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.

'When we think about big earthquakes we often think about Cascadia, the really big one' (KVAL)

"When we think about big earthquakes, we often think about Cascadia, the really big one, the magnitude 9 earthquake,” said OSU’s Chris Goldfinger, Professor of Geology and Geophysics. “It attracts a lot of attention, but there are a lot of other faults that we know a lot less about."

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Columbus Day Storm, October 1962: On Oct. 12, a severe windstorm (75 mph sustained winds) moved inland from the Pacific Ocean and caused $50,000 damage to the OSU campus. 55 trees were destroyed and another 43 were damaged, including many in the Memorial Union Quadrangle. (courtesy OSU Special Collections & Archives)


A Century of Shakespeare at OSU: Hear about a hundred years of Shakespeare productions on the Beaver stage with a spirited presentation by theatre arts professor emeritus Charlotte Headrick. Enjoy stories and images of past plays by a legendary OSU director who has brought the Bard to campus many times. Coffee, tea and cider will be available. Feel free to bring your lunch. Oct. 30, noon to 1 p.m, Willamette Room East, Valley Library third floor.

Biochemistry and Biophysics Guest Lecture Seminar: Aman Husbands, a professor at Ohio State University, will present "Complexity and reproducibility: investigating two fundamental outcomes of development" on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. in ALS 4001. 

Thomas Condon Lecture: Maureen E. Raymo, the Bruce C. Heezen Lamont Research Professor and director of the Lamont-Doherty Core Repository at Columbia University, will present the 2019 Condon Lecture on “Climate, CO2, and sea level — past is prologue.” She will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7 to 8 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Hall. Refreshments from 6:30 to 7 p.m.


NEW! Sunrise Club Kick-off Meeting: Join the Sunrise Movement in the struggle for climate justice at our kick-off meeting Friday, Nov. 1, from 5-6 p.m., in Cordley 3021. We will set goals for the year and strategize ways to address climate change within our community. Free and open to all students. Snacks provided.

NEW! Vistas and Vineyards 30th Anniversary Show Opening Reception: Vistas and Vineyards is celebrating 30 years of painting outdoors, and they are sharing their work with the community. Over 45 of their current member artists and several founding members will display 120 works of art painted in plein aire. Opening reception is Friday, Nov. 1, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center. This is free and open to the public. The exhibit runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 9. More information including gallery hours.

NEW! Discovery Days: A pivotal outreach event with the local community and students at OSU aimed for elementary aged kids. It features hands-on activities from biology to robotics and everything in between! Discovery Days is open to the community Nov. 4-5, 2-3 p.m., at The LaSells Stewart Center. If you have any questions, please email

NEW! Faculty Conversations with President Ray: In an ongoing effort to improve communication lines between the faculty and administration, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee is sponsoring Fall term small group conversations with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional). Each conversation will be facilitated by a Faculty Senate Executive Committee member and will consist of up to 12 faculty. This is an opportunity for the President to hear what faculty are thinking and experiencing; faculty are encouraged to speak freely. Register here: for the remaining session: Nov. 4 from 10-11:30 a.m. Session requests will be honored on a first come, first served basis.

Family Resource Center Trick-or-Treat Tour: Bring your kids to the MU Family Lounge (112) to receive your trick-or-treat map. Trick-or-treating will be Oct. 31 from 3 -5 p.m. at the pre-arranged destinations in close proximity to the MU. Open to students, staff­ and faculty. Costumes encouraged, but not required. Questions? Contact or 541-737-4906.

Womxn of Color Student Support group starts this Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5-6 pm at CAPS. Additional dates are Nov. 14 and Dec. 5. Contact: Shaznin Daruwalla at or CAPS at 541-737-2131.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! OSU Anthropology Lecture Series: Vasiliki Touhouliotis, visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Oregon State University, will present “The Lives of Failed Bombs: Cluster Bombs, South Lebanon, and Racialized Histories of Global Militarisms” on Nov. 1, noon to 12:50 pm., in Learning Innovation Center (LINC) 268. The lecture is free and open to all. For further information, please contact

NEW! Health systems talk: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences presents “Health systems transformation and Medicaid expansion in Oregon: Impacts on women of reproductive age,” by CPHHS associate professors Jeff Luck and Jangho Yoon, from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room.

NEW! Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Seminar Series: Kelly Biedenweg, assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, will give her talk “The Social Conservationist: Trust, Identity, and Bias in Biological Conservation” on Friday, Nov. 1, from 3 to 4 p.m. in LINC 302.

Academic Technology webinar: New Canvas Features Join us on Thursday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to learn about some of the new features released by Canvas over the summer. Register for information on joining this free 30 minute webinar, or discover other webinars. Questions? Email us at

Workshop: Blending Your Teaching with Instructional Media: Want to know how to create instructional media for your on-campus courses and to learn best practices of blending classroom and Canvas content? The Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Technology invite you to explore the new Faculty Media Center to learn how to make audio, video and other media, while planning an upcoming course. All faculty and GTAs invited. Thursday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., Kidder 100; refreshments will be served. Bring a laptop and your imagination. Register.

Impact Studio Sessions: Join Rich Duncombe, Impact Studio director, on Oct. 31 from noon to 1 p.m., in MU 215 Thought Lab for a conversation about the 2019 Impact Studio initiatives. Duncombe will open with a summary of the initiatives and an overview of the Impact Studio development process. This is an informal brown bag lunch studio session of a series being offered every three months to discuss the active initiatives in our portfolio and broader topics relating to how to lead adjacent innovation inside of Oregon State and other successful institutions.

Farm, Fork & Glass: Roots & Growth in U.K. Sustainable Agriculture: Join Dawn Moyer, lead academic advisor, and Jonathan Velez, professor and department head in the College of Agricultural Sciences, for a two-week faculty-led study abroad program in the UK from June 28 through July 11, 2020. This program focuses on the traditional and contemporary practices of growing, distributing and consuming agricultural products in the UK and simultaneously explores the cities, farms and industries surrounding Nottingham, Cheltenham, Oxford and Edinburgh. Participants will earn AG 406 (6 credits). Join an info session: Oct. 31 at 12:30 p.m. or Nov. 12 at 5 p.m., all in StAg 131. Application deadline is March 1, 2020. For more information, contact

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.

Goat Discovery Day at Pleasant Hill High School: This is an educational event for both the experienced and beginner goat farmer. Classes, displays and hands-on learning. Saturday Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Pleasant Hill High School, 36386 OR-58 in Pleasant Hill. Session topics include goat health and disease management, milking, FAMACHA training, packing with goats, hay and forage nutrition, milking and milking machines, goat conformation and more. There will be demonstrations with live goats. The registration fee is $30. Pre-registration is required for this event, as space is limited. The full schedule for Goat Discovery Day and registration information is available online at

Take Note

NEW! Gift Funds: In accordance with the fiscal policy program, the Fiscal Policy Committee is soliciting your feedback on new policy drafts for Gift Funds. For more information and instructions on how to provide your valued feedback, please visit Policy Under Review on the Fiscal Policy Program website.

NEW! ScholarDollars Scholarship Application Now Open: ScholarDollars is Oregon State University’s online search and application portal. All OSU students are encouraged to use ScholarDollars to submit an application to be considered for campus-based scholarship funding that will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year. By submitting one application, students will be considered for over 1,600 OSU scholarship opportunities! If you have any questions, feel free to contact our officeSubmit your application today.

NEW! Seeking Volunteers for Cat Behavior Research: The Human-Animal Interaction lab is looking for participants in a study researching attachment between pairs of cats who share the same household. The test consists of two separate 15-minute visits to our lab in Withycombe Hall on the OSU campus. Cats of any age/breed/etc are eligible to participate as long as they are in good health. If you own multiple cats and are interested in participating or would like to learn more, please contact Kristyn Vitale at  Website link to Human-Animal Interaction Lab:

Yogurt Consumers: Participants wanted for a research study examining factors that drive consumer purchases of yogurt. Potential subjects must be a yogurt consumer, between 18-65 years old, and fluent in English. The study may run through December and may take up to 45 minutes. Compensation is $10 cash upon completion. For more information, please email and include “Yogurt Choice Study” in the subject line. Study Title: Dairy Choice Experiment, PI: Dr. Nadia Streletskaya

Support your Valley Library with $20 for 20: To improve library study spaces, classrooms, exhibits and other learning spaces, OSU Libraries has a $20 for 20 campaign on now for the 20th anniversary of the remodel and expansion of the Valley Library. Join us with a $20 donation. Show your support by donating by Oct. 31 at

Gift Drive for OSU Kid’s Gift Closet: The Family Resource Center Kid’s Gift Closet helps provide gifts for children of OSU students during holidays and celebrations. A remodel of our Kid’s Gift Closet space will kick off at the end of October and help is needed to stock the closet. Consider donating as an individual, an office, and/or a department. To donate gifts or learn more about this program, contact or 541-737-4906.

Campus Directions: Learn more from University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations about how Oregon State's campuses are improving every day. Read the latest issue of Campus Directions to learn about the grant OSU received to explore how mass timber could be used to build a performing arts space, what the next Facilities Renewal Initiative projects are and more. Interested in keeping up with projects on campus? Subscribe to our newsletter.

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

OSU Training Days now open for registration: OSU Training Days is a free two-day conference that provides employees with more than 60 brief training and informational workshops. OSU subject experts will introduce you to the latest policies, procedures, technical processes, innovations, tools and tips to reinforce your knowledge in support of OSU’s mission. Nov. 6-7, starting at 8:30 a.m. daily. Click Training Days to view the full schedule of presentations and for registration details.


Football: Oregon State Athletics is offering OSU staff and faculty a discounted reserved seat ticket for one of the oldest rivalry football games in the country when the Beavers host Washington in a nationally televised game Friday, Nov. 8, at Reser Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Faculty and staff can purchase a $20 ticket using the promo code OSUFS at to cheer on the team. 


"Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear." ~ Ezra Pound, who was born today in 1885.

Corvallis: Frost, then sunny, high of 52, low of 27. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon:  Sunny today, high of 45, low of 19. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny today, high of 54, low of 35. Sunny tomorrow.

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