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:

OSU study: Proximity to heavy traffic congestion linked to lower infant birthweight (KTVZ)

An Oregon State University study published Friday found that traffic congestion is linked to decreased birthweight for full-term babies born to parents living near areas of heavy traffic, such as highways and freeways. (see also Technology Networks)

Fall is the time to control slugs as they lay eggs to hatch in spring (Oregonian)

“What slugs want is a place that’s warm and moist,” said Claudia Groth, an Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener. “That’s why spring and fall is when they’re most active. They’ll be coming out soon to lay eggs.”

Sick sea lions stranded on Oregon coast. Now officials have a warning for dog owners (The Olympian)

Leptospirosis outbreaks can result in increased strandings and deaths of sea lions, like what’s happening now on Oregon’s coast. The Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network has been documenting the current outbreak since it began in late July.

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Progress at Hatfield: Anson Antriasian, NOAA PMEL and OSU CIMERS, says, “I would like to submit the exciting progress of the new parking and storage area at HMSC. Lying on the black asphalt in full sunlight offers a comforting warmness that is otherwise hard to achieve in this mild coastal climate.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Want to learn about new approaches to evaluate teaching effectiveness? All faculty and staff are invited to register for Evaluating Effective Teaching and attend either in LINC 307 or via Zoom on Nov. 2 (tomorrow) at 2:30 p.m. This session will cover the OSU Quality Teaching (QT) Framework and the Student Learning Experience (SLE) survey.


FMLA/OFLA protected leave trainings: Lori Schmidt will present a training on protected leave for employees on Nov. 1 at 11 a.m.; register here. Whitney Brown will present a training on protected leave for OSU supervisors on Nov. 3 at 11 a.m.; register here.

Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture Fall 2022 Seminar Series Tuesdays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom on Nov. 1 at noon. Hayley E. Park, technical coordinator, technical department, Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), will present, “Organics & OMRI: Bridging the Gap Between Government Standards and Certified Farming Practices.” The event is free and open to the public. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information at: 

PERS workshops: PERS All About OPSRP (for all OPSRP members, which are those hired after Aug. 28, 2003, at any stage of their career), Nov. 1, 3-5 p.m; PERS Retirement Readiness (for Tier One and Tier Two members that are within three years of retirement), Nov. 2, 9-11 a.m.; and Introduction to PERS (for Tier One and Tier Two members that are more than three years to retirement), Nov. 2, 2:30-4:30 p.m. All workshops held in MU 208. Workshops will also be offered online at this link

EMT Seminars: Miguel Vega-Sanchez Seminar, "Bringing Biotechnology Products to Market — Regulatory Perspective," Tuesday, Nov.1 at 3:30 p.m. This seminar will be via Zoom:

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more, at 644 SW 13th Street. Public sales are open to all shoppers this Tuesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.

NEW! Science Pub – Nov. 1: "Where are the orchard bots? Thirty years of research on robotic fruit harvesting." Joe Davidson, assistant professor of robotics, will speak at the Old World Deli at 6 p.m. Register for in-person or virtual attendance.


NEW! I Stand with Immigrants' Day of Action: Join Here To Stay and the Dreaming Beyond Borders Resource Center for the annual college and university "I Stand With Immigrants" Day of Action, on Nov. 2, on the south side of Waldo Hall (Jefferson Street side), from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Enjoy snacks and receive an "I Stand With Immigrants" t-shirt, while supplies last. The "I Stand With Immigrants" Day of Action is an effort to bring students and the higher education community into this initiative. For more information email [email protected]. Event flyer available here.

American Strings: An Evening with Rickie Lee Jones. Musician and storyteller Rickie Lee Jones has been inspiring pop culture for decades, beginning with her first albums "Rickie Lee Jones" and "Pirates." A two-time Grammy Award winner, Jones’ celebrated memoir "Last Chance Texaco" was named Book of the Year by MOJO, Pitchfork and NPR. Join University Director of Popular Music Bob Santell for an intimate conversation with this legendary pop/rock star, followed by a live performance. Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in C&E Hall of the LaSells Stewart Center. Seating is limited to 200. Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 24 at 8 a.m. at

International Education Week Nov 14-18 Join us in celebrating Oregon State University's global achievements, impacts and community during International Education Week. It’s not too late to add your event. Check out the Marketing Toolkit. A full listing of events is available at

OSUAA Tailgate Town — Away vs. ASU: Join Beaver football festivities at the Westin Tempe’s Opal Ballroom/Sunstone Terrace to get your game face on before the OSU vs. ASU game. Mingle at the tailgate just a few minutes away from Sun Devil Stadium on Nov. 19 beginning 2.5 hours before kickoff. Meal is included with admission price. Register by Nov. 14.

Beaver Boosters: OSU will be providing COVID-19 booster clinics on the OSU Corvallis campus, Tuesday, Nov. 15 through Thursday, Nov. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. in Memorial Union Room 62. Clinics are open to the public and will provide updated bivalent boosters for individuals 5 and older, plus COVID-19 vaccine for ages 6 months and older, while supplies last. No appointments are needed and vaccines are free of charge. Please bring your vaccination card. Visit the Beaver Booster Blitz web page for more information. Subject to change.

Oregon Stater Awards: Nov. 17, 6-9 p.m., CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Presented by the College of Engineering, the Oregon Stater Awards honor alumni whose contributions to the field exemplify Oregon State’s leadership over the past 150 years. Open to College of Engineering alumni, friends, industry professionals, faculty and staff. Attendance is free and available on a first-registered, first-served basis. Details and registration:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! WGSS defense: Khatera Afghan, Ph.D. candidate in WGSS; concentration in social justice education, will be presenting “Advancing Social Justice in Afghanistan: Learning from the Past to Decolonize the Future,” for the WGSS 611 Colloquium Series Nov. 2 at noon via Zoom. Preregistration is required:

NEW! 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.

NEW! 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.

NEW! “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

NEW! 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.

NEW! PFLA Leadership Series: "Leading Change through Thoughtful, Authentic Dialogue," presented by Heather Horn, Chief Human Resources Officer. Nov. 17, 11-11:50 a.m., PFSC Room 125 or via Zoom. Join us to learn more about engaging in open conversations that empower employees and improve their work experience. For more information about the event and how to register click here.

2022 Thomas Condon Lecture: Kathy Cashman, University of Oregon, will present “What’s under a volcano and how do we know?” Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7-8 p.m., with refreshments at 6:30 p.m., at The LaSells Stewart Center and online. For registration and details, see

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.

Take Note

NEW! 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.


This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: To apply for the below positions, visit unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Mentor Coach/Outreach Coordinator: The Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences is seeking a Mentor Coach/Outreach Coordinator. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position. The Outreach Coordinator will work as a mentor coach with the Early Learning System Initiative (ELSI, website: as part of the Coaching Core. Posting #P06185UF. Full consideration Nov. 14. Closes Nov. 23.

NEW! OSU is Seeking a Center Director for the Ettihad Cultural Center. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, in-person, professional faculty position. The salary range is $57,160-$63,176. The Ettihad Cultural Center is a cultural resource center of Diversity & Cultural Engagement. Position posting #P06180UF. Closes Nov. 14.

NEW! The College of Engineering has a full-time (1.0 FTE) position for a School Network Administrator. This opportunity will allow the successful candidate to maintain department and college-level instructional and research services, networks and systems by installing new software and servers fixing problems with existing components. Collaboration with other technical staff will provide an interoperable infrastructure of accounts services, wireless and more. Posting #P05889UF. Closes Nov. 30. 


"Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude." ~ A.A. Milne

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 60, low of 36. Showers likely Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Rain and snow today, high of 39, low of 27. Chance of snow showers tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today, high of 53, low of 43. Showers likely tomorrow.

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