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Ohio State University Story Ideas for Media 6/26/15

French Minister of Agriculture to conduct seminar on carbon sequestration – June 27. The Honorable Stéphane Le Foll, the French Minister of Agriculture, will present “Research on Carbon Sequestration in Soils: A Priority for France” at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 27 at 333 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road. The theme of the seminar is pertinent to addressing climate change and is the focus of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris in December 2015. The event is sponsored by the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, part of the School of Environment and Natural Resources in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. SEE: http://senr.osu.edu/about-us/events/research-carbon-sequestration-soils-priority-france.

Buckeye Current rallies to compete in 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – June 28. Buckeye Current, Ohio State’s student electric motorcycle team, will compete in the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday, June 28. This follows the success of the team’s 2013 and 2014 Isle of Man TT Zero performances, where the team achieved third place victories and was named developer of the world’s fastest collegiate electric motorcycle two years in a row. This year, the team created an entirely new bike to conquer Pikes Peak. The RW-3 is designed to average 76 miles per hour through the course with a top speed of 125 miles per hour.
Unfortunately, during testing after arriving in Colorado, bike driver Rob Barber crashed and was injured. He is recovering; students have repaired the bike and secured a replacement rider to race the bike. SEE: http://current.osu.edu/.  On site CONTACT: Lauren Alman, Buckeye Current marketing coordinator alman.5@osu.edu (703) 965-3330.

Center based at Ohio State helping Ohio battle persistent water quality issues. When summer arrives in Ohio, public and private conversations about water quality—or lack thereof—are not far behind. This summer is no different, with recent media coverage focusing on algal blooms in several prominent Ohio lakes and high nitrate levels in drinking water.
Based in The Ohio State University College of Engineering, the Ohio Water Resources Center (Ohio WRC) is one of 54 Water Resources Research Institutes nationwide federally authorized by the Water Resources Research act to promote and fund research and outreach activities concentrated on common water issues of local and regional interest.
Since 2010, the Ohio WRC has directly funded nearly 20 projects and investigators that provided student education in areas directly related to nutrient runoff, waste water treatment, microcystin treatment, algae and nutrient tracking and water quality. SEE: https://engineering.osu.edu/news/2015/06/center-based-ohio-state-helping-ohio-battle-chronic-water-quality-issues.

For black rhino, zoo diet might be too much of a good thing. A new study shows that captive black rhinos – but not their wild counterparts – are at high risk for two common health problems suffered by millions of humans: inflammation and insulin resistance.
The finding suggests captive black rhinos have metabolic problems. In humans, these same conditions can both result from a rich diet and sedentary lifestyle and contribute to obesity and other diseases.
To be clear, this study does not suggest that zoos cause health problems in black rhinos, said Pam Dennis, clinical assistant professor of veterinary preventive medicine at The Ohio State University and senior author of the study. Just as research in humans continues to shed new light on the metabolic complexities of obesity, she said veterinary research is “just scratching the surface” of the same kind of thinking about animal health.
CONTACT: Pam Dennis, 216-635-2520 or 614-292-1206; Dennis.129@osu.edu or pmd@clevelandmetroparks.com. SEE: https://news.osu.edu/news/2015/06/22/black-rhino-health/.

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