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Ohio State University News Tips 4/10/15

Student group holds 24-hour endurance run on the Oval to honor Ohio State community members killed in action – April 11 to 12. 1 Day for the KIA, a student military philanthropy, will hold a 24-hour marathon on the Oval from 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 11 to 9 a.m. Sunday, April 12. The second annual run honors the over 900 Ohio State alumni and others who were killed in the military. All proceeds benefit the group’s Living Legacy Scholarship to be awarded to an Ohio State student who has a family member killed in action, missing in action, held prisoner of war, or disabled in the line of service.
For this grueling test of endurance, participants have 24 hours to complete as many laps/miles as possible.
At 8 p.m. on Saturday, the Oval course will be outlined with nearly 1,000 lanterns, each with the name of a fallen service member. CONTACT: 1 Day for the KIA leaders Eric Myeroff, 440-537-2852 or Adam Ingram, 614-315-1792. SEE: http://www.1dayforthekia.org/.

Robot competition turns RPAC into Arctic operations base – April 11. Ohio State’s Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC) will be transformed into a remote Arctic operations base as teams of first-year engineering honors students compete to see which student-built robot can best complete the required tasks during The Ohio State University College of Engineering’s robot competition.
The event takes place from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at the RPAC, 337 W. 17th Ave. Preliminary round matches take place from noon to 3:30, with the single elimination tournament from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m.
Student teams will set their robots in motion around a 12-square-foot course that simulates a base of operations in a desolate Arctic area. The fully autonomous robots have just two minutes to perform specific tasks. CONTACT:Matt Schutte, College of Engineering communications, 614-247-6445, schutte.9@osu.edu. SEE: https://engineering.osu.edu/news/2015/04/competition-best-performing-robot-held-april-11.

“Bucks Bus” promotes student financial literacy – April 13. The Office of Student Life’s Scarlet and Gray Financial coaches will offer interested students a ride to class on a “Bucks Bus” on Monday, April 13, and have them answer questions about financial literacy for prizes along the way. Patterned after the television show “Cash Cab,” the event will promote financial education and give students the opportunity to see just how much they know about their money. Ride-alongs in the golf cart can be arranged. CONTACT: Dave Isaacs, Student Life Media Relations, Isaacs.84@osu.edu, 614-292-8424.

Lecture explores false criminal convictions – April 17. Ohio State’s Criminal Justice Research Center presents the 26th annual Walter C. Reckless-Simon Dinitz Memorial Lecture featuring Samuel R. Gross, the Thomas and Mabel Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. Gross will present What We Know and What We Think We Know about False Criminal Convictions at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at the Barrister Club, 25 West 11th Ave. Gross is co-founder and editor of The National Registry of Exonerations, a joint project of the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at the Northwestern University School of Law, which maintains a detailed online database of all known exonerations in the U.S. since 1989. The event is free and open to all. SEE: http://artsandsciences.osu.edu/events/the-26th-annual-walter-c-reckless-simon-dinitz-memorial-lecture. CONTACT: Debbie Flower-Smith, flower-smith.1@osu.edu, 614-292-7468.

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.