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.

Oregon State University gets $1 million to study hemp (Associated Press)
The Global Hemp Innovation Center at Oregon State University has received a $1 million gift to explore hemp genomics, research that can grow understanding of how hemp may be used in health and nutrition products, textiles and construction materials. (see also Capital PressPortland Business Journal, KTVZ)

Plastic with your food? Same question goes for otters and orcas (NW News Network)

"Mussels are filter feeders," said Andrew Williams, a student on the Oregon State University research team. "They'll eat whatever is coming by in the water. That includes microplastics."

Bizarre deaths of bulls baffle police and residents (LA Times)

Dave Bohnert, director of Oregon State University’s Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Burns, said he believes people killed the Silvies bulls because there is no indication they were felled by predators or had eaten poisonous plants. However, the state of the carcasses could be attributable to nature, said Bohnert, who is not officially investigating the case.

Strange 'thing' found in Medford faucet, ideas run wild (KOBI)

To get a better idea of what it was, the ‘thing’ was taken to researchers at the Oregon State University Research and Extension Center in Central Point. They too are stumped. “It looks very strange to us cause we’ve never seen that type of thing before,” said Marsha Waite, a volunteer and plant clinic specialist with the center

Battling the spruce aphid on the North Coast (The Astorian)

“This is something that’s happening in our own backyards, in our own neighborhoods,” said Oregon State University Extension Forester Dan Stark, who organized an informational meeting held at the Bob Chisholm Community Center in September.


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Cat in the Hat: It's days like this that makes you want to pull on a hat and scarf and turn up the heat as fall really starts settling in. (photo courtesy of @petsoforegonstate on Instagram)


Portland Business Roundtable: Chi Nguyen, executive director at APANO, will discuss the history, current impact and future of the census as well as local repercussions that a citizenship question would have on Oregon specifically. Join us at Andina restaurant on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Price is $10 for OSUAA members and $20 for non-members.

OSU Research Forests Information Session: The College of Forestry is hosting an information session for the public regarding OSU’s 10 research forests and the creation of new individual forest management plans. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and provide input regarding the individual forest management plan process. The session will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Horizon Room.

Biochemistry and Biophysics Guest Lecture Seminar: Zachary A. Lewis, an associate professor, at the University of Georgia, will present "Assembly and maintenance of repressive chromatin domains" on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m. in ALS 4001. 

Postdoc research symposium: The Eighth Annual OSU Postdoc Research Symposium and Vendor Show will take place on Oct. 2, and is organized by the OSU Postdoc Association. Keynote presentation by Jane Lubchenco, distinguished Oregon State University professor and marine studies advisor to the president, at 5 p.m. in LPSC 125. OSU Postdoc Research symposium and vendor show from 6 to 8 p.m., first floor, LPSC. Contact for details.


NEW! Research Office Faculty Orientation: The RO will host a Faculty Orientation on  Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Memorial Union Horizon Room. The event will acquaint you with the RO and how staff can help you find funding, submit proposals, manage your awards, ensure compliance and move your research outcomes into commercial space.  RSVP with your attendance at this link.

Speed Friending: Make New Friends FAST. Join the Active Minds student club for an evening of dinner, fun and friendship. Open to OSU students. Thursday, Oct. 3 from 7-9 p.m., in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Contact Tess Webster-Henry at for more info. Hosted by CAPS and the Active Minds student club.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store is open for its weekly public sales 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.

Apply now for the OSU Ecampus Research Fellows Program: If you are interested in conducting research about online teaching and learning, the OSU Ecampus Research Unit will help you plan your proposal for the Ecampus Research Fellows Program. The OSU Ecampus Research Unit annually funds up to five faculty and/or department projects, $20,000 each, to support research in the areas of distance and online education, including hybrid delivery. Info sessions will be held  Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m. on the fourth floor of the Valley Library, Drinkward Conference Room. Applications are due Nov. 1. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Dello Stritto,

Visiting Writers Series: Jia Tolentino, author of "Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion," will read at The Black Box Lab Theater in Withycombe Hall on Oct. 4, 7:30-8:30 p.m. 
Giustina Gallery at OSU to exhibit "My Secret Double" Oct. 1-30: “My Secret Double – an International Exhibition,” featuring the works of artists from the Northwest and the Baltics, will be on display Oct. 1-30 in the Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis. The exhibit captures artists’ personal journeys during their struggle with addiction or depression, including anger, suicide, fear and loss of hope. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the gallery. The reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

UAOSU Bargaining at Cascades Campus: Saturday, Oct 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 205 Obsidian Hall, UAOSU and the administration’s team will discuss academic freedom, health and safety, facilities and workspaces, evaluations, promotion and tenure, and more. Click here to see UAOSU’s 48 proposals and the administration’s 19.

OMSI Communication Fellowship Info Session: Attention STEM students and faculty. The College of Science will host a presentation and answer questions about the OSU-OMSI spring science communication program, which is open to any faculty, postdoc, staff or graduate student at OSU. 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.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Academic Technology webinar: Top Hat and Multiple Sections Join us on Thursday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m., to learn how to use advanced Canvas integration with section support; set up Top Hat and Canvas for best results. Register for information on joining this free 30-minute webinar, or discover other webinars. Questions? Email

NEW! Grandmother Rock Lectures: Kassandra Rippee, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Coquille Indian Tribe, will lecture on “The Cultural Importance of Geological Sites” on Oct. 3 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Burt Hall 193 and on “Coquille Cultural Landscapes and Community” on Oct. 4 from noon to 1 p.m. in LINC 268. The lecture series is a collaboration between the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science, College of Liberal Arts, the Office of Institutional Diversity and the NAGPRA Office. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

NEW! CMLC Cooking Class: Bread Malai Rolls: Aafia teaches how to prepare this light and sweet South Asian dessert made with heavy cream and bread. Oct. 4, 1-3 p.m., Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, 2638 NW Jackson Ave. Cost is $10. Email for more information or call 541-243-8976.

NEW! Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of Biodiversity Seminar Series: Elizabeth Borer, associate professor at the University of Minnesota, will kick off the fall EECB seminar series with a lecture titled "From elements to elk and elephants: effects of nutrients and herbivores in global grasslands." Friday, Oct. 4, 3-4 p.m., LINC Room 302. 

NEW! The Social Justice Education Initiative schedule for fall still has openings: From Faculty Affairs, the SJEI is a 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: jane.waite@oregonstate.ed

Accessibility Basics for the Web: Learn how to make websites accessible to people with disabilities and also learn about the OSU Policy on Information Technology Accessibility. All are welcome; employees with website responsibilities are encouraged if they have not attended yet. Register for a session, offered Oct. 3, Dec. 5, Feb. 7, April 15 or June 4.

TRIAD meeting: Leigh Torres, Marine Mammal Institute, will speak on assessment of Oregon grey whale health on Thursday, Oct. 3, noon-1 p.m. in MU 109. The public is welcome to attend free of charge. An optional catered lunch is available for $13. Contact Janice Nave-Abele, to reserve a lunch. TRIAD provides faculty, staff, students and community members with an opportunity to network and learn something new. See

Department of Integrative Biology Seminar: Heather Leslie, director, Darling Marine Center and associate professor, University of Maine School of Marine Sciences, will present a seminar, “The Emerging Science of Coupled Social-Ecological Marine Systems,” on Thursday, Oct. 3, 4 p.m. in LINC 200. The seminar is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend in person, feel free to catch the seminar streaming on Zoom at For more information and to view the entire Integrative Biology Department Spring Seminar Series lineup, go to

Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addiction and mental illnesses. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in MU 206. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited. Preregistration by Oct. 4 is required:


Oregon State Volleyball Faculty/Staff Friday: Oct. 4, 6 p.m., Gill Coliseum, versus California. $5 tickets available at the gate for Oregon State staff and faculty.

Volleyball: Oct. 5, 6 p.m., Gill Coliseum, versus Stanford.

Take Note

NEW! Proposed Updates to University Policies & Standards. Please visit the University Policy Program’s What’s New page ( to view pending policy amendments. Please also note that at their October 18, 2019 meeting, the OSU Board of Trustees will consider retiring a number of outdated policies transferred from the State Board of Higher Education during the 2014 governance transition. A link to the docket for this agenda item titled Action Item 6b Board Policy Review is provided here. Opportunity for public comments on this item are described in the Board meeting agenda. Questions may be submitted to

NEW! Fall Family Weekend: Fall Family Weekend is taking place Nov. 8-10. If your department or organization is planning on hosting an event and would like this information to be included in the master program please fill out this form by Friday, Oct. 4All events that are recorded after the deadline will only be placed on the online schedule. If you have questions regarding Family Weekends, they can be directed to New Student Programs & Family Outreach or Jess Tallant, Parent and Family Programs Coordinator, at  

NEW! 2020-2021 FAFSA Application is now available: The 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available for students and families at This application will be using the 2018 tax and income information. The Office of Financial Aid encourages students and families to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA to ensure accuracy and reduce confusion. OSU’s 2020-2021 FAFSA priority filing deadline is Feb. 29. For any questions, contact the Office of Financial Aid at or 541-737-2241. 

Health & Safety: The University Health & Safety Committee wants to promote health and safety by providing SAIF’s link to information and a video on how to make fall safer, available online at 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.
Notice of Availability: In compliance with the Clery Act, Oregon State University publishes Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports for each of the four Oregon State campuses: CorvallisCascadesHMSC, and OSU at EOU. These reports include the current security policies and the crime and fire statistics for 2018, 2017, and 2016. Paper copies of the reports are available at 200 Cascade Hall, 601 SW 17th St., Corvallis Campus.

Apply now for Ecampus professional development funds: OSU Ecampus invites professorial faculty, professional faculty and advisors to pursue professional development related to effective teaching and learning in OSU's online and hybrid courses. Examples include attending conferences about online teaching and learning, taking workshops related to teaching your discipline online, and purchasing books on online pedagogy and supporting online students. The application deadline is Oct. 8, so learn more and apply today.

Older men needed for OSU multivitamin study (Corvallis): Are you a healthy, non-smoking man age 68 or older? Our study is looking at the role of multivitamins in improving the micronutrient status. Participants will take tablets daily for six months. Contact the Linus Pauling Institute for more information: or 541-737-8730. Principal Investigator: Tory Hagen, Linus Pauling Institute.

Proposed Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy Program’s What’s New page ( to view a pending policy amendment. Proposed University Policy 07-040 Safety of Minors outlines roles and responsibilities of individuals who engage in programs, activities or events involving minors. This page is updated frequently with new developments so we encourage you to check back frequently. Comments or questions may be submitted to

Volunteers Needed: Sign up to volunteer at the Fall Career Expo on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 23-24. Benefits include volunteer experience and face time with employers. There are various shifts to accommodate your schedule; morning and late afternoon volunteers are provided light refreshments, and mid-day volunteers are provided lunch. Sign up here.

Feedback sought for fiscal policies: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on new policy drafts for Meals, Refreshments & Events and for E&G/SWPS Budgeted Operations. For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

Proposed Updates to University Policies & Standards: Visit the University Policy Program’s What’s New page ( to view three pending policy amendments. Proposed University Standard 07-025 Vehicle Use and Parking governs the use of vehicles on university property. Proposed University Standard 07-020 Smoking and Tobacco Use on University Property prohibits the use of tobacco products on university property. Proposed University Policy 07-040 Safety of Minors outlines roles and responsibilities of individuals who engage in programs, activities or events involving minors. This page is updated frequently with new developments so we encourage you to check back frequently. Comments or questions may be submitted to


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! Certified Veterinary Technician: The Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine’s Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital will begin review of applications in the University’s Veterinary Technician 2 pool for a full-time Small Animal Float Technician on Oct 15. Posting #P02283CT. Closes Oct. 14. Applicants must be Certified Veterinary Technicians to be considered. 

NEW! Grounds Maintenance Specialist: This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Grounds Maintenance Worker 2 position for OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon. Posting #P02406CT. Full consideration Oct. 16. Closes Oct. 25.

NEW! Internship & Employment Coordinator This recruitment will be used to fill one full-time Internship & Employment Coordinator position for OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon. Posting #P03337UF. Full consideration Oct. 22. Closes Oct. 29.


"No man goes before his time - unless the boss leaves early." ~ Groucho Marx, who was born today in 1890.

Corvallis: Increasing clouds today, high of 61, low of 46. Showers tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 60, low of 38. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Newport: Slight chance of rain today, high of 59, low of 48. Showers tomorrow.

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