Friday, May 14
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Wednesday, May 12
Ohio University-Southern students are conducting a scientific study surveying Ironton residents and business owners about Ironton's current city affairs and the future of the Ironton. The survey will take place one week before nearly half the city's work force is scheduled to strike; members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union have already given strike notice.
"This will be an unbiased look at the needs, hopes and dreams of the city's residents," Dave Lucas, an associate professor of communications at the Southern campus, said in regard to the survey.
Mayor John Elam plans to use the survey results to develop a strategic business plan for the future. The study consists of a minimum of 100 surveys, 50 extensive interviews, several focus groups and town meetings.
"We're looking for better ways to lead us into the 21st Century," Elam told the Huntington Herald-Dispatch. "It's a tool we can use now and in the future."
--> See the Huntington Herald-Dispatch
Tuesday, May 11
Berger Health Systems of Chillicothe, Ohio, recently received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for a new joint nursing program with Ohio University-Chillicothe. The partnership also announced a gift of $206,000 paid over a three-year period to Ohio University-Chillicothe's Campus Bicentennial Campaign. The campaign will grant a named endowed nursing professorship for the Berger Ohio University-Chillicothe campus. Berger also plans to provide $204,000 in tuition assistance to students participating the three-year program, reports the Chillicothe Gazette.
The nursing program -- brainchild of registered nurses and former Ohio University-Chillicothe students Denise Minor and Joyce Zurmehly -- is a sign of times to come, said Ohio University-Chillicothe Dean Richard Bebee. "This is the greatest kind of partnership," he said. "This is a demonstration of what the future of higher education is going to be like."
--> See the Chillicothe Gazette
Monday, May 10
Friday, May 7
Ohio University-Southern and the city of Ironton, Ohio, conducted a 20-question survey in August 2003 that was completed by 58 Ohio companies to identify the economic health of Ohio's largest industrial employers. According to the survey, the biggest problems for employers included foreign competition and government support while work force problems seem to be manageable. Many of the respondents indicated that Ohio's support for employment skills is not successful, and the focus should be shifted toward funding for facility growth, said Jim Crawford, director of Ohio University-Southern's Center for Innovation and Leadership.
"We talk about economic development all the time around here," Crawford told the Ironton Tribune. "The goal was to see what industry is looking for and what it views as the problems."
--> See the Ironton Tribune
Thursday, May 6
Ohio University anatomy professor Lawrence Witmer and Andy Clifford, who is completing his graduate studies at Brown University in Providence, R.I., are two researchers who were intrigued by the size and shape of a moose's nose. After researching the animal, many of their findings were not surprising to zoologists; the enigmatic nose structure allows moose to close their nostrils while they forage food under water.
The nose, with nostrils up to four inches wide, is a prominent feature on the moose. Witmer and Clifford were able to discount the idea that the size of the nostrils had something to do with heat regulation. "We know little about the moose nose, despite the fact that they're common animals in the northern half of the hemisphere," Witmer told The Providence Journal. The researchers' findings were published last month in the Journal of Zoology in London.
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Compiled by Joseph Hughes, a writer with University Communications and Marketing