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Story Ideas for Media 5/16/11


Green by Nature: algae research may lead to new alternative fuel industry in Ohio. Visit Yebo Li's Ohio State University lab anytime this spring and you will find an array of glass tubes filled with a light-green substance, endlessly bubbling inside a growth chamber. It’s algae. The same algae that later this summer will be growing in ponds at a Wooster farm, generating thousands of gallons of oil that will be turned into renewable fuel. Down the road, this green stuff may just be the building block of a new green industry in Ohio.
Li, a biosystems engineer with the university’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, is working to develop technology for efficiently and profitably growing algae in open ponds for production of fuels and other high-value, bio-based products. CONTACT: Mauricio Espinoza, espinoza.15@osu.edu, (330) 202-3550. SEE: http://extension.osu.edu/news-releases/archives/2011/may/green-by-nature-algae-research-may-lead-to-new-alternative-fuel-industry-in-ohio


Wetlands expert suggests flooding solution for Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Locating a national park at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers in southern Illinois, western Kentucky and southeastern Missouri could solve a number of problems simultaneously: allowing for seasonal flooding of floodplains to produce a vast wetland, reducing property damage and loss caused by flooding at that site and along the lower Mississippi River watershed, attracting tourism to an economically depressed area and providing educational opportunities about rivers and wetlands.
That’s an argument put forward by William Mitsch, an environment and natural resources professor at Ohio State and director of the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park. CONTACT: Bill Mitsch, (614) 292-9774.


Ohio State University Airport hosts flight competition – May 16-21. The best and the brightest in collegiate aviation will descend on the Ohio State University Airport to display their talents at the annual National Intercollegiate Flying Association Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON), May 16-21.
SAFECON is a national competition that brings more than 300 students from 30 colleges and universities from across the country to vie to become national champions for both team and pilot honors. The competition develops and advances aviation education through a strong emphasis on aviation safety.
Events of interest include the “power off” landing on Wednesday (5/18), where students land their planes without power; and the message drop on Friday (5/20), where students attempt to drop a small box onto a specified target on the field. CONTACT: Doug Hammon, Airport Director, (614) 292-5400, dhammon@osuairport.org or Bradley Hock, SAFECON President, (614) 254-5089. SEE: www.safecon2011.org

Buckeye athlete Jared Sullinger to inspire Columbus sixth graders during CCS Baseball Day – May 17. Approximately 3,000 sixth-grade students and staff from 35 Columbus City Schools (CCS) will visit Ohio State on Tuesday (5/17) for “CCS Baseball Day.” The event includes an educational pep rally at 10 a.m. in the Jerome Schottenstein Center followed by a Buckeye baseball game vs. University of Toledo at 12:05 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium.
During the educational pep rally, students will hear from Ohio State student athletes Jared Sullinger and Danielle Orr (B.A. ‘10), both graduates of Columbus schools.
Now in its seventh year, CCS Baseball Day is designed to show young students that college can be a real possibility in their future, and inspire them to stay in school in order to achieve this goal. The program is one of many collaborations between Ohio State and Columbus City Schools. CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.

Ohio State University sustainability efforts recognized with “EMERALD” award from SWACO – May 17. Sustainability, waste reduction and those who promote them will be honored as the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) hosts the annual EMERALDS, the premier green awards program of the region. The Ohio State University will be presented with The Chairman of the Board EMERALD Award during the event, which begins at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday (5/17) in the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. The keynote speaker for the event is Ron Sega, vice president and Enterprise Executive for Energy and the Environment at Ohio State. SWACO also will present awards to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and several other area businesses, non-profits, schools and individuals. CONTACT: John Remy, SWACO, (614) 801-6410. SEE: http://www.swaco.org/EmeraldsHome.aspx

Campus Bike Fair promotes cycling and safety – May 19. Bicycling is big at Ohio State. There are more than 7,000 bicycle parking spaces on campus (on any given day most are full); and about 4% of all commuters to campus travel by bike. Cycling takes center stage at Ohio State on Thursday (5/19) during the OSU Bike Fair, which takes place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the 17th Avenue Mall. The free event helps promote Bike to Work Week, and raises awareness of the university’s continued efforts to provide a safe environment for cycling.
The event offers free bike tune-ups and spot repair, a bike sale, helmet giveaway, cycling and safety information, and area vendors. The Bike Fair is part of a larger university educational initiative (Share the Road - Ohio State) to promote safe behaviors among students, faculty, staff, and visitors moving around campus. CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.

Ohio State to host Hiphop Literacies Conference – May 19-20. Ohio State is hosting a free Hiphop Literacies Conference Thursday and Friday (5/19-20). Featured speakers are Marc Lamont Hill, Teachers College, Columbia University; Gwendolyn Pough, Syracuse University; and Toni Blackman, author, artist, and U.S. Cultural Envoy. Lyricist Daddy-O and Groove U Music Industry Arts College founder Dwight Heckelman, will facilitate workshops on Hiphop and Technology, and The Music Industry and Sampling. SEE: ehe.osu.edu/edtl/news/hiphop-literacies.php

Veterinary Medicine annual Open House – May 21. More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Annual Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday (5/21) at 1900 Coffey Rd. Displays, presentations and panel discussions on topics from animal behavior to careers in veterinary medicine, including the important roles veterinarians play in public health and biomedical research, will be held throughout the day. Tours of the Veterinary Medical Center and other activities are designed for all ages. SEE: vet.osu.edu/annualopenhouse for more information. Media can contact Melissa Weber, (614) 327-6024

Ohio State honors university veterans – May 23. There are more than 2,200 veterans at The Ohio State University. Ohio Staters, Inc., a university service organization, will honor them from sunrise to sunset with a flag display at the Browning Amphitheater. Each flag will represent one of the 2,225 known faculty, staff and student veterans currently serving the university community. SEE: www.staters.osu.edu

College of Social Work students invite lawmakers to talk about Health & Human Services issues – May 24. Formed by a group of social work students, The Student Café: Conversations for Change, is bringing together OSU students and lawmakers to generate meaningful conversations about health and human services. The student run event was developed to generate creative ideas for how to better serve the most vulnerable populations in Ohio and encourage students to become actively involved in the legislative process. It takes place from 9 – 11 a.m. on Tuesday (5/24) at the Vern Riffe Center, North Conference Room, 77 S. High St. Highlights include small group discussions, idea sharing, and roundtables that represent departments in the Governor’s cabinet such as the departments of Job and Family Services, Aging, Mental Health, etc. Discussion topics will cover specific budget-related issues within each department. CONTACT: Frankie Jones-Harris at jones-harris.1@osu.edu, (614) 292-3540, or (614) 330-2206.

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