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Ohio State University News Tips - 04/24/15

Ohio State Marching Band Drum Major, Brutus Buckeye tryouts open to public – April 25. For the first time, Ohio State is combining tryouts for its Marching Band drum major and Brutus Buckeye mascot into one event that’s open to the community. Tryouts for the coveted positions take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, at the Lincoln Tower turf field. Rain location is the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Four candidates will vie for the positions of drum major and assistant drum major, while a number of Brutus Buckeye hopefuls will compete. The schedule:

  • 1 p.m. Brutus candidates will showcase their ability to build pregame crowd excitement
  • 1:30 p.m. Drum major tryouts, which include the ramp entrance, a twirling routine and five high aerial tosses
  • 2:15 p.m. Brutus candidates will each have two minutes to perform a planned skit demonstrating their creativity.

Once drum major results are tabulated by a panel of judges, the candidates will return to the field for an announcement of the drum major and assistant drum major positions. Brutus Buckeye results will be announced to those candidates at a private event.

The Lincoln Tower turf field is located east of Cannon Drive and north of John Herrick Drive behind Lincoln Tower. Bleacher seating is limited at the turf field, and spectators are welcome to bring folding chairs or blankets for hillside seating, overlooking the field. CONTACT: Gary Lewis, 614-247-4110, lewis.330@osu.edu.

Airline industry, aviation academic leaders convene to discuss pilot supply and demand – April 28.
Aviation industry and academic leaders will convene on The Ohio State University campus on Tuesday, April 28, for a national summit focused on short- and long-term implications of professional pilot staffing in the United States.
Leaders from various facets of the aviation industry will convene to discuss and acknowledge the very real systemic challenges of finding qualified professional pilots between now and the next five to 10 years. According to the Regional Airline Association, 498,000 professional pilots will be needed, globally, over the next 20 years. Aviation Week recently reported that approximately 20,000 cockpit seats will need to be filled over the next seven years due to FAA-mandated age-65 retirements. One conspicuous impact of a pilot shortage is cuts in airline service and available routes.
Hosted by Ohio State’s Center for Aviation Studies within the College of Engineering, the National Pilot Supply Summit will take place at the Blackwell Hotel and Conference Center, 2110 Tuttle Park Place. SEE: https://aviation.osu.edu/PilotSupplySummit. CONTACT: Matt Schutte, 614-247-6445, schutte.9@osu.edu.

Senior engineering students showcase final projects, inventions – April 28. A more aerodynamic street luge sled design, an off-road wheelchair device and a prescription management app are just a few of the projects and inventions that undergraduate engineering student teams will present on Tuesday, April 28, at Ohio State.

More than 750 students, representing 12 engineering majors and 24 non-engineering majors, will exhibit 180+ projects during the 8th annual Engineering Capstone Design Showcase.

As part of the College of Engineering’s focus on experiential learning, all undergraduate engineering students must spend one to two semesters tackling a real-world problem before graduation. The showcase takes place from noon to 3 p.m. at the Ohio Union, Archie Griffin Ballroom, 1739 N. High St. CONTACT: Matt Schutte, 614-247-6445, schutte.9@osu.edu.

Ohio State research: Autism and prodigy share a common genetic link. Researchers have uncovered the first evidence of a genetic link between prodigy and autism.

The scientists found that child prodigies in their sample share some of the same genetic variations with people who have autism.

These shared genetic markers occur on chromosome 1, according to the researchers from The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

The findings confirm a hypothesis made by study co-author Joanne Ruthsatz, assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State’s Mansfield campus.

In a previous study, Ruthsatz and a colleague found that half of the prodigies in their sample had a family member or a first- or second-degree relative with an autism diagnosis. In her earlier work, Ruthsatz found that while both prodigies and people with autism share better than average scores on tests that measure attention to detail, prodigies scored higher among those two groups. And prodigies really excelled when it came to working memory, with all that she studied scoring in the 99th percentileSEE: http://news.osu.edu/news/2015/04/22/genetic-link/.

The person listed as the CONTACT will have the most current information about the story. Call on our media relations staff for help with any Ohio State story:Liz Cook, 614-292-7276 or cook.17@osu.edu; Gary Lewis, 614-688-2048 or lewis.330@osu.edu; or Amy Murray, 614-292-8385 or murray-goedde.1@osu.edu.