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The best of EHE in 2017

EHE News
December 28, 2017

From student opportunities and alumni accomplishments, to new research and achievements by faculty, interest in the College of Education and Human Ecology ran the gamut in 2017. Here’s a rundown of the most-read stories of the year. We can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for all of us.

College graduates have lower rates of opioid overdose

10. Can earning a degree save your life?

The disparity between Ohioans with a high school diploma versus a college degree could be the difference between life and death. Research in 2017 by Associate Professor Michael Betz points to an alarming fact – Ohioans who only have high school degrees are 14 times more likely to suffer an opioid overdose than those who have four-year college degrees.


Ohio State sport management students at the NCAA headquarters

9. Associate professor honored by sport management society

Brian Turner was awarded the Distinguished Sport Management Educator Award by the American Society for Sport Management. The associate professor of kinesiology is a mentor to students in and out of the classroom, inspiring them to excel academically while pursuing their dreams.


Jania Phillips in Brazil

8. Discover yourself while discovering the world

The start of the 2017-18 academic year presented double the opportunities for current EHE students to engage in education abroad. Three students shared the life-changing impact the experiences can have.


A young student in a Mexican school

7. Children following deported parents face educational roadblocks

As a Fulbright Scholar in 2017, Assistant Professor Sarah Gallo continued her research on the effects displacement has on the education of children whose parents are deported. Several factors influence these U.S.-born kids, but they often experience difficult transitions and frequently are held back in their new schools.


Female student seated before a blackboard with math equations written on it

6. Grade expectations: How teacher feedback affects student motivation

Research by postdoctoral research Alison Koenka won an important award for examining how student motivation changed because of performance feedback from teachers. Grades plus feedback together helped students the most.


Gladys Cooper Jennings with EHE Dean Cheryl Achterberg

5. ’45 graduate didn’t let obstacles hold her back

2017 EHE Hall of Fame inductee Gladys Cooper Jennings reflected on her experience as the only black woman studying dietetics at The Ohio State University in the early 1940s and how education enabled her to live her life fully.


4. For reading, kindergarten is the new first grade

Children are becoming better readers at a younger age. The study by James D’Agostino and Emily Rodgers also revealed that help for struggling readers probably spends too much time on basic reading skills instead of presenting more opportunities to actually read.


man buckles girl into car seat

3. Car seat laws for older kids have limited impact

A new study in 2017 suggests that laws or increased fines have little to do with the number of children who go unrestrained in vehicles. Education and resources could be more impactful to get more parents to buckle their children.


Alexis Joseph and Abed Alshahal

2. Their food is ‘just a way to tell a story’

Alumni Alexis Joseph and Abed Alshahal have combined what they learned as EHE nutrition students into successful businesses in central Ohio. The co-owners of Alchemy and TRISM use their restaurants to promote health with food and beyond food.


Stressed college student at study table

1. Feeling rattled? Students can rein in stress with a little help

Through EHE’s counselor education program, a new SMART Lab has been launched to help students re-center themselves and learn how to control stress for the long haul.


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