State-Wide Program Helps Prepare Future Buckeyes for Law School

The Law and Leadership Institute is a statewide program supported by the legal community and state law schools. LLI enrolls high school-aged students from under-served communities and prepares them for a career in law at schools like the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. The program was founded by a former OSU student, Ronald Birchfield.

Students participate in a four-year academic program while they are in high school. The course work focuses on law, leadership, writing, critical thinking and professionalism.

The program tests the students with mock trial experiences; creates opportunities for them to interact with lawyers and judges; and prepares them to take standardized tests. Kathy Northern and Moritz College of Law Dean Alan Michaels currently serve on the board of directors for the institute.

OSU Joins Effort to Address Food and Nutrition Crises

The university is part of the Challenge of Change Commission. The group of university, government, non-governmental organization and business leaders is committed to solving food and nutrition security challenges in the U.S. and abroad that pose significant humanitarian, environmental and national security risks. Leaders at The Ohio State University working to combat the growing problem of food insecurity have joined a comprehensive and coordinated effort to address global hunger.

The commission unveiled a report in Washington, D.C., Tuesday detailing how public universities and their partners can tackle seven specific challenges of food and nutrition security.

The numbers are startling: 42.2 million people in the Unites States faced food security issues between 2014 and 2016. Around the world, nearly 1 in 9 people deal with concerns such as hunger, obesity, malnutrition and poor sanitation.

The challenges identified in the commission report include: increasing yields, profitability and environmental sustainability simultaneously; developing the varieties and breeds needed for sustainable food systems; decreasing food loss and waste through more efficient distribution systems; creating and sharing resources that serve all populations; ensuring inclusive and equitable food systems; addressing the dual burdens of undernutrition and obesity to ensure full human potential; ensuring a safe and secure food supply that protects and improves public health.

The commission spent a year gathering information.

OSU to Create Center Dedicated to Data

The Ohio State University has established a Translational Data Analytics Institute that will advance Ohio toward becoming a global hub for the development, application and study of translational data analytics solutions.

The TDAI represents an investment over 10 years of $500 million in teaching, research and engagement to solve global issues related to energy and the environment, food security and production, health and wellness, and the humanities and arts.

TDAI is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive community of innovators. Together, its 105 faculty affiliates from throughout the university, including 41 new hires, bring expertise and know-how unparalleled in scope across foundational data science disciplines and applied domains.

In addition to research and scholarship, TDAI is advancing data science and analytics education to ensure Ohio State students are prepared to take on the countless opportunities in one of the job market’s fastest-growing fields.

In April 2018, TDAI will move to its new home in the renovated Pomerene Hall, where it will offer 21,000 square feet of research, teaching and innovation space for faculty, industry partners and the community to collaborate. The new facility will include hardware, software and data visualization labs; multiple types of work areas; and event space. It will launch with a series of open-house events next spring.

Jody Victor: Buckeyes Host to Host NIFA’s SAFECON Flying Competition

The Ohio State University Center for Aviation Studies hosts the National Intercollegiate Flying Associations’ Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference 2017, a flight competition that brings the nation’s top collegiate pilots to the university’s airport to participate in flight and ground events that encourage aviation safety as well as superior knowledge, skill and professionalism.

This is the 11th time Ohio State has hosted the SAFECON Flying Competition. Throughout the week, 26 teams comprising almost 400 students will compete in 12 different events, including aircraft recognition, navigation, precision landing and message drop.

The event will be held on Tuesday, May 9, through Sunday, May 14, throughout the day.

The National Intercollegiate Flying Association was formed for the purposes of developing and advancing aviation education; to promote, encourage and foster safety in aviation; to promote and foster communications and cooperation between aviation students, educators, educational institutions and the aviation industry; and to provide an arena for aviation competition. NIFA exists as a forum for collegiate aviators to expand their studies and further their careers by participating in competitive and non-competitive events, networking with industry and contemporaries, and applying themselves to go above and beyond their ordinary curriculum.

OSU Researchers Surveys Under Studied Group: Social Smokers

Social smokers’ risk for high blood pressure and high cholesterol is identical to those who light up every day, new research has found. Social smokers were defined as those who do not smoke cigarettes daily, but who smoke in certain social situations regularly.

Social smokers in the study were more likely to be younger (between 21 and 40 years old), male and Hispanic. After the researchers took into account demographic and biometric differences between the smokers and social smokers in the study, they found no difference in the risk of hypertension or high cholesterol.

This large, nationally representative study is the first to look at blood pressure and cholesterol in social smokers. More than 10 percent of 39,555 people surveyed said they were social smokers, meaning they didn’t smoke every day. That’s on top of the 17 percent who called themselves current smokers.

Among current and social smokers (after researchers adjusted for differences in factors including demographics and obesity), about 75 percent had high blood pressure and roughly 54 percent had high cholesterol.

The good news about this study is there’s plenty of room for intervention and prevention of future death and disease, the researchers said.