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POSITIONS REALIGNED AS OSU CANCER PROGRAM LOOKS AHEAD

President E. Gordon Gee on Monday (1/7) announced two changes in leadership to Ohio State’s cancer program that will allow it to move swiftly toward its goal of becoming a top 10 National Cancer Institute-funded program and to focus efforts on planned expansion of the Ohio State Medical Center. In the restructuring, the leadership of the research and clinical components of the cancer program will be consolidated into one position, with Michael Caligiuri succeeding David Schuller as chief executive officer of The James. Schuller has been appointed vice president for Medical Center Expansion and Outreach. Schuller will retain his position as medical director of the Medical Center’s development campaign, strengthening the university’s commitment to the planned Medical Center expansion and the importance of the cancer program to the $1 billion project. Read more >


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YPFH INCENTIVE PROGRAM KICKS OFF NEW YEAR. Ring in a new year of wellness by joining the 2008 Your Plan for Health Faculty and Staff Incentive Program. Benefit-eligible employees (regardless of health plan membership) who have taken their Personal Health Assessment (PHA) can earn up to 125 points (up to $125, less payroll taxes) for participating in health-related activities. Visit yourplanforhealth.com and click on “2008 Incentive Program” for information on activities, points and program guidelines.


TEST OF THE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

There will be a test of the Buckeye Alert System at noon Wednesday (1/16). At that time, the system will be activated and all campus telephones and any registered cellular telephones will begin to receive a voice or text message clearly identified as a test. Additionally, messages will be broadcast across the university’s cable television network, on the osu.edu Web site and through a mass e-mail to all Ohio State e-mail account holders. The test is being conducted to determine the effectiveness of the university’s emergency notification system. To have your number included, register on the Buckeye Alert System by Thursday (1/10) at https://buckeyealert.osu.edu/notify/index.php


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LIFESTYLE INTERVENTION STUDY. Volunteers, ages 35-60, are being recruited for a lifestyle intervention study to modify health risk factors. The study will be conducted on the OSU campus during lunchtime. Participation in the study will last approximately 12 weeks. Several blood samples and filling out of questionnaires will be required. Must have access to Internet. A volunteer fee will be paid. If you are interested please e-mail gcrc.research@osumc.edu


MORITZ COLLEGE HOSTS ANNUAL MINORITY LAW OUTREACH PROGRAM

The Moritz College of Law Office of Admissions and Minority Affairs will host its annual Minority Law Outreach Program from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday (2/21) in the Drinko Hall Saxbe Auditorium. The purpose of the event is to increase the understanding of the legal profession among members of the minority community, expose them to career opportunities, and outline the requirements for admission to law school and entrance into the legal profession. The target group is talented high school students ranging from sophomores to seniors and college students of color (but all are welcome to attend). To participate, register online by Friday (2/8). Contact: 688-8212 or nicholson.104@osu.edu

FREE RELAXATION CLASSES OFFERED AT YOUNKIN

Start off the New Year right and learn the art of relaxation through Qigong (pronounced chee-gong), a method of relaxation and stress management through gentle movement. Counseling and Consultation Services offers sessions every Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the Library/Media Resource Suite, second floor of the Younkin Success Center. Sessions are free and open to all OSU community members. No reservations are needed, and no length of commitment required. Contact: Chris Rideout, 292-5766

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR FLAS FELLOWSHIPS IS FEB. 1

Faculty and staff are encouraged to inform graduate and professional students interested in furthering their East Asian, Middle Eastern or Slavic and East European language and area studies to apply now for fellowships available for Summer 2008 and the 2008-09 academic year. The Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships are offered by the East Asian Studies Center, Middle East Studies Center and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies. They provide a $2,500 stipend for summer fellowships and $15,000 for academic year fellowships (tuition and partial fees also are covered). The application deadline is Friday (2/1). For details, visit http://oia.osu.edu (click on grants for faculty and students).

W-2 STATEMENTS CAN BE RECEIVED ONLINE

Human Resources is reminding employees that they can register to receive an online, printable version of their W-2 Wage and Tax Statement. Once registered, the W-2 statement will be posted on a secure Web site in late January. The employee will receive an e-mail notification when the W-2 is available, along with instructions for retrieval. Employees must register by Wednesday (1/16) to receive their 2007 W-2 online. Anyone who signs up for the online option will not receive a copy of the W-2 statement in the mail. Employees who have previously registered to receive their W-2 information online do not need to register again. Details are available online.

REGISTER FOR RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH WORKSHOP

A workshop on the Responsible Conduct of Research is scheduled for Wednesday (1/23) in The Blackwell. Free for faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, the workshop provides training in the nine core areas of instruction as mandated by NIH guidelines for Responsible Conduct of Research. Topics include data acquisition and management, mentor/trainee responsibilities, responsible authorship, research misconduct, and more. The event is co-sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of Responsible Research Practices. Register online. Contact: Prestage.2@osu.edu

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