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:

University of Oklahoma, Oregon State University launch billion dollar-plus campaigns (Forbes)

Oregon State University announced last Friday that it was launching its second comprehensive capital campaign, Believe It: The Campaign for Oregon State University. It had concluded its first campaign in 2014, raising just a bit over $1.1 billion. (see also KEZIKOINSeattle Daily Journal of Commerce)

Government scientists make breakthrough in recycling plastics that end up in landfills (VICE)

First, the group used metal-catalyzed oxidation to break the plastics down into smaller molecules that are ideal for biological conversion. These molecules can best be described as “smaller, biologically friendly chemical building blocks” co-author and Oregon State University Researcher Lucas Ellis notes in a press release. This is necessary for the next step of the process: feeding it to bacteria.

San Francisco's forgotten sourdough company and the mystery of its lost starter (SF Gate)

Lavaroni even tracked down William Sandine, an Oregon State University microbiologist who helped identify the bacteria (lactobacillus sanfrancisco) responsible for San Francisco sourdough’s unique flavor, to find out whether the integrity of the starter could even survive all these varying climates.

Today's photo

Beach bum: Hannah Sawyer, a graduate student in wildlife science, took these walrus photos while conducting field work in Utqiagvik, Alaska. We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Interested in creating a Corvallis or Cascades campus hybrid course with reduced class meeting time for Winter or Spring ‘23? See Steps to Create a Hybrid Course and How to Schedule a Hybrid Course. For a 1-on-1 consultation to get started, contact the Center for Teaching and Learning.


You Can Help! A training for faculty & staff: A training for faculty and staff to identify and support students who may be struggling with a mental health challenge. No registration required. Oct. 18, noon to 1:30 p.m. MU 109. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture Fall 2022 Seminar Series, Tuesdays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom on Oct. 18 at noon. Kirk Maag, partner, Stoel Rives LLP, will present, “Cultivating Change: Valuing and Elevating LGBTQ+ Agriculturists.” The event is free and open to the public. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information at:

Cybersecurity Month Panel: Reserve your spot for a free lunch on Oct. 18 at noon in the MU Horizon Room.  Learn about Cybersecurity trends and issues from the perspective of agency and industry leaders: Ken Bible, Chief Information Security Officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, along with representatives from Microsoft and Mandient. More info at

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more, at 644 SW 13th St. Public sales are open to all shoppers this Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 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.

"The Scientist's Warning" Film Premiere with Bill Ripple: A screening of a new film featuring Bill Ripple takes place Tuesday. Ripple is leading a movement for scientists to step out from behind the data and advocate for our planet. Oct. 18, Whiteside Theatre. Doors and refreshments at 6 p.m.; film at 7 p.m. Introduction by Kathleen Dean Moore. Ripple will join filmmaker David Baker for a Q&A following the screening. Beer from Worthy Brewing will be available. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project. 


NEW! October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Wear purple to show your support for survivors and raise awareness on Purple Thursday (Thursday, Oct. 20). Get your free purple ribbon in the lobbies of Valley Library, Dixon Rec Center, SEC, MU, Student Health Services or any of the Cultural Resource Centers on campus and show your support all month long.

NEW! VPCDO candidate visits: Candidates for OSU Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer will be on campus Thursday, Oct. 20 and Monday, Oct. 24. Opportunities to engage with the candidates include a university forum at 3:30 p.m. and student town hall at 4:30 p.m. on each date. All forums will be held in person with light refreshments and via Zoom webinar. Please visit the VPCDO search webpage for details and the Zoom webinar links.

NEW! Beaver Boosters: OSU will be providing COVID-19 booster clinics on the OSU Corvallis campus, Monday, Nov. 14 through Friday, Nov. 18, 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 12 and older, while supplies last. No appointments are needed and boosters are free of charge. Please bring your vaccination card. Visit the Beaver Booster Blitz web page for more information. Subject to change.

Ag career fair: Oregon State University’s eighth annual Agricultural Career Fair & Student Showcase Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., is the primary recruiting event of the year for students across the College of Agricultural Sciences – including horticulture, agricultural business, animal science, sustainability, bioresource research, crop and soil science, food science and more. OSU Memorial Union Ballroom and MU Horizon room. The Puerto Rico Service-Learning posters will be in the MU Horizon Room and our OSU MANRRS and SACNAS chapters will be holding a disaster fundraiser from 12:30-3 p.m.

Beaver Dads: Are you an employee or student dad who would like to connect with other self-identified fathers on campus? Join Beaver Dads on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the MU MLK conference room. Facilitated Tarron Anderson. Lunch will be provided. Can’t join in person? Connect via Zoom. For more information, email [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: Fall Career and Internship Fair, Oct. 19; Healthcare, Human Services, and Biotech Fair, Oct. 19;  Fall Civil, Construction, and Architectural Engineering Fair, Oct. 19; Agricultural Career Fair and Student Showcase, Oct. 19; Virtual Career and Internship Fair, Oct. 25; Earth, Environment, and Life Sciences Fair (virtual) Oct. 26; and College of Forestry Career Fair, Nov. 9. Get details and register online. Questions? Contact [email protected].

Historic Fairbanks Hall is open: To mark the reopening of historic Fairbanks Hall and its renovated studio and gallery spaces, faculty and alumni of OSU’s art program present "Through Line," a show featuring painting, photography, sculpture and video art, Oct. 14-Nov. 13, in Fairbanks Gallery and Praxis Gallery.  An artist’s reception for the current exhibition and new installation will take place on Oct. 20, 4:30-7:30 p.m. in conjunction with the downtown Corvallis Art Walk.

University Theatre: With the support of the OSU Arts and Education Center's "Unboxed" event series, University Theatre will present Andrea Stolowtiz’s romantic comedy "Successful Strategies" in four limited-seating public performances. This unique play about a winery, set in a winery, is hosted by the Lumos Wine Company, with performances Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lumos Winery tasting room, 24000 Cardwell Hill Dr., Philomath. Tickets are advance purchase only and go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7. They are $17 for the general public, $12 for seniors and youth, and $5 for OSU students, available at or by contacting the OSU Theatre Box Office at 541-737-2853. No tickets will be sold at the winery on the evening of performances.

Crux Fermentation Project, OSU Tailgate Oct. 22: See what’s brewing with OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Crux Fermentation Project and the OSU Alumni Association at a lively tailgate prior to the game against Colorado Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. Enjoy Crux and OSU Brewery samples, treats from the Beaver Classic food truck and experience the Crux Fermentation Project's Gypsy Coolship. The first 100 people to sign up for the event will each receive one free drink ticket to be used at OSUAA Tailgate Town, also hosted in the OSU Alumni Center. Register today at

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Visiting Scholar Talk: “Natural Form & Industrial Building – Two Case Studies: Pikku-Finlandia and Katve-pavilion.” Join the College of Forestry International Programs for a talk with Jaakko Torvinen, rising architect in Finland. Jaakko will discuss sustainable building, wood structures and design and execution of Pikku-Finlandia. Free. Thursday, Oct. 20, 3 p.m. in PFSC 315 and via Zoom.

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Caren Barcelo, a postdoctoral scholar with CIMERS at Oregon State University and NMFS at NOAA, will be giving a seminar titled “Integrating spatial population structure and ecosystem information into stock assessment,” Oct. 20, 3:30 p.m. 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.

NEW! Finding Order in Nature: The Historian’s Tradition from Mayr to Farber. Join us for a review of significant trends in thinking about the history of natural history and the history of science at the inaugural Farber Lecture, presented by Janet Browne. Thursday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m., C&E Hall, the LaSells Stewart Center. A reception will follow the talk. No registration is required.

NEW! Department of Botany & Plant Pathology Fall Seminar Series: “Ancient Memories of Seeds – Evolutionary Footprints of Seed Dormancy Genes,” presented by Hiro Nonogaki of OSU Horticulture, Oct. 20, 4 p.m. in ALS 4001 and via Zoom. For complete schedule visit the BPP Seminar website.

NEW! FYI Friday – FERPA: "Serving Students in the 21st Century." As our instructional and service models shift more online, we want to be sure that we're providing excellent service to students while remaining compliant with FERPA. Come chat with the Office of the Registrar to learn tips and tricks for maintaining student privacy in the digital age. Part of the Fall 2022 FYI Friday series; Friday, Oct. 21, 10-11 a.m. via Zoom. Registration required.

NEW! OMSI Communication Fellowship Info SessionThe College of Science will host a presentation and answer questions about the OSU-OMSI Spring Science Communication Fellows Program held on campus. The program is open to any faculty, postdocs, staff or graduate students (STEM professionals) at OSU. Join us on Oct. 26, noon to 1 p.m. in Kidder 128 Conference Room to learn more.

NEW! Work-Life Fit Forum: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women and the Office of Institutional Diversity invite members of the OSU community to attend this free, in-person-only event on Thursday, Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Register by Oct. 24 to share diverse experiences of work and life in the wake of the last two years, gain a greater understanding of organizational structures that support individuals at OSU, and generate ideas for collaboration across university groups to strengthen work-life balance for all. Doors open at 8 a.m. and breakfast and lunch are provided. For more information contact [email protected].

October Research Integrity Forum: This month’s session, "Simplifying Review of Human Subjects Research at OSU," presented by Christopher Viggiani, associate vice president for research integrity, and Bridget Watson, HRPP administrator, will focus on steps that are underway to modernize the human research protections program, including a new software platform, a streamlined application form featuring a new exempt request process and more. Oct. 19, 1 p.m. via Zoom. Register here. For more information, email [email protected].

Champinefu Webinar Series — Kalapuya Placekeeping: Join us for the first talk in the annual Champinefu Webinar Series, as Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde linguist and folklorist Jedd Schrock presents "Shawala: Birthplace of William Hartless," Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Free and open to all. Register here. Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project. 

College success for veterans: OSU’s College of Business is hosting a College Success Workshop in partnership with the Warrior-Scholar Project on Oct. 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Austin Hall 126. This is a free one-day workshop for veterans and service members transitioning to college. The workshops are taught by fellow enlisted veterans who are currently enrolled in four-year universities. You do not have to be a current OSU student. Lunch, parking and light snacks will be provided at no cost to registered attendees. Register online by Oct. 21. Contact Caiden Marcus-Brist ([email protected]) with questions.

UPDATED! 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

Take Note

NEW! WOHESC proposal deadline extended: OSU will host the Washington and Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference March 6-8 in Corvallis. WOHESC brings together 400-500 students, staff, faculty and others to solve the most pressing problems of our time, including social and environmental justice, and the inequitable impacts of climate change. The Call for Proposal deadline has been extended to this Friday, Oct. 21. The 2023 WOHESC theme is Mindscape and Landscape: The Intertwined Nature of Mental, Social and Planetary Health. 

NEW! Mid-Month Emergency Preparedness Topic: Family Care. Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. Families can cope with disaster by creating a disaster plan. Knowing what to do is not only your responsibility but is the best protection for your family. This month’s poster can be downloaded at:

NEW! Candidate Nominations for Faculty Senate leadership positions: Faculty are encouraged to suggest colleagues whom they believe are knowledgeable about the university and who would well represent OSU faculty. Faculty may also nominate themselves. Please forward candidate suggestions for President-Elect, Interinstitutional Faculty Senator and Executive Committee by noon on Oct. 21 to Vickie Nunnemaker at [email protected]. When responding, please insert ‘Candidate’ in the subject line.

NEW! Faculty Senate Elections – Faculty with Split Appointments: According to the Faculty Senate Bylaws, non-tenured faculty who have split appointments between two apportionment units may choose with which unit they wish to be apportioned for Faculty Senate purposes. This choice will determine Faculty Senate representation. Faculty not indicating where they wish to be apportioned will be placed in an apportionment unit at the discretion of the Faculty Senate Office. Complete and submit the survey at no later than noon on Oct. 21 to indicate with which apportionment unit you wish to be affiliated.

NEW! Faculty Senate Elections – Indicating Interest in Serving as a Faculty Senator OR Declining Senator Election: To ensure inclusivity, all currently employed academic, research, extension and professional faculty, regardless of FTE, are eligible to be elected to a Faculty Senator position and represent faculty in their respective Faculty Senate apportionment unit. If you wish to either decline to have your name placed on the Senator Nomination Ballot, or you wish to indicate a strong interest in serving if elected, please complete and submit the survey at no later than noon on Nov. 14. Faculty must decline each year.

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

Volunteer at Career Fairs: Want to gain event logistics experience? Be a welcoming face for Oregon State when you sign up to assist at an in-person career fair. Volunteer slots include opportunities to connect personally with employers when they arrive on campus and to work side-by-side with professionals on the Career Development team. Sign up here. Questions? Contact the Career Development Center.

Recruiting participants for bicycling simulator experiment: The OSU Bicycling Simulator lab is seeking participants for an experiment who are at least 18 years old and have ridden a bicycle in the last 10 years. The purpose of this study is to make autonomous vehicles safer for bicyclists. Participation involves a one-hour time commitment and coming to the OSU Bicycling Simulator. Persons who participated in the first stage of this study (pedestrian or bicycle, conducted January 2022) are ineligible to participate. Participants will be compensated $20 for their time. To schedule a time to participate or for more information, please email Amy Wyman at [email protected].

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. 


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NEW! The OSU Human Resources Benefits Team has an opening for a Benefits Specialist. This individual will work with our health plan serving graduate assistants, postdoctoral scholars, graduate fellows and clinical fellows. If you are a current OSU employee who might be interested in a new adventure, we encourage you to apply. Posting #P05719UF. Closes Oct. 21. For more information, contact Rachel Forslund at [email protected]

NEW! Education Program Assistant 1: OSU Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) Program invites applications for two (2) Education Program Assistant 1 positions. One position will be based at the OSU Extension Service Yamhill County office in McMinnville. The other position will be based at the OSU Extension Service Polk County office in Dallas. These EPAs are a part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed). These are 12-month, P/T (0.75 FTE), classified positions starting at $17.43 hourly + benefits. Posting #P03815CT. Closes Nov. 7.

NEW! Education Program Assistant 1: OSU Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) Program invites applications for two (2) Education Program Assistant 1 positions based at the OSU Extension Linn County office in Tangent. One position has a priority designation for working with Spanish-speaking audiences through the utilization of bilingual/bi-literate skills. Both EPAs are a part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed). These are 12-month, P/T (0.95 FTE), classified positions starting at $17.43 hourly + benefits. Posting #P03819CT. Closes Nov. 7.


“The oaks along the roadway glowed yellow and bronze. The fields stretched like a carpet of jewels, emerald and topaz and garnet. Everywhere she walked the color shouted and sang around her...In October any wonderful unexpected thing might be possible.” ~ Elizabeth George Speare

Corvallis: Patchy fog and then haze, high of 75, low of 46. Sunny Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 74, low of 41. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Patchy fog and then sunny, high of 69, low of 49. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

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