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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Monday, May 2. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Good News for Bad Knees. The Ohio State University Medical Center is pleased to offer the innovative, personalized partial knee replacement surgery known as MAKOplasty. MAKOplasty offers people with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee a less invasive treatment option than total knee replacement. Benefits include: shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery, more natural feeling knee, and less scarring.
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Melnyk recommended as dean of the College of Nursing

 Bernadette M. Melnyk, currently dean and Distinguished Foundation Professor in Nursing at Arizona State University's College of Nursing & Health Innovation, has been recommended as dean of the College of Nursing and Associate Vice President for Health Promotion and Chief Wellness Officer at Ohio State. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, her appointment will be effective on Thursday (9/15). Melnyk is a widely recognized expert in evidence-based practice, intervention research, and child and adolescent mental health.
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Mother's Day Brunch at the Fawcett Event Center. Make reservations for the Fawcett Center's Mother's Day Brunch Buffet, Sunday (5/8) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy carved prime rib and honey glazed turkey breast, waffles and omelets made to order, beer-boiled shrimp and much more – including a lavish dessert buffet of cakes, pies and petite desserts. Pay tribute to Mom at the Fawcett Center's brunch buffet. View complete menu at Call 292-0347 for reservations.

Miechelle Willis named WLS' Van Ummersen Award recipient

The NCAA Women's Leadership Symposium, an educational program with the goal of facilitating the recruitment, retention and support of women in intercollegiate athletics, has named Senior Associate Athletic Director Miechelle Willis as the 2011 recipient of the Dr. Claire Van Ummersen Leadership Award. Willis will participate in the 2011 Women's Leadership Symposium Midwest in Indianapolis Thursday (5/5)-Friday (5/6) as a guest of the committee, receiving her award and addressing the attendees at the annual luncheon.
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Sustainability profiles sought for university web site

To see what the university is doing — and what you can do — to promote conservation of our resources, visit the university's sustainability web site, Do you know of someone who is actively promoting sustainability through research, recycling, community service, etc.? We would like to feature them in our new "Faces of Sustainability" profile. Send the name and brief description of the person's activities to (copy on the message). View examples under the "Faces of Sustainability" header on the web site.

Events this week

May 3: Retired Ohio School for the Deaf superintendent to lecture

Retired superintendent Ed Corbett will share his vast experiences leading the Ohio School for the Deaf through change and growth from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday (5/3) in 180 Hagerty Hall. Lecture presented in American Sign Language with interpreting and real-time captioning services for the lecture and the Q&A session. Free and open to the public.
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May 4 Science Cafe to explore Lyme Disease

Join an informal discussion about a scientific topic at the next Science Cafe, set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (5/4) in 090/070 Science & Engineering Library (basement). Glen Needham, OSU Extension entomologist, Center for Life Sciences Education, will present "Lyme Disease in Ohio: What You Need to Know."
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Creating Online Discussions that Lead to Learning

Online discussion boards are an effective means to create community among students. Join professors David Stein and Connie Wanstreet at noon Thursday (5/5) in 285 Baker Systems as they provide guidance in writing good discussion questions that lead to learning and connectedness among students. This is the first in a series of three Focus on Online Learning forums presented by the OCIO's Digital Union on discussion and chat.
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Columbus Museum of Art event for staff, faculty, and students

Students, faculty, staff and their families can visit the Columbus Museum of Art for free from 7-11 p.m. Friday (5/6). Valid BuckID is required. Transportation to and from the museum is available at the following campus bus stops beginning at 6:45 p.m.: Hale Center, Drake Union, Ohio Union, Blackburn, and Buckeye Village Community Center. Buses will loop every 25 minutes until 11 p.m. Free parking available at the museum.
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OSU Mansfield Theatre to present 'Putnam County Spelling Bee'

The OSU Mansfield Theatre is presenting its spring production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at 7 p.m. Thursday (5/5), 8 p.m. Friday (5/6) and Saturday (5/7) and 2:30 p.m. Sunday (5/8) in Founders Auditorium. This hilarious musical chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $4 for senior citizens and students.
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Social Work events include films, workshops

College of Social Work workshops and films will be held at 115 Stillman Hall. View a calendar of events.

  • Thursday (5/5): Film viewing of Prisoner of Her Past and discussion with Howard Reich, producer, journalist and son of Holocaust survivor Sonia Reich, 3–5 p.m.; limited seating, RSVP to or 292-7686.
  • Friday (5/6): Alumni Society Cultural Diversity Film Fest, "Rent," 7 p.m., free and open to all OSU and social work alumni, students, faculty, and friends. Read more:

Pulitzer Prize winning author to lecture May 6

Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward P. Jones, whose books include The Known World, Lost in the City and All Aunt Hagar's Children, will present a free reading and discussion at 8 p.m. Friday (5/6) in Ohio Union's Performance Hall. Jones will talk about the Bible's influence on his writings. His talk is part of Ohio State's international symposium that weekend celebrating the 400th birthday of the King James Bible. Jones' talk is open to all.
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Upcoming events

Victor Davis Hanson to speak on Western military history

Nationally syndicated columnist Victor Davis Hanson, Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, will deliver "Western Military Dynamism and Its Antidotes" at 5 p.m. Thursday (5/12) at Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law. Hanson is speaking as part of the Military Frontiers graduate student conference.
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May 11: Teaching to the Rhythm of Semesters

The transition from quarters to semesters offers Ohio State instructors and students new opportunities as well as new challenges. UCAT will present "Teaching to the Rhythm of Semesters" at 1 p.m. Wednesday (5/11) in order to discuss the effects that semester conversion could have on your teaching and provide you with an opportunity to work on devising responses to these opportunities and challenges within an environment of collegial support.
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Health & Wellness Benefit Choices Forum

New faculty and staff have 31 days from their appointment to enroll in health benefits. Human Resources offers health benefits forums to help you make choices on electing coverage in one of the several medical plans available, dental and vision coverage, dependent and health care flexible spending accounts, short-term disability, dependent group term life insurance, and voluntary group term life insurance coverage. Attend from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday (5/11) at 1590 N. High St., Suite 430, Room 421.
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Retirement Income Planning workshop May 17

This seminar, from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday (5/17) at the Office of Human Resources, 1590 N. High St. Suite 430, Room 425, shows strategies for maximizing OPERS/STRS pensions. Presenter Todd Gourno, senior partner of Prospera Financial Group will also discuss Social Security, long-term care, investment risk and how to develop a retirement income plan.
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