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.

World's oldest ice core could solve mystery of 'flipped' ice age cycles (Science)

That means that something other than CO2 was likely driving the cooling, says Peter Clark, a glaciologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. One such driver could be the cumulative buildup of ice across the Northern Hemisphere; such ice would reflect sunlight back into space, cooling the atmosphere. 

College athletes push for more mental-health care, fighting 'tough it out' culture (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Students from Oregon State University's group, Dam Worth It, recently got a grant from the Pacific-12 Conference to spread its model across the West Coast.

Challenges retaining talent? (Thrive Global)

Is there a correlation between the style in which someone quits and the organization itself? A study conducted by Anthony Klotz, Oregon State University College of Business and Mark Bolino, University of Oklahoma Price College of Business discovered the 7 ways that people quit and that a connection may exist.

'Frightening.' Scientists contemplate the melting Arctic (E&E)

"I worry more about encroaching human civilization," said Daniel Watkins, a doctoral student at Oregon State University who also joined the five-week stint on the Akademik Fedorov. As sea ice disappears, for instance, it's likely that ship traffic through the Arctic will increase. And many experts are concerned that marine animals will suffer as a result.

Eek! Bat populations are shrinking. Here are a few ways to help (Yes Magazine)

Researchers at Oregon State University have published a new study showing that one, the hoary bat—named for its unique, frosted fur—has seen a steady population decline in the Pacific Northwest.

Google AI beats experienced human players at real-time strategy game StarCraft II (Nature)

“I did not expect AI to essentially be superhuman in this domain so quickly, maybe not for another couple of years,” says Jon Dodge, an AI researcher at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

OSU awarded $8.8M grant to make cancer research accessible (KEZI)

Oregon State University has been awarded $8.8 million to help make cancer research data more accessible and organized.

Out of the glass case: Museum heists and repatriations (Los Angeles Review of Books)

A piece by Megan Ward, assistant professor of English at Oregon State University and the author of Seeming Human: Artificial Intelligence and Victorian Realist Character. Her work on the Victorian antecedents of contemporary culture and politics has appeared in such places as The Atlantic and The Washington Post.

Express lane for fish: Migrating salmon get a boost past dams (Capital Press)


Gilbert Sylvia, professor of marine resource economics at Oregon State University and director of its Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station in Newport, said the Whooshh system is “very intriguing and creative technology.”

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Happy Halloween! OSU Today's pugs are ready to celebrate the season. If you're looking for something fun to do today, try the Family Resource Center Trick-or-Treat Tour: Bring your kids to the MU Family Lounge (112) to receive your trick-or-treat map. Trick-or-treating will be Oct. 31 from 3 -5 p.m. at the pre-arranged destinations in close proximity to the MU. Open to students, staff­ and faculty. Costumes encouraged, but not required. Questions? Contact or 541-737-4906.


Academic Technology webinar: New Canvas Features Join us on Thursday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to learn about some of the new features released by Canvas over the summer. Register for information on joining this free 30 minute webinar, or discover other webinars. Questions? Email us at

Workshop: Blending Your Teaching with Instructional Media: Want to know how to create instructional media for your on-campus courses and to learn best practices of blending classroom and Canvas content? The Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Technology invite you to explore the new Faculty Media Center to learn how to make audio, video and other media, while planning an upcoming course. All faculty and GTAs invited. Thursday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., Kidder 100; refreshments will be served. Bring a laptop and your imagination. Register.

Impact Studio Sessions: Join Rich Duncombe, Impact Studio director, today, Oct. 31 from noon to 1 p.m., in MU 215 Thought Lab for a conversation about the 2019 Impact Studio initiatives. Duncombe will open with a summary of the initiatives and an overview of the Impact Studio development process. This is an informal brown bag lunch studio session of a series being offered every three months to discuss the active initiatives in our portfolio and broader topics relating to how to lead adjacent innovation inside of Oregon State and other successful institutions.

Farm, Fork & Glass: Roots & Growth in U.K. Sustainable Agriculture: Join Dawn Moyer, lead academic advisor, and Jonathan Velez, professor and department head in the College of Agricultural Sciences, for a two-week faculty-led study abroad program in the UK from June 28 through July 11, 2020. This program focuses on the traditional and contemporary practices of growing, distributing and consuming agricultural products in the UK and simultaneously explores the cities, farms and industries surrounding Nottingham, Cheltenham, Oxford and Edinburgh. Participants will earn AG 406 (6 credits). Join an info session: Oct. 31 at 12:30 p.m. or Nov. 12 at 5 p.m., all in StAg 131. Application deadline is March 1, 2020. For more information, contact

NEW! Retiring Professor Theo Dreher, Dept. of Microbiology Seminar:  “Using direct genomic DNA sequencing of lake samples to better understand Pacific NW cyanobacterial blooms.” Today, Oct 31, 3 p.m., LPSC 402

Family Resource Center Trick-or-Treat Tour: Bring your kids to the MU Family Lounge (112) to receive your trick-or-treat map. Trick-or-treating will be Oct. 31 from 3 -5 p.m. at the pre-arranged destinations in close proximity to the MU. Open to students, staff­ and faculty. Costumes encouraged, but not required. Questions? Contact or 541-737-4906.

Womxn of Color Student Support group starts this Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5-6 pm at CAPS. Additional dates are Nov. 14 and Dec. 5. Contact: Shaznin Daruwalla at or CAPS at 541-737-2131.


NEW! Prospective student open house: Beaver Open House, an open house program for prospective students, will be in the Memorial Union on Saturday, Nov. 2. There will be approximately 800+ guests on campus, which may impact parking and retail food locations. Please welcome the guests while they are on campus.

NEW! Baccalaureate Core Listening Sessions: The Faculty Senate Executive Committee and the Office of Undergraduate Education are holding a series of listening sessions for Bacc Core stakeholders: faculty, students, unit supervisors, advisers and other personnel involved with developing, administering and teaching Baccalaureate Core courses. Representatives from the EC, Vice Provost Alix Gitelman’s office and the Faculty Senate Baccalaureate Core Committee will attend each meeting to hear your ideas. From this feedback, as well as research on other current models of general education in higher education, we expect to develop two or three alternative models to bring back to listening sessions before the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. Nov. 5, 3-5 p.m., ALS 4001; Nov. 8, 9:30-11:40 a.m., FURM 102; Nov. 12, 4-6 p.m., (student session), MU 206; Nov. 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m., MU 109; Dec. 5, 1-3 p.m., LINC 128. For those who cannot attend any listening session, or who have additional comments, there is an opportunity to offer extended commentary and feedback via a Qualtrics survey at

NEW! Home game Friday, Nov. 8: OSU will be hosting the University of Washington at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 8. This may produce some parking and commuting challenges for the Corvallis campus community. To learn more, see:

Sunrise Club Kick-off Meeting: Join the Sunrise Movement in the struggle for climate justice at our kick-off meeting Friday, Nov. 1, from 5-6 p.m., in Cordley 3021. We will set goals for the year and strategize ways to address climate change within our community. Free and open to all students. Snacks provided.

Vistas and Vineyards 30th Anniversary Show Opening Reception: Vistas and Vineyards is celebrating 30 years of painting outdoors, and they are sharing their work with the community. Over 45 of their current member artists and several founding members will display 120 works of art painted in plein aire. Opening reception is Friday, Nov. 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center. This is free and open to the public. The exhibit runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 9. More information including gallery hours.

Faculty Conversations with President Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring Fall term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Register here: for the remaining session: Nov. 4 from 10-11:30 a.m. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first served basis.

Discovery Days: A pivotal outreach event with the local community and students at OSU aimed for elementary aged kids. It features hands-on activities from biology to robotics and everything in between! Discovery Days is open to the community Nov. 4-5, 2-3 p.m., at The LaSells Stewart Center. If you have any questions, please email

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Real-time Grid Operations: Bob Frost of Portland General Electric’s Grid Engineering & Compliance will provide an overview of real-time grid operations within the interconnections of the United States. The presentation will include balancing authority operations, transmission operations and electrical engineering roles within grid operations. He also will discuss how the industry is changing with the integration of renewable resources into the grid. Nov. 4, 2-4 p.m., KEC 1007

NEW! Research Seminar: Wendy Meiring, professor from UC Santa Barbara, will speak on "A functional data analysis study of stratospheric ozone trends, and ozonesonde measurement biases," on Nov. 4, 4 p.m., in Weniger Room 149. This seminar is open to the public.

NEW! SBIR/STTR Innovation Day: Join us to learn how you can access federal funding to help advance your research towards greater societal impact. Each year, several federal agencies are required to allocate a portion of their budget to Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) funded projects. The event takes place Nov. 14, 3-6 p.m. From 3- 5 p.m, hear from state and university experts about how you can access this funding, and then stick around for the hosted reception from 5 – 6 p.m. to talk more. Registration is free but an RSVP is required:

OSU Anthropology Lecture Series: Vasiliki Touhouliotis, visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Oregon State University, will present “The Lives of Failed Bombs: Cluster Bombs, South Lebanon, and Racialized Histories of Global Militarisms” on Nov. 1, noon to 12:50 pm., in Learning Innovation Center (LINC) 268. The lecture is free and open to all. For further information, please contact

Health systems talk: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences presents “Health systems transformation and Medicaid expansion in Oregon: Impacts on women of reproductive age,” by CPHHS associate professors Jeff Luck and Jangho Yoon, from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room.

Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Seminar Series: Kelly Biedenweg, assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, will give her talk “The Social Conservationist: Trust, Identity, and Bias in Biological Conservation” on Friday, Nov. 1, from 3 to 4 p.m. in LINC 302.

Journey Into Leadership: The Center for Learning & Organizational Development, Office of Human Resources, is accepting applications from academic faculty, professional faculty and classified employees for the Journey Into Leadership program through Friday, Nov. 1. JIL is a seven-series leadership exploration and development program. It promotes the belief that you can effectively lead from whatever position you hold. The first session begins in December 2019 and the final session will be held in March 2020. Visit the JIL website for details and to apply.

Goat Discovery Day at Pleasant Hill High School: This is an educational event for both the experienced and beginner goat farmer. Classes, displays and hands-on learning. Saturday Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Pleasant Hill High School, 36386 OR-58 in Pleasant Hill. Session topics include goat health and disease management, milking, FAMACHA training, packing with goats, hay and forage nutrition, milking and milking machines, goat conformation and more. There will be demonstrations with live goats. The registration fee is $30. Pre-registration is required for this event, as space is limited. The full schedule for Goat Discovery Day and registration information is available online at

DevOps BootCamp 2019: The OSU Open Source Lab DevOps BootCamp is a single-day event designed to teach participants DevOps, a program development process that includes building, testing, and releasing software. Participants learn the basics of DevOps practices. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the OSU Open Source Lab. Kelley Engineering Center, Saturday, Nov. 2,  9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Lunch provided. Free registration: For more information:

Take Note

NEW! Opportunity for Student Engagement on OSU’s Tuition and Budget: We are looking for students to join the Student Budget Advisory Council (SBAC). SBAC is a student group that serves in an advisory role to the University Budget Committee (UBC). The SBAC gives students the chance to engage with peers to provide input, raise issues and ask questions about OSU’s tuition, fees, finances and budget priorities. The SBAC meets Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Valley Library, Room 3622. Benefits of SBAC participation include peer engagement, leadership, skill development and more. Complete an SBAC membership spplication form via For more information or contact

Gift Funds: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on new policy drafts for Gift Funds. For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

ScholarDollars Scholarship Application Now Open: ScholarDollars is Oregon State University’s online search and application portal. All OSU students are encouraged to use ScholarDollars to submit an application to be considered for campus-based scholarship funding that will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. By submitting one application, students will be considered for over 1,600 OSU scholarship opportunities! If you have any questions, feel free to contact our officeSubmit your application today.

Seeking Volunteers for Cat Behavior Research: The Human-Animal Interaction lab is looking for participants in a study researching attachment between pairs of cats who share the same household. The test consists of two separate 15-minute visits to our lab in Withycombe Hall on the OSU campus. Cats of any age/breed/etc are eligible to participate as long as they are in good health. If you own multiple cats and are interested in participating or would like to learn more, please contact Kristyn Vitale at  Website link to Human-Animal Interaction Lab:

Yogurt Consumers: Participants wanted for a research study examining factors that drive consumer purchases of yogurt. Potential subjects must be a yogurt consumer, between 18-65 years old, and fluent in English. The study may run through December and may take up to 45 minutes. Compensation is $10 cash upon completion. For more information, please email and include “Yogurt Choice Study” in the subject line. Study Title: Dairy Choice Experiment, PI: Dr. Nadia Streletskaya

Support your Valley Library with $20 for 20: To improve library study spaces, classrooms, exhibits and other learning spaces, OSU Libraries has a $20 for 20 campaign on now for the 20th anniversary of the remodel and expansion of the Valley Library. Join us with a $20 donation. Show your support by donating by Oct. 31 at

Gift Drive for OSU Kid’s Gift Closet: The Family Resource Center Kid’s Gift Closet helps provide gifts for children of OSU students during holidays and celebrations. A remodel of our Kid’s Gift Closet space will kick off at the end of October and help is needed to stock the closet. Consider donating as an individual, an office, and/or a department. To donate gifts or learn more about this program, contact or 541-737-4906.

Campus Directions: Learn more from University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations about how Oregon State's campuses are improving every day. Read the latest issue of Campus Directions to learn about the grant OSU received to explore how mass timber could be used to build a performing arts space, what the next Facilities Renewal Initiative projects are and more. Interested in keeping up with projects on campus? Subscribe to our newsletter.

Applications for PCOSW scholarships and event co-sponsorships for Winter term projects are now being accepted: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women provides funding to faculty, students and staff who are pursuing professional development, research, outreach or creative projects related to women’s issues. Scholarships average $300 and are paid by reimbursement. Applications are due Friday, Nov. 1, with notification in Week 7. Visit for detailed guidelines, qualification requirements, and application links. Questions? Contact Joy Jorgensen at

OSU Training Days now open for registration: OSU Training Days is a free two-day conference that provides employees with more than 60 brief training and informational workshops. OSU subject experts will introduce you to the latest policies, procedures, technical processes, innovations, tools and tips to reinforce your knowledge in support of OSU’s mission. Nov. 6-7, starting at 8:30 a.m. daily. Click Training Days to view the full schedule of presentations and for registration details.


Football: Oregon State Athletics is offering OSU staff and faculty a discounted reserved seat ticket for one of the oldest rivalry football games in the country when the Beavers host Washington in a nationally televised game Friday, Nov. 8, at Reser Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Faculty and staff can purchase a $20 ticket using the promo code OSUFS at to cheer on the team. 


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NEW! Ecampus is seeking a Communications Manager. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. The Communications Manager provides project management and communication support for the Ecampus Research Unit (ECRU) team, setting up projects, ensuring deadlines are met and materials are distributed. Position #P03398UF. Closes Nov. 19.


"How blessed are some people, whose lives have no fears, no dreads; to whom sleep is a blessing that comes nightly, and brings nothing but sweet dreams." ~ Bram Stoker.

Corvallis: Mostly sunny today, high of 55, low of 34. Frost and then sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon:  Sunny today, high of 52, low of 23. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Haze today, high of 56, low of 37. Sunny tomorrow.

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