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Story Ideas for Media 5/12/08


Study: Kids Think Eyeglasses Make Other Kids Look Smart.
Young children tend to think that other kids with glasses look smarter than kids who don't wear glasses, according to a new study.
Children between the ages of 6 and 10 who were surveyed for the study also thought that kids wearing glasses looked more honest than children who don't wear glasses.
Otherwise, the survey suggested that children don't tend to judge the attractiveness of their peers who wear glasses when asked about their appearance, potential as a playmate or likely athletic abilities.
The findings might give children some comfort when they are fitted with their first pair of eyeglasses, said lead study author Jeffrey Walline, assistant professor of optometry at Ohio State University.
“If the impression of looking smarter will appeal to a child, I would use that information and tell the child it is based on research,” Walline said. CONTACT: Jeffrey Walline, (614) 247-6840. SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/kidglass.htm


Ohio State hosts “CCS Baseball Day” to combine baseball with learning – May 13.
The Ohio State University is joining with Columbus City Schools (CCS) for “CCS Baseball Day” on Tuesday (5/13). The day includes approximately 2,600 sixth-grade students and staff from 30 Columbus City Schools coming to campus for an educational pep rally at 10 a.m. in the Jerome Schottenstein Center followed by a Buckeye baseball game vs. Buffalo at 12:05 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium.
Now in it’s fourth year, CCS Day is designed to show young students the opportunities for and advantages of higher education and the importance of staying in school. The program is one of many partnerships between Ohio State and Columbus City Schools.
The pep rally will include Ohio State cheerleaders, mascot Brutus Buckeye and members of the Ohio State band. Archie Griffin, President and CEO of the Ohio State Alumni Association, student-athletes and other guest speakers will participate in the pep rally, intended to get the 6th graders excited about college at an early age. At the game, CCS students will throw out the first pitch, perform the national anthem, act as public address announcers, and meet members of the media in the press box. CONTACT: Jerry Emig, Athletics, (614) 688-0343 or Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.

Lance Armstrong to visit campus for rally – May 13. Cancer survivor/advocate and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong be the featured speaker at the Livestrong Day rally from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday (5/13) on The Ohio State University Medical Center Plaza in front of Rhodes Hall, 450 W. 10th Ave. Livestrong Day is the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s one-day grassroots initiative to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer. Ohio State is one of four locations Armstrong will visit nationwide Tuesday in an effort to make cancer a national priority. Armstrong will also make stops in New York, Denver and Las Vegas.
Last year, the Lance Armstrong Foundation awarded a $1.25 million grant to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute to improve the care and quality of life of cancer survivors as part of the LAF’s Livestrong Survivorship Center of Excellence Network.
Media interested in attending must contact Sherri Kirk in Media Relations at OSU Medical Center, (614) 293-3737, to obtain credentials, which will be distributed on site. Media in marked vehicles may park in the Rhodes Hall driveway loop. CONTACT: Eileen Scahill, Medical Center Communications, 614-293-3737.

Ohio State, Battelle issue National Bike to Work Week challenge – May 12-17. National Bike to Work Week begins Monday (5/12), and Ohio State has made a friendly challenge with Battelle to see who can replace the most automobile commutes with bicycle commutes, and bike the most miles. Student organization Bike OSU is teaming up with Consider Biking, a local bicycle advocacy organization, to sponsor the event. University events for the week include a movie screening at Knowlton Hall about automobile congestion (5/12), a bicycling and the law workshop in Denney Hall (5/13), and a bike tour of Columbus that begins at Ohio State (5/17). SEE: http://www.tp.osu.edu/Events/b2ww.shtml

Student-athletes hold talent show, wrestling tournament for charity – May 14 & 17. Ohio State student athletes are giving back to the community this week with two events.
*Wednesday (5/14) Buckeyes Got Talent: Student-athletes will display their hidden skills in the second edition of the “Buckeyes Got Talent” show at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena. Performances from the first talent show became internet hits, topping 400,000 viewings online. Ticket proceeds go to the Columbus Boys & Girls Club.
*Saturday (5/17) Wrestling Against Autism: A day-long wrestling tournament begins at 9 a.m. at French Field House. Hosted by The Ohio State wrestling team and the Mad River Wrestling Officials Association. Admission fees will benefit Autism research and support. CONTACT: Pat Kindig, (614) 292-3577; or Courtney Walerius, (614) 292-0088.

Security expert to speak on war in Afghanistan, Pakistan – May 14. Anthony Cordesman, a leading expert in national security, will deliver “The Changing Nature of the Afghan-Pakistan War” at noon on Wednesday at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. Cordesman will discuss the increasing influence of the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and what the United States and NATO should do about it.
Cordesman says in addition to sending more troops, the U.S. must provide aid for development and support to stabilize effective governments, as well as work with neighboring powers. He predicts the war can be won, but likely not until 2012. Cordesman is an analyst for ABC News whose commentary has been featured prominently during the Gulf War, Desert Fox, the conflict in Kosovo, the fighting in Afghanistan, and the Iraq War. CONTACT: Cathy Becker, (614) 292-7529.

Lecture kicks off program’s 65th anniversary celebration – May 15. Ohio State’s Undergraduate International Studies Program is beginning a year-long celebration of its 65th anniversary with a kick-off event on Thursday (5/15) in 100 Independence Hall, 1923 Neil Avenue. John Mueller, professor of political science, will discuss “Trends in International Relations” at 3:30 p.m. in 100 Independence Hall, 1923 Neil Avenue. In his address, Mueller, author of “Overblown: How Politicians and the Terrorism Industry Inflate National Security Threats, and Why We Believe Them,” will recount and evaluate the changes in international politics and foreign policy in the world since 1943. Welcoming Mueller will be Richard Sisson, former provost and interim president, and professor of political science. CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.

Digital Storytelling Project offers “15 minutes of fame” – May 16. A number of Ohio State faculty and staff will get their “15 minutes of fame” at 9:30 a.m. on Friday (5/16) as they present short video narratives of their personal lives. The event, part of the International Day for Sharing Life Stories, will be held at the Wexner Center Film Theater, 1850 College Road. CONTACT: Liv Gjestvang, Ohio State Digital Union, (614) 247-6457.

Where in the world is Brutus Buckeye? – May 16. More than 200 three- and four-year-olds will search the globe for the elusive Ohio State mascot. Children from five Head Start programs in Columbus will join with 64 Kids Corps members on Friday (5/16) from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the new Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive. The preschoolers, teachers and volunteers will follow clues to five continents, where they will enjoy dances, plays, crafts and food. President Gordon Gee will drop by for a short visit at 3 p.m. Brutus will arrive shortly before 4. Media parking is available in the 4-H lot. Public parking is across the street at Bill Davis Stadium and the Schottenstein Center. CONTACT: Aaron Robertson.

Memorial service for deceased Ohio State students – May 19. A memorial service celebrating the lives of Ohio State students who died during the 2007-08 school year will be held at 7 p.m. Monday (5/19) at the Browning Amphitheatre on the South Oval. All members of the Ohio State community, including family and friends of the deceased, are invited to attend. The annual nondenominational service is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs’ University Interfaith Association and Student Advocacy Center. In the event of rain, the service will be held at the Prior Health Sciences Library, 376 W. 10th Ave., 5th floor. CONTACT: Kim Pachell, (614) 292-1111.

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; Shelly Hoffman; (614) 247-4748; Jim Lynch; (614) 247-4110; or Amy Murray; (614) 292-8385.