Report on National News Coverage of Ohio State University Research
Along with articles in the top newspapers, Ohio State faculty were also featured in major magazines this month, including Parade, Business Week and Discover, to name just a few. This report reviews all of the major coverage of Ohio State in the top 50 U.S. markets (excluding reports in the Ohio media and athletics’ game stories) and selected international outlets. News service distributions (Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters) cited in some items suggest probable coverage by other newspapers, radio, and television stations not monitored by the university.
New York Times, Dec. 31; Investor’s Business Daily, Dec. 5; United Press International, Dec. 5. Chandan Sen, director of the Laboratory of Molecular Medicine at the Heart and Lung Research Institute, and assistant professor of surgery. Article about his research that found grape-seed extract may help skin wounds heal faster and with less scarring. Research Story
New York Times, Dec. 17; Montreal Gazette, Dec. 21. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, professor of psychiatry, and Ronald Glaser, professor of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics. Article discussed several of their studies that have found high levels of psychological stress can weaken the immune system, possibly making people more susceptible to illness. Research Story, Research Story, Research Story
Washington Post, Dec. 8. Randolph Roth, associate professor of history. Quoted in article about attempts by descendants of a Indian tribe in Vermont to get official recognition by the state and federal governments.
Washington Post, Dec. 22. Stephen Cecchetti, professor of economics. Quoted in article about his criticism of the Federal Reserve Board, arguing that the board helped create and sustain the stock market “bubble” of the late 1990s.
Los Angeles Times, Dec. 13; Chicago Tribune, Dec. 13. David Huron, professor of music. Quoted in article about new research that shows how listening to music rewires the brain, creating patterns of activity than can be measured by scientists.
Los Angeles Times, Dec. 17; Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 23. John Mueller, professor of political science. Quoted in article about how many Americans still don’t believe that war with Iraq is justified at this time. However, the public is likely to rally around the president and support a war once fighting begins, he said.
Chicago Tribune, Dec. 15. Steven Conn, associate professor of history. Quoted in article about the growing issue for museums concerning claims for repatriation of antiquities acquired centuries ago. Included are claims from countries such as Greece and Egypt who want ancient artifacts now held in American museums returned to their countries.
New York Daily News, Dec. 28. Joshua Dressler, professor of law. Quoted in article about whether two men could be charged for murder after a man they beat died recently after being in a coma for 13 years following the attack.
Boston Globe, Dec. 31. Smita Mathur, research scientist in astronomy. Article about how four independent groups of astronomers, one including Mathur, have discovered evidence of the existence of a web of hot gas snaking through the universe that might contain most of the matter in the cosmos.
Boston Herald, Dec. 8; New Orleans Times-Picayune, Dec. 15. Article mentioned research done at Ohio State in the 1970s that found, contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are not poisonous if accidentally ingested.
Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Dec. 18; United Press International, Dec. 17. Allison Snow, professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology. Quoted in article about attempts by consumer groups and the food industry to require stricter federal regulations to ensure plants genetically engineered to produce drugs do not leak into the environment.
Denver Post, Dec. 22. Lucia Dunn, professor of economics. Quoted in article about how pilots’ unions are very powerful in the airline industry, because they can decide to shut down all flights in the event of a strike.
Seattle Times, Dec. 17. Article mentioned that Ohio State researchers are among those studying whether hormones given to livestock might affect human health, reaching people either through food or the environment.
Tampa Tribune, Dec. 9. Bruce Atwood, research scientist. Article about how Ohio State scientists are perfecting the process for covering the Large Binocular Telescope’s primary mirrors with a reflective coating of aluminum. The successful operation of the coating system will represent a milestone in the construction of the Large Binocular Telescope. In 2004, when construction is to be completed on Mt. Graham in Arizona, the LBT will be the world’s largest optical and infrared telescope. Research Story
Tampa Tribune, Dec. 9. Morton O’Kelly, professor, and Tony Grubesic, former doctoral student, both in geography. Article about their research that suggests a terrorist attack or other disaster that destroyed key telecommunications equipment in major cities would disrupt the Internet much like severe storms at airline hubs ties up the nation’s air traffic. Research Story
Buffalo News, Dec. 15. Peter Swire, professor of law. Quoted in article about how new government efforts to increase its surveillance powers to fight terrorism also threaten privacy and liberty safeguards for U.S. citizens.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 1. John Quigley, professor of law. Quigley wrote an op-ed article arguing that the United States should not pare back or halt the entry of immigrants from certain Middle East countries to stop the entry of potential terrorists. Quigley said such measures would not succeed in stopping terrorism.
Salt Lake Tribune, Dec. 12; Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 6. Bruce Tuckman, professor of education. Article mentioned his research that found the worst procrastinators received significantly lower grades in a college course with many deadlines than did low or moderate-level procrastinators. Research Story
Portland Oregonian, Dec. 17. Kristi Williams, assistant professor of sociology. Article about her research that found that the way abusive men try to manage stress in their relationships and other parts of their lives may be associated with their violent outbursts. Research Story
Financial Times, Dec. 23. Stephen Cecchetti, professor of economics. Cecchetti wrote an op-ed column arguing that governments should use long-term budget planning to keep expenditures in line with revenues.
Financial Times, Dec. 18. Paul Poast, lecturer in economics. Poast wrote a letter to the editor arguing that the Bush administration has been deliberate and skillful in applying its foreign policy.
Reuters News Service, Dec. 5. Ching-Shih Chen, professor of pharmacy. Article about his research that found it may be possible to develop new anti-cancer drugs by tinkering with the structure of a class of popular anti-inflammatory drugs.
Reuters News Service, Dec. 16. Jeffrey Walline, research scientist in optometry. Article about his research that found special contact lenses worn during sleep can correct vision enough to allow nearsighted children to function during the day without wearing either glasses or contact lenses.
Reuters News Service, Dec. 19; United Press International, Dec. 18. Karen Ahijevych, associate professor of nursing. Article about her research that found a nicotine byproduct called cotinine lingered longer in the bodies of women who smoked menthol, rather than regular, cigarettes.
United Press International, Dec. 11. Gerene Bauldoff, assistant professor of nursing. Article about her research that found listening to music while exercising helped people with severe respiratory disease increase their fitness levels. Research Story
United Press International, Dec. 13. Thomas Koontz, assistant professor of natural resources. Quoted in article about how proposed Bush administration policies regarding management of national forests are opposed by many environmentalists. Research Story
Parade, Dec. 1. Allison Snow, professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology. Article about her research that found a gene artificially inserted into crop plants to fend off pests can migrate to weeds in a natural environment and make the weeds stronger. Research Story
Discover Magazine, January 2003. The magazine named two Ohio State studies among the Top 100 Science Stories of 2002. At number 51 was Allison Snow, professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology, and her research on how genetic tinkering with plants could lead to “super-weeds.” At number 94 was Joseph Krzycki, associate professor of microbiology, and Michael Chan, associate professor of biochemistry and chemistry. They identified the 22nd genetically encoded amino acid, a discovery that is the biological equivalent of physicists finding a new fundamental particle or chemists discovering a new element. Research Story, Research Story
Woman’s Day, Jan. 7. Firdaus Dhabhar, assistant professor of oral biology. Article mentioned his research that suggests short-term stress may sometimes be beneficial by helping the body mobilize the immune system. Research Story
Business Week, Dec. 16. Stephen Cecchetti, professor of economics. Article mentioned Cecchetti as one of the leading proponents of the “anti-bubble” view of how the Federal Reserve Board should operate. This view states the Fed should not only aim to control inflation, but also to moderate financial-market excesses.
Parents, January 2003. David Combs, labor and delivery-room nurse, University Medical Center. Article offers his advice as to what fathers should do in the delivery room as their wives give birth.
Black Enterprise, January 2003. The magazine selected Ohio State as one of the country’s 50 best colleges for African Americans, appearing for the first time in the annual ranking at No. 45.
NBC Nightly News, Dec. 27. Peter Swire, professor of law. Interviewed for a report about the competition among high-tech firms to win lucrative contracts from the new U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Cable News Network, Dec. 21. Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences. Interviewed about his research that predicts that the ice cap atop the famed African mountain Kilimanjaro will melt away within the next 20 years, the victim of global warming. Research Story