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OPEN FACULTY MEETING WITH PRESIDENT GEE FEB. 28

The OSU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors is sponsoring an Open Faculty Meeting with President E. Gordon Gee from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday (2/28) in 4138 Physics Research Building. The meeting will also be Webcast live at: http://sg60.oar.net/physics (Windows Media Player is recommended). Please plan to attend and bring a colleague. Contact: macbeth.1@osu.edu


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OIT WARNS OF LATEST PHISHING ATTEMPT

A large number of Ohio State e-mail addresses were sent a phishing scam e-mail Saturday morning (2/23), asking that the user respond with his/her OSU e-mail user name and password. This message is a scam and unrelated to any work currently being done on the Central E-mail System. It was not sent by the Office of Information Technology or anyone else within the university. OIT cautions do not reply to this message. The message headers falsely identify the sender as “osu.edu webmail confirmation” and the subject line is “2008 edition.” Additional details are available online at http://8help.osu.edu/status/933.html


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GET PAID TO WATCH THE OHIO DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY DEBATE. Help OSU researchers learn about how people respond to candidates in real time by participating in a study of the Presidential primary debate on Tuesday (2/26). Adults with cable TV and high-speed Internet access can take part in the comfort of their own home. The first 100 volunteers to sign up who complete the study will receive a $20 Amazon gift card, and there will be a drawing for another 100 gift cards. To learn more or to sign up, visit www.audiencepulse.org/debate/


FORMER LEADER OF MILITARY COMMISSIONS TO VISIT CAMPUS

Gen. John D. Altenburg, former Appointing Authority for Military Commissions, will discuss “Military Commission Process: November 2001 to March 2008” at noon Monday (3/3) at the Barrister Club, 25 W. 11th Ave. Altenburg, now a principal with the Washington, D.C. law office of Greenberg Traurig, was responsible for reviewing charges and evidence against people detained by the United States in Afghanistan and held at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. He was a major force behind changes in Military Commission procedures from the time of the first presidential order until today. Read more >

OPEN LINE FEATURING PRESIDENT GEE TO AIR ON BIG TEN NETWORK

Ohio State will air a special Open Line with Fred Andrle on the Big Ten Network at 11 a.m. Wednesday (2/27) featuring President E. Gordon Gee discussing education in America and goals for Ohio State. As a guest on WOSU 820 AM’s Open Line in December 2007, Gee addressed questions from audience members and callers and answered questions that were posted on YouTube prior to the broadcast. The program was produced by WOSU Public Media to air on the Big Ten Network. Open Line is a public affairs program that airs weekday mornings on WOSU 820 AM. View the program online

ARTIST KERRY JAMES MARSHALL TO SPEAK AT WEXNER CENTER

The President and Provost's Diversity Lecture and Cultural Arts Series will host Artist's Talk by Kerry James Marshall at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (2/26) in the Film and Video Theater of the Wexner Center for the Arts. Marshall will discuss the origin of his Rythm Mastr project; its relation to his past work and to urban housing in Chicago; his perspectives on contemporary African American identity issues; the state of education and youth culture in America; and his current exhibition, “Every Beat of My Heart.” The exhibit is inspired by African archetypes and African American cultural life and runs thru Sunday (4/13). Contact: 292-4355. Read more >

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE DAY

Volunteers are needed to guide small groups of girls to and from workshops during the 24th Women in Science Day to be held on campus Friday (3/14). About 300 girls in grades six-eight and their teachers will attend. OSU students, faculty and staff of either gender are invited to volunteer. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Drake Performance and Event Center. Reply by Monday (3/3) to volunteer. Volunteers should be able to commit 1.5 hours at a minimum. Details are available online (click on volunteer opportunities for the OSU community). Contact: adamson.29@osu.edu or (740) 243-1454

OSU LECTURE ON LITERACY STUDIES: THE RHETORICS OF LITERACY

The Ohio State Lecture on Literacy Studies, set for 4 p.m. Thursday (3/6) in the Knight House at 104 E 15th Ave., will feature a lecture by John Duffy (Notre Dame), whose newly published study of Hmong-Americans looks at the disparate political and institutional forces that influence the development of reading and writing abilities within cultural communities where writing is not widespread. Duffy’s lecture will look at the ways the Hmong - whose language had no widely accepted written form until the late 20th century - and other refugees and immigrants to the U.S. claim the possibilities of literacy for themselves. To register, contact literacystudies@osu.edu

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE, SCHOLARSHIP

Nominations are being sought for Awards of Excellence in Community Service and Scholarship. Students, student organizations, faculty, staff and community partners can be nominated for the award that recognizes exemplary community service. Awards will be presented at the Celebration of Excellence in Community Service and Scholarship reception Monday (5/5). Nominations and information are available online. The deadline is Friday (3/14).

PREPARING FUTURE FACULTY APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH 7

The Graduate School invites graduate students who are completing their Ph.D., MFA or equivalent degree and who are considering careers as faculty members to apply for the Preparing Future Faculty Program. Learn about careers at smaller colleges or universities through an arranged mentorship with a faculty member at one of Ohio’s leading liberal arts colleges. Application forms are available in the Graduate School or online. The application deadline is Friday (3/7). Contact: heacock.309@osu.edu or 247-7300


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