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Story Ideas for Media 4-30-07


Students create business plan around new technology; the plan wins coveted business competition, and the technology may improve cancer detection.
A team of four Ohio State students offering a new approach to medical imaging for detecting breast cancer has taken home one of the nation's most prestigious technology business start-up competitions, the 2007 Materials Research Society Entrepreneurship Challenge. The competition, which brought together investors, scientists, educators and entrepreneurs from around the world, pairs students, scientists and engineers with business school students to develop concepts for materials-based start-up companies. The students presented a business plan for new medical imaging technology, Advanced Digital Imaging System. The system, still under research and development, would eventually have the capability of detecting cancer without the painful compression that accompanies mammography. The business case forecasts that the technology could increase revenue streams for hospitals and clinics and reduce billions of dollars in biopsy costs and treatment for late stage cancer treatment for patients. CONTACT: Patricia Allen, (614) 292-8937 or allen.965@osu.edu, or Nick Houser, (614) 292-8001 or houser.85@osu.edu


Historian David McCullough discusses "Leadership and the History You Don't Know" – April 30.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough will offer a historical look at leadership in a lecture at 4 p.m. on Monday (4/30) at the Wexner Center, 1871 North High Street. The lecture, "Leadership and the History You Don't Know," is co-sponsored by the John Glenn School of Public Affairs and the Ohio Telecom Association. This lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required. CONTACT: Laura Sipe, (614) 247-6369.

African American Heritage Festival is this week – through May 5. A town hall meeting hosted by television personality Jeff Johnson, events benefiting AIDS research and the annual Greek step show highlight the 2007 African American Heritage Festival, is now being held on the Ohio State University campus. The festival concludes on May 5. Events include a Town Hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday (4/30) at Hitchcock Hall, and the 20th Annual Pan-Hellenic Step Show at 6 p.m. on Saturday (5/5) at Mershon Auditorium. For a complete schedule, see http://heritagefestival.osu.edu/schedule.asp. CONTACT: Liz Cook, (614) 292-7276.

New Ohio State center seeks new and safer ways to build cars – May 2. Ohio State's College of Engineering will officially open the new Center for Occupational Health in Automotive Manufacturing (COHAM), a first-of-its-kind research center that will study manufacturing operations to reduce worker injuries and optimize high-tech vehicle production. The center, located at 1314 Kinnear Road, will officially open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday (5/2). Researchers and auto industry officials can be available for interviews at the event.
A partnership between several Ohio State departments and a variety of automobile manufacturers and suppliers, COHAM is the only university-based full scale manufacturing operation in the world where automobile manufacturers as well as suppliers can test the effects of manufacturing systems on the health of workers. COHAM will design assembly tasks and processes that minimize occupational health risks and enhance productivity and quality, and also serve as a platform for automobile manufacturing suppliers to demonstrate new technologies and potential solutions for occupational health. CONTACT: Gina Langen, College of Engineering, (614) 688-4423, langen.2@osu.edu SEE: http://www.engineering.osu.edu/news/archive/2007/070430.php

Media role in sports and citizenship is topic of discussion – May 2. From youth soccer to the Olympics and professional sports, the role of sport in American society continues to grow, and media cover an expanding host of athletics issues both off and on the playing field. A panel of journalists will discuss "The Media's Role in Addressing Sport and Citizenship-Related Issues," at noon on Wednesday (5/2) as part of the Food for Thought Policy Forums sponsored by The John Glenn School of Public Affairs. All forums are held in Page Hall's Policy Forum, 1810 College Road and are free, but RSVP's are required to may2@jgippm.ohio-state.edu CONTACT: Patti Confar, (614) 247-8181.

Sphinx Senior Honorary celebrates 100-year anniversary – May 4. Ohio State's senior class honorary, Sphinx, will welcome alumni and link new student members in a ceremony at 11 a.m. on Friday (5/4). The traditional linking ceremony is very powerful and visual. Current members, dressed in black caps and gowns, silently lead 24 new members down the Long Walk on the Oval. To celebrate the 100th anniversary, nearly 200 Sphinx alumni will follow the line of new members as they are initiated. Sphinx was founded at Ohio State in 1907 and is the oldest honor society at the university. CONTACT: Lori Robishaw, (614) 688-5687. SEE: http://www.sphinx100.org

Ohio State University Trustees to meet – May 3 and 4. The Ohio State University Board of Trustees and its committees will meet on Thursday and Friday, (5/3 and 5/4) at the Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Road. The schedule includes meetings Thursday (5/3) of the Affiliated Entities Committee from noon to 2 p.m., the Medical Center Affairs Committee from 2 to 3 p.m., and the Audit Committee from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. On Friday (5/4), the schedule includes meetings of the Academic and Student Affairs and the Fiscal Affairs Committees from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The formal board meeting will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Sanders Grand Lounge. The board will recess into executive session at 11:30 a.m. For more information, see: osu.edu/news/newsitem1691 CONTACT: Shelly Hoffman, (614) 247-4748.

Forum looks at diversity in higher education – May 4. Joseph L. White, a pioneer in psychology and mental health for African Americans will discuss "Implications of Diversity in Higher Education," at the College of Education and Human Ecology 12th Annual Diversity Forum and Graduate Student Symposium, 12:45 p.m. on Friday (5/4) at the Frank Hale Black Cultural Center, 153 W. 12th Avenue. White, professor emeritus of psychology and psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, fought to change university enrollment policies that prevented blacks from entering professions. In the 1970s he helped change the field of pyschology, which previously labeled blacks as deviant and inferior. CONTACT: Michelle Chambers, (614) 292-1936, chambers.131@osu.edu or eheoed@osu.edu

Outdoor art exhibit opens at Ohio State's ATI campus in Wooster – May 6. Ohio State's Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster is the site of an outdoor art exhibit. Titled "Embracing Our Differences," the exhibit includes 43 submissions on display May 6 through June 9. Each exhibit consists of a billboard-sized graphic and an accompanying quote that reflects the positive attributes of diversity and the "Embracing our Differences" theme. The opening ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday (5/6) features guest speaker Renee Powell, the only African-American female to have earned a Class A membership in both the LPGA and PGA of America. All the artists are scheduled to be on hand on May 6 to discuss their interpretation of the theme. CONTACT: Frances Whited, Public Relations Coordinator, ATI, Wooster, (330) 287-1216.

Purdue University president will give lecture – May 7. Is a 19th century model still appropriate for a 21st century university? Martin C. Jischke, president of Purdue University, will address this critical issue in the 4th Annual James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture, "Adapting Justin Morrill's Vision to a New Century: The Imperative of Change for Land-Grant Universities." The lecture takes place from 3-5pm, on Monday (5/7) at the Huntington Club, Ohio Stadium. After the lecture, recepients will be announced for a number of outreach and engagement grant awards. CONTACT: Sandra Kerka, University Outreach and Engagement, (614) 247-4429 or kerka.1@osu.edu.http://outreach.osu.edu/patterson_lecture.php

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