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[Alfred Eckes] [Anne Loucks] [Puzzle] [Also...]

Assistant Professor of Telecommunications Sandra Sleight-Brennan,
BGS '73, produced "America's Women: A Legacy of Change," a four-
part documentary series that aired on more than 30 public radio stations
across the country from mid-November through March. The series, aired
on stations from Minneapolis to Miami to Boston, commemorated the 75th
anniversary in November of the first national election in which American
women were allowed to vote. The series won an award for best radio
documentary series from the Foundation of American Women in Radio
and Television.

Photo: Chris Hondros

Eckes on PBS 'News Hour' panel,
tops New York Times op-ed page

Ohio Eminent Research Professor of History Alfred Eckes was among a panel of presidential historians discussing the Republican primary race on PBS' "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer" Feb. 28. Eckes also topped The New York Times op-ed page Feb. 27 by asserting that Patrick Buchanan's trade views "are consistent with those of a long line of Republican leaders." Eckes, author of Opening America's Market: U.S. Foreign Trade Policy Since 1776, wrote an editorial detailing the history of Republican support for high protective tariffs and how Buchanan's philosophy "best exemplifies Republican thinking on trade issues."

Eckes was quoted in a Page One story in the Feb. 22 issue of the Wall Street Journal. Buchanan had referred reporters to Eckes' book during the New Hampshire primary. The Journal called Eckes the "former International Trade Commission chairman . . . who started his ITC tenure as a free-trader and left sympathetic to import barriers after touring beleaguered Maine shoe factories."

Associated Press carries story
on study of women and exercise

Associate Professor of Physiology Anne Loucks' study of hormonal changes in women who exercise heavily and eat very little was featured in a story that was transmitted on the national wire of The Associated Press. Newspapers nationwide, from the Miami Herald to the Tampa Tribune to The Oregonian in Portland, carried the story.

With a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Army, Loucks aims to help the Army refine nutritional guidelines so that servicewomen can better protect their reproductive and skeletal health while preparing for military activities.

Loucks has researched why women competing in some of the most physically demanding activities suffer from cessation of the menstrual cycle, a condition known as amenorrhea. The condition had previously been attributed to low body fat or the stress of exercise, but Loucks found that low caloric intake was the probable cause.

History Professor Gaddis
interviewed by major papers

Distinguished Professor of History John Gaddis is back in the news, attracting interviews with the Christian Science Monitor and the Washington Post. In a Christian Science Monitor story, Gaddis described a decentralization and genocide that has developed from social disorder.

"Horrors can arise because people like Hitler order them to take place, but horrors can also percolate up from below," said Gaddis, a diplomatic historian. "If you look at what's happened in Yugoslavia, it's a democratic form of genocide that's set in motion because people hate each other so much."

Washington Post staff writer John F. Harris interviewed Gaddis for a story about President Clinton's increasing confidence in foreign affairs.

USA Today, Newsweek spotlight
student's 'Webaholics' page

The growth in Internet use by the general population has produced an unexpected result - World Wide Web addiction. Enter Rich Barrette, an Ohio University graduate student in computer science, part-time employee of Communication Network Services and creator of "Webaholics," a tongue-in-cheek home page with links to Barrette's favorite Web sites.

The page, accessible from Ohio University's home page (http://www.ohiou.edu), was featured in the cover story of USA Today's Jan. 16 edition, headlined "Are heavy users hooked or just on-line fanatics?"

The Dec. 18 issue of Newsweek also mentioned Barrette's "Webaholics" home page in a story and noted that it had attracted more than 200,000 users.

New York Times crossword
not so puzzling for Bobcat fans

Southeastern Ohio puzzlers had a breeze with a clue in the Jan. 16 edition of The New York Times crossword puzzle: "Bobcats of college football." The four-letter answer was "Ohio."

Puzzle Editor Will Shortz says he thumbed through a world almanac and discovered Ohio University's mascot was the bobcat, and a new puzzle clue was born.

Local newspapers and the Columbus Dispatch ran brief stories on the "Ohio" puzzle. The Associated Press distributed a lighthearted story on the puzzling mention of the Bobcats to newspapers and broadcasters statewide.

Tuning in Trouble continues
to attract national coverage

The Public Broadcasting System, the New York Post and Voice of America are among the latest national and international media to cover Tuning in Trouble: Talk TV's Destructive Impact on Mental Health, by Ohio University Psychologist Jeanne Albronda Heaton and former university administrator Nona Wilson. The book, published in September, claims talk TV can be damaging to the viewer by providing a distorted image of the mental health profession.

Heaton was featured in an hour-long PBS-TV program, "Freedom Speaks," which focuses on First Amendment issues. The program was distributed to PBS subscribers nationwide Jan. 13. A story in the New York Post on why Americans go on TV to air their personal problems quoted Heaton extensively, and she also was interviewed in Athens for a program on Voice of America.

Heaton told the New York Post that mental-health care professionals on talk TV are "asked to wrap up incredibly complicated situations, and if they say anything less than a sound bite, they're cut off."

A reporter for American Health magazine's December issue quoted Heaton, as did radio reporters who interviewed her by telephone from Melbourne and Adelaide, Australia.

Also in the news

Associate Professor of History Steven Merritt Miner, who specializes in contemporary Russian history, wrote an opinion piece for Newsday after the Russian elections in December, and was interviewed by Voice of America. He also wrote a column in the Los Angeles Times on reelection prospects for Russian President Boris Yeltsin. . . .

Margaret King, professor of early childhood education, offered a few tips on improving toddlers' mathematical skills in Working Mother, a monthly magazine with a circulation of 850,000. Among King's tips: recite nursery rhymes such as "one, two, buckle my shoe" and play the game of "This Little Piggy." . . .

Schuyler Cone, assistant professor of human and consumer sciences, was the source for opinion on possible changes in Naval Academy uniforms for women published in the Washington Post, the Detroit News and Free Press, and the Tampa Tribune. Cone has studied the history of women's military garb. . . .

A Philadelphia Inquirer story on how to teach writing referred to Ohio University. OU has hired Suellynn Duffey as a writing coordinator in an effort to enhance writing instruction offered to undergraduates.

This story was compiled by Dwight Woodward, BA '81, MAIA '89, MSJ '89. He is national media liaison for University News Services and Periodicals.

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