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Ohio State program gives kids gift of reading

January 10, 2010
Ohio State has launched a program that will put books into the hands of children throughout Columbus. A brainchild of the OSU Office of Student Affairs, the initiative will deliver 25,000 books to 21 schools throughout the city by April 9. The schools will continue to receive shipments of books until every child between kindergarten and fifth grade has a new book by the start of summer break. “Reading is such a fundamental life skill and so important to overall educational achievement, and it is important for students to see themselves as readers from an early age,” said Javaune Adams-Gaston, vice president for Student Life. “Yet many children in our… Read more

Campus buses adjust to handle cold weather, increase in riders

January 10, 2010
As the temperature drops, more people are opting to catch CABS busses, leading to overcrowded bus with drivers who struggle to stay on schedule. While students wait in the cold, the people of Ohio State Transportation and Parking Services are working on ways to cope. Weekly ridership on CABS buses Winter Quarter is up 26 percent from last quarter, a jump of almost 8,000 people. The biggest jump in weekly ridership has been on the East Residential route, where ridership rose by 45 percent, or roughly 2,600 passengers. Each CABS bus has a maximum capacity of 60 passengers. Last year, there were only two buses on the East Residential route,… Read more

Crime briefs: Post-party theft a mystery

January 10, 2010
Two Ohio State students say someone stole nearly $1,000 in property from their West Norwich Avenue home after a party Sunday night. According to reports, the two men hosted about 25 people at a “social gathering” that ended around 3 a.m. When they thought everyone was gone, they locked the door, but soon after they heard the door close. When they went to the living room, they discovered that someone had stolen an Xbox 360 and games, valued together at $960.There are no suspects in the theft. Compiled by Collin Binkley … Read more

Macing kills the buzz at Too’s

January 10, 2010
For Too’s Spirits Under High, Tuesday night usually draws crowds of students with its drink specials. Last Tuesday was no different, until an unknown woman sprayed Mace in the main room of the High Street bar shortly after midnight, prompting many to leave while others endured the physical pain from the gas. “A little Mace goes a long way and you know when it’s in the air,” said Scott Ellsworth, owner of Too’s, in an e-mail. “Our customers and employees had to endure coughing, watery eyes, sneezing and shortness of [breath].” When the Mace settled, the bar had lost nearly all their clientele, ending what was otherwise a successful night.… Read more

Ohio State professor heads summer workshop for young writers

January 10, 2010
It was not the usual summer camp routine. After breakfast in the dining hall, the 30 Columbus public high school students did not trudge out to the football field or meander through a campground. They found themselves in a classroom in Denney Hall poring over literature and poetry, some of it their own, honing the craft of creative writing. Michelle Herman, an Ohio State professor of English who heads the summer Young Writers Workshop, said the project emerged from the creative vision of a donor who agreed to foot the bill if OSU’s creative writing program worked with public high school students. Last summer’s workshop allowed the students to act… Read more

Researchers awarded $2.5 million in grants

January 9, 2010
Innovation is being rewarded at Ohio State. Rene Anand, neuroscientist and professor of pharmacology, and Metin Gurcan, assistant professor of biomedical informatics, have begun projects with grants from the National Institutes of Health. Each received an Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration grant from the NIH in 2009. The scientists, both part of the College of Medicine at OSU, are researching treatments for everyday ailments. Anand, who received $1.37 million from the NIH for his project in September, is studying the cell behavior of electric eels and electric rays in an attempt to discover new ways to create remedies for diseases and disorders. “One of the biggest barriers today to… Read more

COSI gives students free night of science

January 9, 2010
More than 5,500 Ohio State students, faculty, staff and guests made their way to the Columbus Center of Science and Industry through inches of snow Friday night, as COSI opened its doors free of charge for COSI After Dark. The event, which lasted from 7 p.m. to midnight, was organized by University Residences and Dining Services and supported by a number of sponsors. Free transportation to the downtown museum was provided by CABS, departing from campus bus stops. All regular COSI exhibits were open, as well as additional entertainment such as a DJ and balloon artists. Liz Smalley, one of the organizers, said the event has been popular with students… Read more

Feds: Professor misused grant funds

A federal agency determined that an Ohio State researcher misused nearly $100,000 in grant money in 2006, but the university has failed to discipline him. One year later, Sheryl Szeinbach was the target of a university investigation when she published a paper and failed to cite data from one of her previous studies. Now Szeinbach, a professor and researcher in the College of Pharmacy, is trying to prove in court that the university inconsistently enforces its research rules. Szeinbach’s attorney, Eric Rosenberg, says his client’s punishment was retaliation for her discrimination lawsuit against OSU. He contends that OSU overlooks “far more egregious” research violations, citing the case of Robert Lee,… Read more

Construction closes lanes on Woody Hayes Drive

Beginning today, the two westbound lanes of Woody Hayes Drive will be closed from Tuttle Park Place to Cannon Drive. The two eastbound lanes will remain open allowing traffic to travel east and west. Construction that began this summer will resume to replace deteriorated steam and condensation lines, said Al Stazzone, project manager. The project will also provide chilled water and steam service to the new Student Academic Services building and Lane Avenue Parking Garage, according to an Ohio State news release. “We anticipate some congestion at the Tuttle and Woody Hayes intersection, especially in the early evening,” said Sarah Blouch, director of Traffic and Parking. “We will have officers… Read more

Crime Briefs: New Year’s kiss leads to broken jaw

January 9, 2010
A 21-year-old man ended up in the hospital with a broken jaw after he kissed another man’s girlfriend on the cheek New Year’s Eve. The man told police he hosted a party at his East Patterson Avenue home, and at the stroke of midnight couples began the traditional New Year’s kiss. But the girl he kissed on the cheek had a boyfriend who, 10 minutes later, confronted him and punched him in the jaw, breaking it. The man underwent surgery at Ohio State Medical Center to treat his fractured jaw. No one was arrested for the assault. Neighbors learn to get along Police were called to defuse a neighbor dispute… Read more