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Ohio State News Tips 11/2/12

“Vet for Pets” 5K benefits central Ohio pets and veterinary students – Nov. 4.
The seventh annual "Vets for Pets" 5K run/walk (with or without dogs) will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday, November 4, at the College of Veterinary Medicine Academic Building, 1900 Coffey Rd.

Race participants often bring dogs to walk along the race route. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine Classes of 2014 and Friends of the Shelter, which serves the Franklin County Animal Shelter.
Advance registration is $25. Same-day on-site registration is $30 and begins at 8:30 a.m. Free parking is available. SEE:

Ohio State to host local high school students as part of Governor’s Road to Readiness program – Nov. 7. The Ohio State University is one of 27 Columbus area employers who will host high school juniors as part of the Governor’s Road to Readiness Program. The initiative is a pilot program that places Columbus City Schools students with Columbus employers on Nov. 7 and 8. The goal of the program is to introduce the students to the requirements of professions and industries to help them prepare to join the workforce of the 21st century, and also to see that very real and tangible options come alive if they stay in school.

Students from Columbus’ Downtown High School will come to campus on Wednesday, Nov. 7 for a morning that includes a campus tour and shadowing university staff. Students arrive on campus at 10 a.m., and after a welcome from Kathleen McCutcheon, vice president for human resources, will go to their various work sites for mentoring. CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.

Lecturer discusses the search for extraterrestrial intelligence – Nov. 7. Ohio State’s Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics presents a lecture by Jill Tarter on a subject she knows well: SETI--Five Decades of Progress in the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence, at 8 p.m. Wednesday November 7 in 1000 McPherson Lab, 140 W. 18th Ave. Presenting the Sixth Annual R. Jack and Forest Lynn Biard Cosmology and Astrophysics, Tarter is the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. Tarter’s work has been widely acclaimed; she has received two Public Service Medals from NASA and was portrayed by Jodie Foster in the movie Contact. CONTACT: Lisa Colarosa (614) 292-0810,

Wexner Prize Conversation: Annie Leibovitz and Jann S. Wenner - Nov. 9. Renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz, whose work is on view at the Wexner Center in a major exhibition, returns this weekend to receive the 14th Wexner Prize, given to an artist whose achievements reflect bold originality, innovation, and creative excellence. On Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium, the artist will participate in a public conversation with Jann S. Wenner, founder, editor, and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine. On Saturday evening, she will receive the Prize in a private ceremony. More on the public conversation:
More on the Wexner Prize: CONTACT: Karen Simonian, or (614) 292-9923.

Carrier Classic and Veterans Day: Ohio State alumni clubs across U.S. to recognize America's veterans by hosting a community service project – Nov. 9. Ohio State alumni clubs and societies will be hosting game-watch parties for the men’s basketball season opener onboard the USS Yorktown, which begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9.
When the Buckeyes take on Marquette University in the Carrier Classic, the Ohio State University Alumni Association is asking each alumni group to sponsor efforts to support members of the military, veterans, and their families.
In addition to the local chapter events, the Alumni Association will host a game-watch party at Longaberger Alumni House, with funds being raised to benefit the Veterans House on campus.
CONTACT: Jay Hansen, Ohio State Alumni Association, 614-292-9311,hansen.208@osu.eduSEE:

An insider’s view of landing on Mars – Nov. 11. Andrew E. Johnson, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, will give an insider’s view of Landing and Roving on Mars as part of the monthly Science Sundays Public Lecture at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 in the Ohio Union Conference Theatre; 1739 N. High St. Johnson is a principal member of the technical staff and supervisor of the GN&C Hardware and Testbed Development group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he is developing image-based techniques for autonomous navigation and mapping during descent to planets, moons, comets, and asteroids. Science Sundays, in its second season, is a monthly public lecture series on relevant, timely and emerging topics, offered by science centers and institutes of The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences. The lectures are free and open to the public. CONTACT: Sandi Rutkowski, Communications Director, College of Arts and Sciences;; 614-292-4759. SEE:

Zero Waste Achieved at Ohio Stadium. The Oct. 20 Ohio State vs. Purdue football game recycling numbers are in, and Ohio State has achieved zero waste by diverting 94.4% of game day materials from the landfill. Only 1,600 pounds of materials were sent to the landfill – the lowest ever for a game since the zero-waste effort was begun. 6.4 tons of materials were recycled and 7.7 tons of materials were composted. This is a significant achievement; Ohio Stadium is now the largest stadium in the country to achieve zero waste. CONTACT: Gina Langen, (614) 688-4423,

Promoting men's health awareness through 'Mo'vember. Ohio State's undergraduate student health organization, Buckeyes for Public Health (Buckeyes4PH), is bringing men’s health awareness to campus with mustaches. Through supporting "Movember," a global men’s health charity that encourages men to grow and women to support the "mo" (mustache) throughout the month of November, Buckeyes4PH is striving to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer, along with other men's health issues. SEE:

The Ohio State University and the Royal Shakespeare Company Expand Partnership. Ohio State and the UK's Royal Shakespeare Company have announced a new, major expansion of their initial three-year collaboration, supporting Ohio State's aspiration to be a destination for the innovative teaching, research and performance of Shakespeare. The new collaboration, announced by President E. Gordon Gee and Catherine Mallyon, executive director of the RSC, will continue to enhance K-12 teacher development and research and bring RSC's new Julius Caesar to New York and Columbus next spring. SEE:

The RSC is in residence at Ohio State through Nov. 10, performing Young People’s Shakespeare King Lear for the public and several matinees for students from local schools. Performances take place Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.; November 4 at 1 and 5 p.m.; November 8 - 9 at 7:30 p.m. and November 10 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center, 1849 Cannon Dr. SEE:

Ohio State Receives $9.6 Million State Department Critical Languages Award. Galal Walker, professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL) and Mari Noda, DEALL professor and chair; have won a new three-year U.S. Department of State grant that provides more than $3.2 million per year in funding to administer and implement the Critical Language Scholarship Program in East Asia. Ohio State is the only university in the country to receive this award.

DEALL, in cooperation with the National East Asian Languages Center, will establish four intensive language institutes in partner universities in China; and one each in universities in Japan, Korea, and Indonesia.

DEALL faculty will supervise the institutes in three countries: Xiaobin Jian in China, Mari Noda in Japan, and Ouyoong Pyun in Korea. The Indonesian institute will be headed by Christine Su of Ohio University. CONTACT: Galal Walker,

Ohio State Researchers Awarded $1.6 Million for Clean Coal Research. Researchers at The Ohio State University will use a $1.6 million state grant to verify their findings that coal byproducts can be used to reclaim abandoned mining sites.

The Ohio Coal Development Office Technical Advisory Committee granted the funds to Tarunjit Butalia, research scientist and coordinator of the statewide Coal Combustion Products Program at Ohio State, and William Wolfe, professor of civil, environmental and geodetic engineering, to conduct the research.

The objective of the project is to demonstrate in the field that the byproducts produced from scrubbing coal can be beneficially used in large volumes for reclamation and to show how these byproducts can remediate acid mine drainage at Ohio coal mine locations. CONTACT: Joan Slattery Wall,, (614) 292-8329. SEE:

Ohio State commemorates Veterans Day with several events..
• Saturday, Nov. 3 - Military flyover during the Illinois game will be performed by the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA 106) based out of Naval Air Station, Oceania, Virginia. The game begins at 3:30 p.m.
• Thursday, Nov. 8 - ROTC cadets will conduct their annual Veteran's Day Silent Run from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. on the Oval. A small detail of cadets will run in a continuous loop around the oval, carrying the nation's colors and a POW/MIA flag, to promote awareness for and to honor American Prisoners of War and Missing in Action.

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The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a leader in research that can benefit the men and women in our military and veterans. If you need additional information about the following research, please call the office of Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737.
• Ohio State research may lead to treatment for blast injuries. Soldiers suffering from the most common primary blast injury- tympanic membrane perforation- which often results in an inability to serve, may have a new treatment option that not only restores hearing, but also keeps them out of the operating room. Dr. D. Bradley Welling is utilizing a grant from the Department of Defense to study whether fibroblast growth factor 1, which has been shown to triple healing rates in the ulcers of diabetic mice, will encourage cell growth leading to the closure of perforations. If proven effective, the 15 minute outpatient procedure will eliminate the need for surgery, as well as the risks and costs associated with the procedure.
• Studying the life-long effects of traumatic brain injury. Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are among those from 16 centers around the country awarded a grant to study the life-long effects of traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injury is a major cause of death and disability, particularly in military action. John Corrigan, director of the division of rehabilitation psychology, said the ongoing research is important on many levels. “Traumatic brain injuries impact the lives of people of all ages and the recovery period can be lengthy,” said Corrigan, who also is the principal investigator of the Ohio Regional TBI Model system. “Other medical and behavioral conditions sometimes set in after the initial recovery and they can place a strain on relationships and the patient’s overall quality of life.”
• Improved garments may reduce burn scars and healing time. Dr. Heather Powell is seeking to answer a medical debate that could one day benefit troops suffering from burn injuries. Currently, the medical community is divided as to whether or not compression garments are effective in reducing robust scarring following burn injuries. Even proponents of the treatment are unsure of the optimal level of pressure and how many hours a day the garments should be worn to reduce scarring. In addition to answering these questions, Powell believes her work will lead to a new type of compression garment that increases patient comfort and adherence, as well as reduces the time needed to reduce scarring.
• Electric impulses may help treat traumatic brain injuries. Deep-brain stimulation (DBS), also known as a brain pacemaker, has been proven safe and effective for the treatment of several movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, tremor, dystonia, and severe obsessive compulsive disorder. Researchers at Ohio State are also investigating the use of DBS for treating patients with traumatic brain injury. The goal is to use deep-brain stimulation in these patients to improve their function and control, according to Dr. Ali Rezai, professor of neurological surgery at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. Ohio State has completed surgery on patients with traumatic brain injury and is compiling the data on its effectiveness.

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