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Story Ideas for Media 10-30-06


OSU Army ROTC wins back-to-back championships
– A team of Ohio State Army ROTC cadets put in a very tough weekend earlier this month and placed first in the Ranger Challenge at Ft. Knox, KY. The team is the first to repeat as champions in back-to-back years in the 21 year history of the competition. The 18-hour contest on Oct. 21-22 covered 8 events - the Army Physical Fitness Test, basic rifle marksmanship, construction and execution of a one-rope bridge, patrolling, weapons assembly, orienteering, hand grenade assault course and a 10 kilometer (6.2 mile) forced road march. The purpose of the Ranger Challenge Program is to challenge cadets in tough mental and physical competition, enhance leader development, develop team cohesion, and develop healthy competition among the Army ROTC battalions. LTC Todd Miller, battalion commander and professor of Military Science & Leadership, says the Buckeye Battalion Ranger Challenge team featured some of the best Army ROTC cadets ever from Ohio State. CONTACT: LTC Miller, (614) 292-6075.


Election Law@Moritz provides up to date analysis of legal issues in elections
– Ohio State’s Election Law @ Moritz program offers a weekly teleconference to provide up-to-date analysis of critical legal developments occurring throughout this year\'s midterm election cycle. The teleconference, usually held at 2 p.m. ET every Tuesday, will be held at 3 p.m. this week (10/24). Reporters may join the teleconference by calling 1-800-261-9609. Moritz Law experts are available at (614) 247-8880 or http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/electionlaw/index.php


Moderate drinking may boost memory, study suggests.
In the long run, a drink or two a day may be good for the brain. Researchers found that moderate amounts of alcohol – amounts equivalent to a couple of drinks a day for a human – improved the memories of laboratory rats.
Such a finding may have implications for serious neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer\'s, said Matthew During, the study\'s senior author and a professor of molecular virology, immunology and cancer genetics at Ohio State University.
“There is some evidence suggesting that mild to moderate alcohol consumption can protect against diseases like Alzheimer\'s in humans,” said During. “But it\'s not apparent how this happens.” CONTACT: Matthew During, (614) 247-4351; During.1@osu.edu SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/alzhalco.htm


Ohio State students discuss the 2006 campus vote – Oct. 31.
As the focus intensifies on Ohio’s upcoming elections, a diverse group of Ohio State University student leaders will come together for a discussion with reporters on the pivotal issues driving the college-age vote at 3 p.m. on Tuesday (10/31) at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, Page Hall, third floor library, 1810 College Rd.
This discussion, Campus Vote 2006, is designed to facilitate a dialogue between reporters and some of the most prominent student voices on campus. Ohio State has become a focal point for state and national media covering the midterm election. This dialogue coincides with the taping of the “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” at Ohio State.
The session will be moderated by Don Stenta, associate director of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. Participants will include Ryan Fournier, president of Undergraduate Student Government (USG); Shaheen Samavati, campus editor of The Lantern; Sara Feldenkris, director of USG government relations; Matt Kocsan, chairman of College Republicans; Lee Roberts, president of College Democrats; Stacyann Russell, chair of the African American Heritage Festival; Sam Saldivar, Hispanic student leader; and Kyle Williams, Black Law Student Association. CONTACT: Liz Cook, (614) 292-7276.

Jeffries to discuss Black gubernatorial candidates – Nov. 1. Judson L. Jeffries, professor of African American and African Studies at Ohio State, will deliver “Why Ken Won’t Win: Black Gubernatorial Candidates Have Tough Road to Hoe” at 6 p.m. Wednesday (11/1) at the Department of African American and African Studies Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave. Jeffries will provide an analysis on America’s history of gubernatorial races that feature black candidates and Ken Blackwell’s run for the office of governor of Ohio. The lecture is free and open to the public. CONTACT: Community Extension Center, (614) 292-3922.

Panel discussion looks at science and religion – Nov. 2. A panel of four distinguished scholars will discuss “The Two Cultures: Science and Religion in the Age of Darwin” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday (11/2) in the Fawcett Center Auditorium, 2400 Olentangy River Road. The panelists will be available to talk to media from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Panelists are John F. Haught, Georgetown University; Edward J. Larson, University of Georgia; Holmes Rolston, III, Colorado State University; and Owen Gingerich, Harvard University. Joan Herbers, Dean of the College of Biological Sciences, will moderate.
In addition, each visiting panelist will present a scholarly lecture. Haught will deliver “God After Darwin: Can Faith and Evolution Be Reconciled?” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (11/1) in 264 Macquigg, 105 W. Woodruff Avenue; Larson will give “A Brief History of the Evolution Teaching Controversy: From Dayton, TN to Dover, PA,” at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday (11/2) in 264 Macquigg; Rolston will present “Generating Life on Earth: Six Looming Questions,” at 3 p.m., on Thursday (11/2) in 264 Macquigg; and Gingerich will discuss “How Galileo Changed the Rules of Science” at 10 a.m. on Friday (11/3) in 162 Hopkins.
All events are free and open to the public. CONTACT: