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OSU auto researcher attends President Obama’s address to Congress

Giorgio Rizzoni, director of Ohio State's Center for Automotive Research, attended President Barack Obama’s address to the joint session of Congress on Tuesday (2/24) as a guest of Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy. Rizzoni and his team have focused their efforts developing technology towards new batteries that could revolutionize the American auto industry and increase manufacturing in Ohio. CAR is one of the leading research institutions in the country for new energy developments and has generated effective partnerships with innovative companies in the Columbus area. Contact: Gina Langen, or 688-4423. Read more >


LIFESTYLE INTERVENTION STUDY. Volunteers, individuals ages 35-60, are being recruited for a lifestyle intervention study to modify health risk factors. The study will be conducted on the OSU campus during lunch time. Participation in the study will last approximately 12 weeks. Several blood samples and filling out of questionnaires will be required. Must have access to internet. A volunteer fee will be paid. If you are interested, please e-mail

Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Research at Ohio State

On Tuesday (2/17), President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The bill supports a number of activities of importance to Ohio State, including significantly increased support for investigator-initiated research programs, as well as support for major instrumentation and research facilities. While general funding levels have been established, agency specific implementation plans are still in development. Additional information about the Stimulus Bill is available on the Office of Research web site.

Ad Hoc Committee on Semesters hosts open forum Feb. 26

The Ad Hoc Committee on Semesters is hosting an open forum for faculty to discuss their questions and concerns regarding a possible shift from quarters to semesters. The forum will take place from 3-4 p.m. Thursday (2/26) in ballrooms B & C on the second floor of the Blackwell Inn and Conference Center. The forum will be followed by a regularly scheduled Faculty Council meeting from 4-5 p.m. Contact: Tim Gerber,

Chinese Studies Film Series presents Mardi Gras: Made in China today

The Institute for Chinese Studies Film Series will continue at 7 p.m. today (2/25) in 040 Jennings with Mardi Gras: Made in China (2005). Following the path of Mardi Gras beads from the naked streets of New Orleans during the Carnival, where revelers party and exchange beads for sexual acts, to the disciplined factories in Fuzhou, China where teenage girls live and sew beads together all day and night. The film blends curiosity with comedy. Admission is free and all are welcome. English subtitles. Contact: or 247-6893. Read more >

Feb. 26 ReadAloud recognizes Black History Month, Day of Remembrance

The next OSU Libraries ReadAloud, from 3-4 p.m. Thursday (2/26) at the Wexner Center Cafe, features "African and Asian American Encounters: Layered Identities, Intertwined Histories and Coalitional Possibilities." Commemorate Black History Month and the Day of Remembrance with a reading of literature, memoirs and poetry that explore the intertwined experiences of African Americans and Asian Americans, presented by Georgina Dodge, assistant vice provost of Minority Affairs and Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, associate professor of History and Women's Studies. Read more >

The Nature Conservancy in Ohio: 50 Years of Conservation

The School of Environment and Natural Resources' 2009 winter seminar series continues at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (2/26) with “The Nature Conservancy in Ohio: 50 Years of Conservation.” The speaker is Terry Seidel, director of real estate, Ohio field office, the Nature Conservancy. Attend on the Columbus campus (103 Kottman Hall) or by live video link at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster (123 Williams Hall). Contact: 292-2265. Read more >

OSU Mansfield: Reconstruction of African American Men’s History and Studies

Ohio State Mansfield is presenting “Dreams from My Father: Barack Obama and the Reconstruction of African American Men’s History and Studies,” by University of Akron professor Zachary Williams at noon Thursday (2/26) in the Eisenhower Student Union. The presentation is free. Contact: or (419) 755-4215

Continuing Education seeks Science Olympiad stories

To commemorate the 25th annual Science Olympiad to be held on the OSU campus Saturday (4/18), the Office of Continuing Education is looking for testimonials from previous participants in order to promote the program both on campus and in the community. If you or a family member has a story to share about Science Olympiad, contact Lynn Rathke at or 688-3819. Read more >

Digital Media-Based Assessment workshop March 2

The Digital Union is hosting "Creating Media as Learning: The Charms & Challenges of Digital Media-Based Assessment," from 1-2:30 p.m. Monday (3/2) in the Digital Union. The presenter is Louise Thorpe, head of Academic Innovation at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. Explore the pedagogical and conceptual design of digital media-based assessment, the benefits to faculty and students, and the challenges of translating an idea into a reality. Register online >

Freshman Seminar proposals due March 1

The Freshman Seminar program has instituted a new rolling deadline for Freshman Seminar proposals. Proposals will be due one year before the seminar will be taught. Tenure-track faculty are invited to propose a one or two credit Freshman Seminar for the upcoming academic year (2009-10). Seminars to be taught winter quarter 2010 are due Sunday (3/1). Contact: or 292-6248

Today: Veterinary Hospital Open House features new diagnostic capabilities

The OSU Veterinary Hospital, 601 Vernon Tharp St., is hosting an open house from 4:30-6 p.m. today (2/25), starting in the Veterinary Hospital Auditorium, to introduce the new Computed Tomography scanner. Interim Dean John A.E. Hubbell and Valerie Samii will introduce the technology, and offer refreshments and guided tours, which are free and open to the public. Contact: or 688-3517

Reminder: Five Minutes of Fame proposals due Feb. 27

Share your innovative technology uses and eLearning achievements at TELR's "Five Minutes of Fame." Presentation proposals are due Friday (2/27). To view examples of past presentations, including a Google Maps/YouTube mashup and simulation technologies in veterinary medicine, click here. Selected proposals will be presented on Friday (4/24). Read more >

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