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Story Ideas for Media 2/7/11


Ohio State invited to join Science Education Alliance. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has selected Ohio State’s Center for Life Sciences Education as one of just 12 undergraduate biology programs nationwide to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Science Education Alliance (SEA). Ohio State will join 40 other institutions in the first phase of an experimental initiative to change the way students – primarily freshmen – learn about science.
SEA was created in 2007 with the long-term goal of developing a series of courses for the sciences that support biomedical education. HHMI has committed $4 million over four years to implement the Alliance’s first course, the National Genomics Research Initiative.
Through this course, students not only absorb the process of doing science, but have ownership of their bacteriophage projects.
Ohio State’s Center for Life Sciences Education will implement its first National Genomics Research Initiative course this fall.
CONTACT: Caroline Breitenberger, director of Ohio State’s Center for Life Sciences Education (614) 292-6945.

OSU Airport Hosts Flight Competition. The best and the brightest in collegiate aviation will once again return to The Ohio State University Airport this May to display their talents at the annual NIFA Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON).
SAFECON, which will be held May 16-21, is a national competition that brings together more than 300 students from 30 colleges and universities from across the country to vie to be the National Champions for both team and pilot honors. This competition develops and advances aviation education through a strong emphasis on aviation safety. The conference that envelops the competition provides a foundation to promote and foster communications and cooperation between aviation
students, educators, and the aviation industry. CONTACT: Doug Hammon, Airport Director, (614) 292-5400. SEE: http://engineering.osu.edu/news/?p=1724


Not a happy valentine – Feb. 12. Nationally, 21 percent of college students report abuse by a current partner; 32 percent report abuse by a previous partner. Relationship abuse expert and Ohio State professor Amy Bonomi will deliver the keynote address at the Women's Summit on Relationship Abuse, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday (2/12) at the Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St. During the keynote, titled What Distinguishes Arguing from Abuse? Why Do Couples Stay in Harmful Abusive Situations? Bonomi will have students act out verbal abuse using dialog from police reports.
Afternoon sessions include on how popular culture depicts abuse and how to help someone in an abusive situation.
Bonomi is available this week to discuss relationship abuse and what it looks like. couples.CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.


Ohio State University Trustees to meet – Feb. 9-11. The Ohio State University Board of Trustees and its committees will meet Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (2/9-11) at the Fawcett Center and Longaberger Alumni House, 2400 and 2200 Olentangy River Rd.
The schedule includes executive sessions at 5 p.m. on Wednesday (2/9) and from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Thursday (2/10). Trustees will gather for dinner at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Fawcett Center, and also at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Longaberger Alumni House.
Committee meetings will take place Thursday and Friday (2/10-11). There will be meetings of the Audit and Compliance and Advancement committees from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and meetings of the Physical Environment and Medical Affairs Committees from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday (2/10). On Friday (2/11) there will be meetings of the Academic Affairs and Student Life and the Finance committees from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
The formal board meeting begins at 10 a.m. on Friday. CONTACT: Shelly Hoffman, (614) 247-4748. SEE: http://www.osu.edu/news/newsitem3005

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