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:

Parents urged to monitor kids' exposure to war images (KBND)

As an Assistant Professor at OSU-Cascades, Dr. Lucy Purgason helps train school counselors. She says parents and school staff need to acknowledge what our kids are seeing. "Do not assume that just because our kids aren’t asking about it or talking about it, that they’re not thinking or worrying about it," she tells KBND News.

OSU researchers observe wolves hunting, killing sea otters, harbor seals on Alaska's Katmai coast (KTVZ)

Wolves have previously been observed consuming sea otter carcasses, but how they obtain these and the frequency of scavenging versus hunting marine prey is largely unknown. Scientists at Oregon State University, the National Park Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game are beginning to change that with a paper just published in Ecology.

Climate change and human migration with David Wrathall, Ph.D. (The Source)

David Wrathall, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University will share the findings from his role as a lead author of the UN’s latest climate assessment on November 14 at COCC in Bend.

Oregon researchers test wild animals for COVID-19 virus (Lund Report)

Researchers with Oregon State University aim to test about 1,600 wild animals for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

City of Medford creating plan to remove blackberry plants in parks (KDRV)

Christopher Adlam, a regional fire specialist from Oregon State Extension service, said blackberry plants within the Rogue Valley are considered an invasive species. These non-native plants can create dense thickets, which increase the risk of wildfires due to their highly flammable nature.

Today's photo

Flock and Fiber: Mary Gardner, executive assistant, says, “This friendly Angora goat posed for me at the Oregon Flock and Fiber exhibition at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany on Oct. 15. Incredible show with goats, sheep, llamas, fiber art and products (yarn ++) to enjoy and some to purchase.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: Want to try out some popular generative AI tools that are being used in teaching and learning? Already using AI and want to learn more? Register now for “Explore ChatGPT and Other AI Tools: A Starter Session for Educators,” 11-11:45 a.m., Nov. 7 in the LINC 468 faculty lounge. Bring your laptop.

NEW! Strategic Plan: In 17 days, Oregon State University begins its next chapter: "Prosperity Widely Shared: The Oregon State Plan." Join President Jayathi Murthy for the launch of this ambitious strategic plan on Friday, Nov. 17 at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the event begins at 11. Visit for more details. 


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.

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.

NEW!  WRPM Seminar Series: Vandana Asthanda from Eastern Washington University will present “Water Conflict in India,” 4 p.m., Nov. 1 in Burt 193 or on Zoom.  Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details. 

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.

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.

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! Music à la Carte: Join guitarist Mario Diaz and percussionist Martin Zarzar for a performance at noon on Friday, Nov. 3 in the Main Lounge of the MU. Admission is free.

NEW! University Budget Conversation: The Office of Budget and Resource Planning will hold a University Budget Conversation via Zoom from 1-2 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 3. This week’s topic is the “State Funding Process.” The initial 15 minutes is spent on presentation of the topic, followed by discussion and Q&A. Registration is required at For questions, contact [email protected].

NEW! Statistics Graduate Program Open House: Learn about opportunities available for the M.S./Ph.D. in Statistics program from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 4 (lunch provided) in Weniger Hall Room 222. Prospective graduate students will hear from graduate faculty and current students, learn about admissions and graduate funding and tour our spaces. Register using this link.  

NEW! Willamette Valley PhotoArts Guild presents “Artistic License:” The exhibit features more than 80 black-and-white and color photographs by 25 members of the PhotoArts Guild who were asked to exercise their creative freedom for the group’s 13th biennial exhibit at the Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center. The exhibit runs from Nov. 1-Dec.18. The reception takes place from 5-7 p.m., Nov. 4. Learn more about this exhibit including Giustina Gallery hours.

NEW! Employee Veteran Breakfast: Join employee veterans at Oregon State University for the Veteran Employee Breakfast on Monday, Nov. 6, 9-11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. Connect with others who have served, enjoy breakfast and learn about resources available to employees who are veterans with a brief program. Questions and accommodations for disabilities may be made by contacting 541-737-2278 or emailing [email protected].

NEW! College of Education Tailgate: College of Education alumni and friends are invited to a tailgate event from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the Ch2M Hill Alumni Center in the Willamette Room 115. The first 100 through the door get a snazzy light-up cowboy hat. Join us for food, fun and football. Register at

NEW! International Education Week Nov. 13-17: Join us in celebrating Oregon State University's global achievements, impacts and community during International Education Week. For the full calendar of events, visit:

UAOSU Fall general membership meeting: Join United Academics of Oregon State University (UAOSU) for their fall general membership meeting. It will be held 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. 

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.

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:

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! Anthropology Lecture Series: Kali FurmanWGSS instructor Kali Furman will present research titled, "Student Activism and Institutional Change: A History of the Difference, Power, and Oppression Program," at noon Nov. 3 in Strand 111. Admission is free.

NEW! College of Health Friday Research Seminar: “Community Partnerships and Anthropological Engagements: Pandemic Lessons for Local Health Equity Work" will be presented by Kristin Yarris, University of Oregon, from 1-2 p.m., Nov. 3, in HFC 115 and Zoom. Learn more about upcoming and past seminars on the college website.

NEW! FYI Friday – Earthquake Preparedness / Family Care: Join us for a brief overview of the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake risk and its severity. Participants will learn about a checklist for home preparedness, basic supplies, an overview of the “2 Weeks Ready” program and family planning/reunification. 1-1:45 p.m. Nov. 3 via Zoom. Registration required.

NEW! Applied Economics Seminar: Jo Albers from the University of Wyoming will present "Migratory Species’ Movement Decisions Should Inform Development and Conservation Actions" in person in Ballard Extension Hall Room 219, and also available via Zoom. 2:30-4 p.m., Nov. 3. Additional details here

NEW! Uncovering U.S. corporate history: Spend an evening with Diana B. Henriques — award-winning financial journalist, investigative reporter and author as she discusses her most recent book, "Taming the Street: The Old Guard, the New Deal and FDR's Fight to Regulate American Capitalism." This presentation is part of the Provost Lecture Series. Join us at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 in The LaSells Stewart Center for this free event, or participate online via livestream. Visit for registration and event details.

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.

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].

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.

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.

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.

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]

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:

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

NEW! Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing this link to resources for your department about how Improving your safety culture starts with leadership. For more information on Safety at OSU visit 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.

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.


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NEW! Administrative Modernization Program Human Resources Program Lead: University Information & Technology invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position, AMP Human Resources Program Lead. Posting #P07457UF. Full consideration Nov. 10. Closes Feb. 25.

NEW! Administrative Modernization Program Change Management Lead: University Information & Technology invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, professional faculty position, AMP Change Management Lead. Posting #P07458UF. Full consideration Nov. 11. Closes Feb. 25.


“The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them.” ~ Lois McMaster Bujold

Corvallis: Rain today, high of 57, low of 51. Rain tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Rain and snow today, high of 58, low of 45. Rain tomorrow.

Newport: Rain today, high of 61, low of 53. Showers and windy tomorrow.

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