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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Monday, March 26. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Plastic cutlery, paper plates, cups and napkins are now available in eStores in small package quantities. The 100 count packages are perfect for keeping a modest break room stocked for everyday use. OSU Stores has recently added these options to their on-campus inventory to allow for quick delivery. Visit the OSU Stores website for more information about product details, item numbers, and quantities. Questions? Contact the Stores Service Center at 292-2694 or 

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Point system revised for fac/staff football, basketball ticketing

For Ohio State staff that hated waiting three years from their time of employment to be eligible to purchase football tickets, 2012 marks the elimination of that requirement. That is one of a number of changes the Athletic Council has made to the football and basketball ticket policy. Some of the changes will mean more opportunity to obtain tickets for some while others will lose privileges. The newest wrinkle is a lottery system that will hold a pool of approximately 2,000 football tickets. Any faculty or staff member not eligible under the points system to purchase full or split-season packages can enter the lottery for the chance to purchase two tickets to one randomly selected home game. The lottery, which is not yet live, will be available at
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Who's helping you get more for your retirement? Here is some great news for The Ohio State University employees. As a leading retirement provider for higher education, Fidelity is ready to help you take a fresh look at your 403(b) and ARP. Put your savings to the test. Planning and Guidance Consultants are available on campus for complimentary one-on-one consultation. Call 866.715.6111 or visit to schedule your appointment. Fidelity Brokerage Services, LLC, Member NYSE, SIPC.

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OSC’s new Oakley Cluster doubles computing power

Researchers using Ohio Supercomputer Center resources now can conduct even more innovative academic and industrial research by accessing Ohio’s newest, energy-efficient supercomputer system. OSC’s new HP Intel Xeon supercomputer, dubbed the Oakley Cluster, can achieve 88 teraflops, tech-speak for performing 88 trillion calculations per second. With GPU acceleration, the system can reach a total peak performance of 154 teraflops. Most OSC computational and storage resources are free to full-time faculty members and research scientists at Ohio academic institutions.
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Do you take antidepressants but still have symptoms of depression?
The Department of Psychiatry is enrolling adults in a clinical research study of an
investigational medication as a potential add-on treatment to anti-depressants.
Participants will receive study-related care at no cost and receive some compensation
for their time. For more information, call our clinical trial research office at 614-293-7109 or email us at

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Ohio State celebrates sustainability leadership

Ohio State signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2008, setting the university on a path toward climate neutrality. Perceived as a monumental task, the university is working hard at achieving leadership in energy and environment. Energy Services and Sustainability (ESS) is promoting and supporting sustainability efforts throughout Spring Quarter under the theme of ONE: University | Community | Planet. ESS encourages students, faculty and staff to take time to celebrate our connectedness by being “green” and attending an event. 
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Events this week

TedX OSU organizers and speakers visit Writers Talk

OSU student William Chuirazzi, speakers chair of TEDxOhioStateUniversity on Saturday (3/31) at OSU, talks to presenters OSU student Liz Colombo, Christopher Volpe, and Jonathan Nutt on Writers Talk this week. Also, Trent Wagler, a member of The Steel Wheels, in town on Saturday (3/31) with Six String Concerts, talks to OSU student and MEISA member Leslie Goodwin about songwriting. Today (3/26) at 7 p.m. on WCRS radio, 98.3 & 102.1 FM and Wednesday (3/28) at 8 p.m., on WCBE radio, 90.5 FM. See upcoming shows at
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Berry van Boekel exhibition opens today (3/26)

The College of Arts and Sciences' Swing SpaceGallery, 1556 North High St., presents an exhibition of paintings, Berry van Boekel: Top 100 2011, March 26-April 12. An opening reception is set for 5-8 p.m. today (3/26). Van Boekel’s 29-year project documents the music to which he listens. He starts each year with an exhibition of paintings based on the Top 100 songs he heard the previous year. Van Boekel will present an informal gallery talk and kick-off of the top 100 countdown at 1:30 p.m. today.
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Artist Martin Kippenberger the subject of book and talk

-- Susanne Kippenberger, sister of famed painter-provocateur Martin Kippenberger, will visit the Wexner Center for the Arts on Wednesday (3/28) at 5:30 p.m. to read from and discuss her acclaimed biography Kippenberger: The Artist and His Families. The book, drawn from personal memories about her brother and interviews from the art world, was called a “tender, reasonably clear-eyed, oddly gripping account” by The New York Times. Admission is free.
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Legal scholar to discuss Supreme Court’s political jurisprudence

-- Guy-Uriel Charles, director of the Center for Law, Race, and Politics at Duke University, will speak about "Democracy's Guardian? Understanding the Supreme Court's Law and Politics Jurisprudence" at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday (3/29) at the Barrister Club, 25 W. 11th Ave. Charles is co-author of Election Law and Politics, and co-editor of Race, Reform, and Regulation of the Electoral Process and New Face of Race in America. This event is part of the Democracy Studies Speaker Series, co-sponsored by the Mershon Center and Moritz College of Law.
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Sorbonne’s Alencastro to lecture Friday (3/30)

-- Professor Luiz Felipe de Alencastro of the University of Paris-Sorbonne, will deliver Atlantic History and South Atlantic History: An appraisal, from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday (3/30) in 255 Hagerty Hall. The event is presented by the Center for Latin American Studies, Instituto Camões, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Spanish 840 and the Department of History.
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Game-based learning brown bag session

-- Brad Henry of the Center for Education and Training for Employment will demonstrate ways to integrate games into teaching and learning in an interactive session at noon Friday (3/30) at the Digital Union in 370 SEL. Attendees will learn to encourage higher-order thinking through gaming.
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Upcoming events

Sustainability office holds information session

-- Do you want to reduce your environmental impact on campus? The Sustainability Office at Ohio State invites students, faculty and staff to a workshop to learn how the office can help. Attendees will be able to network and hear firsthand success stories from colleagues that have benefited from working with the sustainability office. The event is at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (4/4) in the Ohio Union Senate Chamber.
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Paging Columbus: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes at UAS

-- The next Paging Columbus, from 6-8 p.m. Thursday (4/5) at the OSU Urban Arts Space, is inspired by this season of change. Jerry Roscoe, Emily Taylor and Pablo Tanguay will read work revolving around transformation, difference, newness and shifts. Coffee provided by Café Brioso. Free and open to all.
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Registration open for Barnett Symposium

-- The 2012 Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Symposium – Cultural Soft Power: Policy, Practice, and the Arts – is scheduled for May 17 and 18 at the OSU Urban Arts Space in downtown Columbus. The symposium explores arts-related cultural policies and programs of a number of countries, aiming to improve our understanding of how the arts contribute to advancing the interests of nations, the relations between nations and their people, and the creative engagement of artists across cultures. Registration is now open for the event. For more details, see the website.
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College of Nursing to host institute for diversity in nursing

-- The College of Nursing will hosting its fourth annual Summer Institute for Diversity in Nursing from Tuesday (6/12) through Friday (6/15) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. The hands-on program for current high school sophomores and juniors and incoming OSU freshmen enables participants to explore nursing careers, and aims to increase the number of historically underrepresented populations in nursing. Students attend lectures, wellness workshops, skills labs, receive ACT preparation and take tours of nursing labs, The James Cancer Hospital and the OSU campus. Scholarships are available for students with financial need. Application deadline is Friday (4/20).
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IRB information session April 13

-- Students and other research staff are invited to attend an information session to learn about the IRB approval and exemption process. Training includes information about the types of studies that have these requirements, details about procedures, timelines for seeking approvals, and an opportunity to ask questions about specific projects. This event, co-sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of Responsible Research Practices, will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday (4/13) in Page Hall, Room 0020. Registration is required. 
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Spring workshops in the Digital Union

-- Attend an OCIO Digital Union spring workshop and discover how to enhance the experience of teaching and learning for instructors and students. Topics to be explored include Adobe products, iPads in education, SMART tools, game-based learning, Prezi, Photoshop, PowerPoint, Outlook, web design fundamentals, video captioning, Carmen, and Research in View. To see the entire spring workshop lineup, visit

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