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Story Ideas for Media 11/23/09


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. 26 and 27.


Coping at Thanksgiving – Celebrating the holidays away from loved ones who are away and serving in the military can be especially difficult as Thanksgiving approaches. Families of soldiers may find it one of the most emotionally difficult times they’ll face. Experts in The Ohio State University College of Social Work are available to discuss how families can cope. CONTACT: Frankie Jones-Harris, College of Social Work, (614) 292-3540 or (614) 330-2206 or Jones-Harris.1@osu.edu


Ohio State study: Older problem drinkers use more alcohol than do their younger counterparts. Older adults who have alcohol dependence problems drink significantly more than do younger adults who have similar problems, a new study has found. The study was co-authored by Linda Ginzer, a doctoral student in social work at Ohio State.
Ginzer, who conducted the research as part of her dissertation, did the study with Virginia Richardson, professor of social work at Ohio State.
The findings suggest that older problem drinkers may have developed a tolerance for alcohol and need to drink even more than younger abusers to achieve the effects they seek.
Researchers at Ohio State University found that adults over age 60 who have alcohol dependence drink more than 40 alcoholic drinks a week on average, compared to between 25 and 35 drinks a week on average for those in younger age groups with similar problems. CONTACT: Jeff Grabmeier, (614) 292-8457; Grabmeier.1@osu.edu, SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/olderabusers.htm


U.S. Census Bureau director offers overview of what’s ahead – Nov 23. Robert M. Groves, director of the U.S. Census Bureau, will present “An Overview of the 2010 Decennial Census” at 1:30 p.m. today (11/23) at the Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Drive. Following his remarks, Groves will take questions from the audience. The event is presented by Ohio State’s Initiative in Population Research and the John Glenn School for Public Affairs. SEE: http://www.osu.edu/events/event402927

Ohio State to Host Thanksgiving Dinner – Nov. 26. One of the largest Thanksgiving Day dinners on a college campus will be hosted by The Ohio State University from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday (11/26) at the RPAC in the Tom Davis Special Events Gym, 337 W. 17th Ave. The 18th annual event will be held for more than 1,400 guests – students, faculty and staff, along with their families – who are unable to travel to their own homes for the holiday. More than 100 volunteers from throughout the university community will assist in serving the traditional turkey dinner. CONTACT: Kevin Harty, (614) 209-6336 or harty.1@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; Shelly Hoffman, (614) 247-4748; Jim Lynch, (614) 247-4110; or Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.