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Today in the News Media

OSU classified workers reach contract agreement
(Corvallis Gazette-Times)

A tentative contract agreement was reached Thursday night between the Oregon University System and the SEIU, the union that represents university classified workers. The new agreement includes a 3 percent salary increase retroactive to July 1, and a 3.2 percent raise that will take effect November 2008.

Stronger Hurricanes Mean Whopper Waves
(Discovery Channel)

Three decades of data about ocean waves, collected from buoys off the U.S. Atlantic Coast, shows waves are getting steadily larger in response to stronger hurricanes. The discovery offers a new way to spot trends in hurricane intensities — a subject of intense controversy. Since 1975, hurricane-spawned waves have grown 2.3 to 6 feet higher. "It probably has something to do with global warming," said oceanographer Paul Komar of Oregon State University.

Researchers track dust, soot from China
(Business Week)

At 9,000 feet at the crest of the Cascade Range, the air at the top of Mount Bachelor is some of the cleanest to be found anywhere in the United States. But each breath -- especially in the spring -- can suck in tiny amounts of pollution from China and elsewhere in Asia. Staci Simonich, an associate professor at Oregon State, also has instruments on top of Mount Bachelor. She and her graduate students are looking for things like pesticides and PCBs, an industrial chemical outlawed in this country that causes cancer. The toxins attach to their own favorite sizes of dust and soot.

Wolves a howling success
(The Australian)

The reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park has had a dramatic effect on its environment, helping to restore its ecological balance to a more natural state last seen half a century ago. Since wolves were returned to the most celebrated national park in the US in 1995 after an absence of 70 years, aspen trees have started to grow again for the first time in more than 50 years, research has shown. "This is really exciting, and it's great news for Yellowstone," said William Ripple of Oregon State University College of Forestry, who led the study.

So much for saving the spotted owl
(The Oregonian)

Two decades after the wrenching drive to save an obscure bird divided Oregonians, reshaped the economy and tore apart the political landscape, the northern spotted owl is disappearing anyway. The versatile and voracious barred owl is proving far more adept at getting rid of the smaller owl than the Endangered Species Act was in saving it. "It looks like we may have really underestimated the number of barred owls," says David Wiens, a leader of the study based at Oregon State University.

OSU Researchers to Study Malnutrition in Elderly

We hear a lot about eating disorders and bad eating habits in young people, but what about the same problem in the elderly? OSU researchers say malnutrition is a huge problem for the elderly. Almost half of elderly people in developing nations suffer from it. It's a time when proper nutrition is more important than ever..

Historic OSU Residence Hall Certified

A couple months ago we took you on a tour of Oregon State University's Kelley Engineering Building. It's certified "green" meaning it's environmentally sustainable. OSU added another building to that list. Unlike the Kelley Engineering Building, which was built to be "green", Weatherford Hall is historic. Built in 1928, converting Weatherford had it's challenges but contractors proved it can be done.

Screw-Cap Wine Tastes Like Corked Wine, Study Shows
(Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Oregon State University researchers released a study Thursday shedding new light on how people feel about wine -- and more precisely, how they feel about the stopper in the bottle. The study found a bias among wine drinkers against synthetic corks or screw tops. But that loyalty dissolves in blind taste tests, according to Anna Marin, with OSU's Food Innovation Center.

Today on Campus

The OSU calendar.

Upcoming Events

Bard in the Quad, OSU's annual Shakespeare performance, will be offering “Much Ado About Nothing” Aug. 1-5. Each performance will begin at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Quad. The play has been adapted by director Scott Palmer and will be set in the United States immediately after the conclusion of World War II. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $7 for seniors and $5 for students. Gazette-Times story…

Bob Nye, an OSU history professor, will speak on "Masculinities in War and Peace" starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, in Milam Auditorium. OSU Women Studies professor Janet Lee will speak on “War Girls: The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) in the First World War” on Thursday, Aug. 2; Marion Rossi, associate professor in theater arts, will speak on “Constant as the Northern Star: Shakespeare, Theatre and the Arts at OSU” on Friday, Aug. 3; Lt. Col. Russell Barney, USAF (retired) and a volunteer with the Evergreen Museum in McMinnville, will talk on “Oregon’s Aviation History: A Pilot’s Story” on Saturday, Aug. 4. All lectures are at 5 p.m. in Milam Auditorium.

"The Player" will be shown Friday, Aug. 3, as part of OSU's 2007 summer film series, featuring the movies of Robert Altman. The films, which will be shown Friday evenings at 7 p.m. in Owen Hall Room 103, are free and open to the public.

Talisman will perform starting at noon Wednesday, Aug. 1, as part of the noon concert series at the Memorial Union brick courtyard.

More upcoming events.

News for Employees

The President’s Office is seeking nominations for the Beaver Champion Award. Deadline is Friday. Aug. 17. The Beaver Champion Award is presented at University Day to an individual or individuals for outstanding effort, the achievement of excellence, extra effort beyond that requested and performance of the highest quality. Send nomination letters to: Edward J. Ray, President, Office of the President, 600 Kerr Admin. Bldg., or e-mail

Transit & Parking Services will be selling the Fall Term permits beginning Sept. 4. The new permits will again be validators that attach to the current hangtag. Do not throw away your current hangtag; it will be part of the new permit for Fall Term. Info: 737-2583.

During the month of August, the Transit and Parking Services (TAPS) office (100 Adams Hall) will close to financial transactions at noon on Fridays. The office will still be open to conduct other business. In September the office will return to regular business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Info: 737-2583.

Transit and Parking Services will close at 4 p.m. today and at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2.

The English Language Institute will be hosting two groups of Japanese university students for a month-long intensive English language and culture program this summer. As part of the program, hosts are needed for weekend homestays. The programs are: Toyo University program, Aug. 17-20 three-night homestay; Meijo University program, Aug. 24-26 two-night homestay. The ELI pays a $20 a nigh stipend for each student hosted. Info: 737-6981 or

Reservations are being taken for the 2007 Beaver Community Fair, which is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28, in the MU Quad.


Due to necessary repairs on the hot water system, the domestic hot water services to Burt Hall and Wilkinson Hall will be shut down from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3. This shutdown will affect all rooms and all restrooms on all floors of both buildings. Info: Curt Davis, 737-4432; Roger Nielsen, 737-1235; Charles Sears, 737-3892; or Melinda Peterson, 737-1238.


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