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Story Ideas for Media 5-29-07


Ohio State researcher Lonnie Thompson to receive National Medal of Science.
Lonnie Thompson, the Ohio State University glaciologist who has probably spent more time at high altitudes than any other person, has been named to receive the National Medal of Science for his work providing explicit evidence of global climate change. The award, arguably the highest honor the United States bestows on an American scientist, caps nearly three decades of research by Thompson in some of the world’s most remote regions. Thompson is one of eight researchers who will receive the award later this summer during a formal ceremony at the White House.
Thompson, a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, has led more than 50 expeditions to ice caps and glaciers on five continents, retrieving ice cores that contain a diary of past climate conditions around the globe, some dating back more than 750,000 years.
Along with geography professor Ellen Mosley Thompson – his research partner and wife – and his research team, Thompson has provided irrefutable evidence that the last half-century was the warmest period in recorded history. That work signals a rapidly growing warming trend that apparently exceeds any normal variation seen in past centuries. CONTACT: Earle Holland, (614) 292-8384. SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/ltmdlsci.htm


Tropical birds have slow pace of life compared to northern species, study finds.
In the steamy tropics, even the birds find the pace of life a bit more relaxed. Tropical birds expend less energy at rest than do birds living in more northern climates, according to an Ohio State University study, published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“We found that tropical birds have a slow pace of life which is reflected in how much energy they spend to stay alive,” said Joseph Williams, co-author of the study and associate professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology at Ohio State. “This is the first time this has been confirmed in birds.”
The findings of a slower pace of life in tropical birds correspond to other aspects of the lives of tropical birds, such as their longer life and slower growth. “Lower energy use fits with the life history of these tropical birds, which is different than those living in temperate climates,” said co-author Popko Wiersma, a postdoctoral researcher at Ohio State. Tropical birds live longer, lay fewer eggs and their chicks grow slower than those of temperate birds. CONTACT: Popko Wiersma, (614) 292-3393; Wiersma.6@osu.edu or Joseph Williams, Williams.1020@osu.edu; SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/slowpace.htm


Ohio State Trustees to meet – May 31 and June 1.
The university’s Board of Trustees and its committees will meet Thursday (5/31) and Friday (6/1) at the Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Rd. The schedule includes meetings Thursday (5/31) of the Medical Center Affairs Committee from 3 to 4 p.m., the Investments Committee from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and the Audit Committee from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The Board will convene at 6 p.m. and recess into executive session, which will include dinner. On Friday (6/1), the schedule includes committee meetings of Academic and Student Affairs and Fiscal Affairs from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The formal Board meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and recess for an executive session at 10:15 a.m. The meeting will reconvene from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A lunch for Distinguished University Professors will immediately follow. CONTACT: Shelly Hoffman, (614) 247-4748.

Middle school media on display at WOSU@COSI – June 3. A day in the life of a teenage girl and a montage of favorite things are among the digital media projects created by middle school students from Johnson Park Middle School (JPMS) in the Columbus Public Schools (CPS). The projects will be on display at WOSU@COSI from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday (6/3). The JPMS students participated in a unique after-school program at Ohio State’s Digital Union, where they learned to create i-movies, audio essays, and a film of JPMS students who attended CPS Day on campus.
The after-school program is part of an intensive partnership Ohio State has developed with Johnson Park. The brainchild of President Karen Holbrook, the OSU-JPMS Partnership was created to build college aspirations in the middle school population, create outreach opportunities for OSU students, and develop a model partnership between universities and middle schools.
Nancy Nestor-Baker, who directs Ohio State’s P-12 Project, coordinated the partnership as part of Columbus Public Schools’ College Prep 101, an initiative designed to prepare more students for higher education. The P-12 Project is a university-wide partnership created to assist in improving Ohio’s schools with a special focus on the education of Ohio's underserved children and youth. CONTACT: Nancy Nestor-Baker, P-12 Project, 247-6398, nestor-baker.149@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