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Steinmetz recommended as OSU Executive Dean of the Arts and Sciences

 Joseph E. Steinmetz, interim provost and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas, has been recommended as Ohio State's executive dean of the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences and vice provost, Office of Academic Affairs. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, his appointment will be effective on Wednesday (7/1). He previously served for 19 years at Indiana University, where he was executive associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the Department of Psychology. A nationally respected behavioral neuroscientist, he was recognized in 1996 by the National Academy of Science for his contributions to the fields of experimental psychology and neuroscience. View his c-v online at

President Gee to serve on Inter-University Council’s Executive Committee

OSU President Gordon Gee has been selected to serve as first vice-chairman of the Inter-University Council of Ohio, IUC President Bruce Johnson announced this week. Established in 1939 as a voluntary educational association of Ohio's public universities, IUC today represents Ohio's 14 public universities. Contact: Bruce Johnson, IUC President, 464-1266. Read more:

Memorial Day holiday reminder; CABS service announced

The university will recognize Memorial Day on Monday (5/26). There will be no classes and university offices will be closed. Information regarding CABS Memorial Day Service can be found at Transportation & Parking Services web site,

Office of Research: Limited Submission Research Funding Opportunity Programs

  • The NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program is announcing a call for proposals that is separate from the standard January submission deadline. Awards will be funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and have special award conditions. The MRI-R2 sponsor deadline is Monday (8/10); internal intent deadline to become one of three Ohio State candidates is Friday (6/5). Read more:
  • The Howard Hughes Medical Institute announces the Undergraduate Science Education Program with a sponsor deadline of Thursday (10/1). The internal intent deadline is Thursday (6/11). Read more:

For details about these or other Limited Submission Funding Opportunity programs contact Sarah Starr at or 688-5546, or visit

Wexner Center curator to speak on current Robin Rhode exhibition today

Catharina Manchanda, the Wexner Center's senior curator of exhibitions, will guide you through the sometimes magical, always thought-provoking world of South African artist Robin Rhode at 12:30 p.m. today (5/21). This substantial solo exhibition — the artist's first in a U.S. museum — brings you a firsthand look at his intriguing work. Raised in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, and now based in Berlin, Rhode has emerged in the last decade as a highly influential artist. His work varies from street art, photography, to videos of performance art. Read more:

Today: Innovative projects, hands-on demos at Digital Union showcase

Stop by the Digital Union from 10 a.m.-noon today (5/21) in SEL 370 for its fifth anniversary showcase. Highlights include use of multimedia in ESL instruction, examples of digital storytelling, and student programming projects for the Microsoft Surface Table and Apple iPhone. Hands-on technology demonstrations feature SMART Boards, Whisper Room audio recording booth, GigaPan panoramic camera device, Telepresence videoconferencing system, and more. Read more:

Kent to discuss Early Chinese Fine-Art Photography

The Institute for Chinese Studies will host Richard Kent, history of art professor at Franklin and Marshall College, at 2:30 p.m. Friday (5/22) in 136 Jennings Hall. He will present “Early Chinese Fine-Art Photography: Cultural Nationalism and Embrace of Modernity.” Kent will examine the little-known writings and photographs of members of the Beijing Light Society, and subsequent developments in Shanghai among participants of fine-art photographic societies. The event is co-sponsored by the East Asian Studies Center and the History of Art Department. Read more:

Faculty, staff invited to OSU EcoCAR focus group May 23

The OSU EcoCAR team, a student group that designs and builds a hybrid vehicle, is heading to competition next month and needs your help. The team is partly scored on its marketing efforts, and is holding an annual focus group for OSU staff and faculty at 10 a.m. Saturday (5/23). Lunch provided following the meeting, which should last approximately one hour. Share your thoughts and help out the team. Contact: Justin Ford, at Read more:

America’s Financial Time Bomb: IOUSA screening June 2

The John Glenn School of Public Affairs and the Public Affairs Student Association will present “America’s Financial Time Bomb” at 6 p.m. Tuesday (6/2) in the Wexner Center Film/Video Theater. The film screening of I.O.U.S.A. will be followed by an interactive discussion on the fiscal challenges facing the presidential administration, the natio, and the world with Diane Lim Rogers, chief economist with the Concord Coalition and Jason Seligman, assistant professor at the John Glenn School. The event is free and open to the public, but limited seating is available. RSVP required by Friday (5/29), at or call 688-3206, ext. 1. View and share this event on Facebook:

June 5: Arts and Humanities Conference on the Future of Diversity

An Arts & Humanities-wide conference on the Future of Diversity will take place from 2-6 p.m. Friday (6/5) in the Rockow Conference Center at Scott Laboratories, to encourage faculty, students and members of the university community connected with Arts & Humanities to speak about the successful and healthful advancement of faculty of color in Arts & Humanities. The conference will begin with a conversation facilitated by Deb Ballam and Maurice Stevens on issues relating to recruitment and retention, teaching and mentoring. The keynote session, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Scott 001 Lecture Hall, will be led by George Sanchez and Leslie King-Hammond, two leading outside experts on the question of diversity in the university. Contact: (conference details); (RSVPs)

June 23-25: Research Seminar, Addressing Cancer Health Disparities in Appalachia

The first region-wide Appalachia Community Cancer Network Research Seminar, a three-day conference designed to highlight community-based participatory research conducted in Appalachia, will take place Tuesday (6/23)-Thursday (6/25) at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, W.V. Researchers, community leaders, cancer control advocates, public health professionals and all those interested in understanding cancer health disparities are invited to attend. There is no registration fee and most meals are provided, but other costs may apply. Register online at by Tuesday (6/2). Contact: Laura Rossi at 293-4121

Register now to attend International Symposium at OSU

The International Association for Comparative Research on Leukemia and Related Diseases, "Symposium XXIV: Molecular Approaches to Leukemia in the 21st Century: Biology, Outcome Prediction and Personalized Therapy," will be held at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center Thursday (10/15)-Friday (10/16). The event features lectures by internationally renowned scientists. An accompanying mini-symposium, "Comparative Animal Models of Leukemia" will be held Wednesday (10/14). Both symposia are free for OSU faculty, trainees and staff. Registration:

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