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Vol. 38, No. 18


in INK 8/18/05

Ohio State in the media
Each month staff in the Office of University Relations report on Ohio State research and connect reporters with experts across the university. They then monitor articles that mention Ohio State in the 50 largest U.S. and select world media markets. The dozens of articles each month are just one indication of the high profile the university enjoys in the national media. These entries are compiled for in Ink, which runs on a periodic basis as space permits.

Sayre received $7.5 million grant
Articles about a $7.5 million grant that Richard Sayre, professor of plant cellular and molecular biology, and his colleagues received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and Seattle Times, June 28, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 5. Sayre will lead an interdisciplinary team of scientists in a project to help improve cassava, one of the most important food crops in Africa.

Buffalo News, May 17, included an article about a clinical trial overseen by Yousef Mohammad, assistant professor of neurology. The clinical trial is testing a handheld device called the transcranial magnetic stimulator that may be able to stop migraines just as they are beginning.

Articles carried by San Francisco Chronicle and Detroit News, May 18, were about research by H.G. Parsa, associate professor of hospitality management. Parsa found the failure rate of restaurants is about 60 percent over three years, much less than the 90 percent rate that is often quoted.

The Wall Street Journal, May 18, included an article noting that Ohio State is one of many universities nationwide who are building, or planning to build, new recreation centers and student unions to better serve students.

The May 19 United Press International included an article about research by Jonathan Groner, clinical associate professor of surgery. Groner suggests black youths are more than twice as likely to die from a traumatic injury as are white children.

Brad Welling, professor of otolaryngology, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times, May 20, about a study by an Ohio doctor suggesting a long-standing belief that getting pregnant will lead to deafness in women with the hearing defect otosclerosis is most likely wrong.

Randall Harris, professor of pathology and public health, was quoted in the St. Petersburg Times, May 23, about a study at Dana-Farber Cancer Center that suggests aspirin and similar drugs may help prevent recurrence in people who have had colon cancer.

USA Today, May 23, quoted Stuart Zweben, chair and professor of computer science and engineering, about how the number of undergraduates choosing computer science majors has fallen dramatically as students worry about job opportunities in the field.

Katherine Federle, professor of law, was quoted in the Associated Press, May 24, about the case of a Florida boy who killed a girl when he was 12 and who has now been charged, at age 18, of robbing a pizza delivery person.

Articles about research by Vladimir Sloutsky, professor and director of the Center for Cognitive Science, were published by Investor’s Business Daily and the Associated Press, May 25, Times of London, May 26, and Toronto Globe and Mail, June 6. Sloutsky found too much knowledge can be bad for some kinds of recognition memory.

Research by Randy Nelson, professor of psychology and neuroscience, and Leah Pyter, graduate student, was covered by the Associated Press, May 26 and the Baltimore Sun, May 27. Their research found the brains of one species of mouse actually shrink during the winter, causing the mice to have more difficulty with some types of learning.

NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” May 26, interviewed Peter Swire, professor of law, for a report about how proposals to further enhance government powers under the Patriot Act may affect Americans’ privacy rights. Articles carried by
the New York Times and the Associated Press, June 7, quoted Swire about a decision by the U.S. Justice Department stating that most health care employees can’t be prosecuted for stealing personal data under a privacy law intended to protect medical information. Swire was quoted in the Seattle Post Intelligencer, June 25, about the privacy implications of a proposal in the state of Washington to identify patients who may have been prescribed excessive narcotics, antidepressants and other medications. The New York Post, July 23, quoted Swire about the new policy that allows New York City police to search packages that people take onto the subway.

NPR’s “Morning Edition,” May 27, interviewed Douglas Berman, associate professor of law, about the fallout from a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that stated federal sentencing guidelines were not mandatory. Articles in the Wall Street Journal, June 21 and the Washington Post, June 22, quoted Berman on various issues related to recent Supreme Court rulings that stated federal sentencing guidelines were not mandatory. Berman was quoted by the Associated Press, June 24, about an Iowa law, one of the most restrictive in the nation, that bars convicted child molesters from living within 2,000 feet of a school or day care center. Berman says this law could be a test case to determine if such laws are constitutional. The
July 13 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quoted Berman about a controversy involving a Wisconsin congressman who came under fire for second-guessing a federal appeals court ruling in a Chicago drug case. The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 22, quoted Berman about how John Roberts doesn’t have much of a record on criminal law matters, making it difficult to determine how he might rule on such matters as a Supreme Court justice.

The May 27 Washington Post gave a positive review of The Bright Forever, the new novel by Lee Martin, professor of English.

The New York Times, May 28, and the New Republic, May 30, published articles about analysis by John Mueller, professor of political science and Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies at the Mershon Center. Mueller’s analysis suggests traditional war between major powers is in decline around the world. The argument is contained in his book The Remnants of War. Mueller was quoted and interviewed about polls showing declining support for the war in Iraq, opposition to a return of the military draft and related issues in the Boston Globe, July 17.

The Baltimore Sun and the New Orleans Times-Picayune, May 29, quoted Harvey Graff, professor of English and history, about projections by the U.S. Census Bureau that by 2030 nearly two-thirds of all Americans will live in the South and West.

The May 29 Philadelphia Inquirer quoted Allan Millett, professor of history, about efforts by U.S. military teams working in North Korea to recover the remains of servicemen lost 55 years ago in the Korean War.

The May 30 Houston Chronicle quoted J. Richard Dietrich, professor and chair of accounting and management information systems, about how accounting has become a popular major among business students at U.S. universities.

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