Research Communications Staff

University Relations, Ohio State University

Earle Holland is director of research communications in the Office of University Relations. As senior science communications professional at OSU, he oversees the promotion of research activities, including crisis communications involving research risks (lab animal use, human subjects experimentation, radiation safety, biosafety, infection control, computer security and scientific misconduct). He edits two national news services, has edited the former tabloid magapaper (Quest) and a major four-color magazine reporting on cancer research, treatment and education (Frontiers), and manages the university's research news website. His programs have won more than 40 awards from CASE, including three Grand Gold awards--one for external tabloids (selected by the editorial staff of the Chronicle of Higher Education) and two for excellence in newswriting (selected by the editorial staff of Newsweek) -- as well as awards from the Associated Press, the Public Relations Society of America, and the International Association of Business Communicators. He is serving his third term on the board of the National Association of Science Writers, is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also serves on the national advisory committee for EurekAlert!, a research news website run by AAAS. For the past four years, he has written Geofacts, a weekly column on science and geography distributed internationally to 60 newspapers by the New York Times Syndicate. For 16 years, he wrote a weekly science and medical column for the Columbus (OH) Dispatch and for 20 years has taught a graduate level science writing course for OSU's School of Journalism. He serves on the university's Y2K Task Force and the Ad Hoc Committee on Xenotransplantation. In 1996, he became the first university science writer ever invited by the National Science Foundation to spend a month in Antarctica reporting on research as part of NSF's national news media program. He has been a peer reviewer of grant proposals for both the NSF and the National Institutes of Health. He is a former reporter for the Birmingham (AL) News and a graduate of Auburn University. He was named national co-chair of a conference sponsored by a NASA project, "Research/Roadmap for the Communication of Science and Technology in the 21st Century", sponsored by the to demonstrate the best practices in science communications set for Fall, 2000 and will co-edit a subsequent book on the same topic. -- AC 614-292-8384

Jeff Grabmeier, assistant director of research communications, has been with the office since 1985. Jeff's primary responsibility is to help prepare the office's two national news services, which highlight the faculty's research accomplishments to print and broadcast reporters across the country. For the services, he assigns stories, works with writers, and edits copy. He is the principal writer covering research in the social sciences, business and human ecology. Jeff also assists reporters who are looking for sources or seeking more information on Ohio State research. In addition, Jeff edits the Research page for onCampus, the faculty and staff newspaper, and writes for Quest, the university's tabloid magapaper. Jeff co-chaired the 1997 national CASE Conference titled Effective Techniques for Communicating University Research. He has done freelance writing for American Health and Columbus Monthly magazines and has written chapters for the books Soul of the Sky and Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Family and Personal Relationships. Before coming to Ohio State, Jeff was a reporter for the Gallipolis Daily Tribune and the Columbus Citizen-Journal. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University and an M.A. in political science from Ohio State. -- AC 614-292-8457

Darrell E. Ward has been senior medical writer for the University Communications since 1990. He writes in-depth feature stories for Frontiers, a magazine published three times per year for the Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute; research stories about work by cancer-center researchers that is published in peer-reviewed journals, and contributes to the annual report and other publications of The James. He also wrote Reporting on Cancer: A Guide for Journalists (1994, published by University Communications and the James), a 110-page book that provides brief descriptions of scientific concepts related to cancer research, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, and The Cancer Handbook: A Guide for the Nonspecialist (1995, Ohio State University Press). In addition, he is the author of The AmFAR AIDS Handbook: The complete guide to understanding HIV and AIDS (W.W. Norton, 1999). Ward is a former medical writer for the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland and correspondent for The Oregonian newspaper. Over a period of nine years, he worked for both a private marine research and testing laboratory and then for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency marine research laboratory on the Oregon coast. These jobs gave him first-hand experience in planning, conducting, and writing about laboratory research. During this time, he was also an Emergency Medical Technician, level II (EMT-II) with a volunteer fire department. Experiences included administering CPR and intravenous fluids, participating in beach rescues of people with broken limbs, stabilizing patients before and during transport to the hospital following motor vehicle accidents, and consoling patients and families. He has been a member of the National Association of Science Writers since 1984, and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 1990. He graduated from Oregon State University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in zoology. -- AC 614-292-8456

Pam Frost is an associate editor of research communications. Principally, she writes stories about university research underway in the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences -- including physics, astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, and statistics -- and in the College of Engineering. In addition, she writes articles for Frontiers, a magazine reporting on cancer research, treatment and education, and Quest, a tabloid magapaper that covers all facets of university research. She occasionally writes for other news services around University Communications, as well as onCampus, the faculty-staff newspaper. Her work has appeared in The Sciences, the magazine for the National Academy of Sciences; Science World, a Scholastic, Inc., classroom magazine for junior-high students, and 21stC: The World of Research at Columbia University. She now writes regularly for Chemistry, a publication for members of the American Chemical Society. Before joining the Ohio State University staff in 1996, she edited Advanced Manufacturing Technology, a weekly newsletter and monthly magazine of research in manufacturing engineering, now published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. She graduated from Ohio State with a B.S. in physics with emphasis on astronomy in 1993. In 1995, she received an M.A. from New York University's Science and Environmental Reporting Program, the first program of its kind in the country. -- AC 614-292-9475

Holly Wagner is an associate editor in research communications. When not in her cubicle writing up a new research story or working on feature length epics for Frontiers or Quest, she's either scouring the libraries for the latest publications by Ohio State scientists or interviewing researchers. Since February 1997, Holly has covered myriad aspects of life sciences at the university, from carbon dioxide emissions in the Arctic atmosphere to why it's a bad idea to feed M&M's to race horses. Before turning to science writing, Holly worked at two daily newspapers in Ohio -- The Times-Bulletin in Van Wert and The Daily Record in Wooster -- covering community government and the police beat to agriculture and business. Also during that time, she helped the Department of Aerospace Engineering research its history by interviewing faculty, contacting alumni and compiling historic documents. As an undergraduate, she wrote for News in Engineering, the periodical for the College of Engineering at Ohio State. She graduated from Ohio State in 1996 with a degree in natural resources and is contemplating the idea of pursuing a master's degree. Holly recently earned her open-water scuba diving certification and looks forward to spending her free time submerged. -- AC 614-292-8310

Nancy Lares has been at Ohio State since 1969 and with the Office of University Relations since March 1977. As an office administrative associate she serves as Earle Holland's assistant with responsibility for administering five budgets, processing human resource information for Research Communications, acts as circulation and subscription manager for onCampus, assists with the mailing of the Frontiers magazine, works with the ARMS system for procurement and human resources, etc., updates and mails out the Research and Newsfeatures Services each month, acts as the Building Coordinator and the OSHA coordinator for University Communications, and other special projects as assigned. -- AC 614-292-8427

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