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Study Conducted at AU Warns of Lead and Other Toxic Metals: Cookware Made with Scrap Metal Contaminates Food

Study Conducted at AU Warns of Lead and Other Toxic Metals

Aluminum cookware made from scrap metal in countries around the world poses a serious and previously unrecognized health risk to millions of people according to a new study. The highest levels were found in cookware from Vietnam including one pot that released 2,800 times more lead than California’s Maximum Allowable Dose Level (MADL) of 0.5 micrograms per day.

Researchers at Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International tested 42 samples of aluminum cookware made in 10 developing countries and more than one-third pose a lead exposure hazard. The cookware also released significant levels of aluminum, arsenic and cadmium.

AU Music Releases Spring Event Schedule Beginning With Two Faculty Recitals

AU Music Releases Spring Event Schedule Beginning With Two Faculty Recitals

The Department of Music at Ashland University has released its spring 2017 schedule of events, which includes several instrumental and vocal recitals, choral and band concerts, opera scenes, Maplerock Jazz Festival and more.

The first event of the semester is a faculty recital featuring trombonist Dr. Scott Garlock, professor of music, on Monday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. Titled "Variations in C and His Relative," the concert will feature music in the key of C and its relative minor (a), while two of the works are theme and variation sets.

Ashland Center for Nonviolence to Hold Conference on ‘Understanding Our Gun Culture’

Ashland Center for Nonviolence to Hold Conference on ‘Understanding Our Gun Culture’

The Ashland Center for Nonviolence will hold its Third Annual John D. Stratton Conference on March 31 and April 1 and topic of this year’s ACN conference is “Understanding Our Gun Culture.”

The conference will be held on the campus of Ashland University and attendees staying overnight are offered a conference rate through the Holiday Inn Express in Ashland. Contact 419.281.2900 for room reservations and mention the “Understanding Our Gun Culture” conference. Please book on or before March 10, 2017, to secure the conference rate.

Ashbrook Colloquium to Address ‘America’s Role in the World’

Ashbrook Colloquium to Address ‘America’s Role in the World’

Rebeccah Heinrichs, who provides research and commentary on a range of national security issues and specializes in nuclear deterrence, missile defense and counter-proliferation, will speak on the topic of “What is America’s Role in the World?” at an Ashbrook Center Colloquium on Friday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m. in the Ashbrook Center, located on the eighth floor of the Library on the Ashland University campus.

The colloquium is free and open to the public. For more information, call 419.289.5411 or info@ashbrook.org.

Ashland University Coburn Gallery Sets Art Department Faculty Exhibition

Ashland University Coburn Gallery Sets Art Department Faculty Exhibition

Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery will hold an art exhibition featuring the works from the Ashland University Art Department faculty. The annual exhibition opens on Thursday, Jan. 19, and runs through Feb. 19.

This annual exhibition highlights the two-dimensional and three-dimensional work of the current faculty as professional artists in their respective areas. The art department faculty members pursue active studio careers in addition to their teaching endeavors.

Ashland University Receives $650,000 National Science Foundation Grant for Scholarships

Ashland University Receives $650,000 National Science Foundation Grant for Scholarships

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Ashland University a $650,000 grant as part of a five-year STEM scholarship program that will provide scholarships and academic support for academically talented science students with financial need.

The NSF grant, titled “Science Scholars Program: Opening the Science Career Pipeline Through Enhanced Engagement and Support,” begins Jan. 15 and runs through Dec. 31, 2021, and provides funds to create a “Science Scholars Program” allowing students pursing undergraduate degrees in a natural science discipline to receive scholarship and academic support designed to engage, retain and graduate these academically talented students.

Ashland Area Chorus Welcomes New and Returning Members

Ashland Area Chorus Welcomes New and Returning Members

The Ashland Area Chorus (AAC) welcomes new and returning members to its first rehearsal scheduled for Monday, Jan. 9, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in Room 242 of the Center for the Arts at Ashland University. Rehearsals continue until April 24 on subsequent Mondays.

Entering its 18th season, the AAC is dedicated to a mission of learning great music and singing it beautifully. The chorus is open to all singers from Ashland and surrounding counties and includes Ashland University faculty, staff and students as well as other singers from the wider community. Though no formal audition is required for membership, AAC members must be pitch accurate (sing 'on key') and be able to learn and perform their parts successfully. Previous choral experience is helpful.

Ashland University Journalism and Digital Media Students Receive National Awards

Ashland University Journalism and Digital Media Students Receive National Awards

Several Ashland University Journalism and Digital Media (JDM) students received finalist awards for their work with the University’s radio and television stations in the national Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards competition.

“The great thing about these honors is that we had finalists in both the radio and television categories in the national IBS awards competition,” said Dr. David McCoy, chair of AU’s JDM department. “This clearly conveys the converged media approach exhibited by JDM, as judged by blind peer reviews. Moreover, it enhances the fact the JDM is Ohio’s premiere small college/university academic media program.”

Christmas Worship at Ashland Seminary

Christmas Worship at Ashland Seminary

The public is invited to join the Ashland Theological Seminary community in a time of worship on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 9:30 a.m. in Ronk Memorial Chapel located at 910 Center St.

“Recapturing the Wonder” is the theme of the service and Dr. Dale Stoffer, professor of historial theology, will offer the message titled “Rediscovering the Significance of the Incarnation.”

Performances of Eight 10-Minute Plays Slated for Dec. 13

Performances of Eight 10-Minute Plays Slated for Dec. 13

The Ashland University Department of Theatre announces the 10-Minute Play Festival that will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall located in the Hugo Young Theatre building. The Festival will include performances of eight 10-minute plays directed by students enrolled in the theatre directing class taught by Robert Sean Parker, assistant professor of Theatre. The performances are free and open to the public. Due to the venue’s layout, patrons are asked to remain seated for the entire run of the eight plays.

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