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Story Ides for Media 3/1/13

Cars that go 50 miles before using fuel – just what we need to combat high gas prices -- March 5. Teams of students in the EcoCAR 2 competition will bring their vehicles to Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR) next week for rigorous inspections. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors, EcoCAR 2 challenges 15 universities across North America to redesign a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu to be more efficient and use less gas while maintaining performance, safety and consumer acceptability. Teams are in the second year of the three year contest.

The student-designed cars from six universities will undergo safety and technical inspections. The other EcoCAR teams that will be traveling to CAR for the week include, Penn State, Waterloo, Wayne State, Rose-Hulman and Purdue.

The inspections will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at CAR, 930 Kinnear Road. Reporters are invited to see the futuristic cars and also talk to the officials conducting the inspections. They include the director of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Competitions, Kristen De La Rosa, along with experts from Argonne National Labs, Department of Energy, and General Motors. SEE: http://car.osu.edu, http://ecocar2.osu.edu/. CONTACT: Sarah Jadwin, Jadwin.8@osu.edu.

Annual Bourguignon Lecture in Art and Anthropology – March 5. Stacy Kamehiro, assistant professor, History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of the book, The Arts of Kingship: Hawaiian Art and National Culture of the Kalakaua Era, will be the featured speaker at the Department of Anthropology’s tenth annual Paul H. and Erika Bourguignon Lecture in Art and Anthropology. The lecture takes place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 in 300 Journalism Building, 242 W. 18th Ave. The lecture is free and open to all. SEE: https://artsandsciences.osu.edu/events/annual-bourguignon-lecture-in-anthropology-and-art.

Boys’ Lack of Effort in School Tied to College Gender Gap. When it comes to college education, men are falling behind by standing still.
The proportion of men receiving college degrees has stagnated, while women have thrived under the new economic and social realities in the United States and elsewhere, according to two sociologists who have written a new book on the subject.
“The world has changed around boys, and they have not adapted as well as girls,” said Claudia Buchmann, a professor of sociology at Ohio State University and co-author of “The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What it Means for American Schools” (Russell Sage Foundation, 2013).
Buchmann and co-author Thomas DiPrete, professor of sociology at Columbia University, spent more than a decade researching the education gender gap. They wanted to find out why women are now getting more college degrees than ever before, while the proportion of young men doing so hasn’t changed much in more than 50 years. CONTACT: Jeff Grabmeier, (614) 292-8457; Grabmeier.1@osu.edu. SEE: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/riseofwomen2.htm

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