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HOLBROOK RESPONDS TO VIRGINIA TECH TRAGEDY

President Karen Holbrook issued a statement Monday (4/16) following the shootings at Virginia Tech that left multiple students dead:

“The campus of Virginia Tech University is the scene of an unimaginable tragedy. As we try to come to grips with our own feelings and anxieties, our thoughts and prayers extend first to the students, families, and all members of the Virginia Tech community as they begin to cope with the enormity of their losses. …

Ohio State stands ready to provide any assistance to Virginia Tech that they may identify in the days to come. Our hearts go out to a great university that will now confront a very different future and will need time to heal.”

Read the entire statement online at: http://president.osu.edu/speeches/virginiatech.php


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YOUR PLAN FOR HEALTH REWARDS. Ohio State employees can join the 2007 Faculty and Staff Incentive Program and participate in healthy activities to earn up to 125 points through Sunday (9/30). Accumulated points will translate into dollars paid directly to you. Applicable payroll taxes will apply. Visit www.yourplanforhealth.com for more information on how healthy living pays off.


PETRILL APPOINTED CHAIR OF NIH PANEL, RECEIVES GRANT

Stephen Petrill, professor of human development and family science, has been appointed chair of the Behavioral Genetics and Epidemiology study section at the National Institutes of Health, starting in November. The panel reviews NIH grant applications related to behavioral genetics, epidemiology, public health, and development. Petrill also received a $2.1 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, to conduct “Environmental Influences On Early Reading: A Twin Study.” The funding allows him to continue his study of reading and math development of 400 pairs of twins through sixth grade. Contact: 247-2439 or spetrill@ehe.ohio-state.edu

MORITZ PROFESSORS TO JOIN ANDRLE ON WOSU AM TODAY

WOSU 820 AM will carry NPR News’ live, anchored coverage of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the Department of Justice Oversight beginning at 10 a.m. today (4/17). During the lunch break, WOSU AM Open Line host Fred Andrle will interview Moritz College of Law professors Ruth Colker, Alan Michaels and Donald Tobin and receive calls from listeners. At the conclusion of the lunch break, WOSU will re-join NPR for live coverage until 4 p.m. The live stream of the hearing will continue until its conclusion on www.wosu.org.

DAVIS LECTURE IN CHRISTIANITY STUDIES SET FOR TODAY

The Department of Comparative Studies is presenting the 2007 Davis Lecture in Christianity Studies at 4:30 p.m. today (4/17) at the Humanities Institute (George Wells Knight House), 104 E. 15th Ave. Donald Miller, professor of religion and director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California will deliver “Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement.” A reception will follow. Miller is currently writing a book on global Pentecostalism, based on interviews and observations in 20 developing countries (to be published by the University of California Press). Contact: 247-7288 or erzen.2@osu.edu

LUPOVITCH IS MELTON CENTER’S MANN LECTURE SERIES GUEST TODAY

The Melton Center for Jewish Studies’ Mann Lecture Series is presenting “Coming of Age in Times of Crisis: Budapest Jewry and the Great Flood,” from 1-3:30 p.m. today (4/17) in 347 University Hall. Howard Lupovitch, Pulver Family Associate Director of Jewish studies at Colby College will explore how the Jewish communities of Pest, Buda and Obuda responded to the city in the great flood of 1838. Jews provided considerable assistance to city efforts, which contributed significantly to the city government’s recognition of Jews as an indispensable part of Budapest. Contact: fireman.2@osu.edu or 292-0700

CHANGING PROFILE OF TODAY’S GRADUATE STUDENTS APRIL 20

Join faculty colleagues from 9-11 a.m. Friday (4/20) for an interactive roundtable discussion to explore the characteristics and needs of emerging graduate student populations. A panel of faculty, graduate students and staff will describe current research and data on the millennial student generation (born after 1978) and a multi-year study of non-traditional student populations at Ohio State. The session will provide general information, resources, and personal perspectives and outline current teaching methodologies and policies designed to effectively navigate the shifting contours of new student groups within the context of graduate education. Register online

CAMPUS CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEER AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT

As the 2007 Campus Campaign winds down, campaign coordinators and volunteers are encouraged to nominate individuals, teams or events for awards recognizing outstanding participation, leadership and commitment to the campaign. Nomination forms may be downloaded and returned to: Tina Thome, director, Campus Campaign, Office of University Development, 1480 W. Lane Ave. Nominations are due Friday (4/27). Awards will be presented at the Campus Campaign Celebration in May. Contact: thome.3@osu.edu

ARCHITECT MITCHELL IS KSA LECTURER APRIL 18

Edward Mitchell, noted architect and writer, will deliver the next Knowlton School of Architecture Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (4/18) in 250 Knowlton Hall. Mitchell will discuss his work that has been recognized in competitions for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and UCLA’s “New Public Space” and at Rome Academy’s exhibition “Architecture on the Edge.” In 1999, Mitchell was given a Young Architects Award by the New York Architectural League. Read More >

RETIREMENT CHOICES FORUM SET FOR APRIL 18

Human Resources will offer a forum for newly hired faculty and staff to help with decisions regarding their retirement choices under ARP/OPERS/STRS, from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday (4/18) at 1590 N. High St., Suite 430. The seminar is designed for faculty and staff who have an appointment of at least 75 percent FTE and have been with the university for less than 120 days. A benefits representative will review, compare and summarize the plan options under the OPERS/STRS retirement systems and the provisions of the Alternative Retirement Plan. Contact: 292-1050. Read More >

OSU ARGENTINE TANGO SOCIETY HOSTS WORKSHOP APRIL 18

The Columbus Argentine Tango Society at OSU is presenting a special tango workshop, “From Body Spiral to Ocho” on Wednesday (4/18) in 384 Arps Hall, with Homer and Cristina Ladas of San Francisco. The workshop will be followed by a practice session and informal dance party. Read More >

OPTOMETRY STUDENT IN THE HOT SEAT ON MILLIONAIRE

Adam Blacker, a second-year Optometry student at Ohio State, will be a contestant on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” airing at 7:30 p.m. today (4/17) on WSYX (channel 6). He was able to take his Optometry finals early in order to fly to New York City with his wife for the taping of the hit TV show. Blacker reports that an odd mixture of trivia and complex clinical information were sharing space in his mind at the time of the taping, having studied for both the show and his exams simultaneously. Read More >

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