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:

Study: Virtual fencing could help cattle create wildfire fuel breaks (Capital Press)

Researchers from Oregon State University and USDA have published a study showing that virtual fencing is a useful potential tool to help cattle create fuel breaks that could slow wildfires from spreading across sagebrush rangelands.

OSU robot earns Guinness World Record for 100 meter dash (KLCC)

Olympic sprinters don’t need to look over their shoulders just yet, but researchers at Oregon State University have established a Guinness World Record for a robot running a 100-meter dash. (see also TMZWillamette Week)

Want to phase out fossil fuels? We must fundamentally change our buildings (Washington Post)

This opinion piece was co-written by OSU Assistant Professor Parichehr Salimifard in the College of Engineering.

California leads the world in testing drinking water for microplastics (Pew Trusts)

Microplastics, like many other contaminants, are everywhere — in the air, our food and our water, said Susanne Brander, an environmental toxicologist and an associate professor at Oregon State University. They don’t decay naturally, but instead break down into smaller and smaller pieces. She said it’s important that the state methodically work throughits “cutting-edge” testing and explain to people what’s in their water.

Student injured in hit-and-run near Oregon State campus; driver sought (KPTV)

Corvallis police are searching for a driver involved in a hit-and-run that injured a student near the Oregon State University campus Monday night. The hit-and-run occurred at about 6:20 p.m. in the 2600 block of Northwest Harrison Boulevard in the Greek Row area, about two blocks from campus. Police say the student, identified as 21-year-old Aliyah Lopez, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment of traumatic injuries.

Second Oregon gubernatorial debate six weeks away from election day (KOBI)

Republican Christine Drazan, Democrat Tina Kotek, and unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson participated in the debate hosted by Bend City Club, Oregon State University-Cascades, and Bend TV station KTVZ.


Today's photo

RV Oceanus: LM Hyslop submitted this photo of Emily Shimada, a marine technician with ship operations (CEOAS). “This photo was taken on the last day she and Brandon D’Andrea (marine technician) were onboard the RV Oceanus prior to the vessel’s final journey in the decommissioning process." We are accepting photo submissions at [email protected].

Timely Teaching Tips: Looking for tools to help students plan? Encouraging students to schedule deadlines and exams into their time management tool of choice and to spread work out can contribute to their well-being and success. The Academic Success Center has free planners available as well as print and digital tools in the. Time Management Toolbox.


Loan forgiveness: OSU is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, designed to provide student debt forgiveness to public service employees in certain situations. On Sept. 28 at noon, OSU will be hosting a webinar regarding Public Service Loan Forgiveness and the temporary waiver to this program that is active through Oct. 31. Register here: The webinar will be recorded and posted on the University Human Resources website. For more information,  go here. For employment verification on PSLF forms please reach out to [email protected].  

Orange Media Network Open House: OMN will hold an open house Sept. 28 from 5-7 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Student Experience Center. Come learn about becoming a part of The Barometer newspaper, DAMchic fashion magazine, Beaver's Digest lifestyle magazine, Prism arts and literature magazine or our radio and television stations, KBVR-FM or KBVR-TV. Open to all students/staff/academic advisers. For questions, contact [email protected].

BEavers HERE NOW: Open to all OSU community members, this drop-in mindfulness meditation group offers a different 15-minute guided meditation each session. Practicing mindfulness meditation regularly provides benefits including decreased stress and anxiety, increased positive emotions, and improved focus. Wednesdays, 5 p.m., MU 13.


NEW! Newport booster clinic: OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport will be hosting a COVID-19 booster clinic Sept. 30, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Guin Library Seminar Room. Pfizer bivalent boosters will be available for those 12 and older while supplies last. Boosters are free and no ID or insurance is required. Please bring your CDC vaccination card. A limited number of flu shots will also be available. For more information, please visit the Beaver Booster website.

NEW! Music à la Carte: Oregon Symphony Bassoon Trio. Join us for a casual, lunchtime recital in the Memorial Union Lounge, featuring a program from members of the Oregon Symphony: Carin Miller, Vincent Igusa and Kai Rock. This bassoon trio will perform a program varying from Grandos Walzes to Lowell Shaw Tripperies. Sept. 30 at noon. Free, open to all.

NEW! Literary Northwest Series: Sindya Bhanoo. The School of Writing, Literature and Film begins fall term with the first speaker in the Literary Northwest Series. Fiction writer and OSU assistant professor Sindya Bhanoo, author of the story collections, “Seeking Fortune Elsewhere,” will give a reading in The Valley Library Rotunda. Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all. More information.

NEW! OSU GO’s annual Global Opportunities Fair: Join the Office of Global Opportunities, college-based coordinators and program providers during this three-hour event that allows students to explore the many ways they can study, research and intern abroad through OSU. Programs range from short-term faculty-led to academic year exchange programs; more than 200 programs in 50+ countries. Oct. 5, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the SEC Plaza. For more information, visit

Hattie Redmond Women and Gender Center Welcome Event — Fall 2022: Join us for our HRWGC Fall 2022 Welcome event happening on Thursday, Sept. 29 from noon to 4 p.m. at the HRWGC and the Library Quad. We will have crafts, games, cookies and our resource fair.

Carey Hilbert’s retirement party: After 26 years at OSU, Carey Hilbert is retiring. Stop by the Hallie Ford Center on Sept. 29 between 3:30-5 p.m. to enjoy snacks and beverages, congratulate Carey on her accomplishment and wish her luck with this new stage in her life. If unable to attend please sign the e-card at this link Contact Caitlyn Aitkins ([email protected]) with any questions.

OSUAA Tailgate Town — Away vs. Utah: Get ready to cheer for the Beavers when they take on the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City. Stop by the Squatters Pub Brewery to mingle with Beaver friends and fans before the Oct. 1 game. The fun begins 2.5 hours before kickoff. Register for the away tailgate by Sept. 28.

OSUsed Store Public Sales: The OSUsed Store carries furniture, computers, household items, office supplies and more, at 644 SW 13th Street. Public sales are open to all shoppers this Tuesday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Friday, noon to 3 p.m.; details here. Staff may shop for their department Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; details here.

Lectures, Workshops, Webinars

NEW! Getting Started with Canvas Gradebook: Join UIT-Academic Technologies on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2 p.m. to learn how to set up your gradebook in Canvas. We’ll cover tips on how to grade assignments efficiently and with confidence. Register for information and Zoom link to this free 30-minute webinar. Questions? Email us at [email protected].

NEW! Anthropology Lecture Series — Kirsten Hextrum, “The Tyranny of Athletic Merit: Privilege and Power in College Admissions.” Hextrum is an assistant professor in the OSU School of Language, Culture and Society. The lecture is free and open to OSU faculty and students. Sept. 30 at noon. In person at Strand Hall 211. Also available via Zoom Meeting ID: 985 0100 2019.

NEW! College of Public Health and Human Sciences Friday Research Seminar: “Healthy Oregon Project – current research and future opportunities” will be presented from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, HFC 115 and Zoom, by Jackie Shannon, professor at OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

NEW! Professional Faculty Leadership Association presents "Remind Me Your Pronouns? Knowledge & Skills for LGBTQ Advocacy." Presented by Jeff Kenney, director of institutional education for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Join us for an active learning session to better support our colleagues, students, friends and family. Zoom event, Oct. 3, 1-2 p.m. For more information and to register click here.

NEW! Information Session: New & Expanded Student Support Resources. Join representatives from Counseling & Psychological Services, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Education to learn more about new and expanded resources for students. Oct. 3, 3:30-5 p.m. in the Memorial Union, room 109. Additional details can be found at

NEW! Leadership experience: Community Engagement & Leadership is hosting a day-long immersive leadership experience, “Beavs Lead: Spark” Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p .m., in the AAPC. 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. Lunch will be provided. Register here:

HMSC Research Seminar: Shawn Rowe, a free-choice learning specialist with Oregon Sea Grant; Susan Rowe with Precollege Programs; and Ford Evans, a research associate with COMES at OSU, will be giving a seminar titled “DIVE 4 Ocean Literacy Coastal Hazards Virtual Reality Experience,” Sept. 29, 3:30 p.m., 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.

Innovation to Market -- Funding & Training Opportunities: OSU faculty and graduate student researchers are invited to join the OSU Advantage office Oct. 6 for a one-hour virtual event (offered once in the morning and once in the afternoon) that will describe funding and training opportunities that support innovation and entrepreneurship at the federal, state and OSU levels. At this event, you will also learn how to apply for a special $5,000 Innovation Award available from OSU Advantage. Register here for a Zoom link:

Take Note

NEW! Winter course materials: The OSU Beaver Store is accepting Winter 2023 course materials adoptions starting Oct. 4. Faculty or designated staff can submit course material adoptions here: Submitting course material adoptions prior to Winter term registration assists students to budget for expenses and allows the non-profit campus store to start sourcing low-cost formats of the required materials. Questions or need assistance? Contact [email protected] or [email protected].

NEW! Recruiting participants for bicycling simulator experiment: The OSU Bicycling Simulator lab is seeking participants for an experiment who are at least 18 years old and have ridden a bicycle in the last 10 years. The purpose of this study is to make autonomous vehicles safer for bicyclists. Participation involves a one-hour time commitment and coming to the OSU Bicycling Simulator. Participants will be compensated $20 for their time. To schedule a time to participate or for more information, please email Amy Wyman at [email protected]

Sole Source Public Notification — Faculty and Staff: A reminder, PCMM is now posting public notice of all decisions to award a sole source contract on the OSU business and bid opportunities website for seven calendar days before procurement of the related goods or services. The public posting is an important tool in verifying a sole source determination. For additional information, visit the Procurement website at

National Transfer Student Week: Every third week of October, OSU participates in National Transfer Student Week, celebrating and honoring our transfer students. If your department has plans to participate, please share with us your event, workshop or activity details here. For inclusion in marketing and website promotion, please submit your event no later than Friday, Oct. 7. An overview of the previous years' events and activities can be found on For questions, please reach out to [email protected].    

Notice of policy action: The university community is invited to review and provide comment on a proposed university policy, which may be found on the What's New page of the University Policy & Standards website. The policy is University Policy 07-026 Vehicle Use for University Business. Comments must be received by Oct. 10.

Research Office System Update to Cayuse Human Ethics: The Research Office is excited to announce that the Human Research Protections Program is transitioning the IRB protocol submission module to Cayuse Human Ethics. The last day for PIs to submit any materials through the old system, iRIS, is Oct. 3. For more information and actions PIs will need to take, please see our newly-updated HRPP Cayuse HE Transition website and FAQs.  

OSU Flu clinic: To register for the Oct. 5 flu clinic, to be held in the MU Ballroom, participants must complete the sign-up process by Sept. 30. Follow the directions carefully. Detailed directions are located here. OSU Faculty/Staff/Students sign-up at this link:  To register for the Oct. 17 clinic, follow the same steps starting Sept. 29 and complete the process by Oct. 9.

TIAA retirement consultations: Employees who are interested in retirement consultations with TIAA can sign up for times next week at the following links: Retirement financial website, Workshops and Events | University Human Resources | Oregon State University; direct link to sign up, TIAA- Seminars & Meeting. Questions? Contact [email protected].

International Education Week is Nov. 14-18: Each year in the third week of November, Oregon State University celebrates International Education Week. If your unit has existing events planned in fall term which connect to the theme of international exchange and global engagement, or if you would like to plan an event during this week for your unit to celebrate OSU’s global achievements, impacts and community, please provide details via this webform by Friday, Oct. 7 for inclusion in centralized marketing materials. For questions, contact [email protected].

Internationalization grant application now open: The Office of Faculty Affairs Internationalization Grant is open to all OSU professional and academic faculty and INTO OSU employees. The program awards up to $5,000 for projects that advance the university’s internationalization agenda. Applications for the fall cycle are due by Friday, Oct. 14. 5 p.m. For more information and to apply, visit

Instructors: Check Your Library Links. OSU Libraries made several system updates over the summer. Please double-check all your links (including permalinks) to course materials to ensure they still work. We recommend checking both on and off campus. For help fixing broken links visit You may also notice problems with saved searches and search alerts in the library catalog, 1Search. If you need help fixing this, contact [email protected].

Homecoming week class reunions: It’s time to reconnect, reminisce and reunite with classmates and campus. Join the honored Class of 1972 — celebrating a special 50th golden reunion — plus gatherings with the classes of 1970, 1971 and 1962. All classes are welcome. View the schedule of fun reunion activities taking place Oct. 13-15 at

Boosters for Beavs: Free COVID-19 vaccination clinics are open to the public on our Corvallis, Bend and Newport campuses. Updated booster doses (bivalent) are available in limited supply. No ID, no insurance required. Bring your COVID-19 CDC Card if possible. Mask required inside these spaces. Subject to changes. Visit for updates. Newport: Sept. 30, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Hatfield Marine Science Center, Guin Library Seminar Room (has flu shots too). Corvallis: Oct. 10-14, 12-4 p.m., Memorial Union 62. Bend: Oct. 14, 1-5 p.m., Ray Hall, Atrium 011 and 013. Corvallis: Nov. 14-18, 12-4 p.m., Memorial Union 62.

Free COVID tests: Free iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Tests are available on the Corvallis, Bend and Newport campuses. Each box contains two tests. While supplies last, OSU community members can pick up these self-test kits without restrictions. Please note the FDA has extended the expiration date six months. For questions or accommodations related to disabilities, contact [email protected].


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! Education Program Assistant 2: OSU Extension Family and Community Health (FCH) Program invites applications for an Education Program Assistant 2 position based at the OSU Extension Service Lane County Office in Eugene. This EPA2 will act as a volunteer coordinator for two programs —Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) and Food Safety and Preservation. This is a 12-month, F/T, classified position starting at $18.92 hourly + benefits. Posting #P03777CT. Closes Oct. 16.

NEW! Outdoor School High School and Lead Central Regional Coordinator: OSU Division of Extension and Engagement Outdoor School program invites applications for an Outdoor School High School and Lead Central Regional Coordinator position. This is a F/T, 12-month, professional faculty position. Refer to the Working Conditions section on the job posting for information on work location options. Posting #P06088UF. Closes Oct. 17.


"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." ~ John Dewey

Corvallis: Showers likely today, high of 70, low of 57. Chance of showers Thursday.

Central Oregon: Chance of showers today, high of 71, low of 46. Mostly sunny Thursday.

Newport: Showers today, high of 66, low of 56. Chance of showers tomorrow.

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