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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Tuesday, Jan. 12. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Yoga reduces cytokine levels known to promote inflammation

Regularly practicing yoga exercises may lower a number of compounds in the blood and reduce the level of inflammation that normally rises because of both normal aging and stress, a new study has shown. The study, conducted by Ohio State researchers and just reported in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, showed that women who routinely practiced yoga had lower amounts of the cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) in their blood. The women also showed smaller increases in IL-6 after stressful experiences than did women who were the same age and weight but who were not yoga practitioners. 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.

Central voice mail system getting upgrade this weekend

The Office of the Chief Information Officer will be upgrading the central voice mail system that serves all OSU locations from 5:30 p.m. Friday (1/15)-8 p.m. Sunday (1/17). During the upgrade, the voice mail system will be unavailable for brief, intermittent periods. Voice mail customers are asked to limit their access and use of the voice mail system during the upgrade window. Voice mail services will resume upon completion of the upgrade. Details available on the Systems Status web page or by contacting the IT Service Desk at 688-HELP (4357).

Host investigators sought for Summer Research Experience Program

The OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Research is recruiting investigators to host high school students and teachers for the 2010 Summer Research Experience Program. The SREP grant will pay participating students and teachers to participate in their host investigator’s research. Priority will be given to NIH-funded investigators, but all investigators conducting clinical and/or translational research at OSU or Nationwide Children’s Hospital are strongly encouraged to apply by Wednesday (2/10). Contact: Nancy Hood, 688-3478, Read more >

Faculty/staff alternative spring break advisors needed

Buck-I-SERV trips are week-long, community service trips across the nation starting Saturday (3/20), centered on community service and civic engagement. Faculty and staff advisors are needed. Student trip leaders arrange and facilitate the majority of the trip components; advisors assist the trip leaders as needed. Advisors attend for free. Apply by 9 p.m. Thursday (1/14). Contact: Rosie Holmes at Read more:

Applications available for leadership awards

Applications and nominations are currently available for the 49th Annual Leadership Awards Celebration. Fifteen award categories exist for individuals, organizations, and programming efforts. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to apply or submit nominations online. Contact: Jen Pelletier,

Leadership and Civic Engagement Conference proposals due Jan. 15

Program proposals are due Friday (1/15) for the Annual Conference on Leadership and Civic Engagement (formerly the SAIL Conference). The daylong conference, for any Ohio State undergraduate student focusing on leadership, service and developing lifelong skills, will be held Saturday (2/27) at the Fawcett Center. Download the Call For Programs at Contact: Adam Rapien,

Events this week

Yoga Circle hosts weekly Vegan Cooking workshop

ISKCON Yoga circle, a registered student organization at OSU, is hosting a Vegan Cooking workshop from 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday starting today (1/12) in the RPAC Kitchen Demo Room (second floor). Faculty, staff and students are invited to learn how to cook vegan cuisine with an attitude and mouth watering taste. Contact: or Read more:

Battelle Fueling Ohio's Future Series continues Jan. 13

Retired Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn will deliver "Climate Change: An Approaching Storm for National Security" from noon-1:15 p.m. Wednesday (1/13) at the Athletic Club of Columbus, 136 E. Broad St. — part of the Battelle Fueling Ohio's Future Series. The OSU Institute for Energy and the Environment is a partner for the event. Contact: 464-3220 ext. 1. Read more:

Jan. 13: UFSAP to offer free Stress Taming workshop

The University Faculty and Staff Assistance Program will offer its popular workshop, “Stress Taming,” from 5-6:15 p.m. Wednesday (1/13) at OSU Health Plan, 700 Ackerman Road, Suite 440. OSU employees are invited to learn ways to identify and measure stress and to manage it on a daily basis. Free, but registration is required and space is limited. Contact Lisa Borelli at 292-1709 or to register. Attending this workshop can earn you points in the Your Plan for Health Incentive Program.

Women's basketball Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day Jan. 14

The nationally ranked Ohio State women's basketball team invites all faculty and staff to their game against Illinois at 7 p.m. Thursday (1/14). Halftime will feature a faculty/staff vs. student basketball game for bragging rights. Contact Carrie Snyder at to participate in the scrimmage. Faculty, staff and their friends and family may purchase discounted tickets for $4. Click here to purchase; enter the promo code BUCKEYES.

Jan. 15: Workshop on Flash Animation Basics

Join the Digital Union for a workshop on animation basics using Flash CS4 from 2-4 p.m. Friday (1/15). This hands-on session will be held in 060 Science and Engineering Library and offers both PC and Mac platforms. No experience is necessary, but registration is required. Read more:

Upcoming events

Stefanie’s Champions nominations due Jan. 15

Nominations for the 11th annual Stefanie’s Champions Awards, recognizing caregivers who are helping to improve the lives of cancer patients, are due Friday (1/15). Cancer survivors, or parents/guardians of survivors younger than 18, can nominate a champion at Champions will be honored at an awards luncheon Tuesday (4/13) at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, with proceeds to benefit the Stefanie Spielman Patient Assistance Fund and the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the OSUCCC-James.

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

Human subjects research exempt forms help session Jan. 20

Investigators, graduate students and research staff are encouraged to attend a help session on the exempt application from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday (1/20) in 113 Research Foundation. Office of Responsible Research Practices staff will provide an overview of the application and will explain the types of human subjects research that are exempt from IRB review. Although the focus of this session is exempt research it is open to all human subjects researchers. Registration requested. Contact: 292-0214 or

Start your 2010 learning with the OSU Leadership Center

Join Beth Flynn from 9:15 a.m.-noon Thursday (1/21) for “Mission Possible: Positive Leadership.” The workshop, to be held in 2120 Fyffe Road, room 105 will explore new ideas for boosting your own attitude; look at strategies for creating a positive culture at work; examine ways to improve working relationships; and analyze techniques to increase office productivity. Contact: Kate Lobley, at Read more >

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