Report on National News Coverage of Ohio State University Research
The latest research by Lonnie Thompson was the biggest story of the month from Ohio State, but the university also received coverage on a variety of other issues in the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, among other media outlets. 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.
News outlets around the world covered the research of Lonnie Thompson, professor of geological sciences, who predicted that the ice cap atop the famed African mountain Kilimanjaro would melt away within the next 20 years, the victim of global warming. Coverage included: Research Story
New York Times, Oct. 29; International Herald Tribune, Oct. 30; Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Oct. 29. Richard Steckel, professor of economics and anthropology. Article about research he co-authored that suggests the health of indigenous people in the Western Hemisphere was on a downward trajectory long before Columbus set foot in the Americas. Research Story
New York Times, Oct. 29. Mabel Freeman, assistant vice president for undergraduate admissions; Stuart Zweben, professor and chair of computer and information science. Freeman and Zweben were quoted in an article about how the slumping economy has led many graduating students to reconsider their plans and look for alternative career goals.
New York Times, Oct. 22. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, professor of psychiatry, and Ronald Glaser, professor of microbiology. Article cited their research that showed marital arguments can harm a couple’s immune systems. Research Story
New York Times, Oct. 22. Michael Aman, professor of psychology and psychiatry. Article about his survey examining medications given to children for the symptoms of autism. The survey found that 23 percent of autistic children ages 3 to 6, and about 46 percent of children ages 7 to 14 receive such medication, though the effects of these medicines in children are not well known.
New York Times, Oct. 30. Article noted that Ohio State has been one of the leading universities in the country in helping fund new works by upcoming and established artists.
Washington Post, Oct. 9. Frank Mott, senior research scientist, Center for Human Resource Research. Quoted in article about a recent survey of American Jews that found 52 percent of Jewish women between the ages of 30 and 34 have no children, compared with 27 percent of all American women in that age group.
Wall Street Journal, Oct. 18; New Scientist, Oct. 17. Jiyan Ma, assistant professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry. Article about her research that uncovered the molecular cause of some degenerative brain diseases including the so-called “mad cow disease.” Research Story
Los Angeles Times, Oct. 28. Joseph Barr, professor of optometry. Quoted in article about a new generation of recently approved contact lenses that offer improvements in comfort, convenience and safety.
Chicago Sun-Times, Sept. 30. Paul Sciulli, professor of anthropology. Quoted in article about how the height of Americans has leveled off during the past generation, with the average male being about 5 feet 9 inches tall.
Rocky Mountain News (Denver), Oct. 5. Edward Lee, assistant professor of law. Quoted in article about a U.S. Supreme Court case that involves the constitutionality of copyright extensions passed by Congress in 1998.
Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 15. Merry Merryfield, professor of teaching and learning. Quoted in article about how elementary school teachers are incorporating the current situation in the Middle East into lessons for history, social studies, and civics classes.
Associated Press, Oct. 8. Daniel Coury, clinical professor of pediatrics. Quoted in article about a new study that found hyperactive children and teens have slightly smaller brains than those without the disorder.
Reuters News Service, Oct. 8. Peter Curtis, professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology. Article about his research that suggests that rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may lead to crops that grow better and faster, but are of lower nutritional quality. Research Story
Reuters News Service, Oct. 1. Richard Herrmann, professor of political science. Quoted in article about how President Bush has been able to persuade many Americans that a war against Iraq may be necessary.
Reuters News Service, Oct. 24. Rebecca Jackson, associate professor of internal medicine. Quoted in article about osteoporosis and its link to hip fractures in elderly people. She said about 15 to 20 percent of people who suffer a hip fracture die within a year.
United Press International, Oct. 10. Glenn Daehn, professor of materials science and engineering. Article about his research developing a new process for shaping metal parts using magnetism. The new process may one day cut manufacturing costs and help preserve the environment. Research Story
United Press International, Oct. 25. Ju Li, assistant professor of materials science and engineering. Article about Li’s research that found aluminum may behave like a ceramic or a semiconductor in certain situations. Research Story
Business Week, Oct. 21. Article ranking the nation’s top MBA programs ranked Fisher College of Business 5th in terms of the return on educational investment that students receive once they enter the workforce.
Discover, November 2002. Sally Boysen, professor of psychology. Boysen was named one of the top 50 women in science by the magazine, based on her work as one of only a handful of researchers in the country who exclusively studies the behavior of chimpanzees. Research Story
Woman’s World, Oct. 29. Firdaus Dhabhar, assistant professor of oral biology. Article about his research that suggests short-term stress may sometimes be beneficial by helping the body mobilize the immune system. Research Story
NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Oct. 14. William Liddle, professor of political science. Interviewed for a report about terrorist activity in Indonesia and government efforts to end terrorism in the country.