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Ohio State News Tips 2/28/14

Oh, the places they’ll go! Ohio State’s spring break kicks off March 10 and will see students head out through the world to participate in public service projects and unique artistic collaborations in support of Ohio State’s mission of teaching, research and community service.
Ohio State students to perform in China over spring break. Funded by a U.S. State Department $50,000 grant and privately raised funds, 30 students – including jazz musicians, dancers, and rappers – will travel to China March 7-17 to share their uniquely American art forms with universities and regions of China, some largely unfamiliar with U.S. culture. SEE: http://artsandsciences.osu.edu/news/ohio-state-students-to-perform-in-china.
Ohio State students embrace civic engagement through Buck-I-Serve during spring break. The Office of Student Life’s Buck-I-SERV is a weeklong, substance-free community service program with a mission to provide students with a challenging and fun opportunity to lead and learn through direct service experiences. Supported in part by student activity fees, more than 30 spring break trips are planned – from Baltimore to Belize and many places in between. Benefitting organizations include numerous Habitat for Humanity sites; International Service & Adventure Expedition, Guatemala; Food and Friends, Washington, D.C.; Gay Men's Health Crisis, New York, N.Y.; God’s Pantry Food Bank, Lexington, Ky; One World Running, Belize City, Belize; College Access in Appalachian Ohio; and many, many more. SEE: http://buckiserv.osu.edu.

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Travyon Martin, available to talk to reporters – March 3. Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, will be on the Ohio State campus on Monday, March 3, to speak at a public event at the Ohio Union. Since the 2012 death of her 17 year old son, Trayvon Martin, Fulton has transformed her family tragedy into advocacy, speaking against violence towards children and the need to build better, safer communities.
Prior to her talk, Fulton will be available to the media at 3 p.m. on Monday in the Hall of Fame Room of Hale Hall, 154 W. 12th Ave.
Fulton’s appearance sponsored by the Office of Student Life’s Multicultural Center and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. CONTACT: Halle Malcomb, Student Life Multicultural Center, 614-804-5453.

Ohio State to host Latino Education Summit – March 5. Scholastic achievement and college attendance rates are lower among Latino students than among their peers and in some districts as many as 70 percent drop out of school before earning a diploma. Ohio policy makers, education leaders and community advocates will meet on the Ohio State campus on Wednesday, March 5, to discuss strategies and model practices for increasing educational achievement among Ohio’s Latino youth. The Ohio Latino Education Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. Participants include Peggy Lehner and Charleta Tavares, state Sens.; David Hopkins, president, Wright State University; Richard Ross, Ohio superintendent of public instruction; Gary Cates, senior vice chancellor, Ohio Board of Regents; and Cheryl Achterberg, dean, Ohio State College of Education and Human Ecology. The event is co-sponsored by the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission and Ohio State’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. CONTACT: Yolanda Zepeda, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Zepeda.3@osu.edu.

Panel discussion focuses on the risks and benefits of fracking – March 6. “Fracking Our Health,” a panel discussion on the risks and benefits of fracking, will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 at COSI, 333 W. Broad St. Sponsored by The Ohio State University School of Communication, the Health Sciences Frontier project, and the Behavioral Decision Making Initiative, participants include Mike Bisesi, professor of environmental health sciences at the university’s College of Public Health; Daniel Kahan, professor of law and psychology at Yale University Law School; Mark Somerson, health and environment editor at The Columbus Dispatch; and will be moderated by Mike Thompson, director of news and public affairs at WOSU. The event is free and open to the public with seating beginning at 6:30 p.m. RSVP/CONTACT: science_forum@osu.edu. SEE: http://www.hsf.osu.edu/.

Ohio State research project seeks better understanding of Columbus residents’ food access. An Ohio State University research project hopes to gain a better understanding of how and where residents of central Columbus get their food, and what factors influence their decisions about what they eat. The project, “Mapping the Food Environment,” is funded by the university’s Food Innovation Center, and is led by the Food Mapping Team, an interdisciplinary team of researchers and community partners.
As part of the research effort, the team is administering a survey to residents of certain ZIP codes in central Columbus, covering the neighborhoods of Milo-Grogan, Weinland Park, Victorian Village, Italian Village, Downtown, Franklinton and the Near East Side during the first phase of data collection. The survey, which includes questions about where people get their food, what kinds of foods they buy, and whether they experience food insecurity, is offered in-person and can also be taken online. CONTACT: Ben Kerrick, project coordinator, kerrick.4@osu.edu, SEE: foodmapping.osu.edu.

Psychology professor and neuorscientist garners 2014 Sloan Fellowship. Julie Golomb, assistant professor of psychology and director of Ohio State’s Vision and Cognitive Neuroscience lab, has been awarded a 2014 Alfred Sloan Fellowship. She joins 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as the next generation of scientific leaders. Golomb is the only Sloan Fellow chosen from Ohio.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded the two-year, $50,000 Sloan Research Fellowships annually since 1955 to early-career scientists and scholars. Awarded in eight scientific and technical fields—chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics--the fellowships are awarded through close cooperation with the scientific community. SEE: http://artsandsciences.osu.edu/news/psychology-professor-garners-2014-sloan-fellowship.

Ohio State senior is university’s first Luce Scholar. Jacob Bogart, a senior honors student majoring in globalization studies and French has been named Ohio State’s first Luce Scholar. He is one of 18 scholars chosen among 155 nominees. The scholarship provides funding and training for a one-year professional placement in Asia.
The Luce Scholars Program was created by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to "enhance understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society" and is specifically targeted at students who have had limited exposure to Asia.
As a Luce Scholar, Bogart will spend a year in a yet-to-be-determined professional placement in an Asian country.
Bogart has taken part in many international activities, including researching international aid in Haitian tent camps after the 2010 earthquake. He presented the results of this research last spring at an international professional conference in Japan. He spent his junior year abroad, interning with the NGO Human Rights Watch in Geneva, Switzerland, and then studying French at the Sorbonne in Paris. Last summer, he participated in the Public Policy and International Affairs Summer Institute at Princeton University. SEE: http://hs.prod.esue.ohio-state.edu/news/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=37.