Weekend Wonderings: Father’s Day Edition

Written June 15th, 2014 by Ken

ww2Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. Grab whatever beverage that you need (coffee is nice, see above) and let’s proceed. We’ll have some news from The James, some miscellaneous commentary and wrap it up with a track by Eric Clapton.

The James/Wexner

Here is an interesting example of cross-fertilization between departments and between universities.

 The Ohio State University and the University of Michigan have signed an exclusive worldwide agreement with Ohio-based Venture Therapeutics Inc., to form a new company to develop and commercialize a pharmaceutical technology targeted for the treatment of precancerous oral lesions. 

Previously published data shows that about 30% of the higher grade precancerous oral lesions progress to oral cancer, specifically oral squamous cell carcinoma. This type of cancer is particularly devastating to patients because treatment entails removal of facial and mouth structures essential for esthetics and function. The National Cancer Institute estimates that 42,440 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer and over 8,390 oral cancer related deaths will occur in 2014.

This is a pretty big deal where OSU interdisciplines (dentistry and oncology) team up with UM staff for this new treatment protocol.  Buckeyes and Wolverines may not care for one another on the field/court, but when it counts, it counts..

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Monday Musings: Anniversary Edition

Written May 20th, 2013 by Ken

Galileo Galilei thinks it through

Welcome to Monday Musings, glad to see you. Grab your coffee and let’ proceed. Let’s tee this up with women’s golf.

Women’s Golf

The NCAA tournament Regionals were played May 9-11, and Coach Hessian’s Ohio State team  traveled to Palo Alto to compete in the Western Region. They didn’t leave their heart in San Francisco, but they did end their season in Palo Alto. Unfortunately, the golf didn’t go as well as planned as the Buckeyes finished 15th in the 24 team field. The top eight (8) team from each region advanced to the next round.

It was another near miss (more below) for the Buckeyes who finished the event at +47 to par, while the cut-off score to advance was +37. It was a ‘near miss’ in the respect that over the course of the three-round tournament, if each of the five players could have shot one stroke lower per round, OSU would have advanced. If one more tee shot would have found the fairway, if one more putt would have dropped…

I thought this was a transition year for the Buckeyes, having lost three key players from last year’s team: Vicky Villanueva (graduation), Rachel Rohanna (left school for LPGA) and Big Ten Freshman of Year Kendall Prince (transfer). That’s a lot of talent to replace. Fortunately, the openings gave underclassmen Claudia Lim, Jan Chanpalangsri and Sheridan Balyeat ample playing time. As I expected, under Coaches Hession and Strom, the Buckeyes gradually improved their play as the season progressed. It was enjoyable to see their improvement.

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