COVID-19 and Ohio University

The number of COVID-19 cases across Ohio and the United States are surging, and hospital admissions are spiking. However, Dr. Gillian Ice —Ohio University’s Special Assistant to the President for Public Health Operations—reported in her Nov. 3 weekly public health update that Ohio University campuses “continue to have relatively low numbers of positive COVID-19 test results from students and employees. [Also,] the rates in Athens County have come down from the high a couple of weeks ago.” Continue reading COVID-19 and Ohio University

Ohio’s Strange Fruit – Science Cafe Fall 2020

By Morgan Spehar The Pawpaw Festival may have been canceled this year due to the coronavirus, but Ohio University’s Science Cafe series continued on Sept. 16 with food scientist Rob Brannon, who gave a virtual presentation on one of the most unusual fruits in Ohio: the pawpaw. Nicknamed the Appalachian apple, the Hoosier banana or any one of dozens of other monikers, the American pawpaw … Continue reading Ohio’s Strange Fruit – Science Cafe Fall 2020

Constitution Day panel discusses institutional racism

By Jayne Yerrick For 7 minutes and 46 seconds, a police officer knelt on George Floyd’s neck. This short amount of time left an innocent man dead and sparked a national outcry for justice. George Floyd, like so many people of color before him, was killed while being arrested. His death is just one upsetting example of a much broader issue: institutional racism.  Due to … Continue reading Constitution Day panel discusses institutional racism

The Condor and the Eagle Film Review

By Maddie Hellwig The Athena Cinema’s Fall Sustainability series kicked off on Sept. 9 with “The Condor and the Eagle,” directed by Clement and Sophie Guerra. It follows different Native American environmental activists on their journeys of connecting with other tribes and world leaders, all in an effort to preserve the environment and their homes from damaging oil companies. The film’s title is rooted in … Continue reading The Condor and the Eagle Film Review

The legacy of Ohio University’s first female graduate lives on

By Katelyn Rousch Eight years ago, Patricia McSteen, Ph.D., was attending a meeting that was, unfortunately, just like any other. A muted rainbow of suit jackets and blazers were pressed together, everyone’s shoulders sagging in the humid space. But it wasn’t the heat that bothered McSteen.  “When I would go to meetings with large groups of colleagues across campus it was a very common occurrence … Continue reading The legacy of Ohio University’s first female graduate lives on

Spotlight on OU Genomics Lab

In a science lab in Porter Hall at Ohio University, generations of lab equipment capable of sequencing billions of nucleotides of DNA is overlooked by scientific posters reminding researchers and lab technicians to “wipe up your whoopsie” and “protect your peppers.” The walls also hold “Gene expression” and “Bioinformatics” signs in multicolored bubble letters. This is the OU Genomics Facility.  Dr. Bill Broach, director of … Continue reading Spotlight on OU Genomics Lab