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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Tuesday, April 3. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Hollywood icon and bestselling author Carrie Fisher comes to Mershon Auditorium on Wednesday (5/23) at 7:30 p.m. for a benefit for the Wexner Center for the Arts and STAR (Stress, Trauma, and Resilience) Program of the Wexner Medical Center. Best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, Fisher will discuss her experiences with addiction and bipolar disorder — as well as her famous Hollywood family — with characteristic bluntness and humor. CBS reporter and Ohio State alumna Erin Moriarty moderates the conversation. VIP packages available.

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What I did this spring

Plenty of Ohio State students spend their spring break having fun in the sun. But for others, the end of March means service trips and study abroad opportunities. From locations as close as South Carolina and Georgia to as far away as Greece and Haiti, view how these students spent their time.
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COPEC, a non-profit organization, invites you to no cost Retirement Decision Workshops covering Current vs. Proposed Pension Benefits, Pension Distribution Options, Social Security Benefits and Offsets, Alternative Retirement Plans, Health Plans, Health and Long Term Care Options. Four dates available: April 10 at Dublin Library; April 12 at Fawcett Center; April 16 at Grove City Library and April 18 at Worthington Library. There'll be no attempt to sell any products or services. Register at or call Nancy Snyder at 799-8668.

Assistive-technology now available campus-wide

As part of the university's continuing effort to build seamless access into our environment and culture, the offices of the CIO and Disabilities Services, and the ADA Coordinator's Office are announcing the availability of JAWS (Job Access With Speech), Read and Write Gold, and ZoomText in libraries and computer labs throughout campus. To take advantage of these tools, visit any of the OCIO Student Computer Centers. Find locations at
-- > Contact: ODS Assistive Technology Coordinator Abdirahim Abdi at 292-3307 or


Couples with infants are needed for OSU research study. Married couples with 6-month-old or younger infants are sought to participate in a study about infant development and family relationships conducted through Ohio State University. Couples will fill out surveys and be videotaped interacting with their baby three times (6-, 12-, and 14-months postpartum), and will receive $20 each time and a baby gift. Contact Infant & Parent Project at 247-1543 or to sign up.

Buckeye Wellness Tips

Stress: A little is healthy, too much isn't

 Too much stress puts your health at risk, including heart disease, digestive problems, depression, weight gain and sleep problems. It's important to learn healthy ways to cope with stress. Strategies to manage your stress include eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise and plenty of sleep, practicing simple relaxation techniques like deep breathing, fostering healthy friendships, finding humor in everyday life, and seeking professional counseling when needed. Managing stress brings peace of mind and a healthier life. To learn more, visit

Buckeye Wellness Tips are brought to you by University Chief Wellness Officer and Dean of the College of Nursing Bernadette Melnyk, in partnership with Your Plan for Health.


Critical Difference Professional Development Grants

Professional Development and Women of Color Advancement Grants are available for women faculty and staff continuously employed by Ohio State for at least one year, and students (graduate/professional students with a 3.0 GPA and undergraduates with a 2.5 GPA). Grants can be used for professional development activities, research, etc. Significant financial need is a key consideration. Applications are due Thursday (4/19) and are available online.
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International Poverty Solutions Collaborative releases Request for Proposals

The International Poverty Solutions Collaborative has released a request for proposals for its annual Seed Grant Program. IPSC invites OSU faculty to submit a Letter of Intent for projects that target areas of focus in urban, rural and international communities of poverty. Grants may not exceed $50,000 in direct costs, and teams of investigators must be interdisciplinary. A two page LOI is due by 5 p.m. Thursday (4/19). More information is available within the RFP.
-- > Contact: Melissa Briggs-Phillips at 247-7230 or

Events this week

Today: Denman workshop on digital presentations

Please encourage students from Arts, Humanities & SBS who will be presenting posters at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum to attend the second in a series of workshops on digital presentations today (4/3) at 3:30 p.m. in the Digital Union, 370 Science and Engineering Library.
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Sustainability Office to host information session

Do you want to reduce your environmental impact on campus? The Sustainability Office at Ohio State invites students, faculty, and staff to learn how the office can help. Network and hear firsthand about success stories from colleagues that have benefited from working with the sustainability office. The event is Wednesday (4/4) at 3:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union Senate Chamber.
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Center for Retrovirus Research Distinguished Career Award

Everyone is invited to attend the 13th annual Center for Retrovirus Research Distinguished Career Award and Keynote Seminar at noon Thursday (4/5) in H1213 Ross Heart Hospital Auditorium. Warner C. Greene, director, Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology, professor of medicine, microbiology and immunology, and co-director, UCSF-GIVI Center for AIDS Research University of California, San Francisco will deliver "Murder on the HIV Express: New Insights into How CD4 T Cells Die."
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Upcoming events

Recapturing Pluripotency: Breast Cancer Stem Cells April 9

The Molecular Virology Immunology and Medical Genetics
Faculty Seminar series continues on Monday (4/9) in 105 Biomedical Research Tower as Angel Garcia Martin, director, Inbiobank, Spain, presents "Recapturing Pluripotency: Breast Cancer Stem Cells." Martin is focused on the understanding of the biology of breast cancer stem cells and its translation to better therapeutic, diagnostic and prognostic approaches for the management of the breast cancer patients. Faculty, post-docs and student interested in meeting with Martin should contact

Register by April 9 for 2012 Diversity Leadership Symposium

The College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and several college partners remind you that registration will close Monday (4/9) for the 2012 Diversity Leadership Symposium: Transforming Campuses to become Authentically Inclusive Communities. The event will be held on Friday (4/20) from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Free to students; $25 registration fee for faculty and staff.
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