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Vol. 38, No. 18


Newsbriefs, 5/7/09

Professor Jeffrey Kipnis receives 2009 Academy Award in Architecture
The American Academy of Arts and Letters has awarded Knowlton School of Architecture professor and renowned architecture scholar Jeffrey Kipnis with a 2009 Academy Award in Architecture. The prize is awarded annually to recognize an American who explores ideas in architecture through any medium of expression. The American Academy of Arts and Letters is an honor society of 250 influential architects, composers, artists and writers. For more information on the academy and the prestigious award, visit knowlton.osu.edu.

OSU physician named president of American College of Sports Medicine
Thomas Best, co-director of Ohio State’s Sports Medicine Center, has been elected president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The organization is one of the largest in the world, representing more than 35,000 physicians, scientists and other healthcare providers.

Best will serve as president-elect of ACSM for one year before assuming the role of president in 2010. Best previously was vice president and associate editor-in-chief of the organization’s journal, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. He also has served on the board of trustees during his 18 years of membership.

He is team physician for the OSU men’s hockey team and a consultant to the US and Canadian national hockey teams. He also holds the Pomerene Chair in Family Medicine at Ohio State.
Members of ACSM advance and integrate scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

OIT’s new Mobility Interest Group kicks off
The Office of Information Technology is launching a monthly interest group that will focus on mobile technology. The first session, from 2-3 p.m. May 22 in 120 Baker Systems Engineering, will focus on smartphone security. Future topics might include: Implementing mobile devices in your college, developing mobile applications, student focus group research, security, Web applications and more. It is open to anyone interested. To participate, subscribe to the OSU Mobility listserv: 8help.osu.edu/33983.html. For more information, contact walton.153@osu.edu or visit cio.osu.edu/communications/community/2009/mobility.html.

Ohio State Lima inducts Cloyd into Hall of Fame
Ohio State Lima inducted the latest member of its Hall of Fame during a meeting of the Ohio State Lima Advocates on May 1. G. Gilbert Cloyd, retired Chief Technology Officer of Procter & Gamble and former chair of the OSU Board of Trustees, is the 2009 inductee. The Ohio State Lima Advocates group was formed by the Board of Trustees to engage past members and gain their insights and perspective on how Ohio State Lima can better serve its students and community.

Franklin County Master Gardener information line extends reach
The Franklin County Master Gardeners, OSU Extension, Garden Information Line operates March 1-Oct. 31 each year. The new telephone number is 688-GROW (4769), and an e-mail option has been added, mgfranklin@ag.ohio-state.edu. Questions about trees and shrubs; lawns; flowers, vegetables and fruits; insect pests and more can be answered. E-mails or voice mails should contain details about the plant problem or gardening situation as well as a name and a phone number or e-mail for contact purposes. Franklin Master Gardener volunteers will research any questions and respond to each request.

University generating support for inaugural Pelotonia Bike Tour for Cancer Research
The university community is encouraged to sign up to ride in the inaugural Pelotonia Bike Tour for Cancer Research, a 180-mile ride from Columbus to Athens and back, to be held Aug. 28-30. President Gordon Gee, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Steven Gabbe and Michael Caligiuri, CEO of The James, headline an all-star troupe that will tour the campus during May to rustle up support — riders, sponsors and volunteers — for the cause.

Their upcoming stops include 8:30 a.m. May 8 in the College of Engineering, noon May 11 in the College of Veterinary Medicine Auditorium and 8:30 a.m. May 15 in the Recruit Room, Gate 32 at Ohio Stadium.

The James hires new CIO
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute has hired Michael Townsend as chief information officer, with responsibility for all cancer information management, including strategic planning and execution of informatics projects that support operational and strategic goals.

Townsend also will work closely with the OSU Medical Center’s information technology division. He earned dual bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and chemistry from Syracuse University and holds a doctorate in theoretical chemistry from the University of Chicago.

Prior to joining Ohio State, Townsend was the CIO and an IT management and planning consultant for RIK Data Solutions in Manalapan, N.J. He also has served as director of information technology for the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York and the director of Advanced Research Systems and the director of the Physical Sciences Numerical Calculations Laboratory while at the University of Chicago.

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