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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Wednesday, Jan. 13. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Center for Advanced Functional Foods Research and Entrepreneurship

The Center for Advanced Functional Foods Research and Entrepreneurship is a multidisciplinary program focused on researching functional foods and ingredients that promote health, from crops to the clinic to the consumer. Six different colleges at OSU are involved in this umbrella program, including the colleges of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Education and Human Ecology; Medicine; Public Health; and Biological Sciences. The center's primary objectives involve enhancing collaboration among colleges while partnering with the food industry to increase the availability of scientifically supported functional foods that enhance health.
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Tailored X-rays for cancer

New computer-based models along with high-end X-ray imaging could aid the use of nanoparticles of gold and other heavy elements in cancer therapy and diagnostics. To minimize radiation risks and enhance therapeutic efficiency, researchers have used X-rays at precisely tuned "resonant" energies efficiently absorbed by nanoparticles of gold and iron. Upon irradiation by mono-energetic X-ray beams, the embedded nanoparticles emit photons and low-energy electrons breaking up the DNA in malignant tissues.

The interdisciplinary research team at OSU, led by Anil Pradhan, professor of astronomy is complemented by researchers at several other institutions. The science magazine Nature reported on the research in its Indian edition. Contact: Anil Pradhan at Read more:

Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award nomination deadline extended

The Senate Diversity Committee, in partnership with Human Resources, is still accepting nominations for the 2010 Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award. This annual awards program will recognize up to five units or individuals that have demonstrated a significant commitment to enhancing diversity at the Ohio State. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Thursday (1/21). For additional information and interactive nomination form, visit or call 292-4341.

Culture shaping retreats scheduled through March; register online

"Culture Shaping and Life Effectiveness,” two-day, interactive retreats are being held for faculty and staff who are not scheduled to attend a similar retreat with their department/unit. Six retreats are scheduled Jan-March. Registration is required and a commitment to attend both consecutive days of the retreat is necessary. Register online at Contact: 247-1847

Planned Giving opportunity for Ohio State staff, faculty or retirees

Ohio State staff, faculty and retirees at least 55 years of age are invited to fund a charitable gift annuity to benefit the university with a special minimum of $5,000 ( This is a 50 percent reduction from the standard minimum funding amount of $10,000. Make a far-reaching impact on an area of the university that is important to you. Those participating will receive fixed lifetime payments, and an immediate charitable income tax deduction. Contact: Office of Planned Giving, at 292-2183, (800) 327-7907 or

Nisonger Early Childhood Education Program services

Infants and toddlers showing delays in their development can receive services through the Nisonger Early Childhood Education Program. There is no fee. Children under the age of three and qualified for early intervention services in Franklin County may receive therapy from an early intervention specialist during the course of their typical child care day. Itinerant services are provided through Nisonger at the OSU Child Care Center and include occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy as needed. For information regarding openings, contact Nisonger ECE at 292-9605 or

Events this week

Today: Symposium relates to Jaroslav Malina exhibit

"Jaroslav Malina: Crossing Paths in Painting and Design," a symposium held in conjunction with the OSU Urban Artspace exhibit "Jaroslav Malina: Paintings and Designs," begins at 9 a.m. today (1/13) with a tour of the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute at the Thompson Memorial Library. The event continues at 10:30 a.m. on the 11th floor of the Library. Free and open to the public. Contact: 292-5821. Read more:

Today: At-Large Lectures in Religion features Castelli

The Center for the Study of Religion presents the third lecture in its At-Large Lectures in Religion, 2009-2010, series at 4:30 p.m. today (1/13) in the Faculty Club Grand Lounge. Elizabeth Castelli, Barnard College, will speak on "When You See Blood, It Brings Truth: Catholic Ritual and Resistance in a Time of War." A reception will follow and all are welcome. Contact: Read more:

Hit the Road with the Buckeyes grand prize drawing today

Congratulations to all participants of Your Plan for Health’s 2009 Hit the Road with the Buckeyes challenge for walking 1.3 million miles. The grand prize drawings for all Mileage Achievement Tiers will be streamed live at 12:30 p.m. today (1/13). To view, visit anytime after 12:15 p.m. Your computer must be equipped with RealPlayer, which can be downloaded for free at

Jan. 14: ReadAloud resumes in Thompson Library

The university community is invited to a fireside ReadAloud Thursday (1/14) as Linda Fuchs, poet and author, presents excerpts from her books, The Midnight Ramblings of an Insane Woman and More Ramblings, Less Insanity. The program will take place from 3-4 pm. in 202 Thompson Library. Refreshments will be served. Contact: Nancy Courtney, 688-8771. Read more:

Survivorship 101: Beating the Winter Blues Jan. 14

Join Brittany Brothers, program director of Ohio State’s LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence, as she discusses the winter blues and presents coping skills that help participants boost emotional and physical well-being, from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday (1/14) at University Hospitals East, Wallace Auditorium. Class is open to cancer survivors, caregivers, friends and family, and there is no cost to attend. Call JamesCare for Life at 293-6428 to register.

Upcoming events

Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows Lecture Series Jan. 20

The SBS Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows Lecture Series inaugural lecture will take place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (1/20) in 035 Psychology Building, with a reception to follow. Tasleem Padamsee, postdoctoral fellow in Sociology, will present “Confronting AIDS: Health Policy and the Welfare State in Britain and America.” The lecture series will showcase the scholarly work of underrepresented minority postdoctoral researchers in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. The event is free and open to all. Contact: Patrice Dickerson at

Jan. 27 workshop: Recruiting to Increase Diversity and Excellence

“Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Increase Diversity and Excellence,” a workshop for department chairs, school directors, deans, associate deans, and assistant deans, will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday (1/27) at 430 Gateway, 1590 N. High St. (Note: This session is also offered 9-11 a.m. on 1/27 for academic leaders associated with CEOS, ADVANCE grant.) Registration for the 1:30 p.m. session is required. Contact: 247-1847. Register online >

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