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Compiled by Joseph Hughes

Here's a sampling of recent Ohio University mentions in the media:

Ursula Belden, distinguished professor of scene design in Ohio University's School of Theater, is featured in the January edition of American Theatre. The article, "The Designer as Thinker," assembles six American designer-educators to discuss their role in a changing environment.

When asked the most important skills needed for a graduate design education, Belden said, "A broad liberal arts education is the single most important thing. After that, a passion for theatre. Almost everything else can be taught.

"I'm looking for a connection with the world we live in, a passion for seeing that (connection) translated in visual terms. What I'm trying to train is the ability to translate text or music into meaningful images."

Belden, head of the school's production design and technology department, is co-curating the American exhibit at the 2003 Prague Quadrennial International Design Exposition. Next March, a Belden-designed Off-Broadway version of Othello will premier.

"The stronger designers come in with this desire to change the world, to throw out the past, to be revolutionaries," Belden told American Theatre. "To the extent that we don't just facilitate, we're teaching a craft. The dreams, the essence, the ideas -- those are the things I don't know whether we really teach. I hope I allow them to happen. I hope I encourage them to happen."

--> See American Theatre

Economics professor Douglas Adie discussed the implications of the economic stimulus packages put forth by both President Bush and Democrats on the average American during radio call-in shows with WSTV radio in Steubenville and WELE radio in Daytona Beach, Fla. Adie cut through the political rhetoric and talked from an economist's perspective on both economic packages.

On the heels of Dads Weekend at Ohio University, the Toledo Blade took note of one highly successful Bobcat father. Rich Arbinger, whose sons Jason and Mike were star Ohio baseball players, has been inducted into the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.Rich Arbinger, who coaches Start High School in Toledo, has led the school to a 606-168 overall record over the past 27 seasons. "I'm happy for the whole (Start) program," Arbinger told the Blade. "I don't think of it as an individual honor. It's an honor for all the coaches and all the players, everyone involved in the program, past and present."

--> See the Toledo Blade

Ohio University researcher Arvind Singhal's new book, "Combating AIDS: Communication Strategies in Action," has drawn praise for its idea that communication must play a role in reducing the spread of AIDS in developing nations. "In the world's front line of AIDS prevention, HIV/AIDS has been looked at as a biomedical issue," Singhal said. "We argue that the world has underestimated the role communication can play in reducing HIV infection in developing countries, which is a social, cultural and gender-related problem -- not just a medical one." Both Health & Medicine Week and AIDS Week highlighted Singhal's book, written with Everett Rogers of the University of New Mexico.

--> See the News Release (Research Communications)

Joseph Hughes is a graduate student writer with University Communications and Marketing.


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