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Story Ideas for Media - 08/22/06


Ohio State cracks top 20 among nation's public universities
- According to the U.S. News & World Report 2007 edition of America's Best Colleges released Friday (8/18), The Ohio State University has been named 19th among the nation's top 50 public universities, up from 21st in 2005, 22nd in 2004 and 2003, and 24th in 2002. "This is the latest evidence of the clear, steady increase in the academic reputation of this great university," said Ohio State President Karen A. Holbrook. CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.


Pressure to be more muscular may lead me to unhealthy behaviors.
Women are not the only people in American society who feel pressured to achieve the perfect body. New research suggests that men feel pressure to have muscular bodies, and that influence can lead some to symptoms of eating disorders, pressure to use steroids, and an unhealthy preoccupation with weightlifting. "Men see these idealized, muscular men in the media and feel their own bodies don't measure up," said Tracy Tylka, author of the study and assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State University's Marion campus. Of course, women have been pressured for decades to achieve a thin ideal, but this is a more recent phenomenon for men, Tylka said. CONTACT: Tracy Tylka, (740) 389-6786; Tylka.2@osu.edu, SEE:http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/maleobj.htm


Shell Oil president to visit campus for energy announcement - Aug. 24.
Ensuring a safe and secure energy industry will be the topic of a press conference at 11 a.m. on Thursday, featuring John Hofmeister, president of Shell Oil Company and Karen Holbrook, president of Ohio State University. Hofmeister will discuss energy issues and make an announcement concerning Shell's support for the university. The announcement will take place at the new home for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, in the courtyard of Scott Laboratory, 201 W. 19th Ave. The rain site is Room E100. CONTACT: Joan Wall, (614) 292-4064. To locate this on a campus map see: http://www.osu.edu/map/building.php?area=&building=148

Chemical Abstracts leader will deliver commencement address - Aug. 27. Robert J. Massie, president of Columbus-based Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS), will be the speaker for summer quarter commencement on Aug. 27 at Ohio State University. Approximately 1,900 students will receive degrees at the ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m. at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.

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, Shelly Hoffman, (614) 247-4748 or hoffman.511@osu.edu, Jim Lynch, (614) 247-4110 or lynch.270@osu.edu, or Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385 or murray-goedde.1@osu.edu