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Ohio State accepted into EcoCAR 2: Plugging in to the Future

With EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge concluding at the end of this academic year, September 2011 will mark the beginning of another three-year collegiate engineering competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors. The Ohio State team will join the 16-team field after submitting one of the highest scoring proposals. The competition will require students to explore different powertrain architectures for a smaller vehicle. Teams will utilize a Chevrolet Malibu, donated by General Motors, to reduce its environmental impact without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability.
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Mother's Day Brunch at the Fawcett Event Center. Make reservations now for the Fawcett Center's Mother's Day Brunch Buffet, Sunday (5/8) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy carved prime rib and honey glazed turkey breast, waffles and omelets made to order, beer-boiled shrimp and much more – including a lavish dessert buffet of cakes, pies and petite desserts. Pay tribute to Mom at the Fawcett Center's brunch buffet. View complete menu at Call 292-0347 for reservations.

Family starts charity to help support OSU researcher's work

It was during one of Ryan Ballou's many annual trips to the OSU Medical Center for treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy when he was introduced to the work of researcher Subha Raman. Ballou was so excited about the work that he and his family started BallouSkies charity, developed a brand of peanut butter and now funnel all the profits from the sales to support Raman's research.
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19th Avenue closed on Saturday

On Saturday (4/30), 19th Avenue will be shut down for pavement maintenance work, with no parking or through-traffic permitted on 19th Avenue during this time. Lane restrictions will impact the 19th Avenue and College Road intersection briefly throughout the day. Westbound traffic may utilize 18th Avenue to access the Academic Core.
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Events this week

Today: NMS Undergraduate Research Forum

Majors in the natural and mathematical sciences will showcase their research projects during the Annual Natural and Mathematical Sciences Undergraduate Research Forum from 3-6 p.m. today (4/29) in the Physics Research Building Atrium. Undergraduate researchers practice and perfect their research presentation skills in preparation for the university-wide Denman Research Forum in May. The event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.
-- > Contact: Caroline Breitenberger at

Upcoming events

Molecular Life Sciences graduate programs symposium May 2

The Biophysics, Biochemistry, and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology interdisciplinary graduate programs are hosting an annual symposium from 8:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday (5/2) in the Ohio Union. The symposium features 22 student talks and 80 posters highlighting the research accomplishments by the programs' graduate students as well as invited talks by one distinguished faculty member from each program.
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May 4 Science Cafe to explore Lyme Disease

Join an informal discussion about a scientific topic at the next Science Cafe, set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (5/4) in 090/070 Science & Engineering Library (basement). Glen Needham, OSU Extension entomologist, Center for Life Sciences Education, will present "Lyme Disease in Ohio: What You Need to Know."
-- > Contact: Danny Dotson,
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IRB forms help session May 4

Investigators, graduate students, and research staff are encouraged to attend a help session on the IRB initial application from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday (5/4) in 117 Research Administration Building. Office of Responsible Research Practices staff will provide an overview of the Initial Review of Human Subjects Research application and will also answer questions regarding other IRB forms. Open to all human subjects researchers.
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OSU GLBT Alumni Society events scheduled

Ohio State's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Alumni Society is offering the following activities. Contact: Garett Heysel at

  • Tuesday (5/3): Alumni Society Book Club, Dancer from the Dance by Andrew Holleran, Club Diversity, 863 S. High St., 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday (5/10): Harvesting from the World Café: How can we use the information gathered and engage our community? 4-6 p.m. 115 Stillman Hall. RSVP to Lauren Hass (
  • Wednesday (5/18): Rainbow Graduation and Scholarship Award Ceremony, 6-8 p.m., Longaberger Alumni House.

Political scientist and game theorist to speak

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, professor of political science at New York University and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, will deliver "Predicting and Engineering the Future: Who Said Politics are Unpredictable?" at 10 a.m. Friday (5/6) in 165 Thompson Library. The talk is sponsored by the Department of Political Science, inaugural Casper Symposium. Free and open to all.
-- > Contact: Herb Weisberg at
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Glassman to discuss South Korea as Cold War contractor

Jim Glassman, associate professor of geography at University of British Columbia, will deliver "The East Asian Developmental State is Dead" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday (5/10) at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Glassman will discuss South Korea, arguing it is not a developmental state but a Cold War military contractor whose performance is not replicable or desirable. RSVP to by Friday (5/6).
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Military Frontiers conference highlights border crossings

Military Frontiers: A Graduate Symposium will take place Friday (5/13) at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and will highlight research by graduate students that crosses both physical and disciplinary borders. Syndicated columnist Victor Davis Hanson will deliver the keynote address on Thursday (5/12). To attend the conference, RSVP by Thursday (5/6) to; To attend the keynote, register at
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Office of Research and the Administrative Research Council workshops

Plan to attend one or more of these research administration workshops. Read more:

  • Tuesday (5/3): Cost Sharing on Sponsored Programs, noon-1:30 p.m., also available by videoconference to OARDC in Wooster
  • Tuesday (5/3): Clinical Trials Budgeting – Discussion and Resource Sharing, noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday (5/5): PI Portal Practice Lab, 2-4 p.m.

Suicide Prevention Training set for May 9

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. On Monday (5/9) at 3:30 p.m., a certified instructor from Ohio State's Campus Suicide Prevention Training Program will present prevention and early intervention techniques designed to help save a life from suicide. The training will provide the necessary knowledge and skills required to recognize warning signs and risk factors for suicide, highlight available campus and community resources, and more.
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Free hearing and speech screenings available

In recognition of May as Better Hearing and Speech Month, the OSU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is offering free hearing screenings to OSU faculty, staff, and their families on Friday (5/13), Wednesday (5/18) and Monday (5/23). Call 292-6251 to schedule an appointment. Read more about the OSU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at

View new postings on the onCampus Bulletin Board

Attend a Weight Watchers at Work session from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday (5/12) at 660 Ackerman Road and learn about the new PointsPlus system. View this and other events on the Announcements/Meetings category of the onCampus Bulletin Board, Available to OSU faculty and staff, post your own item by using your OSU Internet ID (name.#) and password, then register with a user name and password of your choosing.

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