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Story Ideas for Media 2-11-08


Sweet class: Students learn the business and science of chocolate.
"Food Science and Technology 101: Chocolate Science" is a unique course offered by The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
According to co-instructor Stephanie Smith, the course is the only one offered nationwide in which students actually make their own chocolate. She says students start with raw cacao beans and follow through to molding and then packaging their own product.
"It gives students an appreciation of food science by showing what it's like to run their own food company – their own little chocolate company," Smith said.
The class is offered Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 118 Parker Food Science Building, 2015 Fyffe Rd. On Wednesday (2/13), students will learn to temper chocolate so it doesn't "bloom" (form a whitish coating) and pour it in molds. Media interested in visiting the class or learning more about the course may contact Stephanie Smith at (614) 292-3867. Smith co-teaches the class with Sheryl Barringer, professor of fundamental and applied food processing.


Politics and primaries – find Ohio State experts online.
Ohio State University offers journalists the expertise of faculty and staff from one of the nation's leading public research universities. Each of these experts has agreed to talk with reporters on selected topics. Experts can comment on topics including Ohio and national politics, presidential politics, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, the youth vote, campaign and election law, communication and voter perception, the economy and others. A complete directory is online: http://www.osu.edu/news/experts/election_experts.php


Expert speaks on local history of Black Panther party – Feb. 11.
In celebration of Black History Month, Judson L. Jeffries, Ohio State professor of African American and African Studies will discuss his publication, "Comrades: A Local History of the Black Panther Party" at 6 p.m. today (2/11) at the Department of African American and African Studies Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will conclude with a question and answer session. CONTACT: African American and African Studies Community Extension Center, (614) 292-3922.

Media availability with Spike Lee – Feb. 12. Film director Spike Lee, winner of the Wexner Prize, will be available for a media Q&A session at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday (2/12) in the Wexner Center Film/Video Theater, 1871 N. High St. Television trucks can park on 17th Avenue adjacent to the Wexner Center. Parking is also available in the Ohio Union garage; we will issue parking passes for you to give the attendant when exiting. CONTACT: Erik Pepple, (614) 688-3261, or