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 receives $3 million grant from U.S. Dept. of Energy to develop a more sustainable battery (KTVZ)

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $3 million to an Oregon State University researcher to lead the development of a new, high-energy-density battery that does not rely on rare elements. (see also Portland Business Journal)

Oregon State's new baccalaureate core reflects transfer students' needs (Gazette-Times)

Oregon State University will reform its baccalaureate core — its general education courses — for the first time since the 1990s.

A tight congressional race in Oregon could signal the breadth of the GOP's reach (KPBS)

The district's mix of urban and rural areas is making for a tight political race this year, said Chris Stout, a politics professor at Oregon State University. "In a year like 2022, where Republicans are having an advantage and people are concerned about crime ... inflation, it makes it a much more competitive race," Stout said.

OSU Extension forester honored as Oregon Forester of the Year (LIFE@OSU)

Jacob Putney, an Oregon State University Extension Service forester, was named 2021 Forester of the Year by the Oregon Society of American Foresters.

Today's photo

Last snowman standing: A surprise snowfall on Sunday gave some OSU students just enough material to craft a snowman outside Callahan Hall, which remained on Monday despite the rain (photo by Molly Rosbach). We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Wondering how to assess student learning on a group project in your course? Looking for strategies that promote positive interdependence and individual accountability? See the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Assessing Student Learning: Group Projects for research-based guidance. 


Cultural Center Connection: Join us in welcoming representatives from our OSU Cultural Centers as they share information about their programs and the services they provide the communities they support. Students, faculty, staff and community members welcome. Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Military and Veteran Resource Center, Snell Hall Suite 150.

Center for Teaching & Learning Quality Teaching (QT) Talks: "Peer Observations and Portfolios: Advancing Teaching Practices," presented by Funmi Amobi, instructional consultant, and college liaison.. Peer observation (PO) of teaching can be used to serve two purposes. Whether PO is implemented for evaluative or formative purpose, the overarching goal is to advance effective quality teaching that supports student learning success. Participants will discuss evidence-informed processes for leveraging evaluative and formative collaborative PO to maximize benefits to teaching and learning. ­­Nov. 8, 11-11:50 a.m., LINC 414. For registration  and Zoom link: Registration.

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:

Gardening talk: Growing the Good Stuff: from Sweet Potatoes to Bitter Melon will be presented by horticulture doctoral student Todd Anderson as part of the Growing Oregon Gardeners: Level Up Series. Tuesday, Nov. 8, noon, online. All events in this popular OSU Extension Master Gardeners series are free, online and open to the public.  

Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture Fall 2022 Seminar Series Tuesdays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom on Nov. 8 at noon. Elizabeth Tomasino, associate professor, OSU Food Science & Technology, will present, “Grape smoke exposure and smoke taint in wine.” The event is free and open to the public. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information at:

National First-Generation College Celebration at OSU: Celebrate being first in your family to get a four-year college degree at the First-Gen Shared Mural Project at the SEC Plaza between noon and 4 p.m., or the Break the Code event at the Valley Library Willamette Room from 4:30-6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Free food at both events. More details online.

Center for Teaching and Learning – Quality Teaching (QT) Tips: New(er) faculty and GTAs are welcome to join our open and casual community conversations about teaching. Bring a lunch, your questions and your teaching-related successes to share. We will meet in the Learning Innovation Center (LINC) Lounge – 468, Nov. 8 from 12:15-12:50 p.m. No registration required; come as you please. Snacks and beverages are provided. Email [email protected] for more information.

Robin Pappas’ Farewell Gathering: After 17 years at OSU, Robin Pappas is taking an exciting next step to serve as the IT Governance Program Manager for UC Berkeley. There will be an open house on Nov. 8 from 3-5 p.m. in LINC 468.

EMT Seminars: Kevin Hobbie will present "Technology Increases Efficiency in Systematic Evidence Collection and Review for Decision Making Frameworks,” Nov. 8 at 3:30 p.m. This will be a hybrid seminar: in person in ALS 4001 and via Zoom at:

Celebrating OSU STEAM: The OSU/NSF Polar STEAM initiative will engage educators, artists, writers and scientists in authentic collaborations. This event will introduce Polar STEAM and partners as we celebrate STEAM with guests including Oregon-based artists April Waters and the Rainbow Dance Theatre Company. Nov. 8, 4 p.m., MU Horizon Room. Reception following hosted by the STEM Research Center and CEOAS. RSVP here.

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.

OSU Society for the Advancement of Chicanos\LatinXs and Native Americans in Science: SACNAS Chapter students, advisors and college recruiters just returned from the largest National Diversity in STEM Conference in the country in Puerto Rico with over 6,000 attendees. We would love to share our experiences from the 2022 conference and express our gratitude for your support. We are hosting a re-cap meeting on Nov. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in MU room 109. The 2023 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference is scheduled for Oct. 26-28, 2023 in Portland.

State of the Students: ASOSU President Matteo Paola will deliver his State of the Students Address on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. in the MU Main Lounge. All are invited to attend and refreshments will be served.


NEW! ALPHA: Join us for a free dinner, talk and discussion. Alpha is a place to discuss the big questions of life, faith, meaning and God in an open and welcoming environment, regardless of your beliefs and background. Say anything you like or nothing at all. Alpha will be held in the MU Horizon on Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. throughout the term. Visit for more information, or contact [email protected].

NEW! Reception for the Art of Construction Exhibition: The Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center is excited to present 51 works of art by 23 Oregon artists that reflect on the history and progress of construction in Oregon. This exhibition is held in tandem with the Oregon Associated General Contractors centennial exhibit. The reception is Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Giustina Gallery. Free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through Dec. 15. Learn more about the Art of Construction exhibition including viewing hours.

NEW! Wildfire documentary: The scheduled weeklong run of a new documentary, “Elemental: Redefining our Relationship with Wildfire,” has been extended through Thursday, Nov. 10, at Corvallis’ Darkside Cinema. “Elemental” features interviews with scientists including professors Chris Dunn and Bev Law of the OSU College of Forestry.

NEW! Fall Choral Concert: Performances by the Oregon State University choral program, including the OSU Chamber Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Bella Voce and the OSU Meistersingers. Directed by Steven Zielke and Sandra Babb Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe. $10 GA, OSU students free. Purchase tickets.

NEW! Bobbin’ Through the Woods: College of Forestry Holiday Craft & Art Fair. Over 30 vendors selling a variety of items including pottery, glass and wood art, clothing, food and more. Dec. 2-3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Peavy Forest Science Center and Richardson Hall, Corvallis campus, 3100 SW Jefferson Way. Check out our vendors and find out more on our website: All proceeds from the show will benefit Rootstock, the college's in-house food pantry for students. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Fall 2022 Career Fairs: The Career Development Center invites students to attend one or all eight career fairs occurring this term. More than 250 employers will be recruiting students on campus and virtually. This fall's fairs include: College of Forestry Career Fair, Nov. 9. Get details and register online. Questions? Contact [email protected].

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

OSU Parent and Family Social on Nov. 12: OSUAA will host a free informal reception for current OSU parents and families during Fall Family Weekend. The Parent and Family Social will take place on Nov. 12 before the OSU vs. Cal game. Mix, mingle and enjoy food, beverages and game-day fun. Co-hosted by OSUAA, ASOSU and the Beaver Caucus. Register:

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

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.

Forest Management Plan Listening Session: There will be a public listening session Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom to discuss recent drafts of the Forest Management Plan (FMP) being developed by OSU. This is a time for the public to share their thoughts and provide any input regarding the plan. Recent draft sections of the plan can be accessed through on the FMP webpageZoom link. For questions, email [email protected]

Rivalry Week — Let’s beat the Ducks Nov. 21-28: The OSU and UO alumni associations are facing off in a friendly competition to see who can enroll the most members — can you help ensure a third win for OSU? From Nov. 21-28, save 25% on any membership (whether joining anew, upgrading to a life membership, renewing or gifting) and lead OSU to victory:

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! WGSS 611 Colloquium Series: “haʔɫ kʷ(i) adsəslabcebut/Watch Over Yourself Well: (Re)writing Two-Spirit Coast Salish Bodies through Canoe-Based Practices.” Kyles Gemmell centers Coast Salish canoe-based practices as a means of understanding Coast Salish Two-Spirit critiques and identities. Their research centers canoe rules that community members are to abide by as a means of developing a culturally relevant methodological approach to research. Grounding their research in the foundation of the canoe and canoe family, Gemmell engages community, personal experience, and archival research as a means to move towards healing from gendered and racialized colonial violence. Nov. 9, noon, via Zoom. Preregistration required:

NEW! WRGP Seminars: Amanda Cronin and David Pilz from AMP Insights will present "Environmental Water Transactions in the American West" Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. in STAG 111 or on Zoom. Please reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details. All are welcome.

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: On Thursday, Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m., John Stepanek, a graduate student with the Hacker Lab in the Department of Integrative Biology at OSU, will be giving a seminar titled “Carbon storage and non-native beachgrasses in Pacific Northwest coastal sand dunes.” 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: “Exploration of Fungal Diversity Using a Single Cell Sequencing Approach” presented by Timothy James from University of Michigan, Thursday, Nov. 10, 4 p.m. ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

NEW! My People Are Rising: The History and Legacy of the Black Panthers in the PNW. Talk by Aaron Dixon, community activist, co-founder and captain of the Black Panther Party, Seattle chapter. Dixon co-founded the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968. Dixon will draw on his published memoir, "My People Are Rising," to discuss his experiences fighting for Black empowerment and racial justice. Thursday, Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. Memorial Union Horizon Room 49.

NEW! Lydia Gorrell: MS defense: Please join us on Monday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. in PFSC 302 and on Zoom for a presentation of Lydia Gorrell’s thesis, titled: “Children and youth's outdoor play and emotional wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gorrell is earning her MS in Forest Ecosystems and Society with Xiangyou (Sharon) Shen. Please contact the FES Department at [email protected] for access to the Zoom link or with questions or accommodations for disabilities.

NEW! OSU Procurement training series: Procurement will be hosting virtual training sessions next week on various OSU procurement topics. Sessions include: Procurement Standards and Resources, Nov. 14, 3-4 p.m.; Introduction to Sole Source, Nov. 15, 3–4 p.m.; Introduction to Personal Services Contracts, Nov. 16, 3-4 p.m.; Informal Procurements, Nov, 17, 2 - 4 p.m.; Federal Purchases Under Uniform Guidance, Nov. 18, 3-4 p.m. To register:

NEW! November Research Integrity Forum: Join the Research Office for “Research Data and the New NIH Data Management Policy.” In this forum we will discuss some of the types of data that researchers can generate and encounter, what managing data might entail and why it is important, and the available resources at OSU to help. We will also focus on the new NIH data management and sharing policy, which becomes effective in January 2023. The forum will be held on Nov. 16, 1 p.m. via Zoom. Register HERE. For additional information, email [email protected] .

The 2022 General Elections: Speakers include Christopher Stout, OSU’s Government Relations Team and other political practitioners from the legislative scholars program. Nov. 9, 5 p.m. LINC 314 or via Zoom at Sponsored by the School of Public Policy.

Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium 2022 Fall Student Symposium: Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium is hosting its Fall 2022 Student Symposium on Nov. 10, beginning at 9 a.m. The symposium will be hosted in person at LaSells Stewart Center. The public is invited to attend, view the student posters and watch the student presentations. There will be a virtual keynote speaker from NASA at 9:45 a.m. The posters and further information may be found prior to the symposium at

Rare disease talk: Kathleen Bogart will be speaking on a webinar for Science Magazine on “The profoundly personal side of rare disease: Humanizing the therapeutic journey of patients.” Register for free for the webinar, which will occur on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 9 a.m.

Travel Share: Oregon State University’s Retirement Association (OSURA) invites you to a talk by Debi and Simon Johnson where they will share photos and facts from their 22 days in Kenya, Tanzania and Nairobi. Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. in the OSU Foundation’s boardroom. Free, reserve your spot by emailing [email protected].

CPHHS Coaches Clinic Series: Foundations of Coaching. Learn how to support positive developments as a youth sports coach by attending this session led by OSU kinesiology experts. The first session in the Coaches Clinic Series presented by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences is Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hallie Ford Center, Room 115. Advanced registration required and space is limited.

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

NEW! Veterans Day: Oregon State University will be closed Friday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day and OSU Today will not publish that day. It will resume publication Monday, Nov. 14.

NEW! Now accepting FYI Friday proposals for Winter 2023: Does your team 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!. Campus partners are invited to present what they’ve been working on to a broad audience of professional faculty, academic faculty and classified staff – presentations can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours in length; it’s up to you. Learn more about the requirements and application process. Reach out to [email protected] with questions.

NEW! Student Health Advisory Board: OSU students, do you care about the health and well-being of the OSU community? Do you want to get involved in administrative processes and have an impact? Are you interested in being a voice for students in health initiatives? Apply to join the Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB). Applications are due Nov. 28 at 5 p.m.: SHAB Application 2022-2023.

NEW! Call for applications: Faculty are invited to participate in implementing the new general education curriculum approved by the Faculty Senate in October. We seek 40-50 faculty volunteers to develop the learning outcomes, criteria and rational (LOCRs) for the new curriculum. These faculty will serve on 10 workgroups, one for each category. There are two main roles: LOCR developers and LOCR mentors. Application deadline is Nov. 16. Learn more about the roles, time commitment and application process at

NEW! MLK awards: Nominations are open for the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Awards, honoring OSU community members who exemplify qualities of service and selflessness. This year, nominations will be accepted for four awards – the Phyllis S. Lee Award, the Frances Dancy Hooks Award, the Oscar Humberto Montemayor Award and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alumni Legacy Award. More information about all four awards is available on the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Awards website.  Deadline for nominations is Nov. 21. For questions, contact [email protected] or 541-737-1063.

NEW! The Music Technology and Production program at OSU is producing an album during winter and spring terms. We are soliciting songwriters from around campus to send us a demo of an original song for possible inclusion. We will select the best tracks and pair each artist(s) with students in the MTP program to record and produce the song. This opportunity is open to all OSU students and we especially encourage participation from minorities and underrepresented groups. Submission deadline: Dec. 2. Submission link:

Survey on Motivation in Rabbits: The Human-Animal Interaction lab at OSU is currently researching rabbit behavior. If you own a rabbit and would like to participate, please take our survey about motivation in rabbits. It mainly consists of questions about your rabbit's behavior and preferences. Contact Emma DeFreeuw at [email protected] with any questions. To take the survey, visit or access it directly in English ( or Spanish (

25 Year club: Congratulations to Tara Bevandich, administrative assistant, for being inducted into the 25 Year club at OSU. You can read more about their time at OSU and others inducted into the club by clicking on their name.

CFP — 2023-24 OSU Humanities Fellowships: The OSU Center for the Humanities is now accepting applications for 2023-2024 Flexible Humanities Fellowships. The deadline for faculty to submit proposals is Friday, Nov. 11. Find application forms, instructions, and information about awards online at

Letters to Veterans: Join ASOSU in writing letters to our Veteran’s from Nov. 7-11. The letters can be dropped off in SEC 250 or SNELL 150.

Join a Conversation on Student Success: The Academic Success Center (ASC) & Writing Center publish The Success Kitchen once or twice a term. It includes staff and student perspectives on success topics, interviews with campus partners, highlights of collaborations, and strategies and tools. Sign up by Friday, Nov. 11 to receive the next issue of The Success Kitchen.

$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.

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.


“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” ~ Voltaire

Corvallis: Areas of frost and then a slight chance of showers, high of 47, low of 27. Sunny Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Chance of snow today, high of 35, low of 16. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Mostly sunny today, high of 50, low of 36. Sunny Wednesday.

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