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Ohio State News Tips 6-20-14

LiFEsports Camp features Career Day – June 23. Former Ohio State basketball player and radio analyst Ron Stokes will be one of the many professionals participating in the Learning in Fitness and Education through Sports (LiFEsports) career day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, June 23 at various locations on campus.
More than 650 campers from disadvantaged circumstances will participate in sessions structured to develop goal-setting, increase interest in attending college and becoming career-minded. The presentations will highlight a number of careers to include art, aviation, business, engineering, graphic design, law, music and medicine.
LiFEsports serves as one of the most comprehensive university-wide outreach initiatives serving more than 2,800 youth, ages 9 through 15 over the past five years. For a complete list of the schedule and participants,
CONTACT: Liz Cook, 614-292-7276 or cook.17@osu.edu.

Residence hall renovation project wins gold. Last week, The Ohio State University’s South High-Rise Project was awarded a LEED Gold designation. The $171 million project contains 600,000 square feet of new and renovated space, connecting Park and Stradley Halls and Smith and Steeb Halls and enhancement of Siebert Hall. The Office of Student Life houses approximately 2,500 students throughout the three buildings. The project has been awarded a green building designation of LEED Gold, based on the 30 percent more energy savings than conventional structures, the geothermal wells which power heating and cooling of the buildings, the on-site water retention system, and other energy efficient features. SEE: http://www.fod.osu.edu/2014_leed-gold/index.htm.

All eyes on the World Cup; Ohio State lab helps athletes prevent injuries and perform better.
Whether they are competing in the World Cup or a weekend sports league, athletes can benefit from research conducted at the Ohio State Sports Biomechanics Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility for developing, validating and advancing the most cutting-edge injury prevention and performance enhancement programs.
The Sports Biomechanics Laboratory is a collaborative effort between engineers, athletic trainers, physical therapists, physicians and coaches to measure how athletes move.
This 3,500 square-foot facility is designed to be able to stimulate real-life sports environments such as a pitcher’s mound, golfing tee box, batting cage, or running track so that we can study the motion of the athlete’s body and the forces acting at their joints. CONTACT: Matt Schutte, College of Engineering, 614-247-6445, schutte.9@osu.edu.

Could Politics Trump Economics As Reason for Growing Income Inequality? Study finds decline in union strength played key role.
Most research examining growing income inequality in the United States has focused on economic causes, for seemingly obvious reasons.
But a new study suggests that a different cause – the politically induced decline in the strength of worker unions – may play a much more pivotal role than previously understood.
In fact, the role that union decline has played in growing income inequality may actually be larger than many of the favorite explanations offered by economists, such as the education gap in the United States.
Among their contributions to income equality: unions reduce pay differences within companies and use their influence to lobby on behalf of the working and middle classes, the researchers say.“The effect that unions used to have on protecting the incomes of middle class and working Americans has been underestimated,” said David Jacobs, co-author of the study and professor of sociology at The Ohio State University. SEE: http://news.osu.edu/news/2014/06/16/could-politics-trump-economics-as-reason-for-growing-income-inequality/. CONTACT: David Jacobs, 614-292-6685, Jacobs.184@osu.edu; or Jeff Grabmeier, 614-292-8457, Grabmeier.1@osu.edu.

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