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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Thursday, Jan. 14. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Study reveals how one form of natural vitamin E protects brain after stroke

 Blocking the function of an enzyme in the brain with a specific kind of vitamin E can prevent nerve cells from dying after a stroke, new OSU research suggests. In a study using mouse brain cells, scientists found that the tocotrienol form of vitamin E stopped the enzyme from releasing fatty acids that eventually kill neurons. Researchers, led by Chandan Sen, OSU professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Surgery, have been studying how this form of vitamin E protects the brain in animal and cell models, and intend to pursue tests of its potential to both prevent and treat strokes in humans. 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.

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Survey regarding Emergency Notification System available

Ohio State’s Emergency Notification System (Buckeye Alert) was tested Wednesday (1/13) to determine its effectiveness. An online survey has been established to provide you an opportunity to provide feedback regarding this test. Please take a couple of minutes to complete the survey online at


SUNDAY DISCUSSION SERIES: THE QUEST FOR A JUST PEACE IN THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT. Join us for 5 hour-long sessions exploring origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the present situation and challenges confronting the quest for a just peace. Sundays at 9 a.m. starting Jan. 17 at Indianola Presbyterian Church – an inclusive community of inquiry, prayer and action with deep ties to Ohio State. Directions: East of High between Waldeck, Woodruff and Iuka. Read more: directions; details

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Lane Avenue Parking Garage now open

The 1,400 space Lane Avenue Parking Garage, located at the southeast corner of Lane Avenue and Tuttle Park Place, is open for faculty, staff and student keycard and hourly customer use. In conjunction with preparations for LEED certification of the garage and adjacent building, 70 low emission, fuel-efficient (LEFE) parking spaces are available inside the garage. Visit for details about the Buckeye LEFE parking program and to determine if your car qualifies for LEFE parking.

Jan. 15 deadline for 2010 Distinguished Staff Award nominations

Human Resources is currently accepting nominations for the Distinguished Staff Award until 5 p.m. Friday (1/15). The awards will honor 12 staff members for their outstanding leadership and accomplishments in service to the university. For details and interactive nomination form, visit or call 292-4341.

Wexner Center debuts Transmissions radio show

Transmissions, a new, downloadable radio show produced by the Wexner Center, is now available (see The first bi-monthly show features a conversation between French artist Cyprien Gaillard and Wex curator of exhibitions Catharina Manchanda; an interview with OSU dance professor David Covey, who worked with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; and a segment with film curator Dave Filipi, who talks about the new partnership with the Gateway Film Center.

Center for the Advancement of Teaching series continues

The University Center for the Advancement of Teaching will again offer its quarterly College Teaching Series that will address various teaching and learning issues. UCAT sessions in this series have been designed primarily for novice TAs and faculty; however, all instructors are invited to attend and will find useful information about improving teaching. Topics will include Designing Assignments, Quizzes, and Tests; Fair and Efficient Grading; Responding to Student Writing; and Grading to Learn. Visit for event descriptions and registration information.

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday CABS service announced

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, CABS will run reduced service on Monday (1/18). Please note that during the holiday (1/18), WA, WB, WC, and CX permits are valid in "C" spaces only on central campus. For details, visit the Transportation & Parking Services web site at

University Mail Services to conduct UPS shipping program training for departments

University Mail Services has implemented a new outbound shipping program with UPS, the university's preferred carrier, featuring discounted rates for Express, International and Ground services. Training sessions are offered every Friday through March, from 1-2 p.m. in the Innovation Lab at the Stores & Receiving Building, 2650 Kenny Road. Use the training self-registration link on the OSU Administrative Systems' NewsLink page, at Contact: Terri Tibbs, at

Upcoming events

Stress Reduction: A Practical Guide Jan. 19

The College of Social Work is offering "Stress Reduction: A Practical Guide of How to be One with Yourself, the World and Others," from 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Tuesday (1/19) in 115 Stillman Hall. Six CEU/clock hours available. Social workers, counselors, health care and mental health professionals, and teachers can learn through a practical “hands on” experiential process. Read more >

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

Jan. 22: Discussion of interactive classrooms and clickers

Join the Digital Union for a brownbag discussion about clickers with Bill Reay, professor emeritus in the physics department, from noon-1:30 p.m. Friday (1/22) in 370 Science and Engineering Library. Clickers are an audience response system that allows instructors to create interactive presentations and collect real-time responses from students. Registration is required. Additional hands-on clickers workshops are available in February. Read more:

Discount available for one-day courses at Fisher College

Do you need to learn effective marketing strategies or want to know more about leadership skills and influencing others? Executive Education has released its winter Fisher Business Education Series schedule that includes "Marketing Strategy" on Friday (2/25) and "Power, Influence, and Leadership Effectiveness" on Thursday (3/11). Special rate available for OSU employees. Contact: Amanda Brahier, at Read more:

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