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OSU scientist wins top statistics prize

 For finding the common ground among many different fields of science, an Ohio State researcher has won the highest honor in his own field of statistics. The Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies has awarded Noel Cressie the R.A. Fisher Lectureship for his "meritorious achievement and scholarship in statistical science and highly significant impact of statistical methods on scientific investigations." Cressie, Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, is the founder and director of Ohio State's Program in Spatial Statistics and Environmental Statistics. Read more:


TYPE 2 DIABETES STUDY. The Department of Family Medicine is currently enrolling for a research study for Type 2 diabetics who are inadequately controlled when 1) taking metformin alone, or only one sulfonylurea drug, or 2) are currently not taking any medication for their diabetes. This study compares the effectiveness of treatment with Sitagliptin (Januvia™) and pioglitazone (Actos™) taken together compared to taking Sitagliptin (Januvia™) and pioglitazone (Actos™) separately. If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact Paula Smailes at 293-3644 or

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Engineering students reach finals in international software competition

Three OSU Integrated Systems Engineering students form a team that is among five selected to participate in an international software simulation competition sponsored by the Institute of Industrial Engineers and Rockwell Automation. The students, seniors Jonathan Carmona and Jake Miller and junior Josephine Jing, are using a virtual reality-type simulation to help a Fortune 500 manufacturing company improve its business units, which are currently losing millions of dollars in inventory carrying costs and annual sales. The team will participate in the final event at the IIE Annual Conference Saturday (5/30)-Wednesday (6/3). Contact: or 292-4064. Read more:

Today: Jazz Quartet to perform at OSU Urban Arts Space

Cayce Felber and Bradley Mellen return to the OSU Urban Arts Space today (4/30) from 6-8 p.m. This time, they expand their duo into a quartet with Ryan Jewell and Evan Oberla. Don't miss this hour of jazz standards interpreted in an intimate setting. Compositions will include works by Thelonious Monk, Oliver Nelson, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Free and open to all. Contact: 292-8861. Read more:

May 1: College of Education and Human Ecology Honors poster presentations

Undergraduate students who have conducted research or are completing an honors thesis in the College of Education and Human Ecology will present their studies from noon-1:30 p.m. Friday (5/1) in the Columbia Gas Lounge in Campbell Hall. Faculty will judge the posters. The event is open to the public, but RSVPs are requested to Becky Flowers at The event is sponsored by the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society. Contact: or 292-6612

University generating support for inaugural Pelotonia Bike Tour for Cancer Research

The university community is encouraged to sign up to ride in the inaugural Pelotonia Bike Tour for Cancer Research, a 180-mile ride from Columbus to Athens and back, to be held Friday (8/28)-Sunday (8/30). President Gordon Gee, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Steven Gabbe and Michael Caligiuri, CEO of The James headline an all-star troupe that will tour the campus during the first couple of weeks of May to rustle up support — riders, sponsors and volunteers — for the cause. The first is set for 8:30 a.m. Monday (5/4) in room 518, The James. Read more:

No. 10 Buckeyes host MIVA volleyball tournament today and May 2

The 10th-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team will host the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament semifinals today (4/30) and championship Saturday (5/2) in St. John Arena. Ohio State will face 13th-ranked Loyola-Chicago at 7:30 p.m. today in the second semifinal. The semifinal winners advance to the tournament championship match at 7 p.m. Saturday (5/2). Admission each day is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Read more:

Today: Registration deadline for ASFW spring conference on leadership

Today marks the registration deadline for the Association of Staff and Faculty Women annual spring conference, “Influencing Through Leadership: Women at OSU – Past, Present and Future.” The event takes place from 1-5:30 p.m. Wednesday (5/6) at the Blackwell Inn and Conference Center. Attendees will learn about women in leadership at Ohio State, identify professional development resources, and network with university women. The cost has been reduced this year. Register online at

May 4 brown bag: Beard to discuss politics of reviewing

Mary Beard, professor of classics at Cambridge University and review editor with the Times Literary Supplement since 1991, will lead a brown bag talk on the politics of reviewing, from noon-1:30 p.m. Monday (5/4) in the University Museum, University Hall. Bring your brown bag; drinks and cookies provided. Sponsored by the Departments of English, Greek & Latin, Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, and the Foreign Language Center. Contact:

Chemical Redistribution Program

Environmental Health and Safety’s Chemical Redistribution Program provides usable chemicals to faculty and staff to be used on campus for university related purposes at no cost. Interested persons must register on the Environmental Affairs portion of the EHS web site ( to view the available chemicals. As requests are filled, they will be delivered within a week. Contact: 292-1284

In-Career Master of Arts information sessions

The John Glenn School of Public Affairs offers an In-Career Master of Arts in public policy and management that provides a flexible masters option for individuals with at least three years of significant post-baccalaureate administrative/analytical work experience. Courses are scheduled to accommodate working students so the degree can be completed in four quarters of full-time study or two years of part-time study. Info sessions will take place at noon Thursday (5/14) and Wednesday (6/17) in the Page Hall Policy Forum. To reserve a seat, contact Chris Adams at 247-2512 or e-mail Read more: MA Advertisement_OSU.pdf

Capital City Half Marathon to impact streets near campus May 2

The Capital City Half Marathon will take place on Saturday (5/2) from approximately 8-11 a.m. Due to the running of the race near campus, several streets in the area, including portions of Lane Avenue, High Street and Olentangy River Road, will be closed at various times throughout the race. Motorists may experience traffic delays while traveling to and from campus. Read more: or

Updates on upcoming SR 315 construction

In preparation for the upcoming construction project this summer on state Route 315, Complete General Construction will be performing some preliminary shoulder work, from Monday (5/4)-Saturday (5/9). The far right lane on SR 315 southbound will be closed from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. All exits and entrances will remain open even when the lane is closed. There will be no shift in traffic. The one lane closure will extend the length of the project from I-670 through Ackerman Road. Please note, weather can be a factor and could postpone the start time. Read more:

Cancer survivors encouraged to register for Relay for Life

Ohio State’s Relay For Life kicks off at noon Saturday (5/9) at Fred Beekman Park, corner of Kenny Road and Lane Avenue, and includes a survivors lap, luminaria ceremony and other activities. The event is free to all survivors and their caregivers. The committee is encouraging cancer survivors to register prior to the event. For details and to register as a cancer survivor, contact Bre Bergman at

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