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Ohio State University Story Ideas for Media 7/10/15

Buckeye Current student-designed motorcycle finishes well at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb competition. Buckeye Current, the student electric motorcycle team at Ohio State University, recently competed in the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Buckeye Current’s bike, RW-3, finished second in its electric class and 16th overall out of 52 motorcycles (both electric and gasoline-powered) with a time of 11:12.756. This feat is 46 seconds faster than the leading electric motorcycle of the 2014 competition.
Despite tremendous setbacks – the team’s rider had an unforeseeable accident on a practice run resulting in major repairs to the bike and enlisting the help of a new rider – the team persevered to ensure that its bike made it to the summit of Pikes Peak. While the team did not break the overall motorcycle record as desired, its accomplishments in the attempt were remarkable. CONTACT: Lauren Alman, Buckeye Current Marketing Coordinator, alman.5@osu.edu. SEE: http://current.osu.edu/.

Researching the sounds of music. In addition to top-tier research in sciences and medicine, Ohio State has a robust research program in music.
“We take our music research very seriously,” said David Huron, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Music and a member of Ohio State’s Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences. He is one of a growing number of music scholars in the field of music cognition, which attempts to answer questions related to the experience of music.
Huron, whose research focus is on music and emotion, has traveled the world studying people’s reactions to music.
One of his recent studies delves into the phenomenon of music and sadness. “It’s a curious problem,” he said. “Why would people intentionally seek out music that makes them sad? It’s kind of a paradox — if you’re feeling sad, why would you want to listen to music that makes you sadder? But 50 percent of the population would say that they like listening to sad music.”
One of Huron’s most interesting recent studies asked the question­, “What makes a sound cute?” SEE: http://artsandsciences.osu.edu/ascent/2015/spring/researching-the-sounds-of-music.

Caribbean countries developing surveillance plans on antibiotic use in agriculture. Veterinarians, public health officials and scientists from eight Caribbean countries will take part in a two-week training program that focuses on antibiotic use in agriculture and the growing problem of antibiotic resistance at the College of Veterinary Medicine beginning on Monday, July 13. The program is designed specifically for Caribbean countries, and is sponsored by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture.
On Monday and Tuesday, July 20 and 21, participants will learn lab techniques at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s offices and laboratories in Reynoldsburg. Ultimately this training will result in the development of a regional plan for surveillance in agriculture, specifically looking for Salmonella, e. Coli, MRSA, and campylobacter, in order to reduce food-borne illness and prevent the spread of resistant bacteria. CONTACT: Shannon Zaret, 614-292-4058

Positive job outlook for graduates of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Ninety-two percent of recent graduates of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences report either having a job or being enrolled in an advanced degree program within six months of graduation.
That’s according to a recent survey by school officials that found that of those graduates, 77.2 percent reported accepting positions in Ohio, which contributes to the state’s overall economic strength, said Adam Cahill, career development manager for the college.
The remaining graduates reported accepting positions in 25 other states and three other countries, Cahill said. SEE: http://cfaes.osu.edu/news/articles/nearly-all-cfaes-grads-report-positive-job-outlook.

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