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:

Omega-3 fatty acids may hold the key to combating liver disease (Knowridge)

A study led by Oregon State University has uncovered a potential breakthrough in the treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a dangerous liver condition for which there are currently no FDA-approved medications.

Oregon State University researcher finds novel micro-wasp species with 'cloudlike' antennae (KOIN)

A research team led by an Oregon State University scientist has discovered a novel micro-wasp species with “mysterious” antennae, the university announced in early October.

Christine Pollard named OSU-Cascades' senior associate dean, second-in-command for Bend campus (KTVZ)

Christine Pollard, a professor of kinesiology and the founding director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Oregon State University–Cascades, has been named senior associate dean. Pollard will serve as chief academic officer and second-in-command for the Bend campus.

Earth's 'vital signs' worse than at any time in human history, scientists say (The Guardian)

Dr Christopher Wolf, at Oregon State University (OSU) in the US and a lead author of the report, said: “Without actions that address the root problem of humanity taking more from Earth than it can safely give, we’re on our way to the potential collapse of natural and socioeconomic systems and a world with unbearable heat and shortages of food and freshwater.

Are 4-day school weeks better or worse for students? Here's what the research says (KOMO)

“Schools that had the lowest amount of instructional time seem to be the schools that have the largest negative impact,” said Paul K. Thompson, professor of economics at Oregon State University.

Bomb threat in Oregon State food delivery robots stemmed from joke, father says (Oregonian)

Stock, who is from Newport, had joked about bombing a delivery robot in a reply to a Starship Technologies Instagram post, his father told The Oregonian/OregonLive. After learning about the public safety alert, Stock called campus officials himself to say he’d written the comment others interpreted as threatening, Ted Ross Stock, Stock’s father, said. Campus authorities then came to the freshman’s dorm and arrested him, Ted Ross Stock said.

Today's photo

Campus color: Deborah Mundorff, senior instructional designer with Oregon State University Ecampus, says, “Such a beautiful time of year on campus. I just took this on my iPhone while walking to my parked car. The light was so beautiful." We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Want to increase your students' media literacy? Help prepare your students for research assignments by adding the Media Literacy Module to your Canvas course. This self-guided module covers social media literacy, the difference between mis- and dis-information and how to evaluate websites. See Library How-To for information on how to add the module to your Canvas course.


Agricultural Career Fair and Student Showcase: Looking for a job, internship or research opportunity? Network, learn and explore possibilities for your future career at one of the Fall 2023 Career Fairs. Over 25 employers within the agricultural science field will be seeking out OSU students and recent grads at the Agricultural Career Fair and Student Showcase from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 26. Register at

UPDATED! The OSU Queer Archives (OSQA) -- Reflecting on the Past and Imagining the Future: In celebration of both Oregon Archives Month and OSU’s Queer History Month, during this public lecture, OSQA co-founder Natalia Fernández will share its history and future plans. 10:30 a.m. to noon, Oct. 26, in The Collins Education Center at the Corvallis Museum. Lecture is free with admission to the museum, which is $5 general admission, free for students including OSU and LB, and free to youth and families who have SNAP.

Supervisors with Employees on Protected Leave training: This training will be a webinar format at 11 a.m., Oct. 26. The link to register can be found here:

PFLA event: Back-to-School Campus Tour. Join us for a 60-minute walking tour, starting at the new OSU Welcome Center and ending near the MU. 11 a.m. to noon, Oct. 26. For more information about the event and how to register click here.

HMSC Research Seminar: Akamine Jun, professor in the Graduate School of Social Sciences at Hitotsubashi University, will be giving a seminar titled “Five Years Past since the Resumption of Commercial Whaling in Japan,” at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26, 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.

Book launch event with Charles Goodrich: You're invited to the launch celebration of "Weave Me a Crooked Basket," the new novel of beloved local author Charles Goodrich. Join us at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Sponsored by the Spring Creek Project. Learn more.


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.) – the first of these is for search advocates and takes place 10-11:30 a.m., Oct. 30. A Qualtrics survey will also be sent to the OSU community. Contact Anne Gillies or Jane Waite with questions.

NEW! Trick-or-Treat Tour: OSU Families, bring your kids to the MU Family Lounge (112) and pick up a map of prearranged destinations for the trick-or-treat tour happening around campus. OSU departments will have treats, and maybe even some tricks, for you and your children to enjoy on Halloween. 3-5 p.m., Oct. 31, begins in the MU Family Lounge. Open to students, staff and faculty. Please remain with your child(ren) at all times.

NEW! November Family Business 360 event: The Center for Family Enterprise’s 2023 Excellence in Family Business Award winner for Generational Development Koeber’s Interiors will be celebrated from 8:30-9 a.m., Nov. 8, in a virtual format. Don’t miss out on the chance to hear from owner Jaann Hoisington and manager of marketing and sales Georgie Funk on how they have successfully transitioned their family business through three generations. Register here.  

University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. on Oct. 27 via Zoom and in Valley Library 3622. 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].

Visiting Writer Series: Author and translator E.J. Koh, the School of Writing, Literature, and Film's 2023-24 Writer in Residence, will present a public reading, Q&A and book signing at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 27 at the Corvallis Museum. 

Statistics Graduate Program Open House: Learn about opportunities available for the M.S./Ph.D. in Statistics program from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 4 (lunch provided) in Weniger Hall Room 222. Prospective graduate students will hear from graduate faculty and current students, learn about admissions and graduate funding and tour our spaces. Register using this link.  

UAOSU Fall General Membership Meeting: Join United Academics of Oregon State University (UAOSU) for their fall general membership meeting. It will be held from 5:30-7 p.m., Nov. 2 in the Journey Room in the Memorial Union. Refreshments will be served. A hybrid option is available if you’re unable to attend in person. Please RSVP by Oct. 26 at

OSUAA Tailgate Town: Away vs. Colorado. Join the pregame party in Boulder. While game tickets are sold out, you can snag a spot at the OSUAA Tailgate Town to get in on the game-day spirit and enjoy food, drinks, music and great company. Tailgate tickets limited – get yours now. Nov. 4, 2.5 hours before kickoff (time TBD).

Stanford game tickets: Oregon State faculty and staff tickets for the Oregon State football game on Nov. 11 game versus Stanford can be purchased for 50% off. Click here.

OSUAA Tailgate Town: Home vs. Stanford. On Saturday, Nov. 11, the game day delights are all in one place: The CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Play games, make fun memories and pick up a limited-quantity Tailgate Town sticker, then head outside for even more pregame fun with the Beavs, Brews and BBQ party. Festivities start three hours before kickoff. Learn more.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

FYI Friday – Cybersecurity and You! (And what OSU is doing to protect you): This presentation will provide a general overview of common threats to the OSU community, as well as tips and techniques to protect you and the OSU community. It will also give an update on initiatives the Office of Information Security is working on for you. Did someone say "Passwordless?" Noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 27 via Zoom. Registration required.

Anthropology Lecture Series: Elizabeth OlsonGraduate student Elizabeth Olson will present research titled, "An Invisible World: How Oregon Farmers are Managing Pests in a Changing Climate," at noon Oct. 27 in Strand 111. Admission is free.

UPDATED! 2023 Campbell Lecture, College of Health: “Original Sins: The [Mis]Education of Black and Native Youth and the Construction of American Racism" will be presented by Eve L. Ewing, University of Chicago, from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in HFC 115. This seminar is the annual Cynthia and Duncan Campbell Lecture on Childhood Relationships, Risk and Resilience in the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families. Learn more about upcoming and past seminars on the college website.

Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture Fall 2023 Seminar Series Mondays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom at noon Oct. 30. Peter McGhee, Pacific Biocontrol, will present, “Careers in horticulture: Pacific Biocontrol.” The event is free and open to the public. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information:

Center for Teaching & Learning Quality Teaching (QT) Talk: Shana Carpenter, School of Psychological Science, will present, “Questions as Teaching Tools: How "Pretrieval" Can Boost Academic Success,” at 11 a.m. Oct. 31 in LINC 343. The research on "retrieval practice" shows that practice questions following a lecture or other learning activity significantly boost students' learning. Attendees will be introduced to new research on the positive effects of asking "pre-questions" prior to a learning activity. The session will review various ways that pre-questions have been incorporated into learning activities, and how they can be leveraged to improve student learning and engagement in real courses. Registration.

RancHER: RancHER aims to bring educational information to cattle producers by highlighting the work of talented and inspiring women in the field. The free online program takes place at 4 p.m. on Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. To register and see a list of speakers, go to:

OMSI Communication Fellowship Info Session: The College of Science will host a presentation and answer questions about the OSU-OMSI Spring Science Communication Fellows Program in the Kidder 128 conference room. The program is open to any faculty, postdocs, staff or graduate students at OSU. Join us from noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 14 to learn more.

FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by the Office of University Human Resources that dives deep into the way that we solve problems together. This engaging workshop helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work and together be able create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. University Human Resources is offering this new two-hour workshop to OSU employees on a monthly basis starting this spring. View upcoming workshops and enroll here. $40 fee for materials.

Care Talks, Your Healthy Lifestyle: Building in Daily Movement. This webinar explores the benefits of exercise, the role of attitude and goals on success, the components of a well-rounded workout, eating well and workouts that can be done during your workday. 10 a.m., Oct. 26. Register today.

Diversity Action Plan Open Forums: The Office of Institutional Diversity invites you to help develop OSU’s next Diversity Action Plan for 2024-2030. Attend one of three open forums or submit feedback online. An employee-only open forum is scheduled for Oct 31 2:30-4 p.m. on Zoom. For more information and registration, please visit

PERS Retirement Readiness: Tier 1/Tier2 members within three years of PERS retirement: Please join us for a workshop presented by PERS 3-5 p.m., Oct. 31 in the Memorial Union Room 104. 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. This is an in-person event. Please click here to register.

Introduction to PERS Retirement: Tier 1/Tier 2 members more than three years to PERS retirement: Join us for a workshop presented by PERS. Topics include a look at available resources, information about Online Member Services estimates, a review of retirement timelines, an explanation of working after retirement rules, detailed information regarding the Individual Account Program (IAP) and other information you may find useful as you move toward retirement. 9-11 a.m., Nov. 2, MU 104. This is an in-person event. Please click here to register.

All About OPSRP: PERS members at any stage in their career who began PERS employment after Aug. 28, 2003. Join us for a workshop presented by PERS. Topics include membership and vesting requirements, information regarding Online Member Services and estimates, retirement eligibility, detailed information about the Individual Account Program (IAP) and member resources. 2-4 p.m., Nov. 2, MU 104. This is an in-person event. Please click here to register.

Design for Social Impact Open Forum: DSI Academic Director candidate, Tauhidur Rahman, is presenting a public forum to OSU community members titled “Imagining Design for Social Impact at OSU and Beyond: Design Thinking and Innovation for Social Good.” The forum takes place from 3-3:45 p.m. including 20-25 minutes for questions/discussion, on Nov. 2 in ALS 4000.

Our Health& the Cost of Water: Dive into a new webcast series from the OSU Alumni Association and College of Health where your questions guide the conversation. In Episode 1, Our Health& the Cost of Water, experts share how you can retain valuable water and change your routines to prepare for when resources dwindle. Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m.

Take Note

NEW! TeamDynamix down: Due to a scheduled upgrade, TeamDynamix, which powers the IT ticketing systemservice catalog and knowledgebase, will be unavailable from 9 p.m., Oct. 27 to 1 a.m. Oct. 28, a total of four hours. You can find the latest information on this downtime, as well as future scheduled maintenance and outages, at

NEW! Yoga and Meditation Class Scholarships for OSU Undergrads: OSU undergraduates are invited to apply for financial support to attend classes at Marigold: the OSU Center for Contemplative Practice. Initial scholarship covers 80% of class fees for yoga, meditation and dance classes. Additional funding is available for upcoming programs such as mindful self-compassion, lucid dreaming and more. Marigold is a beautiful biophilic practice center located in downtown Corvallis. Apply for this scholarship or contact us

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? 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 long. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

Sewing equipment, materials needed at Craft Center: The OSU Craft Center is looking for working sewing machines or clean fabric donations to meet the growing interest of students looking to learn or improve their sewing skills. Craft Center sewing machines get heavy use and having a few additional working machines on hand would greatly benefit the students who use our sewing studio. Popular fabrics are cotton and polar fleece. Thread, zippers, buttons and other sewing accessories would also be well utilized and appreciated. Have a donation? Please contact: OSU Craft Center, 541-737-2937 or email the Craft Center director: [email protected].

Notice of Availability: In compliance with the Clery Act, Oregon State University published the 2023 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for the Corvallis Campus, OSU-Cascades, Hatfield Marine Science Center, OSU Portland Center, and OSU at EOU. The report includes important safety/security policies, fire safety practices, helpful university and local resources, crime prevention programs, and crime and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. Paper copies are provided upon request. The reports are available without charge.

Graduate Student Research and Writing Residency: Spring Creek Project is accepting applications for a graduate student residency at Shotpouch Cabin for one session during winter break. We invite students who are engaged in writing and/or research projects aligned with the mission of the Spring Creek Project to apply. Faculty are encouraged to share this opportunity with eligible students who might benefit. Applications are due Nov. 13. Learn more and apply.

Spring Creek Project Faculty Residency: OSU faculty members working on projects aligned with Spring Creek Project's mission are invited to apply for a weeklong winter break residency at Shotpouch Cabin. Projects at the intersection of environmental science and writing, art, music, social science and/or humanities would be a good fit. Applications are due Nov. 13. Learn more and apply.

Got a startup idea? Apply to Iterate: This is a one-month program consisting of weekly 90-minute workshops. The goal of Iterate is to equip you with a toolkit for evaluating your ideas from an entrepreneurial mindset. The program is free and open to community members and Oregon State University researchers, students, and faculty. Apply online now — Iterate begins Nov. 1.

Traffic and Maintenance

Washington Way: As part of the Washington Way Improvement project, Washington Way between 17th and 26th Streets will remain closed through Tuesday, Oct. 31. In addition to the road closure, the sidewalk on the north side of Washington Way between 17th and 26th Streets will be closed. Pedestrians may use the multi-use path on the south side of Washington Way as a detour.


“They went on and suddenly the woods opened upon light, and they had reached the river. Everyone stopped, but Doc talked on ahead as though nothing had happened. 'Only today,' he said, 'today, in October sun, it’s all gold—sky and tree and water. Everything just before it changes looks to be made of gold." ~ Eudora Welty

Corvallis: Slight chance of showers today, high of 53, low of 35. Chance of showers Friday.

Central Oregon: Mostly sunny today, high of 46, low of 25. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Chance of showers today, high of 57, low of 39. Chance of showers tomorrow.

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