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New York-based guitarist and composer Gary Lucas takes the stage Saturday (3/1) to perform his original music for the 1967 Brazilian cult horror classic “Esta noite encarnarei no teu cadáver” (This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse) as part of the Wex’s ongoing Via Brasil initiative. Lucas’s solo guitar score creates a haunting, symphonic accompaniment that’s closely synced to the shocking images of the film by the director, screenwriter, and actor José Mojica Marins (known as Coffin Joe).

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Gabbe to step down as CEO of Wexner Medical Center

Following a highly successful decades-long career, Dr. Steve Gabbe has announced he will step down as chief executive officer of the Wexner Medical Center. He will step down at the end of this year, or sooner if a successor is appointed before then. Gabbe will serve as senior vice president through June 2015 and then return to the faculty. Interim President Joseph Alutto also announced that he has appointed Geoff Chatas as the university’s senior vice president for optimization and integration and as medical center chief transformation officer.
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 Combat cold and flu season with help from Ohio State’s FastCare. Our clinics provide convenient, walk-in care for common illnesses such as colds, flu, sinus infections, coughs, sore throats and more. No appointment necessary, with evening and weekend hours available. Clinics are located in the Market District Giant Eagle in Upper Arlington and the Giant Eagle in Gahanna. When applicable, we can bill your insurance. Read more >

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Sherri Geldin Innovation Fund to support special research and initiatives

 In honor of Sherri Geldin’s 20th anniversary as director of the Wexner Center for the Arts, Wexner Center Foundation Chair Leslie Wexner and Ohio State Interim President and Vice-Chair of the Wexner Center Foundation Joseph Alutto have announced the creation of the Sherri Geldin Innovation Fund. The endowed fund will provide financial resources to pursue special research projects and unique initiatives above and beyond the center’s annual budget and its already robust array of programming. To date, nearly $600,000 has been raised by Wexner Center Foundation trustees alone, with more fundraising yet to occur. 
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Middle school students on campus today for Breakfast of Science Champions

More than 300 students from Columbus City Schools gifted and talented middle school classrooms will explore Ohio State laboratories today (2/19) during Breakfast of Science Champions, a program that offers hands-on science, math, and engineering. Students spend the morning on campus and enjoy breakfast with faculty and graduate students from sciences, mathematics, and engineering to learn about career opportunities and attending college. Students then tour labs and participate in a variety of activities.
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Looking for a different kind of school for your child? Clintonville Academy isn't like other private schools in Columbus...and we don't want to be. Our small size, parental involvement and intimate community set us apart. Sure, college prep academics are the rule. But educating the whole person for life is the true goal. Come to our open house on Sunday (2/23) from 2-4 p.m. to learn more about our pre-K to 8th grade programs. Visit to RSVP or schedule a visit. Clintonville Academy...small school, smart choice.

Ruth C. Bailey Award for Multicultural Engagement

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is accepting nominations for the annual Ruth C. Bailey Award for Multicultural Engagement. The award, named after the late Ruth C. Bailey, Ohio State staff member and director of International Student Services from 1937-1974, celebrates faculty, staff, alumni and volunteers who have demonstrated a significant commitment to campus multicultural interaction and understanding. Nomination deadline is Sunday (3/30).
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University leaders want your feedback

Share what's great about working for Ohio State and how the university can make it even better — complete the 2014 Faculty and Staff Culture Surveys. Your feedback will serve as an important decision-making tool for leaders at the university- and college/unit-level. Responses are confidential. Check your email for your link to complete the online survey.
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Events this week

Today: Denari to deliver ‘Reality Distortion Field’

Neil Denari will present "Reality Distortion Field" today (2/19) at 5:30 p.m. in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium. Denari is principal of NMDA, Neil M. Denari Architects, Inc. and professor of architecture at UCLA. He is the recipient of the Los Angeles AIA Gold Medal in 2011 and in 2010 he was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. In 2008, Denari received an architecture award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters.
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Today: Composer to discuss Feb. 25 premiere of concerto

The Wind Symphony, conducted by Russel C. Mikkelson, will present the Ohio premiere of a Voice, a Messenger, by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis on Tuesday (2/25) at 8 p.m. in Weigel Hall. Michael Sachs, principal trumpet of the Cleveland Symphony, will perform as soloist. The composer will discuss the Ohio premiere of his trumpet concerto on Wednesday (2/19) at 8 p.m. on "Craft: Exploring Creativity" on WCBE, 90.5 FM. Advance ticket sales available at 292-2295. One free ticket with BuckID presented in person.
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‘Encore’ performance: RSC’s live broadcast of ‘Richard II’

Ohio State is presenting an encore screening of a live broadcast of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “Richard II,” directed by Gregory Doran, with David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) in the title role. The production is the first in the RSC’s new “Live from Stratford-upon-Avon” series. “Richard II” will be screened at the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater on Thursday (2/20) at 7 p.m. — part of the ongoing partnership between the university and the RSC.
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Candid Conversation with Maurice Clarett’ Feb. 20

The Todd A. Bell National Resource Center is hosting a conversation with Maurice Clarett, speaker, author, and member of the 2002 OSU football national championship team, on Thursday (2/20) at 6 p.m. in the Ohio Union, Archie Griffin Ballroom. Clarett will answer questions from the event's moderator and attendees. This gathering is free and open to the public.
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Feb. 21: Issues of Translation in Research

The Literacy in Translation working group continues its series on Friday (2/21) from 2-4 p.m. at the Humanities Institute, 104 E. 15th Ave., with a interdisciplinary program on Issues of Translation in Research with professors Richard Davis, Paul Reitter and Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm. Faculty, students and staff with an interest in reading, writing, and translating across languages, domains, and media are invited to join the conversation.
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Upcoming events

Jennings to speak on French African colonies in World War II

 Eric Jennings, professor of history at the University of Toronto, will speak on "Free French Africa in World War II" at 3:30 p.m. Monday (2/24) at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. His book, Dalat and the Making and Undoing of French Indochina (2011) examines place, power and fault lines surrounding a French colonial hill station in Southeast Asia.
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CURA roundtable: ‘Largest American real estate deal ever’

 The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis is hosting OSU alum Rachael Woldoff from 3:30-5 p.m. on Thursday (2/27). Woldoff, associate professor of sociology at West Virginia University and winner of the 2013 Best Book Award from the Urban Affairs Association, will deliver "From Rent Control to Luxury: Seniors, Yuppies, and College Students Sharing an Apartment Community." Her ethnographic project on New York City's Stuyvesant Town has been called the "largest American real estate deal ever."  
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Social Work, Mwanafunzi, host film for Black History Month

The College of Social Work, in collaboration with Mwanafunzi, the college’s Black Student Organization, is hosting a Black History Month event focusing on Black Male Empowerment on Thursday (2/27) from 6:15-9 p.m. in 100 Stillman Hall. The event will include a presentation of the struggles of black males 50 years ago during the Civil Rights Era, the uprising and successes of black males now, as well as challenges that they may still face. Enjoy music, African dancers, speakers, discussion, and a showing of the film “Fruitvale Station.”
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OSU Planetarium spring public planetarium shows

The Department of Astronomy is presenting "Voyage Through the Solar System” and "The Spring Sky" planetarium shows March-May, including shows at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday (3/25) and Tuesday (4/22), designed especially for staff, faculty and students already on campus. We will also have showings of the full-dome movies, "Two Small Pieces of Glass" and "Oasis in Space." Reservations open two weeks before each show, starting on Friday (2/21), at Free and open to the public.
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