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Story Ideas for Media 11-20-06


Ohio State closed on Thursday and Friday
– Due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday, Ohio State offices are closed and there are no classes on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24.

Theatre Research Institute acquires show print collection. The Curtiss Show Print collection by Nyle and Helen Stateler, a remarkable compilation documenting the letterpress work done by the company for their show business clients, has been donated to Ohio State’s Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute.
The collection contains materials printed by Curtiss Show Print, including posters, window cards, heralds, tickets, ads, letterhead stationery, and other materials, and also printing blocks and work orders. These pieces provide incredible opportunities to explore not only the work of the show printer, but also the history and legacy of tent shows, vaudeville companies, minstrel shows, circuses, and other traveling companies in the early to mid 20th century.
The Curtiss Show Print began in Kalida in 1905, and moved to nearby Continental, Ohio, to take advantage of its location and access to the railroad.
Nyle and Curtiss Show Print were the subject of a recent award-winning documentary, Continental, Ohio, produced by Murphy & Associates. Inc., and WOSU-TV.
The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute, jointly administered by The Ohio State University Libraries and Department of Theatre, collects, preserves, maintains, and makes accessible research materials in the performing arts.
CONTACT: Jerome Lawrence Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute, (614) 292-6614. SEE: http://library.osu.edu/sites/tri/


Antioxidants: new kid on the block for pain relief?
Antioxidant-based pain killers may one day become a viable alternative to addictive medications such as morphine.
Researchers found that synthetic antioxidants practically eradicated pain-like behavior in nearly three-quarters of mice with inflamed hind paws.
“When it comes to pain killers, there aren\'t many choices between over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and aspirin and prescription opiates like morphine,” said Robert Stephens, a professor of physiology and cell biology at Ohio State University. He’s the lead author of a study examining the effects of antioxidants as pain killers. CONTACT: Robert Stephens, (614) 292-4706; stephens.6@osu.edu, SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/antipain.htm


University to host 15th annual Thanksgiving dinner – Nov. 23.
Thanksgiving is traditionally recognized as a holiday spent with family, friends and lots of food. For Ohio State faculty, staff and students, and their families unable to travel to their homes, dinner will be provided from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday (10/23) in the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. Music, cultural presentations and children’s activities will be provided for the more than 1,000 people expected. The dinner is free but tickets are required and available at the Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center, 153 W. 12th Ave. and the Office of International Education, Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Ave. Free parking will be provided in the Ohio Union garage. CONTACT: Larry Williamson at (614) 292-0074 or williamson.1@osu.edu or Kevin Harty at (614) 292-6101 or harty.1@osu.edu

Israeli and Palestinian officials and scholars meet at Ohio State to launch initiatives on Jerusalem – Nov. 27-28. “Jerusalem: Cultures and Communities in Contention” is the subject of a working meeting on Monday and Tuesday (11/27-28) at Ohio State’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies. The meeting brings together Israeli and Palestinian scholars and officials from Al Quds University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to launch a virtual course on Jerusalem among the three institutions. OSU students will meet with their peers in Jerusalem in a virtual environment to study the cultural dimensions of contemporary Jerusalem. A pilot effort was held last year under the auspices of the International Studies Program.
Visiting Israeli and Palestinian scholars will also discuss a manuscript on cultural identities begun in the 1990s under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution’s Jerusalem Project. The Jerusalem Project is now housed at the Ohio State University. The publication will make a significant contribution to questions that arise at the intersection of international security and cultural identity in disputed territories.
In addition, Jerusalem Project participants will present two public forums on Monday (11/27), at the Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave: “Dualing Jerusalems,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. and “Jerusalem\'s Shifting Identities,” from 6 to 8 p.m. CONTACT: Amanda Metskas, metskas.1@osu.edu, (614) 571-5112 (cell) or (614) 292-1025 (office). SEE: http://mershoncenter.osu.edu/events/november/jerusalemconference.htm

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