Welcome to Health Science Frontiers, a health education outreach project of the Ohio State University School of Communication in partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and WOSU@COSI.

Next Upcoming Panel is April 30, 2015 at 7pm in WOSU@COSI Studios on 333 West Broad Street.

Confronting the Childhood Bullying Epidemic in Ohio

Presented by Health Science Frontiers

April 30, 2015 | 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Doors open 6:30 p.m. | At WOSU@COSI Studios

Parents, educators and health professionals have increasingly become worried about the prevalence of bullying among school-age children and youth. Over a quarter of American students report being bullied each school year. This bullying no longer is confined to the school yard as it has migrated online and onto our children’s mobile phones and tablets. In 2014 the Center for Disease Control reported that 15% of high school students reported being bullied online.

Unfortunately, about 2/3 of children NEVER report being bullied to their parents or teachers, leaving the vast majority to deal with it on their own. In turn, research shows that bullied kids have substantially increased risk for a range of mental health, physical health and educational problems — including suicide.

So how do we help our children deal with bullying? How do we prevent it from occurring in the first place? What causes it? As parents, teachers and health professionals, how do we recognize the signs of unreported bullying? How do we empower children to intervene and stop it when they see it taking place? How do we protect children from being victims of pervasive and intrusive cyber-bullying?

Please join us for a public conversation on these topics and more with a panel of health, communication and education experts on April 30 at the WOSU@COSI studios from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The panel will be moderated by former WOSU radio host Fred Andrle. The event is free and open to the general public with seating beginning at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to participate in the panel discussion during the Q&A session. Free parking vouchers will be distributed at the vent.

Please RSVP your attendance to science_forum@osu.edu by April 29.


Dr. Elise Berlan, MD, MPH, Adolescent Health Expert at Nationwide Childrens Hospital and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University

Kimberly Brazwell, Director of Student and Community Engagement at Bexley City School District

Kelly Dillion, Doctoral Candidate and Cyber-bullying Expert, OSU School of Communication

Jeannie Nuss, Features Reporter, Columbus Dispatch

Health Science Frontiers is funded by a generous grant from the Ohio State University Office of Outreach & Engagement and by the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. It is organized in partnership between the OSU School of Communication, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, WOSU@COSI, and the Center of Science & Industry.