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

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The Museum of Biological Diversity

 A museum is more than dead things in jars. The Museum of Biological Diversity, 1315 Kinnear Road houses the university's natural history collections — some predating the university itself. Many are ranked among the world's best; some are found nowhere else on earth. Millions of plant, animal, insect, animal sound, and tick and mite specimens, drive dynamic and diverse research programs that are carried out around the world. Pictured here, sea anemones from marine biologist Meg Daly's "Tree of Life" research collection.

Funded by major granting agencies, such as NSF, our faculty, staff and student marine biologists, limnologists, zoologists, ecologists, and entomologists check the health of ecosystems, study evolutionary behavior, look at the genetics of plant family relationships, collect samples and analyze data, expanding our understanding of the natural world.
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Adult volunteers age 21-70 years and who have Type 2 diabetes and mild/moderate depressive symptoms are needed for a study of a health intervention about managing depressive symptoms. Participants will be paid for time on study activities, and will receive parking and mileage reimbursement for 3 on-campus clinic visits and free HgA1c blood testing. Contact the Health Decisions Study research office at, or the research office at 292-4524 (Columbus area) or (800) 678-6348 (outside Columbus)

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Ohio State invited to join science education alliance

Ohio State's Center for Life Sciences Education is one of 12 undergraduate biology programs nationwide that successfully competed to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Alliance. The center joins 40 other institutions around the country in the first phase of an experimental initiative to change the way students learn about science. SEA was created in 2007 with the long-term goal of developing a series of courses for the sciences that support biomedical education. Ohio State will implement its first National Genomics Research Initiative course this fall.
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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 Thursday (2/17) at the Fawcett Center – Fairfield Room. 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. Choose either noon-1:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m.

Archie Griffin named 'Big Ten Icon' No. 4; show airs Feb. 13

 Ohio State Alumni Association President and CEO Archie Griffin — college football's only two-time Heisman Trophy winner — will be featured at the No. 4 spot on the Big Ten Network's countdown of the top-50 Big Ten Icons program to air at 9 p.m. Sunday (2/13). The episode includes new one-on-one interviews with Griffin, teammates Ray Griffin, Jeff Logan and John Hicks, fellow Buckeye Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George and others.
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College of Nursing steps up to help one of its own

 When a fire in the early morning hours of Monday (1/17) gutted a duplex just north of campus, the faculty, staff and students in Ohio State's College of Nursing leapt into action to help one of their own, Nursing student Alainna Ipjian, who had lost everything in the blaze. Within a few days, the college had gathered more than $800 in gift cards as well as household items, clothing and medical equipment.
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Events this week

Today: Innovative Technology to See and Hear for the Deaf-Blind

This ASL Lecture Series presentation, from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday (2/9) in 250 Knowlton Hall, will introduce you to the world of deaf-blindness which is comprised of one, not two, disabilities. Lecture will be presented in American Sign Language by Jeff Bohrman, who worked as a research toxicologist for a number of years before changing his career to work as a leader and advocate for the needs of people who are disabled and Deaf-Blind. Free and open to the public.
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Today: Meier to deliver 'Codes and Hidden Messages in Ancient Texts'

 The Arts and Humanities 2011 Inaugural Lectures series continues at 4:30 p.m. today (2/9) in the Faculty Club (second floor main dining room). Sam Meier, professor of Near Eastern Languages and Culture, will deliver "Codes and Hidden Messages in Ancient Texts." All lectures are free and open to the public.
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Upcoming events

OSU Climate Change Webinar Series continues Feb. 15

David Liebl of the University of Wisconsin's Cooperative Extension will present Stormwater Management and Climate Change: Implications for the Great Lakes Region at noon Tuesday (2/15), as part of the OSU Climate Change Outreach Team's webinar series. The Global Change, Local Impact webinar series is part of a multi-departmental effort within the university to help localize the climate change issue for Ohioans and Great Lakes residents. Register online by Monday (2/14) for this free webinar or attend in 333 Kottman Hall.
-- > Contact: Jill Jentes Banicki at

Careers in Academia: Faculty Roles and Responsibilities

The Graduate School invites graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty from all disciplines to an informal panel discussion and reception with Kenyon College faculty, from 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday (2/23) in the RPAC, meeting room #1. Professors will discuss life as a faculty member at a liberal arts college vs. a large public research university, types of resources and support available for conducting research in a small college environment, and other topics.
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Exempt forms help session Feb. 16

Investigators, graduate students and research staff are encouraged to attend a help session on the exempt application from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday (2/16) in 117 Research Administration Building. Office of Responsible Research Practices staff will provide an overview of the application and explain the types of human subjects research that are exempt from IRB review. Open to all human subjects researchers.
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Chemical Redistribution Program

Environmental Health and Safety's Chemical Redistribution Program provides usable chemicals to faculty and staff to be used on campus for university related purposes at no cost. Interested persons must register on the Environmental Affairs portion of the EHS web site to view the available chemicals. As requests are filled, they will be delivered within a week.
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