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Best-selling author Amy Tan to deliver diversity lecture May 22

Award-winning fiction writer Amy Tan will deliver the final lecture of the year in the 2008-09 President and Provost's Diversity Lecture & Cultural Arts Series at 7 p.m. Friday (5/22) at Mershon Auditorium. Tan's books include The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife, and The Hundred Secret Senses. She served as co-producer and co-screenwriter for the film adaptation of The Joy Luck Club. Read more:

Today: College of Pharmacy Research Day

The College of Pharmacy Research Day 2009 is scheduled for today (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:

Latin American Film Series presents Voces Innocentes today

The fourth film in the Spring 2009 Latin American Film Series, Voces Innocentes, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. today (5/20) in 180 Hagerty Hall. The powerful drama is based on real events from the life of co-director Oscar Torres, and chronicles his family’s fight to stay together in war-torn El Salvador during the 1980s. The film will be shown in Spanish and subtitled in English, and is free and open to the public. The final film of the series will be shown on Wednesday (6/3). Read more:

Today: Annual Red Cross blood drive at OSU Airport

Memorial Day Weekend marks the beginning of trauma season and the need to bolster the blood supply. The OSU Airport is hosting an annual Red Cross Blood Drive today (5/20). Donors will receive two AMC movie tickets (provided by MedFlight), a Red Cross T-shirt and a chance to win a $1,000 gas card. For details, visit or contact Cecilia Lammers at 247-4366, to register.

New Campus Suicide Prevention Program brochures available

The OSU Campus Suicide Prevention Program recently released a series of new brochures aimed at increasing understanding and awareness of suicide. The brochures also provide information on campus resources designed to help a student who may be suicidal and/or their friends and family. The student populations selected in this first round are all considered to be “high-risk” populations for suicide, and can be found at OSU CSPP may be able to arrange bulk printing for multiple departments. Contact: Wendy Winger, or 688-5829

Joy Luck Club focus of May 21 Libraries ReadAloud

The OSU Libraries ReadAloud weekly programming continues from 3-4 p.m. Thursday (5/21) in the Wexner Center Cafe. In celebration of Amy Tan’s campus visit, Assistant Vice Provost of Minority Affairs Georgina Dodge and OSU associate professor Judy Tzu-Chun Wu (History and Women’s Studies) will read from her best selling novel Joy Luck Club. Free refreshments from the cafe. Hear podcasts of previous programs at

May 21: Book reading and signing of Your Brain on Latino Comics

Professor Frederick Aldama will be reading and signing his new book, Your Brain on Latino Comics, at the Wexner Center Bookstore from 5-6 p.m. Thursday (5/21). This is the first book-length that puts the spotlight on Latino comic books. It explores mainstream comic book representations of Latino superheroes from the late 1970s till today and Latino author/artists working and probes the rich and complex ways in which such Latino artists affect the cognitive and emotional responses of readers. Contact:

Reggio Emilia Study Group: Ohio Voices for Learning

Visit the OSU Urban Arts Space from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday (5/21) to engage in a Reggio Inspired Forum, which exists to promote an exchange of information, ideas and experiences through a variety of professional development opportunities. The group strives to inspire quality early learning and care for young children and their families in Ohio. All are invited to enjoy musical performances, workshops and artist talks in a relaxed environment. Contact: 292-8861. Read more:

Atalan-Helicke to deliver Kirwan Institute lecture May 22

The campus community is invited to attend a series of lunch-time lectures this month presented by The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. The next lecture will be held at noon Friday (5/22) in 423 Mendenhall Lab. Nurcan Atalan-Helicke, a PhD candidate in the Geography Department, will present Seed Governance, Food and Farming in Turkey. Bring your lunch. Read more:

May 22: Davis Heart & Lung Research in Progress seminar

The Davis Heart & Lung Research in Progress lecture series continues on Friday (5/22) with a presentation by Ronald Xu, OSU assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering, "Multimodal Theranostics: An Integrated Engineering Platform for Clinical Imaging and Therapy." The presentation will begin at noon in room 165 DHLRI. Contact: Whitney Works at or 247-7766

Orientation to Research Administration at Ohio State May 27

Are you new to research administration at the university? The Office of Research Training, Education and Communication is providing an overview of the grants management process from proposal preparation through project closeout, at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday (5/27) at the Research Foundation. The first two hours will focus on pre-award topics such as sponsor guidelines and budget development, followed by two hours on post-award topics including spending award funds and project monitoring. Register online at

Department of Animal Sciences Open House May 27

The Department of Animal Sciences is hosting an open house from noon-3 p.m. Wednesday (5/27) to showcase the exciting changes and opportunities happening in the department. Get to know faculty, staff and students and learn about their research, education and outreach activities. The Nutrition program, Biomass to Energy/Microbiology program, Tissue Biology and Processing program, and the Graduate Studies Program are among those to be highlighted, as well as required internships, study abroad and research opportunities. Contact: April Hayes, 688-4626 or

Animal Sciences Hall of Fame Ceremony May 27

The Department of Animal Sciences will induct Elizabeth Harsh, executive director of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, into the Animal Sciences Hall of Fame at 3 p.m. Wednesday (5/27), following the Animal Sciences Open House at 3 p.m. Dinner will be served around 4 p.m. Recipients have demonstrated superior skill and achieved success in the field of Animal Science for themselves and their families, and have practiced service to the local community. Contact: Steve Boyles, 292-7669,

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