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Story Ideas for Media 10/19/09


Ohio State sets new enrollment records. The Ohio State University has set new records this fall – in the size, quality and diversity of its student body.
There are new records in the number of students attending the Columbus campus and several regional campuses. New autumn quarter enrollment figures show a 2.7 percent increase in Ohio State enrollment, with a record 63,217 students on all campuses and a record 55,014 on the Columbus campus – a 2.4 percent increase.
Regional campus enrollment also set a new record with more than 8,200 students – up 4.5 percent. New enrollment records were set at Ohio State's campuses in Lima, Mansfield, Marion and Newark.
Across all campuses, there are a record 49,915 undergraduates including 9,510 new first-year students.
Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee says while many colleges have reduced the size of their freshman class, Ohio State has done the opposite, providing more students than ever access to higher education. CONTACT: Amy Murray (614) 292-8385. SEE: http://www.osu.edu/news/newsitem2575


Turtles and salmonella – Health officials are renewing warnings that pet turtles can carry salmonella following a report published today on one of the largest such outbreaks in history. The study, published in the journal "Pediatrics" tracks the progression of salmonella from a backyard swimming pool in North Carolina to cases in 34 states beginning in 2007.
Dr. Larry Capitan, a clinical instructor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine, has been conducting research on salmonella in turtles for more than 10 years. He is available to comment about the report released today, as well as spread of salmonella. He is available via email at capitini.1@osu.edu or CONTACT Melissa Weber, (614) 292-3752.


Deaths to local soldiers matter in shaping war opinion. Americans think locally when they consider whether the loss of U.S. troops overseas warrants troop withdrawals, a new nationwide study suggests.
Researchers found that people were more likely to support withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq if one or more soldiers from their home state were killed there within the past two to three weeks.
That was true regardless of how many soldiers from other parts of the country had been killed recently, or how many total national casualties had occurred.
"If you want to gauge public opinion about the war, look at local coverage about the deaths of local soldiers – that seems to be driving opinion more than what's on national news," said Andrew Hayes, co-author of the study and associate professor of communication at Ohio State University. CONTACT: Jeff Grabmeier, (614) 292-8457; Grabmeier.1@osu.edu . SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/casualties.htm.


It's Homecoming Week at Ohio State – through Oct. 24. Ohio State invites alumni to come home for Homecoming 2009, "A State of Pride," October 20-24. The weeklong event celebrates Buckeye pride, traditions and history. Throughout the week, events include "Floats under construction" under the south stands at Ohio Stadium from 6 p.m. to midnight on Wednesday and Thursday (10/21-22), the annual Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally on Friday (10/23), and the homecoming football game against Minnesota on Saturday (10/24). SEE: http://homecoming.osu.edu/
At the conclusion of the homecoming parade, once the last float passes, the Nike Human Race kicks off at 7:30 p.m. from the corner of N. Oval Mall and College Rd. Runners must register for the 5 or 10K race online. The race supports Ohio State's "Students First, Students Now" scholarship fund.

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.

Lecture: Ending America's ambivalence in the war on drugs – Oct. 26. Social Workers and those interested in the social welfare of the community are invited to the College of Social Work's 2009 Robert J. O'Leary Memorial Lecture at 6 p.m. next Monday (10/26) at the Fawcett Center Auditorium, 2400 Olentangy River Road.
This year's topic – Ending America's Ambivalence in the War on Drugs – will be presented by Dr. Diana DiNitto of the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. A response follows the lecture, featuring Keith Kilty, College of Social Work professor emeritus and Lori Criss of Amethyst, Inc., a drug and alcohol treatment center in Columbus for women and their families. Established in 1985, the Robert J. O'Leary Memorial Lecture Series features noted American scholars who are asked to address various issues for the professional enrichment of social workers and other members of the social welfare community. CONTACT: Frankie Jones-Harris at jones-harris.1@osu.edu or (614) 292-3540.

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