July 9, 1999
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INAUGURATION OF NEW ORNAMENTAL PLANT CENTER--July 11. The new
Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center at Ohio State will save plant
genetic material so it can be used to improve the beauty, disease
resistance and growth habits of ornamental plants and be
available for other studies, including medicinal and
pharmaceuticals needs. The cooperative partners -- Ohio State,
the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Florist’s
Association, and the floriculture and landscape industries --
will mark the inauguration of the center at 1:30 p.m. Sunday
(7/11) at the Howlett Hall Greenhouses and Biocontainment
Facility, 680 Tharp St. This seed bank at Ohio State is the
first horticultural plant center in the USDA’s National Plant
CONTACT: Susan Mantey, Communications & Technology, 292-4912; or Suzanne Steel, director of communications for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, 292-9637.
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS MEETS--July 13-16.
The College of Education’s National Academy for Superintendents
holds its annual conference Tuesday through Friday (7/13-16) at
the Holiday Inn on the Lane, 328 W. Lane Ave. In addition to
sessions on youth violence, school safety, school reform and
school climate, the group will hear from a number of speakers on
public support for public schools. Gail Schwartz, director of
the U.S. Department of Education’s New American High Schools
initiative and a graduate of Ohio State, will co-present A Look
at the New American High Schools: Strategies in Practice at 9:15
a.m. Friday (7/16). The group will also hear Daryl Siedentop,
interim dean of the College of Education, on Strengthening Public
Support: The Role of Higher Education at 10:45 a.m. Friday
(7/16). William Banach, host of “America’s Learning” on NPR,
will discuss Strengthening Public Support: Changing Roles in the
Educational Marketplace at 8 a.m. Thursday (7/15). The College
of Education established the Academy for Superintendents in 1983.
Now the National Academy for Superintendents, it is directed by
Franklin Walter, a visiting professor of education at Ohio State
and former Ohio superintendent of public instruction.
CONTACT: Franklin Walter, National Academy for Superintendents, 292-5249.
SCHOOL VIOLENCE IS TOPIC OF FORUM--July 14. Angry and Armed:
Issues Surrounding School Violence is the title of a panel
discussion hosted by the Columbus Metropolitan Club on Wednesday
(7/14). In response to recent shootings in America’s schools,
lawmakers are proposing bills to put more police officers and
counselors into schools, and require all public school districts
to establish early-warning signs for “potentially troubled
youth.” Panelists include Maurice Blake, director of Pupil
Services, Columbus Public Schools; John Grossman, president,
Columbus Education Association; and Antoinette Errante, assistant
professor of education at Ohio State. Errante has researched the
community violence and socialization in the United States, South
Africa and Mozambique, and worked with Columbus schools in
implementing school violence prevention programs.
CONTACT: Megan Melby, Columbus Metropolitan Club, 464-3220.
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