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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Friday, Jan. 8. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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In all the galaxy, just 15 percent of solar systems are like ours

 In their quest to find solar systems analogous to ours, astronomers have determined how common our solar system is. They’ve concluded that about 15 percent of stars in the galaxy host systems of planets like our own, with several gas giant planets in the outer part of the solar system. The find comes from a worldwide collaboration headquartered at Ohio State called the Microlensing Follow-Up Network (MicroFUN).

Ohio State astronomer Scott Gaudi reported the results of the new study this week at the American Astronomical Society Meeting in Washington, D.C., where he accepted the Helen B. Warner Prize for Astronomy. Read more:


DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH TO LIVE THE RETIREMENT LIFE YOU WANT? Merrill Lynch invites Ohio State faculty and staff to attend a free retirement seminar, “Planning for Your Retirement Lifestyle,” Wednesday (1/20) or Thursday (1/21) at the Fawcett Center. Select the 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2:30-4 p.m., or 6-7:30 p.m. time slots. At this critical time in your life, The Michel - Mann Group will take the time to understand what matters to you. Call 342-6252 to reserve your place today.

Garland’s service to students to be honored in new lobby

 Martha Garland, vice provost and dean for enrollment services and undergraduate education, made a career of putting students first. Now the university plans to honor her dedication in a lasting way in the new Student Academic Services building. Pending approval by the Board of Trustees, the first-floor lobby in the new facility will be named in her honor. Read more:’s-service-honored/

Film ad materials, photo collections, under new management

Two major genres of materials that have been housed at the Cartoon Library and Museum will now be managed by other units of University Libraries. Film advertising materials and the university's photography collections will now be managed by the Theatre Research Institute and the Rare Books and Manuscripts unit. Read more >

University Center for the Advancement of Teaching open house

The University Center for the Advancement of Teaching is hosting an open house from 1-2:30 p.m. Friday (2/12) at the Younkin Success Center to celebrate its name change and to thank partners in the complex enterprise that is supporting eminent teaching and learning at Ohio State. Select partners will be recognized as "Champions for Teaching." Vice Provost Randy Smith will speak at 1:15 p.m. on current challenges and opportunities for advancing teaching. Units or teams involved in supporting teaching and learning are invited to participate in a mini-resource fair in the Younkin Success Center atrium. Contact: or . Read more:

Nominations open for Janssen Award for Biomedical Research

Nominate your most talented scientists for the Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research. The award salutes individuals whose efforts have made significant transformational contributions towards the improvement of human health. Candidates will be evaluated by an independent selection committee of top researchers from around the world. Nomination forms are available at and will be accepted until Monday (2/15). The winner will receive a $100,000 cash prize and broad international recognition for his or her achievements.

Read the latest addition to the On Research blog

Stubbornness and obstinance . . . That's what drives some researchers to success. It's the intrinsic rewards that motivate most scholars, according to the latest offering from the On Research blog at

Events this week

Cancelled: Jan. 8 panel - How Foreign Companies are Transforming the American Economy

The panel discussion scheduled for today (1/8), featuring New York Times correspondent Micheline Maynard at 140 Phfal Hall, Fisher College of Business has been cancelled due to the weather. The event will be rescheduled for a later date. Read more >

OSU Lima’s Super Science Saturday Jan. 9

Ohio State Lima, the Lima Public Library and Time Warner Cable will present the second Super Science Saturday workshop from 10-11:45 a.m. Saturday (1/9) at the Library, 650 W. Market St., Lima. The theme is astronomy for the series of interactive family events for children grades K-3. Free with registration, which is ongoing in the Library’s Youth Services Department, or by phone at (419) 228-5113, ext. 121. Registration will continue until the program is full. Contact: Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284 or Lesley King Fry (419) 995-8671

Upcoming events

School of Music, JamesCare for Life form cancer survivor's Victory Choir

The School of Music and JamesCare for Life announce the cancer survivor's Victory Choir, to meet from 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays (1/11)-(3/17) in Weigel Hall. Choral director Steve Scott, a singing health specialist in the School of Music, will help participants strengthen vocal cords and lungs and deepen breathing as they join voices with other cancer survivors. No experience or singing ability required, and no cost to attend. Group is open to cancer survivors; sign up any time by calling JamesCare for Life at 293-6428.

OSU students discuss writing script for city-wide King Day celebration

Tune in to OSU's Writers Talk (at 7 p.m. Monday on WCRS, 98.3 and 102.1 FM and 8 p.m. Wednesday on WCBE, 90.5 FM) to hear OSU students discuss how they wrote the script for the Columbus Martin Luther King Day celebration. Then, you can see it in action for free at 6 p.m. Monday (1/18) at Vets Memorial. Contact: Doug Dangler, at 688-5865 or Read more:

Aquatic exercise classes offered through JamesCare for Life

Aquatic exercise can reduce edema, increase range of motion, reduce pain, lower stress and promote relaxation. A certified swimming instructor will lead this twice-weekly class, to be held 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, (1/12)-(3/30) at the YMCA of Central Ohio, 130 Woodland Ave. Classes are open to cancer survivors and their caregivers; there is no cost to attend. To register, call JamesCare for Life at 293-6428.

Lunch and learn workshops offer good variety

Your Plan for Health offers a full schedule of free workshops each quarter on a variety of topics. Earn points in the 2010 YP4H Incentive Program. January workshops include: New Options in Birth Control, noon-1 p.m. Wednesday (1/13), 1039 Derby Hall; Stay Active in Wintertime, noon-1 p.m. Friday (1/22), A24 PAES Building; and Health Care Reform: Challenges and Opportunities, noon-1 p.m., Wednesday (1/28), H1213 Ross Heart Hospital. Registration is required. Visit or call 292-1894.

E-portfolio case studies at OSU Jan. 15

The Exploring Learning Technologies Community invites you to the January meeting showcasing two case studies of e-portfolios being implemented at OSU, from 10-11:30 a.m. Friday (1/15) in 143 Physical Activities & Education Service (PAES). Wordpress MU, a blog tool and publishing service, and Epsilen, an eLearning environment service, will be discussed. RSVPs are encouraged. Contact: or 292-1464

NIH grant application format changes: Panel discussion Jan. 19

This workshop, from 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday (1/19) in 170 DHLRI,
will review the NIH grant application format changes and the “Enhancing Peer Review" initiative. All NIH grant applications with due dates on or after Monday (1/25) will be required to use restructured forms and new instructions. Panelists from Ohio State will answer questions and provide guidance. Read more:
Registration; Overview of changes

Register now for the 2010 ASH Review

The 2010 ASH Review will take place Friday (1/22) at the Biomedical Research Tower on campus. The conference will cover updates from the ASH national conference on the biology, etiology, diagnosis and management of hematologic disorders. CME credits are available for attending. For more information on the conference including the agenda and to register, visit

Register now for Jan. 23 breast cancer symposium

The annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Review, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday (1/23) at the Hyatt on Capitol Square, will include a review of state-of-the-art information on the experimental biology, etiology, prevention, diagnosis and therapy of breast cancer and premalignant disease and a review of the latest microvascular breast reconstruction procedures. The OSU Medical Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Contact: Nancy Jones at or 293-3688. Register online. Read more >

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