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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Friday, March 12. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

OSUToday sponsored by the Office of the CIOCelebrate your innovative eLearning achievements and technology uses. Propose a presentation or poster for the INNOVATE! eLearning in Action conference on Thursday (5/20) at Ohio State's Columbus campus. This conference also features the fifth annual “Five Minutes of Fame” showcase, a fast-paced, fun-filled event highlighting eLearning in practice. All proposals are due Friday (4/2). For details, contact, or attend an information session at noon Tuesday (3/30) at 060 Science and Engineering Library. Read more:

Headline news

Research reveals massive extent of slavery between Muslims, Christians

Although most people think of slavery as a matter of racial oppression, new research has suggested that, between 1500 and 1800, human bondage was often based on religion rather than on race. Long-running hostilities between Muslims and Christians in Europe, Africa and the Middle East during these three centuries resulted in the enslavement of at least 3 million people of both faiths, according to Robert C. Davis, professor of history at Ohio State. Read more:


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OSUToday spring break publication schedule

During spring break, Monday (3/22)-Friday (3/26), OSUToday will be published Monday, Wednesday and Thursday only. The regular daily (Monday-Friday) publication schedule will resume on Monday (3/29). To have an item considered for publication, send the details electronically to and follow as closely as possible the style found in existing OSUToday items.

Flexible Spending Accounts year-end filing deadline

Human Resources is reminding faculty and staff who participated in the Flexible Spending Accounts program for the 2009 Plan Year that the deadline for submitting reimbursement requests is Wednesday (3/31). Forms may be sent via US mail, postmarked by (3/31), or dropped off by 5 p.m. at South Campus Gateway, 1590 N. High St., Suite 300. Verify current account balance. Forms available at Contact: or 292-1050. Read more:

Complete your Personal Health Assessment and be entered into monthly drawing

Congratulations to the winners of the January Personal Health Assessment drawing: Richard Sizemore, Karen Ahijevych, Betty Hudson, Patricia Rhoton, Francis Hagman, Lin Fauver, James Skeeles, Penny Winkle, Carol Crooks and Connie Stitzlein. Complete your PHA at to be entered into the monthly drawing for a chance to win one of 10 $50 debit cards.

Post or view items for sale on the onCampus Bulletin Board

Looking to buy a Harley-Davidson motorcycle this spring? See the "Cars/trucks/boats" category on the onCampus Bulletin Board, How about a John Deere snow plow and chains for a lawn tractor? See the "Other" category. The bulletin board is available to all OSU faculty and staff. All you need to do is authenticate using your OSU Internet ID (name.#) and password, then register with a user name and password of your choosing.


Cayuse424 training sessions March 19, 25

The Office of Research is offering Cayuse424 training for faculty and staff applying for federal funding. The Cayuse424 system facilitates electronic preparation and submission of proposals. A Cayuse424 Introduction session will take place at 2 p.m. Friday (3/19) and a Cayuse424 Practice Lab will take place at 9:30 a.m. Thursday (3/25). Registration for both sessions is available at

Events this weekend

MSNBC to re-broadcast 'Olympic' tale of generosity this weekend

Because of a last-minute change in NBC's schedule during the final weekend of the Olympic games, many people missed the original broadcast of Tom Brokaw's "Operation Yellow Ribbon," which features the 9/11 story of Shirley Brooks-Jones, a retiree from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. MSNBC is rebroadcasting the powerful documentary from noon-1 p.m. Saturday (3/13) and again from 1-2 p.m. Sunday (3/14). Read the onCampus story:

Upcoming events

April 27: Rescheduled Stanley Muroff Civil Liberties Forum

The rescheduled 2010 Stanley Muroff Civil Liberties Forum, featuring Senator Thomas Daschle presenting “Perspectives on Health Care Reform,” will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday (4/27) at the Fawcett Center Assembly Hall Auditorium. The event is co-sponsored by the John Glenn School of Public Affairs and the OSU Medical Center. Limited seating still available; RSVP required to or call 688-3206, ext. 1. Read more:

Ethics and Chemical Dependency training set for March 17

The College of Social Work is offering "Ethics and Chemical Dependency" from 1-4:15 p.m. Wednesday (3/17) in 115 Stillman Hall. Three CEU/RCH clock hours available. This training was designed to meet the ethics requirement for chemical dependency professionals and other mental health fields. Read more >

March 27: Pruning Trees & Shrubs the Right Way

Franklin County Master Gardeners, OSU Extension will present "Pruning Trees & Shrubs the Right Way" from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday (3/27) in the Wittmeyer Conference Room, Waterman Farm, 2490 Carmack Road. Learn the essentials of pruning, and correct pruning practices, with Sharon Treaster, expert pruner and OSU Horticulture and Crop Science Research Associate. Cost is $40. To register, contact Cory Skurdal at 247-6046 or Read more >

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