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UC Research Results Bring Premiere Headlines


UC research related to schools, health and work top the headlines the university has earned in the past month from outlets like the Los Angeles Times, Reuters, United Press International and more.

Date: 8/28/2008 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Graphic by Danny Kidd

UC ingot  

Research with results.

That’s what the University of Cincinnati specializes in. And why headlines throughout the nation and the world routinely focus on research outcomes from the university.

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For instance, in the past month alone, UC research has been headlined and featured in

  • ABC News
  • Associated Press
  • The Columbus Dispatch 
  • Forbes
  • Los Angeles Times
  • The Plain Dealer
  • Reuters
  • Scientific American
  • United Press International
  • U.S. News & World Report

During just this summer, other outlets carrying coverage of UC research have included

  • ABC Science Online
  • Chicago Tribune
  • CNN
  • Newsweek
  • Public Radio International
  • Smithsonian magazine
  • Times of London
  • Voice of America
  • The Wall Street Journal

It’s coverage that underscores the university’s standing among the nation’s top research universities in the United States, according to the National Science Foundation. And why The Chronicle of Higher Education lists the university in the most prestigious “very high” category in terms of research activity as reported by the Carnegie Foundation.

The strength of UC’s research reputation contributed significantly to the recently released Business Facilities magazine rankings that named Ohio as best in the Midwest and No. 4  in the nation for bioscience capabilities.

The latest research headlines have included specialty media outlets like HealthNewsDigest.com, LiveScience.com, PhysOrg.com, WebMD.com as well as regional outlets like the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Columbus Dispatch and the Dayton Daily News along with international outlets as far away as China, India, the Netherlands, Pakistan and Thailand.

UC’s August headlines covered a wide range of research efforts. These include

  • A study showing that 30 percent of public schools in the United States are within a quarter mile of major truck routes, exposing students to concentrations of pollutants that could lead to respiratory problems later in life. This research was featured throughout the nation and internationally, including coverage by Forbes, United Press International, U.S. News & World Report and many others.
  • Law students’ DNA research resulted in the freeing of a wrongly accused man after he had spent 18 years in prison. The event was covered by the ABC News, Associated Press, The Columbus Dispatch, NBC4i.com, United Press International and many other outlets.
  • UC partnered in a research study that used beauty shops to provide education about the warning signs and risk factors related to stroke. The study was reported on by Reuters, Scientific American and many others.
  • Reuters Health provided coverage on UC research regarding the dangers of weight-bearing exercise and labor on bone development among boys and youth.
  • Associated Press and other outlets provided coverage of UC research regarding  environmental changes – associated with the transition of children to middle school – that can worsen symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or disrupt the typical pattern of decline of ADHD as a child matures.
  • UC research regarding lead exposure in children where MRI scans showed that the more lead a child is exposed to, the smaller the brain in adulthood. The study showed that the anterior cingulate cortex is especially vulnerable to lead. That is the area of the brain that regulates moods, impulsive behavior and decision making.
  • Cancer-related research has revealed new clues about what causes different types of a particularly aggressive group of blood cancers known as mixed-lineage leukemias (MLL) and how the disease might be treated.
  • University research regarding “earworms,” or songs that get stuck in our heads, has applications in business and education. 
  • UC partnered on new research suggesting that traits such as obesity during adolescence may increase the risk of attacks from peers. These can then result in health and psychological struggles that remain through young adulthood.
  • Living in a home with multiple dogs may help reduce an infant’s risk for developing wheezing in the first year of life.
  • Study of the contaminants released when hot liquids are poured into plastic bottles and containers.
  • An examination of the most important factors determining a woman’s choice of where to receive mammography screening.

The research headlines earned by UC during this summer are part of continuing international, national, regional and local coverage earned by the university throughout the academic year.

View past research headlines at the following links