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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Thursday, Jan. 21. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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The highly anticipated multimedia exhibition Hard Targets, opens Saturday (1/30). Be one of the first to see the provocative artworks that endeavors to revise the time-honored archetype of the male athlete. The 21 different artists offer an array of views on masculinity and sport through a variety of media, including video, photography, mixed-media sculpture, painting, and installation. Also: bring a ticket stub from any Ohio State sporting event for buy-one-get-one admission. Read more:

Headline news

Announcement of new position of faculty ombudsman

The University Senate and the Board of Trustees have approved the new position of faculty ombudsman, and the Senate now invites applications for the position from tenured and emeritus faculty members. Linked below is the approved Senate proposal defining the responsibilities of the position and the qualifications expected of candidates. The position is a nine-month, one-year (renewable), 20 percent of time appointment. Direct inquiries to the Senate office (c/o A one-page letter of nomination (or self-nomination) should be submitted to the same address by Friday (2/5). Read more >

Providing alternatives part of what makes Ohio State great

 Ohio State employees have every reason to participate in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System or the State Teachers Retirement System, especially if public service in the state becomes a career-long endeavor.

There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to retirement plans, however, especially when careers in academia often lead to more than one institution, and often in more than one state. That was why Ohio State took a leading role in 1997 in helping the legislature consider the Alternative Retirement Plan. Read the second in a series of communications by Larry Lewellen, vice president for Human Resources, about the issues and how Ohio State is participating. Read more:

Latest issue of onCampus now available online

The Thursday (1/21) issue of onCampus is now available so please check your OSU mailbox. Here's a preview from the online version:

  • Before that Scarlet and Gray merchandise hits a store’s shelf, it has to first pass a ‘taste’ test administered by Trademark and Licensing Services. Read more >
  • As part of the LEED certification process for the new Lane Avenue Parking Garage, at least 5 percent of the garage's parking spaces must be reserved for low-emission, fuel-efficient (LEFE) vehicles. Read more >

State of the Medical Center address Jan. 26

Mark your calendars for the State of the Medical Center: Improving People’s Lives through Personalized Health Care at 4 p.m. Tuesday (1/26) in 160 Meiling Hall. Hear directly from Steven G. Gabbe, CEO, OSU Medical Center, about the accomplishments and opportunities related to the Medical Center's growth and performance. A reception will follow. If you cannot attend in person, a Webcast link will be available in OSUToday on Tuesday (1/26). Contact:

Mershon Center offers faculty, student research grants

Each year, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies holds a competition for Ohio State faculty and students to apply for research grant funds. Applications must be for projects related to: use of force and diplomacy; ideas, identities, and decisional processes that affect security; and institutions that manage violent conflict. Projects related to OSU's global gateways in China, India and Brazil, as well as policy issues in biosecurity and cybersecurity also considered. Apply by Friday (1/29). Read more:

OSU Staff Professional Development Mentorship Program

OSU staff who would appreciate career guidance from a more advanced OSU staff member, or who could help another staff member succeed are encouraged to participate in the OSU staff mentorship program. Sponsored by The Women's Place. Contact: Apply at

Instructors invited to join UCAT winter book group

The University Center for the Advancement of Teaching winter book group will read Building Online Learning Communities: Effective strategies for the virtual classroom. Instructors are welcome to join this four-week seminar. Twelve individuals will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Each participant will receive a free copy of the book and must attend all four sessions. The group will meet Wednesdays from 2:30-4 p.m. starting Thursday (2/4). Read more:

Digital Union professional development grants for eLearning

The Digital Union invites you to apply for professional development grants, which support individual and departmental development. Applications are due Friday (2/5). Recipients receive up to $1,000 (required 1:1 match). An open Q&A session will be held Friday (1/29) from 10-11 a.m. in 060 Science and Engineering Library. Contact: Read more:

Events this week

Today: ReadAloud features humorous songs of stage and screen

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:

Upcoming events

Social work workshop: The Ethics of Supervision

The College of Social Work is offering "The Ethics of Supervision" from 1-4:15 p.m. Tuesday (1/26) in 115 Stillman Hall. Three CEU/clock hours available. This workshop is designed for social work supervisors or those planning to become supervisors and is intended to improve the understanding of and ability to perform ethical supervision. Read more >

Lepper to discuss Ohio’s ancient effigy mounds Jan. 27

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences is hosting the second of three speakers in its 2009-2010 Diversity Speaker Series, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday (1/27) at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Brad Lepper, archeology curator, Ohio Historical Society will present “The Serpent and the Alligator – Ohio’s Ancient Effigy Mounds.” Refreshments provided. If you need accommodations, contact Kathy Lechman at 247-7176 or

Health Care Reform topic of lunch & learn workshop

Your Plan for Health is offering a free workshop, "Health Care Reform: Challenges and Opportunities" from noon-1 p.m. Thursday (1/28) in H1213 Ross Heart Hospital. Let an expert panel of Ohio State and community nurses, physicians and health care policy specialists help you separate fact from fiction on the complex and ever-changing topic of health care reform. Earn points toward the 2010 YP4H Incentive Program by attending. Registration required. Contact: 292-1894. Register:

Jan. 29: 'Diversion or Assignment? Game Based Learning'

Can games be used effectively for teaching and learning? Join the Digital Union for a brown bag discussion about how game-based learning is shifting approaches to education and preparing students for a 21st century knowledge economy, from noon-1 p.m. Friday (1/29) in 370 Science and Engineering Library. Registration is required. Also, a faculty panel discussion on educational gaming will be offered on Friday (2/26). Read more:

No-Talent Gong Show Feb. 4 at Gateway

Be in the first (if not only), No-Talent Talent Gong Show, scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday (2/4) in the Gateway Film Center Lobby in the South Campus Gateway. If you have a crazy act, show off a little in this event hosted by JamJam Productions, part of the Emerging Artists Partnership with OSU Arts Initiative, and Everybody's Favorite Carrie. Interested? Contact jamjamproductions at Entry details at

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