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Story Ideas for Media 4/5/2013

Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe to Speak at Ohio State on GLBT Inclusion – April 8. Chris Kluwe of the Minnesota Vikings will speak at The Ohio State University at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 8 in the Archie M. Griffin East Ballroom at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. The event is open to the public and will be moderated by Moritz College of Law student and local comedian, Brooke Cartus.

Kluwe will discuss why he lent his voice to same-sex marriage support, the shifting attitudes toward homosexuality in sports, and how sports programs at all levels – from peewee to professional – can foster inclusion and acceptance.

Media are invited to attend a press briefing featuring Kluwe at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 8, in the Hays Cape Room at the Ohio Union.

Kluwe’s visit to comes at an auspicious time in history; on March 26 and 27, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor to determine the constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act, respectively. Kluwe – along with fellow NFL ally, Brendon Ayanbadejo – filed an amicus brief urging the Court to overturn Proposition 8. As a professional athlete, Kluwe’s is a critical voice. CONTACT: Jane Carroll, 614-292-5220, Carroll.296@osu.edu

Ohio State, Iberdrola hosting tour of Blue Creek Wind Farm – April 9. Members of the media are invited to tour the Blue Creek Wind Farm in Van Wert County on Tuesday, April 9. Representatives from Ohio State and Blue Creek will be available to discuss the technology of wind energy as well as the recent purchase of wind-generated electricity by Ohio State. The wind tour program will begin at 11:45 a.m. at the Lincoln Ridge Farm, 6588 Pollock Rd, Convoy, OH 45832. Following the program, a driving tour of the wind farm will occur. Weather permitting, the inside of a wind turbine will be available to tour also. CONTACT: Gina Langen, 614-688-4423, langen.2@osu.edu.

Veterinary Medicine Open House – April 6. The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Annual Open House allows all animal lovers the opportunity to learn more about animal care and health. The Annual Open House takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. It includes seminars and activities for all ages, including the popular Children's Activity Center where children can dress up as a veterinary surgeon, get their "broken" teddy bear repaired, see chickens hatch and much more. Learn how veterinarians help provide you safe, nutritious food, and explore the role of veterinarians in today's society. Interested in becoming a veterinarian? Thomas E. Stalf, Interim President and CEO of the Columbus Zoo will give a talk at 11 a.m. in the Veterinary Medical Center auditorium. Our information sessions will introduce you to careers in veterinary medicine, first and second year veterinary students, and alumni of the College of Veterinary Medicine. CONTACT: Melissa Weber, 614-327-6024.

What Does Hunger Look Like in America?—April 13. On Saturday, April 13, the College of Social Work will be co-sponsoring the film screening, A Place at the Table, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the US Bank Theatre at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. Nominated for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, A Place at the Table discusses a variety of intersecting aspects of hunger in America, including households forced to make difficult decisions about either paying for food or medical care. In Franklin County alone, it is estimated that 17.3 percent of its residents are food insecure, including more than 59,000 children. A discussion led by food-related community experts will follow. This screening is free and open to the public including all Ohio State and social work alumni, students, faculty and friends. Other co-sponsors include The Ohio State Eminence Fellows, Office of University Outreach & Engagement, and the Hunger.FOOD.Health Food Security Initiative. SEE: http://csw.osu.edu/article.cfm?id=7808. CONTACT: Frankie Jones-Harris, jones-harris.1@osu.edu, 614-292-3540 or 614-330-2206.

Discovery of 1,800-year-old “Rosetta Stone” for Tropical Ice Cores – Find Offers the Most Complete Picture of Earth’s Low-Latitude Climate History to Date. Two annually dated ice cores drawn from the tropical Peruvian Andes reveal Earth’s tropical climate history in unprecedented detail – year by year, for nearly 1,800 years.

Researchers at The Ohio State University retrieved the cores from a Peruvian ice cap in 2003, and then noticed some startling similarities to other ice cores that they had retrieved from Tibet and the Himalayas. Patterns in the chemical composition of certain layers matched up, even though the cores were taken from opposite sides of the planet.

In the April 4, 2013 online edition of the journal Science Express, they describe the find, which they call the first annually resolved “Rosetta Stone” with which to compare other climate histories from Earth’s tropical and subtropical regions over the last two millennia.

The cores provide a new tool for researchers to study Earth’s past climate, and better understand the climate changes that are happening today.

“These ice cores provide the longest and highest-resolution tropical ice core record to date,” said Lonnie Thompson, distinguished university professor of earth sciences at Ohio State and lead author of the study. SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/icerosetta.htm. CONTACT: Pam Frost Gorder, 614-292-9475; Gorder.1@osu.edu