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Story Ideas for Media 11/29/10


Al Jazeera helps shape political identity of Arabs, study finds. Residents of the Middle East who are heavy viewers of Arab television news networks like Al Jazeera are more likely to view their primary identity as that of Muslims, rather than as citizens of their own country, a new study suggests.
Because networks like Al Jazeera are transnational – focusing on events of interest across the region rather than those in any one country – they may encourage viewers to see themselves in broader terms than simply residents of a particular nation, the researchers said.
“The goal of these relatively new networks is not to represent specific national interests, but to appeal to audiences across the region,” said Erik Nisbet, lead author of the study and assistant professor of communication at Ohio State University. CONTACT: Jeff Grabmeier, (614) 292-8457; Grabmeier.1@osu.edu. SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/arabnetworks.htm


Coping with holiday stress – Especially in today’s economy, celebrating the holidays can bring financial pressures, the heavy weight of expectations, and panic that there’s just not enough time. Dealing with new family dynamics, a change in traditions, or broken family ties can also be stressors. Experts in The Ohio State University College of Social Work are available to discuss how families can cope during the holiday season. CONTACT: Frankie Jones-Harris, College of Social Work, (614) 292-3540 or (614) 330-2206 or jones-harris.1@osu.edu.


Ohio State to host Conversation on the Economy featuring the Chairman of the Federal Reserve – Nov. 30. Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, will participate in a Conversation on the Economy with a cross-section of global, regional, and local business leaders from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday (11/30) at The Ohio State University. President E. Gordon Gee will host the forum, which will be held at the Fisher College of Business, Pfahl Hall, Room 140, 280 W. Woodruff Ave.
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President and CEO Sandra Pianalto will moderate the discussion, which will focus on the job market and the opportunities and challenges employers are facing in the current economic environment. The conversation will take place before an audience of approximately 100 invited Ohio State students and faculty, and central Ohio business and community leaders. SEE: http://fisher.osu.edu/newsroom/?folder=65&news=2251
The university will webcast the Bernanke event on Tuesday (11/30) afternoon. The links will become active around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday:
Real Media: http://streaming.osu.edu/live2.htm
Windows Media: mms://streaming1.osu.edu/wmtencoder/live2.wmv

Temple Grandin headlines Animal Welfare Symposium – Nov. 30. Temple Grandin, whose life struggles and accomplishments were featured in the 2010 HBO movie of the same name, is the featured keynote speaker at the second annual Animal Welfare Symposium, at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday (11/20) at The Ohio State University Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr. The symposium features other recognized experts in animal welfare on topics pertinent to Ohio and all of the United States, including assessment and management of pain in livestock, euthanasia considerations, and public perceptions of farm animal welfare relative to current production practices.
Dr. Grandin, professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, is internationally renowned for her work in animal welfare, particularly in improving the handling practices of livestock and poultry. She will be addressing key areas of humane handling of livestock on the farm that have been heavily scrutinized recently, especially in Ohio. She is also available for interviews on Wednesday (12/1) from 10-11 a.m. at the College of Veterinary Medicine. CONTACT: Melissa Weber, weber.254@osu.edu, 614-292-3752 or (614) 327-6024 (cell). SEE: http://vet.osu.edu/preventive-medicine/AnimalWelfareSymposium

Ohio State University Trustees to meet – Dec. 1. The Ohio State University Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday (12/1) at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. Background materials area available online: http://trustees.osu.edu/dates/documents/agenda.pdf. CONTACT: Shelly Hoffman, (614) 247-4110.

Sixth Annual Rosa Parks Day Statewide Tribute – Dec. 1. COTA, The Ohio State University, the Ohio Historical Society, and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission will present Ohio’s Sixth Annual Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks, “The Power of One,” on Wednesday (12/1) at COSI Columbus, 333 West Broad Street. The signature event, the annual Children’s Assembly, will welcome approximately 800 schoolchildren this year, a record number for this tribute. Archie Griffin, President/CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, will serve as the keynote speaker. The event will be available live via webcast for elementary schools across the state to access. CONTACT: Phil Saken, (614) 247-0090 or saken.2@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