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Story Ideas for Media 4/23/07


State universities partner for clean energy initiatives.
Showcasing Ohio’s history of research and development in environment- and energy-related fields, 15 Ohio universities have signed a memorandum of understanding that fosters an alliance between participating universities. The signing came in the inaugural meeting of the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio (UCEAO), themed “Ohio’s Future in Advanced Energy.” Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland delivered remarks on the importance of research and development of clean energy alternatives to the state.
The scope of activities outlined in the memorandum is tremendous, according to Jeff Daniels, Ohio State University professor of earth sciences and associate dean of the College of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. “This document addresses how Ohio’s top research universities will work together in the areas of discovery, development and commercialization of energy-related technology. It also discusses development of curriculum related to energy issues, and outlines avenues for cooperation on technology transfer, outreach and partnerships with industry within the alliance.”
Participating institutions include University of Cincinnati, Cleveland State University, Miami University, The Ohio State University, University of Toledo, Wright State University, University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University, University of Dayton, Ohio University, Central State University, Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, Shawnee State University and Youngstown State University. CONTACT: Jeff Daniels, daniels.9@osu.edu


Teaching urban high school students ‘how to learn’ boosts grades.
A new study suggests that before urban high school students learn the “three Rs,” they can benefit by learning a little psychology.
Researchers found that high school students who took a class that taught learning and motivation strategies improved their grade point averages significantly when compared to comparable students at the same high schools who didn’t take the class.
In one school, for example, students who took the class had GPAs that were an average of 0.4 points higher than other students for the term.
Bruce W. Tuckman, a professor of education at Ohio State University who designed the class, says “the results were pretty impressive given some of the challenging circumstances, such as technology that didn’t work smoothly all the time, and the fact that sometimes teachers had trouble keeping their students on task.” CONTACT: Bruce Tuckman, (614) 688-8424; Tuckman.@osu.edu SEE: researchnews.osu.edu/archive/hsclass.htm


Lecture examines women and politics – April 24.
Michele L. Swers, assistant professor in Georgetown University’s Department of Government, will discuss her book Women and Politics: Paths to Power and Political Influence at the 2007 Deborah Jones Merritt BookMarks Lecture. The lecture will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday (4/24/) at the Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Drive. Sponsored by the John Glenn School of Public Policy, the lecture honors the leadership of former Glenn Institute director Deborah Jones Merritt. CONTACT: Laura Sipe, (614) 247-6369.

Policy forums this week address climate change and public policy, and “racial cleansing” – April 25 and 27. The John Glenn School for Public Policy presents two “Food for Thought” Policy Forums this week:
• Andy Keeler, associate professor of public affairs at Ohio State, will present “Climate Change and Public Policy” at noon on Wednesday (4/25). Debate over climate change today has shifted to what should be done about it; Keeler will discuss the kinds of policies required for an effective response. Keeler has served on the U.S. negotiating team for climate change and the White House climate change policy teams under Presidents Clinton and Bush.
• Elliot Jaspin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter in the Washington, D.C. bureau of Cox Newspapers, will discuss his recent book, “Buried in the Bitter Waters: The Hidden Story of Racial Cleansing in America,” at noon on Friday (4/27). A pioneer in the use of databases as an investigative technique, Jaspin’s book is based on nearly a decade of research in archives and census records, and provides evidence that racial cleansing occurred many times on American soil, and fundamentally reshaped the geography of race.
All forums are held in Page Hall's Policy Forum, 1810 College Road and are free, but RSVP's are required. RSVP to JGCLCevents@jgippm.ohio-state.edu for the Keeler forum and to apr27@jgippm.ohio-state.edu for the Jaspin event. CONTACT: Patti Confar, (614) 247-8181.

University offers free workshops for Take a Daughter to Work Day – April 27. Ohio State University employees are invited to Take a Daughter to Work on Thursday (4/27), and introduce daughters and sons to a range of exciting careers. Participants may try their hand at flight school, pastry decorating, taking fingerprints or horse grooming. Learn what it takes to become an engineer, optometrist, or physician. Several hundred children ages 9 to 17 are expected to attend any of the free campus workshops, which are taught by faculty and staff volunteers. The day kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road. Valerie Lee, professor and chair of the Department of English, will deliver the keynote speech, “Beyond Beyoncé: Irreplaceable Girls” – a topic that stresses valuing each person's talent, energy and smarts. SEE: ohr.ohio-state.edu/special/daughter/

Film Studies to host European Cinema Research Forum - April 27-29. An international gathering of film scholars will converge on campus throughout the weekend for an analysis of European film and film culture beginning at noon on Friday (4/27) at the Blackwell Inn, 2110 Tuttle Park Place. The conference is being held for the first time outside Europe and will feature Janet Bergstrom, professor of critical studies in film, television, and digital media at UCLA and Tom Gunning, professor of art history at the University of Chicago, as keynote speakers. Ohio State Film Studies, a new interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts and Sciences, is the event host. For details see http://film-studies.osu.edu/ECRF2007/index.cfm. CONTACT: John Davidson, program director, at davidson.92@osu.edu

African American Heritage Festival begins Saturday – April 28. 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, which begins Saturday (4/28) on the Ohio State University campus. The theme for the 29th annual event, “Many Roots, One Tree,” was derived from the Swahili word Mzizi, meaning roots. The festival concludes on May 5. Events include the official kick-off at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Browning Amphitheatre and South Oval; a Gospel Music Festival at 5 p.m. on Sunday (4/29) at Hitchcock Hall; 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 (5/2) at Mershon Auditorium. For a complete schedule, see heritagefestival.osu.edu/schedule.asp. CONTACT: Liz Cook, (614) 292-7276.

Spring on campus: there’s even an event for pets – April 28. The Ohio Union Activities Board invites pets to campus to enjoy cook-out food and performances by the Famous Frisbee Dogs, on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. on the South Oval. Rain date is May 12. CONTACT: Ashlee Busa, OUAB, busa.2@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. RSVP to apr30@jgippm.ohio-state.edu or (614) 688-3206, ext. 3. CONTACT: Laura Sipe, (614) 247-6369.

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