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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Monday, April 22. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Ohio State a national leader in sustainability awards

Stadium recycling, the purchase of alternative wind power and excellence in environmental academics has helped propel Ohio State to six recent awards earned through its efforts to be the “greenest” university in the nation. The announcement comes in advance of Earth Day 2013 on Tuesday (4/23).

In 2008, President Gee signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Since then, the university has moved forward with strategic efforts to increase the environmental efficiency of its campus operations and the environmental consciousness of its students, faculty and staff.
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 Ohio State and CAPA present the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Julius Caesar May 1-5 at the Southern Theatre. Set in contemporary Africa, this groundbreaking production of Shakespeare's great political thriller tells the story of the conspiracy against Caesar, his assassination, and the defeat of his conspirators. The Royal Shakespeare Company in America is presented in collaboration with Ohio State. For more information visit . Tickets available at 469-0939 or

Physics/chemistry professor named 2013 Guggenheim Fellow

Dongping Zhong, the Robert Smith Professor of Physics and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is one of 175 scholars, artists, and scientists from the United States and Canada awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Often characterized as midcareer awards, Guggenheim Fellows are appointed based on prior achievement and exceptional promise. This year’s fellows were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants. Zhong studies biological dynamics imaging in space and time by four-dimensional electron microscopy.
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OSU Extension brings the knowledge of the university directly to you. Extension fulfills the land-grant mission of Ohio State by interpreting knowledge and research so Ohioans can better their lives, businesses and communities. Extension is the world's largest non-formal education system. Its hallmark is research-based information and targeted programming directed to address local community needs while also addressing state, national and global issues. You can "Ask an Expert" and learn more at

Latest issue of Origins available

Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective from OSU’s History Department, has released a new issue, A New World Order? Africa and China by OSU’s own Ousman Murzik Kobo. This month historian Kobo looks at the long-term relationship between China and Africa, examines its origins in the Cold War, and questions whether these ties with China are good for Africa or simply another form of colonialism.. The full article can be accessed at:


Who's helping you get more for your retirement? Here is some great news for OSU employees. As a leading retirement provider for higher education, Fidelity is ready to help you take a fresh look at your 403(b) and ARP. Put your savings to the test. Planning and guidance consultants are available on campus for complimentary one-on-one consultation. Call (866) 715-6111 or visit to schedule your appointment. Fidelity Brokerage Services, LLC, Member NYSE, SIPC.


Digital First Impact Grant applications due April 30

The Digital First Impact Grant is designed to provide up to $25,000 in funding and expert support from the Digital First team to implement iPads into an OSU course. The grant application is now open and is due by Tuesday (4/30). The goal is for implementation of iPads into an Autumn 2013 course.
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Events this week

TRI Lecture today with Mervyn Heard

The Theatre Research Institute is presenting its Fellowship Lecture with Mervyn Heard, an independent scholar from Bath, UK, at 4 p.m. today (4/22) in Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center. Heard, author of Phantasmagoria: The Secret Life of the Magic Lantern, will give a lecture, "Oh What Horrors! What Delights! Three Centuries of Making Mischief with the Magic." The lecture is free and open to all.
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Upcoming events

ASFW Annual Ballam Women’s Symposium

The ASFW Annual Ballam Women’s Symposium, set for Wednesday (5/8) from 8 a.m.-noon in 160 Meiling Hall, features keynote presentations by Bernadette Melnyk, Ohio State’s Chief Wellness Officer, associate VP for Health Promotion and dean, College of Nursing, and Anup Kanodia, assistant professor, Family Medicine, Wexner Medical Center. Breakfast and lunch provided. The early-bird cost before Thursday (4/25) is $25 for ASFW members, $30 for guests, and $65 for the conference and to join/renew ASFW membership.
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Creating Effective Academic Collaborations April 26

The Center for FAME is hosting a medicine focused workshop on collaboration on Friday (4/26) from 1-4 p.m. in 105 Biomedical Research Tower. The goal of this session is to teach faculty how to create academic collaborations in order to produce team science, especially translational and transdisciplinary.
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Stress Management in Daily Life: Health Webinar

A Your Plan for Health webinar, Stress Management in Daily Life: Strategies for Moment to Moment Peacefulness, is offered Wednesday (5/8) from noon-1 p.m. From the time we wake up each morning until the time we lay our heads down at night for sleep, we have countless opportunities to make choices that promote moment-to-moment peacefulness. Learn how to stay cool, even when others around you are losing theirs.
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Summer 2013 workshops at Ohio State’s Stone Lab

Stone Lab’s non-credit workshops are your chance to get a taste of island learning on Lake Erie! Courses include Outdoor Photography, Lake Erie Sport Algae Identification, Dealing with Cyanobacteria, and Fish Sampling Techniques. Workshops last one to three days and are open to the public; participants must be at least 18 years old and have completed high school.
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Service-Learning Research/Scholarship panel discussion

A panel of scholars from Pennsylvania State University and several disciplines across Ohio State will lead an interactive discussion on Wednesday (5/8) from 10-11:30 a.m. in 1039 Derby Hall. Topics include how service-learning projects impact academics and what role service learning should play in tenure and promotion decisions. Register at
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Licensed drivers between 18 and 75 are needed for driving simulation studies at Ohio State. We are interested in how drivers respond to new information and entertainment systems in vehicles, how driving behavior is affected by different situations and driving conditions, and what features drivers prefer in their vehicles. The information will be used to improve in-vehicle systems so automobiles can become safer and easier to operate. To participate, or for additional information, go to call 360-3357.

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