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One Health Partnership expands in Ethiopia

 Christine O’Malley, executive director of health sciences, was selected as a Fulbright Specialist for 2014 and is visiting the University of Gondar in Ethiopia Tuesday (2/25)-Friday (3/21), to work on her project, enhancing institutional communications capacity, as part of the Ohio State/Ethiopia One Health Partnership. The core project will train the communications and marketing team at the University of Gondar in digital strategies that incorporate branding, content, and social media. O’Malley developed an iTunes U course that includes lectures and guest interviews with Ohio State marketing experts.
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 Tobacco free cessation resources available. On Jan. 1, Ohio State became a tobacco free university. This means that no use of tobacco in any form is permitted on any university property, inside or out. Several cessation resources are available if you are trying to stop tobacco use, and many of them are free of charge.
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Mirzaie, Lower are latest ODEE Impact Grant recipients

The Office of Distance Education and eLearning has announced the latest Impact Grant recipients. Ida Mirzaie (Economics, Arts and Sciences) will create a hybrid version of a large (700-person) section of Introduction to Microeconomics, enabling increased flexibility, interaction, and engagement. Brian Lower (School of Environment and Natural Resources, FAES) and team will implement an online, mobile-friendly system for rapid communication of peer-reviews in large-scale poster sessions. The ODEE Grants program is supported financially from the Wide Open West (WOW!) Affinity Program.
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Comprehensive Transplant Center partners with COSI

Ohio State’s Comprehensive Transplant Center is partnering with COSI on a new interactive education program, In Depth: Kidney Transplant. Developed to inform high school students about organ donation and transplantation, each program broadcast connects up to five high school classrooms from across the country and one student/adult audience at COSI’s Galaxy Theater. The program features recorded surgeries of a living kidney donor and kidney transplant recipient, narrated “live” by a team member from Ohio State’s CTC.

Discounted COSI admission tickets are available for purchase at University Hospital’s Scarlet Ribbon Gift Shop.


Did you know there is an art and science to facilitation? A good facilitator makes the difference between the success and failure of a group. A successful facilitator utilizes a variety of tools and processes. This hands-on workshop focuses on learning the characteristics of group facilitation, as well as tips and techniques. Join Rose Merkowitz and Treva Williams for this Thursday (3/27) workshop offered by the OSU Leadership Center. 
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Traffic/parking alert

Temporary parking space closures; Lincoln Tower Loop info

  • Today (2/27), eight parking spaces located in the lot north of the South Campus Central Chiller Plant will be closed to facilitate installation of additional parking lot lighting.
  • Monday (3/3) at 7 a.m.-Friday (3/7) at 5 p.m., the Lincoln Tower Loop will be closed to vehicular traffic. The parking spaces in the loop will not be accessible, but alternate parking is available in the lots north and south of Lincoln Tower. The Lincoln Tower loading dock will remain open from the south.
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Upcoming events

NSF Faculty Early CAREER Award panel discussion

Plan to attend a discussion on Tuesday (3/25) from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Smith Seminar Room (1080 Physics Research Building) that features Ohio State faculty who have received the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Award and former NSF program directors. Participants will learn how to prepare a successful proposal and how to access the Ohio State resources available to help develop proposals. Lunch will be provided.
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An Evening with Sybrina Fulton March 3

The Student Life Multicultural Center is no longer accepting RSVPs for An Evening with Sybrina Fulton. Doors will open at 6 p.m. on Monday (3/3) at the Ohio Union Ballroom. If you have already RSVPd you are guaranteed admission into the program up until 6:30 p.m., at that time tickets will be released to the general public. If you have not RSVPd we will begin to que a line at 6 p.m. Doors will close at capacity.
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Guest musicologist gives lecture and concert

David Catalunya, University of Würzburg (Germany), will present "Early 14th-century Controversies on Music: New Sources, New Insights" on Monday (3/3) at 4:30 p.m. in the 18th Ave. Library (room 205). On Tuesday (3/4), Catalunya, an artist of reference in the field of pre-Renaissance music, will present "From Faenza to Buxheim: Keyboard Music of the Fifteenth Century" at 6:30 p.m. in Hughes Hall Auditorium. No ticket required. 
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March 4: ‘National Expenditures on Local Amenities’

 The Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics continues its Spring 2014 Applied Economics Seminar Series with a presentation from Nicolai Kuminoff, assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Arizona State University on Tuesday (3/4) from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in 105 Ag. Admin. Building. Kuminoff will present his research, “National Expenditures on Local Amenities.” Open to the Ohio State community. RSVPs are not required.
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Ohio Latino Education Summit on campus March 5

State policy makers, education leaders, and community advocates will meet on the Ohio State campus on Wednesday (3/5) to discuss model practices for increasing educational achievement among Ohio’s Latino youth. Under the theme, “Closing the Achievement Gap,” the daylong Ohio Latino Education Summit will feature a panel of education experts, Ohio legislators and administrators, and a forum for best practice exchange. The event is sponsored by the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission and Ohio State’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 
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Monitoring, Measuring, and Modeling Water in Latin America

Where’s the Water? Monitoring, Measuring, and Modeling Water in Latin America will take place Thursday (3/6) at the Byrd Polar Research Center. Two speakers, one movie trailer, archival displays, tours of the polar research center, food and time to interact with researchers. The two public lectures of the evening will also be streamed live on the web starting at 7:45 p.m. on March 6. Seating is limited. Place your reservation online at
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Yale law professor to talk on science communication

Dan Kahan, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and professor of psychology at Yale Law School, will deliver “Democracy and the Science Communication Environment,” on Friday (3/7) at 2 p.m. in 0035 Psychology Building. Sponsored by the School of Communication and the Behavioral Decision Making Initiative.
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Physics hosts GRASP Summer Camp for girls

The 7th Annual GRASP Summer Camp, hosted by the Department of Physics Undergraduate Studies Office, will run in two identical camp sessions this year, Monday (6/9)-Friday (6/13) and Monday (6/16)-Friday (6/20) from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The camp provides girls currently in grades 5-8 with the tools and experience to see the power and fun in physics. The camp will include both academic and activity sessions. Apply by Monday  (4/7).
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