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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Wednesday, March 17. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Association of Staff and Faculty Women

The Association of Staff and Faculty Women is committed to supporting the professional development of both faculty and staff women at Ohio State. ASFW has just opened registration for its year-end conference to be held Wednesday (5/5) at RPAC around the theme “Advancing Women’s Leadership” and featuring author Linda Tarr-Whelan as the keynote speaker. Whether you are new or have worked on campus for many years, this organization is a source of support, encouragement and empowerment. ASFW provides networking opportunities and coordinates programming intended to foster connections between women who are interested in continued professional development.

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Spring Break International Travel Advisory

Before departing, faculty and staff traveling abroad over Spring Break should take some simple steps to remain safe and enjoy their time in another country. It’s important to check out the U.S. Department of State’s web site to see if a travel alert or advisory has been issued in the country to which you are traveling, and follow any tips or advice that may be provided about any health or safety concerns. Make sure all your international travel documents are in order and know the location of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in case of emergency. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to make their students aware of pre-departure precautions they should make. Read more >

Battelle President and CEO to deliver Patterson Lecture April 30

 Battelle President and CEO Jeff Wadsworth will deliver the keynote address, “Collaboration, Creativity and Commitment: Valuing the Voices of Knowledge Generators,” at the Seventh Annual James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture at 11:30 a.m. Friday (4/30) at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive. The program includes the announcement of grant recipients and the recognition of award winners. Contact: University Outreach and Engagement at or 688-3041. Register:

OSU nursing student featured in Minority Nurse magazine

 Dennis Niekro, a grad entry student in Ohio State's College of Nursing, is featured in the Winter 2010 issue of Minority Nurse magazine and its cover story on men in nursing schools. The story, "Men in Nursing School," describes some of the barriers male nursing students encounter, such as gender discrimination from instructors and students, and unequal access to clinical training areas. Niekro says he hasn't encountered any gender bias problems in nursing school at Ohio State, adding "The College of Nursing has also done a tremendous job of recruiting male students." Contact: Sanford Meisel, OSU College of Nursing at Read more:

Formation of new Research Computing Committee

The Office of Research has formed a Research Computing Committee to take a strategic look at research computing practices across campus. The committee, chaired by John Heimaster, represents a broad range of research computing expertise on campus. The committee will examine existing resources, encourage cooperation among research groups on campus, identify external funding opportunities, advise university administrators on policy issues, and make recommendations on future network requirements to better meet the needs of Ohio State researchers. Contact: John Heimaster at Read more >

Dependent Eligibility Certification – verification phase begins

The verification phase of Ohio State’s Dependent Eligibility Certification process has started. All individuals who did not complete the initial certification phase and a random sample of those who did will be required to provide proof of eligibility for the dependents they are covering on the university’s health plan. On Friday (3/12), a packet was mailed to the home addresses of those required to complete the verification phase. Failure to complete the certification or provide required documentation will result in terminating coverage retroactive to Jan. 1, 2010 for the dependent(s) not certified. Contact: ACS Helpline at (877) 248-1595. Read more:

Events this week

March 18: Marotta Hour features WUMMIN at the OSU Urban Arts

Stay downtown after work every third Thursday of the month and check out new sounds curated by local musician and international composer Larry Marotta. Featured this month, from 7-8 p.m. Thursday (3/18), is Chicago-based, WUMMIN. According to Massimo Ricci, of Temporary Fault, WUMMIN. Free and open to all. Donations accepted. Contact: 292-8861. Read more:

Upcoming events

Social Work hosts 'Hitting the Ground Running' March 22

The College of Social Work is offering "Hitting the Ground Running" from 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Monday (3/22) at 115 Stillman Hall. Six CEU hours available. This is a fast-paced workshop designed to help new supervisors develop an awareness of what is involved in moving into the role of supervision, and provide an understanding of the best way to establish credibility and build respect as a supervisor. Read more >

TECHie Camp: Educating, exciting and empowering students with technology

TECH CORPS has partnered with Ohio State to offer TECHie Camp on campus Monday (6/7)-Friday (8/20). The full-day, week-long summer program designed to engage rising third-fifth and sixth-eighth grade students in hands-on, interactive activities focused on robotics, web development, programming, and android app development. TECHie Camp is a program of TECH CORPS Ohio. Read more:

Ohio Supercomputer Center summer programs: Apply by mid April

Summer Institute, a residential program to be held Sunday (6/20)-Friday (7/2), will teach high school students about high performance computing through hands-on programming and visualization and build team skills through small-group projects. The Young Women’s Summer Institute, Sunday (7/25)-Saturday (7/31), wil help sixth and seventh grade girls develop computer, math, and science skills and discover new careers. Applications for both are due in mid-April. Read more:

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