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Ohio State News Tips - June 3, 2014

Ohio State to study bifocal lenses in nearsighted kids. Investigators at The Ohio State University College of Optometry and the University of Houston College of Optometry were awarded grants from the National Eye Institute worth approximately $7.5 million over five years. The purpose of the Bifocial Lenses In Nearsighted Kids (BLINK) investigation is to determine whether commercially available soft bifocal contact lenses slow the progression of nearsightedness in children. Nearly three hundred children between the ages of seven and 11 years will be enrolled and randomly assigned to wear soft contact lenses with no reading power, soft contact lenses with medium reading power, or soft contact lenses with strong reading power. Ohio State optometry professor and study chair Jeffrey J. Walline says, “We will learn whether soft bifocal contact lenses that can currently be prescribed will change the growth of the eyes in a way that slows the progression of nearsightedness. If this treatment is effective, the information gained will help optimize the signal to slow eye growth and slow the progression of nearsightedness in the future.” CONTACT: Jeffrey J. Walline, 614-247-6840, walline.1@osu.edu.

Ohio State University History Department Commemorates 70th Anniversary of D-Day – June 5 and 6. The Ohio State University Department of History remembers D-Day with two days of special events, Thursday and Friday, June 5 and 6. These include lectures by leading military historians Williamson Murray, Peter Hahn, Peter Mansoor and Russell Hart.
The commemoration culminates with a WWII Veteran Panel at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 6 in the Ohio Union Performance Hall, 1739 N. High St. The panel is chaired by former Columbus mayor and Ohio State football player Greg Lashutka. Speakers Donald Dunn, John Williams, Jim Baize and Wendell Ellenwood, veterans of the European and Pacific theaters, will share their World War II experiences. The public will be able to meet the speakers at the reception that follows.SEE: https://artsandsciences.osu.edu/events/history-department-commemorates-70th-anniversary-of-d-day and http://history.osu.edu/events/remembering-d-day-70th-anniversary-commemoration, or contact Sarah Douglas at rememberingdday@gmail.com.
Online registration (required): http://rememberingdday.ticketleap.com. CONTACT: Sandi Rutkowski, Communications Director, The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences, rutkowski.1@osu.edu, 614-292-4759.

Buckeye Current gears up for Isle of Man TT Zero race – June 4. Buckeye Current is looking to make history on the Isle of Man—again.
The Ohio State University College of Engineering’s electric motorcycle team will be the only U.S. collegiate team to compete in the world-famous Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) Zero clean emissions race on June 4 for the second consecutive year.
More than 3,600 miles away from Columbus, the Isle of Man is a self-governing dependent territory of the British Crown, located in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland.
In the 2013 TT Zero race, Buckeye Current placed third overall, beating out professional teams as well as every other collegiate team. The team’s RW-2 electric motorcycle, designed and built by students at Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research, recorded an average speed of 90.4 mph in the race. SEE: https://engineering.osu.edu/news/2014/05/buckeye-current-gears-isle-man-tt-zero-race, http://current.osu.edu/.

Ohio State Research: What Finding out a Child’s Sex before Birth Says about a Mother. An expectant mother who chooses to find out her child’s sex before birth may be giving subtle clues about her views on proper gender roles, new research suggests.
The study found that women who choose not to learn their child’s sex may be more open to new experiences, and combine egalitarian views about the roles of men and women in society with conscientiousness.
On the other hand, expectant mothers who scored high on a test of parenting perfectionism were more likely than others to learn their baby’s sex.
“These results suggest women who choose not to learn their baby’s sex may not worry about having clothes, toys and colors for their child that match traditional gender expectations,” said Letitia Kotila, lead author of the study and a graduate student in human sciences at The Ohio State University.
“We don’t know this for sure yet, but expectant mothers’ choice on whether to find out their baby’s sex may show gender role attitudes that will shape how they raise their children.”
Kotila conducted the study with Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, associate professor, and Claire Kamp Dush, assistant professor, both in human sciences at Ohio State.
CONTACT: Contact: Letitia Kotila, Kotila.2@osu.edu, Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, Schoppe-sullivan.1@osu.edu. SEE: http://news.osu.edu/news/2014/06/02/what-finding-out-a-child’s-sex-before-birth-says-about-a-mother/.

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