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:


Volcanic activity and low ocean oxygen events linked to climate warming and rapid ice melt during last ice age, study finds (ENN)

“It is unknown right now whether volcanic eruptions will increase as the climate warms,” said the study’s lead author, Jianghui Du of ETH Zurich in Switzerland, who conducted the research as a doctoral student at Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. (see also Forbes)

PNW wildfires burned far fewer acres this year, but smoke was still a problem (Bend Bulletin)

Larry O’Neill, an associate professor at the Oregon State University College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, said the lower number of fires and burned acres can be attributed to Oregon’s wetter-than-normal spring, when the state received late-season rain and snow.

Study shows protected forests are cooler (Inside Climate News)

Oregon State University forest ecologist Matthew Betts said the global scope of the study is impressive and “emphasizes the importance of protected areas … from a climate perspective.”

OSU receives funds to study effect of climate change on Dungeness crab (KEZI)

Oregon State University and its research partners have been awarded $4.2 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study the effects of climate change on an important Oregon species.

Statewide voter turnout lagging (KBND)

Campaigns are pushing their message hard and Chris Stout, Associate Professor of Political Science at Oregon State University, expects the gubernatorial race to send turnout upward in the next few days, "Maybe because it is a closer election than in the past, a lot of people are weighing their options more than when the election’s largely decided, and are taking a little more time before they turn it in."

'Scientific investigation and discovery ensures the wine industry can continue to produce high quality wines,' says Elizabeth Tomasino, Innovator of the Year (Wine Enthusiast Magazine)

Individually, Oberholster, Collins and Tomasino had already been working on topics related to smoke and wine, but when the three applied for and received a four-year Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) grant in 2020, they combined forces, bringing research experience from their respective states to the table and communicating their intentions and findings to the broader industry.

In one ear: Rhythm of nature (Daily Astorian)

An 80-foot illuminated sculpture of a sequoia, suspended between three 80-year-old sequoia trees, has been installed on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. Created "to evoke changing climate threat against old-growth forests," a university press release says, it will hang there for 14 months.

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Open house: Michele Webster, office manager and local liaison with OSU Extension Service Linn County, says, “On Oct. 17, OSU Extension Service Linn County hosted an Open House. It was open to the public and was an educational time to meet with staff and learn about our their programs.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Wondering how to identify effective educational research to improve your teaching? Looking for sources that provide evidence-informed, efficacious and effective teaching practices? See Where’s the Wheat? by Regan A.R. Gurung, associate vice provost and executive director of the OSU Center for Teaching and Learning. 


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

HMSC Research Seminar: On Thursday, Nov. 3 at 3:30 pm, Jess Hopf, a research associate with the Ecological Modelling & Population Dynamics Lab at Oregon State University’s HMSC will give a seminar titled “Marine Reserve Networks in a Changing Climate.” Zoom link or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Fall Seminar Series: “Deciphering the Evolutionary History of Polyploid Genomes Using Repetitive Sequences,” presented by Adam Session from Binghamton University, Thursday, Nov. 3, 4 p.m., ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

"To What Remains" documentary discussion: Trace the efforts to find Americans missing in action since World War II in a discussion of "To What Remains," Nov. 3 at 6 p.m, at OSU-Cascades Edward J. Ray Hall. Reception to follow. The OSU Alumni Association welcomes Derek Abbey, ’99, president/CEO of Project Recover, and invites alumni and friends to learn about OSU veteran programs. Attend in person or online at

Community listening session on McDonald and Dunn research forests: The OSU College of Forestry invites members of the public to the second community listening session on Monday, Nov. 7 from 6-8 p.m. We want to hear about your ideas, experiences and hopes related to the McDonald and Dunn research forests as we develop a new forest management plan. Additional information on the planning process and event can be found on the McDonald-Dunn Research Forest Planning Process website. Please register in advance. Peavy Forest Science Center Room 117 or via Zoom, Meeting ID: 851 8983 5847.


NEW! Grad Student LGBTQ+ Social Hour: The Pride Center will host a social hour for LGBTQIA2S+ graduate students on Friday, Nov. 4 from 2-4 p.m. in the Pride Center, which is temporarily located in SEC 112. There will be snacks and mingling. People are encouraged but not required to register to attend at

NEW! Bake Sale — Fall Harvest: The Disabled Students Union will have pumpkin crunch, pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls, pumpkin spice hot chocolate, sparkling fall punch, caramel apples, apple crisps, cranberry orange mini loaves, decadent peppermint brownies and a few other seasonal treats. Cash, card (Square), Venmo and Cashapp (@DisabledStudentU). Nov. 7, SEC Plaza, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, [email protected].

Music à la Carte: João Kouyoumdjian classical guitar recital: Gakavig Fantasy. João Kouyoumdjian, Brazilian-born classical guitarist of mixed Brazilian and Armenian ethnic heritage, will take us on a musical journey through the sonic world of Brazil and Armenia through the color and shape of the classical guitar. Nov. 4 at noon in the MU Lounge. Free, open to all.

University Budget Committee: The committee will meet this Friday, Nov. 4 from 2-3:30 p.m. via Zoom and in Covell 117. 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 If you are interested in joining as an observer, please register for the webinar.

Steinway Piano Series: Vadym Kholodenko is fast building a reputation as one of the most musically dynamic and technically gifted young pianists, praised in his performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra for his absorbing melodic shading and glittering passage work. Program includes music by Prokofiev and Schubert. Sunday, Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center. Tickets and information.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Honors College Humanities Interns Symposium: Supported by a grant from the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation and sponsored by the OSU Honors College, the College of Liberal Arts and the Center for the Humanities, seven undergraduates worked with faculty mentors this summer to advance research and creative projects. They will present work on topics ranging from humanitarian engineering to book design and production on Monday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. This is a virtual event; register here.

UPDATED! FMLA/OFLA Protected Leave Training: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are rescheduling our Protected Leave for Supervisor training (previously Nov. 3) to Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. If you have already registered, you should have received a notice of this change. If you have not registered and you would like to attend, please register here:

Anthropology Lecture Series: Kate Barcalow (Portland State University) will give the lecture “Facilitating Collaboration for Native Landscapes: Creating Space for Native Voices in Land Management Decisions.” She will speak on Friday, Nov. 4 at noon. The free lecture is open to OSU faculty and students in Strand Ag Room 211. All lectures are accessible via Zoom in real time:

FYI Friday – How to Submit a Course Proposal in CIM: A good course proposal needs to be clear, strategic, and aligned with the academic policies. OSU uses Curriculum Inventory Management (CIM) software as an online platform for curricular proposal submission and review. This course demonstrates how to navigate CIM to successfully submit a course proposal and explains the curriculum review workflow in a nutshell. Part of the Fall 2022 FYI Friday series; Friday, Nov. 4, noon to 12:30 p.m. via Zoom. Registration closes at noon on Thursday.

College of Public Health and Human Sciences Friday Research Seminar: “Associations between aircraft noise, sleep and adiposity in the nurses’ healthy study cohorts” will be presented Friday, Nov. 4, from 1-2 p.m., HFC 115 and Zoom, by Matt Bozigar, CPHHS assistant professor of epidemiology.

Center for Teaching & Learning Quality Teaching (QT) Talks: "Peer Observations and Portfolios: Advancing Teaching Practices," presented by Brooke Howland and Funmi Amobi. Peer observation of teaching can be used to serve two purposes. Whether it is implemented for evaluative or formative purpose, the overarching goal is to advance effective quality teaching that supports student learning success. ­­Nov. 8, 11-11:50 a.m., LINC 414. Registration.

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2024-25 Info Session: Learn about opportunities for university faculty and administrators through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program on Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. This is an interactive session with Fulbright Association Program staff who will take live questions. The catalog of awards for 2024-25 will be posted in February 2023. Register at

Innovation to Market -- Funding & Training Opportunities: OSU faculty and graduate student researchers are invited to join the OSU Advantage office on Nov. 17 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:

Take Note

$15K of Funding Available: The OSU Advantage Innovation Impact Program is currently seeking applications that describe technology-based projects in any discipline that will move OSU-owned technologies closer to commercialization. Proposals should describe a project that requires $15,000 or less of funding to achieve an important milestone(s) connected to commercialization. Each project may be awarded up to $15,000 and should span nine months or less, beginning in January 2023. Proposals are due by 5 p.m., Nov. 30. Contact [email protected] with questions. Learn more and apply.

Call for Applications: Career Champions Program. Applications for the winter 2023 Career Champions program for teaching faculty and instructors are now being accepted. The Career Champions program provides faculty and instructors with tangible ways to incorporate career connection into the classroom while advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and examining the barriers to access for first-generation, high-financial need, and/or students of color. More information can be found on the Center for Teaching and Learning website. For questions, contact Brenna Gomez. Complete the application form by Nov. 23.

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing a link to available free trainings from SAIF at, which you can sign up for using policy number 790864. 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.

Policy update: 03-140-206 University Credit Cards has had a minor revision to remove all references to department cards as these will no longer be issued. Please contact the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

Policy update: 03-140-401 Travel has been revised to clarify guidelines for pre-trip registration (section 3.1). The revised policy also provides additional requirements/restrictions for lodging booked through online platforms (section 3.3.3) to mitigate the risks associated with vacation rentals (such as AirBnB and VRBO). Please contact the Policy Steward listed on this policy with any questions.

OSU's Open Educational Resources Unit is accepting proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant until Nov. 30: The grant provides funding to adopt, adapt or author an open educational resource, such as a textbook. An open textbook is one that is published under an open copyright license and is made freely available online for students, faculty and the public. All funding is a department-to-department transfer. Please talk to your department head about how this applies to the grant. Questions? Contact OERU Director Stefanie Buck.

Free COVID tests: Free iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests are available on the Corvallis and Bend campuses and at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. Each box contains two tests. While supplies last, OSU community members can pick up these self-test kits without restrictions. Please note the FDA has extended the self-test kit expiration dates by six months. 

Traffic and Maintenance

Lane closure on SW Washington Way through Nov. 10: As part of the Washington Way Improvement Project, there will be a one-lane closure with flagging operations on SW Washington Way between SW 35th and SW 30th Streets. Work is scheduled to take place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, starting Monday, Oct. 24 and continuing through Thursday, Nov. 10 (view map). For questions or comments on this closure, contact project manager Aaron Amoth at 541-207-5084.


“Live a life full of humility, gratitude, intellectual curiosity, and never stop learning.” ~ GZA (Wu-Tang Clan)

Corvallis: Mostly cloudy then chance of rain; high of 48, low of 40. Rain and breezy Friday.

Central Oregon: Frost then mostly sunny; high of 42, low of 31. Rain likely Friday.

Newport: Partly sunny then chance of rain; high of 49, low of 46. Rain and windy Friday.

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