concern is we’re really focused on this one chemical but in the end, it’s the mixture. It’s many different chemicals that fish are being exposed to simultaneously that are concerning.”

Is your Northern garden now Zone 5? (My Northern Garden)

The new map was calculated by the PRISM Climate Group at Oregon State University using climate and weather data from 1991-2020. Prior maps used data from 30-year periods before they were issued. The new map is based on GIS (Geographic Information System) data and allows gardeners to look at finer detail than earlier maps. (see also New AtlasOregonianKEZI)

Expert advice: Finding the best health insurance (Money Geek)

A piece by Chunhuei Chi, professor of health management and policy, professor in global health at Oregon State University.

Oregon Sea Grant selects Yachats resident for new education position at Hatfield Marine Science Center (Yachats News)

Oregon Sea Grant has appointed Tracy Crews of Yachats to a new position of associate director of education to oversee its K-12 marine education program, the Oregon Coast STEM Hub, and the public education wing of the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

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International Education Week: Randy Bell, associate dean in the College of Education, enjoys a sunset on the Vietnamese island Phú Quốc, in the Gulf of Thailand during his Fulbright in Vietnam. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Does your class have end-of-term projects, papers or assignments that will be due soon? Taking time in class to talk about components of the work and how that work can be broken down into smaller steps can support students in planning effectively and making their work more manageable. See Academic Success Center resources and services.

Strategic Plan: Join us in celebrating the first year of President Jayathi Murthy’s leadership and the launch of our next strategic plan — Prosperity Widely Shared: The Oregon State Plan. It’s an intensely focused, ambitious vision for what OSU will become. Join us tomorrow, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. A free lunch will follow the program.


International Education Week Nov. 13-17: Join us in celebrating Oregon State University's global achievements, impacts and community during International Education Week. For the full calendar of events, visit:

Core Curriculum for OSU Managers and Supervisors: Managers and supervisors at OSU play a key role in enabling employees to do their best work. The Core Curriculum for Managers and Supervisors is a training program for all Oregon State University managers, supervisors and lead workers. Fall 2023 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Tuesday-Friday, Nov. 14-17, via Zoom. Winter 2024 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Monday-Thursday, Feb. 26-29, via Zoom. Spring 2024 program: 8:15 a.m. to noon, Tuesday-Friday, May 7-10, via Zoom. Learn more and register.

Care Talks: Succeed at Work -- Stress Management. This webinar covers common causes of stress, how to recognize your stress signals and successful strategies for managing stress when it occurs. 10 a.m., Nov. 16. Register today.

Classified Staff union membership meeting: Classified staff are welcome to attend our union’s monthly meeting from noon to 12:30 p.m., Nov. 16 for updates on bargaining and other happenings. This meeting is hybrid. If attending online, registration in advance is required. In-person attendees can join us for lunch in Memorial Union Room 211. Email for accommodations.

Navigating the “holiday season," family edition: The holiday season can be filled with joy, but it can also come with complications — especially when we factor in family dynamics. Whether you’re navigating grief, family conflict or new traditions with your chosen families, the holidays can hold more difficult emotions than we would like. Join this gathering to discuss the challenges we can face while navigating family dynamics during the holiday season. Noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 16; 9-10 a.m., Nov. 28. To access and sign up for Lyra Gatherings go to passcode: #osu445. You can sign up for an upcoming gathering in Lyra Learn

Commodities, Cafes and Climate Change: This week, OSU faculty leaders James Sterns and native French Dominique Bachelet from the College of Agriculture will tell you about their 4-credit, two-week (June 18-July 2, 2024) program in Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France, during two info sessions from 2:30-4 p.m., Nov. 15 and 16 in LInC 3446. Once there, you will be eating fabulous food, hiking in the mountains with a goat farmer, touring a nuclear power plant, visiting the UN in Geneva, discovering ancient cities and learning about how climate change challenges France's viticulture and agriculture ancient customs. For more details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) program brochure and application.

OSU Procurement Training Series: Procurement will be hosting virtual training sessions next week on various OSU procurement topics. Sessions include: Introduction to Personal Services Contracts, 3-4 pm., Nov. 16; Federal Purchases Under Uniform Guidance, 3-4 p.m., Nov. 17. To register, visit the Virtual Trainings section of the Procurement Training and Support webpage:

HMSC Research Seminar: Nicholas Battista with the School of Science at the College of New Jersey will be giving a seminar titled “To fish, worms, and beyond: using computational models to study how variations in morphology and kinematics affect swimming performance,” 3:30 p.m., Nov. 16. Please join us in person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

International students and research: Are you an international student eager to dive into the world of research and high-impact opportunities? Join the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts (Office of URSA) for "Discover, Engage, Impact” as part of International Education Week from 4-5 p.m., Nov. 16, LINC 100. Unlock the door to a world of academic exploration and personal growth as we guide you through the exciting realm of research and high-impact practices. Whether you're curious about research opportunities, internships, community involvement or leadership roles, this event is your comprehensive guide to academic excellence and beyond.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Information Session: National and Global Scholarships Advising invites undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for individuals to go abroad for one year to complete research, study or English teaching in a country of their choice. This International Education Week event will be held 5-6 p.m., Nov. 16 in LINC 343.

International Fellowships Mixer: All faculty are invited to attend an international fellowships mixer from 5-6 p.m., Nov. 16 in the Memorial Union (MU) Journey Room. The mixer will provide an opportunity to celebrate and learn from Humboldt Research Fellows and Fulbright Scholars. Faculty members who are interested in international fellowship opportunities are particularly encouraged to attend. A selection of drinks and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Register here.

Global Community and Culinary Heritage Celebration: The OSU community is invited to sample cultural dishes prepared by international and domestic student teams while cultivating a greater appreciation of food as cultural heritage. This IEW event is from 6-8 p.m., Nov. 16 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. This event is free but tickets are required.

American Strings: An Evening with Twanguero. Dubbed a “fire-breathing guitar hero” by the press, and called “the King of Twang” by Guitar Player Magazine, Latin Grammy-winning, guitarist/composer/performer Twanguero (Diego Garcia) is considered by many to be one of the finest guitarists in Spain. 7:30 p.m., Nov. 16 at The LaSells Stewart Center; tickets $25 or free for OSU students with advance registration. 


NEW! Trans Day of Remembrance: A candle decorating event will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m., Nov. 20 at the Pride Center. A QTIBIPOC and First Gender Rose Ceremony will take place from 3-4 p.m. at Kaku-Ixt Mana Ina Haws with guest speaker Dharma Mirza. A vigil will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. in the SEC Plaza and after food will be provided in the Pride Center. For alternative formats or accommodations please reach out to the Pride Center at [email protected].

NEW! OSU Wind Symphony and Campus Band Present: Influences and Lineages. Directed by Olin Hannum, associate director of bands, and Erik Kar Jun Leung, director of bands. Student conductors include Annalee Hiebert, Abigail Underwood, Nathan Mason, Christian San Nicolas and Nicole Katsel. 7:30 p.m., Nov. 20 at The LaSells Stewart Center; $10 for general admission, free for OSU students. Tickets can be purchased online.

University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 9-10 a.m. on Nov. 17 via Zoom and in B011 Kerr Admin. Bldg. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities and budget policies. For materials associated with this week’s topics, visit the UBC web page. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].

Tom's International Coffee: College of Forestry Dean Tom DeLuca and CoF International Programs invite the OSU community to celebrate International Education Week. Join us from 9-10 a.m., Nov 17 in the PFSC third-floor treehouse to chat and connect over coffee, tea and treats. See the OSU IEW website for a full list of IEW activities, Nov. 13-17. 

Music à la Carte: Join reed quintet Splinter Reeds for a performance at noon on Nov. 17 in the lobby of the George W. Peavy Forest Science Center. Admission is free.

Art About Agriculture 2023 Reception at Portland’5: All are welcome to the in-person reception for OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, Art About Agriculture Competition and Touring Exhibition 2023’s visit to Antoinette Hatfield Hall at Portland'5 Centers for the Arts (1111 SW Broadway, Portland). 5-7:30 p.m., Nov. 17. Register here. Art About Agriculture 2023 program info:

Stress Management Through Music & Meditation: Join OSU Fulbright Scholar Sud Kumar from 4-5:30 p.m., Nov. 18 in the Memorial Union La Raza Room 208 for a presentation and activities focused on stress management and meditation, accompanied by live music. This is a great opportunity to learn and practice techniques for managing stress in a peaceful and supportive environment. This event is sponsored by the Fulbright Oregon Chapter and OSU Office of International Services as part of International Education Week.

OSUAA Tailgate Town - Home vs. Washington: Put on your best orange and black and come cheer on your Beavs as they face the Huskies of Washington. Food, prizes and games will be offered at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on Saturday, Nov. 18, three hours prior to kickoff. Learn more.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Fall Concert: Featuring selected works from César Franck, Mel Bonis and Maurice Ravel. Directed by guest conductor, David Hattner, conductor of the Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. at The LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets and more information at

Anatomy of Mindful Self CompassionKate Gallagher will guide the foundations of mindful self compassion, an empirically researched contemplative method that improves mood, relationships and resilience. This event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m., Nov. 19; it is offered by donation at Marigold, the practice center located in Downtown Corvallis. Pre-registration requiredContact us with questions.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Government to Government training workshop: This training, lead by Pam and Gordon James of the Skohomish and Colville tribes, is an overview of tribal governments and their relationship with federal, state and local governments. The hope is that this overview will inspire participants to further their tribal knowledge. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Nov. 20 or 21. Free event. Registration is required:

NEW! Search Advocate Program focus groups invitation: Members of the OSU community who have interacted with the OSU search advocate program in some way are invited to participate in facilitated Zoom focus groups evaluating the program. There are several sessions available for registration on this website for people who have had different roles in relation to search advocacy at OSU (search chairs, search administrators, hiring managers, search advocates, etc.). Upcoming sessions include one for search administrators and support staff from 9-10:30 a.m., Nov. 20; one for search committee members from 9:30-11 a.m., Nov. 27; and one for search advocates, 1-2:30 p.m., Nov. 27. A Qualtrics survey will also be sent to the OSU community. Contact Anne Gillies or Jane Waite with questions.

NEW! Live, Learn, Work and Play: The Social Determinants of Health in London. Join OSU faculty leader Stephanie Grutzmacher and Ashley Vaughn from the College of Health from the College of Health to learn more about a 4-credit, two-week program in London studying the social determinants and disparities of health in one of the world’s most diverse and unequal cities from June 30-July 16, 2024. Two upcoming info sessions: Noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 20; and 4:30-5:30 p.m., Nov. 29, Waldo 400. For details, visit the Office of Global Opportunities (OSU GO) events calendar and program brochure and application.

NEW! Getting Ready for AI in Winter ‘24? Wondering what AI resources are available to guide you in Winter ‘24 course planning? Join CTL and UIT-Academic Technologies on Zoom to explore resources such as CTL Guidance for Syllabus Statements about AI Use. There will be opportunities to consider AI use at the course level, to plan your next steps to learn about AI tools and to share your experiences and questions. 1-1:45 p.m., Nov. 29. Registration

NEW! ICS 300 training: The three-day ICS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents is accepting registrations for the Dec. 5-7 class being offered at OSU. Enhance your incident command skills, with a special focus on new concepts of the Incident Command System (ICS). The course will also benefit any person who has a responsibility to function in a command post managing an expanding incident. Additional and registration information is located at:

Lyra Webinar: Coping With Distressing Current Events. While you can't fully control what happens in the world at large, you can determine how you respond to yourself and others in the aftermath of distressing news by prioritizing your well-being and taking productive action. In this workshop you will learn about research-supported tools to take care of yourself during difficult times, reduce in-the-moment distress and ensure that you know when support from a mental health professional is the right next step. This webinar will also include a guided mindfulness exercise as well as a Q&A session in the last 10 minutes of the program. 11 a.m., Nov. 17. Register here.

FYI Friday – Beyond Fair-weather Friendship: You can bike commute in fall and winter. Riding your bike is good for you, your environment and your wallet. With the right tools and tricks, you can commute in comfort all year round. A reluctant winter bike commuter learned some hard lessons, so you don’t have to. Find options for winter commuting gear ranging from DIY to off-the-shelf. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Nov. 17, Cascade Hall Room 124, Corvallis campus. Seats are limited. Registration required.

College of Health Friday Research Seminar: “Bystander Intervention for Sexual Violence Prevention: Opportunities and Challenges for Developing a More Nuanced Approach for Measuring Students’ Experiences" will be presented by Jill Hoxmeier, OSU College of Health, from 1-2 p.m. Nov. 17, in HFC 115 and via Zoom. This is co-sponsored by the Health Promotion and Health Behavior program in the College of Health. Learn more about upcoming and past seminars on the college website.

BB Special Seminar: Join the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics as we welcome BB alum Simon Johnson, the College of Science Young Alumni Award recipient, for a talk titled “Deciphering the Complex Pathobiology of Genetic Mitochondrial Disease,” 3 p.m., Nov. 17, LPSC 125 and via Zoom,

We need volunteers: OSU VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). Learn how to do income taxes. Help others do their taxes. Gain valuable experience to add to your resume. We partner with the IRS to help underserved populations. Get trained and certified. What is VITAInterested? General information meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m., Jan. 11, Austin Hall Room TBA. Questions?

PFLA Zoom event: Surviving the Holidays and Winter in the PNW. An informal lunch-and-learn to share tips and strategies, plus resources for wellness and managing stress. Noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 5. For more information about the event and how to register click here.

Take Note

NEW! Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Clothing in Disaster. Essential clothing for a disaster supply is a commonly overlooked area of preparedness. If a person does not have the proper clothing suitable for the terrain they are in, then harsh elements such as rain, cold and snow can have catastrophic effects. English and Spanish versions of this bulletin can be found here:

NEW! Music Technology and Production (MTP) -- Call for Submissions: Calling all student songwriters and producers: MTP is looking for songwriters to produce. Selected artists will be paired with student producers to record and produce a song, which will be released on an album in 2024. Students are welcomed to submit a link to their demos by Dec. 1 to be considered for a spot on the album.

Crucial Conversations for Mastering Dialogue: Learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics. Discover how to speak and be heard (and how to encourage others to do the same), surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions and act on your decisions with unity and commitment. View dates for Winter 2024 course via Zoom and register here. In response to increasing material costs, the registration fee for this program will be adjusted to $255 as of Jan. 1, 2024.

FYI Friday: Office of Human Resources Learning & Development is now accepting FYI Friday presentation proposals for Winter 2024. Does your unit have a new or existing service, process, system, policy or research you want to share with the campus community? Consider FYI Friday as your venue. FYI Friday is a program where campus partners are invited to present what they’re working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff. Presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours in length. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Reach out to [email protected] with any questions or for assistance with your application.

The OSU Libraries Survey: Oregon State University Libraries has contracted with Madison Avenue Collective, a local design firm, to help them update the Valley Library, Guin Library and OSU-Cascades Library websites. The first phase is to gather information about the current state of these sites. We're asking everyone in the OSU community to share their opinions anonymously. OSU community. The survey takes about five minutes to complete. It will close at 5 p.m. Nov 22. Take the OSU Libraries website survey.

Namecoach: At OSU, we believe everyone deserves to be addressed by their correct name. That's why University Information and Technology has launched Namecoach. This transformative tool makes it easy to record and share your name pronunciation and listen to name recordings made by others. Namecoach is available to OSU students, faculty and staff to help make OSU a more inclusive place to learn, work, and grow. Get started and learn more by visiting

Ask Alumni webcast: Tips from a corporate recruiter. Always leverage the career insights of your OSU network. Emalee Rabinovitch, ’16, offers job search strategies from the perspective of a corporate recruiter in this Ask Alumni on-demand webcast, presented by the OSU Alumni Association. Watch for free and get more tips and advice from accomplished alumni professionals:

Fall 2023 Update from Vice President for Finance and Administration: Want to be an insider? Find out what Division of Finance and Administration units have been doing to help advance OSU’s goals in this update to DFA employees: Each quarter, Vice President Mike Green and DFA senior leaders share project milestones, unit news, highlights, updates and coming events. While targeted to division employees, the VPFA quarterly updates are a great way for anyone to get an overview of the broad and varied work of DFA units.

Lyla June Johnston and Riane Eisler on Inner Nature: The latest episode of the Inner Nature podcast series features Indigenous scholar and community organizer Lyla June Johnston in conversation with Riane Eisler, social systems scientist and president of the Center for Partnership Systems. Listen here on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Inner Nature is produced by the Spring Creek Project and the Contemplative Studies Initiative.

Watershed Fellowship opportunity: OSU faculty and community members are invited to apply for a year-long Watershed Fellowship with the Public Humanities Collaboratory sponsored by PRAx, the Spring Creek Project and the Center for the Humanities. The Collaboratory convenes scholars, creatives, cultural practitioners and nonprofit and community leaders in a collective effort to discover new approaches to enduring or emerging challenges. The application window closes Jan. 8. Learn more about the program, eligibility, and how to apply.


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NEW! Property Specialist 2: University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites applications for a Property Specialist 2. This is a full-time, 12-month, classified position. Posting #P04490CT. Closes Nov 27.

Traffic and Maintenance

Delays on SW 15th Street: As part of the Kerr South Parking Lot project, there will be intermittent delays on SW 15th Street between SW Washington Avenue and SW Adams Avenue due to construction activities from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 and Friday, Nov. 17. A single lane will be closed at a time, with traffic being allowed to pass through the opposite lane. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic. A section of the sidewalk on the west side of 15th Street, just north of the work area, is closed under a previous notification along with the crosswalk at SW Adams Avenue. The east sidewalk will remain open for pedestrians. Other possible impacts include noise near the work site. View map.

EXTENDED! Campus Way Closure, 26th Street to Memorial Place: As part of the Kelley District Utility Plant project, SW Campus Way will be closed between SW 26th Street and SW Memorial Place from Nov. 6-27 to allow for crane activity.

Traffic diverted to temporary Van Buren bridge starting in mid-November: Commuters to campus may notice a traffic pattern change between downtown Corvallis and the east side of the Willamette River. Starting in mid-November, eastbound traffic will be diverted onto a temporary bridge on NW Van Buren Ave. The temporary bridge includes a separate path for pedestrians and bicyclists. The paths underneath the bridge will remain closed. A temporary signal at NW Van Buren Ave. and NW First Street will control traffic flow and NW First Street will change from two-way to one-way traffic for one block north and south of the Van Buren bridge. Access to NW Van Buren Avenue from NW First Street will be restricted. For more information, visit the ODOT Van Buren Bridge project page.
Kerr: As part of the Kerr Administration South Parking Lot Improvement project, the Kerr South parking lot closure has been extended until Dec. 4 to finish construction activities, including lighting installation, paving and striping. This includes the closure of the west sidewalk. ADA access is available on the east side of the building.


“Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring.” ~ Truman Capote

Corvallis: Mostly sunny today, high of 49, low of 36. Areas of frost and then sunny Friday. 

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 50, low of 31. Sunny Friday.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 57, low of 41. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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