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Story Ideas for Media 8-14-06


Chemical Abstracts leader will deliver commencement address – Aug. 27.
Robert J. Massie, president of Columbus-based Chemical Abstracts Services (CAS), will be the speaker for summer quarter commencement on Aug. 27 at The Ohio State University. Approximately 1,900 students will receive degrees at the ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m. at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.
Massie is an advocate for Ohio’s continuing commitment to information technology and research-driven economic development. A division of the American Chemical Society, CAS is the world’s leader in providing chemical literature and structure-related databases for research and patenting. CAS headquarters, housing some 1,300 scientists and other skilled associates, occupies a 55-acre campus adjacent to Ohio State’s Columbus campus. CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.


Women who accept their bodies more likely to eat healthy.
Women who accept their bodies the way they are seem to be more likely to follow principles of healthy eating, according to new research at Ohio State University.
Tracy Tylka, study co-author and assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State’s Marion campus, says the findings suggest that women\'s typical reasons for changing their diet – a dissatisfaction with their bodies – may backfire.
“The message that women often hear is that some degree of body dissatisfaction is healthy because it could help them strive to take care of their bodies,” Tylka said.
“But it may be just the opposite: an appreciation of your body is needed to really adopt better eating habits.” CONTACT: Tracy Tylka, (740) 389-6786; Tylka.2@osu.edu SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/ineating.htm


Optometrist can discuss travel requirements for eye medication
- Current estimates show that approximately 12 million Americans have dry eye disease and 14 million contact lens wearers have symptoms of dryness, which require frequent use of prescription and over-the-counter eye drops. With the recent ban and modifications regarding liquids and gels in carry-on luggage by the Transportation Security Administration, doctors and patients alike are wondering what is allowed on airplanes. Kelly Nichols, associate professor, dry eye and ocular surface disease research, can discuss the various medications and size restrictions that are currently permitted for travel. CONTACT: Kelly Nichols, College of Optometry, (614) 688-5381.


Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders conference to feature national experts – Aug. 15.
Three national experts in the field of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) will speak at the Ohio Working Together for a Better Future: 2nd Annual Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Conference, to be held from all day Tuesday (8/15) at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The goal of the conference is to bring awareness and an expansion of services for FASD-affected Ohioans and their families. Presenters include Edward Riley of San Diego State University, in “FASD: Not Just Another Pretty Face; The Effects of Prenatal Alcohol on Brain and Behavior,” Diane Malbin, executive director of FASCETS, Inc. with the keynote presentation, “Breaking the ‘No Solution, No Problem’ Dynamic,” and Ann Streissguth of the University of Washington School of Medicine, on “Embracing FASD as a Statewide Priority: How Latest Research Can Help.” CONTACT: Kathy Paxton, Ohio State’s Center for Learning Excellence, (614) 688-4018, or Terri Sheldon, Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, (614) 644-2303.

4-H camp focuses on diversity, global issues - Aug. 18-20. Campers will build and sleep in cardboard shanties this weekend at a camp aimed at building better understand global living conditions and distribution of resources and affluence. Despite recent findings that show young Americans’ limited understanding of their world both within and beyond their country’s borders, 50 Ohio youth will be immersed in global issues through a unique 4-H camp focused on cultural differences and diversity. The TCLT (“Teamwork and Cultural Literacy for Teens”) Cultural Learning Camp takes place Friday-Sunday (8/18-20) at the 4-H Camp Clifton, 2256 Clifton Road, Yellow Springs. Before arriving at camp, the teens, which come from a range of socio-economic backgrounds, are assigned one or two nations and/or regions to research (Nepal, Botswana, Thailand, Haiti, Japan, Appalachia or the Shantytowns of Mexico and South America). In addition to building their own shanties of cardboard and other scrounged materials, campers will also work to improve interpersonal skills and abilities to work with others.
Reporters interested in attending camp are encouraged to arrive on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. while the campers are constructing shanties and doing other activities such as a high-ropes course. CONTACT: Nate Arnett, Ohio 4-H Youth Development, (937) 278-2601 or (937) 603-8777 (cell) or narnett@metroparks.org

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