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President McDavis Addresses Media at April Press Briefing

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis met with the local media on Wednesday, April 19, in Cutler Hall to update them about the university's latest news and initiatives.

McDavis said that as part of the implementation of the university's strategic plan, the university will hold the Vision OHIO Action Symposium, which will focus on the next steps of the implementation process. It will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in the Walter Hall rotunda.

Feedback from the attendees will be used by the 10 Vision OHIO implementation teams to refine and prioritize their proposed action plans. The event will begin with a general presentation of emerging action plans presented by the implementation teams. Participants then will work in small groups to assess each plan's potential, examine its feasibility and identify anticipated barriers as well as any possible unintended consequences. 

Earlier this month, letters were sent to implementation team representatives, academic leaders ? deans, associate and assistant deans, directors and chairs ? representatives of constituent groups, curriculum chairs, undergraduate and graduate program directors, and associate provosts. McDavis said he and Provost Kathy Krendl will also participate. 

McDavis reported that scientists will visit Ohio University next week to discuss selected topics in endocrinology, including diabetes and cancer. They will meet in Athens April 23-25 for the third time in the four-year history of the ENDO Retreat.

The conference brings together researchers approximately every 18 months to focus on endocrinology, the branch of science that deals with the endocrine glands and hormones. The scientists attending the event have the opportunity to make an impact on human health by discussing basic scientific discoveries that may lead to the development of new treatments and drugs for significant diseases. For example, McDavis said, the group will discuss a compound that may be used for the treatment of breast and prostate cancer and a novel compound for the treatment of diabetes.

On May 4, Ohio University will hold the fifth annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair from noon to 4 p.m. at the Convocation Center, McDavis said. The event allows Ohio University to showcase the imagination and intellectual curiosity of its students.

This year's event will be the biggest fair yet. It will involve more than 400 Ohio University students from all colleges on the Athens and regional campuses. Students from all levels ? undergraduate, graduate, medical, postdoctoral ? will attend to showcase their work.

At the briefing, McDavis announced that recipients of the 2006 Ursula and Gilbert Farfel Prize for Excellence in Investigative Reporting will be formally introduced during a ceremony Friday, April 21, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

A team of reporters from the Los Angles Times will be recognized for its four-part series, "Guardians for Profit." The series examined the work of California's conservators ? professional guardians who manage the affairs and assets of older adults. The series uncovered cases of abuse and led to swift reforms.

The Farfel Prize is a $25,000 award that honors individual journalists or teams of journalists from the print media who cover a story completely and raise public consciousness and/or awareness about a topic. The prize is funded by a $500,000 endowment established at Ohio University by Ursula ? a 1956 graduate of Ohio University ? and Dr. Gilbert Farfel. The prize is administered by Ohio University's Scripps College of Communication, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and the Scripps Howard Foundation.

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