18:00 PM

Story Ideas for Media 6/4/12


Ohio State study: Over-the-counter foggers ineffective against bedbugs. Ohio State University entomologists have found that over-the-counter foggers or “bug bombs” commonly used by consumers are not effective at killing bedbugs -- providing the first scientific evidence that such products should not be recommended for control of this increasingly worrisome, bloodsucking pest.
"There has always been this perception and feedback from the pest-management industry that over-the-counter foggers are not effective against bedbugs and might make matters worse," said Susan Jones, an urban entomologist with the university’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and a household and structural pest specialist with Ohio State University Extension. "But up until, now there has been no published data regarding the efficacy of foggers against bedbugs." CONTACT: Mauricio Espinoza,espinoza.15@osu.edu, (330) 621-6541. SEE: http://go.osu.edu/BedBugs.

Many new mothers spend more time on Facebook after giving birth. A small, exploratory study suggests that many first-time parents - particularly mothers - actually increase the amount of time they spend on Facebook after the birth of their child.
Results showed that 44 percent of mothers said their Facebook use increased after giving birth, compared to 27 percent who said it decreased and 29 percent who said it stayed the same.
For fathers, 31 percent said their Facebook use increased, while 19 percent said it decreased and 51 percent said it stayed the same.
The findings suggest that, despite all the new demands faced by new parents, spending time on Facebook was worthwhile to them, said Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, co-author of the study and associate professor of human development and family science at Ohio State University.
"Given all the stress that new parents are under and everything they have to manage, it wouldn't have been surprising if we had found a decrease in Facebook usage - but that's not what we found," Schoppe-Sullivan said. CONTACT: Jeff Grabmeier, (614) 292-8457; Grabmeier.1@osu.edu. SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/FBparents.htm


Ohio State marks 400th commencement – June 10. Engineers, accountants, athletes and scientists will be among the more than 10,000 – the largest spring quarter graduating class ever – who will earn degrees during commencement exercises at noon on Sunday (6/10) in Ohio Stadium. The ceremony celebrates the academic achievements and hard work students have put forth to earn their degrees. Each graduate will receive their own diploma at the ceremony, a practice rarely attempted by a university the size of Ohio State.
It is Ohio State’s 400th commencement and the university’s final ceremony on the quarter system. Ohio State switches to a semester calendar on June 18. Spring commencement next year will be on May 5, 2013.
UN Ambassador Susan Rice will deliver the commencement address. Some graduates will continue their education, and others will use their education and experience to enter the workforce.
Outstanding graduates are using their degrees to take them anywhere. SEE: http://www.osu.edu/news/newsitem3425

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