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Story Ideas for Media 8/3/09


Partnership will aid Ohio social studies teachers. Ohio social studies teachers will have extra inspiration in teaching American History thanks to a partnership led by The Ohio State University Department of History.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a grant of $920,934 to a partnership between Ohio State's Department of History, the Ohio Historical Society and Tri-County Educational Center to focus on improving the quality of American history.
The grant provides academic training for 4th – 8th grade social studies and history teachers. Up to 24 teachers from 17 school districts in Ashland, Holmes and Wayne Counties (served by the Tri-County Educational Center) will be trained each year. As part of the program, teachers will apply soon after the new school year begins. They will participate in four seminars, two visits to historic sites and a week-long summer institute. CONTACT: Amy Murray (614) 292-8385. SEE: http://www.osu.edu/news/newsitem2493


Are multivitamins and supplements right for everyone? Taking multivitamins or dietary supplements is a routine practice for many people. But, what may be beneficial and safe for one person, can be ineffective or even potentially dangerous for another.
Researchers and physicians at the Ohio State University Medical Center are utilizing the genetic-based information of individuals to assist in developing tailored medical and therapeutic treatments. The innovative research program is transforming the delivery of health care using a more personalized, cost-effective approach to wellness.
Dr. Clay Marsh, executive director of Ohio State's Center for Personalized Health Care says vitamins and supplements should not be necessary for those living healthy and active lifestyles, while maintaining regular well-balanced diets. In addition, Marsh cautions that it is not well-known or understood under which circumstances certain supplements prove to be safe and effective. CONTACT: Sherri L. Kirk, Medical Center Communications, (614) 293-3737. SEE: http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/viewer/press/Pages/index.aspx?NewsID=4991


OSU solar house gets PINK – Aug. 4. Ohio State University's solar house, under construction near Ohio Stadium, will move a step closer to completion next week as student workers install a new insulation and air sealing system from Ohio-based Owens Corning. The house is Ohio State's entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.
Media are invited to view the installation of the EnergyComplete system, which features bright pink fiberglass insulation, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday (8/4) at the house. Construction has continued throughout the summer and the house now has rough plumbing and electric, windows, and exterior barn siding.
The insulation and air sealing system is a critical feature in the solar house because it reduces air leakage, which is a major source of energy loss, combined with delivering exceptional thermal performance to reduce home energy use. CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385 or Rob Hedge, (614) 403-4142.

Molly the Pony visits Ohio State – Aug. 6. Molly the Pony, one of the world's only prosthesis-wearing ponies, will be visiting the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine on Thursday (8/6) from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Rescued by Kaye and Glenn Harris after Hurricane Katrina, and injured by a dog that was also a Katrina rescue, her owner inquired about amputation and a prosthesis.
Dr. Rustin Moore, chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Ohio State, performed the rare and difficult surgery on Molly while he was director of the Equine Health Studies Program at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.
The procedure is rare, with many obstacles, and now Molly visits anyone who could benefit from her quiet wisdom and inspiration. She has inspired people of all ages and abilities.
Dr. Moore will present "It's All About Molly" at 5 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. in the Wexner Auditorium in the Veterinary Medicine Academic Building, 1900 Coffey Rd. Molly will be on the lawn outside for visitors to meet her and her owner, Kaye Harris, before and after Dr. Moore's presentation. CONTACT: Melissa Weber, 614-292-3752 or cell 614-327-6024. SEE: http://www.vet.ohio-state.edu/5835.htm.

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, Shelly Hoffman, (614) 247-4748, Jim Lynch, (614) 247-4110 or Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.