Janauary 16, 2001

Ohio State’s news, experts and events give you more on the news


OSU Marching Band practices for Inaugural Parade - The 225-member Ohio State University Marching Band is off to Washington, D.C., to march in the Inaugural Parade of George W. Bush on Saturday, Jan. 20. The band will play "Beautiful Ohio" as it passes the reviewing stand, as well as "Fight the Team," "I Wanna Go Back to Ohio State" and "Buckeye Battle Cry."

The band hopes to raise $55,000 to fund the trip. Although the Marching Band receives 100 percent of its operating budget from the Department of Athletics, the Inaugural Parade is beyond the scope of normal university or athletic performances, so the band assumes the responsibility of raising funds for the event. A majority of the bands involved in the parade will be involved in similar fundraising activities since the inaugural parade is not part of the annual performance schedule. Contact: Jon Woods, band director, (614) 292-2671.

Plain or Barbecue? Study shows potato chips make good pig chow - Hog producers seeking a cheaper, alternative feed to corn have to look no further than the grocery snack aisle. Two researchers at OSU's Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) in Wooster have found that it doesn't matter if they are plain or flavored – potato chips are the snack of choice for pigs. Not only are they cheaper than corn ($6 to $7.50 per ton compared with $75 a ton for corn), but the chips provide the pigs with a higher energy diet. Sha Rahnema and Ronald Borton have found that consistently replacing 12.5 percent of the corn feed with potato chip scraps helped the pigs grow and reach market weight faster. The finding further refines the research on how much and when to feed the chips needed for optimum growth. Rahnema says, "mixing chips in with the corn feed has shown to have no adverse effects on the pigs and can be a profitable alternative to the current diet." How would a pork chop taste after a pig has munched on jalapeno- or vinegar-flavored chips? Rahnema says panelists found no taste difference; some even thought the chip-fed pig was juicer and tasted better. Next the researchers plan to test their potato chip diet on chickens. Contact: Sha Rahnema, (330) 264-1262; or Ronald Borton, (330) 264-1314.

Stock investment is key to racial wealth gap The wide gap in wealth ownership between black and white Americans could be narrowed substantially if African Americans invested more in stocks and mutual funds. An Ohio State sociologist has found that African Americans are much less likely than whites to buy high-risk, high-return assets such as stocks. Lisa Keister, assistant professor of sociology here says the findings suggest that if blacks bought high-risk assets at the same rate as whites, the wealth gap would decline dramatically. Contact: Lisa Keister, Sociology, (614) 688-8685.


Employers seek workers at 28th Annual Career & Job Fair – Jan. 17-18. More than 100 local, national and international companies and over 200 representatives will be on hand to meet and discuss career opportunities with students or persons seeking a change at the 28th Annual Career & Job Fair, hosted by The Ohio State University Office of Minority Affairs’ Career & Job Fair Student Association & Coordinating Committee. Employers will accept resumes and discuss opportunities from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, (1/17) in the Ohio Union Ballrooms, 1739 North High Street. Additional interviews may take place on Thursday (1/18). Job hunters should dress in business attire and bring many copies of their resume. There will be part-/full-time, co-op, summer and other career opportunities available. Contact: Lesley Deaderick, University Relations, (614) 292-0569 or 250-1048 (pager)

Jerseys will be retired – Jan. 21-Feb. 10. Three Buckeye basketball greats will be honored by the official retirement of the numbers they wore as students here. Katie Smith's No. 30 will be retired Jan. 21. Gary Bradds' No. 35 will be retired at halftime Jan. 27, and Jim Jackson's No. 22 will be retired Feb. 10. Contact: Department of Athletics Information, (614) 292-6861.

Preparing better teachers for Ohio – Jan. 23. Dr. Susan T. Zelman, Ohio's superintendent of public instruction, will present a lecture on "Teacher Education Reform in Ohio" from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in 160 MacQuigg Lab, 105 W. Woodruff Ave. The lecture is part of the interdisciplinary research seminar, “Higher Education's Responsibility in Teacher Education Reform.” Contact: Gemma McLuckie (614) 292-4658 or mcluckie.1@osu.edu

Workshop puts estate planning in perspective – Jan. 24, 31 and Feb 7. To help people learn more about estate planning issues, Ohio State University Extension is sponsoring an Estate Planning Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 24, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, 2001, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Granville Inn in Granville. The sessions will cover the legal framework in which estate planning takes place in Ohio and some basics, such as trusts and life insurance; long-term care insurance and distribution of personal property. Contact: Howard Siegrist, Ohio State University Extension, (740) 349-6904.

Tuskegee president to speak on leadership – Jan. 25. Benjamin F. Payton, president of Tuskegee University, will present "The Leader Within You" at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday (1/25) in 200 Campbell Hall, 1787 Neil Ave. Payton has served as president of the historically black university since 1981. Payton's lecture is rescheduled from October 26, when it was postponed because of illness. Sponsored by the College of Human Ecology and the Office of Minority Affairs, Payton's lecture marks the Fourth Annual Lena C. Bailey Lecture on Leadership. Bailey is a former dean of the College of Human Ecology. Contact: Janet Ciccone, Human Ecology, (614) 292-6761.

OSU research spotlighted byDiscover magazine – Results from an expedition made late last year by Ohio State glaciologists have been included in Discover magazine's list of the 50 most important scientific discoveries of the year 2000. The magazine looked at findings by researchers from around the world in the fields of genetics, space, physics, medicine, paleontology, ancient life, evolution, environment, biology, geology and other areas. Discover focused on the work of Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences and researcher with the Byrd Polar Research Center, and his colleagues at Ohio State. Thompson led an international expedition to the Dasuopu Glacier high in the Himalayas to drill through ice fields near its summit.Contact: Lonnie Thompson, (614) 292-6652; or Ellen Mosley-Thompson, (614) 292-6662.Contact: Lonnie Thompson, (614) 292-6652; or Ellen Mosley-Thompson, (614) 292-6662.

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