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

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The Wexner Center’s month long Field & Screen series features films, discussions and other events that look at food issues today, including some of the best recent documentaries that look at the various aspects of the food industry. The Great Food Speedup: From Hunter-Gatherers to Microwaves, a collection of industry- and government-produced films about our food, will screen Thursday (2/11) night and will be introduced by Rick Prelinger of the Prelinger Archives. Read more:

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Ohio State wins $50,000 grand prize at Wake Forest MBA Case Competition

A team of MBA students from Ohio State walked away with a $50,000 cash prize on Saturday (2/7) after winning first place in an international case competition at the 2010 Marketing Summit presented by the Wake Forest University Schools of Business. IBM, the Summit’s primary sponsor, challenged students to spend 36 hours developing a comprehensive marketing plan for its Smarter Cities program, an initiative designed to revitalize developing markets.

Members of Ohio State’s winning MBA team included Vandana Agrawal, Seth Blatter, Michael Hrostoski, Jeremy Jacobs, Ryan Kilpatrick, Eduard Lapteanu, and Chad Stutz. View a video at Read more >


DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH TO LIVE THE RETIREMENT LIFE YOU WANT? Merrill Lynch invites Ohio State faculty and staff to attend a free retirement seminar; “Planning for Your Retirement Lifestyle,” on Wednesday (2/17) or Thursday (2/18) at the Fawcett Center. At this critical time in your life, The Michel - Mann Group will take the time to understand what matters to you. Call 342-6252 to reserve your place today. Time slots are: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 2:30-4 p.m., and 6-7:30 p.m.

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Family meals, adequate sleep and limited TV may lower childhood obesity

A new national study suggests that preschool-aged children are likely to have a lower risk for obesity if they regularly engage in one or more of three specific household routines: eating dinner as a family, getting adequate sleep and limiting their weekday television viewing time. The study showed that 4-year-olds living in homes with all three routines had an almost 40 percent lower prevalence of obesity than did children living in homes that practiced none of these routines. Sarah Anderson, assistant professor of epidemiology at Ohio State is lead author of the study. Read more:


DEPRESSION RESEARCH STUDY. The OSU Department of Psychiatry is currently enrolling for i-SPOT-D: International Study to Predict Optimized Treatment in Depression. The goal of this research study is to identify genetic, biological and psychological markers that may predict response to antidepressants and help individualize treatments. Participants must be 18-65, currently depressed and willing to take one of three FDA-approved antidepressants. Participation involves two clinic visits and eight follow-up web-based questionnaires over 12 months. Participants get free study-related evaluation and compensation for their time. Contact: 293-7109 or

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Where to turn in case of weather emergency

OSU Emergency Management has established a phone number for students, faculty and staff to call to determine the current status of the Columbus campus. Callers will hear a recorded message which will be used to communicate important information such as cancellation of classes, power outages and building closures. To learn if classes are cancelled during weather emergencies (such as snow), please call the new number, 247-7777, rather than the Police Department or Service2Facilities.

In addition, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to tune into WOSU 820 AM or check Ohio State’s web page ( for information on weather-related university closings.

Ohio State earns place on Peace Corps’ top colleges rankings

Ohio State again has placed on the Peace Corps’ top 25 list of large universities nationwide producing Peace Corps volunteers. OSU is No. 13 in this year’s rankings with 61 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, compared to 57 volunteers in the field the previous year. Since Peace Corps was founded in 1961, 1,534 Ohio State alumni have served in Peace Corps, making it the No. 10 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers. Read more:

Jack Campbell, Ohio State's on-campus recruiter, can be reached at 292-3008 or He has a series of Public Peace Corps Information Sessions scheduled on campus, including: 6 p.m. today (2/9), Hale Cultural Center; and 6 p.m. Thursday (3/11), 110 Ramseyer Hall.

Events this week

Today: Senator Daschle event postponed

The 2010 Muroff Forum featuring Senator Daschle has been cancelled due to extreme weather in the Washington, D.C. area. The John Glenn School and the OSU Medical Center are working to reschedule this event for a future date and will post details on the Glenn School web site ( as soon as they become available. Guests with confirmed reservations for the today (2/9) lecture will have the first opportunity to RSVP when the new lecture date is announced. The Glenn School events team will contact you with additional details about how to sign up for the new date. Contact: Laura Sipe, events manager, at 247-6369

Feb. 10: Celebrate Chinese New Year in Hagerty Hall

An event to celebrate the 2010 Chinese New Year, Year of the Tiger, will take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday (2/10) in Hagerty Hall. Activities include a Lion Dance and a calligraphy demo and culture displays. Enjoy Chinese music and authentic Chinese cuisine. All are welcome. Contact: Karen Mancl ( or Minru Li (

Wil Haygood to discuss the art of the biography Feb. 11

Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson, is the third in a trilogy of biographies by author Wil Haygood about pivotal African-American figures that includes Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and Sammy Davis, Jr. Haygood will discuss his books and the art of writing the biography in this free program on Thursday (2/11) at the Thompson Library. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m.; program starts at 7 p.m. Read more:

Feb. 11 OSU Libraries ReadAloud features area romance writers

The Ohioana Library and the Central Ohio Festival Writers join together to bring three Central Ohio romance writers to the OSU Libraries ReadAloud from 3-4 p.m. Thursday (2/11) in 202 Thompson Library. Jules Bennett, Susan Gee Heino, and Karin Shah will present readings in celebration of Valentine's Day. Refreshments will be served. Contact: Nancy Courtney, 688-8771. Read more:

Berger to discuss role of Yiddish books in the development of Ashkenazi society

The Melton Center for Jewish Studies welcomes Schlomo Berger, professor of Yiddish Culture at the University of Amsterdam, to campus for a lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday (2/11) in the Science and Engineering Library. Berger will discuss “The Early Modern Yiddish Book and Its Function in Ashkenazi Society.” The lecture is free and open to all. Contact: Nancy Golden (247-7882; or Lori Fireman (292-0700; Read more:

Film showing of American Violet rescheduled for Feb. 12

As part of Black History Month, the College of Social Work is showing American Violet at 7 p.m. Friday (2/12) in 115 Stillman Hall. Professionals from Columbus Public Health, Maternal Child Health Department will speak. The event has been rescheduled from Friday (2/5) due to the weather. It is free and open to all OSU and social work alumni, students, faculty, and friends; a non-perishable food donation is requested for Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Read more:

Upcoming events

Statewide Farmers’ Market Conference coming to ODA in March

Ohio’s first conference for farmers’ market managers and vendors will be held Thursday (3/4)-Friday (3/5) at the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg. The statewide conference is a collaborative effort of the OSU South Centers, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio Farm Bureau, Farmers’ Market Management Network, and the Farmers’ Market Coalition. To register, contact Melissa Hurtt, at (800) 297-2072 ext. 222 or Read more:

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