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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Wednesday, Jan. 9. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Performance/Politics Working Group of the Humanities Institute

 Performance/Politics is an open group that approaches performance, conceptually and dramatically, through "the political" and vice versa. In particular, the group highlights work in Performance Studies, a field dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of expressive culture, for the OSU campus community and in individual research. The group strives to act as a hub bringing scholars together to share their work, providing a central location for professors advertising courses and students seeking mentors in the area of Performance Studies, and increasing the visibility of this interdisciplinary field at OSU.

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Shown here: Neoliberal Circulations of Black Social Dance, with Thomas DeFrantz, African and African American Studies, and Dance, Duke University.


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Coal plant byproduct, if spread on farms, could fight Lake Erie algae

 An Ohio State University scientist says an abundant byproduct from coal-burning power plants, if spread on farmers' fields, could help control Lake Erie's harmful algal blooms. Warren Dick, a soil biochemist in the university's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, said applying fluidized gas desulfurization gypsum to crop fields can keep soluble phosphorus, the main nutrient feeding the algae, from getting washed from the soil by heavy rains, then running off into streams and rivers and eventually into the lake.
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Shown here: Ohio State scientist Warren Dick, right, says a byproduct of coal-burning power plants called FGD gypsum, shown here in the foreground, can be used to improve farm soils, crop yields and Lake Erie.


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CABS, USG partnership creates pilot program for extended east residential evening service

Transportation and Traffic Management’s Campus Area Bus Service, in partnership with the Undergraduate Student Government, will provide extended East Residential evening service hours as a pilot program during Spring Semester 2013. This pilot program was initiated through USG to explore alternate transportation options for safe late night travel to areas already serviced by the East Residential route in the day time hours. Through this partnership, the East Residential will provide 30 minute service on Fridays from midnight-2 a.m. and on Saturdays from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. along all of the stops on the current route.
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New additions to iTunes U

Digital First has announced that Ohio State recently published two new iTunes U courses: Documenting Community Literacies: Using Digital Narratives by Cindy Selfe, and Media Law and Ethics by Nicole Kraft. For more information on iTunes U view the webcasts and visit the Digital First's iTunes U Educator Resources page at
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Mershon research grant applications due Jan. 14

Each year, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies holds a competition for Ohio State faculty and students to apply for grant funds to support research in international security. Applications must be for projects that relate to one or more of the Mershon Center's areas of focus. We will also consider projects that strengthen the global gateways in China, India and Brazil, or speak to the university's Discovery Themes. Apply by Monday (1/14).
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Mershon study abroad applications due Jan. 14

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies is taking applications for the Ralph D. Mershon Study Abroad Scholarship.  Students are encouraged to take foreign language courses deemed critical for national security such as Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Hindi and Farsi. Priority will be given to those preparing for a career related to international security studies. As many as 12 scholarships of up to $2,000 each will be awarded. Apply by Monday (1/14).
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HHMI Med-into-Grad fellowship applications, info sessions

The OSU Howard Hughes Medical Institute Med into Grad Program is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 academic year. The program prepares predoctoral students to conduct research at the interface of basic biomedical science and clinical medicine. Plan to attend an information session from 2-3 p.m. Thursday (1/10) in 130 Biomedical Research Tower or 1-2 p.m. Friday (1/11) in 414 Science & Engineering Library.
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Events this week

Celebrate 2013 with new exhibitions at Urban Arts Space

The Urban Arts Space kicks off 2013 with two new exhibitions featuring the work of Mark Beyer and James Castle. Visit the gallery at 50 W. Town St. for two opening receptions this week:

  • Mark Beyer: With/Without Text, gallery talk and reception Thursday (1/10) from 5-8 p.m. Celebrate the inauguration of the first major exhibition of Beyer's comic art in the U.S.
  • Constructing James Castle, gallery talk and reception Friday (1/11) from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The exhibition features the work of Castle (1899-1977), a self-trained, deaf artist who spent his life in rural Idaho.
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Upcoming events

Arts and Humanities Lecture examines 'fiscal cliff' of the 1930s

 David Stebenne, professor of history and law at Ohio State, is the featured speaker at the 2012-13 Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lecture on Wednesday (1/16) at 5 p.m. in the Faculty Club's Grand Lounge. Stebenne's lecture, "Economically Necessary vs. Politically Possible: The Crisis of the 1930s and its Consequences," will explore the late 1930s, which is the last time the U.S. faced a "fiscal cliff" similar to the issue we face today. Free and open to all; RSVP at
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Science Sundays continues Jan. 13

Physics professor Ronald Kawakami, University of California-Riverside, will share the latest advances in work that is making possible what once was considered science fiction: electronic devices as thin as a single atomic layer and powerful new computer chips that spring from a quirky aspect of quantum mechanics that turns electrons into tiny magnets. This will be held on Sunday (1/13) from 3-4 p.m. in the Wexner Center Film/Video Theater with a reception to follow in the Wexner Café. Free and open to the public.
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Writers Dan Kois and Scott Raab to visit

The Department of English Visiting Writers Program is presenting Dan Kois, senior editor at Slate magazine and Scott Raab, writer-at-large at Esquire magazine and author of The Whore of Akron: One Man’s Search for the Soul of LeBron James on Thursday (1/17) at 8 p.m. in the Thompson Library. Copies of books will be available for purchase at the reading. This event is free and open to the public.
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IRB forms help session Jan. 16 - Biomedical and Cancer

Investigators and research staff are encouraged to attend a help session on the IRB initial application on Wednesday (1/16) from 3-4 p.m. in 117 Research Administration Building. Office of Responsible Research Practices staff will provide an overview of the Initial Review of Human Subjects Research application and will also answer questions regarding other IRB forms. The session is targeted to researchers who submit materials to the Biomedical and Cancer IRBs, but is open to other researchers who want a general overview of the application.
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IRB forms help session Jan. 17 - Behaviorial and Social Sciences

Investigators, student researchers, and staff are encouraged to attend a help session on the IRB initial application on Thursday (1/17) from 3-4 p.m. in 117 Research Administration Building, 1960 Kenny Road. Office of Responsible Research Practices staff will provide an overview of the Initial Review of Human Subjects Research application. The session is targeted to researchers who submit materials to the Behavioral and Social Sciences IRB.
-- > Contact: 688-3405 or
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