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Story Ideas for Media 7/23/12


Ohio State University Extension offers resources and information to manage drought. As the drought of 2012 continues to intensify statewide, Ohio State University Extension experts have developed two websites dedicated to helping farmers, producers and consumers find ways to deal with the dry conditions and extreme heat.
Already, nearly all of Ohio is experiencing moderate drought, with areas in the western and northwest areas of the state experiencing severe drought as of July 17, according to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor.
Resources on the Ohio State University Extension site http://agnr.osu.edu/managing-drought-2012 include links and information topics ranging from crops to home and landscape to drought assistance.
And people who want to access social media to learn and talk about drought can do so at https://www.facebook.com/OHdrought12.


Study shows why some types of multitasking are more dangerous than others. In a new study that has implications for distracted drivers, researchers found that people are better at juggling some types of multitasking than they are at others.
Trying to do two visual tasks at once hurt performance in both tasks significantly more than combining a visual and an audio task, the research found.
Alarmingly, though, people who tried to do two visual tasks at the same time rated their performance as better than did those who combined a visual and an audio task - even though their actual performance was worse.
"Many people have this overconfidence in how well they can multitask, and our study shows that this particularly is the case when they combine two visual tasks," said Zheng Wang, lead author of the study and assistant professor of communication at Ohio State University.
"People's perception about how well they're doing doesn't match up with how they actually perform." CONTACT: Jeff Grabmeier, (614) 292-8457; Grabmeier.1@osu.edu. SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/twovisual.htm


Ohio State, Cleveland Clinic to announce joint venture - July 24. A news conference is scheduled tomorrow (7/24) to announce a landmark collaboration between The Ohio State University's Technology Commercialization and Knowledge Transfer Office and Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the commercialization arm of the Cleveland Clinic.
The news conference will start at 10 a.m. in Ohio State's Technology Commercialization office, 1524 N. High St. Representatives from the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio State University and Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center will give brief comments in addition to Mark D. Kvamme, director of the Ohio Department of Development. A question and answer period will follow the remarks and signing of the agreement.
Parking for reporters is available on North High Street at reserved meter spaces in front of the building, and also behind the building on the first floor of the parking garage, which is accessible from both 9th and 11th avenues.
The collaborative efforts of the two research organizations are focused on improving and extending the lives of patients, while contributing a positive impact on Ohio through job creation and economic development. Tuesday's announcement is the result of months of discussions and is unique among the nation's medical centers and research universities.
CONTACT: Melanie Baker, Communications Manager, Ohio State University Technology Commercialization & Knowledge Transfer, (614) 292-9839 or baker.756@osu.edu and Joe Milicia, Cleveland Clinic, (216) 312-0591, or milicij2@ccf.org.

Who says the Ohio State Fair isn't a healthy summer activity? - July 27. The Ohio State College of Nursing is offering free health screenings to Ohio State fairgoers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday (7/27) as part of Ohio State's role in the Million Hearts Campaign, a national campaign to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Ohio State nursing students and faculty will conduct blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), and stress screenings as well as education on fitness and nutrition. The screening will promote the ABCSS: aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, smoking cessation, and stress reduction.
In addition, Bern Melnyk, dean of the College of Nursing, and Megan Amaya, director of health promotion and wellness, will be on hand to do a walk -through of fair food vendors with reporters. CONTACT: Kathryn Kelley, (614) 688-1062-office or (614) 256-3724-cell. SEE: http://millionhearts.osu.edu/

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