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Story Ideas for Media 5/26/09


“Safe Summer” provides homes for pets. For the second year, the “Safe Summer” program will offer alternatives for college students who are leaving for the summer and have a pet they cannot take with them. Created by the Shelter Medicine Club of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Safe Summer is run by students and volunteers, and will be available from May 26 through June 19 with the goal of finding a safe home for any pets left behind. Last year, Safe Summer volunteers found homes for 100 percent of the animals surrendered to the program. For more information, see http://www.vet.osu.edu/SafeSummer.htm or e-mail Safe Summer. CONTACT: Melissa Weber (office) 614-292-3752 or (cell) 614-327-6024.


Engineering students hold robot competition – May 28. First-year honors students in the Ohio State University College of Engineering robot competition are ending spring quarter with a technological treasure hunt. The students will test robots they designed and built in a competition to simulate a subterranean mining and maintenance operation. From 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday (5/28) at St. John Arena, the students will set their robots in motion around a specially-built, 12- by 12-foot course designed to simulate an underground mine with instructions to expose a new region of the mine via a simulated, controlled “blasting” operation. The fully autonomous robots must collect the gem revealed by the “blast” and deposit it in the assigned box. The robots, limited in size to 9 inches square and constructed of sheet metal, PVC pipe and Erector sets, must also repair a support wall in the mine. These tasks must be completed within 2 minutes. The competition requires each of the 60 teams to design, build and program the robots, which must complete the tasks unaided once the students set them on the course, using creativity and engineering principles. CONTACT: Carrie Benseler, (614) 292-8357.

Discussion follows documentary screening, “I.O.U.S.A.” – June 2. Ohio State’s Glenn School of Public Affairs and the Public Affairs Student Association present a screening of the documentary I.O.U.S.A., which critics have called the Inconvenient Truth for the American economy. Following the documentary, a discussion on fiscal challenges facing the nation and the world will be led by Jason Seligman, professor of public affairs, and Diane Lim Rogers, chief economist with The Concord Coalition. CONTACT: Laura Sipe, (614) 247-6369.

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