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Campus parking gets a makeover – A road closing in the Medical Center area will affect motorists and pedestrians for the next two years. Beginning next Monday (8/7), 10th Ave. between Westpark and Emergency Drive will close to facilitate the addition of two new floors onto the Ross Heart Hospital. The section of 10th Ave. will remain closed through 2008. In addition, the 9th Ave. garage will close on Sept. 1 for renovation. The project is expected to take four months to complete.


Stealth radar system sees through trees, walls – undetected. Ohio State University engineers have invented a radar system that is virtually undetectable, because its signal resembles random noise. The radar could have applications in law enforcement, the military, and disaster rescue.

Eric Walton, senior research scientist in Ohio State's Electro Science Laboratory, said that with further development the technology could even be used for medical imaging.

He explained why using random noise makes the radar system invisible. "Almost all radio receivers in the world are designed to eliminate random noise, so that they can clearly receive the signal they're looking for," Walton said. "Radio receivers could search for this radar signal and they wouldn't find it. It also won't interfere with TV, radio, or other communication signals."

CONTACT: Eric K. Walton, (614) 292-5051; Walton.1@osu.edu SEE:


Policy makers gain new perspective on health issues – Aug. 1 and 2. Congressional staffers will assume the roles of medical students,residents and physicians this week to learn about the process and benefits of medical education, its escalating costs and the essential role of government in providing support. The program, called Project Medical Education, is sponsored by the Ohio State University Medical Center.

Upon their "admission" to the program, participants will don white coats and get an in-depth look at the work taking place in research labs, a robotic surgery training facility, a clinical trial session and a clinic providing free primary care services for Hispanics.

Other highlights from the program include an interactive tour of the Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center, where participants will attempt the same clinical simulations used in training OSU medical students and residents. Reporters are welcome to attend portions of the program on either Tuesday or Wednesday (Aug. 1 and 2). To make arrangements, call the media relations office at 293-3737. CONTACT: Ryan Cummings, Medical Center Communications, (614) 293-3737,ryan.cummings@osumc.edu

Girls experience science and math fun at Future Engineers Summer Camp – Aug. 7-11. Ohio State's Future Engineers Summer Camp is designed to generate excitement about engineering and science for middle-school age girls by encouraging creative thinking and hands-on experimenting. Linda Weavers, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, leads the workshop to expose girls entering 8th grade to the wonders of science and to careers in engineering. The camp emphasizes exploring and experiencing rather than watching instructors perform the activities. The girls will participate in activities that relate to math and science, and are fun, including building and using a hovercraft; learning how to robots work; and why ice cream is creamy. Camp takes place next week 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. next week (8/7-11) at the College of Engineering. Activities vary each day. CONTACT: Gina Langen, Engineering Communications, (614) 688-4423.

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 ormurray-goedde.1@osu.edu