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Ohio State News Tips 6-10-14

Two Ohio State student teams in Washington D.C. for final competitions, both working to revolutionize energy and environment – June 12.

  • EcoCAR2 champions announced. Ohio State’s EcoCAR2 team, which is wrapping up a three-year student engineering competition, will learn whether they’ve won the contest to redesign and reduce the environmental impact of a Chevy Malibu. The winners will be announced at the EcoCAR banquet on the evening of June 12 in Washington D.C. The Ohio State University Team is one of the 15 competing teams in the EcoCAR 2 competition, and is made up of nearly 40 students ranging from undergraduate students to Ph.D. candidates. The team was in Michigan last week for vehicle testing, and is giving final presentations in Washington this week. Real-time updates of the competition can be found on the team’s Facebook (Ohio State University EcoCAR 2) and Twitter account (@osuecocar2).
  • National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. KAir Battery LLC is a business established by a research team comprised of a faculty member and students in chemistry and a student studying business. The team created an innovative way to improve the current battery storage capability by creating potassium-air batteries for the power supply markets. In April, the Ohio State KAir team won a regional competition held at Rice University. On June 11 and 12, the team is in Washington D.C. for the finals of the 2014 U.S. Dept. of Energy National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, one of the nation’s most important clean energy business events. In that competition, they will compete against the five other regional finalists for the grand prize of $100,000 for the winning start-up company. The winner will be announced on June 12 at 4:15 pm.
    CONTACT: Gina Langen, Office of Energy and Environment, 614-688-4423 or Langen.2@osu.edu.

Bachelorette binge: Women try to ‘drink like a guy’ at bridal celebrations: Four in five women who answered a survey about bachelorette party behavior reported that they drank an average of five drinks on the day of the celebration – meaning many engaged in binge drinking, defined for women as four drinks in two hours.Some research suggests women at these parties try to “drink like a guy” to earn positive attention from men. Cynthia Buettner, associate professor of human sciences at The Ohio State University, is lead author of the new survey study, published in the Journal of Substance Use. With data from this rare look at bachelorette party culture, Buettner says there could be a bright spot: The wedding season might provide an opportunity to warn young women about the risks of binge drinking and recommend ways to stay safe while partying. Details: http://go.osu.edu/bachelorette. CONTACT: Cynthia Buettner, (614) 247-7854; Buettner.16@osu.edu or Emily Caldwell, (614) 292-8310; Caldwell.151@osu.edu.

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