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Ohio State Newark’s Student Research Forum Winners Announced


Newark, Ohio (PRWEB) March 26, 2015

In its 11th year at The Ohio State University at Newark, the Student Research Forum showcased oral and poster presentations from 25 students in the John Gilbert Reese Center.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for the campus and the community to see some of our best and brightest,” says Dr. Nathaniel Swigger, Assistant Professor and co-organizer of the event. Adding, “In the end it’s all about our hard-working students presenting their research accomplishments.”

Student participants gave poster presentations as well oral presentations followed by question and answer sessions. Both were judged in separate categories divided between students presenting completed research and students who are proposing research topics.

The full list of winners and participants follows.

Oral Presentation, Completed Research:

Wesley Barnhart and Samuel Rivera, “Auditory Stimuli Slow Down Responses and First Fixations: Support for Auditory Dominance”

Carolyn Dunifon, “Heart Rate Variability Associated with Attentional Control in High-Load Flanker Tasks” (1st place)

Chelsea Hinshaw, “Mysterious Bones: The Key to Unlocking New Orleans’ Odd Fellows Rest”

Amanda Hunt, “Adolescent Literature for Young Adults vs. for Adults” (2nd place)

Bryce Jones, “Intellectuals and Zombies in Star Wars: Death Troopers”

Oral Presentation, Proposed Research:

Torah Silvera, “Mardi Gras Indians: Exploring the Intersection of History, Community, and Culture in a Unique Tradition” (2nd place)

Lenise Sunnenberg, “New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indian Queens: Exploring the Intersection of Race, Gender and Culture in a Unique Tradition”

Ashley Theodore, “Maintaining Black Culture through Mardi Gras Indian Suits” (1st place)

Poster Presentation, Completed Research:

Wesley Barnhart, “The Effects of Math Anxiety on Behavioral Decision Making Tasks”

Wyatt Bowman, “The Perception of Research Quality Based on Institutional Esteem”

Robert Burkhart, “Testing the Utility of Stable Isotopes for Analyzing Bee Foraging Across Habitats”

Krysten R. Chadwick, “Prosodic Processing by Individuals with Williams Syndrome” (1st place)

Rebekah Clark, “The Effects of Simulated ADHD Symptoms on Cognition”

Carolyn Dunifon, “Pay Attention to the Pictures: Auditory Dominance Not Under Attentional Control”

Max Frankenberry, “Utility of Carbon 13 Isotopes for Determining Adult Bumblebee Diets”

Kayla Palmiter, “Cross-Domain Priming of Language and Music in Children”

Lindsey Rike, “The Cross-Domain Priming of Language and Motor Rate” (2nd place)

Andrew Sabula, “An Archaic Ungulate of Middle Paleocene Age from Southeast Montana”

Poster Presentation, Proposed Research:

Emily Fischer, “Is it a Bat or a Bat? How Preschoolers Use Prosody to Disambiguate Nouns”

Steven Foley, “Pre-Katrina vs. After Katrina: N’awlins Does Matter”

Austin Hulse, “Spectral Lags of Swift Gamma-Ray Bursts with Precursor Emission” (2nd place)

Ashley Luu and Cody Price, “Providing Unique Information May Lead to Being Ostracized”

Michael Madson, “Spectral Lags of Swift GRBs with Prompt Optical Emission” (1st place)

Brandon Porter, “The Effect of Prosody on Decision Making”

K’ree Wright, “Using Prosody to Predict a Credible Source”

To learn more about the Student Research Forum or about student research at Ohio State Newark, contact Nathaniel Swigger, Assistant Professor, Political Science at swigger.1(at)osu(dot)edu.

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PHOTO Attached – Dr. Robert Cook congratulates a student winner at the 2015 Student Research Forum







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For Men Only: Bio-Male Preventative Healthcare Center Opens in West Chester, Ohio


WEST CHESTER, Ohio (PRWEB) March 20, 2015

Bio-Male Center, the first preventative healthcare center “for men only” in central and southwest Ohio, has opened in West Chester, Ohio.

The center will focus on healthcare for the 21st century man, said owner Jeff Hogrefe, a pharmacist with an advanced degree in functional medicine.

Hogrefe also owns the Piqua Compounding Pharmacy in Piqua, Ohio.

Working out, vitamin and mineral supplementation and testing and treatment to optimize male hormones will be the focus of long term health strategies at Bio-Male.

“We want to treat the whole person biologically, helping men manage insulin, cortisol and thyroid levels,” said Hogrefe. “Our bodies are complex and dynamic systems. Drug therapy tends to disrupt normal functions to treat symptoms of disease, and symptoms develop long after disease is present. Fifty percent of men who have fatal heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels. This is not acceptable. Our men will be tested on more than 60 meaningful parameters that can identify cardiovascular risks at early stages. Our goal is to identify risks and develop lifestyle and nutritional strategies to modify these risks.”

Cardiovascular labs will also be conducted to identify a man’s risk for stroke or heart attack based on extensive bloodwork because standard lipid profiles fail to adequately identify cardiac risk, said Hogrefe. A male physician’s assistant will perform testing and personal training services will be available.

Three often-overlooked hormones in the body are cortisol, insulin, and thyroid. Most men do not usually have these hormones tested and addressed, yet they have a great impact on men’s overall health, he added.

“We will do comprehensive testing on these hormones,” said Hogrefe, “because there is a significant link between low thyroid and heart disease, depression, and metabolic syndrome.

“Identifying and managing high insulin levels and insulin resistance is critical for the prevention of diabetes and all the long-term, damaging effects to the body that occur. Cortisol is the hormone of stress and has dramatic effects on testosterone levels, body fat composition, sex drive, energy, and sleep patterns.”

Other hormones Bio-Male will address are testosterone and DHEA. DHEA levels decline in men as they age, leading to decreases in mood, energy and memory.

Falling testosterone levels lead to declines in mood, sex drive, muscle size and strength, and bone development. “In keeping with our core values of mimicking normal human biology, dosing of hormones will be based on physiological dosing– exactly the amount each body needs based on lab testing and symptoms,” said Hogrefe. “If you are coming to us for a testosterone fix, we are not the place for you.”

If low testosterone is treated in a vacuum, without addressing the whole body, and supra-physiological dosing, or more than the body needs, is used, men suffer more negative health consequences, said Hogrefe.

“We know this from treating hormone imbalances in women for the past 12 years,” he said. “You have to address the major hormones in the body—not just one– to have success with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.”

Supplements and other prescriptions at Bio-Male will be additional charges, but Hogrefe said his goal is to offer the best and most affordable options.

“Healthcare should be consumer driven,” said Hogrefe. “I want our members to feel like this is a great value and a great service. We do expect our guys to have health insurance, as the labs that we use will want to bill for services.”

Hogrefe said he has negotiated with labs to keep billing costs low so there are no out-of-pocket charges to members.

“Philosophically, I think that this is important,” he said. “Healthcare costs have gotten extremely expensive and we should all be doing our part to reign costs in.”

A Bio-Male initiation fee will cost $ 350, plus a $ 60 monthly fee for as long as a man stays in the program.

Fees cover extensive lab testing worth several thousand dollars two to three times per year; an initial, hour-long consultation and two, follow-up, 30-minute consults; direct email access to staff for questions; and a comprehensive, individualized healthcare strategy.

“We hope to include testosterone therapy as part of the package eventually,” said Hogrefe, “but there are conflicting laws that need to be ironed out by state and federal regulators before we can fully commit to that.”

Hogrefe is married to Lyn Hogrefe, CEO of Happy Hormone Cottage(HHC), which has offices in Mason, Kettering, Vandalia and Piqua, Ohio and Crestview Hills, Ky. HHC tests and treats women for hormone imbalances with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and strategies that include exercise, diet and supplementation.

The Hogrefes are advocates of functional, or preventative medicine, which focuses on testing to determine the cause of disease, then working with clients to prevent it.

Bio-Male is located at 7908 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Suite J, in the West Chester Professional Office Complex near Cincinnati Dayton and Tylersville roads. Men are free to stop in any time to sign up, ask questions and meet the staff. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception is planned for April.

For more information or to make an appointment, go to http://www.cincinnatiwellnesscenter.com or call 888-418-2037.

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Contact: Darrell Dodge

Email: info(at)biomalecenter(dot)com

Phone( (888) 418-2037

About Bio-Male Center:

Bio-Male Center is a preventative healthcare center for men located in West Chester, Ohio. The center focuses on helping men avoid disease and attain good health through strategies that include exercise, nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplementation and optimization of male hormones.







Four Ohio Organizations Named Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award Winners by the Ohio Psychological Association

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) December 18, 2014

In today’s nonstop work environment, workplace pressures continue to mount. Productivity demands, information overload and increasing pressure to balance work and home lives can take a toll on employees’ health, well-being and job satisfaction. A 2013 survey by APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence found that job-related stress is a serious issue. More than one-third of working Americans reported experiencing chronic work stress and just 36 percent said their organizations provide sufficient resources to help them manage that stress. This work stress can affect both individual well-being and organizational performance.

Some Ohio organizations have responded to these pressures by taking care of their employees. These employers are creating workplaces that do more than just improve productivity – they build a strong, vibrant organizational culture that supports the company itself.

The Ohio Psychological Association is proud to announce its 2014 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Awards winners. These workplaces were evaluated in five areas: employee involvement, employee growth and development, health and safety, employee recognition and work-life balance.

Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library—Chillicothe

The Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library has seven locations in Ross County, serving a population of about 80,000 people.

The Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library recognizes that its employees are the most valuable resource and aims to provide them with the tools they need to achieve personal and professional success. All staff members are encouraged to participate in continuing education classes, webinars and workshops. Staff members are also active in the community with outreach events, fostering a sense of pride in the organization and increasing morale. This past spring, the staff took part in a “Live Healthy, Live Well Challenge.” The six week challenge was designed to help participants improve their health and maintain their weight or lose a few pounds by encouraging regular exercise, nutrition, recipe substitutions, and wellness tips. Of those who participated, 80 percent adopted practices to reduce their risk of chronic disease and 96 percent lost or maintained their weight.

Dawson—Columbus

Dawson is a family-owned recruitment and staffing agency, operating in Columbus since 1946. They place professionals in temporary, temp-to-hire, and full-time jobs in the fields of administrative, call center, skilled trades, accounting & finance, creative, information technology, engineering, legal, and health care.

Since implementing a wellness program over a year ago, Dawson has noticed several areas of improvement in morale, physical health and stress management. Dawson has an onsite, fully equipped gym with onsite locker rooms to enable workouts before, during, or after work. They also partner with a local gym to have trainers come to the office twice a week for group fitness classes. Dawson also has an annual Wellness Week to promote healthy activities. Last year the focus was on stress management and activities included free chair massages, stress management presentation, yoga class with free yoga mats, and water bottles, and a free month of group fitness. In a survey conducted last year, 81.82 percent of folks working at Dawson currently participate in a sport or exercise on a weekly basis.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company—Akron

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies, with operations in most regions of the world. Together with its subsidiaries and joint ventures, Goodyear develops, markets and sells tires for most applications. Goodyear operates 50 plants in 22 countries, with its world headquarters located in Akron, OH.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company introduced the GoodLife Program to help integrate all services and make sure all associates have access to programs to improve their quality of life. The original goal was to decrease the quickly escalating health care cost burden. However, it quickly became much broader. Goodyear started by hiring a Chief Health Officer. The program is designed to increase health in six components: physical, social, spiritual, emotional, environmental and mental. With the implementation of the GoodLife Program, associates have experienced a number of benefits. As a result of their “No One Gets Hurt” initiative, their incident/injury rate has dropped 28 percent. Employee satisfaction continues to improve with the most recent survey showing improvement in nine out of 12 categories. Over 10,000 of their U.S. associates now know their biometric numbers which can start them on a path toward healthier living.

Grants Plus—Cleveland

Grants Plus is a fundraising consulting firm that provides an infusion of energy and expertise for organizations of all shapes, sizes, and missions. Their team of experienced fundraising strategists, grant writers, and philanthropy experts boost their clients’ strengths with a roll-up-our-sleeves approach to the fundraising process.

Grants Plus is a fast growing company with a blossoming reputation for its forward-thinking employee-centered practices. Since the beginning they have paid close attention to balance, employee growth and autonomy, and other factors related to a psychologically healthy workplace. Grants Plus is built on a foundation of flexibility, as work is often completed by employees at their homes and on their own schedules. Their self-described “ridiculous levels of professional development,” includes regular, free educational sessions on a range of job-specific and workplace topics to personal health and wellness and recreational topics. Grants Plus also created and uses a quarterly scorecard system for reviews based on the company values: truth, bravery, hard work, laughter, professionalism and team. Supervisors meet with employees each quarter and have a dialog about the values and how the employee is demonstrating each one.

About a Psychologically Healthy Workplace

The benefits of a psychologically healthy workplace can include increased productivity and employee retention rates, recruiting advantages, company image enhancement, a better workplace atmosphere, and workers who are less stressed and more satisfied with their jobs. Applications for the 2015 awards will open in the spring.

For more information about Ohio’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, visit ohpsych.org/about/awards/PHWA

Located in Columbus, OH, the Ohio Psychological Association is a membership organization of approximately 1,600 Ohio psychologists. Its mission is to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.







Hunt Mortgage Group Opens a New Office in Cleveland, Ohio


New York, NY (PRWEB) October 23, 2014

Hunt Mortgage Group, a commercial real estate lender, announced today it has opened a commercial mortgage financing office in Cleveland, Ohio. The office will be located at 9826 East Washington Street, Suite 12 in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Daniel A. Eibler has been hired as a Director to lead the effort and to expand Hunt Mortgage Group’s product offering locally and throughout the Midwest.

In addition to Fannie Mae DUS, Freddie Mac, FHA and Bridge Loans, Eibler will concentrate on CMBS and other loan vehicles beyond Hunt Mortgage Group’s traditional multifamily properties to include other asset classes like retail, office, hotels and more.

Eibler will report to William Hyman, Senior Managing Director and Head of the Mortgage Banking Group at Hunt.

The Mortgage Banking Group at Hunt provides mortgage financing for conventional multifamily properties throughout the United States. Hunt Mortgage Group is a Fannie Mae DUS lender, Freddie Mac seller-servicer, FHA-approved mortgage provider, bridge and CMBS lender.

“A local physical presence in Cleveland will enable us to better serve the unique needs of clients in the local market and throughout the Midwest,” commented Hyman. “We believe that having people in the area who know the market and the players, is invaluable.”

“Dan is an accomplished commercial real estate professional with a proven track record of achievement in real estate lending, underwriting, analysis, work-outs, and marketing,” added Hyman. “He has financed transactions for a wide variety of asset classes and will be instrumental in helping us extend our offering in the region and beyond multifamily.”

Eibler is experienced with CMBS, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae DUS, FHA, and Life Company executions. Prior to joining Hunt, he was a Director at Red Mortgage Capital, LLC where he sourced loans from existing and new client relationships with borrowers and mortgage bankers. Before that Eibler was a Vice President at KeyBank Real Estate Capital, a First Vice President at Love Funding Corporation and a Director at Column Financial, Inc.

He holds a B.S.B.A. in Real Estate and Finance from Kent State University. He is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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About Hunt Mortgage Group

Hunt Mortgage Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hunt Companies, Inc., is a specialty finance company focused on financing commercial real estate nationwide. The Company specializes in financing multifamily properties, but also finances: affordable housing, manufactured housing, healthcare/senior living, office, retail, industrial, and self-storage facilities throughout the United States. It offers Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, HUD/FHA and its own proprietary loan products. The Company maintains a servicing portfolio of over $ 10.4 billion. Headquartered in New York City, Hunt Mortgage Group is comprised of 129 employees located in 15 locations throughout the United States. To learn more about Hunt Mortgage Group, visit http://www.huntmortgagegroup.com.







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