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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Friday, April 27. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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What happened after Carrie Fisher took off Princess Leia's iconic metal bikini? Find out when Fisher visits on Wednesday (5/23) for An Evening with Carrie Fisher, and discusses her inside perspective on Hollywood's glitz and glamour, as well as her struggles with and triumphs over trauma, addiction, and bipolar disorder. CBS reporter and Ohio State alumna Erin Moriarty moderates the conversation. VIP packages available. Proceeds benefit the Wex and the STAR (Stress, Trauma, and Resilience) program at the Wexner Medical Center.

Headline news

Updated web site to provide parking proposal information, answer questions

The parking proposal web site has been updated as part of an ongoing effort to communicate the latest information on the leasing proposal. The site now features a column by Jay Kasey, senior vice president of Administration and Planning, who will answer questions and provide updates regularly. The first column addresses questions about Transportation and Parking employees as well as caps on parking rate increases.
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Welcome Spring! Welcome allergies? Welcome FastCare! FastCare clinics provide fast, convenient care for common illnesses like colds, strep throat, sinus infections, allergies and even sports physicals. They provide access to medical care, with no appointment, with evening and weekend hours. Clinics are located in the Market District Giant Eagle in Upper Arlington and the Giant Eagle in Gahanna. When applicable, we can bill your insurance. For OSU Health Plan members, the co-pay is just $20.
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STRS, OPERS finalize their pension reform proposals

The State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) and Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) have finalized their proposals around pension reform. Since our last update, STRS did amend its proposal, making many positive changes that will allow for a smoother transition for those nearing retirement. Details are available on the STRS website or OPERS website. While the Ohio Senate hopes to move on this legislation by the end of its spring session in May, it's uncertain if the legislation will make it to a full vote of the Senate before they recess.

University leaders are engaging with STRS and OPERS to better understand how the proposed changes may affect faculty and staff, and to stay informed of the timeline. Watch your e-mail and onCampus in the coming weeks for more detailed information.

-- > Contact: STRS at (888) 227-7877 or OPERS at (800) 222-PERS (7377)


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.
-- > Contact: 293-5262
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National report on career pathways for graduate students

Between 2010 and 2020, about 2.6 million new and replacement jobs are expected to require an advanced degree. The new national report, "Pathways Through Graduate School and Into Careers" was released last week in Washington, DC. It recommends how universities, government, and employers can prepare for these opportunities. Patrick Osmer, vice provost for graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School, chaired the commission that prepared the report.
-- > Contact: Patrick S. Osmer, 247-7413
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Anderman on Dateline: 'My Kid Would Never Do That: Cheating'

Educational psychologist Eric Anderman gives insight and advice to parents in "My Kid Would Never Do That: Cheating" on NBC's "Dateline" at 7 p.m. Sunday (4/29). Anderman, director of the School of Public Policy and Leadership, says cheating can be curbed by changing classroom goals.
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2012 Office for Disability Services brochure available

The Office for Disability Services has published a new office brochure. Please take a moment to view it and take note of any changes. Copies will be sent out to departments next month. View the brochure at To request additional copies of the brochure contact Ryan Sutphin at or 292-3307.

Events this week

Comic opera features guest artist Todd Thomas

The School of Music is presenting Giuseppe Verdi's comic masterpiece, Falstaff, on Friday (5/4) at 8 p.m. and Sunday (5/6) at 3 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium. Guest artist Todd Thomas joins a full cast of graduate and undergraduate voice students, with full orchestra under the direction of Marshall Haddock. Adapted from two Shakespearean plays and sung in Italian with English supertitles, Falstaff is beloved for its brilliant orchestration and witty libretto.
-- > Contact: 247-7036
-- > Tickets: or 292-3535
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Upcoming events

Undergraduate Research Forum for Engineering and Architecture

Visit the third Annual Undergraduate Research Forum for Engineering and Architecture students from 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday (5/1) in Knowlton Hall. View participants' poster boards and talk to them about their research. You are welcome to stop by at any time.
-- > Contact: Sara Vinson at
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May 1: 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. Watson served as associate dean of University College and professor of Agricultural Education prior to his untimely passing in 1975.
-- > Contact:, 292-1417 or 292-8737
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Conference to examine volunteer work in Central America

"Good Works in Central America" will examine the micropolitics of encounters between privileged volunteers from North America and the impoverished third-world communities they visit to understand the larger implications of poverty relief efforts. The conference, organized by Katey Borland, associate professor of comparative studies, takes place Thursday (5/3)-Friday (5/4) at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Keynote speaker is Nicaragua's Father Fernando Cardenal.
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-- > Register: keynote; conference

Connor Senn Memorial Symposium on Sudden Cardiac Death in Athletes

The Connor Senn Memorial Symposium will be held on Tuesday (5/8) from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Ohio Union. While well-documented in the media, sudden cardiac death in athletes has been only slowly addressed by the medical and scientific fields. This symposium will provide education on the scope of problem, on clinical presentation of cases, on mechanisms for discovery, treatment and prevention, and on presentation of partnerships between fields to better understand and treat athletes.
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2012 CCTS Scientific Meeting

The CCTS has announced the keynote presenters for the Third Annual CCTS Scientific Meeting: "Integration of 'Omics' into Clinical and Translational Research" set for Friday (5/18) from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Biomedical Research Tower. This year's meeting will focus on the expanding role of -omics technology in high impact clinical and translational research and will include talks from leaders in genomics, metabolomics, proteomics and biomedical informatics, including Christopher P. Austin, scientific director, NIH Center for Translational Therapeutics.
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College of Public Health 2012 Summer Program

The 13th annual Summer Program will be held Monday (7/9)-Friday (7/20) on campus. Managed by the Center for Public Health Practice in the College of Public Health, the program is designed to provide practical and applied education and training in biostatistics, epidemiology, and public health practice methods in a flexible short-course format. Courses are taught by faculty from around the world.
-- > Contact: Meredith Cameron at 292-2942 or
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Learning opportunities in the Digital Union

Join the OCIO's Digital Union for a variety of professional development sessions in the next two weeks. Choose from workshops focusing on creating PDF forms from Word, a discussion to kick-start your blended course development, an entire day of Adobe CS6 demonstrations, Research in View training, and information on using an iPad in the classroom.
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Free hearing and speech screenings

May is better hearing & speech month. To celebrate, the OSU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is offering free hearing screenings to OSU faculty, staff, and their families on Thursday (5/10), Wednesday (5/16), and Tuesday (5/22). Free speech screenings offered Thursday (5/17). Call 292-6251 to schedule an appointment. Learn more about the OSU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at

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