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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Friday, April 20. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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OSU Purchasing recently awarded contracts to 5 different janitorial supply companies representing 6 major product categories: trash can liners, soaps and sanitizers, tools, paper products and cleaning chemicals/solutions. Contracts were awarded to suppliers based on pricing and product specifications. It was also determined that using OSU Stores and Receiving for distribution and delivery was the best option for the university — both financially and logistically. OSU Stores and Receiving keep janitorial supply costs low and make deliveries within 1 business day in most cases.
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Headline news

Closing the gap: Project CEOS final report

Academic leaders at Ohio State fairly distribute economic and material resources to male and female faculty in the sciences, but the workplace culture remains less satisfying for women than for men in many departments, according to a report released Monday (4/16). The report outlines results of two studies conducted under an initiative called Project CEOS, or Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State, which is funded by a $3.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
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Are you African-American? Less than 14 weeks pregnant? We are currently enrolling women for a study of effects of everyday life stress on the immune system during pregnancy. Participants will complete a 45-60 minute visit at the 1st, 2nd, 3rd trimester and 8-10 weeks postpartum. At each visit, participants will provide a blood sample and complete questionnaires assessing health, health behaviors, life stress, and mood. Participants will receive $230 if all visits are completed.
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Faculty study supports pursuing bids for lease of parking management

Two Fisher College of Business professors say the proposal to lease Ohio State's parking operations to an outside vendor has the potential to "create value for the university," and that only by completing the process to obtain bids can that potential be fully known. Richard Dietrich, professor in the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems, and Anil Makhija, professor in the Department of Finance, collaborated on the analysis and have delivered the report to various audiences, including the University Senate's Steering and Fiscal committees.
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Pilot program celebrating the written word deemed a success

Last quarter, instructors from Columbus State and Ohio State Marion participated in a pilot program to celebrate the written words of their students. Essays featured in the "In My Own Words" reading event were selected by instructors and their students in various Columbus State/Ohio State Marion freshman writing courses during winter quarter. The quarter culminated in a public reading on Wednesday (3/7). Due to the success of the pilot, it is being repeated spring quarter.
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Traffic and parking alert

Spring Football Game to impact traffic on April 21

In preparation for the Spring Football Game on Saturday (4/21), Transportation & Parking Services would like to remind motorists to anticipate heavier than normal traffic on highways and streets around campus. Motorists are encouraged to arrive early to campus in order to access their destinations. For more information regarding parking for the Spring Football Game, visit:

Events this week

Film screening today about environmentalist Aldo Leopold

The first full-length documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold, "Green Fire" highlights Leopold's extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. The film will be screened today (4/20) at 6 p.m. in the Ohio Union, Maudine Cow Room. Sponsored by the School of Environment and Natural Resources.
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Annual African American Heritage Festival April 21-28

The African American Heritage Festival, to be held Saturday (4/21)-Saturday (4/28) serves to educate, impact and promote cultural awareness at Ohio State University and in the Greater Columbus community while commemorating the legacy of the African American experience. The theme this year is "Passion: Msisimko: Passion Never Fades, Ambition Never Ends." View a schedule of events at
-- > Contact: Katherine Betts, 688-8449 or

Upcoming events

Leading historian of Jewish Law, April 22-23

Keynote speaker Haym Soloveitchik, a leading contemporary historian of Jewish religious law, will deliver "Halakhah, Taboo, and the Origin of Jewish Money Lending" at the Pearl and Troy Feibel Lecture on Judaism and Law, on Sunday (4/22) at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Jewish Community Center, 1125 College Ave. Co-sponsored by the Feibel family, Melton Center for Jewish Studies, and Moritz College of Law. On Monday (4/23), Soloveitchik will speak on "Communication and the Cultural Origins of the Ashkenazic Community of the Middle Ages," at noon at OSU Hillel, 46 E. 16th Ave.
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April 23 Town Hall Forum: The (Mis)education of The Millennial

The Multicultural Center is presenting a Town Hall Forum on Monday (4/23) at 6 p.m. featuring a panel of educators, community leaders and students engaged in dialogue concerning the state of our generation and significant events that have shaken the world. Hosted by nationally syndicated television correspondent Shannon Lanier of Black Enterprise-TV, hear the panelists' perspectives on education, the 'mindset of millenials', media, and the Trayvon Martin tragedy through a lively discussion that invites your voice and vision as we examine the issues that impact our worldview and our future.
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Wray is MBI Colloquium series speaker April 23

The Mathematical Biosciences Institute Colloquium series continues on Monday (4/23) from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in 355 Jennings Hall. Greg Wray, Duke University, will present "Evolutionary Origins of Human Transcriptomes."
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SSES Conference on Spatial and Environmental Statistics April 24

The Program in Spatial Statistics and Environmental Statistics is organizing the SSES Conference on Spatial and Environmental Statistics, on Tuesday (4/24). The conference, which will be held in Cockins Hall, starts at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at the end of the Statistics/Biostatistics Colloquium at 4:30 p.m. Click on the following links for the Conference Program and the Conference Abstracts and Poster Titles.
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April 25: Special seminar on leasing public assets

Leasing of parking operations at OSU has both potential benefits and challenges. This talk will explain what matters and what questions to ask. Professor Ellen Dannin, the Fannie Weiss Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at The Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University, will give a lecture on "Privatizing Public Assets - Should the Seller Beware?" on Wednesday (4/25) from 4:30-5:30 in 1000 McPherson Lab, followed by a Q&A.
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ODI to present William H. Watson., Jr. Memorial Award

On Tuesday (5/1), the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is presenting the William H. Watson, Jr. Memorial Award at the time of the 18th Annual National Conference on Diversity, Race & Learning. Watson's family and friends, along with conference attendees will witness the presentation. For conference registration, visit Watson served as Associate Dean of University College and professor of Agricultural Education prior to his untimely passing in 1975.

Free skin cancer screenings available May 7

The OSUCCC – James is offering free skin cancer screenings from 1-4:30 p.m. Monday (5/7) at the Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza Clinic, fourth floor of the Tower Building, 2050 Kenny Road. Call The James Line at 293-5066 or (800) 293-5066 to make an appointment if you have any of these skin concerns: moles that are changing color, shape or size; new growths; lesions that are painful, itchy or bleed; sores that won't heal. Complimentary parking will be available on the visitor surface lots or in the garage attached to the Morehouse Pavilion. Valet parking available for $3.


Lawton to present free Nisonger Center parent education class

A free one-hour class, "Strategies for Playing and Engaging With Your Young Child" features Kathy Lawton, director of Nisonger Center's Early Childhood Education and OSU assistant professor of Special Education, on Tuesday (4/24). The class is sponsored by the Nisonger Center for parents of young children with special needs. Child care available. To register, contact Mary Martin at 342-5801 or
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Fully Engaged: Achieving Work/Life Balance May 1

Do you have more on your To Do list than ever before? We can't expand the number of hours in a day, but we can help you learn how to get more done in a day through increased energy and work/life balance. Join the John Glenn School of Public Affairs Tuesday (5/1) from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Fawcett Center for "Fully Engaged: Achieving Work/Life Balance."
-- > Contact: Natalie Gintert at or 247-8823
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