Story Ideas for Media: 2-7-2014

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Ohio State News Tips 2/7/14

Ann Hamilton Project Archive created at Ohio State. The works of internationally recognized artist Ann Hamilton, professor, Department of Art, and Distinguished University Professor at Ohio State, are being digitally archived in a new publicly accessible collection within the university’s Visual Resources Library, housed in the Department of History of Art.
The collection – the Ann Hamilton Project Archive – currently contains more than 1,000 downloadable, high-resolution images from 35 art installations by Hamilton, ranging from her time as a graduate student at the Yale School of Art to her current large-scale multi-media installations exhibited worldwide. The digitization of the collection is ongoing and publicly available through vrl.osu.edu. CONTACT: Victoria Ellwood, ellwood.1@osu.edu.

Students prepare for BuckeyeThon. BuckeyeThon is the largest, student-run philanthropy in the state of Ohio. BuckeyeThon (For the Kids) supports the Hematology/Oncology/BMT department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital through events and activities throughout the year, culminating in the annual dance marathon. 3,500 students are expected to participate this year. Last year they raised over $608,000, and this year the goal is $750,000. The event is on Feb. 14 and 15 in the Ohio Union.
Possible story lines:
• A student couldn’t attend BuckeyeThon last year because he was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia 15 days before the event. He is now is remission, and will able to attend this year. His sister is also part of the event.
• A student who turns 21 years old during BuckeyeThon has chosen to dance For The Kids instead of celebrating some other way. She has set her fundraising goal at $2,100 to represent her turning 21.
• The marathon is also personal for a dancing student whose younger sister is now cancer free after being treated Nationwide Children’s. Both will be at BuckeyeThon.
For information and to set up interviews, CONTACT Dave Isaacs, Office of Student Life, 614-292-8424 or Isaacs.84@osu.edu.

Olympics story idea: Study shows figure skaters’ training influences force of landings. New research indicates figure skaters are suffering preventable injuries because they train in boots that result in incorrect muscle mechanics. Researchers from Ohio State’s exercise physiology program, including a former competitive skater, compared the force of jumps performed by female figure skaters to those done by non-skaters. The research was published in the February 2014 Journal of Sports Sciences, “Landing ground reaction forces in figure skaters and non-skaters.”
Both groups were barefoot, but the skaters landed harder, probably because they are taught in rigid boots with high heels. The researchers suggest that equipment changes would cut down the number of athlete injuries. CONTACT: Steven T. Devor, kinesiology, devor.3@osu.edu.

Pay-it-forward idea wins scholarship. Compassion and creativity won Alissa Evans, a senior majoring in Fashion and Retail Studies, a $30,000 Geoffrey Beene Scholarship. For the Beene competition, she imagined “Home Free,” a company that would employ survivors of domestic violence to make textile products for the home. Her marketing tagline: ”By beautifying your house, you help us beautify lives.” See her winning products at http://go.osu.edu/AEvans. CONTACT: Alissa Evans, evans.1478@buckeyemail.osu.edu.

Ohio State study: Bio-plastics not so good at biodegrading. Ohio State University researchers have found that most bio-plastics or "green" plastics currently available in the market do not biodegrade within the time period used in standard solid-waste management processes and do not meet industry standards for compostability.
The study was conducted by Fred Michel, an associate professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and compost researcher at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center at Wooster
Michel says, “Most people don’t think about the end-of-life cycle of bio-plastics and assume that because these products are called ‘green,’ they are automatically better for the environment. However, this study shows that some bio-based plastics currently available in the market actually biodegrade poorly. And in some cases, bio-plastics can be worse for the environment than fossil fuel-based plastics when taking into account inputs needed to grow crops from which these products are made, land and water use, and the greenhouse gases released from these plastics when they do break down.”
The study was published in the December issue of the journal Polymer Degradation and Stability. SEE: http://extension.osu.edu/news-releases/archives/2014/february/bio-plastics-not-so-good-at-biodegrading-ohio-state-study

The person listed as the CONTACT will have the most current information about the story. Call on our media relations staff for help with any Ohio State story: Jane Carroll, 614-292-5220 or carroll.296@osu.edu; Liz Cook, 614-292-7276 or cook.17@osu.edu; Gary Lewis, 614-688-2048 or lewis.330@osu.edu; or Amy Murray, 614-292-8385 or murray-goedde.1@osu.edu.