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Compiled by Joseph Hughes

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

Ohio University physicists Ken Hicks and Daniel Carman have drawn coast-to-coast coverage for their team's discovery of the pentaquark, a new type of particle matter. For three decades, scientists have been attempting to discover different combinations of quarks, which help make up protons and neutrons in the atomic nucleus. Until the discovery, only two- and three-quark combinations were noted.

"It took me two months to convince myself this was real," Hicks told USA Today. "It has been a real roller coaster." News of the pentaquark also drew coverage from The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, MSNBC, the Washington Times, Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Daily Press of Hampton Roads, Va.

In a more humorous revelation of the discovery, posters to an Adobe InDesign -- a common graphic design software package -- message board noted the find. You see, InDesign's main rival is QuarkXPress. One poster spurred the "which is better?" debate by linking to a BBC article about the pentaquark's discovery.

--> See The New York Times

--> See the Los Angeles Times

--> See USA Today

--> See the BBC

The Columbus Dispatch noted the opening of Ohio University's redesigned golf course, which challenges duffers with 31 bunkers and four water hazards.

"This redesigned course offers a challenging round of golf for any level player," Assistant Director of Golf and Tennis Jason McCutcheon told the Dispatch. "It's one of the best and is the newest in southeastern Ohio."

--> See the Columbus Dispatch

With the 56th pick in the recent National Basketball Association Draft, the Boston Celtics selected former Ohio standout Brandon Hunter. The pick, noted the Boston Globe, makes perfect sense for the Celts.

"He's the nation's leading rebounder," Director of Player Personnel Leo Papile told the Globe. "He's a beast. He's Darvin Ham, Clarence Weatherspoon, a reasonable facsimile of those two guys. As [general manager] Chris Wallace always says, 'Rebounding numbers hold up.' This second round was no joke. Look at some of the guys thatdidn't get drafted."

--> See the Boston Globe

The Columbus Dispatch reported that Grove City Police Chief James McKean is resigning to pursue a dream -- teaching. McKean, who has been teaching law-enforcement management and government classes at Ohio University and Columbus State Community College part time for the past 11 years, will begin teaching full time at the University this fall.

"Teaching is something I have always wanted to do since the first day I started taking classes at Ohio University," McKean told the Dispatch. Said city administrator Ike Stage, "He is greatly respected in his field and leaves after instilling a great sense of professionalism in the Grove City Police Department."

--> See the Columbus Dispatch

When writing about how state governments have failed to respond in time to the recent economic downturn, USA Today turned to Ohio University economics professor Richard Vedder. He told the paper that the public helps signal how much government it wants. Local and state spending has accounted for approximately 11 or 12 percent of the gross domestic product over the past 30 years.

"When we get to the top of the range, there's a tax revolt," Vedder said. "When we get to the bottom, there's a push for more spending. We revert back to the middle."

--> See USA Today

Joseph Hughes is a writer with University Communications and Marketing.


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