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Story Ideas for Media 4-26-10


Obama advisors to discuss the President’s vision for a clean energy economy – May 4. What will transportation look like in 2099? The Ohio State University is hosting a national conference, Moving Ahead 2010: Sustainable Transportation Solutions for the 21st Century May 2-4 at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St.
The conference offers sessions on biofuels, electric vehicles, the future of oil, mass transit, latest efficiencies in air, freight and logistics, sustainable communities, how policy and economic development implications, and how innovations will affect jobs, the environment and national security.
Keynote speaker Carol Browner, assistant to President Obama for energy and climate change and former director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will discuss “Achieving U.S. Energy Independence,” at 1:15 p.m. on May 4. In addition, advanced technology vehicles will be on display and available for test drives from 2 – 5 p.m. on Monday (5/3) at the Ohio Expo and State Fairgrounds. CONTACT: Joan Slattery Wall, (614) 292-4064, wall.107@osu.edu, or Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385. SEE: www.movingahead2010.com


Veterinary students present “puppies” to Nationwide Children’s Hospital – April 26.
The Ohio State University Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association will be delivering Josh Kits to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Outpatient Care Center entrance, 555 S. 18th St. at 5 p.m. today (4/26). The Josh Kit contains a book, “I'll Be OK,” which explains the experience of hospitalization, and a stuffed puppy named “Josh.” Last year, veterinary students at Ohio State raised money to purchase 250 Josh Kits for children facing pre-admission testing at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The Josh Project was designed by Knoxville veterinarian Dr. Randy Lange after one of his own children faced a surgical procedure. CONTACT: Melissa Weber, (614) 292-3752 or cell, (614) 327-6024.

John Glenn School of Public Affairs brings top speakers to campus this week.
*April 27 - Senator Thomas Daschle offers “Perspectives on Health Care Reform.”
Where is the U.S. now with regard to health care reform? What does the new Federal health care law mean for you? Join former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle for an insider’s look at one of the largest changes in national health policy in recent history at 4 p.m. in the Fawcett Center Assembly Hall Auditorium, 2400 Olentangy River Rd. Daschle, a Representative and a Senator from South Dakota, served in Congress from 1978 to 2005. An outspoken advocate for health care reform, Daschle authored Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.
*April 28 - Investigative reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein will deliver lecture.
Few journalists in American history have had the impact on their era as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who earned this place from their investigative reporting of the Watergate scandal in the early 1970’s. The two will offer their observations on the Presidency and the policy process in the Federal government at 4 p.m. on Wednesday (4/28) at the Ohio Union Performance Hall, 1739 N. High St. MEDIA CONTACT: Laura Sipe, (614) 247-6369.

Events marks 20th anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act – April 27. 2010 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the tenth anniversary of an Ohio State conference on access and inclusion. Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee, Columbus State Community College President M. Valeriana Moeller, Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray and the City of Columbus will commemorate the occasion by signing a proclamation of recommitment to the spirit of the ADA at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday (4/27) at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St.
Following the signing, Andrew J. Imparato, President and CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities will deliver a keynote lecture. CONTACT: L. Scott Lissner, Ohio State’s ADA coordinator, ADA-OSU@osu.edu; (614) 292-6207 or 688-8605(TTY).

Battelle CEO to deliver lecture at Ohio State – April 30. Battelle President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth will discuss the importance of collaboration and partnerships as he delivers the 7th Annual James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture at 11:30 a.m. on Friday (4/30) at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr.
Wadsworth will discuss the role of knowledge generators such as Ohio State and Battelle in the future of Ohio. Specifically, he will discuss the importance of collaboration and partnership on issues including energy, health, food, and education to advance the well-being of society and serve as catalysts for invention, growth and economic advancement.
The event will also feature the announcement of grant recipients and the recognition of award winners. CONTACT: Phil Saken, University Outreach and Engagement, (614) 247-0090.

Oak Tree to be dedicated on Oval on Arbor Day – April 30. An oak tree will be dedicated on Ohio State’s Oval outside of Bricker Hall on Arbor Day to honor Ohio State University recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship at 10 a.m. on Friday (4/30).
The dedication ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., and is free and open to the public. During the event, university President E. Gordon Gee will make remarks and accept a Tree Campus USA Proclamation. In addition, Jim Chatfield, a horticulture specialist with Ohio State University Extension who offers leadership in a statewide and national movement dedicated to trees, will speak on the importance of trees.” SEE: http://www.ag.ohio-state.edu/~news/story.php?id=5624

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