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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Friday, Jan. 15. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Headline news

Study shows key role environment plays in developing reading skills

 While genetics play a key role in children’s initial reading skills, a new study of twins is the first to demonstrate that environment plays an important role in reading growth over time. The results give further evidence that children can make gains in reading during their early school years, above and beyond the important genetic factors that influence differences in reading, said Stephen Petrill, lead author of the study and professor of human development and family science at Ohio State. Read more: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/readingskills.htm


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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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Donations to Haiti Relief

Many in the university community have asked how they can support the relief efforts for the victims of the Haiti earthquake. At this time, there are numerous organizations that will accept donations, including the Red Cross. To make a donation, visit http://columbus.redcross.org/ or http://www.redcross.org/.

Central voice mail system upgrade being rescheduled

The central voice mail system upgrade scheduled to occur from 5:30 p.m. today (1/15) through 8 p.m. Sunday (1/17) is being rescheduled. The Office of the Chief Information Officer will notify the campus community of the rescheduled dates for the upgrade as soon as they are available. More information regarding this change is available on the Systems Status web page or by contacting the IT Service Desk at 688-HELP (4357).

Canceled: Human Trafficking-in Ohio? An Evidence Based Analysis

The Criminal Justice Research Center seminar, "Human Trafficking-in Ohio? An Evidence Based Analysis" featuring Jeremy Wilson from Michigan State University, scheduled for 9 a.m. today (1/15) in the Journalism Building, has been canceled due to illness. Please watch the web site, http://cjrc.osu.edu, for the new date for the seminar.

University System of Ohio to reward innovative faculty who enhance learning, make textbooks more affordable

Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut this week announced the University System of Ohio is seeking nominations from students, faculty, and administrators for its 2010 Faculty Innovator Awards. These awards will recognize 10 faculty and/or teams from Ohio's public universities, regional campuses, community colleges, and adult career centers for work they have done to introduce digital course materials in the classroom that enrich learning and make college textbooks more affordable for their students. Nominations are due Monday (2/15). Read more >

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observed Jan. 18

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, university offices will be closed and there will be no classes on Monday (1/18). Regular hours resume on Tuesday (1/19).

2010 health plan rates begin in January

Faculty and staff health plan rates for coverage that started on Jan.1, 2010 will begin to appear on the following pay dates:

  • For staff paid biweekly: Jan. 15
  • For staff paid monthly: Jan. 29

Premium rates for 2010 will be the same as they were last year for full-time employees who have continued to complete the PHA and who did not make a plan change. The biweekly pay date was incorrectly listed in this month’s Resources newsletter. A complete list of health plan rates can be found at http://hr.osu.edu/benefits/hb_rates.aspx.

Gateway Faculty Grant Competition

The offices of Research, Undergraduate Education and International Affairs are offering new faculty grant opportunities to develop research proposals, interactive course modules and study abroad programs in the Gateway countries of China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), India and Brazil. The application deadline is Friday (2/26). Read more: http://oia.osu.edu

Joan’s Fund for Head and Neck Oncology Research grants

Joan’s Fund for Head and Neck Oncology Research at OSU is accepting applications for the research grants listed below. Scientific Advisory Board is accepting applications in NIH PHS 398 format. Applications due Monday (2/15). Grants awarded during Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week (April 12-18). Submit applications to: mailto:headneckadvocate@gmail.com.

  • Developmental Grants: Scientists with an interest in conducting clinical or basic science investigations in head and neck cancer ($10,000 to begin or continue studies)
  • Career Development Grant: MD, PhD or MD/PhD scientists in first three years of academic career ($40,000 per year for two years)

OIT noncredit statistical IT training

OIT is offering noncredit statistical training at no charge to you. Topics include: SPSS and SAS. SPSS is a three-day course focusing on easy ways to do statistical analysis in the Windows environment. Prior experience with Windows is recommended. SAS is a three-day hands-on course covering the data steps (reading, writing, and subsetting files, plus creating new variables and merging files); working with missing values; and finding and correcting common SAS program errors. SAS experience is not necessary. Classes fill quickly. Register at http://oit.osu.edu/shortcourse/compcourses.html.

Sign up for summer science courses at Stone Lab

Use your tuition assistance benefit to take a one-week science course at Stone Lab, Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie. Each class gets you out into the field or onto the lake to study topics like aquatic biology, insect biology, or oceanography first-hand and up close. Five-week classes and non-credit workshops are also available. Spouses and dependents can take advantage of their tuition benefit, too. Read more: http://stonelab.osu.edu

Events this week

Today: College of Social Work sponsors Human Trafficking film

As part of Human Trafficking Awareness, the College of Social Work is showing Human Trafficking at 7 p.m. today (1/15) in the McMillin Room (115 Stillman Hall). Professionals working to end human trafficking will speak. The event is free to alumni and students; a non-perishable food donation is requested for Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Read more: http://www.csw.ohio-state.edu/alumni/events

Ohio State Marion hosts 'Night of January 16th'

Student Life at Ohio State Marion is presenting a campus/community theatre production of the Ayn Rand classic, Night of January 16th, at 7:30 p.m. today (1/15) and Saturday (1/16) in Morrill Hall Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m.; tickets available at the door. Admission is free for those with a student I.D. and $5 for the general public. Proceeds benefit the Dixie Strawser Memorial Book Fund, which provides financial assistance to Ohio State Marion students to help purchase text books. Read more: http://osumarion.osu.edu/

Jan. 16: Lights! Action Design! at the OSU Urban Arts Space

High school students and educators are invited to join faculty and staff from the OSU Theatre Department, to explore the world of theater set design and uncover what brings theatre to life, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday (1/16). OSU professor of theater Joe Brandesky, curator of the current exhibition, Jaroslav Malina: Paintings & Designs, provides special insight into Malina's work. The workshop is free. RSVP to 292-8861 or mailto:uasengagement@gmail.com. Read more: http://uas.osu.edu/program/lights-action-design

Upcoming events

The New Research Library: Creating Spaces for Creating Knowledge

According to the new Director of OSU Libraries, the future of academic libraries lies in special collections. What does this mean in terms of the library’s physical and virtual spaces? What challenges and opportunities does the organization of collections present? Join us at 4 p.m. Tuesday (1/19) in 150 Thompson for a conversation moderated by Anne Fields with OSU Libraries Preservation Specialist Wes Boomgaarden, Thompson Library Architect Pete Confar, Associate Curator Jenny Robb, and Metadata Librarian Maureen Walsh. Contact: mailto:LiteracyStudies@OSU.edu

Community Cinema features Garbage Dreams Jan. 20

In the outskirts of Cairo, the villagers recycle 80 percent of the garbage they collect. A multinational corporation now threatens their livelihood. What lessons can be learned from their story, Garbage Dreams? The documentary will be screened at WOSU@COSI at 2 p.m. Wednesday (1/20) followed by a panel discussion on local issues related to recycling and waste management. The event is open to the public. Community Cinema is a joint project of the OSU Multicultural Center, the Columbus Community Relations Commission and WOSU Public Media. Contact: mailto:outreach@wosu.org

Jan. 21: Black Theatre from Birth to Rebirth to Survival

The Department of African American and African Studies Community Extension Center will present "Black Theatre from Birth to Rebirth to Survival" by Anthony D. Hill, associate professor of Theatre, at 6 p.m. Thursday (1/21) at the Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave. The lecture is free and open to the public. Read more >

Yoga workshop to raise money for Students First Fund

Join the College of Social Work as it combines the balance of yoga with the passion of giving. When you attend the Yoga Foundations Workshop, from 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday (1/24) in Clintonville, you’ll not only learn yoga, but you’ll also reach out to a student in need. Your donation will help a student enter Ohio State or stay enrolled once they arrive. Read more >

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