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:

SpiderHarp: Oregon scientists study spiders with a web-inspired musical instrument (OPB News)

“In graduate school, I was lucky enough to be able to join a lab working on snake robots,” explained Hatton, who is now a robotics and mechanical engineering professor at Oregon State University.

What Montana's independent ranchers need to survive: customers (High Country News)

Without a strong customer base, Rebecca Thistlethwaite, director of the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network at Oregon State University, fears that many small processors will fail. She cited a University of Illinois study that suggested success is contingent upon local demand. “It’s not a field of dreams situation; it’s not an ‘If you build it, they will come,’” Thistlethwaite said. “You can’t build supply chains without having that end consumer.”

1 person injured in an explosion at Oregon State University campus, police say (USA Today)

The explosion was reported around 2:30 p.m. at McNary Field, a park on the east side of OSU campus. According to police dispatch reports, the incident was the result of a butane tank explosion. Critical injuries to the man's arm and head were reported.


Lyra Health offers mental health care for OSU employees (LIFE@OSU)

Oregon State University is partnering with Lyra Health to provide mental health coaching, therapy, and other support for employees’ emotional well-being. The program launches Nov. 1.

Today's photo

Devil's Punchbowl: Jennifer Cilley, master of education student, says, “This was taken at Devil's Punchbowl State Natural Area, highlighting the colors and textures of the rock headline that is partially opened to the Pacific Ocean, creating swirling, foaming waves.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Want to increase student interaction and participation in your course? You are invited to the CTL Sparkshop on promoting active student engagement through interteaching. Facilitator Funmi Amobi will offer interteaching structure and tips. Noon to 12:20 p.m., Nov. 3. Sparkshop Zoom registration.

NEW! Strategic Plan: Oregon State University will be a driving force for prosperity that is equitable, scalable and sustainable. This bold, achievable vision in OSU’s new strategic plan — Prosperity Widely Shared: The Oregon State Plan — is for everyone. Join us for the launch at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. 


School of Communication Career Week: Learn about the School of Communication and how you can cut through the noise, build VR worlds and make your voice heard at Oregon State and beyond. Events run online and in-person from Oct. 30-Nov. 2.

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.

Taste of the ‘Chives Historic Recipe Showcase: A celebration of flavors from the “Baking Connections” cookbook. This event will feature samples of cookies, muffins, fudge and other baked goodies prepared from recipes in the cookbook. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Oct. 31, Willamette Rooms in the OSU Library (third floor).

“Internships Aren’t That Scary:” Get some not-so-scary information about internships. Join the academic advisors of the School of Communication at noon Oct. 31 on Zoom at for the presentation of “Internships Aren’t That Scary.” You can learn how to search for internships, create an application and earn academic credit while completing your internship.

Accelerating your research using AI: Come hear how OSU researchers across a range of disciplines are using Large Language Models and many other artificial intelligence tools to help them understand and summarize research papers, write code for analysis, process and visualize large amounts of data and much more in a dynamic panel format. Refreshments 12:30 p.m., event 1-2:30 p.m., Oct. 31, MU Horizon Room 49. Register for in-person: Register for Zoom:

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.

Trick-or-Treat Tour on Halloween: 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. To learn more, contact [email protected].

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:

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.


NEW! Lyra Health to launch mental health services for OSU employeesLyra Health offers a range of services, including access to a network of experienced and culturally responsive mental health professionals, therapists and counselors who are available for in-person and virtual appointments. Their platform also provides resources for self-guided support and emotional well-being tools to help you and your family members manage stress and improve your overall mental health. You can learn more about Lyra, including eligibility information, in this short video. 10 a.m., Nov. 2: OSU + Lyra: Lyra 101 General Employee Information Session. Noon, Nov. 9: OSU + Lyra: Lyra 101 Supervisor Information Session. Noon Nov. 13: OSU + Lyra: Lyra 101 General Employee Information Session.

NEW! SOC Graduate School Info Session: Oregon State University’s School of Communication invites you to attend our virtual graduate program Open House, to be held at noon Nov. 2  in the Shepard Hall Conference Room or online at Current faculty and students will be there to introduce the program and discuss topics like curriculum, admissions and funding. Register for the event here:

School of Communication Career Fair: Whether you are searching for a job or unsure what career to pursue, come visit the School of Communication Career Fair from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Nov. 1 in MU 109. We have employers from KPTV Fox 12, the Corvallis Knights, McFarland Productions and more. Bring your resume or just stop by; all students are welcome.

SOC Alumni Panel: Careers in Media and Communication. Want to learn more about the careers available to School of Communication students? Or the transition from graduating to entering the workforce? Then join us at 2:30 p.m., Nov. 1 in MU 104 or on Zoom at for “SOC Alumni Panel: Careers in Media and Communication,” where a panel of OSU graduates will present their experiences.

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

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Science Pub: "Dam Removal and Beyond: Socioecological Perspectives on river health in the Klamath River," with Desirée Tullos from Biological and Ecological Engineering and Bryan Tilt from Anthropology in the School of Language, Culture and Society. This presentation will summarize what’s happening with the world’s largest dam removal, and describe some of the very interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research that is being led by OSU. 6 p.m., Nov. 1 at Old World Deli. Register to attend in-person or online.

NEW! 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. on Nov. 2 in ALS 4000 and includes 20-25 minutes for questions/discussion.

NEW! HMSC Research Seminar: Alessandra Burgo, the project manager with Cascadia Coastline and Peoples Hazards Research Hub, will be giving a seminar titled “How do Cascadia coastal communities increase their resilience to coastal hazards?” at 3:30 p.m., Nov. 2, in person at HMSC’s GVMSB Auditorium or online. At Zoom link Or call +1-971-247-1195 Meeting ID: 945 5573 115. Click here for more information.

NEW! Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture Fall 2023 Seminar Series Mondays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom. At noon on Nov. 6., Andrew Millison, OSU Horticulture Department, will present, “Mass Movements of Land Regeneration in India and Africa.” The event is free and open to the public. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information at:

Imposter Syndrome: Alysia Vrailas-Mortimer will be presenting a talk on imposter syndrome at 4 p.m., Nov. 1, in ALS 4001 and via Zoom:

Ask Alumni panel with communication professionals: Get answers from OSU alumni and communication industry professionals who have been where you are now. The OSU Alumni Association and the School of Communication present "Things I Wish I Would Have Known," 5:30 p.m., Nov. 1. Register, plus watch free Ask Alumni webcasts on demand, at

2023 Thomas Condon Lecture: Thure Cerling, University of Utah, will present “Ivory, INTERPOL, intrigue: Using chemistry to solve forensic mysteries.” 6 p.m., Nov. 1, with reception at 5 p.m., The LaSells Stewart Center Construction & Engineering Hall (Zoom option available). Info and registration here.

Introduction to PERS Retirement: Tier 1/Tier 2 members with more than three years until PERS retirement can  attend a workshop presented by PERS from 9-11 a.m., Nov. 2 in the Memorial Union (MU) Room 104. 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. This is an in-person event. Click here to register.

All About OPSRP: PERS members at any stage in their career who began PERS employment after Aug. 28 can attend a workshop presented by PERS from 2-4 p.m., Nov. 2 in the Memorial Union (MU) Room 104. 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. This is an in-person event. Click here to register.

Register for the Peer Ed Conference: Join other undergraduate students in peer educator roles from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 4 in Austin Hall to share experiences, engage in collaborative workshops and build relationships with undergraduate colleagues in similar roles at OSU. RSVP by Oct. 31 for free lunch. Questions? See our website or contact [email protected].

Leadership experience: Community Engagement & Leadership is hosting a day-long immersive leadership experience, "Beavs Lead: Spark," from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 4 in Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez (CCCC). Students will have the opportunity to explore their personal leadership approach by examining their values, strengths, identities and passions. This event is open to all students, but first-year, second-year and transfer students are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. Register at: For more information or accommodations for disabilities contact 541-737-3041 or [email protected]

Onboarding forums: The President and Provost’s Leadership Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PPLC) is hosting onboarding forums for employees of color and supervisors of employees of color this fall. The goal of these forums is to seek to identify additional ways to support the success and belonging of new employees of color. For employees: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m, Nov. 2, MU 109. For supervisors: 2:30-4 p.m., Nov. 6, and 9-10:30 a.m., Nov. 7, MU 104. RSVP to [email protected]. For Zoom or 1:1 options, email [email protected].

Provost’s Lecture featuring Diana B. Henriques: Join us for the first Provost’s Lecture of the 2023-24 Series, featuring Diana B. Henriques, award-winning financial journalist and author. The lecture will be held 7 p.m., Nov. 8 in Austin Auditorium at LaSells Stewart Center. The Provost’s Lecture Series is a partnership of the Office of the Provost and the OSU Foundation which brings renowned thinkers, writers, scientists, artists and leaders to OSU to engage, challenge and inspire. Register here for the free event. 

Take Note

Deadline extended: The Open Educational Resources Unit is accepting proposals for the Affordable Learning Grant until Nov. 30. Faculty can receive up to $15,000 in funding to adopt, adapt or author an open educational resource (OER) for your course. OER are openly licensed course materials that save students money and make higher education more accessible. This grant is made possible by OSU's new Division of Educational Ventures and all funding is a department-to-department transfer. Questions? Contact OERU Director Stefanie Buck.

Faculty Senate Elections – Candidate Nominations: 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. Forward candidate suggestions by noon Nov. 2 to Vickie Nunnemaker at [email protected]. Insert ‘Candidate’ in the subject line. President-Elect – Candidates must now be or have been an OSU Faculty senator. Interinstitutional Faculty Senator – Candidates need not have been an OSU faculty senator. Executive Committee – Candidates must now be or have been an OSU faculty senator.

Blood sugar study participants sought: Researchers in the College of Health at OSU are studying the effects of an FDA-approved drug on people at risk for high blood sugar. We are looking for study participants between the age of 18-59, who are nonsmokers, and who do not have diabetes. The study involves several visits to the Samaritan Athletic Medicine Center in Corvallis over approximately 4 months. By participating, you may receive up to $1,000, as well as information about your health. Email [email protected] to learn more and apply.

Faculty Senate Elections – Faculty with Split Appointments: 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. For example, if a faculty member has a split appointment between Agricultural Sciences and Science, they may choose one or the other (FTE will not be split between apportionment units). This choice will determine Faculty Senate representation.  No later than noon Nov. 14, complete and submit the survey at to indicate with which apportionment unit you wish to be included.

Faculty Senate Elections – Interest in serving as a faculty senator or declining senator election: 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 ballot, or you wish to indicate a strong interest in serving if elected, complete and submit the survey at no later than noon Nov. 14. Faculty must decline each year.

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.

Traffic and Maintenance

Kerr: As part of the Kerr Administration South Parking Lot Improvement project, the Kerr South parking lot closure has been extended until Dec. 4 to finish construction activities, including lighting installation, paving and striping. This includes the closure of the west sidewalk. ADA access is available on the east side of the building.

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.


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! Associate Dean for Finance and Administration: OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon invites applications for an Associate Dean for Finance and Administration. This position is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, regular position. Posting #P07453UF. Full consideration Nov. 12. Closes Nov. 19. 

NEW! The College of Engineering at Oregon State University is looking for an Assistant Art Director. Primarily, this position provides strategic visual brand direction for the college’s digital landscape and leads the development of digital creative concepts to help move the college’s peer engineering schools and many stakeholders. The successful candidate will assist the Art Director (AD) and Senior Director of Marketing (SDM) on overall college brand strategy, specializes in digital visual communications and is responsible for ensuring that all digital assets produced in the college support the overall strategy and visual identity of the college and the institution. Posting #P07462UF. Full consideration Nov. 26. Closes Dec. 10.


“Sisters! All Hallows’ Eve has become a night of frolic, where children wear costumes and run amok.” ~ Winifred Sanderson

Corvallis: Areas of fog and then partly sunny, high of 59, low of 39. Chance of rain Wednesday.

Central Oregon: Partly sunny today, high of 60, low of 37. Partly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Patchy fog and then mostly sunny, high of 62, low of 46. Rain likely Wednesday.

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