Story Ideas for Media: 9-10-2012


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Story Ideas for Media 9/10/12


Badly burned horse making progress at Ohio State’s Veterinary Medical Center, faces long road to recovery. A six year-old American Paint horse named Northstar was deliberately set on fire the weekend of Aug. 25 in Crawford County, Pa., sustaining burns to approximately 40 percent of his body. Due to the severity of Northstar’s injuries, he was transported to The Ohio State University’s Galbreath Equine Center on Sept.5 to be treated by specialists and will need intensive wound management.

“A burn victim with injuries this severe will need a minimum of four weeks of critical care healing before infection is under control and graft surgery can be considered, but I am impressed with how he is progressing,“ said Dr. Samuel Hurcombe, assistant professor of equine emergency and critical care at the Galbreath Equine Center. “Northstar is bright, alert and interactive with people and his pain is manageable, but he has a long way to go to recovery.”

It is thought that Northstar, who is described as friendly and personable, was attacked when his attention was diverted. Police are actively seeking leads in this case, but have not identified any suspects. Northstar’s owners have had him since he was a newborn foal and describe themselves as appalled and deeply saddened by this criminal act.

Northstar’s medical bills for the first month of his care are expected to top $10,000 and future expenses are unknown. Friends of the family have set up a website,, to keep the public updated on his condition. In addition, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine has created the Northstar Equine Emergency Critical Care Fund in honor of this brave horse. Donations to this fund will be used to support equine critical care patients in need of veterinary care and financial support at the Galbreath Equine Center. CONTACT: Jane Carroll, (614) 292-5220,

Ohio State musicians cut jazz CD of Buckeye favorites. An Ohio State music student and two recent alums are “mixing it up” when it comes to Ohio State school tunes, from Hang on Sloopy to Fight the Team.
Jon Lampley, a jazz studies major who will graduate next spring; Dan White, who graduated in jazz studies and music education last spring; and Chris Ott, who graduated two years ago, joined forces a few months ago to create a CD of newly arranged versions of Buckeye favorites.
“The CD will have seven tracks on it,” says Lampley. “We took all the songs and rearranged them for sousaphone, saxophone, trombone, vocals, even beatboxing. It’s really been a blast, and we’ve learned so much.”
“Some of the songs will have a New Orleans feel, that kind of vibe,” he added. Others will have an orchestral feel, some even hip-hop.” SEE:


Study suggests how a high-fat diet and estrogen loss lead women to store more abdominal fat than men. A high-fat diet triggers chemical reactions in female mice that could explain why women are more likely than men to gain fat in the abdomen after eating excess saturated fat, new research suggests. The study, led by said Ouliana Ziouzenkova, assistant professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University, also sheds light on why women gain fat following menopause.

Scientists identified events in female mice that start with the activation of an enzyme and end with the formation of visceral fat – fat that accumulates around internal organs and is linked to a higher risk for Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

At least one function for this enzyme is the production of a powerful hormone, which then drives up the formation of visceral fat cells. The source of this hormone is vitamin A.

“If you asked most people what they believe causes obesity, they would probably say high food consumption and a sedentary lifestyle. But we see that there are genetic factors telling the body what to do with fat,” said Ziouzenkova. “A high-fat diet acts on our genetics to make us more fat or less fat. The diet is not powerful enough to do this on its own.” CONTACT: Emily Caldwell, (614) 292-8310; SEE:


Ohio State EcoCAR team begins second year of competition, receives car to rebuild – Sept. 12. The Ohio State University EcoCAR 2 team will hold a ceremony on Wednesday marking the second year of the EcoCAR 2: Plugging in to the Future, a student engineering competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors. The competition 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.

The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the Student Motorsports garage at the Center for Automotive Research, located at 930 Kinnear Road. Parking is available in lots in the back and to the east of the center.

Following remarks by representatives of several university departments, team leaders will begin the disassembly of the vehicle. The team will begin rebuilding the car this fall and will have a working vehicle by May of 2013.

The team begins the disassembly and building process of their 2013 Chevrolet Malibu after finishing in 2nd place in the first year of the competition, which was held this past May in Los Angeles, California. CONTACT: Sarah Jadwin, (614) 205-2882,

Media Registration Open for EcoSummit 2012 – through Sept. 24. Ohio State hosts international environmental conference – Sept. 30-Oct. 5. More than 1,500 delegates from 75 countries will visit Columbus and Ohio State for EcoSummit 2012 Sept. 30-Oct. 5. The weeklong EcoSummit brings together the world's most respected minds in ecological science to discuss restoring the planet's ecosystems. It is the first time the EcoSummit has been held in North America. In addition to the academic conference, delegates will participate in mid-conference field trips to central-Ohio ecological sites.

To obtain credentials, please email your first and last name, news organization, country, email address and if you will attend EcoSummit in part or in whole to In addition to this basic information, please provide a copy of your media credentials. CONTACT: Amanda Wurst (614) 224- 8114, SEE:

Ohio State Writers “Coming Home” for Festival – Sept. 14-16. The Department of English is “bringing home” seven Ohio State writers with new books for the Creative Writing Book Fair and Festival, September 14 -16. Christopher Coake (You Came Back); Michael Kardos (The Three-Day Affair); Joe Oestreich (Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll); Catherine Pierce (The Girls of Peculiar); Letitia Trent (One Perfect Bird); Claire Vaye Watkins (Battleborn); and Betsy Wheeler (Loud Dreaming in a Quiet Room) will read from their works.

Watkins’ exceptional debut collection of short stories set in small-town Nevada, Battleborn, is garnering accolades from across the globe, including this New York Times tribute: If debut collections are meant to announce the arrival of talented new writers, “Battleborn” is a full-throated bugle call. Watkins wrote the book while attending Ohio State as a presidential fellow. All events are free. For a complete schedule of readings and book signings, CONTACT: Kelli Fickle at

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