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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Thursday, Jan. 17. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Join three-time Oscar-winning costume designer James Acheson on Saturday at the Wex to hear him discuss his career in film and television, including work on TV shows such as Dr. Who and movies like Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, Brazil, Dangerous Liaisons, and this summer's Superman spectacular Man of Steel. Clips and illustrations highlighting his vast and diverse body of work will accompany the conversation.

Students first

Lopez-Nicora recognized for research work on major soybean pest

 Horacio Lopez-Nicora, Plant Pathology Ph.D. student, was named to the executive board of the Society of Nematologists — the first graduate student to hold a position on the board — and was elected president of the society's graduate student group. Lopez-Nicora also was awarded first place in the student poster competition for his research on the soybean cyst nematode, a major soybean pest, at SON's annual meeting in August. His research centers on characterizing proteins and metabolites in the gelatinous egg sac of the soybean cyst nematode that may serve key functions in defense and survival.

His advisor is Terry Niblack, professor and chair, Department of Plant Pathology in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
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 The OSU Health Plan offers educational programs for benefits-eligible faculty and staff as a complimentary service for Your Plan for Health. Start 2013 off right by registering for a one-hour webinar and learning something new! A sampling of courses include: Fitting in Fitness (Jan. 23 at noon); Civility in the Workplace: Dealing with the Toxic Co-Worker (Feb. 4 at noon); and What are you Drinking? (Feb. 13 at noon). Register (required) at (click on Educational Programs).

Headline news

Globetrotting professor makes the most of overseas lectures

 Ohio State students need only observe professor Paul Berger to understand one of Newton’s laws of motion — a body in motion tends to stay in motion. The 6-foot-4 professor who teaches Electrical and Computer Engineering has lectured about solar energy and semiconductors in 26 countries. Berger’s globetrotting is a result of his affiliation as a Fellow and distinguished speaker for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, as well as his work at Ohio State.
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Get the most from your 2013 vision insurance benefits! 2013 vision benefits renewed Jan. 1 and include examination benefits, lens benefits, and may include frame benefits. Contact Optometry Services for specifics about your insurance plan and learn how to maximize your benefits. More than 2,500 frames on display. Remember: Spectacles, contacts and vision accessories purchased before Feb. 28 qualify for 2012 flexible spending account funds (FSA). VSP Provider. Contact 292-2020 or visit

Student Advocacy Center walk-in notice for Jan. 18

Due to carpet installation in its office suite in 1120 Lincoln Tower, Student Life's Student Advocacy Center will be unable to see students for walk-ins on Friday (1/18). Please note that this applies only to walk-in traffic; SAC staff will be working off site and will be fully responsive to telephone calls and emails. Feel free to refer students to SAC via phone and email communications on that day.
-- > Contact: Karen Kyle, 292-1111 or


Who's helping you get more for your retirement? Here is some great news for OSU employees. As a leading retirement provider for higher education, Fidelity is ready to help you take a fresh look at your 403(b) and ARP. Put your savings to the test. Planning and guidance consultants are available on campus for complimentary one-on-one consultation. Call (866) 715-6111 or visit to schedule your appointment. Fidelity Brokerage Services, LLC, Member NYSE, SIPC.

Traffic/parking alert

Short-term Tuttle Garage closure Friday evening/early Saturday

The Tuttle Garage will be closed to incoming traffic from 7 p.m. Friday (1/18) until 5 a.m. Saturday (1/19) for university utility work. Anyone already parked in the garage will be able to exit the garage during this timeframe. Those needing to exit the garage should be aware the elevators will not be in service starting at approximately 11:45 p.m. Friday and while emergency lighting will be maintained, the garage will be darker than normal.


BuckeyeThon outreach to OSU faculty/staff

BuckeyeThon is Ohio State's largest philanthropy that benefits the Hematology/Oncology Department at Nationwide Children's with the ultimate goal of ending childhood cancer. Last year BuckeyeThon raised more than $450,000. Watch a video. Join the faculty/staff initiative by donating to the OSU Faculty/Staff Donor Page from now until Feb. 8, the day of the event. The office that donates the most money per capita will receive a plaque after the dance marathon.

Events this week

Loan Pushers: The Origins of Today's Financial Aid Crisis

The Department of African American and African Studies is hosting a brown bag presentation featuring associate professor Devin Fergus on Friday (2/1) from 12:30-2 p.m. in 347 University Hall. Fergus will deliver "Loan Pushers: The Origins of Today's Financial Aid Crisis, 1980-2008."  The talk is scheduled for 2 p.m.
-- > Contact: Sarah Van Beurden or 292-3700

National Day of Service donations for troops

Editor's note: An incorrect date ran in Wednesday's OSUToday for this event. Nisonger Center's Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings program is hosting "Honoring Heroes: Troops Overseas" National Day of Service. Bring donated items for the troops to the Ohio Union Great Hall Friday (1/18) from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or to the Nisonger Center, 257 McCampbell Hall, Monday (1/14)-Thursday (1/17) 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Register to volunteer: Details and lists of items requested:
-- > Contact: or 685-3189

Upcoming events

Food Deserts: Rural and Urban Issues Jan. 22

The College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Diversity Unity Community Speaker Series continues on Tuesday (1/22) at 4 p.m. in 214 Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center with Tom Blaine presenting his research on "Food Deserts: Rural and Urban Issues." Refreshments are provided. Free parking is available but you need either an OSU sticker or a parking pass. For a parking pass or accommodation requests, contact Kathy Lechman at 

Mitchell to discuss African American lynching plays, performance

Koritha Mitchell, associate professor of English, will discuss her award-winning book, Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930, on Thursday (1/24) from 4-5:30 p.m. in 311 Denney Hall. This event is part of the DISCO (Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU) Research and Creative Activity Series, which showcases new work on issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and/disability.
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Globalization speaker examines effects of migrant remittances

 David Andrew Singer, associate professor of political science at MIT, will deliver "The Family Channel: Migrant Remittances and Government Finance" at 3 p.m. Friday (1/25) at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Singer argues that money sent by migrants to families back home can ease government access to capital, generate tax revenue through household consumption, and allow governments in developing countries to expand.
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Communicating Personalized Genomics: A Deliberative Forum

Faculty and students are invited to attend "Communicating Personalized Genomics: A Deliberative Forum" at COSI on Thursday (1/31) at 4:30 p.m. NPR science correspondent Joe Palca will moderate a panel of health and communication experts who will explore how educators, health practitioners, scientists, and journalists are best able to accurately communicate the benefits and risks of personalized genomics to a society sometimes wary of scientific advancement. Free reception at COSI to follow the panel.
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Writing Matters in a Changing World Conference

The Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing is hosting a  conference, Writing Matters in a Changing World, on Saturday (2/2) from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Ohio Union. Keynote speaker is Carolyn Miller, SAS Institute Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Department of English, North Carolina State University. Free and open to all.
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Annual Safety Day Conference Feb. 7

The 8th Annual Safety Day Conference sponsored by Ohio State and the Columbus Occupational Safety & Health Administration office will be held Thursday (2/7) at the Fawcett Center. OSU employees and  students are free but registration is required. Contact Catherine Black at to register.


Upcoming Social Work workshops

All workshops are at 115 Stillman Hall, unless otherwise noted. CEU credit available. View calendar >

  • Thursday (1/24): Compassion Fatigue: Learning New Ways to Manage Your Stress in the Helping Profession (Part One), at Summit's Trace Healthcare Center, 935 N. Cassady Ave., 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday (1/30): The Influence of Social Media on Our Clients' Self-Worth, 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Thursday (1/31): Compassion Fatigue: Learning New Ways to Manage Your Stress in the Helping Profession (Part 2), Echo Manor, 10270 Blacklick-Eastern Road NW, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


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