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Compiled by Joseph Hughes

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

Ohio University geneticist Steven Rogstad is teaming with researchers from Miami and Cincinnati to save the American chestnut tree. David Lore from the Columbus Dispatch chronicled their efforts to produce a blight-resistant seed for what was known as the "king of trees." Through financial support, the team has been working in Wisconsin, where a small stand of chestnuts survived the blight because they were planted out of normal range.

The National Horseman magazine profiled the recent donation of the Charles and Daisy Black Equestrian Farm to Ohio University-Chillicothe. Black was a prominent Saddlebred trainer in the area for many years, and donated the farm so it could remain as an equestrian facility. The donation marked the largest gift the Chillicothe campus has ever received.

Two Ohio alumni, Fox News President Roger Ailes and Fox Sports coordinating producer Scott Ackerson, inspired Tracy Dolgin to create unique programming such as "The NFL Show" and "The Best Damn Sports Show Period." The Columbus Dispatch highlighted Dolgin's successes, which he credits to his Bobcat connection.

"CNN was a juggernaut in the news category," he said. "So, instead of news shows, Roger did shows about news and created these big personalities. We absolutely took a feather from his strategy: Don't try to beat them at their own game; change the game."

"And if 'Best Damn Sports Show' was the first step," Ackerson told the Dispatch, "I think 'The NFL Show' is the next step. We need to take Fox Sports Net and push it toward the entertainment aspect. It's very underserved in the sports industry."

According to a study from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Americans do not dwell as much on the Sept. 11 attacks as last year. However, when they do -- reported the Sacramento Bee and Toledo Blade -- the old fears of becoming victims of a new attack remain strong.

Fifty percent of respondees feel less safe in the wake of the attacks, while a majority of those polled favor sending troops to countries other than Afghanistan -- including Iraq -- to combat terrorism.

An Ohio University research development helped identify some of the World Trade Center attack victims, reported the Columbus Dispatch. The kits, planned by chemistry and biochemistry professor Bruce McCord, allow forensic scientists to identify remains even if only tiny amounts of genetic material are recovered.

The goal, McCord told the Dispatch, could improve the odds of identifying remains from disaster areas and criminal investigations. A former FBI scientist, McCord has the support of the Department of Justice.

Ohio University alumnus and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt will never forget Cinergy Field in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with Schmidt, in town for the stadium's final weekend before the team moves to a new park next season. In 1970, Schmidt and a friend -- a pilot -- flew to Cincinnati for the first game of that year's world series.

"That was the game where Brooks (Robinson) made that play over the bat against Lee May," he said. "My other fond memories of Riverfront have to do with my mom and dad and my sister and my grandparents sitting there behind the dugout in first-row seats and me getting to play in front of them."

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


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