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.

How amateur video is helping us understand deadly tsunamis (Wired)

Fritz is now 47. Clean shaven with dark hair, he has circled back to studying his first interest: uncommon triggers for destructive waves. When he's not teaching at Georgia Tech, he can often be found at Oregon State University, in the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory, located 40 miles inland in Corvallis.

It may be easier than you think to absorb the vitamin E your body needs (

“What our study shows is that you can wait 12 hours without eating anything, then eat a fat-containing meal and vitamin E gets absorbed,” said Maret Traber, Ph.D., lead study author and professor at Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute.

Lack of accessible childcare in Oregon is a struggle for parents (KPTV)

The majority of Oregonians live in what's considered a "child care desert," according to a recent study conducted by researchers at Oregon State University.

OSU study: Coordinated care model cuts unscheduled ER visits (KTVZ)

Oregon Medicaid enrollees are less likely to make unscheduled trips to the hospital following the implementation of the state's accountable-care model, new research by Oregon State University shows.

Climate change is coming for fishing too (Futurity)

“Going from chilly to balmy weather can stimulate more recreation, and our data and models bear that out,” says Steven Dundas, corresponding author of the study and an assistant professor of applied economics at Oregon State University. “But increasing temperature when it’s already hot can curtail fishing participation. For example, we estimate participation declines once daily high temperatures reach the mid-90s Fahrenheit.”

Massive new study links pollution to assaults and domestic violence (MarketWatch)

Researchers used eight years’ of data — from 2006 to 2013 — on crime rates, pollution, wildfire smoke and weather to calculate the correlations. These included crime data from the Federal Bureau of Investigations’ National Incident Based Reporting System; pollution data from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality System network of monitors and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hazard Mapping System; and weather data from Oregon State University’s PRISM Climate Group.

Council affirms vote on OSU dorm, rejects Caldwell Farms annexation (Gazette-Times)

Councilors voted 5-4, with Mayor Biff Traber breaking a 4-4 tie, on the second reading Monday of an ordinance that backs an Oregon State University development sector swap. The vote, pending possible appeals, will allow the university to move forward with a 295-bed dormitory project for upper-division and graduate students.

Sustainable alternative lawns (Earth 911)

Oregon State University developed some of the first alternative lawns. They contained a mixture of lawn grasses and low-growing, drought-resistant broadleaf plants.

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Taking precautions: In this 2012 photo from Terra Magazine, OSU pharmacy student Tabitha Purice gives a flu shot in Pioneer Courthouse Square. (Photo: Angie Mettie). Faculty and staff flu shots are available today on the Corvallis campus. The Office of Human Resources in partnership with Fred Meyer Pharmacies will offer flu shot clinics for faculty, staff and their dependents age 7 or above on Oct 8, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in  the MU Ballroom. Bring your insurance card and photo ID (for billing).


Flu Shot Clinics: The Office of Human Resources in partnership with Fred Meyer Pharmacies will offer flu shot clinics for faculty, staff and their dependents age 7 or above on Oct 8, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., in  the MU Ballroom. Bring your insurance card and photo ID (for billing). Wear short sleeves. Plan on staying for five minutes after receiving the vaccination. If paying at the time of service, payment by cash (with exact change) or check will be the only methods of payment accepted. PEBB Statewide (Providence), Providence Choice and Moda plans will cover the cost of the flu vaccinations. Employees with Kaiser insurance must pay at the time of vaccination, or go to a Kaiser facility for a free flu shot.

Tuesday Teaching + Tech Talks: Creating Equitable & Culturally Inclusive Environments - Join Jane Waite (SJEI) for critical inquiry: Why do students experience the same classes differently? How does who we are impact the ways we teach and learn? What constitutes an equitable environment? +Tech TalkLearn tools for supporting Universal Design. This workshop will be facilitated twice in Milam 215 at Oct 8 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. No need to register – just come on by. Learn more here.  Contact us here.

Beaver Family Connections: Kindergarten Readiness: How important is it for your child to know their ABC’s and 123’s? Or are there other skills you should be focusing on and preparing them for? Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 8 from noon to 1 p.m. in MU 207 to hear from OSU’s Megan McClelland on how to best prepare your child for Kindergarten. For a calendar of this year’s sessions visit

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales Tuesday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday noon to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Staff may shop for their department 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. More information on our website.

Online Peer Educator Training – Launch & Orientation: The Academic Success Center (ASC) & Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) invite you to learn more about the new training resource available to faculty and staff who oversee peer educator (tutor, mentor, ambassador, etc.) positions across campus. We’ll walk through it and answer questions Tuesday, Oct. 8, noon to 12:30 pm in Waldo Hall, Room 400.

Digital Community Meeting: Join OSU’s community of digital workers to join in on the project management throw down, learn how to use card sorting in your content strategy and UX work, see a sneak peek of the new student dashboard and more. Oct. 8 from 2-4 p.m. in Cascade Hall 136. Learn more at Drupal at Oregon State University. We welcome all who work on the internet at OSU.

NEW! OSU Environmental Council: ASOSU Environmental Affairs is back with some new initiatives. Join them at the next Environmental Council meeting learn about the environmental initiatives already happening on campus, and tell your fellow students how you want OSU to become more sustainable. Food from Café Yumm will be provided. Oct. 8, 5 p.m., SEC 250.

Film Screening “Survival of the Sunbears”: Fisheries and Wildlife student Jocelyn Stokes has directed a 30-minute film focused on the conservation efforts by nonprofits in Malaysia to protect this highly endangered species. The film has been selected for the 2019 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in NYC. There will be a Q&A after the screening. Seating is limited. Oct. 8, 5-6 p.m., Strand 311.

Mexican-Origin Foodways & Social Movements: School of Language, Culture, & Society scholar-in-residence Devon Peña presents "Mexican-Origin Foods, Foodways, and Social Movements: Decolonial Perspectives,” with book signing. Oct. 8, 5-6:30 p.m., Autzen House (Center for the Humanities), 811 SW Jefferson Ave. Free and open to the public. 

WIN PubTalk: Digital Manufacturing: Magic or Myth? Interested in digitally manufactured Items? Wondering what they are? You hear about 3D printing and digital manufacturing almost every day. Yet these technologies don’t seem to be parts of our everyday lives. Join HP Fellow Will Allen to learn about digital manufacturing, HP’s 3D printing products, why these technologies are important and how they will affect us. Oct. 8, 6-8 p.m., on the HP campus. Tickets available here:


NEW! On The Wing Premiere: Marine Studies Initiative and Oregon State Productions have announced their latest collaboration. Essay "On the Wing Marbled Murrelets" by Rachael Vega is combined with visuals. Also participating: Elena Passarello, Kim Nelson, Jim Rivers and Lindsay Adrean. Premieres Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. Watch here:  

NEW! OMSI Communication Fellowship Info Session: OMSI will give a presentation and answer questions about the OSU-OMSI spring science communication program. Student participation fulfills broader impact and outreach goals for OSU grant-funded research. Bring your lunch and join us on Oct. 10 from noon to 1 p.m. in LPSC 402 to learn more and see demo presentations from current fellows. See for more information.

NEW! OSU International Scholar and Faculty Coffee Social: OSU Folk Club, Crossroads International and OSU Office of International Services invite you to join international visiting faculty, scholars, students and their families for conversation, coffee, tea and light snacks at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center in the Einerson House, 2638 NW Jackson Ave, Corvallis, on Friday, Oct. 11, between 10:30 a.m. and noon.

NEW! 4th Annual Multicultural Alumni and Friends Tailgater: Multicultural alumni and friends are invited to join OSU staff and faculty for a tailgater. Helps us cheer on the Beavers as they gear up to play Utah on Saturday, Oct. 12, in OSU's homecoming game. Hosted at the Centro Cultural César Chávez. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Registration, details

NEW! BABy@OSU Meetup: Do you have a child under the age of 2? Have you participated in a BABy@OSU workshop in the past year? Come meet others on campus that are also parenting young children and enjoy some complimentary breakfast treats and beverages. The Family Resource Center and Office of Work-Life will be hosting a meetup on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m-1 p.m. at Champinefu Lodge. RSVP requested. Questions? Contact or 541-737-4906.

Family BBQ: The Family Resource Center is celebrating OSU families and campus children’s centers with a catered barbecue on Oct. 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Bring your family to Champinefu Lodge and enjoy a complimentary barbecue dinner with other OSU families. RSVP at

Education open house: Interested in becoming a teacher, counselor or educational leader? The College of Education invites students to a Fall Open House on Oct. 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the second-floor lobby of Furman Hall in Corvallis. All programs will be represented including Corvallis, Ecampus, and OSU-Cascades. Register now.

OSU Album Club: It’s like a book club where you listen to and discuss the greatest albums ever recorded. Hosted by OSU director of popular music Bob Santelli, formerly of the GRAMMY Museum. Featuring Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart's Club Band by the Beatles. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m., Community Hall room 303. Free and open to the public.

Prospective student open house: Beaver Open House, an open house program for prospective students, will be held in the Memorial Union on Friday, Oct. 11. There will be approximately 1,200 guests on campus, which may impact parking and retail food locations.

Homecoming 2019 – Your OSU. Your Home: Celebrate Homecoming Oct. 7-12 with a variety of student competitions during the week. On Friday, Oct. 11, attend the lecture by climate scientist and alumnus Warren Washington and later that night check out Battle of The DJs at the Memorial Union Pavilion. On Saturday, Oct. 12, join the homecoming celebration at a variety of tailgate locations, including the Alumni Center, the multicultural alumni and friends tailgate at Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, the College of Forestry tailgate celebrationASOSU/Beaver Caucus homecoming celebration at the Alumni Center, or the NROTC Foxhole & Fantail Alumni Muster. Are you tailgating on your own? Join the Tailgate Decorating Contest and decorate your tailgate like “Benny’s living room” for a chance to win prizes. #Bennyslivingroom

American Strings: Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5, R.E.M. ) of The Baseball Project; Veteran rockers talk music and baseball, and perform. Hosted by Bob Santelli. Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., The Majestic Theatre. Tickets:

An Evening with Jazz and Blues Guitarist Wayne Goins & Friends: Goins is a legendary guitarist, recording artist and author. He is the founder of Little Apple Records and a distinguished professor of Jazz Studies at Kansas State University. Goins will be joined by some of the mid-Valley’s favorite jazz artists: Joe Manis, saxophone; Sean Peterson, bass; Torrey Newhart, piano; and OSU Jazz Band Director Ryan Biesack, drums. Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m., The Majestic Theatre. Tickets:

Board of Trustees: The OSU Board will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union. The board will consider items recommended for action by its committees and the board’s 2020 work plan. The board also will hear a report on the university’s efforts to advance equity, inclusion and social justice. The board will hold an executive session pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(d) to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to carry on labor negotiations. Committees of the board will meet from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Horizon Room and the Multipurpose Room of the Memorial Union. The board will hold a retreat on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Reser Stadium loge, 660 S.W. 26th St. in Corvallis. The agendas and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at For accommodations: 541-737-3449 or at least 48 hours in advance.

Innovation Days @ OSU: Research Impact Resources: Are you working on a research project that could have societal and economic impact? Interested in learning about resources available to help develop this research into something that might attract an industry partner or a startup? Join us on Oct. 17 from 3 – 5 p.m. in MU 109 to learn how engagement in Innovation and Entrepreneurial activities will increase your research impact, can increase industry engagement, increase your odds for competitive grants, lead to more publications and more citations of these publications. Register here:

Fairbanks Gallery of Art: Lucy Copper and Granite Calimpong, “Seeing is Deceiving,” Oct. 7-30 in Fairbanks Hall. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; open until 8 p.m. Oct. 24 for the Corvallis Art Walk.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Budget conversation: On Thursday, Oct. 10 at noon, the Office of Budget & Resource Planning will hold another University Budget Conversation in the Memorial Union Room 215. This week’s topic is about an Overview of the FY20 Budget and Enrollment. The Budget Conversations sessions are limited to 60 minutes and are an open forum structure with the initial 15-20 minutes spent on presentation of the topic, leaving time for discussion and Q&A. We encourage you to bring your lunch and join the conversation and to learn more about OSU’s budgeting and fiscal matters. More information about University Budget Conversations is located on the Office of Budget & Resource Planning website. If you have questions, please contact Sherm Bloomer for more information. 

NEW! Pre-retirement workshop: Save the date for a Thursday, Nov. 7, pre-retirement workshop presented by the Oregon State University Retirement Association from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in MU 208. This workshop is for faculty and staff who are within one to three years of retirement. Retirement is a major life transition and requires planning for other than just financial matters. This workshop will explore these areas and illustrate some aspects of the physical, psychological, and social dimensions of retirement. Carolyn Aldwin, Director of the Center for Healthy Aging, will provide an introductory presentation followed by a panel of four retired faculty/staff from OSU. For more info, contact Tom Plant, OSURA Board Secretary, at 541-736-6231 or

Bioinformatics Users Group (BUG): “A phased, diploid assembly of the hop (Humulus lupulus) genome reveals patterns of selection and haplotype variation, i.e., Resolving functional and evolutionary mysteries of a large, complex plant genome with genomic data science” Lillian Padgitt-Cobb (David Hendrix Lab, biochemistry and biophysics), Wednesday, Oct. 9, at noon in ALS 3005. BUG consists of life scientists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers, statisticians and researchers of all types who meet to discuss topics related to these fields of study. For additional information, see

CGRB Seminar this Wednesday: The first of the CGRB Seminar series will take place this Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m. in ALS 4001 with refreshments following. The event is free and open to the public. The speaker is Marilyn Roossinck. 

Indigenous Agroecology: School of Language, Culture, & Society Scholar-in-Residence Devon Peña, will present “Decolonizing the Rhizosphere and Gut Microbiomes: Indigenous Agroecology, Heritage Cuisine, and Community Health.” He will discuss how food sovereignty and indigenous agroecology are pathways to the recovery of the health of the soil and of communities. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 4-5:30 p.m., Memorial Union, Room 109. Free and open to public.

Human-Elephant Coexistence In Malaysian Borneo: Renowned elephant biologist Nurzhafarina Othman will give a presentation about human-elephant conflicts and possibilities for coexistence in the manmade landscapes dominated by oil-palm plantations in Malaysian Borneo. With Bob Lee, elephant curator at the Oregon Zoo, on Thursday, Oct. 10, 11a.m. to noon, Richardson 115.

Collections at the Center lecture: Melissa Santala, assistant professor of materials science, School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, will present “Through the Lens: Tools for Extending our Vision and Knowledge through History” as part of Collections at the Center, a lecture and hands-on exploration series from the Special Collections and Archives Research Center. Using the collections of the SCARC and her experience as a materials scientist and microscopist, Santala will discuss the power and pitfalls of microscopes since 1600. Thursday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m., fifth floor Valley Library.

Flash Panel on Impeachment: Want to know more about what impeachment is, how it works, what issues are at stake in it, and what it might mean for the Trump presidency and the future of American politics? Come hear OSU faculty specialists and your Oregon State Senator reflect on the current impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. Bring your questions and ask the experts. Panelists: Sara Gelser, state senator; Rorie Solberg, School of Public Policy, Steve Shay, School of History, Philosophy & Religion; Chris Nichols, School of History, Philosophy & Religion; and moderator Amy Koehlinger, School of History, Philosophy & Religion. Friday, Oct. 11, 4 p.m. Learning Innovation Center (LINC), 128. 

College of Science Fall Distinguished LectureWarren Washington, climate scientist and alumnus, will present a talk titled "The Historic Development of Climate Models and Geoengineering of the Earth's Climate" at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Hall. The event is free and open to the public. A reception starts at 5 p.m. RSVP here.

Register for a CIM Training Session: OSU will implement a new curriculum proposal system in Fall 2019 called CIM (pronounced ‘Kim’), which will replace the current CPS. A representative from the vendor, Leepfrog, will be on the Corvallis campus Oct. 16-17 to provide training sessions on how to use CIM. Everyone who interacts with the current CPS or anticipates needing to propose, review or approve curriculum proposals in future, should attend this training. Register your attendance using the survey link and share with your colleagues. For an overview of the project and to stay up-to-date on the implementation, visit the Office of the Registrar’s projects page. Direct all CIM-related questions to

Library Faculty Association Seminar Series: Michael Boock, associate professor and scholarly communications librarian at OSU Libraries and Press, will deliver the first presentation in this year's Seminar Series. The topic is: A Fulbright and Librarian in Bulgaria. He will speak on Oct. 18 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Valley Library, VLib 3622 - East Willamette Industries Seminar Room.

The Social Justice Education Initiative schedule for Fall still has openings: From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is an  foundational professional development program for all faculty, staff and graduate students. SJEI offers a varied schedule of Tier One and Tier Two workshops, all open now for registration. Join your colleagues to begin, or expand, your equity and inclusion journey in this program. Interested in this work for your unit? Contact SJEI Director Jane Waite for further information:

Take Note

NEW! OWHE Conference Scholarship: OSU's President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) is offering funds to cover registration costs for OSU tenure line and non-tenure line faculty, staff and students to attend the 2020 Oregon Women in Higher Education conference in Lincoln City, Salishan Resort, Jan. 31 to Feb. 1. To apply, complete and submit the online form by Friday, Oct. 18. Notification of awards will be sent by Friday, Oct. 25. Apply using the following link Questions? Contact Joy Jorgensen at

NEW! 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

NEW! Matlab help desk for students: The College of Engineering is running a Matlab help desk on Sunday through Friday of every week in the fall term, in Dearborn 119A. Students can stop by for help with any Matlab-related problem, such as finding and fixing bugs and structuring scripts and function; the tutors cannot help with the underlying concepts from class -- you should ask your instructor or TA for help with those) The full schedule is available at 

NEW! 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.

NEW! FriendRaisers Child Care Assistance Fund: Applications are open for the employee child care assistance fund, FriendRaisers, can be found at Application deadline is Friday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m. Questions about eligibility, application materials, etc.? Contact the Family Resource Center at 541-737-4906 or via e-mail,

Classroom-based Poster Campaign Rolls Out Monday: The “Ask for Help” poster campaign will launch on Monday Oct. 7. The goal of this project is to normalize and encourage asking questions and seeking resources, particularly in the academic/course context. Posters will be hung in preapproved locations and remain in place throughout the year. Questions? Comments? See a poster that needs to be replaced or want posters for your departmental classrooms or other OSU locations? Contact Clare Creighton, Academic Success Center,

Volunteers needed for Tri Club event: On Sunday, Oct. 13, at Philomath Middle School, the OSU Tri Club will host the Beaver Fever Triathlon. Volunteers are needed for this event. Volunteers receive a free shirt, snacks, coffee and drinks throughout the day. To sign up: For more information, write to

Show Us Your Dam Family: As part of National Work & Family Month, OSU’s Family Resource Center wants to show off all of our amazing families! Whether you have fur babies, human babies, teenagers, or elderly parents, we want to see your family. Photos will be posted in the Memorial Union Oct. 14-27. To submit your family photos visit Questions? Contact or 541-737-4906.

Comments sought for Oregon Sea Grant review: A team convened by the National Sea Grant College Program will review Oregon Sea Grant Oct. 29-31 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center at OSU. The review was rescheduled from January because of the federal government shutdown. It will consider all aspects of the Oregon Sea Grant program, including management and organization, performance, stakeholder engagement and collaborative activities, including those with various offices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. You are invited to email your comments about Oregon Sea Grant to through Oct. 18. Please put “Oregon Sea Grant Site Review” in the subject line.


“I feel that good fantasy will always be in demand. I think children especially need literature that helps them escape from the real world, which is very scary to them right now." ~ R.L. Stine, author, born today in 1943.

Corvallis: Chance of rain today, high of 58, low of 36. Areas of frost tomorrow and then sunny.

Central Oregon: Chance of showers today, high of 53, low of 28. Sunny tomorrow. 

Newport: Chance of rain today, high of 54, low of 38. Sunny tomorrow.

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