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Northern Express 1-13-2016

News from Ohio Northern University

Jan. 13, 2016 | Vol. 8, No. 1

Winter Walk
Photo of the week: Fourth-year pharmacy student Mackenzie Meyer walks past James F. Dicke Hall on the campus of Ohio Northern University. Meyer was heading to her first pharmacy class of spring semester.

MLK Speaker

48 years ago this week, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at ONU. It is one of the most significant events to ever occur at this institution. As the national holiday in his honor approaches, we invite you to listen to the speech he gave in Taft Gymnasium on Jan. 11, 1968 at 10:30 a.m.

Cancer Warriors Hundreds of research laboratories are looking at TRPM2 channels to prevent damage from stroke and cardiovascular disease, but only about a dozen are looking at these proteins as a way to kill cancer cells while keeping normal cells healthy. One of those is the molecular pharmacology lab in Ohio Northern University's Raabe College of Pharmacy. It looks specifically at breast cancer cells and is staffed by ONU undergraduate pharmacy students, under the leadership of Dr. David Koh, assistant professor of pharmacology. He calls his students "warriors" who do the day-to-day work and are not afraid to work nights and weekends. These hands-on lab warriors are Joy Hoffman, a sixth-year student from Fremont, Ohio; Dan Powell, a fifth-year student from Cranberry Township, Pa.; and Steven Blake, a fourth-year student from Ravenna, Ohio. After three years of work, they have just had their research published in Oncology Reports, an international journal devoted to fundamental and applied research in cancer treatment. Their work looks at difficult-to-treat breast cancers, including triple negative, and their results are very encouraging. It appears that cancer cells may use these proteins differently than normal cells. That difference could be the key to killing only cancer cells while sparing normal cells and preventing many of the debilitating side effects of cancer chemotherapy.
MLK Speaker

To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, professor Jonathon L. Walton, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard University and Pusey Minister in Harvard's Memorial Church, will speak on "The Intersection of Religion and Social Justice" in the English Chapel on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. This event, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Development, is free and open to the public.

mock trial

ONU's mock trial program will host the 10th annual Polar Bear Invitational Mock Trial Tournament from Jan. 16-17. The competition will take place in ONU's Pettit College of Law, Hill Building and Dukes Memorial. More than 150 students from 12 colleges and universities representing six states will participate in the tournament.


ONU students will have the opportunity to learn the stagecraft of aerial acrobatics next week when ZFX, a world leader in performer flying, returns to campus to present the "Hands on & Feet up" performer flying workshop at the Freed Center for the Performing Arts from Jan. 17-21. The event is sponsored by CASE: The Cultural & Special Events Committee.

Motor Board

This holiday season, ONU's Mortar Board and Kappa Alpha Theta organizations presented stuffed polar bears to more than 100 patients at Hardin Memorial Hospital. The money to purchase the polar bears was raised through a reindeer run sponsored by the groups. It was their second year helping the Hardin County Hospital.

Jason Bishop

From his breathtaking double levitation to his cutting-edge "op-art" and plasma illusions, Jason Bishop features stunning and original state-of-the-art magic. ONU is proud to welcome the Jason Bishop Show to the Freed Center for the Performing arts on Saturday, Jan. 23.

Devon Price

Senior Devon Price was named a member of the 2015 All-America Team at the wide receiver position. He led the OAC this season with 89 receptions for 1,217 yards and six touchdowns. The sport management major is ONU's all-time career leader in receptions (244) receiving yards (3,201), kickoff returns (76) and kickoff return yards (1,868) yards.


Dr. Bryan Boulanger, associate professor of civil engineering, contributed the article "Guiding Change: Relationships Foster Movements" to, a new national movement to transform engineering education. In it, he stresses how personal relationships lay the foundation for optimal success.

Huffington Post

Dr. Robert Alexander, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, calls for greater civic literacy in the U.S. and highlights the use of sports metaphors in politics in two recent articles he penned for the Huffington Post. Alexander cowrote "Dropping the Ball: The Problem With Sports Imagery in Political Campaigns" with ONU alumnus Adam Gallagher, BA '07.

Mark Cruea

Dr. Mark Cruea, assistant professor of communication arts, reviewed Phil Rose's book "Pink Floyd and Roger Waters: The Concept Albums" in a recent issue of The Popular Culture Studies Journal.


In each issue of Northern Express we will introduce you to a current student. Let senior Khadijah Bagais, a dual international business and economics and multimedia journalism major, explain how a small private university in rural Ohio is a great place to gain international perspectives.


Embrace your inner artist with our PaintINN series at the Inn at Ohio Northern University on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Work under the guidance of a trained professional while you create a beautiful canvas while enjoying delicious food and drink. Reservations are required and seating is limited.

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