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Story Ideas for Media 10/13/09


Ohio State study finds partner abuse leads to wide range of health problems. Women abused by intimate partners suffer higher rates of a wide variety of doctor-diagnosed medical maladies compared to women who were never abused, according to a new study of more than 3,000 women.
Many of these health problems are not commonly understood as being associated with violence, such as abdominal pain, chest pain, headaches, acid reflux, urinary tract infections, and menstrual disorders.
“Roughly half of the diagnoses we examined were more common in abused women than in other women,” said Amy Bonomi, lead author of the study and associate professor of human development and family science at Ohio State University. “Abuse is associated with much more than cuts and bruises.” CONTACT: Jeff Grabmeier, (614) 292-8457. SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/ipvdiagnosis.htm


Animal Welfare Symposium on campus – Oct. 16. The “Ohio State Animal Welfare Symposium: Building Partnerships to Address Animal Welfare,” takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday (10/16) at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr.
Organized by Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, which have recently partnered with the Animal Welfare Science Centre of Australia, the symposium will celebrate the new partnership, and examine issues surrounding farm animal welfare in Ohio and across the country, highlighting current animal welfare research and encouraging balanced discussions with perspectives that are grounded in science and education. A list of speakers and agenda are available. CONTACT: Melissa Weber, College of Veterinary Medicine at (614) 292-3752.

Join President Gee at discussion of book on college completion rates – Oct. 16. William Bowen, former president of Princeton University and co-author of “Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities,” will discuss the book at 10:30 a.m. on Friday (10/16) in the Thompson Main Library Grand Reading Room. Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee will introduce Bowen and his co-author, researcher Matthew Chingos, prior to the talk. A question and answer session will follow. CONTACT: Amy Murray (614) 292-8385.

Chief Shoe Giver speaks on campus – Oct. 20. Ohio State will welcome Blake Mycoskie as the First-Year Distinguished Speaker at 7 p.m. Tuesday (10/20) in Weigel Hall Auditorium, 1866 College Rd. Mycoskie is the founder and Chief Shoe Giver at TOMS Shoes. TOMS donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for each pair sold and is revolutionizing the way conscientious consumers shop. The event, which is for first-year students, is sponsored by Ohio State’s office of Undergraduate Admissions and the First Year Experience. SEE: http://www.fye.osu.edu/speaker.html CONTACT: Julie Schultz.

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, Shelly Hoffman, (614) 247-4748, Jim Lynch, (614) 247-4110, or Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.