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

Injustice and Hope: The East Cleveland Three

“One of the things about ordinary people is that they do lead extraordinary lives,” said Pierce Reed, policy coordinator of the Ohio Innocence Project.  Reed was specifically referencing the extraordinary lives of Eugene Johnson, Derrick Wheatt and Laurese Glover. These men, known as the East Cleveland Three, were wrongfully imprisoned in 1995 for two decades, only to be released in 2015. The three men recounted … Continue reading Injustice and Hope: The East Cleveland Three

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

Virtual Solutions for Real World Problems

By Morgan Spehar Imagine standing on a boat, the waves moving you back and forth and up and down with just enough force that it is almost impossible to concentrate on anything but the movement. In people with Mal de Debarquement Syndrome, or MdDS, this sensation can last for months or years at a time on dry land, and the longer the sensation persists, the … Continue reading Virtual Solutions for Real World Problems

Professor Speaks on the Plight of Lizards at Science Cafe

By Morgan Spehar Don Miles described standing in front of the coffee-drinking crowd at Front Room as, “a little like being a Costco salesperson,” because of the tiny microphone hooked around his ear that allowed him to speak up over the sounds of beans being ground and drinks being poured. But he wasn’t there to talk about the $1.50 hotdog. Miles, a biology professor at … Continue reading Professor Speaks on the Plight of Lizards at Science Cafe

What It Takes To Achieve Carbon Neutrality

By Elle Dickerman A typical summer morning on the Athens campus of Ohio University consists of warm sunshine, a few students making their way to class and the occasional runner enjoying the riverside bike path. But on June 23, 2015, a group of protestors gathered outside the Lausche Heating Plant west of campus with signs and passionate voices. The construction of a pipeline, which would … Continue reading What It Takes To Achieve Carbon Neutrality

A Silent Academic Killer: Test Anxiety

By Anna Birk Finals week: a phrase that strikes fear into the hearts of college students everywhere..  what makes this week so feared? Why do students dread taking tests, rather than embracing their knowledge?  For freshman student, Austin Wilson, taking a test is concurrent with a ride at an amusement park.  “It’s kind of like a rollercoaster and your brain doesn’t process what is happening. … Continue reading A Silent Academic Killer: Test Anxiety

OU Students Give Back at Peabody Wildlife Opening

By Morgan Spehar On Nov. 16, a group of 10 students from Ohio University – most of whom were members of the Ohio University Sierra Student Coalition (OUSSC) – joined two Forest Service employees to volunteer at the Peabody Wildlife Opening. They did all kinds of work, everything from cleaning out bird boxes to cutting down Autumn olive (an invasive shrub) to gathering grasses for … Continue reading OU Students Give Back at Peabody Wildlife Opening