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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Wednesday, Jan. 20. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Catch an award wining comedy and historical documentary Thursday (1/21) with a Cinema Latino double feature. Documenting Walt Disney’s 1941 trip through Latin America, Walt & El Grupo shows sights that influenced Disney films and ride attractions for decades to come. Winner of two prizes at Sundance and a nominee for best foreign film in the Golden Globes, The Maid is a perfectly calibrated black comedy about a housemaid for an upper-class family in Santiago, Chile. Catch these movies and more at Cinema Latino through Saturday (1/30). Read more:

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Center for Student Leadership and Service

The Center for Student Leadership and Service serves as a comprehensive, centralized connection point for students, staff and faculty to leadership and service opportunities. The center works in partnership with departments across campus to coordinate and promote in-class and out-of-class opportunities. An initiative through the Office of Student Life, the Center is set to open with the new Ohio Union facility in 2010.
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Academic Affairs announces University Distinguished Lectures

 Peter Culicover, Humanities Distinguished Professor in Linguistics, will deliver "Grammar and Complexity: Language at the Intersection of Competence and Performance" at 4 p.m. Wednesday (3/3) in Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall. A reception will follow. Read more: Lectures will be broadcast live, via the Internet, and archived later at for future downloading.

Carter Findley, Humanities Distinguished Professor in History, will present a University Distinguished Lecture during spring quarter — further details TBA. Read more:

Beatty to deliver keynote address at Jan. 21 Mentoring Celebration

Joyce Beatty, senior vice president for Outreach and Engagement at Ohio State, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Mentoring Celebration to be held Thursday (1/21) at the Ohio Statehouse, with mentors from 43 partner agencies invited to attend. Beatty will present “The Magic of a Mentor: Our Children, Our Future,” reflecting on her current focus and past role as Minority Leader in the Ohio House of Representatives. Read more:

Spam e-mail alert

Recently, a number of fraudulent e-mails that appear to have come from webmail, 8help, and businesses are being sent to Ohio State faculty, staff and students. These e-mails, which ask recipients to provide their username and passwords, appear to be part of a phishing scam. These messages were not sent by Ohio State, webmail or Please do NOT reply to these messages as they are fake. You should never reply to these e-mails and do not give your password to anyone. The IT Service Desk strongly recommends that the messages be deleted. Contact the IT Service Desk at 688-HELP (4357) if you replied to any of these fraudulent messages. Check out the CIO awareness videos. Read more:

Prison Exchange Program opens eyes and minds for OSU Newark students

Southeastern Correctional Institution in Lancaster is a blocky complex of buildings surrounded by fences that is home to more than 1,500 inmates. It covers almost 1,400 acres, employs 368 people and costs Ohio taxpayers about $29.5 million per year to maintain. And last quarter, it moonlighted as a classroom for 10 Ohio State Newark students, who spent 90 minutes there each week with 10 offenders, or “inside students,” for a course on the criminal justice system. Read more:

Universal laboratory signs available

Environmental Health and Safety is now offering single universal laboratory signs that will replace the multiple required door signs that currently exist. In addition, the universal sign is designed to provide required safety information to employees, visitors, first responders, and housekeeping personnel by notifying them of potential hazards within the laboratory. A room sign example and request form can be accessed at Contact: Research Safety at 292-1284

Events this week

Today: Kenyon to deliver MBI Colloquium

Cynthia Kenyon, Department of Biophysics and Biochemistry, University of California, San Francisco will present "Genes and Cells that Influence the Rate of Aging in C. elegans" from 10:30-11:20 p.m. today (1/20) in 355 Jennings Hall. Genetic studies have shown that the aging process is under exquisite regulation, in this case, by a complex, multifaceted hormonal and transcriptional system that affects aging in many species, including humans. Contact: Read more:

Reading Lyrics: Trifles from Tin Pan Alley Jan. 21

Join in on a fireside ReadAloud on Thursday (1/21) as Sean Ferguson, University Libraries, reads from humorous songs of stage and screen, including lyrics by Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter and others. The program will take place from 3-4 p.m. in 202 Thompson Library. Refreshments will be served. Contact: Nancy Courtney, 688-8771. Read more:

Marotta Hour: Couch Forts at the OSU Urban Arts Space

Visit the OSU Urban Arts Space every third Thursday of the month and check out new sounds curated by local musician and international composer Larry Marotta. Columbus-based acoustic trio Couch Forts will present a concert of music by award-winning film composer Jon Brion (I Heart Huckabees, Magnolia, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) from 7-8 p.m. Thursday (1/21). Free and open to all. Donations accepted. Read more:

Upcoming events

Registration underway for Transforming Race conference

The Kirwan Institute is hosting a conference, "Transforming Race: Crisis and Opportunity in the Age of Obama" Thursday (3/11)-Saturday (3/13) at the Hyatt on Capitol Square in Columbus. Early bird registration deadline is Monday (2/15). Approximately 50 plenary sessions and panels, workshops and performances will tackle the pressing issues of our time with a focus on race. Optional Friday evening entertainment will feature Sarah Jones, Tony-Award winning Broadway performer. Read more:

Cap and Trade conference Feb. 22

“Cap & Trade: The Implications of Carbon Regulation and Pricing” will take place Monday (2/22) at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center Auditorium on campus. Speakers and panelists from Ohio State and industry will discuss a variety of issues including green jobs and impact to Ohio and U.S. economy. Register by Monday (2/15). For details and registration, visit or contact or 292-2701.

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