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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Friday, March 29. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Dance artist Shantala Shivalingappa performs an evening-long solo program titled Namasya at the exquisite Southern Theatre on Tuesday, April 9. Shivalingappa, who was born in India and raised in Paris, combines traditional Indian dance forms with contemporary styles, including influences from Pina Bausch and Sankai Juku. Come early to hear an introductory talk by John Giffin, professor emeritus of dance at Ohio State.

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Seven faculty researchers honored for mentorship

Seven research mentors were honored Thursday (3/28) as winners of two awards by the Undergraduate Research Office. The announcements were made at the Denman Undergraduate Research forum at RPAC. The five Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor are Mathew Coleman (Geography), Christopher Callam (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Carolyn Gunther (Human Nutrition), Anil Pradhan (Astronomy), and Michael Tweedle (Radiology). Also, Kelsie Bernot (Molecular Virology, Immunology, and Medical Genetics) and Michael Mandel (Computer Science and Engineering) received Outstanding Research Mentor awards.
-- > For more information about the awards, and to see past winners, visit


 Choose AfterHours Care at Ohio State. The AfterHours Care clinic is now open at the Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza Pavilion 2nd floor. Providing urgent care for non-life threatening cuts and burns, minor sprains and strains, colds and flu, as well as stitches, splints and urgent x-rays. Convenient evening and weekend hours, Monday-Friday 5-10:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. No appointments necessary.
-- > Contact: 685-3357
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Ohio State human research protection program reaccredited

The university’s human research protection program has been reaccredited for five years by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP), an independent, non-profit accrediting body. A team of experts spent three days on campus last November evaluating research programs and interviewing faculty investigators, IRB members and staff. Ohio State is one of about 200 national and international organizations earning full accreditation status from AAHRPP, demonstrating the university’s commitment to high-quality, ethically sound research. Ohio State’s human research protection program first received AAHRPP accreditation in March 2010.
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Archives announces General Records Retention Schedule

On March 15, the University Archives, in conjunction with the Office of Legal Affairs and the Office of Compliance and Integrity, launched the most up-to-date University General Records Retention Schedule ( All University employees are encouraged to review the new retention schedule to make sure they are following the latest requirements.  In particular, please note the new retention periods for Contracts, Procurement Card documentation, purchase orders, and Declaration of Material Assistance Forms.
 -- > Contact: Tamar Chute, or 292-3271.


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New Digital First Impact Grant to put iPads into OSU courses

The Office of Distance Education & eLearning would like to announce the first Digital First Impact Grant. This grant is designed to provide up to $25,000 in funding to implement iPads into an OSU course. The grant application will open on April 1, 2013. The goal is for implementation of iPads into an Autumn 2013 course.
-- > For more information please visit or email

Upcoming events

Musicology Lecture Series: Chopin’s Cantabile

Stephanie Frakes will present "Chopin's Cantabile, between consistency and variability," at 4:30 p.m. Monday (4/1) in the Music/Dance Library (18th Ave. Library). It is well known that Frederic Chopin drew stylistic inspiration from Polish folk music, counterpoint and opera. The lyric cantabile was an operatic genre - often underestimated - that inspired a great many of his lyric melodies. Frakes is a past recipient of the Chateaubriand Fellowship and Ohio State Presidential Fellowship. 
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Freedom Festival examines evolution of ‘freedom’

The Multicultural Center will present its annual Freedom Festival April 1-6, a celebration and commemoration of OSU’s relationship with journeys of freedom. This year’s theme is “The Evolution” and focuses on raising awareness about the evolution and cultural shift of the term “Freedom” and how it is viewed among today’s generation. Freedom Festival programming includes an academic symposium, service projects, freedom dialogs and a freedom rally.
-- > For a schedule of events or more information, visit or contact Habiba Kamagate,, 614-688-8449.

Upcoming Digital First workshops

Join Digital First and Apple's Joel Davies for iBooks Widgets and Keynote Workshops Tuesday (4/2) and Wednesday (4/3).

  • Tuesday (4/2): HTML Widgets for iBooks Author: In this fast-paced workshop we'll focus on creating interactive HTML Widgets for iBooks, and the basic structure and possible functionality of these widgets. Joel will also cover the app Hype, a WYSIWYG creation tool. Register at
  • Wednesday (4/3): Keynote Strategies: A discussion covering best practices for using Keynote on both the Mac and iPad. Learn the best ways to create presentations that cleanly run on both platforms, as well as importing Powerpoint files. Register at:

ASFW call for nominations for award program

The Association of Faculty and Staff Women (ASFW) is seeking nominations and applications for its leadership and professional development awards. Award recipients will be honored at the ninth annual Ballam Women’s Symposium on May 8. 
-- > For more information on how to nominate an individual, or organization or to download nomination/application forms see The nomination/application deadline is Tuesday (4/3).

Jackson to examine national security in World War I France

 Peter Jackson, professor of Global Security at University of Glasgow in Scotland, will speak on “The Great War and the Politics of National Security in France” at 12:30 p.m. Friday (4/5) at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. He has just finished Beyond the Balance of Power: French Foreign and Security Policy in the Era of the First World War, which examines contending conceptions of national security in the evolution of French foreign policy from 1914 through 1928.
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Food Innovation Center announces grant competition

The Food Innovation Center is proud to announce its second annual Innovation Initiative competition. Awards earned will support multi-college teams building on the center’s existing team awards or in new collaborative research projects. FIC seeks new team research approaches in the areas of food security, behavior change campus and community nutrition, value-added foods, functional foods, commercialization of food intellectual property, or nutrition and immunity. Up to $50,000 in direct costs for one year per award may be requested, and as many as four high quality projects may be supported. Proposals are due to by April 25 at 5 p.m.
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Professional development for outreach and engagement staff

The Office of Outreach and Engagement is hosting a professional development workshop for outreach and engagement staff from across the university. “Boundary Spanners: A Framework for Capacity Building, Quality Improvement, and Professional Development for Outreach and Engagement Staff,” will be facilitated by representatives from the national Engagement Scholarship Consortium and take place from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 10 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Capacity is limited to 50.
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Research opportunities

Registration still open for 2013 SURI

The Undergraduate Research Office is seeking student registrations for its 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Institute, an enrichment program for student researchersin any field, whether as independent researchers or members of a formal program. Faculty are asked to encourage their student researchers to register.
-- > More information and registration materials are available at

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