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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Thursday, Jan. 29. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

OSUToday sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts
Israeli dance troupe Batsheva has electrified audiences around the world for more than four decades. On its fourth visit to the Wex (Feb. 10), the group will perform Three, a work full of visual pleasures, languid beauty, and explosive patterns set to a sonic collage that ranges from Brian Eno to Bach. Come early for an introductory talk by Professor of Dance John Giffin at 7 p.m., followed by the performance at 8 p.m. Read more >

Editor's note

Due to the winter storm and the university closings and cancellations on Wednesday (1/28), for your convenience we are repeating today the items that ran in the Wednesday (1/28) OSUToday. Additional items have been included as well.

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Statement from President Gee in support of the Federal Recovery and Reinvestment Act

“As financial indicators continue to trend downward, the need for a targeted, multi-faceted economic-recovery effort has become critical. The federal economic stimulus bill now under consideration by Congress is one of many steps needed to remedy our country’s deteriorating fiscal circumstances. I applaud the inclusion of financial relief for states, investments in university research and infrastructure, and support for student financial aid, all of which will lead to both short- and long-term job creation across the state of Ohio.

To be sure, the massive effort needed to right our economic course requires something from each of us. I am fully committed to extending Ohio State’s work to help fuel Ohio’s economic recovery. We are determined to enhance our role as an economic engine by providing a world-class education for our students and by partnering with business and government to advance discoveries and innovations that create jobs. Now is precisely the moment for the United States to invest in our knowledge-economy future.”


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RESEARCH STUDY. The Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism is looking for participants for a new bone metabolism research study to evaluate the investigational use of ACTOS®. You may be eligible if you: have elevated fasting blood sugar (borderline or pre-diabetes), and are a woman who has been post menopausal for 5 years. If interested, please call Jan Varga-Spangler at (800) 678-6156.


Planet hunter nets prize for young astronomers

 An early career of distinction, punctuated with the discovery of planets in other solar systems, has earned Ohio State researcher Scott Gaudi one of the highest honors given to young astronomers by the American Astronomical Society. Gaudi received the Helen B. Warner Prize for Astronomy for his “significant and broad theoretical contributions to the field of exoplanet research, particularly in the area of microlensing detection and characterization of planetary systems, as well as for planets detected via transit and traditional radial velocity techniques." Read more >


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LIFESTYLE INTERVENTION STUDY. Volunteers, individuals 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 lunch time. 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.


IMR announces new facility grants awards

The Institute for Materials Research announces the winners of the most recent round of IMR Facility Grants, which make campus research facilities more accessible to materials-related researchers with the goal of strengthening near-term research proposals for external support. Ten new research projects, supporting 13 faculty researchers from seven departments within the College of Engineering and the College of Biological, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, were awarded grants for a total investment of $20,000. View a list of awards >

Today: The Ecosystem Services of Boreal Peatlands

Ulo Mander, University of Tartu, Estonia, will present an indoor version of the Olentangy River Wetland's Moonlight on the Marsh Distinguished Lecture, "The Ecosystem Services of Boreal Peatlands" at 3:30 p.m. today (1/29) at the School of Environment and Natural Resources, 103 Kottman Hall. Read more >

Data Privacy Day: Have you secured your home’s wireless connection?

Secure your wireless connection by turning on your router’s encryption and password protecting your connection in order to prevent theft of your Internet connection or the information sent over it. Also be aware of “free” wireless, which can broadcast your information to others. Read more >

Attention OSU staff: Writers needed for e-textbook

The OSU Professional Writing minor is looking for OSU staff to contribute short articles (4-5 pages) about professional writing topics for an e-textbook on professional writing in the workplace. This text will be used in Humanities College 450: Cultures of Professional Writing and would be sold at or near cost, as part of a small attempt to lower college costs. For details, including a preliminary Call for Papers and list of topics, visit cstw.osu.edu/writingMinor/etext.cfm or contact Doug Dangler at dangler.6@osu.edu.

Geography professor to lead Ohio Volunteer Weather Network

On Monday (2/2), Groundhog Day - Ohio will join 38 other states in using community volunteers to measure and map rain, snow, and hail across the Buckeye state. Jeff Rogers, professor of geography and state climatologist of Ohio is leading the effort to recruit volunteers from across the Buckeye state to collect precipitation data for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, a national network of volunteer rainfall observers. Contact: Jeff Rogers, rogers.21@osu.edu or 292-0148

Data Privacy Day: Security software only as good as you make it

Keep your security software active and up-to-date so it can detect the latest threats. Run regular scans on your computer to locate spyware and other malicious software, which can collect your personal information, monitor online shopping, or record your keystrokes, leading to identity theft. Read more >

Temporary closure of Ninth Avenue Garage begins Jan. 30

The Ninth Avenue Garage will close at 6 p.m. Friday (1/30) and will remain closed through 5 a.m. Monday (2/2) due to a planned power outage. One exit gate on the north side will remain up so those parked in the garage after 6 p.m. Friday can still exit the facility. Please use the Safe Auto Hospitals Garage for alternate parking during this time. Read more >

ACCAD Technology Mentoring Program for Young Women applications available

Applications for the summer program Digital Animation: A Technology Mentoring Program for Young Women are now available online. Digital Animation is a free summer program for 8th and 9th graders in central Ohio with exhibited artistic potential to work with mentors from arts and technology fields at OSU from Monday (6/15)-Friday (6/26). The application deadline is Friday (2/20). Contact: accad@accad.osu.edu or 292-1053

Distance and Open Education Innovation funding

Applications for TELR’s Distance and Open Education Innovation funding are due Friday (2/13). These grant/loan awards support development of new certificate and degree programs that enable "any place, any time" learning. Application details available online.

National K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference Feb 7-10

Faculty, staff, graduate students, and preservice teachers are invited to register for the 2009 National Reading Recovery & K–6 Classroom Literacy Conference, to be held Saturday (2/7)-Tuesday (2/10) at the Columbus Convention Center. More than 140 sessions will focus on all aspects of K-6 literacy. Register online. The conference is hosted by the Reading Recovery Council of North America, a part of the College of Education and Human Ecology. Contact: jwolf@readingrecovery.org

Today: ReadAloud features OSU author

The OSU Libraries ReadAloud invites the community to its weekly program each Thursday from 3-4 p.m. at the Wexner Center Cafe. Today (1/29) the program features author Jason Gray, University Press, who will share selections from his recent book, Photographing Eden. North Unitarian Universalist Congregation Parish Minister Susan Ritchie will share selections from her own writing. View program listings or listen to podcasts of previous programs at library.osu.edu/blogs/readaloud/.

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