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Story Ideas for Media 1/30/12


Ohio State joins forces with First Lady to combat war conditions. As part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces initiative, The Ohio State University Medical Center and Ohio State’s College of Medicine, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine recently committed to the next generation of doctors and enhancing education provided at medical schools and research facilities to ensure military heroes receive the highest quality care.
The three have committed to enriching medical education to ensure that physicians are aware of the unique clinical challenges associated with caring for this group; conducting new research and developing clinical trials related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury to get a better understanding of treatments for these conditions. They also will share information and best practices through a collaborative web forum created by the AAMC; and expand knowledge necessary for improvements in healthcare and wellness for military service members, veterans, and their families.SEE: http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/mediaroom/releases/Pages/Ohio-State-Joins-Forces-with-First-Lady-to-Combat-Conditions-of-War.aspx

Ohio State scores big in EPA Game Day Challenge. The Ohio State University placed third overall in the USEPA Game Day Challenge for diverting 81.42 percent of its game day materials from the landfill after the Ohio State – Indiana game on November 5, 2011. More than 75 colleges and universities participated in this challenge.
Ohio State’s performance placed the university in the top tier for NCAA football stadium recycling. Ohio State was edged out by the University of Colorado - Boulder and Ohio University by 5.1 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively. The Buckeyes also had the highest diversion rate, the most greenhouse gas reductions, and the most recycling in the Big Ten. Additionally, Ohio State is the only school in the Big Ten that collected organics for recycling for the competition. CONTACT: Corey Hawkey, Sustainability Coordinator, hawkey.13@osu.edu, (614) 292-1528.


Ohio State study: Temperate freshwater wetlands are ‘forgotten’ carbon sinks. A new study comparing the carbon-holding power of freshwater wetlands has produced measurements suggesting that wetlands in temperate regions are more valuable as carbon sinks than current policies imply, according to researchers.
The study, led by William Mitsch, professor of environmental and natural resources, compared several wetlands at two Ohio wetland sites: one composed of mostly stagnant water and one characterized by water regularly flowing through it. The study showed that the stagnant wetland had an average carbon storage rate per year that is almost twice as high as the carbon storage rate of the flow-through wetland. SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/freshwetlands.htm. CONTACT: Emily Caldwell, (614) 292-8310; Caldwell.151@osu.edu


New exhibit looks at John Glenn’s historic space flight – Feb.1 to April 30. A major exhibit on the Friendship 7 space flight takes place from Feb. 1 to April 30 at the Thompson (main) Library, 1858 Neil Ave. “Friendship 7 at 50: An Anniversary Celebration of John Glenn’s Historic Space Flight” uses includes manuscripts, photographs and artifacts from the John Glenn Collection to describe Glenn’s selection and training as one of the original seven Mercury astronauts, his Friendship 7 space mission, and the public acclaim following his return to Earth. The exhibit includes a gallery talk at 4 p.m. on Feb. 16. CONTACT: Jeff Thomas, (614) 688-8429 or Thomas.1082@osu.edu. SEE: http://library.osu.edu/blogs/librarynews/2012/01/19/friendship-7-at-50-an-anniversary-celebration-of-john-glenns-historic-space-flight/

Symposium looks at immigration and women’s labor – Feb. 4. “The Brothel and the Factory: Staging Immigration and Women’s Labor,” an academic symposium in conjunction with two Department of Theatre productions, takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday (2/4) at the Drake Performance and Event Center, 1849 Cannon Dr. The symposium is part of Ohio State’s year-long “Conversation on Immigration,” which reaches across all academic disciplines to address the social and moral dimensions of immigration. SEE: https://immigration.osu.edu/events/brothel-and-factory-staging-immigration-and-womens-labor.

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