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Ohio State University News Tips 3/27/15

Investiture ceremony – March 31. President Michael Drake became the 15th president of Ohio State on June 30, 2014. He will be officially welcomed in an investiture ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St. An investiture is an official academic ceremony, where the new leader is “vested” with the official powers of office. A media check-in table will be on the east side of the Mershon Auditorium lobby. Identification of media affiliation is required. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. SEE: http://president.osu.edu/investiture.html.

Pin this on your calendar: National Championship Celebration for Wrestling Buckeyes – March 28.Buckeye wrestling fans are invited to celebrate the 2015 National Championship season at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28 at St. John Arena, 410 Woody Hayes Drive. Doors open at 10 a.m. Admission is free and parking is $5 in lots and garages near St. John. SEE: http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/032415aac.html

Keynote speaker Dean Lonnie King kicks off 2015 Health Professionals Summit: Emerging Infectious Diseases and Epidemics – March 27. The second annual Health Professionals Summit, focused on emerging infectious diseases and epidemics, will be held at the Drake Union, 1849 Cannon Drive, on March 27-28. Dr. Lonnie King, dean and Ruth Stanton Chair in the College of Veterinary Medicine will deliver the keynote address at 6 p.m. today. The event is organized by students in the colleges of dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, optometry, social work and veterinary medicine with support from the Inter-Professional Council and Buckeyes Without Borders. The event is designed to increase collaboration among future health-professional leaders to improve understanding of issues affecting the delivery and practice of One Health, which focuses on the links between animal health, human health and the environment. CONTACT: Melissa L. Weber, 614-327-6024 or weber.254@osu.edu. SEE: https://vet.osu.edu/education/2015-health-professionals-summit.

College of Veterinary Medicine hosts 2015 American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (APVMA) Symposium – March 27- 29. The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting the 2015 American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (APVMA) Symposium, March 27- 29. On Saturday, participants will engage in hands-on laboratory exercises on campus. The APVMA Symposium is one of the largest pre-vet conferences in the country, welcoming nearly 600 pre-vet students from around the United States, as well as admissions personnel and undergraduate advisers. It includes a dynamic schedule of labs and lectures that introduce pre-vet students to the myriad of careers available in the field of veterinary medicine. CONTACT: Melissa L. Weber, 614-327-6024 or weber.254@osu.edu.

The Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male holds Todd Bell Fundraiser Breakfast – April 2. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Bell National Resource Center will hold its 10th Annual Bell Luncheon, featuring Alex Shumate, Managing Partner - North America, for Squire Patton Boggs as the keynote speaker. The fundraiser breakfast will take place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 2 at the Schottenstein Center Auxiliary Gym, 555 Borror Drive. Tickets are $40. CONTACT: Tai Cornute at 614-247-4765 or cornute.2@osu.edu. SEE: http://odi.osu.edu/bell-national-resource-center/programs/todd-bell-lecture-series/.

Authors discuss new Bebe Miller digital book – April 2. Bebe Miller, Distinguished Professor, Arts and Humanities and professor in the Department of Dance, and Talvin Wilks, Dramaturg, will discuss Miller’s recently released digital book, Dance Fort, which brings readers an interactive look into the creative process behind the Bebe Miller Company’s production A History. The talk takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 2 in 220 Sullivant Hall, 1830 N. High St.
Rich with media and audio, this volume of Dance Fort is the first of a planned series focusing on the company's history through its creative process, delivering an artifact of archival information from the makers' perspective. The digital book, free at digitalbooksotore.osu.edu on April 1, is part of a growing digital book catalogue developed by faculty and staff experts at Ohio State to promote access and affordability through free or reduced-cost content.  CONTACT: Katharine Keune, 614-247-6980, Keune.1@osu.edu.

Teens’ Texts & Tweets Reveal Depression. Texting and tweeting—they’re the primary ways teens and young adults communicate. With suicide ranked as the third leading cause of death among 10-to 24-year olds, Scottye Cash, professor of social work, is researching ways to use technology to find young people who are struggling. Cash found that this age group often makes their pain known via mobile technology and social media sites, finding it easier to post or text than talk. While they’d rarely call a traditional hotline, they’re much more likely to text a 24-hour-a-day text line – just one idea emerging from her research. Cash, recently quoted on NPR’s blog All Tech Considered: Tech, Culture and Connection in the article “Facebook’s Suicide Prevention Tools Connect Friends, Test Privacy,” is a known expert on the role social media plays in adolescent suicide. CONTACT: Frankie Jones-Harris, 614-330-2206 or jones-harris.1@osu.edu.

Advances in Veterinary Medicine – Research Day – April 2. The College of Veterinary Medicine will showcase the research accomplishments of its veterinary students, residents, graduate students and faculty in the college from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 2. The public is welcome to view more than 80 research posters on display at 1900 Coffey Rd. Travel grants are awarded to the best student poster presentations in five areas of study: immunology and infectious diseases, molecular and cellular biology, structure and function, clinical research, and epidemiology and applied research. The awards support student travel to a scientific meeting to present research. They are announced during the lunchtime keynote presentation. This year’s speaker is Dr. Patricia Conrad, professor of parasitology and associate dean for Global Programs at the UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and co-director for the One Health Center of Expertise: Water, Animals, Food and Society in the UC-Davis Global Health Institute. SEE: http://vet.osu.edu/research/college-research-day. CONTACT: Melissa L. Weber, 614-327-6024 or weber.254@osu.edu.

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