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Story Ideas for Media 4/12/10


Ohio State opens new Student Academic Services Building. Ohio State officials will cut the ribbon on the new Student Academic Services building beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday (4/15). Located at 281 W. Lane Avenue, the LEED certified building serves as a new gateway to the north side of campus. It provides “one-stop-shopping” for many student academic services by consolidating many service aspects of the offices of Student Financial Aid, the University Bursar, the University Registrar and Minority Affairs.
Student Academic Services is connected to the new Lane Ave. Parking Garage (2105 Neil Ave. and Tuttle Park Place), which offers 1,400 parking spaces for visitors, faculty, staff and students. The garage also offers designated, low emission, fuel-efficient vehicle parking spaces, and will be open for public parking during football Saturdays. CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.


Study Examines Concerns of Women Facing Gynecologic Surgery. Most women scheduled for gynecologic surgery to address noncancerous symptoms said in a recently published survey that they were not worried about the effects of the procedure on their sex lives.
However, a surprising 37 percent of women planning to be sterilized did express concern in this study that they might have less sexual desire after the operation - even though that surgery does not affect hormone levels.
Among those in the study who were having reproductive organs surgically removed, fewer than 15 percent expressed concerns about sex. Women scheduled for ovary removal were more likely to expect to lose sexual desire and enjoy sex less after surgery than were women scheduled for hysterectomies.
“Most women were not very concerned, and among any women who do have these worries, I think we can reassure them that they don't necessarily have to fear a detriment to sexual function,” said Jonathan Schaffir, a clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Ohio State University and senior author of the study. CONTACT: Emily Caldwell, (614) 292-8310; Caldwell.151@osu.edu. SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/gynsurgery.htm


Civility in Politics: A Moderated Conversation with Bob Bennett and Rep. Ted Celeste – April 15. In recent months we’ve all become too familiar with this scenario: while debating the most pressing policy issues of the day, an elected official breaches protocol with an extreme outburst. How can we move away from crippling partisan divisions and towards civil discourse as a means of solving our problems? Former chairman of the Ohio Republican Party Bob Bennett, and Representative Ted Celeste (D – 24th District) will offer their thoughts on the way forward at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday (4/15) in 100 Page Hall, 1810 College Road. MEDIA CONTACT: Laura Sipe, (614) 247-6369.

Debate on how we learn – April 16. How do people gain knowledge about the world around them? Are we born with some fundamental knowledge about concepts like object, number or space, or do we have to learn everything? The Center for Cognitive Science is presenting the “Origins of Knowledge Debate” at 1 p.m. Friday (4/16) in the Ohio Union Great Hall Meeting Room. Taking sides in the debate will be two leading scientists: Susan Carey of Harvard University and James McClelland of Stanford University. The public is invited, but reservations are required. To RSVP or for more information contact Karen Liming at (614) 292-8200 or e-mail liming.1@osu.edu. More information at http://www.cog.ohio-state.edu/Debate.php.

Elementary, secondary students to compete in Science Olympiad – April 17. More than 1,200 sixth-12th grade students from across Ohio will visit Ohio State’s campus to compete for medals, trophies and the opportunity to compete at the National Science Olympiad tournament. The Ohio Science Olympiad is set from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday (4/17). This is the 26th Ohio Science Olympiad program sponsored by Ohio State, and the program is credited with sending many of the top math and science students in the country to the national tournament where Ohio teams consistently place in the top 10 award winners. Some of the events in which students will compete include Wright Stuff, Trajectory, Helicopter Duration, Junkyard Challenge, and Pentathlon. SEE: http://www.ced.osu.edu/scioly/index.html CONTACT: Lynn Rathke, (614) 292-3819, Rathke.7@osu.edu.

Veterinary Medicine Open House – April 17. The College of Veterinary Medicine's Annual Open House will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday (4/17). The open house is for anyone interested in taking an inside look at Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine and learning more about becoming a veterinarian. Registration is strongly encouraged, though walk-ins are welcome. To register, click here, and follow the directions listed. Activities include: Presentations on careers in veterinary medicine; guided tours of the Veterinary Medical Center; exhibits from a wide range of student veterinary groups. For more information, please call (614) 292-8831 or email students@cvm.osu.edu. SEE: http://vet.osu.edu/openhouse.htm

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