Air Force office investigating Wright State for issues stemming from visa scandal

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 2:18 PM

Wright State University.
Wright State University.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is looking into Wright State University for issues related to H-1B visa fraud that may have occurred at the school.

The university’s board of trustees is set to approve a waiver of attorney-client privilege to allow the Air Force office to access an internal audit. The board, which has approved similar waivers several times, will vote on the measure Friday morning, according to board documents and an agenda.

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The probe would make the Air Force Office of Special Investigations the fifth agency investigating Wright State for matters related to possible H-1B visa fraud. WSU has already provided the material to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio Inspector General and the Ohio Auditor.

If WSU trustees approve the waiver, the AFOSI would be granted access to the same set of materials provided to the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations, according to a board document.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations investigates espionage, terrorism, crimes against property, violence against people, larceny, computer hacking, acquisition fraud, drug use and distribution, financial misdeeds, military desertion, corruption of the contracting process and any other activities that could undermine the U.S. Air Force or Department of Defense, according to the office’s website.

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“Since this is an open and ongoing fraud investigation at this time, no investigative details are releasable at this time,” Linda Card, chief public affairs officer for AFOSI said via email.

In 2015, a federal investigation came to light of WSU’s potential misuse of the federal H-1B work visa program, which led to four administrators being suspended; two remain on paid leave.

This newspaper revealed that Wright State sponsored 19 foreign workers who came to the U.S. to work at an area information technology staffing company that paid the workers less than what local graduates typically make for similar IT work.

Immigration experts say it’s possible the arrangement violated immigration laws designed to prevent staffing agencies from trafficking in cheap labor from overseas.

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In April, WSU trustees asked the university’s attorney to make referrals for further investigations out of “an abundance of caution,” said Doug Fecher, chairman of WSU’s board of trustees. Fecher said that the probe by the AFOSI is just another result of those referrals.

Wright State’s board of trustees are set to meet at 4 p.m. today in executive session in the Wright Brothers Room of the student union. The board will meet in public session at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the Nutter Center’s Berry Room.


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No cure, yet, but scientists may have found the cause of dyslexia

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:03 PM

Students in a school hallway.
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Students in a school hallway.(Antonio_Diaz/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

While there is no known cure for dyslexia, scientists say they may have found the cause.

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Researchers from universities in France recently conducted an experiment, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, to determine how the cells in the eyes may affect the brain.

To do so, they examined the eyes of 30 people with the learning disability and 30 without it.

They discovered differences in the shape of spots located in the red, blue and green cones of the eye, which are responsible for color. 

For the non-dyslexics, the blue cone had a different shape in each eye - one that was round and another that was more oblong. Analysts say the asymmetry allows the signals in one eye to override the signals in the other, producing a single image in the brain created by the dominant eye. 

As for the dyslexic, the blue cones were symmetrical. Scientists believe the identical arrangement produces “mirror” images in both eyes that may confuse the brain. Therefore, there is no dominant eye.

Scientists compared it to being left- or right-handed; humans also have a dominant eye. 

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"The lack of asymmetry might be the biological and anatomical basis of reading and spelling disabilities. For dyslexic students their two eyes are equivalent and their brain has to successively rely on the two slightly different versions of a given visual scene," researchers said in a statement

“Our observations lead us to believe that we indeed found a potential cause of dyslexia,” they said.

However, scientists say it’s treatable, because there is a preventable, minuscule delay that occurs before the mirror images are sent to the brain. 

"The discovery of a delay (of about 10 thousandths of a second) between the primary image and the mirror image in the opposing hemispheres of the brain, allowed us to develop a method to erase the mirror image that is so confusing for dyslexic people," the authors said. 

By using a “magic lamp,” they’re able to flash a light into the eye so quickly that it cancels one of the identical images before it reaches the brain.

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Despite the findings, more research is needed to ensure the technique works. 

Stray dog crashes wedding, gets new home

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 9:59 AM

Photo courtesy: Felipe Paludetto Photography
(Photo courtesy: Felipe Paludetto Photography)

A man and his fiancée planned on becoming a family of two, but after their wedding last month they became a family of three after a four-legged wedding crasher broke in on their ceremony.

Marília and Matheus had planned on an outdoor wedding last month, but a storm came in so they moved their ceremony to a tent. At the same time, a stray dog was looking for a dry place to wait out the storm, the Dodo reported.

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Wedding guests tried to shoo the muddy dog away, but he came back. Right when the bride was supposed to walk in, the dog came down the aisle.

Guests removed the dog again, and everything went as planned.

Until it came time for the vows.

The dog returned and decided he was going nowhere, taking a nap on Marílla’s veil.

The dog stayed through the ceremony, and the reception until the rain stopped. The dog left of his own accord, the Dodo reported.

You’d think the story would end that day, but it didn’t.

The couple realized the dog was now part of their lives and if they could find him, they would adopt him. But a week went by without a reunion.

Eventually they found their extra wedding guest and brought the now-former street dog home, gave him a bath, some food and a name: Snoop.

“Women Grow” launches Ohio branch for women in marijuana industry

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 10:17 AM


An industry group that supports female marijuana growers is launching an Ohio branch as the state prepares to grant the first licenses for medical marijuana cultivators and dispensaries.

“Women Grow,” a for-profit based in Denver, is holding a ticketed launch event today at 6 p.m. in Columbus.

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The company says its goal is to educate and empower women in the cannabis industry with networking events and conferences “building a diverse, fair cannabis industry.” It has 35 chapters in the U.S. and Canada with more planned to start this year.

The Women Grow Ohio branch is not related to another group also called “Women Grow Ohio” that is a volunteer-based organization supporting women in Ohio agriculture.

The state of Ohio is preparing to grant the first 24 licenses to grow medical marijuana starting Sept. 2018. There have been 185 applicants for the licenses.

Dayton CareFlight nurse nationally recognized

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 10:16 AM

            Mandy Via, CareFlight Air and Mobile Outreach Manager, received a national emergency medical transport award. CONTRIBUTED
Mandy Via, CareFlight Air and Mobile Outreach Manager, received a national emergency medical transport award. CONTRIBUTED

A Dayton CareFlight nurse was nationally recognized with an emergency medical transport award.

The Association of Air Medical Services has announced that Amanda Via, CareFlight Air and Mobile Outreach Manager, was the 2017 recipient of the AAMS Excellence in Community Service Award.

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Via received the award for her work on CareFlight’s “Drive Smart” mock crash program.

AAMS presents this award annually to an emergency medical transport organization or individual that demonstrates broad-based continuing commitment to the communities they serve, according to a statement from Miami Valley Hospital.

CareFlight Air and Mobile Services is a part of Miami Valley Hospital and under Premier Health network.