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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Wednesday, May 13. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Spotlight on ... Ohio State University Extension

OSU Extension is the original and most extensive outreach arm of the university. With offices run by faculty and staff in all 88 counties, Extension fulfills Ohio State's land-grant mission to address challenges of Ohioans via non-credit programs and research-based materials. We focus primarily on agriculture and natural resources, including environmental stewardship and gardening; family and consumer sciences, including nutrition, finances and human development; community and economic development, including business retention and expansion; and youth development and citizenship through Extension's 4-H program. Local efforts are supported by faculty with Extension appointments based in 13 departments in Columbus and at the OARDC in Wooster. Through OSU CARES, Extension expands its outreach by collaborating with more than 50 departments representing all colleges across campus.
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Today: Denman Undergraduate Research Forum at the RPAC

Stop by the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum at the RPAC today (5/13) between noon and 3 p.m. The OSU community is invited to attend and see the accomplishments of more than 500 undergraduate student researchers. Staff, faculty and students are all encouraged to attend. Read more:

Apply by May 15 for Women in Engineering's Chemical Engineering Camp

The Ohio State Women in Engineering Program is still accepting applications to the 2009 CheME & YOU @ OSU Summer Camp, a six-day residential summer program for girls who will be entering ninth grade in the fall of 2009. Participants will live in a university dorm and will explore chemical engineering through fun, hands-on activities. The camp will run from Sunday (8/16)-Friday (8/21). Applications must be postmarked by Friday (5/15). To request an application, contact 247-7936 or

College of Pharmacy Research Day May 20

The College of Pharmacy Research Day 2009 is scheduled for Wednesday (5/20) in the Biomedical Research Tower. The symposium, “Clinical and Translational Research in Pharmacy,” is from 1-5 p.m. in 115 Biomedical Research Tower. The poster session is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Biomedical Research Tower Lobby. Read more:

May 14: Rafael Toral Trio at OSU Urban Arts Space

Visit the OSU Urban Arts Space from 7-8 p.m. Thursday (5/14) and experience the hidden sounds of Lisbon's critically acclaimed sound artist, Rafeal Toral, and his energetic trio comprised of C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core) on violin and Trevor Trermaine (Hair Police) on drums. To see Toral perform is akin to watching Fantasia: it is true magic. Free and open to all. Contact: 292-8861. Read more:

May 14 Libraries ReadAloud honors Asian Pacific Heritage month

The OSU Libraries ReadAloud invites the community to a special program at 3 p.m. Thursday (5/14) in the Wexner Center Cafe as the Libraries Diversity Committee presents a reading in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage month, featuring Gerry Greenberg. The reading is about Sohn Kee-chung, the winner of the marathon at the 1936 Berlin Olympics who was forced to run under the Japanese flag using a Japanese version of his name: Kitei Son. Free refreshments. Listen to podcasts of previous programs at

May 15: ODOT director to discuss Current Transportation Issues in Ohio

Jolene Molitoris, director of the Ohio Department of Transportation will deliver an engaging presentation about the current transportation issues occurring throughout Ohio, from 3-5 p.m. Friday (5/15) in 190 Knowlton Hall. The event is open to the public. Topics covered will include: rail transport connecting Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, the impact of stimulus money on transportation and infrastructure projects, and more. AICP Certification Maintenance credits. Contact:, 247-7479 or

Geography centennial features lecture, open house and historic tour of Columbus

The Department of Geography celebrates a Century of Geography this week with lectures, tours and an open house. Festivities begin on Friday (5/15) with a lecture by John Agnew, professor of geography at UCLA and president of the Association of American Geographers. Saturday (5/16) features a department open house and the Henry Hunker Memorial Tour of Columbus led by Ed Lentz, Columbus historian and author. All events are free and open to the public. RSVP is required. Contact: Diane Carducci, 292-3743. Read more:

International Culture Talent show brings diversities together

Experience a variety of cultures at an International Culture Talent show to be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday (5/15) in Independence Hall. The event is open to all Ohio State students, faculty, staff, alumni, families and friends. Admission is free and there will be many surprises waiting for you. Contact: Xuefei Yang, or 537-0031. Read more:

May 15: Storytelling Across the Arts at the OSU Urban Arts Space

Visit the OSU Urban Arts Space from 7-8 p.m. Friday (5/15) for a special evening of Storytelling Across the Arts, hosted through the Idea Lab program. Over the past 10 weeks Storytelling Across the Arts held a competitive jury in order to select exceptionally talented visual and literary artists in the OSU Master of Fine Arts programs. These artists were then paired together to create textual/visual documents, and the jury will now present the finalists and winners with their awards. Free and open to all. Contact: 292-8861. Read more:

Next Pelotonia Bike Tour promo set for May 15

The university community is encouraged to sign up to ride in the inaugural Pelotonia Bike Tour for Cancer Research, a 180-mile ride from Columbus to Athens and back, to be held Friday (8/28)-Sunday (8/30). President Gordon Gee will lead several campus events in May to rustle up support — riders, sponsors and volunteers — for the cause. The next is 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday (5/15) in the Ohio Stadium Recruit Room (gate 32). Read more: or

OSU supports campus Powwow May 16-17

The American Indian Council student organization, Multicultural Center, Office of Minority Affairs, and Coca Cola are presenting the OSU Rebirth Powwow, one of the largest multicultural events held on campus, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday (5/16) and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday (5/17) at the RPAC. Grand entry starts at 1 p.m. The event aims to educate the OSU and Columbus communities on Native American cultures and diversity and to promote cultural awareness. Events include Native American dancing, singing and drumming. Contact: or

May 16: Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery – Community Engagement Grand Rounds

Primary care physicians, pediatricians and otolaryngologists from the OSU Medical Center and Central Ohio are invited to attend a special grand rounds devoted to community engagement from 9-11 a.m. Saturday (5/16) in 518A James. Topics include Vocal Cord Dysfunction, Addressing the Nasal Valve in Nasal Obstruction and An Update on Skin Cancer Reconstruction. Participating faculty include: Brad deSilva, L. Arick Forrest and Stephen Smith, Jr. of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. CME credit. No registration or fee required. Contact: Lori Smith, 293-4453 or

Ohio State AHEC Health Literacy Distance Education Modules

OSU’s AHEC Office, Clear Health Communication Program introduces its interactive independent study education modules for health professionals. The series includes a core module to provide an overview as well as four modules on individual communication topics and three modules that focus on writing and selecting effective health materials. CE credit is available for each of the online modules. Register at: (all fees waived for OSU faculty, staff and students).

Empower your Pelvic Floor workshop May 21

What do kegel exercises really do? How do you do them correctly? What are the risks of having weak pelvic floor muscles? OSU-trained nurse practitioner Meagan Matteson will answer these and other questions at a Pelvic Floor Workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (5/21) in Newton Hall. Light refreshments served. RSVP to by Monday (5/18); the room number for the workshop will be given in response to the RSVP.

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