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Ohio State and COSI unveil "Labs in Life"

Ohio State University outreach takes on a new meaning as Ohio State unveils a working research laboratory at COSI, Columbus' Center of Science and Industry. Located on COSI's second floor, the new "Labs in Life" exhibit is a state of the art laboratory where nutrition and physical activity research will be conducted and simultaneously demonstrated to the public. The exhibit is the nation's first example of an active, working research laboratory in a science museum.

Reporters are invited to a media preview inside the glass-enclosed labs from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Friday (5/15) at COSI, 333 W. Broad St. President E. Gordon Gee and COSI CEO David Chesebrough will make remarks, and media may interview the faculty researchers and students conducting the investigations.

To understand the research that goes on in the labs, student volunteers will demonstrate the equipment by having their body composition analyzed in the "Bod Pod," or fitness level measured by running on the treadmill in the Human Performance Lab.

The exhibit will open to the public on Saturday (5/16).
The Ohio State researchers, all faculty in the College of Education and Human Ecology, will conduct several studies in the Life in Labs at COSI:

•The causes and solutions to childhood obesity.

•Metabolic syndrome and metabolism in athletes.

•Nutrition and bone density in female athletes.

•Physical activity and bone health.

•The relationship between athletic performance, nutrition, functional capacity, and body composition.

WHAT:Media availability for new "Labs in Life" exhibit at COSI.

WHEN:10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Friday (5/15)

WHERE:COSI, 333 W. Broad St. Labs are on second floorhttp://www.cosi.org/visitors/exhibits/life/#ixzz0EBsfLiKY&A