Story Ideas for Media: 3-22-2013


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Story Idea for Media 3/22/13

Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall available to speak to media – March 25. Primatologist Jane Goodall will be available to meet with central Ohio media at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 25, at the Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Theater, 1739 N. High St.
The availability precedes a 7:30 p.m. ticketed event for students with Goodall in the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom. In “Sowing the Seeds of Hope: An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall,” Goodall will discuss her career as a pioneering chimpanzee behavioral researcher, world-renowned conservationist and United Nations Messenger of Peace. The program is hosted by the Ohio Union Activities Board. CONTACT: Jane Carroll, 614-292-5220 or

Keeping Ohio college graduates in Ohio is focus of conference – March 25. There is a lot of talk these days about matching skills to available jobs. Policy-makers, people in industry, government and education agree we need to get the workforce of today and tomorrow educated with the skills that employers need.

This topic is the focus of a one-day conference, “Strengthening Pathways, From Higher Education into Careers,” for industry leaders, educators and policy-makers. The event will be held on Monday, March 25 at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. Speakers include E. Gordon Gee, president, The Ohio State University; Jeffrey Wadsworth, president and CEO, Battelle; Barbara Snyder, president, Case Western University; John Minor, president and chief investment officer, JobsOhio; William Konstantacos, vice president, Honda; and Dale Carlson, Aviation; General Electric. Battelle, The Ohio State University, Case Western University, the Business-Higher Education Forum and the Council of Graduate Schools are hosting the event. SEE: CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.

President Gee to speak at Columbus Metropolitan Club – March 27. Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee will present “From Global Engagement to Global Embodiment” to the Columbus Metropolitan Club at noon on Wednesday, March 27 at the Athletic Club of Columbus, 136 E. Broad St. Gee will discuss the keystone for success in the 21st century: moving from tolerating differences in backgrounds and perspectives to embracing them. Because of Ohio State’s breadth and scale on campus and our activities throughout the world, the university is uniquely positioned to lead as the model for the future. CONTACT: Gayle Saunders, (614) 292-5962 or SEE:

Lecture focuses on Jewish Law and Changing Times – March 24. The 25th Annual Pearl and Troy Feibel Lecture on Judaism and the Law will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at the JCC of Greater Columbus, 1125 College Ave. This year’s lecture, Jewish Law and Changing Times, will be given by Rabbi David Saperstein, Juris Doctor and director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Rabbi Professor Marc Saperstein, principal, Leo Baeck College, London, England. The program is free and open to the public. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Feibel Family and the late Robert Shamansky, Ohio State’s Melton Center for Jewish Studies and Moritz College of Law, and the Jewish Federation of Columbus. CONTACT: Lori Fireman, Melton Center for Jewish Studies, 614-292-0700, SEE:

Urban Meyer is keynote speaker for Todd Bell luncheon – March 27. Ohio State University Head Football Coach Urban Meyer will be the keynote speaker for the eighth annual Todd A. Bell Lecture Series Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 350 N. High St.

The lecture series supports the Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male at Ohio State which provides specialized support services to improve the academic performance, graduation rates and professional development of male undergraduate students.

Napoleon Bell, executive director of the City of Columbus Community Relations Commission, will host the event which honors the legacy of Todd Bell, a former Ohio State and NFL football standout, and university administrator with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. CONTACT: Liz Cook, or (614) 292-7276.

Ohio State undergraduates showcase research at Denman Undergraduate Research Forum – March 28. The 18th annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, one of the biggest of its kind in the country, takes place from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28th at Ohio State’s Recreation and Physical Activities Center, 337 W. 17th Ave. Among the more than 600 projects that will be presented by students:
*Zeenath Ameen helped discover the mechanism by which black raspberries – a superfood – inhibit cancer cells.
*Rebecca Anthony found that increased participation in volunteer activity is associated with longevity.
*Thomas O’Connell, a senior headed to Yale for a PhD in neuroscience, delved into the complex field of fMRI research with his work investigating how the brain encodes visual scenes.
*Meagan Miller, a geography major, observed social services workers, policymakers, and law enforcement officials on the job in her study of how Columbus characterizes and treats its homeless.

The Denman has grown from 60 student presenters in 1996, its first year, to over 700 presenters this year. In addition to the research itself, the poster presentations highlight the significance of faculty research mentorship for undergraduates.

Judges (and reporters) talk to presenters about their projects from noon to 12-3 p.m. Entertainment and reception are from 3:00-4:30. President Gee will speak at the awards ceremony, which is from 4:30-5:30. Cash prizes will be awarded in 11 divisions. CONTACT: Allison Snow, Undergraduate Research Office, 614-292-8307,

Ohio State research: Teen Mentors Inspire Healthier Choices in Younger Children; Mentored Kids Lose Weight, Move More Than Those Taught by Adults. An obesity intervention taught by teen mentors in Appalachian elementary schools resulted in weight loss, lower blood pressure and healthy lifestyle changes among the younger students learning the curriculum, according to a new study.

In contrast, children taught the same lessons by adults in a traditional classroom saw no changes in their health outcomes.

The results of the eight-week clinical trial conducted by Ohio State University researchers suggest that school systems could consider using teen mentors to instruct younger children in select health-related programs.

In the study, all instructors taught lessons from a program called "Just for Kids!" that was developed by the University of California, San Francisco.

For one hour after school each week, teen mentors met one-on-one with students in a large gym setting while another group of students was taught in a classroom by school system employees, such as librarians or administrative staff. CONTACT: Emily Caldwell, (614) 292-8310; SEE:

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