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Ohio State University Story Ideas for Media 10/5/16

Resilience in the face of the storm. When strong hurricanes like Katrina in 2005, Ike in 2008 or Sandy in 2012 hit highly populated regions, devastation is immense and far-reaching. As Matthew approaches the eastern seaboard, there are new concerns about damage.
A team led by Civil Engineering Professor Abdollah Shafieezadeh is improving how quickly and accurately officials can predict a hurricane’s impact on structures, communities and the power grid. Supported by two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants totaling more than $1 million, the researchers will focus specifically on storm surge risks and electric power transmission grid vulnerability. SEE: https://engineering.osu.edu/news/2016/09/resilience-face-storm

Ohio Defense Forum to Focus on Partnerships, Investment, and Support of Ohio’s Military Installations – Oct. 5 and 6. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, the Dayton Development Coalition, The Ohio State University and The Association of Defense Communities will present the Ohio Defense Forum Oct. 5 and 6, 2016, at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. The forum brings together community and military leaders from across the state to gather information on the latest Defense Department and Congressional actions and share best practices for keeping Ohio defense communities and installations strong.
The agenda will focus on how military communities can forge strong partnerships, encourage defense investment in the state, and give a detailed overview of defense installations in Ohio. Turner will moderate a panel on the State of Defense Now and in the Future. SEE: http://adcregionalforum.defensecommunities.org/ohio-defense-forum/.

Facts and Values: How Does Science Inform Democracy? – Oct. 11.A series of studies in psychology suggest that individuals’ political commitments significantly affect how they process scientific findings. What exactly do these findings show and to what extent do they threaten the prospects for informed public deliberation about the challenges facing our democracy in the 21st century? A panel discussion takes place at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in 165 Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave. Mall. Discussants include Ellen Peters, professor of psychology and director of Ohio State’s Decision Sciences Collaborative and Mike Neblo, professor of political science. CONTACT: Don Hubin, hubin.1@osu.edu

The King Arts Complex honors President and Mrs. Drake – Oct. 12. The King Arts Complex will honor President and Mrs. Michael Drake at the 10th Annual Legends and Legacies Awards Ceremony and Reception, which takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Pythian Theater (within the complex), 867 Mount Vernon Ave. In announcing the award, complex leadership notes that, “Dr. Drake has provided excellent leadership to the university community and to higher education nationally; and that Mrs. Drake serves Ohio State through advocacy and engagement on campus, in Columbus and throughout the country. Together, the Drakes are talented, dynamic leaders whose dedication to Ohio State and the community will have an enormous impact for years to come.” SEE: http://kingartscomplex.com/10thlegends/.

SÕL-CON: The Brown and Black Comix Expo – Oct. 13-16. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research (LASER) will hold a three-day event that includes an expo, panels, and workshops. There will be “Brown and Black Lives Matter” talkbacks; K-12 friendly 'zine, cartoon, comics, and digital animation workshops; panels on topics such as creating indie-cons, issues of race, gender, and futurism; and fandom in Latino and African-American comics. The Expo will take place on The Ohio State University campus and is free and open to the public. CONTACT: Frederick Aldama, aldama.1@osu.edu. SEE: http://odi.osu.edu/laser/events/sol-con-the-brown-and-black-comix-expo/.

Ohio State to join live CHINA Town Hall with Henry Kissinger – Oct. 18. Former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, a 70-city live discussion Q&A that will include local speakers at venues across the country on Tuesday, Oct. 18. In Columbus, the event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. in 120 Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. SEE: https://mershoncenter.osu.edu/eventcalendar/eventdetail/566/-/china-town-hall.html.

Ohio State to Host ‘The War to End All Wars: U.S. National World War I Centennial Symposium, 1916-2016’ – Oct. 27 and 28. The Ohio State University Department of History, in partnership with the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, will host a symposium marking the 100th anniversary of the war. “The War to End All Wars: U.S. National World War I Centennial Symposium, 1916-2016” will be presented Thursday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Oct. 28. Most events are free and open to all.
Ohio State was chosen by the commission to host the event “because of the strength of our military history program, which is among the best if not the best in the United States,” explained Peter Mansoor, Colonel, U.S. Army (retired), and the General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History.
The event will include a keynote address Thursday evening by Sir Hew Strachan, the world’s leading historian of the First World War. Strachan will discuss the killing fields of 1916, the year that witnessed horrendous fighting at Verdun and on the Somme.
Friday’s daytime events feature experts addressing the military history of the war, the financing of the combatants, the human toll of the conflict, changes the war wrought to the law of war and the medical condition diagnosed at the time as “shell shock. SEE: https://u.osu.edu/ww1centennial/

Gonzalez-Torres Artwork to Come Down with Long’s Bookstore Demolition. When the iconic Long’s Bookstore building at 1836 N. High St. meets the wrecking ball in early October, Félix González-Torres’s “Untitled (For Parkett),” a billboard-sized artwork, will come down with it. The installation at Long’s Bookstore was the final stage in the lifespan of the work, with González-Torres’s intention for the piece to be complete when hung for public view.
The 125 x 272-inch piece was installed on the façade of the vacant Long’s building because of its campus location and visibility to students, faculty and the community. Blake Byrne – whose father was an Ohio State alumnus – presented “Untitled (For Parkett)” to Ohio State with the knowledge it would be destroyed with the building.
Long’s Bookstore and adjacent buildings are being torn down to make way for a long-imagined transformation for the historic intersection and campus gateway at 15thAvenue and High Street, according to Amanda Hoffsis, president of Campus Partners for Community Redevelopment, the university’s non-profit development arm, “The installation of the work by Felix González-Torres on the former Long’s building was a symbolic expression that foreshadowed the rebirth of this important crossroad between the university arts community on the west side of High Street and the neighborhood on the east side,” she said.
SEE: http://artsandsciences.osu.edu/news/gonzalez-torres-artwork-to-come-down.