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Story Ideas for Media 10/4/10


Ohio State clearing heart blockages through the wrist. While coronary artery stenting through an incision in the upper thigh has been a standard practice to treat blocked heart arteries for many years, very few patients in the U.S. have the procedure performed through a punctured artery in the wrist. Fewer still have it performed as an outpatient procedure.
The Ohio State University Medical Center’s Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital is one of the first in the country to offer a new clinical initiative to carefully selected patients who don’t have any other chronic health problems. This new approach minimizes the risk of complications and allows patients to go home the same day. SEE: http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/mediaroom/Pages/release.aspx?newsID=5989


Ohio State study: Television drove viewers to the web to explore Obama-Muslim rumors. A study examining Americans' interest in the rumor that Barack Obama is a Muslim shows that the mainstream media - particularly television - still influences the topics that engage the public.
Researchers found that online searches about the Obama-Muslim rumor spiked on days that the topic was heavily covered on national television networks, and that searches declined on days when there was less coverage.
“With all the attention given to blogs and online news, some people have suggested that the mainstream media's role has diminished in our society,” said Brian Weeks, lead author of the study, and currently a doctoral student in communication at Ohio State University. CONTACT: Jeff Grabmeier, (614) 292-8457 or Grabmeier.1@osu.edu. SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/agendamedia.htm

Black Unemployment Rises in August; Minority Business Stimulus Contracts Still Lag. The federal stimulus and economic recovery continue to have lower impact on the communities most in need, says a report released by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. The Race-Recovery Index notes rising August and one-year unemployment rates for Black Americans, coupled with a lower share of cumulative federal Recovery Act contract awards through August for both Black- and Latino-owned businesses. SEE: http://www.kirwaninstitute.org/ September 2010 Race-Recovery Index.


Author Colin Bevan to deliver lecture – Oct. 4 and 5. Each summer, the first-year class forms what may be one of the largest book clubs in the nation: the Buckeye Book Community.
This year, all new students were assigned No Impact Man where author Colin Beavan chronicles his life after deciding to go off the grid for one year to see if it’s possible to make no net impact on the environment. Bevan will discuss his book at 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday (10/4 and 5) at Mershon Auditorium. Next week (10/10-17), students will try to commit to having no environmental impact for a week. CONTACT: Julie Schultz, (614) 247-4341 or schultz.173@osu.edu.

Recruiting college students as poll workers – Oct. 6. The Franklin County Board of Elections will deliver a progress report on a campaign to recruit hundreds of students from Ohio State and Columbus State Community College to serve as poll workers for the Nov. 2 general election. Election officials and student recruiters will be available to talk about the Kids Voting Central Ohio project. The news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday (10/6) at the Franklin County Board of Elections, 280 E. Broad St. CONTACT: Ben Piscitelli, Franklin County Board of Elections, (614) 462-5351 or bjpiscit@franklincountyohio.gov.

Students answer university call to get a passport – Oct. 7. As part of Ohio State’s passport campaign, in which students are encouraged to get a passport, representatives from the Franklin County Clerk of Courts office will be on campus for the Study Abroad Expo to take passport photos and accept completed passport applications. Ohio State students will learn more about expanding their educational opportunities at the Study Abroad Expo, October 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Great Hall Meeting Room at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. Visit http://oia.osu.edu to get a full calendar of Expo events. Whether it’s studying abroad with a group, landing an internship, conducting field work or becoming involved in a service learning project, having an international experience during your college career is becoming increasingly important in our global society. CONTACT: Maureen Miller, (614) 247-2462, miller.4468@osu.edu.

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