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Story Ideas for Media 8/31/09


Ohio State study: Family stability may be more crucial than two parents for child success. The advantage that children get from living in two-parent families may actually because of family stability more than the fact that their parents are married.
A new study finds that children who are born and grow up in stable single-parent homes generally do as well as those in married households both academically and behaviorally.
"Many of the studies that show an advantage for children who grow up in married households versus those who grow up with single parents don't distinguish between family structure and family stability," said Claire Kamp Dush, author of the study and assistant professor of human development and family science at Ohio State University.
"Our results suggest that the key for many children is growing up in a stable household, where they don't go through divorce or other changes in the family - whether that is in a single-parent home or a married home." CONTACT: Jeff Grabmeier, (614) 292-8457. SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/familystability.htm


Media invited to observe Bosco's rehabilitation. Bosco, a Zanesville, Ohio police K-9, continues his recovery in The Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital's critical care unit. Bosco was shot on Sunday, August 23, when his partner, Officer Mike Schiele attempted to arrest a Zanesville man on a misdemeanor warrant. Officer Schiele was shot in the leg and was treated and released from Grant Hospital. Bosco was shot through the neck and suffered multiple injuries. On Tuesday, September 1, at 2 p.m. at the Veterinary Hospital, 601 Vernon Tharp St., media are invited to observe Bosco's continuing physical rehabilitation, which is being managed by Tracy Marsh, Registered Veterinary Technician and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. Tracy will be available to answer questions. The Ohio State Veterinary Hospital is open 24 hours, seven days a week for emergencies and critical care. CONTACT: Melissa Weber, 614-292-3752 or Kristine McComis 614-688-3517

Ohio State hosts plug-in electric vehicle summit – Sept. 3. High ranking auto industry, government and utility leaders will meet at Ohio State on Thursday (9/3) to discuss the future of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and their impact on the electric grid. "The PHEV Summit: Driving to Our Energy Future," hosted by Ohio State's Center for Automotive Research (CAR), takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CAR, 930 Kinnear Rd.
The summit is co-sponsored by PJM Interconnection, the regional wholesale electricity transmission organization for much of the eastern United States.
Expected speakers include Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Marc Spitzer; Ohio Governor Ted Strickland; PUCO Commissioner Valerie Lemmie; Terry Boston, PJM Interconnection president and CEO; Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee; representatives of Duke Energy and AEP; and representatives of Chrysler, Ford and GM.
Media are welcome to cover all or any parts of the meeting. The full agenda is here: http://engineering.osu.edu/phev/PHEV%20Summit%20Agenda.pdf CONTACT: Gina Langen, (614) 688-4423.

President Gee to host faculty on two-day road trip – Sept. 9 and 10. Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee will take new faculty, administrators and leaders from Ohio State on a two-day road trip across northwest Ohio on September 9 and 10. Participants will tour key projects supported by the university and see first-hand the impact that teaching, research, and service has on communities and residents across the state. This year's Roads Scholars Tour includes visits to the Xunlight/Wright Center for Photovoltaics in Toledo and Wyandot Solar in Upper Sandusky. These facilities, which benefit from Ohio's high-tech Third Frontier program, aim to highlight how the emerging solar energy industry will affect Ohio's economic and job creation future. Other stops include Mad River Family Practice near Marysville – where Ohio State medical students perform residencies; the university's regional campus in Lima, Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Grant Middle School in Marion, which supports a Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentoring partnership. CONTACT: Sandra Kerka, (614) 247-4429.

Materials research in the spotlight this week – thru 9/3. Ohio State's Institute for Materials Research hosts the second annual IMR Materials Week Conference this week (8/31-9/3 at the Blackwell Inn, 2110 Tuttle Park Place. The conference will feature technical workshops and seminars by national experts in a broad range of topics including biosensors, computational materials, magnetoelectronics and photovoltaics.
Of special note is the symposium on Tuesday (9/1), focusing on photovoltaic materials and solar energy conversion. Industry representatives and nationally recognized researchers will present the impact of solar energy on the electric grid and examine the future of solar cells. Details about the Materials Week Conference can be found at http://imr.osu.edu/events/imr-materials-week/

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.