Make No Bones About It: Cholera Research in Italy

A combined team of archaeologists and researchers, including Clark Larsen, professor of anthropology at the Ohio State University, are trying to better understand the lethal bacteria cholera.
The team of researchers are excavating an ancient graveyard on the grounds of the Badia Pozzerveri Church in Tuscany. The dig cite is in an area of the cemetery where cholera victims were buried. Most of the victims died in a epidemic that affected most of the world in 1850s.
By examining the remains of the victims researchers hope to learn has much as they can about how people lived and died in this region of Europe. These bodies are particularly well preserved because the dead victims were covered in lime before they were buried which preserved the bones particularly well. The researchers also found that the lime preserved the the DNA of bacteria and other organisms that lived in the humans buried there.
Although they have not yet found the cholera DNA they are looking for in any soil samples the researchers are hopeful. The goal is to find ancient cholera DNA and compare it to the modern strain—by documenting the evolution of the bacteria they hope to find a cure.

By examining the soil in the graveyard the team is learning a lot about ancient people’s lives. Larsen remarked that the research is like having a “thousand-year window” into the history of the village. The research is allowing them access to information about ancient people’s health and how they lived and died.
The project began in 2010 when the local community, Ohio State and the University of Pisa joined forces to study the site.


Ohio State Creates The John Glenn College of Public Affairs

The Ohio State University has a long relationship with former astronaut and senator John Glenn. Among the honors they’ve bestowed on him, they established the John Glenn Institute of Public Affairs in 1998, then it became the John Glenn School of Public Affairs in 2006). But what do these name changes mean, really?

The John Glenn School of Public Affairs was already ranked among the nation’s top 30 public administrative programs. It already offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. Becoming a “college” the opportunities within existing programs as well as the number of programs will likely grow.

The John Glenn School of Public Affairs goal is to train young people to improve public policy making and management through research and analysis. The practical knowledge created through its research is passed on to all students in an effort to improve the public sector.

One well known program are the MAPS training seminars that build management and leadership skills for top executives, mid-level managers and first-line supervisors and support staff. As a college programs like these as well as opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students will only increase.

If you know a college-bound young person who is interested in these kinds of programs more information can be found here:

Ohio State to Receive Andrew Heiskell Award for Ethiopia One Health Program

Ohio State University will receive an Andrew Heiskell Honorable Mention Award due to the increasing success of its Ethiopia One Health initiative which includes a partnership with Addis Ababa University, Gondar University among other research facilities in Ethiopia. The goal of the program is to improve health in sub-Saharan Africa. It also provides Ethiopian and Ohio State Students educational opportunities abroad.

The Heiskell Awards honor worthy initiatives in international higher education among the member campuses of the Institute of International Education (IIE).

The Ethiopia One Health initiative is made up of researchers, clinicians and students that address major emerging health threats. These threats include things like cervical cancer, rabies, neonatology, food and environmental quality.

Ohio State’s collaboration with Addis Ababa and Gondar Universities will expand by creating certificate programs, hosting visiting scholars, making e-learning available and adding new course work in related degree programs.

IIE will present the awards at a ceremony in New York City on March 20.


Five seniors named captains for 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five seniors were announced as team captains today by coach Urban Meyer. The five, chosen by vote of their teammates, included injured and out-for-the-year quarterback Braxton Miller, cornerback Doran Grant, linebacker Curtis Grant, defensive tackle Michael Bennett and tight end Jeff Heuerman.
Miller, who will have surgery tomorrow to repair his injured right shoulder, will not be able to accompany the team to its game in Baltimore against Navy this weekend, and coach Urban Meyer said Miller would have to count on the 70-man travel roster when he is able to travel with the team.

Heuerman, called one of the best tight ends in the country by Meyer during his press conference today, is also not 100 percent but Meyer anticipated he will be able to play Saturday. Heuerman is a veteran of 36 games with 22 starts and he has 35 career receptions for 585 yards and five touchdowns.

Joining Miller and Heuerman as captains are three defensive standouts, all in their fourth seasons with the Scarlet and Gray:
•Doran Grant has played in all 39 games over the past three seasons and has started 15 times. The only returning starter in the secondary, he has recorded 83 tackles, 11 pass break-ups and four interceptions.
•Curtis Grant is a 13-game starter who is coming off his best season as a Buckeye when he played in 12 games last season, started 10 times and had 52 tackles, four TFLs and two pass break-ups. He is a veteran of 30 games.
•Bennett started 13 games at defensive tackles last season and was among the team leaders in TFLs (11.5 for minus-62 yards) and quarterback sacks (seven). He also contributed 42 tackles and he enters his senior campaign with 34 games played, 17.5 TFLs, 11 quarterback sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

The team will have one final practice – Tuesday – before the fall semester starts on Wednesday.


Jody Victor

Ohio State fall camp update

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes worked through practice No. 15 of the 2014 fall camp season Saturday morning – part of it an intrasquad scrimmage – in lovely conditions at the Ackerman Road fields. Afterward, head coach Urban Meyer met with the media at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Meyer first addressed the status of quarterback Braxton Miller, who participated in the scrimmage on a limited basis. He said he should be ready to go in two weeks, that his shoulder was structurally fine, but that soreness was holding him back.

Chase for No. 2 QB: Meyer said redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett has moved slightly ahead of third-year sophomore Cardale Jones in the competition for the No. 2 quarterback position behind Miller. Meyer’s reasons for Barrett’s rise: “Functionality, completing passes, growing up a bit, understanding things.

RBs Smith & Dunn praised: Fifth-year senior Rod Smith and third-year sophomore Bri’onte Dunn each drew compliments from Meyer on Saturday and both are in the mix at running back.
Three offensive line positions now filled: Meyer said that Baldwin has earned the starting position at right tackle, joining left tackle Taylor Decker and right guard Pat Elflein as starters along an offensive line that must replace four graduated seniors who are all in NFL training camps right now.


Jody Victor