Tuesday - May 21, 2019
Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday April 21, 2019 ( 35 items )  

2019 Mensa Select Winners Announced
WADSWORTH, Ohio, April 14 -- American Mensa issued the following news release: After nearly two days of nonstop gameplay, our Mensa Mind Games judges have selected the following titles to receive the official Mensa Select seal: * Architects of the West Kingdom, Renegade Game Studios * Gizmos, CMON INC * Gunkimono, Renegade Game Studios * Planet, Blue Orange Games * Victorian Masterminds, CMON INC These titles have been awarded the official Mensa Select distinction because each is original  more

29th Annual Cleveland Clinic Children's Gala Celebrates Courageous Children
CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 16 -- The Cleveland Clinic issued the following news release: The 29th annual Cleveland Clinic Children's Gala - presented by the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Scala Family Foundation - will honor an inspiring young patient who demonstrated incredible resilience while facing medical adversity. This year's honoree, Vinny Mercurio, 11, of Brunswick will receive the esteemed Courage Award on the evening of May 4th at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. Cleveland Clinic Children's   more

American Forests Establishes Two Neighborhood Tree Nurseries in Columbus Ohio for Earth Month 2019
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- American Forests issued the following news release: * * * - With support from JPMorgan Chase, vacant lots will soon be transformed into beautiful working nurseries made especially for its nearby neighbors using 1,500 tree seedlings * * * American Forests, the oldest national conservation group in the United States, will celebrate the 2019 Earth Day in Columbus, Ohio with tree nursery building events in the Linden and Hilltop Neighborhoods on Monday, April 22beginning   more

American Rivers Announces America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2019
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- American Rivers issued the following news release: * * * - List highlights threat climate change poses to rivers, water supplies, public safety - American Rivers spotlights national success story on Ohio's Cuyahoga River * * * American Rivers today released its annual list of America's Most Endangered Rivers(R), identifying ten rivers facing imminent threats. This year's report spotlights the threat that climate change poses to rivers, clean water supplies, public sa  more

American Rivers Names Cleveland's Cuyahoga 'River of the Year'
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- American Rivers issued the following news release: Celebrating the progress that has been made to clean up Cleveland, Ohio's Cuyahoga River, and marking the 50th anniversary of the river's fire that sparked the nation's environmental movement, American Rivers today named the Cuyahoga "River of the Year" for 2019. "The Cuyahoga is a national success story," said Bob Irvin, President and CEO of American Rivers. "The 'River of the Year' honor spotlights the hard work and c  more

Battelle Honors Top Scientist and Longtime National Lab Executive at Annual Celebration of Solvers Event
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 17 -- Battelle, a nonprofit research and development organization, issued the following news release: * * * - Wesley Pirkle named Inventor of the Year; Ron Townsend receives CEO Award * * * Wesley Pirkle, a senior research scientist at Battelle, has been named Inventor of the Year for his significant contributions to several key security programs. Ron Townsend, executive vice president for laboratory operations, was given the CEO Award to honor his leadership of Battell  more

Big Darby Creek Named One of America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2019
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- American Rivers issued the following news release: * * * - Reckless development threatens clean water in National Scenic River * * * American Rivers today named Ohio's Big Darby Creek among America's Most Endangered Rivers(R) of 2019, citing the grave threat that urban sprawl poses to this National Scenic River's clean water and wildlife. American Rivers and its partners called on Columbus, Plain City, West Jefferson, and Madison and Union Counties to produce a scienc  more

Cleveland Clinic Study Compares Colonoscopy Polyp Detection Rates and Endoscopist Characteristics
CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 17 -- The Cleveland Clinic issued the following news release: Previous research has suggested that specific factors about the doctor performing colonoscopy - for example, a gastroenterologist versus a surgeon, female versus male - were associated with different rates of detection of precancerous polyps. However, a Cleveland Clinic-led research team found that those previously described differences among endoscopists are not true. Adjusting for a myriad of both patient-   more

Coalition Calls for Refundable State EITC
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 15 -- Policy Matters Ohio, a 501(c)3 non-profit and nonpartisan state policy research institute, issued the following news release: Today on Tax Day, a coalition of organizations that advocate on behalf of Ohio's working poor called on policymakers to improve Ohio's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by making it refundable. The EITC boosts the income of working people who earn low wages. The federal credit is one of the nation's most effective antipoverty programs. Ohio is   more

Companies and Institutions Make the Business Case for Smart Energy Policy in the Buckeye State
CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 17 -- Ceres, a non-profit organization that is mobilizing many of the world's largest companies and investors to take stronger action on climate change, water scarcity and other global sustainability challenges, issued the following news release: Companies and institutions in Ohio will gather today to discuss with state lawmakers how energy policy has the potential to drive investment and economic development in the Buckeye State. Cleveland Clinic, Ohio's second largest   more

Congratulations to the Latest Companies Earning MVP Status
FARMINGTON HILLS, Michigan, April 16 -- NTEA, The Association for the Work Truck Industry issued the following news release: Because standards don't raise themselves, NTEA's Member Verification Program (MVP) acknowledges the companies leading the industry to excellence. Fleet managers, truck dealers and OEMs know truck equipment manufacturers and distributors with MVP status have implemented specific business and quality standards and comply with federal regulations. New MVP members (as of Mar  more

Corn Farmer Engagement on Water Quality Continues to Grow
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, April 17 -- The National Corn Growers Association issued the following news: State and national corn staff gathered in Kansas City, MO this week for their bi-annual Eleven State Water Quality Meeting. The meeting brings together National Corn Growers Association staff and state corn staff representing Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Ohio. The group received updates on programs and issues like Water o  more

Dr. Justin Sanchez Joins Battelle as Life Sciences Research Technical Fellow
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 15 -- Battelle, a nonprofit research and development organization, issued the following news release: * * * - Leader of biotechnology programs at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will help advance Battelle's growing healthcare business * * * Dr. Justin Sanchez, a noted expert in neurotechnology and Director of the Biological Technologies Office (BTO) at DARPA, will join Battelle as a Technical Fellow, a prestigious position where he will guide Battelle'  more

FCA Foundation Partners With SAE to Expand STEM Education in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio
WARRENDALE, Pennsylvania, April 19 -- SAE International issued the following news: Students throughout multiple Midwest states will get a big surprise when they return from spring break. The SAE Foundation is expanding its hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio classrooms thanks to a grant from the FCA Foundation, a charitable foundation created by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Benchmarked to national standards, SAE's A World In M  more

Groups Oppose Weakening Clean Water Protections for Ohio River
ANN ARBOR, Michigan, April 15 -- The National Wildlife Federation issued the following news release: * * * - Conservation groups urge commission to instead boost efforts to help states confront serious threats such as sewage contamination, runoff pollution and toxic contamination. * * * The National Wildlife Federation and its state affiliates are opposing attempts to weaken clean water protections for the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water to more than 5 million people, as well as a   more

Hop Along to the Columbus Zoo for Springtime Fun at Eggs, Paws and Claws
POWELL, Ohio, April 17 -- The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium issued the following news release: Hop along to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on April 19 and 20 for plenty of springtime fun at Eggs, Paws and Claws - an annual spring tradition in Central Ohio. As part of the fun, the Zoo will offer "egg-citing" activities for both families and animals from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day, including: * Special photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny: Meet the Easter Bunny and capture a special moment to   more

Journal of Graduate Medical Education Issues 12 Research Articles in April 2019 Edition
CHICAGO, Illinois, April 16 -- The Journal of Graduate Medical Education, a peer-reviewed journal from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education that says it promotes critical inquiry to inform and engage the graduate medical education community to improve the quality of graduate medical education, published 12 research articles on the following topics in its April 2019 edition: * A Comparison of National Pediatric Procedures Training Guidelines With Actual Clinical Practice in O  more

Journal of the American Ceramic Society Issues 59 Research Articles in June 2019 Edition
WESTERVILLE, Ohio, April 15 -- The Journal of the American Ceramic Society, which focuses research that diverse segments of ceramic science, published 59 research articles on the following topics in its June 2019 edition: * A broadband-sensitive upconverter: Garnet-type Ca3Ga2Ge3O12 codoped with Er3+, Y3+, Li+, Ni2+, and Nb5+ * A low temperature approach for photo/cathodoluminescent Gd2O2S:Tb (GOS:Tb) nanophosphors * A novel Li2CaSi2N4:Eu2+ orange-red phosphor for field-emission displays * A  more

Mary Paxton Joins ACLU of Ohio as Director of Development
CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 16 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio issued the following news release: The ACLU of Ohio welcomes Mary A. Paxton as its new Director of Development. She has nearly 20 years of experience working in director-level roles with several Cleveland-based non-profits including New Directions, United Church of Christ, Salvation Army, Villa Angela--St. Joseph High School, E CITY, and the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio. Paxton has a B.A. in economics from Allegheny College,   more

Menopause Journal Issues 9 Research Articles in April 2019 Edition
PEPPER PIKE, Ohio, April 18 -- Menopause, a journal from the North American Menopause Society that says it features applied basic science and clinical guidelines on all aspects of menopause, published nine research articles on the following topics in its April 2019 edition: * A pooled analysis of three studies of nonpharmacological interventions for menopausal hot flashes * Age at natural menopause and life expectancy with and without type 2 diabetes * Clinical application and mid-term result  more

New Buckeye Institute Research Finds Alaska's Proposed Tax Increases Would Lead to Fewer Jobs and Not Close the Budget Gap
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 18 -- The Buckeye Institute issued the following news release: A new report, Unsustainable Spending: The State of Alaska's Budget and Economy, released today by The Buckeye Institute's Economic Research Center, found that raising taxes would not raise the revenue needed to address Alaska's $1.6 billion budget shortfall, and would lead to fewer jobs for Alaskans. The research was conducted in conjunction with the Alaska Policy Forum, a non-profit think tank that promotes p  more

New Report Offers Overview of Lethal Gun Violence in Great Lakes States
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- The Violence Policy Center issued the following news release: A new Violence Policy Center (VPC) report released today offers an overview of lethal gun violence in the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The study, Gun Violence in the Great Lakes States, draws from VPC studies released in 2018 as well as additional research focusing on the region, and offers for each state information on: overall gun death (suicides, homicid  more

Ohio 'Defunds' Planned Parenthood, Slashing Availability of Key Health Care Services for Thousands of Ohioans
WASHINGTON, April 19 -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following news release: On April 20, Ohio will implement its law blocking access to health care and education provided by Planned Parenthood in Ohio. This law strips funding that helps Planned Parenthood provide Ohioans with 70,000 free STD and HIV tests, cancer screenings, domestic violence education through the Violence Against Women Act, and Planned Parenthood's Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program to reduce infa  more

Partner Status Influences Sexual Problems and Self-Efficacy in Survivors of Breast Cancer
CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 17 -- The North American Menopause Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit that promotes the health and quality of life of all women during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause and healthy aging, issued the following news release: * * * - Study concludes that partnered, postmenopausal women who are survivors of breast cancer fare better with sexual problems resulting from treatments designed to decrease risk of recurrence * * * Vaginal dryness and painful in  more

Party Your Paws Off for Conservation at Zoofari
POWELL, Ohio, April 19 -- The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium issued the following news release: For one special night of the year at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, adults can explore the park after dark while enjoying delicious food, signature cocktails and live music--all to benefit the Zoo's conservation education programs. Zoofari, a 48-year-old tradition and presented by Fifth Third Bank, will be held on June 15 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. This signature, adults-only fundraising celebration is one of  more

Precision Metalforming Association: Business Conditions Report - April 2019
CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 17 -- The Precision Metalforming Association issued the following news release: Metalforming companies anticipate a dip in business conditions during the next three months, according to the April 2019 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report. Prepared monthly, the report is an economic indicator for manufacturing, sampling 106 metalforming companies in the United States and Canada. The April report shows that 23% of participants anticipate an i  more

Preview: 2019 AAU Easter Classic
ORLANDO, Florida, April 15 -- The Amateur Athletic Union issued the following news: * * * - The busy spring season for Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball continues as they host the second of their back-to-back events, the AAU Easter Classic. * * * The busy spring season for Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball continues as they host the second of their back-to-back events, the AAU Easter Classic. Approximately 3,500 athletes from 289 teams will journey back to the Orlando area for t  more

Profiteering and Misconduct in Ohio's Mayor's Courts
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 15 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio issued the following news release: * * * - ACLU of Ohio Publishes New Groundbreaking Report * * * A new ACLU of Ohio report, issued today, finds that a substantial proportion of Ohio's nearly 300 mayor's courts operate in ways that suggest they prioritize money over justice. The report, Off The Record: Profiteering and Misconduct in Ohio's Mayor's Courts, illustrates that many of these courts subvert justice, generate rev  more

RTI International to Coordinate National Study to Reduce Opioid Fatalities
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, April 18 -- RTI International issued the following news release: RTI International (RTI), a non-profit research institute, will serve as the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) for the HEALing Communities Study. Four independent research sites, spanning more than 60 towns and counties in Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York and Ohio, will participate in the study to reduce opioid fatalities by at least 40 percent in three years. The study is funded in partnershi  more

State Appropriation Limit Mires Budget in Recessionary Conditions
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 18 -- Policy Matters Ohio, a 501(c)3 non-profit and nonpartisan state policy research institute, issued the following news release: An arbitrary spending cap the General Assembly imposed on itself over a dozen years ago shouldn't stand in the way of needed state investment in public services today, Policy Matters Ohio said in a new report. In 2006, massive opposition from all over Ohio led proponents to withdraw a constitutional amendment that would have restricted invest  more

Statement From the Ohio Environmental Council on a Proposed Rule Change at ORSANCO
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 15 -- The Ohio Environmental Council issued the following statement by Vice President of Policy Kristy Meyer: Today, the Ohio Environmental Council submitted comments urging the ORSANCO to protect the Ohio river by keeping the Pollution Control Standards mandatory. In June, the commissioners will vote on changes that would cause the Pollution Control Standards to be voluntary, rather than mandatory. "The Ohio River supplies more than five million people with drinking wat  more

Statement From the Ohio Environmental Council on Proposed Changes to the Waters of the U.S. Rule
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 15 -- The Ohio Environmental Council issued the following statement by Vice President of Policy Kristy Meyer: Today, the Ohio Environmental Council submitted comments urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect Ohio's waterways. The U.S. EPA has proposed a rule (Dirty Water Rule) that changes the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) eliminating protections for 50 percent of the nation's remaining wetlands and approximately 18 percent of the nat  more

The Buckeye Institute: As Spring Arrives, Ohio Experiences New Job Growth
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 19 -- The Buckeye Institute issued the following news release: Andrew J. Kidd, Ph.D., an economist with The Buckeye Institute's Economic Research Center, commented on newly released employment data from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. "Spring has brought a rebirth to job growth in Ohio with 6,200 new private sector jobs, a falling unemployment rate of 4.4 percent, and a growing labor force participation rate of 62.7 percent. All these are positive signs fo  more

The Power of Public Spaces: New Report Provides Lessons for Cities to Reimagine Public Spaces for Social and Economic Benefits
MIAMI, Florida, April 18 -- The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation issued the following news release: * * * - Knight Foundation report traces Reimagining the Civic Commons projects in Akron, Ohio; Chicago; Detroit; Memphis, Tennessee; and Philadelphia * * * As American communities face increasing levels of social and economic division, a new report showcases how five U.S. cities are reimagining public spaces--parks, trails, plazas, libraries--to bring residents together and revive neglec  more

TPPF's Jacki Deason to Receive Award on Senate Floor
AUSTIN, Texas, April 15 -- Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release: Today Jacki Deason, senior fellow with the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Life:Powered initiative, will receive an award on the senate floor honoring her for her achievements in broadcasting. The award, presented by Texas Senator Pat Fallon, recognizes Ms. Deason for her "successful career in broadcasting as host of the radio program and podcast The Jacki Daily Show." The resolution continues, "A na  more