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Denman Undergraduate Research Forum winning presentations

On Wednesday (3/26) more than 625 students participated in the annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, where their research projects and presentations were reviewed and scored by faculty judges. The Undergraduate Research Office is pleased to recognize the winning presentations; students in 11 categories were recognized at the awards ceremony and received cash prizes. See the entire list of winners at


 Tobacco free cessation resources available. On Jan. 1, Ohio State became a tobacco free university. This means that no use of tobacco in any form is permitted on any university property, inside or out. Several cessation resources are available if you are trying to stop tobacco use, and many of them are free of charge.
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Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor; Outstanding Research Mentor Award

The Undergraduate Research Office announced the winners of the 2014 Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor and Outstanding Research Mentor awards at the Denman Forum, held Wednesday (3/26). DURM winners are Vadim Fedorov (Physiology and Cell Biology), Justin Clay Harris (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Shaurya Prakash (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), Jennifer Schlueter (Theatre), and Richard Yerkes (Anthropology). ORM winners are Krista Bryson (English) and Andrew Luttrell (Psychology).
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Ohio's premiere fashion eyewear event April 8. OSU Optometry Services' Spring Fashion Frame Expo is Tuesday (4/8) 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Spring collections from 11 designers including Christian Dior, Hugo Boss, Coach, Kate Spade, Prada and Tory Burch specially priced. Over 4,000 frames! Our licensed opticians match patients' visual and lifestyle needs to specific frame and lens options. You'll look great and see well. VSP ® Insurance accepted. 338 W. 10th Ave. 
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Veterinary Medicine receives seven-year accreditation

The College of Veterinary Medicine has been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education for the next seven years following a year-long process that included an extensive self-study report and site visit. The accreditation team recognized numerous strengths of the college including the number and quality of faculty, excellence in clinical education, increased research funding, successful interdisciplinary research and graduate programs, and outstanding student body. Their report also encouraged the college to move forward with the plan to “Enhance and Expand” the Veterinary Medical Center, for which the college is raising $30 million.
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A premier meeting and event facility. The Longaberger Alumni House has been designated a Top Meeting and Event Facility by Columbus Business First. Whether you are looking for space for a banquet, meeting or dinner, we can help with your event needs. Our beautiful architecture, excellent event planning service, and convenient parking will help take your meeting or event to the top.
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University Senate seeks new committee members

The Executive Committee of Faculty Council is currently accepting self-submitted preferences for service on University Senate committees starting Fall Semester 2014. These committees include faculty senators, but they rely heavily on all faculty who volunteer to serve. One does not need to be an elected senator to contribute to a Senate committee, and the Executive Committee asks you to consider volunteering to serve. Submit your preferences by Friday (3/28). Learn more about the duties and responsibilities of each committee. To volunteer, please respond to the Senate survey in your email this morning or go to
-- > Contact: Josh Gillespie or Tim Gerber

Rescheduled to Friday (3/28): Anticipate intermittent, loud noises along Olentangy River corridor

The City of Columbus has contracted with the USDA to discourage geese from remaining along the Olentangy River, between Fifth and Lane avenues. The geese are inhibiting long-term vegetation growth necessary for the river restoration. Beginning Friday (3/28), loud noises similar to fireworks or a car backfiring, sirens and whistles will be heard along the river as part of this effort. These noises, in addition to visual deterrents and physical barriers, will be used between March and December, or until the vegetation matures. This is being shared to avoid confusion and alarm that may be caused by the noise and to advise of increased activity along the corridor.
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Traffic/parking alert

12th Avenue Garage project begins March 31

On Monday (3/31), work will begin on the north side of the 12th Avenue Garage. An additional vehicular entrance will be constructed allowing access from Herrick Drive. While limited vehicular impacts will occur inside the garage, please note that the north stair tower access to Herrick Drive will be closed for the duration of the project. For pedestrian access to Herrick Drive, exit the garage at the south exit and utilize the walkway just to the west.
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Pelotonia 2014

Pelotonia 2014: Join Team Buckeye

 Pelotonia 2014 is scheduled for Friday (8/8)-Sunday (8/10). More than 6,000 cyclists are expected to ride this year in Pelotonia 14, including cancer survivors and cyclists of all levels of experience. All will be passionate about funding cancer research. Registration is easy. Visit Pelotonia and click “register” to get started. Register as a rider, virtual rider or volunteer. Once you register, make sure you connect yourself and your peloton to Team Buckeye - it's very easy to do.

Events this week

Today: ‘Ecological Restoration as Public Spiritual Practice’

The School of Environment and Natural Resources seminar series continues today (3/27) from 4:10-5:30 p.m. in 103 Kottman Hall, with a video link to 123 Williams Hall in Wooster. Gretel Van Wieren, assistant professor, Michigan State University Department of Religious Studies, will present “Ecological Restoration as Public Spiritual Practice.”
-- >  Contact: Jeremy Bruskotter or Gregory Hitzhusen
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37th Annual Jazz Festival: March 27-30

 The 37th Annual Ohio State Jazz Festival opens today (3/27) at 8 p.m. in Weigel Hall, with the Ohio State Jazz Ensemble and guest guitarist Kevin Turner. The performance will feature selections from the group’s recent cultural tour of China. The festival continues with various performances Friday (3/28)-Sunday (3/30) including the headline concert, Saturday at 8 p.m. featuring James Carter, saxophone. 
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Upcoming events

Watson to talk about ‘Getting a Digital Life’

Julia Watson, professor of Comparative Studies at Ohio State, will deliver “Getting a Digital Life: Self-Presentation in Online Environments,” on Monday (3/31) at 1 p.m. in 451 Hagerty Hall.
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Musicology Lecture March 31

 Michael Klaper, professor of musicology at the University of Jena, Germany, will deliver “The Visionary Chants of Hildegard of Bingen: Observations on their Genesis, Function, and Reception” on Monday (3/31) at 4:30 p.m. in the 18th Ave. Library, room 205. The Benedictine nun (1098-1179) was a prolific author and composer. This lecture explores the documents that can contribute to a better understanding of the genesis and the specific nature of Hildegard’s works.
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Shipp to deliver keynote at recognition ceremony

The Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male is hosting its 9th Annual Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday (4/2) at 6 p.m. at the Huntington Club in the Ohio Stadium. College of Optometry Dean Melvin Shipp will deliver the keynote address. The ceremony acknowledges African American males who have persisted and experienced academic success, and recognizes students, faculty, staff, and community professionals for their leadership and service to the African American male population at Ohio State.
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T.V. Paul to discuss Pakistan’s ‘geostrategic curse’

T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations at McGill University, will speak at noon Wednesday (4/2) on his most recent book, The Warrior State: Pakistan in the Contemporary World at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.  Paul argues that a “geostrategic curse” renders Pakistan, which has more than 100 nuclear weapons that could easily fall into the wrong hands, perpetually in danger of becoming a failed state. 
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Huntington opens branch office; grand opening set

Huntington has opened a new bank branch at the Wexner Medical Center in Doan Hall. In addition to deposits and withdrawals, an onsite manager is available to help open accounts and apply for loans. A grand opening with refreshments and prize drawing will be held Tuesday (4/8) from 1-4 p.m. Representatives will explain banking benefits for the Ohio State community. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 
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Faculty and staff football season tickets

Reminder: The deadline to submit orders online for the 2014 Faculty/Staff Football Ticket Packages is Monday (3/31) at 5 p.m. For complete details, policies and instructions for submitting a request, visit


Be proactive in managing your health and schedule your 20-minute Your Plan for Health biometric health screening now. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff can use these values to complete the Personal Health & Well-Being Assessment (PHA). Why not be a role model for your colleagues and complete the PHA early? Avoid the rush and schedule your screening now by visiting and scrolling over the Quick Links tab or call 292-4700.

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