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Ohio State University Story Ideas for Media 6-2-15

Ohio State water experts to speak to Columbus Metropolitan Club – June 3. Three Ohio State University experts will present “What the Muck? Managing Ohio’s Freshwater Assets” at the Columbus Metropolitan Club luncheon from noon to 1:15 on Wednesday, June 3 at the Athletic Club of Columbus, 136 E. Broad St. 
In the wake of last summer’s Toledo water crisis, Ohio State experts started Field to Faucet, a new program meant to ensure safe water for all Ohioans while keeping the state’s farms productive and profitable.
Speakers include Bruce McPheron, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Jeff Reutter, who recently retired as director of Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory programs on Lake Erie and an expert on such topics as harmful algal blooms and phosphorus pollution; and Eugene Braig, aquatic ecosystems program director in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, an expert on fisheries and invasive species, including the Asian carp threatening to wreak havoc in the Great Lakes. SEE: http://cfaes.osu.edu/news/articles/ohio-state-water-experts-speak-columbus-metropolitan-club-june-3.

Ohio State University trustees and committees to meet June 2 – 5. The Ohio State University Board of Trustees and its committees will meet Tuesday through Friday, June 2 – 5. Meetings will be held in the Ross Heart Hospital, 452 W. 10th Ave., on Tuesday, June 2, and at the Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Road on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, June 3 – 5.
On Tuesday, the Wexner Medical Center Board will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Wednesday, the Talent and Compensation Ad Hoc Committee will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the Advancement Committee will meet in executive session from 2 to 5 p.m. On Thursday, there will be meetings of the Board of Trustees Governance Committee from 8:30 to 10 a.m.; the Advancement and Audit and Compliance committees from 2:30 to 4 p.m.; and the Finance and Academic Affairs and Student Life committees from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. The board will meet in executive session from 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
On Friday, the Master Planning and Facilities Ad Hoc Committee will meet from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. The full board meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. CONTACT: Chris Davey, 614-292-5962, Davey.8@osu.edu. SEE: http://trustees.osu.edu/about/meetings-and-minutes/june-5-2015.html

President Drake to deliver Metro Early College High School commencement address – June 6. Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake will deliver the commencement address at the Metro Early College High School graduation ceremony, which takes place from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the Riffe Center Capitol Theatre, 77 S. High St.
Metro is a STEM high school created in 2006 through a partnership between The Ohio State University, Battelle Memorial Institute and the Education Council. Over 85 percent of the students complete coursework at Ohio State before graduation. CONTACT: Gary Lewis, 614-688-2048, Lewis.330@osu.edu.

Dedication and lot party for first Bold Booth – June 7. The first Bold Booth project, Coney Island, is now open and operational in the parking lot of the Westin Columbus Hotel. The Bold Booths Project combines art and function in one-of-a-kind parking attendant booths, which are unique to downtown Columbus. The booths provide shelter for parking lot attendants, but also offer a touch point for a community dialogue about the role design plays in expanding the social capital within the city. To celebrate the opening of the first Bold Booth, Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District and The Ohio State University Office of Outreach and Engagement are hosting a Dedication and Lot Party on Sunday, June 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.CONTACT: Ben Lewis, lewis.485@osu.edu or (614) 247-7100. SEE: http://go.osu.edu/boldbooth.

Will Ohio residents spend less at Amazon now that their purchases are taxed? Starting this week, Ohio residents who make purchases at Amazon.com will be charged for state sales tax. That may affect spending at the online giant, according to researchers at The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business. In a study released last year, Brian Baugh, Itzhak Ben-David, and Hoonsuk Park from Ohio State’s Department of Finance found that sales fell 9.5 percent at Amazon.com in five states when the online retailer began collecting taxes on online purchases. “Internet taxation is an important issue that will be debated for years to come,” Ben-David said. “But we’re starting to learn how much internet retailers really benefit from not having to collect sales tax from customers in some states.” SEE: https://news.osu.edu/news/2014/04/30/online-retailers-have-clear-advantage-by-not-collecting-sales-tax/. CONTACT: Jeff Grabmeier, 614-292-8457 or Grabmeier.1@osu.edu.

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.