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Story Ideas for Media 3/18/10


For better romantic relationships, be true to yourself. Be true to yourself, and better romantic relationships will follow, research suggests.
A new study examined how dating relationships were affected by the ability of people to see themselves clearly and objectively, act in ways consistent with their beliefs, and interact honestly and truthfully with others.
In other words, the ability to follow the words of William Shakespeare: “to thine own self be true,” said Amy Brunell, lead author of the study and assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State University’s Newark campus.
Findings showed that college students who reported being more true to themselves also reported more positive dating relationships.
“If you’re true to yourself, it is easier to act in ways that build intimacy in relationships, and that’s going to make your relationship more fulfilling,” Brunell said. CONTACT: Jeff Grabmeier, (614) 292-8457. SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/betrue.htm


President Gee casts his ballot for Jesse Owens’ statue – March 20. Ohio State University is leading the initiative to have a statue of legendary track star Jesse Owens represent the state of Ohio in the U. S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall.
University President E. Gordon Gee will cast a vote for Jesse Owens’ selection to the National Statuary Hall at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday (3/20) at the Ohio Historical Society, 1982 Velma Avenue. Owens is one of ten finalists for Statuary Hall, replacing former Governor William Allen. Owens, who grew up in Cleveland, broke several world records while competing for The Ohio State University in 1935. He made history at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning four gold medals in track and field, thwarting Adolf Hitler's intention of proving Aryan superiority at the Games. The voting process is being conducted by the Ohio Historical Society. Ohioans can vote from March 20 through June 12, 2010. SEE: http://www.ohiohistory.org/portal/media-p.html

Architect of notable Ohio State buildings will speak at winter commencement – March 21.
Curtis J. Moody, president and CEO of the Moody•Nolan architectural firm, will be the speaker for Ohio State’s winter commencement, set for Sunday, March 21 in the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Approximately 2,000 students will receive degrees during the ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m.
Moody, who earned his B.S. in architecture in 1973 from what is now Ohio State’s Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, has served as principal architect for many notable campus buildings, including the new Ohio Union, the Jerome Schottenstein Center, the Recreational and Physical Activities Center, and the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Also during the ceremony, the university will confer Distinguished Service Awards on Rich Rosen, corporate vice president and executive director of Battelle’s education and philanthropy partnerships, and Carl Smallwood, a partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP. CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.

Upcoming symposium examines MRSA transmission threats – March 20. Health workers know that Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can be transferred from person to person; they may not know that animals risk infection from humans, or that animals can transfer the pathogen to people. On Saturday, (3/20) experts in infectious diseases and on MRSA in animals will convene a day-long symposium open to all health professionals to explore the threats posed by this growing health problem. The two featured keynote speakers are internationally recognized Dr. Scott Weese (MRSA in animals) and Dr. Paul Morley (infectious diseases). SEE: http://vet.osu.edu/6123.htm Questions: (614) 292-8727.

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