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Ohio State faculty reach 10 million reads on “The Conversation”

Researchers wrote about health, the moon, lottery winners and more

In January 2014, an Ohio State University faculty member published the university’s first article on what was then a little-known website called The Conversation.

Now, nearly seven years later, 144 Ohio State researchers have written 301 articles sharing their knowledge, analysis and expertise with people worldwide. Earlier this month, Ohio State faculty passed a milestone: Their contributions had received more than 10 million reads.

These articles have been read on The Conversation website, of course, and on Ohio State News, but they have also been republished in many other media outlets, including the The Washington Post, Scientific American and CNN. Our faculty have reached readers in more than 100 countries - and in some cases, their work has been translated into French and Spanish.

For those not familiar with The Conversation, it is an independent, nonprofit publisher of commentary and analysis, authored by academics and edited by journalists for the general public. Ohio State is a founding university member.

In honor of the 10 million-reads milestone, we are listing the top 10 most read articles by current and former Ohio State researchers on The Conversation:

1. Why a four-day workweek is not good for your health

    Allard Dembe, professor of public health

2. Blue light isn't the main source of eye fatigue and sleep loss – it's your computer

    Phillip Yuhas, assistant professor of optometry

3. Do poor people eat more junk food than wealthier Americans?

    Jay Zagorsky, former research scientist at the Center for Human Resource Research 

4. Odds are $1.5 billion Powerball winner will end up bankrupt

    Jay Zagorsky

5. How to get ready for the economic recession coming in 2017

    Jay Zagorsky

6. Just graduated? Does it make you feel like a grown up?

    Michael Vuolo, associate professor of sociology

7. Why wealth equality remains out of reach for Black Americans

    Darrick Hamilton, former executive director of the Kirwan Institute, and Trevon Logan, professor of economics

8. Why are fewer people getting married?

    Jay Zagorsky

9. Why security measures won't stop school shootings

    Bryan Warnick, professor of educational studies

10. What’s on the far side of the Moon?

      Wayne Schlingman, director of the Arne Slettebak Planetarium

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