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Story Ideas for Media 6/19/06


Orientation begins Wednesday for incoming freshmen. Summer orientation begins Wednesday (6/22) at Ohio State for incoming first-year students expected to enroll on the Columbus campus for autumn quarter 2006. More than 5,800 students have registered to attend one of 27 sessions scheduled through Aug. 11 that will help ease their transition from high school to personal success as a Buckeye. During the two-day sessions, students will attend group academic advising sessions, take placement tests, schedule their classes, complete university business and better familiarize themselves with the campus and the city of Columbus. Special sessions are also planned for adult family members. CONTACT: Liz Cook, Media Relations, (614) 292-7276 or cook.17@osu.edu SEE: http://orientation.osu.edu/freshmen_au.html

Ohio State's Adventure Recreation Center is finalist for prestigious architectural award. The Department of Recreational Sports Adventure Recreation Center (ARC) has been named a finalist for the 26th Annual Facility of Merit awards presented by Athletic Business magazine.

The ARC is one of a number of facilities across the country that will be judged by a panel of leading sports, recreation, and fitness facility architects this summer. Ten facilities will be chosen for the coveted awards that will be announced in the November issue of Athletic Business and also presented at the 26th Annual Athletic Business Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The ARC is an 87,000-square-foot satellite facility on West Campus, featuring two indoor turf fields, four wood multipurpose courts, a fitness center, four batting cages, a climbing center, and an outdoor adventure center. CONTACT: Erik Riha, Recreational Sports, (614) 688-4185 or riha.4@osu.edu


Using device to give CPR does not improve survival. Researchers looking for methods to improve survival from cardiac arrest were surprised by the results of a study comparing manual CPR compressions with those given by an FDA-approved mechanical device. The randomized study, conducted in five North American cities including Columbus, showed that victims of sudden cardiac arrest were more likely to be discharged alive from the hospital if they received manual cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) rather than CPR administered by the mechanical device. Results of the study are published in the June 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study device, the AutoPulse Resuscitation System, consists of a short backboard with a band fitted over the chest of the patient in cardiac arrest. In a controlled laboratory setting, the device produced greater blood flow to the heart and brain than manual CPR. But when deployed in real-life emergencies, as provided in the study, researchers found that patients were less likely to survive if they received compressions from the device. Michael Sayre, a physician in emergency medicine at Ohio State University Medical Center and principal investigator of the Columbus study site, said investigators involved in the study agree the idea of using devices to provide mechanical chest compressions should not be abandoned, but that further evaluation is needed, perhaps to improve design of the device or the way it is used. CONTACT: David Crawford, Medical Center Communications, (614) 293-3737, or crawford.1@osu.edu SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/cpr061.htm


Ohio teachers to help improve student knowledge of Arab culture - June 19-25. An increase in the number of students from Arab countries ? combined with misconceptions that existed following 9/11 - have prompted teachers from across the state of Ohio to come together to discuss how to foster better understanding of Arab culture by students and teachers alike. Public school teachers will participate in a week-long event, hosted by the Ohio State College of Humanities. Sessions are aimed at addressing misconceptions and the challenges faced by the new student populations, and by teachers striving to effectively teach non-Arab students about the Arab world. CONTACT: Melissa Soave, College of Humanities, (614) 292-1882 or soave.2@osu.edu

National Student Parent Support Symposium - June 21-23. Assisting student parents enrolled in institutions of higher learning will be the focus of the second annual National Student Parent Support Symposium Wednesday (6/21) through Friday (6/23) at Ohio State. Hosted by the Office of Minority Affairs ACCESS Collaborative Program, the conference will be held at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Café, 1421 Olentangy River Road and will include strategic workshops and planning sessions to help professionals better serve and graduate this unique student population. Connie Rice, national political activist and cofounder of the Advancement Project in Los Angeles, Calif., will deliver the keynote address at 6 p.m. on Thursday (6/22). Additional speakers include representatives from the Center for Women Policy Studies, the Training Information Analysis Group and the National Center for Children in Poverty. CONTACT: Rana Junius, ACCESS Collaborative, (614) 247-7092.

Speaker to discuss why skeptics are wrong in debate over global warming -- June 27

Global warming is one of our nation's top issues of debate this summer. John Harte, professor of environmental science at the University of California-Berkeley, will present \"Global Warming: Why the Skeptics are Wrong\" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (6/27) in the Fawcett Center Auditorium, 2400 Olentangy River Rd. Harte will explain that climate-ecosystem feedbacks are likely to bring about future warming that is considerably more intense than is currently projected. Recently featured on the Bill Moyers show \"NOW,\" Harte is an internationally known scientist on climate change and biodiversity. His book, \"Consider a Spherical Cow,\" is a widely used textbook on environmental modeling. The lecture is free and open to the public. CONTACT: Melissa Weber, Communications, (614) 292-2254 or weber.254@osu.edu

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