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Story Ideas for Media 4/17/12


Ohio State celebrates Earth Day with a week of events – through April 22. Ohio State is hosting many events to celebrate Earth Day 2012, including the 2nd Annual Sustainability Summit: A Changing Climate at OSU and Beyond (4/18), creating a sculpture on the oval using recycled materials (4/19) and tours of the Urban Arts Space rooftop garden (4/19). Weekend activities include group bicycle rides. SEE: http://studentlife.osu.edu/earthday/


Equity Study: No gender gap in resources at Ohio State, but women in sciences still face some hurdles. Academic leaders at The Ohio State University fairly distribute economic and material resources to male and female faculty in the sciences, but the workplace culture remains less satisfying for women than for men in many departments, according to a report released today (4/16).
The report outlines results of two studies conducted under an initiative called Project CEOS, or Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State, which is funded by a $3.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The initiative is intended to increase the presence and success of women at all faculty ranks and in faculty leadership positions across the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
According to the first study, four conditions of employment – salary, laboratory space, startup funding and teaching loads – are equitably distributed among men and women in STEM fields at Ohio State. A second study of faculty finds that male and female faculty are equally satisfied about these areas of their employment as well.
The full report is available online at http://ceos.osu.edu. CONTACT: Emily Caldwell, (614) 292-8310; Caldwell.151@osu.edu


Paving the Way: Latino Role Models of the 21st Century – April 18. A unique event is being held for Latino high school students Wednesday (4/18) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Multicultural Center of the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. This spring event is meant to connect student with professionals who are invested in improving diversity, increasing the number of Latino students in universities, and supporting initiatives for student retention. Goals of the event including bringing together local professionals to guide Latino students, establishing mentoring relationships with high school students, addressing concerns with academic success in college, and creating a forum in which high school minority students can feel empowered. Ilan Stavans, a professor at Amherst College, will serve as the guest speaker. SEE: clas.osu.edu and laser.osu.edu.CONTACT: Frederick Aldama, aldama.1@osu.edu or (614) 247-8890.

College of Engineering signing day brings top recruits to campus to sign up for Ohio State and meet Coach Meyer – April 21. Ohio State’s College of Engineering is inviting top admitted students to campus on Saturday (4/21) for a “signing day,” including a meeting with football coach Urban Meyer before heading to Ohio Stadium for the 2012 Ohio State LiFE Sports Spring Game. The recruiting event, the first for the College of Engineering, gives prospective students and their parents a chance to hear about Ohio State’s engineering program from alumni and faculty. The deadline for admitted students to commit to Ohio State is May 1. The students begin their day at 8:30 a.m. at the Longaberger Alumni House, Sanders Lounge, 2200 Olentangy River Rd. At 10:15 a.m., they’ll cross the street and meet with Coach Meyer in the lobby of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. After meeting with the coach, they’ll enjoy a tailgate lunch and head to the spring game, which begins at 1:30 p.m. CONTACT: Joan Slattery Wall, (614) 292-4064, wall.107@osu.edu

Ohio State’s Multicultural Center hosts 34th annual African American Heritage Festival – April 21-28. The African American Heritage Festival has been a staple on Ohio State’s campus for more than three decades. The festival’s mission is to educate, impact and promote cultural awareness at The Ohio State University and in the Greater Columbus community while commemorating the legacy of the African American experience. A weeklong celebration of African American culture, the festival displays a theme for the entire week, with the first word being in Swahili. The theme for this year’s festival is “Passion: Msisimko: Passion Never Fades, Ambition Never Ends” In addition to the week of events, the African American Heritage Festival is also involved in giving back to the community and will be involved in various community service projects throughout the week. CONTACT: Katherine Betts, (614) 688-8449 or betts.128@osu.edu SEE: heritagefestival.osu.edu

College of Social Work offers events on men who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse – April 26. One in six men in the U.S. are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. In an effort to continue addressing this relevant issue, the College of Social Work is co-sponsoring the documentary film, Boys and Men Healing from Child Sexual Abuse at 7 p.m. on April 26 in 130 Drinko Hall, 55 W. 12th Ave. The film documents the impact that sexual abuse has on individuals and society and features three men who tell their stories of survival, recovery, and reveal how speaking out helped them reclaim their lives. A question and answer period will follow with film producer Simon Weinberg and Dr. Howard Fradkin, subject expert appearing on Oprah and Dr. Phil. This event is free and open to the public. Prior to the film, the workshop, “Sex Offenders: Where to Go, What to Do,” will be held from 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in 115 Stillman Hall. CONTACT: Frankie Jones-Harris, Communications Director, at (614) 292-3540, (614) 330-2206, or jones-harris.1@osu.edu

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