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

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Bring your little ones to At Nightfall Friday (4/24) and Saturday (4/25), a joyful and poetic dance production by Sursaut dance company from Canada. With a scenic, magical backdrop set at twilight, company members perform their noctural dances — tender, tipsy, and delicate. The 50-minute performance is intended for ages 4 and up. La Tribune (Australia) calls the show “A forest that charms the little faces.” Enjoy a buy-one-get-one free special for this show, while tickets last. Read more >

Spotlight on ... Office of Continuing Education

Connect, engage and discover the possibilities with the Office of Continuing Education at Ohio State. As the cornerstone of continuing education, CEd is dedicated to connecting nontraditional students with Ohio State, engaging them with the many people and programs available, and discovering their opportunities to grow personally, academically and professionally. For those seeking personal enrichment, career change or advancement, CEd has a wide variety of quality programs and innovative services designed to meet the scheduling demands of busy adults. Programs and services include: Academic Advising Services, Admissions, Career Exploration Office, Conference Management, Contractual Outreach, Credit Programs, Distance Learning Facility, Noncredit Programs (on-campus and online), Program 60, and Bridge (for university employees only). For more information, visit, or contact 292-8860 or

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STAGE 2 HYPERTENSION STUDY. The Department of Family Medicine at The Ohio State University is currently enrolling for a research study for African Americans with stage 2 hypertension. This study is looking at how effective the combination of aliskiren and amlodipine is compared with amlodipine alone. The study comprises 6-8 visits to our clinic at Rardin Family Practice and participants may receive up to $700. If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact Paula Smailes at (614) 293-3644 or

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Gateway goes ‘green’ with initiatives for customers, residents and businesses

As Earth Day celebrations unfold, South Campus Gateway is rolling out a series of “Green It” initiatives designed to promote environmental awareness, recycling and energy efficiency. Gateway recycles more than 12 tons of waste monthly. Its parking garage now features approximately 100 bicycle, scooter and motorcycle parking spaces on its first level, and this summer will designate “premier” parking spaces on each level for use by motor vehicles that are categorized as “low emission/high mileage. View other initiatives and concepts being explored online. Contact: Jim Heinen or 247-5884. Read more >

April 23: OARDC Conference highlights industry partnerships, economic development

The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s 2009 research conference will take place from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday (4/23) at the Blackwell Inn on the Columbus campus. Keynote speakers are Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research, “From Disciplines to Interdisciplinary for Research Success,” and Simon Tripp, senior director for research and planning at Battelle Technology Partnership Practice, who will discuss the recently released Battelle study showing OARDC’s significant benefits to Ohio’s economy. Read more >

Women in Science Day program reflects on Earth Day, sets date for 2010

The AWISCO-OSU Women in Science Day program encourages reflection on Earth Day with a visit to to revisit the moving speech by Severn Suzuki at the UN Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. To view a slideshow about the recent 25th Women in Science Day, click here. The 2010 Women in Science Day program has been scheduled for Friday (3/19). Due to high demand, efforts are underway to replicate the program at universities around the state and nation. Contact: Raquel Diaz-Sprague or

Academic facilities planning workshop for deans, department chairs April 30

Human resources is offering "The One University Vision and Academic Facilities Planning," a workshop for department chairs, school directors, deans, associate deans, and assistant deans, from 9-11 a.m. Thursday (4/30) in 090 Science and Engineering Library. Registration is required. Register online. Contact: 292-2800

Take a Child to Work Day April 23: Workshop spaces available

Workshop spaces are still available for the upcoming event, Take a Child to Work Day on Thursday (4/23). Online registration is open until 9 a.m. Thursday. View online a detailed schedule of the day, workshop descriptions and registration instructions. Contact: Human Resources Special Events at 292-4341

Women’s Jazz Organ Summit Highlights 32nd OSU Jazz Festival

The 32nd Annual Jazz Festival, Thursday (4/23)-Sunday (4/26), brings together concerts and performances by the OSU Jazz Ensemble, college, university, high school bands, and guest artists. The Women’s Jazz Organ Summit is the featured performing group at this year’s festival. Renowned jazz musicians in their own right, Trudy Pitts, Gloria Coleman, and Linda Dachtyl bring jazz organ music front and center at 8 p.m. Saturday in Weigel Auditorium. Read more >

April 23 Libraries ReadAloud celebrates Earth Day

The OSU Libraries ReadAloud program celebrates Earth Day as Simply Living members share their favorite readings from 3-4 p.m. Thursday (4/23) at the Wexner Center Cafe. Simply Living is an organization based in Columbus that shares a desire to live more lightly and joyfully by learning and practicing environmental awareness, sustainability, and voluntary simplicity. To listen to podcasts of previous programs or find ReadAloud on Facebook, click here.

Talk, book signing with Everything You Know about Indians author

Join Paul Chaat Smith, cultural critic and author of Everything You Know about Indians is Wrong, for a reading of his work and a book signing from 4-6 p.m. Thursday (4/23) in the Wexner Center for the Arts. The event is sponsored by the American Indian Studies department. In this sweeping work of memoir and commentary, Smith illustrates with dry wit and brutal honesty the contradictions of life in "the Indian business." Read more >

Reggio Emilia Study Group: Ohio Voices for Learning

Visit the OSU Urban Arts Space from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday (4/23) to engage in a Reggio Inspired Forum, and exchange information, ideas and experiences through a variety of professional development opportunities. The group strives to inspire quality early learning and care for young children and their families in Ohio. All are invited to enjoy: Musical Performances, Workshops and Artist Talks in a relaxed environment. Contact: 292-8861. Read more >

April 24: Possibilities for a Post-Racial World in the Obama Era

The Department of African American and African Studies in partnership with The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Minority Affairs and The Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male invites you to attend a symposium, "Possibilities for a Post-Racial World in the Obama Era," from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday (4/24) at the AAAS Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP, for lunch (box lunch $10) and/or Jazz Reception, to 292-3700. Read more >

Columbus Museum of Art free to students, faculty and staff April 24

The Columbus Museum of art is offering free admission to OSU students, faculty and staff from 7 p.m.-midnight Friday (4/24). Ohio State guests should bring their BuckID cards and may bring an unlimited number of friends and family. Guests can explore the museum’s featured exhibit, To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum. Complimentary roundtrip bus transportation available. Parking is free at the museum and State Auto parking lots. Contact: or 292-3930. Read more >

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