What's going on at Ohio State?
Ohio State takes part in social media such as YouTube and Facebook. At the Med Center, a pill beats brain cancer. Engineers find a use for fake diamonds. Neighborhoods influence whether residents exercise, a study finds. Faculty, staff, and students travel the world during spring break. The Buckeyes sign the most sought-after senior in the country. The Alumni Magazine looks into the unique challenge of first-generation college students. And a researcher studies an odd pet: the Madagascar hissing cockroach.
Buckeyes now have several new ways to access Ohio State videos, music, and photos--including Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr.
Ohio State's page on Facebook features the latest O-H-I-O photos, music and podcasts, news about sports and the university, and an eclectic list of events. Our YouTube channel includes video from osu.edu, athletics, WOSU, and videos of classic Ohio State traditions like Script Ohio.
Find out more about how Ohio State is using social media.
A pill for cancer
Holly Archer's brain tumor was growing fast. It doubled in size every few days as Archer suffered with dizziness, vomiting, and horrendous headaches.
After traditional surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, Ohio State Medical Center doctors tried something new: oral chemotherapy pills. Archer is now 34; her X-rays show no cancer and she has lived more than two years past the predicted survival rate for someone with her diagnosis.
"People have tried treating brain tumors using these kinds of chemo-radiation therapy combination treatments for decades," said Med Center Dr. Herbert Newton. "It’s never once worked, until now, with this drug."
A jet engine's best friend?
If you're planning a marriage proposal or a special anniversary gift, you're likely to steer clear of fake diamonds.
But if you're looking to enable engines to run hotter and more efficiently? Zirconia might be just thing.
An Ohio State researcher has found that zirconia, the stuff of synthetic diamonds, can help jet engines take high heat.
The neighborhood/exercise link
Where you live helps determine how much exercise you get, according to new Ohio State research.
"Some people may have the personal resources and desire to exercise, but don’t live in a neighborhood in which they feel comfortable to go outside for activities," says Professor Christopher Browning. Browning found that poverty and education levels, trust among neighbors, perceived violence in the community, and beliefs that neighbors help each other, all factored into how much people exercised.
Hear the words "spring break," and you might envision students spending the week in Cancun or sticking around Ohio to work.
But at Ohio State, it's often a working vacation--time for students, faculty, and staff to participate in study abroad programs or work on service-learning projects.
Several Buckeyes recently wrote about their break experiences, including a wrestler who won a national title and faculty and staff members who took students to Europe.
Terrelle's a Buckeye
The athlete regarded as the best high school football quarterback is about to become a Buckeye: Terrelle Pryor, a football star and honor roll student at his Pennsylvania high school, will come to Ohio State this fall.
"Terrelle has a passion to be a great quarterback in every aspect," said Coach Jim Tressel. "We think his future is tremendous. We couldn't be happier."
Many prospective college students turn to their parents to help them negotiate the maze of requirements, scholarships, and expectations. But students whose parents haven't been to college miss that family experience or advice.
The Ohio State Alumni Magazine recently wrote about the challenges of first-generation college students--and what the university is doing to help those students.
Don't kill that roach!
If you've visited a pet store or petting zoo lately, you've probably seen Madagascar hissing cockroaches, three-inch insects that have become popular in recent years.
But bug lovers who own the roaches--or handle them at the petting zoos where they're becoming fixtures--should be aware that the insects can trigger mold allergies, according to Ohio State research.