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Story Ideas for Media 5/2/11


Students invited to submit artwork for display on campus busses. A new cultural arts program is partnering with Ohio State’s Transportation and Parking Services to put student artwork in the window of a campus bus, bus stops, and shown at the OSU Urban Arts Space. Students are invited to submit their digitized artwork to the project through May 18th. Selected pieces will be installed, creating Ohio’s first moving art gallery. Campus bus riders will also be able to take a tour of campus art with special campus maps that highlight the public art on campus. The pieces will also be on display at the university Urban Arts Space in downtown Columbus. CONTACT: Benjamin Kent, ohartcommunity@gmail.com SEE: http://ohartcommunity.wordpress.com/


Does video game violence harm teens? New study weighs the evidence. How much scientific evidence is there for and against the assertion that exposure to video game violence can harm teens?
Three researchers have developed a novel method to consider that question: they analyzed the research output of experts who filed a brief in a U.S. Supreme Court case involving violent video games and teens.
Their conclusion? Experts who say violent video games are harmful to teens have published much more evidence supporting their claims than have experts on the other side of the debate.
“We took what I think is a very objective approach: we looked at the individuals on both sides of the debate and determined if they actually have expertise in the subjects in which they call themselves experts,” said Brad Bushman, co-author of the study and professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University. CONTACT: Jeff Grabmeier, (614) 292-8457; Grabmeier.1@osu.edu. SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/vidviollaw.htm


Leader from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to deliver lecture at Ohio State – May 4. Dr. Mark David Milliron from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will visit Ohio State to discuss his optimistic view of higher education and Ohio State’s leadership role. His lecture, the 8th Annual James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture, takes place on Wednesday (5/4) at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St.
Dr. Milliron, who is deputy director for higher education at the Gates Foundation, will focus on the challenges and opportunities presented by our current educational landscape, including the rising embrace of innovative technologies, cross-sector collaboration, creative student supports, and data-informed policies. This message echoes President Gordon Gee’s work to move Ohio State from excellence to eminence and pursue partnerships that promote discovery, innovation, and engagement. CONTACT: Phil Saken, (614) 247-0090, saken.2@osu.edu

Chadwick Arboretum holds annual Spring Plant Sale – May 5-7. On the heels of Arbor Day and just in time for Mother’s Day comes the annual Spring Plant Sale, Auction, and Gardening Fair at Ohio State University's Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens.
More than 650 varieties of uncommon plants and proven performers for Ohio's climate and soil conditions will be available. The event is set for Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, with a members-only event on the evening of Thursday, May 5. Anyone can become a member at the gate. SEE: http://go.osu.edu/plantsale

Veterinary Students visit Colerain Elementary – May 6. On Friday (5/6), first and second-year veterinary students from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine will spend the morning with students at Colerain Elementary School, 499 E. Weisheimer Rd. The veterinary students will host an outdoor petting area and an exotic animal display as well as an indoor craft station for the Colerain students to enjoy. This popular program has been an annual event for nearly 20 years. CONTACT: Melissa Weber, College of Veterinary Medicine, cell (614) 327-6024.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author to Speak – May 6. Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward P. Jones, author of The Known World, Lost in the City and All Aunt Hagar’s Children, will present a free reading and presentation at 8 p.m. on Friday (5/6) in the Ohio Union Performance Hall, 1739 N. High St. His talk is part of Ohio State’s conference celebrating the 400th birthday of the King James Bible. Jones will discuss the Bible's influence on his writings at the event, which is open to all. For more about the May 5-7 conference and a related exhibition, SEE: www.kingjamesbible.osu.edu

Ohio State hosts State Science Day – May 7. Nearly 1,200 aspiring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students in grades 5–12 will exhibit their science research projects at the 63rd annual State Science Day on Saturday (5/7) hosted by The Ohio State University in the French Field House, 460 Woody Hayes Drive. The students, who represent 299 schools in 66 Ohio counties – will vie for more than $2.7 million in scholarships and awards. CONTACT: Lynn Elfner, Ohio Academy of Science, (614) 488-2228, oas@iwaynet.net. SEE: http://www.ohiosci.org/ssd.htm

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