Sept. 23, 1999
  Vol. 29 No. 5

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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. media markets. The dozens of articles each month are just one indication of the high profile the University enjoys in the national media.

Gregory Williams, dean of the College of Law, was quoted in the July 30 Chronicle of Higher Education about plans by the Association of American Law Schools to help law schools protect affirmative action programs in states where such programs have been under attack at the ballot box or in the courts. Williams is president of the association. Williams wrote a review of the book A Black Man's Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race by Eugene Robinson, for the Aug. 1 Washington Post.

An article in the July 31 Rocky Mountain News in Denver by nationally syndicated columnist Ann McFeatters mentioned research co-authored by Ohio State researchers that looked at why Americans like polls. The study found Americans want to know what their fellow citizens believe about the issues and how their own opinions fit in.

The August Family PC and Aug. 31 New York Times included articles about research by H. Juhling McClung, professor of pediatrics, Robert D. Murray, associate professor of pediatrics, and Leo A. Heitlinger, associate professor of pediatrics. The articles were about their research which suggests much of the health and medical information obtained through the Internet may not be reliable.

An article about an ongoing research project by Barbara Andersen, professor of psychology, ran in the August-September Psychology Today and Aug. 19 USA Today. Andersen is heading research that found the stress of breast cancer diagnosis and surgery can weaken a woman's immune response. Andersen was also mentioned in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Aug. 6, in an article about her research that found men with a strong sexual self-concept combine stereotypically male qualities of power and aggression with more sensitive qualities usually associated with women. She also found that some types of psychological intervention can help women with breast cancer improve their immune response.

The August-September Psychology Today included an article about Jon Krosnick, professor of psychology. Krosnick found that middle-aged adults are more resistant to changing their opinion about an issue than are older adults.

An article about research by Kitty Locker, professor of English, appeared in the August-September Psychology Today. Locker found businesses sending a rejection letter are better off delivering the bad news up front rather than placing it lower in the letter.

The same issue of Psychology Today also included an article about Richard Petty, professor and chair of psychology. Petty's research examined the difference in how high-prejudice and low-prejudice people evaluated statements made by minorities.

Lucy Caswell, curator of the Cartoon, Graphic and Photo Arts Research Library, was interviewed for an Aug. 1 "NBC Nightly News" report on a controversial new comic strip called "Boondocks," about a suburban African-American family. Caswell said a comic strip like Boondocks is a powerful medium that can tell stories directed at adults.

Kevin O'Brien, associate professor of political science, was mentioned in the Washington Post, Aug. 1, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Aug. 9. The articles were about changes in Chinese society and discussed a term coined by O'Brien - rightful resisters - that refers to Chinese citizens who are filing legal complaints against corrupt or despotic government officials.

An Aug. 3 New Orleans Times-Picayune article mentioned a federal report William Mitsch, professor of natural resources, helped write about the problem of hypoxia - or low oxygen levels - that kills aquatic life in the Gulf of Mexico. One of the major causes of hypoxia in the Gulf is the nutrient-rich runoff from farms and cities along the Mississippi River.

Jennifer Smith, lecturer in English, was mentioned in the Aug. 3 New York Times. Smith - also known by her pen name, Jennifer Crusie - was quoted in a story about the popularity of romance novels. She said that romance novels shouldn't be criticized just because they are romance novels - each book should be evaluated on its own merits.

Luther Tweeten, professor of agricultural, environmental and development economics, was quoted in the Aug. 4 Christian Science Monitor, as saying the current financial troubles plaguing many American farmers are only a temporary problem.

Margaret Wyszomirski, professor of art education, was mentioned in the Aug. 4 Philadelphia Inquirer. The article said that she has received funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts to survey the nation's nearly 20,000 arts and cultural organizations, gathering audience and funding data.

Articles about research by Patricia Choban, adjunct professor of human nutrition and food management, appeared in the Aug. 6 Toronto Star, Aug. 11 Detroit News, and Aug. 29 Denver Post. Choban found treating severely obese people with surgery not only makes them feel better about their weight, it makes them feel they have shed a major disability.

The Aug. 6 Christian Science Monitor and Philadelphia Inquirer quoted Dan Crawford, professor of plant biology. Crawford was quoted about how people tend to care less about endangered plants than they do about endangered animals.

The Aug. 6 Houston Chronicle ran an infographic and story on skin cancer which credited the James Cancer Hospital for providing information used in the feature.

The New Scientist, Aug. 7, included an article about research by Maarten Rutgers, postdoctoral researcher in physics. Rutgers' research is trying to understand the nature of turbulence in two-dimensional space. The research may help us understand turbulence that occurs in Earth's atmosphere and oceans.

Howard Klein, associate professor of management and human resources, was quoted in an Aug. 9 CBS Radio Network report - "The Osgood Files" - about how unusual company perks, such as offering free housecleaning to longtime employees, increases worker loyalty.

The Aug. 9 Time magazine included an article about research by Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. Thompson's research suggests the Quelccaya ice cap in Peru is melting at an alarming pace, showing evidence of global warming.

The Detroit News, Aug. 10, mentioned research at Ohio State that showed wearing extra clothing in hot weather increases the amount of water lost as sweat. This puts people at greater risk of heat illness.

Elliot Slotnick, associate professor of political science, was quoted in the Aug. 11 Christian Science Monitor about a shortage of federal judges caused by the U.S. Senate's delays in confirming President Clinton's nominees.

Timothy Brock, professor of psychology, wrote a letter to the editor published in the Aug. 13 Chronicle of Higher Education about how universities should respond to the growing trend of high school students hiring admissions-counseling firms to help them prepare their college applications.

Stephen Cecchetti, professor of economics, was quoted in the Aug. 15 Detroit News, about the relationship between fast growth in the economy and inflation. He said the relationship is "very unstable."

Ohio State again was ranked in the "second tier" of national universities in U.S. News & World Report's annual college guide, published Aug. 31.

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