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Ohio State University News Tips 3/20/15

Sen. Tom Daschle to deliver lecture, speak at Medicare & Medicaid Conference – March 23. The 50 Years of Medicare & Medicaid Conference takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, March 23 at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. Guest speakers include former Sen. Tom Daschle, founder and chairman of The Daschle Group and an expert in healthcare, and Barbara Edwards, former director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and nationally recognized expert in Medicaid policy.The conference is sponsored by Ohio State’s College of Social Work, Wexner Medical Center Office of Health Sciences, the College of Dentistry and interdisciplinary partners.
The College of Social Work’s annual Robert J. O’Leary Memorial Lecture will follow at 6 p.m., where Daschle will also speak. SEE: http://csw.osu.edu/about/50-years/. CONTACT: Frankie Jones-Harris, 614-330-2206 or jones-harris.1@osu.edu.

Documentary examines racism – March 23. The feature documentary film, I’m Not Racist. . . Am I?, about the next generation and racism, will be shown Monday, March 23 in Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St. The film screening and a discussion with the filmmakers takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and a reception precedes it from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
In the documentary, 12 New York City teenagers come together during one school year to talk about race and privilege in a series of workshops and in conversations with friends and family members. The event is free and open to the public. SEE: https://artsandsciences.osu.edu/events/film-viewing-im-not-a-racist-am-I.

Lecture explores “Solutions to Political Polarization in America” – March 25. Ohio State’s Democracy Studies Program presents a talk on “Solutions to Political Polarization in America” by Nate Persily, professor of law at Stanford Law School, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, in 344 Drinko Hall, 55 W. 12th Ave. Persily is a nationally recognized constitutional law expert who served as senior research director for the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration, which was created to address the long lines at the polls and other administrative problems in the 2012 election. The event is free and open to all. SEE: http://artsandsciences.osu.edu/events/solutions-to-political-polarization-in-america. CONTACT: Steve Huefner, professor of law, Huefner.4@osu.edu, 614 292-1763.

Events and activities mark Ohio Union’s fifth birthday – March 25 – 29. The Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., opened five years ago, on March 29, 2010. The Office of Student Life is celebrating the special occasion with a number of events and contests for students in the week leading up to the Ohio Union’s “birthday.” Activities include a tweet-and-go-seek scavenger hunt, a photobooth, musical chairs, building tours and more. CONTACT: Dave Isaacs, 614-292-8424, isaacs.84@osu.edu. SEE: http://ohiounion.osu.edu/articles/Ohio%20Union/id/692

Author and professor Jared Diamond to deliver lecture – April 2. Jared Diamond, professor of geography at UCLA and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse, will deliver “The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 2 in the Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballroom, 1739 N. High St.
In his lecture, Diamond will compare life in modern, industrialized societies with traditional ways of life. The lecture is part of the Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program. Seating is limited and registration closes on March 23. SEE: http://discovery.osu.edu/about/provosts-discovery-themes-lecturer-program/.

Ohio State University researchers study student LGBTQ population. Ohio State University researchers have undertaken the most robust known study of its kind at a single university to find out what resources and programs lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and questioning (Q) students need to be successful.
For the study, Exploring Wellbeing to Support Success of LGBTQQ Students at The Ohio State University, researchers engaged nearly 750 students and more than 130 personnel across campuses to ask about what students need to ensure their well-being and academic achievement.
Recommendations resulting from the study address a wide range of areas, such as curriculum; development of LGBTQ-inclusive policies; creation of safe, inclusive spaces; developing programs, events and support for LGBTQ graduate and professional students; and increased LGBTQ visibility and outreach.“While LGBTQ students have become more visible and accepted as part of the diversity spectrum, little research has been done at Ohio State or anywhere in higher education that directly seeks to understand the perceptions, experiences and needs of this marginalized group within its student body,” said Tamara Davis, lead author of the study and an associate professor of social work. CONTACT: Frankie Jones-Harris, 614-292-3540 or jones-harris.1@osu.edu.

By 2040, the number of seniors in Franklin County is expected to double – and arecently completed report co-authored by Holly Dabelko-Schoeny, associate professor of social work, reveals the current and projected needs of seniors while identifying key opportunities for improving their quality of life. Meeting the Challenges of an Aging Population with Success, commissioned by The Columbus Foundation and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, will be instrumental as strategies are developed on how to support a growing aging population. Key findings indicate that improved coordination between the complex web of federal, state, county, and municipal resources would have significant impact on seniors’ health and quality of life. The report also includes an analysis of the most vulnerable seniors in Franklin County identified at the neighborhood level. The research of senior populations was conducted by the College of Social Work and The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. CONTACT: Frankie Jones-Harris, 614-330-2206 or jones-harris.1@osu.edu.

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