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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Friday, April 2. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

New walk-in hours for IT Service Desk

To provide more efficient customer service, the Office of the Chief Information Officer's IT Service Desk at 025 Central Classroom Building has streamlined its services and walk-in hours. Beginning Monday (3/29), new hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri. Classroom Services (also at 025 Central Classroom) business hours remain unchanged and is open until 10 p.m., Mon.-Thurs. The walk-in IT Service Desk provides consultation assistance for e-mail accounts, site-licensed software, identity maintenance, Internet connectivity, and related topics. For details, visit or call 688-HELP (4357).

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Major Ohio newspapers endorse State Issue 1

As early voting began this week for Ohio's May 4 election, three major Ohio newspapers have come out with strong editorials supporting Issue 1, which renews funding for the Third Frontier, a program that fosters technology-based research and development and the creation of new jobs. At Ohio State, President Gee is the program's champion-in-chief. "As a program matching areas of expertise with areas of need, Third Frontier very firmly connects the bat with the ball," Gee said. "The result is a home run, for our students and faculty conducting the research, for our business partners and investors, and for the thousands of Ohioans whose jobs have been created thanks to Third Frontier." Read more:


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Ohio State students named 2010 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars

Three Ohio State students have been named 2010 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars — the most prestigious national award for undergraduate researchers in science, math and engineering. Since the award's inception in 1986, Ohio State has produced 39 Goldwater Scholars. The 2010 winners are: Jake Connors, a junior majoring in Physics; Dustin Gable, a junior majoring in Biomedical Sciences; and Tyler Merz, a junior majoring in Engineering Physics. Read more:

Events this week

Today: Institute for Chinese Studies lecture analyzes naturalness in Chinese poetry

The Institute for Chinese Studies continues its China in Global Context Lecture Series at 1:30 p.m. today (4/2) in 062 Hagerty Hall. Wendy Swartz, associate professor of Pre-Modern Chinese Literature at Columbia University, will present “Naturalness in Xie Lingyun’s Poetic Works.” The lecture is free and all are welcome. Contact: or 247-6893. Read more:

Today: Lecture addresses Nigrescence of African American and Black South African youth

Alvina Kubeka, a recent OSU graduate, will discuss her dissertation on how racial identity and religiosity influence the developmental outcomes of African American and Black South African youth, at noon today (4/2) in 423 Mendenhall Lab. Part of the brown bag lecture series presented by The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the campus community is welcome to attend. Bring your lunch. Read more:

Upcoming events

Presidential award winner to speak at Ohio State April 9

San Francisco State University professor Frank Bayliss, who received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, will answer the question, “Where Can We Find Qualified Minority STEM Doctoral Students?” at 10 a.m. Friday (4/9) in the Physics Research Building. For the past 20 years, Bayliss, a professor of cell and molecular biology, has been involved with Student Enrichment Opportunities Programs that prepare underrepresented minority undergraduates to succeed in STEM graduate programs. Contact: Timi Adetunji at

Conference to examine intervention and uncertainty in Afghanistan

A conference on Making Sense in Afghanistan: Interaction and Uncertainty in International Interventions will take place Friday (4/9)-Saturday (4/10) at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Highlights include discussions on how field officers and combatants, NGO workers, diplomats, NATO officials, and Afghans themselves make sense of events; and how militaries attempt to recover a sense of predictability and control in uncertain situations. Read more or register at

Tickets available for songtalker, freedom activist Bernice Johnson Reagon

Bernice Johnson Reagon, civil rights activist, MacArthur Foundation fellow, creator/producer of over 20 CDs, and composer and founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock, will perform a free campus concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday (4/6) in the Performance Hall of the Ohio Union. Johnson Reagon is the featured artist for the grand opening Freedom Festival of the Multicultural Center in the Ohio Union. USG is co-sponsoring this important cultural figure. Pick up tickets at the Information Center in the Ohio Union or visit the MCC website ( to reserve tickets.

Register by April 5 for One First Year, Many Experiences conference

The office of Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience invites faculty and staff to attend a half-day campus conference, “One First Year, Many Experiences” on Monday (4/12) at the Ohio Union. Conference sessions will highlight the different experiences that students bring to campus and will foster collaborative efforts to better serve first-year students. Register by Monday (4/5). Contact: Amy Barnes at Read more:

IRB training for students April 7

The Undergraduate Research Office is partnering with the Office of Responsible Research Practices to offer IRB Training for Students from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday (4/7) in 164 Jennings Hall. Students will learn about approval and exemption processes, submission procedures, and timelines. If you know students who are planning to conduct research involving human subjects, please encourage them to attend. Students should RSVP to with subject heading “IRB.” Read more:

April 7 Science Café on human subject research

Karen Hale, associate director-Human Research Protection Program, will deliver “Human Subject Research – Righteous!” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (4/7) in the Gateway Film Center. She will lead an informal discussion about the rights human subjects have, and who is responsible for protecting those rights. University resources for researchers and research participants also will be presented. Suggested for those who might perform or participate in research, but anyone is welcome. Contact: Danny Dotson, Read more >

2010 Contemporary Music Festival kicks off April 7-11

The 2010 Contemporary Music Festival honors prize-winning composer Augusta Read Thomas with two concerts in Weigel Auditorium and two Columbus Symphony concerts downtown at the Ohio Theatre. Faculty and alumni composers will present a concert with two world premieres at 8 p.m. Wednesday (4/7). "An Augusta Read Sampler" at 8 p.m. Friday (4/9) includes a world premiere for solo flute and music for small ensembles and band. Faculty, guests artists, and students perform in both. Read more:

April 8 Libraries ReadAloud to feature Day of the Dead

Manuel Martinez, English, will read from his novel, Day of the Dead, from 3-4 p.m. Thursday (4/8) in 202 Thompson Library. Set in 1913 during the Mexican Revolution, the novel follows Berto Morales as he attempts to avenge the murder of his wife and unborn child. Refreshments will be served. Contact: Ruth Sesco, 292-3955. Read more:

Professional table manners short course April 8

The College of Electrical and Chemical Engineering is presenting Professional Table Manners Luncheon, "Dine Like a Diplomat," from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday (4/8) at the Faculty Club Dinning Room. Presented by Etiquette and Protocol Image Consultants, LLC, ( this two-hour tutorial includes a four-course gourmet meal. Register by Monday (4/5). Cost to attend is $39; mail check or money order to: EPIC, LLC; P.O. Box 1221; Worthington, OH 43085. To register, contact 507-6037 or

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