Story Ideas for Media: 1-25-2013


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Story Ideas for Media 1/25/13

Ohio State University Trustees to meet – Jan. 31 – Feb. 1. The Ohio State University Board of Trustees and its committees will meet at on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Rd.

The schedule includes meetings on Thursday, Jan. 31of the Medical Affairs and Advancement committees from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; the Audit and Compliance and Governance committees from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m.; and meetings of the Finance and Academic Affairs and Student Life committees from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The full board will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. CONTACT: Gayle Saunders (614) 292.5962, SEE:

Steve Perry to deliver keynote address for United Black World Month celebration – Feb. 4. Nationally renowned educator, speaker and author Dr. Steve Perry will deliver the keynote speech at the kickoff celebration of Ohio State University’s 43rd annual United Black World Month at 6:30 on Monday, Feb. 4 at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. Perry, author of the upcoming book, “Push Has Come to Shove,” and star of the TV show “Save my Son,” will discuss critical civil rights issues surrounding education. The event is free and open to the public.
The theme for the month-long celebration is “At the Crossroads: A State of Urgency – THIS IS A TEST!” For a full list of programs, see: CONTACT: Katherine Betts, (614) 688-8449 or

New York Times reporters to speak on U.S. campaign against al-Qaeda – Feb. 7. New York Times reporters Eric Schmitt and Thomas Shanker will speak on their book Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign against Al Qaeda at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. The book tells the story of how a group of analysts in the military, spy agencies and law enforcement fashioned an innovative and effective new strategy to fight terrorism, unbeknownst to most Americans and in sharp contrast to the slogans that characterized the U.S. government's public posture. SEE:

Ohio State study: False Beliefs Persist, Even After Instant Online Corrections. It seems like a great idea: Provide instant corrections to web-surfers when they run across obviously false information on the Internet.

But a new study suggests that this type of tool may not be a panacea for dispelling inaccurate beliefs, particularly among people who already want to believe the falsehood.

“Real-time corrections do have some positive effect, but it is mostly with people who were predisposed to reject the false claim anyway,” said R. Kelly Garrett, lead author of the study and assistant professor of communication at Ohio State University.

“The problem with trying to correct false information is that some people want to believe it, and simply telling them it is false won’t convince them.”

For example, the rumor that President Obama was not born in the United States was widely believed during the past election season, even though it was thoroughly debunked. CONTACT: Jeff Grabmeier, (614) 292-8457; SEE:

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