AU in the News

8/20/10An article is Friday's Los Angeles Times about California lawmakers taking steps Thursday to ban jewelry that contains detectable levels of cadmium from being manufactured, shipped or sold in the state contained a cutline to an accompanying photo that credited Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer, professor of chemistry, with doing the research that showed jewelry contains cadmium.

8/04/10Dr. Peter Schramm, director of the Ashbrook Center and professor of Political Science, was quoted in a Canton Repository article dealing with the gubernatorial race between Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland and his Republican challenger, former Congressman John Kasich.

8/04/10The Cleveland Plain Dealer ran a PR office news release on an Ashland University student from Chardon who is competing for a walk-on role on AMC’s show, “Mad Men.” Aaron Arnold is one of the top contenders in the online vote.

7/06/10Dr. Jeff Weidenhamer, professor of chemistry, was interviewed by a reporter from Canwest News Service on the topic of toxic jewelry. The article, which was featured on, noted Weidenhamer’s research involving Chinese-made jewelry that contained high levels of lead.

5/16/10Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer, professor of chemistry, was featured in a second Associated Press article regarding cadmium in children’s jewelry. The follow-up article was picked up by media across the country, including the New York Times, USA Today, Time Magazine and WEWS-TV 5 in Cleveland. Following the release of the article, Wal-Mart announced it is pulling an entire line of Miley Cyrus-brand necklaces and bracelets from its shelves after tests performed by Weidenhamer for the Associated Press found the jewelry contained high levels of the toxic metal cadmium.

5/10/10Chemistry Professor Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer's research on cadmium in children’s jewelry has resulted in a third recall by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The report was noted at An Associated Press story on the recall was picked up by media across the country, including the Washington Examiner.

On the humorous side, the recent recall even made the Colbert Report:

5/08/10Dr. Jeff Tiel, associate professor of philosophy, and four of his students participated in the "Spooky Southcoast," a paranormal radio program airing on WBSM-AM in New Bedford, Mass., and streaming/podcasting worldwide at on May 8, the Saturday evening following the University’s Ghostwatch 2010. Tiel and the students spent two hours discussing various elements of metaphysics and the paranormal in light of the specific research interests of the student teams that participated in Ghostwatch 2010. Tiel was contacted by Tim Weisberg, host and executive producer of the radio program, after Weisberg saw the Ghostwatch 2010 news release on the web.

5/01/10Dr. Stephen Haven, professor of English and director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program, was the subject of an article-interview in the "What I'm Reading" section of  NYU Alumni Magazine, Spring 2010 issue. 

5/01/10The Associated Press picked up on the coverage of Mitt Romney speaking at Ashland University as part of the Ashbrook Center’s Memorial Dinner and the article ran across the state, including the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dayton Daily News, WKRC-TV CBS 12 in Cincinnati, WAKC in Akron, Middletown Journal and Springfield News Sun.

4/09/10Dr. Sue Dickson, assistant professor of religion, had an opinion-editorial (op-ed) article in this morning’s Ashland Times-Gazette. Dickson spent spring break in Colombia and her article dealt with her thoughts regarding “What is Going on in Colombia.”