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: https://today.oregonstate.edu/email/submission-guidelines
 

Scientists say climate extremes of 2023 point to need to end fossil fuels (Newsweek)

"Fossil fuel subsidies effectively penalize renewable energy production at a time when expanding renewable capacity should be a top priority," the report's lead author William Ripple told Newsweek in an email exchange. Ripple, a distinguished professor at Oregon State University's College of Forestry, linked government support for oil, gas and coal to many of this year's climate extremes. (see also Scientific American)
 

Person suspected of making food delivery robot bomb threat at Oregon State University arrested (Associated Press)

A person suspected of threatening to place a bomb in a robot that delivers food orders on Oregon State University’s campus in Corvallis Tuesday has been arrested, officials said. (see also NBC NewsKGW)
 

Universities play major role in 31 tech hubs that will compete for $500 million in funding (Forbes)

The Corvallis Microfluidics Tech Hub is being led by Oregon State University. It focuses on developing microfluidics technology for use in semiconductor and electronic cooling.
 

COCC and OSU-Cascades welcome students with various support services (Bend Bulletin)

Nathan Moses, Oregon State University-Cascades’ interim director of student success, wants to make sure students receive the help they need, whether that’s arranging a virtual therapy session at nine at night or getting them involved in a campus club or trip.
 

It's time to get bulbs in the ground for spring bloom (Oregonian)

“You plant spring-flowering bulbs in fall, they grow over winter, flourish in spring and go dormant in summer,” said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “Once they’re in the ground, they do quite well over multiple years with little maintenance.”
 

Interest grows in unusual fruit around the Northwest (Capital Press)

Scott Lukas, Oregon State University associate professor, said some fruits grown in the Northwest have tight margins, and farms face international competition.

 

Today's photo


Leggy friend: Anthropology student Lou Glowacki says, “This is a five-legged frog I found while working for the Warren Riparian Alternatives Lab here at OSU over the summer.” We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

NEW! Timely Teaching Tips: How might questions serve as teaching tools? To find out, join CTL for the next Quality Teaching Talk on Oct. 31, at 11 a.m., either in person or on Zoom. Shana Carpenter, professor in the School of Psychological Science, will present “How ‘Pretrieval’ Can Boost Academic Success.” Select either in-person registration or Zoom registration.

Today

Care Talks, Confident Parenting: Resiliency for Working Parents. Today’s working parent needs to build resiliency in order to prevent burnout. This webinar will give you the tools to manage stress while maintaining a sense of work and family life balance. 10 a.m., Oct. 25. Register today.

Register to attend the 2023 OSU Supplier Showcase & Expo: Tthe OSU Supplier Showcase and Expo takes place 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 25 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center. The 2023 OSU Supplier Showcase and Expo is an opportunity for OSU faculty and staff who are in the market for goods and services or even contemplating a future purchase. Familiarize yourself with supplier offerings, make meaningful contacts, learn about new products and services from a wide array of preferred vendors and pick up some supplier swag. Visit https://osuexpo.org/attendees/ to register for OSU staff attendance.

I Stand With Immigrants Day: Join the Dreaming Beyond Borders (DBB) Resource Center and MEChA for the annual "I Stand With Immigrants" Day of Action, from noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 25, on the Jefferson Street side of Waldo Hall. Enjoy snacks and receive an "I Stand With Immigrants" t-shirt, while supplies last. Participating in this national Day of Action can help the OSU community demonstrate support for immigrant students, faculty and staff; jump-start conversations about immigration; and bring like-minded students together for advocacy. If you have questions or accommodation requests, please email [email protected]. Event flyer available here.

The Path to SBIR/STTR w/ NSF Program Director: Elizabeth (Ela) Mirowski, program director of the NSF’s SBIR/STTR program, will share how to best prepare your idea and project pitch required by the NSF to receive an official invite to submit a full SBIR/STTR proposal. She will touch on the proposal process and share tips and tricks for best presenting your work. You won’t want to miss out on this valuable opportunity to hear directly from Ela. 2-4 p.m., Oct. 25, MU La Raza Room.

OSU Health and Safety Committee: The University Health and Safety Committee would like to invite campus members interested in health and safety to attend our open meetings, held semi-annually in May and October. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 2:30-4 p.m. Anyone can access OSU’s University Health & Safety Committee online at https://ehs.oregonstate.edu/UHSC, including past meeting minutes, information on how to contact a committee member and a web link to report safety concerns. Contact Dan Kermoyan at [email protected] to RSVP and request the meeting location.

Critical Questions Lecture Series: Samuel Baker, associate professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss the provocative intersection of literature and technology in a lecture titled “A Report to the Fronts.” He will speak at 4 p.m., Oct. 25 in the Asian Pacific American Room in Memorial Union 206.

WRPM Seminar Series: Anna Pakenham Stevenson from Water Rights Adjudication will present "Montana Water Resources," 4 p.m., Oct. 25 in Burt 193 or on Zoom.  Reach out to [email protected] for Zoom details.  

BB Seminar Series: Please join the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics for BB Seminar Series Speaker Evan Forsythe, assistant professor in biology at Oregon State University-Cascades campus, for a talk titled “Genome-Wide Coevolution Networks Uncover New Layers of Connectivity in the Plant Proteome,” 4 p.m, Oct. 25, in ALS 4001 and via Zoom: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/94971272940?pwd=Nk5QWVZCNHNUYlMxZXF2aldmRVhIdz09.

Events

NEW! Book launch event with Charles Goodrich: You're invited to the launch celebration of "Weave Me a Crooked Basket," the new novel of beloved local author Charles Goodrich. Join us at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Sponsored by the Spring Creek Project. Learn more.

NEW! University Budget Committee meeting on Friday: The committee will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. on Oct. 27 via Zoom and in Valley Library 3622. The UBC is OSU’s advisory body to the provost for recommendations on tuition rates, budget priorities and budget policies. For materials associated with this week’s topics, visit the UBC web page. Join the webinar via Zoom. For questions, email [email protected].

NEW! Visiting Writer Series: Author and translator E.J. Koh, the School of Writing, Literature, and Film's 2023-24 Writer in Residence, will present a public reading, Q&A and book signing at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 27 at the Corvallis Museum. 

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! OSUAA Tailgate Town: Home vs. Stanford. On Saturday, Nov. 11, the game day delights are all in one place: The CH2M HILL Alumni Center. Play games, make fun memories and pick up a limited-quantity Tailgate Town sticker, then head outside for even more pregame fun with the Beavs, Brews and BBQ party. Festivities start three hours before kickoff. Learn more.

Agricultural Career Fair and Student Showcase: Looking for a job, internship or research opportunity? Network, learn and explore possibilities for your future career at one of the Fall 2023 Career Fairs. Over 25 employers within the agricultural science field will be seeking out OSU students and recent grads at the Agricultural Career Fair and Student Showcase from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 26. Register at https://career.oregonstate.edu/career-fairs.

PFLA event: Back-to-School Campus Tour. Join us for a 60-minute walking tour, starting at the new OSU Welcome Center and ending near the MU. 11 a.m. to noon, Oct. 26. For more information about the event and how to register click 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 uaosu.org/fallgmm.

OSUAA Tailgate Town: Away vs. Colorado. Join the pregame party in Boulder. While game tickets are sold out, you can snag a spot at the OSUAA Tailgate Town to get in on the game-day spirit and enjoy food, drinks, music and great company. Tailgate tickets limited – get yours now. Nov. 4, 2.5 hours before kickoff (time TBD).

Stanford game tickets: Oregon State faculty and staff tickets for the Oregon State football game on Nov. 11 game versus Stanford can be purchased for 50% off. Click here.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! FYI Friday – Cybersecurity and You! (And what OSU is doing to protect you): This presentation will provide a general overview of common threats to the OSU community, as well as tips and techniques to protect you and the OSU community. It will also give an update on initiatives the Office of Information Security is working on for you. Did someone say "Passwordless?" Noon to 1 p.m., Oct. 27 via Zoom. Registration required.

NEW! Anthropology Lecture Series: Elizabeth OlsonGraduate student Elizabeth Olson will present research titled, "An Invisible World: How Oregon Farmers are Managing Pests in a Changing Climate," at noon Oct. 27 in Strand 111. Admission is free.

NEW! 2023 Campbell Lecture, College of Health: “Original Sins: The [Mis]Education of Black and Native Youth and the Construction of American Racism" will be presented by Eve L. Ewing, University of Chicago, from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in HFC 115 and via Zoom. This seminar is the annual Cynthia and Duncan Campbell Lecture on Childhood Relationships, Risk and Resilience in the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families. Learn more about upcoming and past seminars on the college website.

NEW! Department of Horticulture Seminar Series: Join us for the Horticulture Fall 2023 Seminar Series Mondays in ALS 4001 or via Zoom at noon Oct. 30. Peter McGhee, Pacific Biocontrol, will present, “Careers in horticulture: Pacific Biocontrol.” The event is free and open to the public. Please visit our website for presenter’s bio and the Zoom information: https://horticulture.oregonstate.edu/horticulture-0.

NEW! 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.

NEW! 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: https://beav.es/RancHER2023.

NEW! OMSI Communication Fellowship Info Session: The College of Science will host a presentation and answer questions about the OSU-OMSI Spring Science Communication Fellows Program in the Kidder 128 conference room. The program is open to any faculty, postdocs, staff or graduate students at OSU. Join us from noon to 1 p.m., Nov. 14 to learn more.

NEW FourSight Mindset Reveal Workshop: How do you approach a challenge? FourSight Mindset Reveal is a new workshop presented by the Office of University Human Resources that dives deep into the way that we solve problems together. This engaging workshop helps people learn more about their own mindset, learn appreciation for how colleagues work and together be able create a stronger team environment and reach more creative solutions. University Human Resources is offering this new two-hour workshop to OSU employees on a monthly basis starting this spring. View upcoming workshops and enroll here. $40 fee for materials.

Care Talks, Your Healthy Lifestyle: Building in Daily Movement. This webinar explores the benefits of exercise, the role of attitude and goals on success, the components of a well-rounded workout, eating well and workouts that can be done during your workday. 10 a.m., Oct. 26. Register today.

UPDATED! The OSU Queer Archives (OSQA) -- Reflecting on the Past and Imagining the Future: In celebration of both Oregon Archives Month and OSU’s Queer History Month, during this public lecture, OSQA co-founder Natalia Fernández will share its history and future plans. 10:30 a.m. to noon, Oct. 26, in The Collins Education Center at the Corvallis Museum. Lecture is free with admission to the museum, which is $5 general admission, free for students including OSU and LB, and free to youth and families who have SNAP.

Supervisors with Employees on Protected Leave training: This training will be a webinar format at 11 a.m., Oct. 26. The link to register can be found here: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cQcM9hblT5a6DUnCpkSHkg.

HMSC Research Seminar: Akamine Jun, professor in the Graduate School of Social Sciences at Hitotsubashi University, will be giving a seminar titled “Five Years Past since the Resumption of Commercial Whaling in Japan,” at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26, 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.

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 http://beav.es/diversity-action-plan.

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.

Introduction to PERS Retirement: Tier 1/Tier 2 members more than three years to PERS retirement: Join us for a workshop presented by PERS. 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. 9-11 a.m., Nov. 2, MU 104. This is an in-person event. Please click here to register.

All About OPSRP: PERS members at any stage in their career who began PERS employment after Aug. 28, 2003. Join us for a workshop presented by PERS. 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. 2-4 p.m., Nov. 2, MU 104. This is an in-person event. Please 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. including 20-25 minutes for questions/discussion, on Nov. 2 in ALS 4000.

Our Health& the Cost of Water: Dive into a new webcast series from the OSU Alumni Association and College of Health where your questions guide the conversation. In Episode 1, Our Health& the Cost of Water, experts share how you can retain valuable water and change your routines to prepare for when resources dwindle. Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m.

Take Note

NEW! 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.

Sewing equipment, materials needed at Craft Center: The OSU Craft Center is looking for working sewing machines or clean fabric donations to meet the growing interest of students looking to learn or improve their sewing skills. Craft Center sewing machines get heavy use and having a few additional working machines on hand would greatly benefit the students who use our sewing studio. Popular fabrics are cotton and polar fleece. Thread, zippers, buttons and other sewing accessories would also be well utilized and appreciated. Have a donation? Please contact: OSU Craft Center, 541-737-2937 or email the Craft Center director: [email protected].

Notice of Availability: In compliance with the Clery Act, Oregon State University published the 2023 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for the Corvallis Campus, OSU-Cascades, Hatfield Marine Science Center, OSU Portland Center, and OSU at EOU. The report includes important safety/security policies, fire safety practices, helpful university and local resources, crime prevention programs, and crime and fire statistics for the previous three calendar years. Paper copies are provided upon request. The reports are available without charge.

Graduate Student Research and Writing Residency: Spring Creek Project is accepting applications for a graduate student residency at Shotpouch Cabin for one session during winter break. We invite students who are engaged in writing and/or research projects aligned with the mission of the Spring Creek Project to apply. Faculty are encouraged to share this opportunity with eligible students who might benefit. Applications are due Nov. 13. Learn more and apply.

Spring Creek Project Faculty Residency: OSU faculty members working on projects aligned with Spring Creek Project's mission are invited to apply for a weeklong winter break residency at Shotpouch Cabin. Projects at the intersection of environmental science and writing, art, music, social science and/or humanities would be a good fit. Applications are due Nov. 13. Learn more and apply.

Got a startup idea? Apply to Iterate: This is a one-month program consisting of weekly 90-minute workshops. The goal of Iterate is to equip you with a toolkit for evaluating your ideas from an entrepreneurial mindset. The program is free and open to community members and Oregon State University researchers, students, and faculty. Apply online now — Iterate begins Nov. 1. https://advantage.oregonstate.edu/advantage-accelerator/programs/iterate.

Traffic and Maintenance

Ralph Miller Lane: As part of the Reser Stadium Speaker Upgrade project, a section of the roadway and south sidewalk along SW Ralph Miller Lane will be closed on Wednesday, Oct. 25 to allow for crane activity. The closure will be located between P. Wayne Valley Sports Performance Center and the intersection at SW 26th Street. (View map)

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.

Jobs

This email only lists new or recently updated job postings. For a full list of current job postings for OSU Today, go to: http://today.oregonstate.edu/email/jobs To apply for the below positions, visit jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified.

NEW! Enrollment Management is seeking a Director of Business Operations. This position will be responsible for providing support to the VP of Enrollment Management (VPEM) and the directors in the division by managing the business affairs of the division, including budgets, HR/hiring processes, contracts and purchases through procurement. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) professional faculty position. Posting #P07441UF. Closes Nov. 8.

Weather

“And I rose In a rainy autumn And walked abroad in shower of all my days High tide and the heron dived when I took the road Over the border And the gates Of the town closed as the town awoke.” ~ Dylan Thomas

Corvallis: Showers today, high of 51, low of 40. Partly sunny Thursday.

Central Oregon: Chance of snow today, high of 45, low of 28. Mostly sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Showers today, high of 54, low of 42. Chance of showers tomorrow.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr