Monday Musings

Written May 13th, 2013 by Ken


Welcome to another Monday Musings. I’m glad that you stopped in. Grab a coffee and have a seat. Frankly, I’m a bit light on sports this week, so we’ll start there.


A big week for Orlando Pace, who was elected into the Collegiate Football Hall of Fame. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve seen a lot of quality offensive linemen play at Ohio State, but I think that Pace was one of the most dominant linemen I’ve seen. He obviously institutionalized the ‘pancake’ block, while possessing very good strength and extraordinary agility for a per his size. This was a very well deserved honor bestowed upon Mr. Pace.

Women’s Golf

The NCAA tournament is upon us with the Regionals being played May 9-11. Coach Hessian’s Ohio State team will be traveling to Palo Alto to compete in the Western Region. I’ll have recap in an upcoming Musing. Good luck Buckeyes.

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Monday Musings

Written May 6th, 2013 by Ken

 Welcome to another Monday Musings episode, I’m glad that you stopped in. Grab your beverage of choice and let’s get to this.

A Bit of Context

This past Saturday marked the 43rd anniversary of one of the more horrific events in war/policy protest, free speech exercises, 1st Amendment type of stuff. May 4th 1970 was a sobering, tragic day at Kent State University; the day of the Kent State Shootings when 4 students were killed and nine injured. May 1970 was spring of my freshman year at Muskingum, which is just less than two hours south of KSU.

The period of late 60’s/early 70’s was a turbulent period; really the first that I can remember of an “us vs. them” mentality. Somehow the fact that we were all Americans escaped a lot of people. As a nation, we’ve seen much worse, and managed to work our way through it. There is currently divisiveness in various political/social topics. Frankly, the “us vs. them” mindset is a false dichotomy. My father had a saying that’s appropriate here; “folks are the same as people”. Indeed. So my advice is to relax, we’ll get through this.

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Monday Musings

Written April 29th, 2013 by Ken

“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” Immanuel Kant

Welcome to another episode of Monday Musings, thank you for stopping in to see us. A little light this week, but when has that ever stopped us? Grab your coffee and let’s proceed.

The James/Wexner

I’m going to give you the link to the latest news regarding The James work regarding breast cancer. As a reminder to the horrific nature and prevalence of the disease, here.

A new study led by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) suggests that an unusual experimental drug can reduce breast-cancer aggressiveness, reverse resistance to the drug fulvestrant and perhaps improve the effectiveness of other breast-cancer drugs.

Men’s Gymnastics

Yes, we have a national champion… redshirt junior Michael Newburger is national championship on the pommel horse. Michael is now a two-time All-American.

Michael Newberger.. National Champion

I don’t know much about gymnastics, but  do know that their level of athleticism is damn impressive, especially the ability to seemingly levitate and in Newburger’s case, fly over and around the horse. Congratulations Michael.

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Monday Musings

Written April 22nd, 2013 by Ken

It’s starting to make sense now…

Welcome to another Monday Musings episode, glad that you stopped by. We made it past the Spring Game and now enter relative sports doldrums. Nonetheless, we’ll come up with something. First stop is The James, then we’ll wend our way through various sports and wind things up on a lighter note. After the horrendous week the nation has gone through, let’s get settled in for something fairly harmless. So, grab your cuppa joe and let’s go.

The James/Wexner

Several updates on the medical front this week. Below are lead-ins, please click on titles to view the articles.


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lung cancer expert David P. Carbone, M.D., Ph.D., who leads the thoracic oncology center at The James, received the Sixth Annual Landon Foundation – AACR INNOVATOR Award for International Collaboration in Cancer Research presented by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Kirk A. and Dorothy P. Landon Foundation at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013, held in Washington, D.C., April 6-10.

 The Award for International Collaboration in Cancer Research supports an established international cancer research collaboration involving institutes in multiple countries by supplementing existing funding and providing the means to facilitate travel, training in new techniques and disseminating scientific knowledge gained from the collaboration.

 A great example of the staff at OSUCCC-James driving research on an international scale. Cancer knows no borders, nor does The James research collaborations.

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Monday Musings

Written April 8th, 2013 by Ken

Welcome to another episode of Musings. A few odds & ends this week.  Have your coffee? Good, let’s get to this.

The James/Wexner

More good news from the medical front this week. It’s a two-fer this week.


Dr. Michael A. Caligiuri, who leads the The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC–James), is one of five distinguished scientists elected by members of the American Association for Cancer Research to serve on the AACR Board of Directors for the 2013 to 2016 term.


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dr. Carlo Croce, chair of the department of molecular virology, immunology, and medical genetics; and director of Human Cancer Genetics at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC–James), is among 106 scientists selected by the American Association for Cancer Research to be in the first class of the Fellows of the AACR Academy.

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Monday Musings

Written March 25th, 2013 by Ken

I was on sabbatical last week because of the focus on this, this and this. A win-win, except for Nebraska, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Another week, grab your coffee and let’s get right to it.

OSU Wexner Medical Center

“Deep brain stimulation” may sound like science fiction–but at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, it’s changing patients’ lives. Led by Dr. Ali Rezai, the neuromodulation team places a small implant in the brain that regulates electrical signals with tiny electrodes.

Learn how this cutting-edge technology is eliminating tremors and could treat Alzheimer’s, autism, seizures, migraines, addiction, and more.

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Monday Musings: Birthday Edition

Written March 11th, 2013 by Ken

The evolution of the birthday cake..

Another Monday, another week. Grab your coffee and let’s get right to it. Before we begin, I want to wish a (some posthumously)  happy birthday to:

  • Ralph Abernathy (civil rights)
  • Vannevar Bush (analog computer, Manhattan Project)
  • Helmuth JG von Moltke (Nazi resistance)
  • Rupert Murdoch (media mogul)
  • Lawrence Welk (band leader)
  • Shawn Springs (Buckeye)

I’m sure there are others, but we need to move on.

Spring Practice began with a couple practices this week. Mali has some (Silver Bullet) points on it. The biggest take-away for me is that after the first day, Urban didn’t think the team looked like a “clown show”. Which he did last year, prior to the team going 12-0. If things have changed that much, I’m somewhat optimistic about this year.

The other item that caught my eye, was some prose by a fellow Big Ten blogger. He had little regard for OSU fans/commentators expressing their relief that Bollman left Purdue to take a better position at MSU. Evidently the source of his disregard is that “we (and he wasn’t clear if “we” were his fellow front pagers, Purdue fan base in general, etc.) don’t like Ohio State a whole bunch.” And then he goes on from there..

And, it took him 330 words so say that he didn’t care. Seriously. I get the (probably Freudian) antipathy towards All Things Ohio State. However, regarding the Purdue coaching staff, they do need to acknowledge their debts to Ohio State (Marcus Freeman), Muskingum University (Jon Heacock, brother of Jim) and both schools (Darrell Hazell).

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Monday’s Musings

Written February 18th, 2013 by Ken

I’m not sure what it means either..

Well, here we are, yet another Monday morning. I’ll assume everyone has their coffee in hand, so let’s  get right to it.

Personally, I’m ambivalent on bumper stickers, unless your rust bucket needs them to keep its fenders and bumpers in place. Well, you know at some point this had to happen, and in SEC country, no less.

A few days ago, Charles had an interesting article< on recommended football rules changes contemplated by the NCAA. Not that I think the recommendations are particularly interesting, but Charles’ interpretation of their impact certainly is. If you haven’t read the article, you should.

Women’s Basketball

In last week’s Musing’s, I thought that the team came off a couple games where I thought they showed substantial improvement. After the offensively inept Valentine’s Day loss (39-58) at Nebraska, I clearly was overly optimistic, or don’t know what I’m talking about.

Tayler Hill’s 20 points (7/22 FG, 32%) was probably the offensive highlight, such as it was. Her teammates combined shooting (9/41, 22%) didn’t take the pressure off her. The other eye-popping statistic was the team’s assist/turnover ratio of 3/13; you don’t need to go much beyond that to get the gist of offensive futility that night.

Hopefully, a week’s worth of shoot arounds before the Minnesota game will cure their ills.

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