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Story Ideas for Media 10/10/11


Ohio State recognized for revolutionizing campus bicycling culture. The League of American Bicyclists today named Ohio State University as a Bicycle Friendly University (BFU), one of just 26 nationwide and the only in Ohio. The Bicycle Friendly University designation recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bicycle-friendly campus for students and visitors.
The organization noted that Ohio State invested more than $2 million over the last three years to connect the campus to the city’s bicycle infrastructure system, construct new bike facilities and parking; and for launching Yay Bikes, a new bicycle education and safety program.
The organization recognized Columbus as a Bicycle Friendly Community in 2009. CONTACT: Amy Murray (614) 292-8385. SEE: http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/

Football fans embracing Zero Waste at Ohio Stadium initiative. The Zero Waste at Ohio Stadium program is getting ever closer to the goal. Three new milestones were set at the Michigan State University game: Ohio Stadium's highest diversion rate (82 percent), lowest amount of trash sent to the landfill (2.2 tons), and the most compost/food diversion (2.4 tons). Inside the stadium, gray is for compost (food and fiber products only) and scarlet is for recycling (plastic, aluminum, and anything else). SEE: http://sustainability.osu.edu/zerowaste


Researchers aim to build dust library. Researchers recently isolated 63 unique dust particles from their laboratory – and that’s just the beginning.
The chemists were testing a new kind of sensor when dust got stuck inside it, and they discovered that they could measure the composition of single dust particles.
In a recent issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, they describe how the discovery could aid the study respiratory diseases caused by airborne particles.
Most dust is natural in origin, explained James Coe, professor of chemistry at Ohio State University. The 63 particles they identified were mainly irregular blobs containing bits of many different ingredients. CONTACT: Pam Frost Gorder, (614) 292-9475. SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/dustlib.htm

Study: Delays in video calls may not always hurt communication. A new study reveals how the delay computer users sometimes experience when making video calls over the internet can actually help communication in some circumstances, even though it is frustrating in many others.
Researchers found that when two strangers first talked about an emotionally charged topic over a video connection with a one-second delay, they actually reported less frustration than did those who talked with no delay.
The finding may seem odd, but there is a good explanation, said Stacie Renfro Powers, lead author of the study and assistant professor of communication at Ohio State University.
“The delay forced the participants to make more effort to follow each other, and they weren’t thinking as much about the difficult topic they were discussing or the uncomfortable situation they were in,” Powers said. CONTACT: Jeff Grabmeier, (614) 292-8457. SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/videodelay.htm

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