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Researcher to study relationship between environment and Alzheimer’s disease. An Ohio State researcher will investigate the connections between the environment and Alzheimer’s disease with a newly awarded $3.89 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Aging. Loren Wold, associate professor and director of biomedical research in Ohio State’s College of Nursing, plans to explore the role that air pollution plays in development and progression of both brain and heart disease. “Our overall goal is to determine the time course of plaque formation in the brains and hearts of animals with Alzheimer’s in order to potentially define a biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease,” Wold said. CONTACT: Loren Wold, Loren.Wold@osumc.edu

What would you do if your ability to speak suddenly disappeared? Aphasia — a language disorder that affects the ability to communicate — usually occurs suddenly, often following a stroke or head injury. In Ohio, people living with aphasia are finding help through Ohio State’s Aphasia Initiative, a free program of the Department of Speech and Hearing Science. Housed in the basement of Pressey Hall on Ohio State’s west campus, the free program offers people with aphasia a roadmap to learning to communicate again, with the help of structured group sessions with trained speech language pathologists and student facilitators. SEE: https://artsandsciences.osu.edu/news/finding-voice-aphasia-awareness-month

Upward Bound Programs in Columbus and Wooster receive funding - The Ohio State University’s Upward Bound Programs at Columbus and Wooster have been funded for five more years. Upward Bound fosters the necessary skills, talents and motivation needed for each participant to successfully graduate from high school and enroll in and complete their post-secondary education.
The U.S. Department of Education funds the two grant programs, and the latest grants were funded in the amount of $1,292,435 for the Columbus Upward Bound and $1,526,120 for the Wooster program. SEE: https://odi.osu.edu/upward-bound/news/upward-bound-programs-funded.html. CONTACT: James l. Moore at moore.1408@osu.edu.

Ohio State PhD alumni named Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows. Three College of Arts and Sciences PhD alumni have been named 2017 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows by the American Council of Learned Societies. These three Ohio State PhD alumni are three out of only 20 fellows nationwide named in 2017: Patrick Potyondy (PhD, history), legislative policy specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, Colorado; Amanda Rossie (PhD, women’s, gender and sexuality studies), policy analyst with the National Women's Law Center; and Haley Swenson (PhD, women’s, gender and sexuality studies), editor of New America. The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program places recent humanities PhDs in staff positions at partnering agencies in government and the nonprofit sector for two-year appointments. CONTACT: Elizabeth Tarpy Alcalde, (614) 247-4462 / alcalde.1@osu.edu.

Fuld Institute’s inaugural national summit open for registration. The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice (EBP) in Nursing and Healthcare’s first national summit, to be held Oct. 18-20, 2017, at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, is now open for registration.
The summit, “Transforming Healthcare Through Evidence-based Practice,” will address strategies for building and sustaining an EBP culture and environment in institutions, integrating EBP into academic programs, using EBP to guide organizational and health policy, using evidence to inform consumer healthcare decision-making, and disseminating and implementing research to rapidly move evidence-based interventions into real-world clinical settings. Summit attendees also are invited to join university leadership, national and international leaders, and trailblazers in EBP at a kickoff celebration on the evening of Oct. 18 in the Ohio Union on The Ohio State University campus. SEE: fuld.nursing.osu.edu.