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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Friday, March 22. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Don’t blow that income tax return just yet! WiredOut and the Wexner Center Store will be doing a special Apple savings event exclusively for OSU faculty and staff mid-April. Keep an eye out for details in the coming weeks. Apple products are always available with special pricing below academic discounts at WiredOut and the Wexner Center Store, and for one day in April, it’ll get even better.
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Ohio State's books begin their Google journey

Astronomical. That’s how much the cost would be if Ohio State’s University Libraries tried to scan its collection of out-of-copyright books on its own. Nothing. That’s what Ohio State is paying to make that happen by partnering with the Google Books Library Project.
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 The OSU Health Plan offers educational programs for benefits-eligible faculty and staff as a complimentary service for Your Plan for Health. Start the year off right by registering for a webinar and learning something new! Upcoming courses include: Family Fun (4/10 at 12:30 p.m.); Finding OSU’s Hidden Resource and Benefits Treasures (4/15 at noon); and Going Green, Eating Clean: Detoxify Your Environment (4/17 at noon). Register at (click Educational Programming under Continuing Your Journey link.)

Graf recognized by National Humanities Center, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

 Harvey Graff has been named a Fellow of the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle, NC, and a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, for 2013-2014. He will spend the year at the National Humanities Center writing a social history of interdisciplinarity. He has been invited to present a keynote address at the International Conference of Literacy and Written Culture in Brazil, Federal University of Minas Gerais, in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, in August 2014, and speak at the Federal University of Minas Gerais and Federal Fluminense University, at Rio de Janeiro.
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Create a better tomorrow…today! It’s possible with a charitable gift annuity. In exchange for a gift of cash or appreciated securities, you will receive fixed lifetime payments and potential tax benefits. In the future, your gift will provide support for an area of Ohio State that is important to you. All Ohio State faculty, staff and retirees who are at least 55 years of age can take advantage of a special minimum funding amount of $5,000.
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Announcement of search for faculty ombudsman

The University Senate invites nominations and applications from tenured and emeritus faculty for the position of faculty ombudsman. Linked below is the University Faculty Rule defining the responsibilities of the position and the qualifications expected of candidates. The position is a twelve-month, one-year (renewable), 20 percent of time appointment that will begin Sept. 1, 2013. Candidates should be available for orientation and training in August. Direct inquiries to the Senate office (c/o A one-page letter of nomination or letter of interest along with a CV should be submitted to the same address by Friday (5/10).
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Enjoy Easter Brunch with us at The Blackwell. Chef David Wolf and his culinary team will be preparing a variety of fresh, seasonal and locally-sourced specials. Our action stations will sure to keep your taste buds tantalized with carved meats, made to order omelets and waffles along with our decadent dessert selections. Children’s menu also available. Cost is $34.95 per person, valet parking available for $5. Call for reservations: 247-2710.

Spring 2013 Buck-IRB Newsletter available

The Spring 2013 edition of the Buck-IRB (Institutional Review Board) Newsletter is now available on the Office of Responsible Research Practices website. The newsletter features information on upcoming ORRP Help Sessions and Office Hours; Updates to Consent Template and Guidance, HRPP Policies, and IRB Initial Application; and ORRP Staffing Updates.
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Required training: Operating Programs with Minor Participants interim policy

The Operating Programs with Minor Participants policy, in effect for the 2013 season, mandates training for all associated faculty, staff and volunteers for overnight camps. This training should be provided by the program’s leader or designee. We are hosting train the trainer sessions for overnight camps; leaders and/or their designee must attend to learn about the policy, individuals’ role in protecting minors, and how to provide training. This training pertains to overnight camps only.
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Events this week

Cueva-Johnson's photographs on display - reception today

"Vulnerable Dreamers," an exhibition of photographs by Ligia Cueva-Johnson, will be on display through Friday (5/31) in Hagerty Hall. A reception will take place today (3/22) from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Global Gallery to honor Cuevas-Johnson and her work. The exhibit and the reception are sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Foreign Language Center.
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Upcoming events

College hosts National Symposium on Doctoral Research in Social Work

The College of Social Work is hosting its 25th National Symposium on Doctoral Research in Social Work on Thursday (3/28) at the Ohio Union. Elizabeth Segal, professor, School of Social Work at Arizona State University, will deliver the keynote address “Social Empathy: Using Interpersonal Skills to Effect Change.” Recent Ph.D. recipients from around the country will also present their research and there will be student poster presentations. Event is open to the public.
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Anderson to examine moral learning in abolition, emancipation

 Elizabeth Anderson, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Rawls Collegiate Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, will deliver "The Social Epistemology of Morality: Learning from the History of Slave Emancipation” at 3 p.m. Friday (3/29) at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies.
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Unplugging Society hosts annual Women's Tea March 29

Unplugging Society is hosting its third annual Women's Tea on Friday (3/29) from 1-3 p.m. in the Ohio Union Cartoon Room, honoring women from the Columbus area who are female leaders in the community: Sharrell Hassell-Goodman, Angela Johnston, and Robin Wilcox. Please invite your friends, family and colleagues to this hats and gloves affair.
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Mentoring Strategies Focus of April 1 presentation

Leslie Hoffman, professor emeritus of Nursing and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and visiting scholar at Ohio State's College of Nursing Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care will present "Mentoring Strategies" on Monday (4/1) from 4-5 p.m. at 168 Newton Hall. 
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Production, exhibition explore Czech theatre

The Department of Theatre is presenting aPOEtheosis: A Fantasy Based on the Life and Work of Edgar Allan Poe, Thursday (4/4)-Sunday (4/14) in Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center. The play is co-conceived by Czech scenographer Petr Matásek and Joe Brandesky, theatre professor at the Lima campus. Brandesky also directs the play. Ticket info: 292-2295.
Concurrently, the Columbus Museum of Art is presenting Strings Attached: The Living Tradition of Czech Puppets on view now through Sunday (8/4). A number of special events are planned at the museum, including artist talks and a behind-the-scenes gallery tour. Admission to the museum is free for Ohio State  faculty, staff and students with ID on Saturday (4/6) and Sunday (4/7). Read more >


UCAT hosts Fair and Efficient Grading March 27

Generating grading criteria that correspond to course goals can create a more consistent and efficient grading process. Join UCAT for “Fair and Efficient Grading” on Wednesday (3/27) from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in 150 Younkin Success Center. In this workshop, we will discuss grading techniques such as rubrics that provide appropriate and clear feedback to students while maintaining fairness.
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Jefferson's Signature Series to honor Almeda Adams March 24

 "Jefferson's Signature Series" at the Columbus Museum of Art features the Almeda Piano Trio on Sunday (3/24) at 3 p.m. The name honors Almeda Adams who was educated at the Ohio State School for the Blind and later founded The Cleveland Music School Settlement where the trio is the ensemble in residence. The program will include works by another remarkable American woman, Amy Beach, as well as Mendelssohn and Piazzolla. Concert tickets are $25; OSU affiliates $20; students $10. Call 292-2693 or purchase at the museum.


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