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Story Ideas for Media 9/27/10


$46 million grant will help Ohio State expand Reading Recovery. Ohio State University has received a $46 million federal grant to dramatically expand an early intervention program for first-graders who struggle with reading.
The grant will allow Ohio State’s College of Education and Human Ecology and its 14 university partners around the country to build on the success of the Reading Recovery program.
Combined with an additional $10 million in matching funds raised by the university, the grant will enable training for 3,750 teachers over the next five years to become Reading Recovery teachers.
As a result, about 90,000 first-graders will receive Reading Recovery’s intensive one-to-one daily tutoring.
“We’re taking a literacy intervention that has proven to be effective, and more than doubling the number of students it serves,” said Jerome D’Agostino, the project director of the new effort and associate professor of educational policy and leadership at Ohio State. CONTACT: Jerry D’Agostino, (614) 247-5323, dagostino.22@osu.edu SEE: http://www.osu.edu/news/newsitem2903


Stress before cancer therapy could help deadly cells survive treatment, lead to disease recurrence. Patients who experience physical or psychological stress – including rigorous exercise – one or two days before a cancer treatment might be unknowingly sabotaging their therapy, new research suggests.
The study, led by Govindasamy Ilangovan, associate professor of internal medicine at Ohio State, shows stress in the body – even physical stress caused by intense exercise – activates a stress-sensitive protein that can spark a series of events that allow cancer cells to survive such treatments as chemotherapy and radiation.
Though the study involved a series of experiments in breast cancer cell cultures, the researchers say the findings are a clear indication that cancer cells have found a way to adapt and resist treatment with the help of this stress-inducible protein. CONTACT: Emily Caldwell, (614) 292-8310; caldwell.151@osu.edu. SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/heatshockprotein.htm


President Gee to dedicate Solar Decathlon House at Columbus Zoo – Sept. 27. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is enhancing their North American exhibit with the addition of the Ohio State Solar Decathlon House, and Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee and Columbus Zoo President and CEO Dale Schmidt will dedicate the unique sustainable home at 5:30 p.m. today (9/27) at the Columbus Zoo.
Ohio State students designed and built the home in 2009 as part of the Solar Decathlon, held every other year in Washington D.C., where student teams from 20 universities around the world are selected to compete by designing and building the most energy-efficient home. CONTACT: Gina Langen, langen.2@osu.edu,(614) 688-4423.

Study Abroad Expo – Oct. 7. Whether it’s studying abroad with a group, landing an internship, conducting field work or becoming involved in a service learning project, having an international experience during your college career is becoming increasingly important in our global society. Ohio State students will learn more about expanding their educational opportunities at the Study Abroad Expo, October 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Great Hall Meeting Room at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. As part of Ohio State’s passport campaign, in which students are encouraged to get a passport, representatives from the Franklin County Clerk of Courts office will be on hand to take passport photos and accept completed passport applications. Visit http://oia.osu.edu to get a full calendar of Expo events. CONTACT: Maureen Miller, (614) 247-2462, miller.4468@osu.edu.

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