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Story Ideas for Media 11/1/10


Ohio State joins competition to reduce energy use in residence halls. The Ohio State University is participating in the first real-time, nationwide contest among colleges and universities to reduce electricity and water use in residence halls Nov. 1-19.
Five Ohio State residence halls are in the competition. Residents of Drackett, Morrill, Steeb, Smith, and Taylor halls will be able to compare performance, share winning strategies, and track standings among the leading schools and buildings across the country.
Campus Conservation Nationals leverages the momentum of popular dorm-energy competitions and extends the playing field to include rival institutions from across the country.
The goals are not only to reduce energy costs, but to empower students to conserve resources in their residences, and create a culture of conservation on campus.
Other Ohio participants include Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, Miami University, Oberlin College, University of Cincinnati, and Wittenberg University. CONTACT: Amy Murray (614) 292-8385. SEE: http://www.competetoreduce.org/index.php


Warning: tree stands, not trigger finger are biggest threat to hunters. A new study from The Ohio State University Medical Center shows that tree stands, not guns, are the Midwestern deer hunter’s most dangerous weapon.
Critical care and trauma researchers sought to debunk the stereotype that most hunting injuries are gunshot wounds, typically associated with alcohol or drug use, and are accidentally self-inflicted or caused by a fellow hunter. Specifically, they wanted to identify the causes of hunting-related injuries and to characterize trauma-associated injury patterns.
“Observations and experience from working in a Level 1 trauma center led us to the hypothesis that in our geographic region, falls, not firearms, are responsible for a significant proportion of hunting-related injuries,” says Dr. Charles Cook, a trauma surgeon at Ohio State’s Medical Center and also lead author of the study.
The study, published recently in the journal The American Surgeon, confirmed the hypothesis that falls from tree stands are the leading cause of hunting-related injuries in Ohio requiring Level 1 trauma center admission.
“Cold air, fatigue, darkness and early morning hours, combined with the fact that tree stands are very small and most of the hunters were not wearing safety harnesses, I believe, all contributed to their falls,” Cook says. CONTACT: Sherri L. Kirk, Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, (614) 293-3737, Sherri.Kirk@osumc.edu SEE: http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/viewer/press/Pages/index.aspx?NewsID=6093


Ohio State students, faculty experts election night – Nov. 2. Media are invited to cover two Ohio State events focused on Election Day.
•Election night viewing party. Ohio State students and community members will watch the election returns come in during an Election Night Extravaganza, 7-10 p.m. on Tuesday (11/2) on the first floor of Page Hall, 1810 College Road. Sponsored by the John Glenn School of Public Affairs and the Politics, Society, and Law Scholars Program, the viewing party provides a nonpartisan viewing environment as well as guest speakers, snacks and games. CONTACT: Hank Wilson, 247-4517 or wilson.2080@osu.edu. SEE: http://glennschool.osu.edu/
•Ohio State Election Law Central provides key Election Day analysis. Members of The Ohio State University Election Law @ Moritz program are available to discuss voting problems and lawsuits leading up to the Nov. 2 elections. The program’s team includes seven election law experts and several legal researchers who will monitor voting across the country and update this web site. Experts are available for on-camera interviews via a Vyvx line as well as radio interviews by ISDN or landline. SEE: http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/electionlaw/media.php

Ohio State business students compete as Columbus hosts national contest – Nov. 5-7. The Nationwide/Fisher Biz Quiz, the competition that tests students’ knowledge of critical business news in a fast-paced game show format, returns for a fifth year attracting 18 universities from around the nation to Columbus on Nov. 5-7.
Competing for cash prizes, teams composed of three undergraduate students will be asked questions from articles appearing in The Wall Street Journal. Borrowing from the quiz show format of “Jeopardy,” teams sound a buzzer when they believe they have the correct answer.
The competition will include individual rounds, team preliminary rounds and team semifinals. The three top-scoring schools will face off in a final showdown on Sunday, Nov. 7 moderated by Krishnan Anantharaman, from The Wall Street Journal. SEE: http://fisher.osu.edu/undergraduate/events-and-competitions/biz-quiz/

Ohio State Engineers join International Unmanned Robot Contest – Nov. 8-13. Researchers from Ohio State’s College of Engineering are participating in an international defense competition to develop unmanned ground vehicle systems for military or emergency uses.
Ümit Özgüner, professor of electrical and computer engineering, leads Ohio State’s participation with a team of researchers in Turkey for MAGIC 2010, the Multi Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge hosted by the Australia and U.S. Departments of Defense.
The teams will compete Nov. 8-13 to develop next-generation, fully autonomous ground vehicle systems that can be deployed effectively in military operations and civilian emergency situations. Ohio State researchers are members of Cappadocia, a team that is among six selected as finalists for the November contest at the Royal Showground in Adelaide, South Australia. CONTACT: Candice Clevenger, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Public Relations Coordinator: (614) 292-1806, clevenger.87@osu.edu, SEE: http://engineering.osu.edu/news/?p=1609

Ohio State veterinary students raise money with 5k walk/run – Nov. 7. The fifth annual Vets 4 Pets 5K walk/run (with or without your dog) takes place on Sunday (11/7) at Ohio State. Organized by students in the College of Veterinary Medicine, proceeds will benefit the CHA Animal Shelter, and also support the classes of 2012 and 2013. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; walk starts at 10 a.m. at the College of Veterinary Medicine, 1900 Coffey Rd. CONTACT: Melissa Weber, weber.254@osu.edu or (614) 292-3752.

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