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Story Ideas for Media 10/5/11


Ohio State launches Center for Applied Plant Sciences: New bioproducts and enhanced crop performance among priorities. A new Ohio State University center will support the “translation” or connection between basic research and applications in areas such as photosynthesis and carbon fixation, biomass and bioproducts, crop production enhancement, and plant-microbe interactions.
The Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS), is a partnership of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
CAPS will support the work of interdisciplinary scientific teams with members from across the university. These teams will have access to research facilities, PhD students and graduate fellowships through the university’s new interdisciplinary graduate program in Translational Plant Sciences, postdoctoral fellowships, and research seed grants. SEE: http://artsandsciences.osu.edu/news/ohio-state-launches-center-for-applied-plant-sciences


Ohio State University and GE Capital to make major announcement, unveil research – Oct. 6.
More than 500 mid-market CEOs, policymakers, academics, industry experts, and students will hear keynote speeches from GE executives, Ohio State researchers, and policy makers as part of the 2011 National Middle Market Summit: Leading From the Middle. The event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday (10/6) at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St.. Keynote speakers include Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric, Michael Neal, GE Capital president and CEO, Christine Poon, dean of The Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, and Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich.
The event officially kicks off Fisher’s long-term partnership with GE – a partnership that will yield new research on the middle market, an increasingly vital, but rarely studied segment of the U.S. economy. For more information and to arrange interviews, CONTACT: Patty Allen at allen.965@osu.edu or (614) 292-8937.

World premiere of Creative Campus theater show about foreclosure – Oct. 6-8. The result of a cross-campus collaboration, HOUSE / DIVIDED by New York theater group The Builders Association is a multi-media theater show that explores the foreclosure crisis through the lens of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. The show, supported by a Creative Campus Innovations Grant and a Wexner Center Residency Award, has its world premiere October 6–8 in Thurber Theatre as part of the Wexner Center’s fall season. Over the course of the past year, The Builders have worked with students and faculty from the fields of architecture, business, history, comparative studies, agriculture, theater, and more for the research and development of this show (Weinland Park has proven to be an important reference point), and are now in the midst of their final creative residency here on campus. SEE: www.creativecampusosu.org. CONTACT: Karen Simonian, Wexner Center for the Arts, (614) 292-9923 or ksimonian@wexarts.org.

Frank W. Hale Jr. legacy celebrated – Oct. 8 and 11. The legacy of Frank W. Hale Jr., formally vice provost and professor emeritus, will be celebrated with two campus observances.
A memorial service will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday (10/8) at Weigel Hall, 1866 College Rd., followed by the African American Voices Gospel Choir in concert from 6 to 8 p.m.
C. Sunny Martin, publisher of “100 Years of African American Achievement” at Ohio State, will kick off a memorial tribute speaker series at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (10/11) at the Hale Black Cultural Center, 153 W. 12th Ave.
Hale, who built a legacy of diversity in higher education and civil rights, dedicated 24 years of leadership to Ohio State. He died on July 27, 2011 at age 84. CONTACT: Larry Williamson, Director, Hale Black Cultural Center at