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.

Cocaine is driving deforestation, climate change and migration (The Verge)

Forests managed by indigenous tribes and other local communities were less susceptible to land grabs than government-managed state parks, according to a report released today led by researchers at Oregon State University. Protecting the local people protects the local forest — and in turn, protects the entire planet.

Oregon State study suggests Medicaid system is cutting needless hospital visits (Lund Report)

Oregon’s Medicaid program is helping to cut expensive unscheduled trips to the hospital by low-income, government-insured patients, an Oregon State University study says.

Gift launches OSU effort to improve cancer treatment for pets (KTVZ)

A $500,000 gift from Ken and Celia Austin is kick-starting fundraising for a device to deliver radiation treatment to animals at Oregon State University's Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine.

You've heard of water bears, but how about these ancient mold pigs? (Gizmodo)

Introducing Sialomorpha dominicana, a newly discovered microinvertebrate found locked in amber from the Dominican Republic. Its discoverers, paleobiologist George Poinar Jr. from Oregon State University and invertebrate zoologist Diane Nelson from East Tennessee State University, have dubbed the creature a “mold pig” in honor of its portly, porcine appearance and its diet, which consisted primarily of fungi. (see also CNetKTVZNewsweek)

Oregon hands out $2.1 million in specialty crop block grants (Capital Press)

$174,608 to Oregon State University, for research into turfgrass seed crop residue as a management tool to reduce weed contamination in commercial turfgrass seed lots.

12 good reasons to move to a college town (Bob Vila)

For example, Corvallis, the home turf of Oregon State University, offers 24 percent more purchasing power than Portland, the largest city in the state, per Likewise, your dollar will go 25 percent further in Syracuse, home to Syracuse University, than in New York City.


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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.

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.

NEW! The Kalapuya Text II Project: Jedd Schrock, linguist and author for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, will be sharing recently translated interviews with the last native-speaking Kalapuyas in the region. This event is free and takes place Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Majestic Theater. Cohosted by the Spring Creek Project.

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.


NEW! Faculty Senate: OSU President Edward J. Ray will present his State of the University Address titled "Challenges, Changes and Opportunities" during the Oct. 10 Faculty Senate meeting. The meeting begins at 3 p.m., and Ray will begin speaking at approximately 3:25. The meeting is in the LaSells Stewart Center Construction and Engineering Hall, or you may view the meeting via Zoom by logging in to beginning at 2:50 p.m. on the day of the Senate meeting. Join the meeting by entering the meeting number, 633 654 204. Faculty Senate meetings are open to the public.

NEW! United Academics of OSU Bargaining Session: Faculty and interested OSU community members are invited to attend as UAOSU continues to negotiate with the university's administration for their first collective bargaining contract. The bargaining session will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center, Agricultural Science Room.

NEW! Music a la Carte: Cellist Kathryn Brunhaver and pianist Grant Mack perform cello sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven and Frank Bridge. Friday, Oct. 11, at noon, Memorial Union Lounge. Free and open to the public.

NEW! WIC kickoff: The Writing Intensive Curriculum Program is holding its Fall Kick-Off Lunch on Friday, Oct. 11, from noon to 1 p.m. in Milam 215.  WIC will provide pizza and soda. Register here by noon Thursday, Oct. 10. Meta Landys from integrative biology will share what she has learned about facilitating peer review in two different modalities of the same WIC course. All are welcome.

NEW! Singu-hilarity: A Robot Comedy Variety Show: Join Jon the Robot (a robotic standup comedian) and some of the area's top nerdy, scientific and autonomous performers for an evening of standup comedy, improv and visual art cosponsored by OSU. This show will take place Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Majestic Theatre's Community Room. Tickets are $10.

FREE admission to alumni center pregame tailgater: Get fired up at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center before home games in our newly upgraded indoor tailgating event space. Enjoy great food, beverages, family-friendly games and more. Rooms are also available to rent for private parties. And, you can always upgrade your OSUAA membership to gain access to VIP accommodations. Cheer on the Beavers as they gear up to play Utah this Saturday, Oct. 12, in OSU's homecoming game.

NEW! OSU GO’s annual Global Opportunities Fair: Join the Office of Global Opportunities, campus colleagues and partner representatives during this four hour event that allows students to “See Yourself Out There!” and explore the many ways one can study, research and intern abroad through OSU. Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SEC Plaza. For more information, visit

NEW! Fall Career Expo: On Wednesday, Oct. 23, and Thursday, Oct. 24, connect with some of the best employers in the country at the 2019 Oregon State Fall Career Expo. This two-day event attracts more than 100 employers on day one who are seeking students to fill jobs and internships in STEM fields. Day two brings employers from social and business services, government and graduate programs. CH2M Hill Alumni Center, 11a.m.-3 p.m. Check out which employers are attending by logging into Handshake.

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 several small group conversations with President Ray and faculty (academic, research and professional) during fall term. 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. If you wish to participate, access the registration form to register for these sessions: Oct. 24, 9-10:30 a.m., or Nov. 4 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. 

NEW! Dog n’ Jog: The Pre-Veterinary Medical Association at OSU is hosting a 5K fun run/walk and community fair including dog paw print painting, a silent auction, a canine Halloween costume contest, snacks and more. The event takes place Oct. 26 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the OSU SEC Plaza. Half of the proceeds will be donated to a local nonprofit organization. Registration paperwork for the 5K fun run/walk can be found at Registration fees are $15 for OSU students and $20 for non-students. Questions? Email

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:  

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.

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.

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

Faculty/staff free nutrition counseling:  The OSU dietetic interns are offering free nutrition counseling sessions to faculty and staff.  Appointments are available on Friday, Oct. 11, or Friday, Nov. 8, at noon or 1 p.m.  Can count towards your HEM requirement. Email to schedule your appointment.

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.

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

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.

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! PERS: Tiers 1 & 2 Simplified: What role will PERS play in your retirement plan? In light of the significant changes the 2019 Oregon Legislature has made, this presentation is designed to help PERS members make informed decisions about their options.  Understand how your PERS retirement works and explore the various choices, advantages/disadvantages you will need to consider when you decide to retire.  Designed for people within 5 years of retirement. Thursday, Oct. 10, noon to 1 p.m., Memorial Union, MU 212: M.L.K. Presented by Greg Elker, Financial Advisor, CFS. RSVP to

NEW! OSU Anthropology Lecture Series: Devon Peña, Professor of anthropology at University of Washington, will present “Indigenizing the Anthropology of Food: Connecting Dirt to Gut and Body to Spirit” Oct. 11, noon to 12:50 p.m., in Learning Innovation Center (LINC) 268. The lecture is free and open to all. For further information, contact Shaozeng Zhang at

NEW! Evidenced-based practice talk: The College of Public Health and Human Sciences presents “Using implementation methods to facilitate real-world adoption of evidence-based practice and system change,” by Lisa Saldana, senior scientist with the Oregon Social Learning Center in Eugene, Friday, Oct. 11, from 1 to 2 p.m.  in HFC 115/Bray Leadership Conference Room.

NEW! Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology seminar: Robert Fletcher, professor of landscape and spatial ecology in the Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation at the University of Florida, will give a lecture about "Connections in Nature: The Problem of Movement and Connectivity in the Anthropocene" on Friday, Oct. 11, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Learning Innovation Center (LINC) Rm 302. 

NEW! Search Advocate workshopsRegister now for the fall, winter or spring search advocate workshop series. Search advocates are external process advisors for employee search committees, working to enhance equity, validity and diversity. Become a search advocate by completing the two-part workshop series, which introduces the search advocate role and strategies, provides an overview of implicit bias, diversity and the legal environment for hiring, and does a deep dive into early stages of the search process. For more information, see or contact Anne Gillies, Search Advocate Program Director in Faculty Affairs.

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, contact Sherm Bloomer for more information. 

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. 

Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training: Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students? This makes it especially important for campus community members to equip ourselves with knowledge that enables us to recognize and help when someone is in need. CAPS invites students, faculty, and staff to attend our Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Workshops. Participants will learn how suicide impacts us nationwide and here at OSU, how to identify the signs and symptoms of emotional distress, and how to help or intervene if someone you know is considering suicide. No registration is required. Feel free to bring your lunch. Oct. 16, noon to 1:30 p.m., MU 206, and Nov. 8, noon to 1:30 p.m., MU Journey Room. 

Preretirement 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

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! Candidate Nominations for Faculty Senate President-Elect and Executive Committee and Interinstitutional Faculty Senate Elections: Faculty are encouraged to suggest colleagues whom they believe are knowledgeable about the university and would well represent OSU faculty. Faculty may also nominate themselves. Forward candidate suggestions for any of the positions by noon on Oct. 24 to Vickie Nunnemaker at When responding, insert "Candidate" in the Subject line so your inquiry may be easily searched. Positions include president-elect, interinstitutional Faculty Senate senator and executive committee.

NEW! Declining Senator Election: All currently employed academic, research and professional faculty, regardless of FTE, are eligible to be elected to a senator position and represent faculty in their respective Faculty Senate apportionment unit. However, Executive Levels 1, 2 and 3 (dean or above) are excluded from being elected, as are senators who are completing two consecutive three-year terms or faculty on LWOP. If you wish to decline to have your name placed on the senator nomination ballot, complete and submit the survey at no later than noon on Oct. 22Faculty must decline each year.

NEW! Faculty Senate Elections – Faculty with Split Appointments: According to the Faculty Senate Bylaws, 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. Faculty not indicating where they wish to be apportioned will be placed in an apportionment unit at the discretion of the Faculty Senate Office.
No later than noon on Oct. 22, please complete and submit the survey at to indicate with which apportionment unit you wish to be affiliated. Tenured faculty will be apportioned in their tenure unit, with the exception of the following apportionment units: off-campus Extension, OSU-Cascades and Hatfield Marine Science Center. 

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

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

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 

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.

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


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NEW! Oregon State University – Extension 4-H Program Coordinator: Oregon State University Extension Service invites applications for a full-time, 1.0 FTE, fixed-term, Extension 4-H/SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator serving Grant County. Posting #P03349UF. Closes Oct. 27.


“I love monsters. If I go to a church, I'm more interested in the gargoyles than the saints. I really don't care much about the idea of normal - that's very abstract to me. I think that perfection is practically unattainable but imperfection is right at hand. So that's why I love monsters: because they represent a side of us we should actually embrace and celebrate. ~ director Guillermo del Toro, who turns 55 today.

Corvallis: Sunny today, high of 59, low of 33. Sunny tomorrow.

Central Oregon: Sunny today, high of 44, low of 17. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Sunny, high of 59, low of 35. Sunny tomorrow.

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