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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Friday, May 6. 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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Focus on sustainability

OARDC recognizes composting, bioproducts, bioenergy leader

 Ohio State scientist Harold Keener, an expert on the engineering of composting systems, biomass energy systems and plant-based bioproducts, is the winner of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center's 2011 Distinguished Senior Faculty Research Award. Part of the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Keener is currently leading two bioproduct-related projects with industry: optimizing the processing of natural fibers for manufacturing new biocomposites; and refining a process to convert swine manure into a substitute component in asphalt.
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"Take Charge of your Retirement." Will you have enough income in retirement? Steve Daley, Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. is hosting this seminar 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday (5/11) at the Fawcett Center with guest speaker Brian Meyer, regional vice president, RiverSource Distributors, Inc. Learn how to assess your retirement income needs, create guaranteed lifetime income in retirement and stay on course regardless of market performance. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Limited seating. Register here or call Beverly at 726-3401.

Headline news

Lloyd named dean of College of Dentistry

 President Gee and Provost Alutto are recommending the appointment of Patrick M. Lloyd, currently dean of the School of Dentistry and professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences at the University of Minnesota, as dean of the College of Dentistry at Ohio State. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, his appointment will be effective Monday (8/1).

Since his appointment as dean in 2004, Lloyd has led changes and improvements for the School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota including, establishing a new hospital-based general practice residency in dentistry; using simulation technology to educate students about clinical practice; and the building and opening of a new student commons.
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USAC still a strong voice after 25 years

Twenty-five years after President Edward Jennings created the University Staff Advisory Committee, its list of accomplishments continues to grow. Much more than just the sponsor of the Hidden Benefits Fair and the annual Staff Pep Rally, USAC was at the lead propelling the university to begin adoption benefits, domestic partner benefits and the flexible work policy, among many others.
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Events this week

Today: Political scientist and game theorist to speak

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, professor of political science at New York University and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, will deliver "Predicting and Engineering the Future: Who Said Politics are Unpredictable?" at 10 a.m. today (5/6) in 165 Thompson Library. Mesquita is the author of The Predictioneer's Game, about the power of using game theory and related assumptions of rational and self-seeking behavior in predicting the outcome of important political and legal processes. Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, inaugural Casper Symposium. Free and open to all.
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Today: Documentary video on contemporary art in the 1980s

The Institute for Chinese Studies is screening "From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Cantonese Contemporary Art in the 1980s" at 1:30 p.m. today (5/6) in 062 Hagerty Hall. Based on primary research, rare film footage and interviews with key artists, this documentary bears witness to the "Reading Fever" that gripped the Chinese art world in the 1980s and highlights the experimentalism and verve of artists and critics in South China whose contributions to contemporary art have been long lasting and deep.
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May 6 and 8: Albert Herring – a rollicking comic opera

The School of Music is presenting Benjamin Britten's "Albert Herring" on Friday (5/6) at 8 p.m. and on Sunday (5/8) at 3 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens, and $8 for OSU students with ID. Advance ticket sales are available through the OSU Theatre box office, 292-2295 or the Wexner Center ticket office, 292-3535.
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Crossing Boundaries: A Concert in Honor of Margarita Mazo

The School of Music, with Ohio State's Center for Slavic and East European Studies and Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures, is hosting "Crossing Boundaries: A Symposium and Concert in Honor of Margarita Mazo," celebrating one of the foremost experts on both the art and folk music of her native Russia and the founder of Ohio State's program in ethnomusicology. A concert will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Saturday (5/7) in Weigel Auditorium. Tickets available at the door (cash or check only).
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Upcoming events

May 9 presentation: What Is a Scholarly Book, Anyway?

Professors H. Lewis Ulman, Scott DeWitt, and Cynthia Selfe and graduate students Genevieve Critel and Julia Voss, all from the Department of English will present "What Is a Scholarly Book, Anyway?" from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday (5/9) in 165 Thompson Library. The project poses challenges faced by many digitized humanities projects seeking new online models and venues for scholarship, both for authors and editors.
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Lecture, book signing features inspiration behind Fox hit, House M.D.

Lisa Sanders, assistant clinical professor at the Yale University School of Medicine and author of Every Patient Tells a Story, will conduct a lecture and book signing at 7 p.m. Monday (5/9) in Ohio Union Performance Hall. Her popular ''Diagnosis'' column in The New York Times Magazine, was the inspiration for the acclaimed Fox television show ''House M.D.'' Tickets are available two per BuckID at the Ohio Union Information Center
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May 9: Qiang Du is MBI Colloquium guest

The MBI Colloquium continues from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday (5/9) in 355 Jennings Hall. Qiang Du, Penn State University, will present "Diffuse Interface Modeling of Biomimetic Membranes"
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Education and Human Ecology offers spring events

Upcoming College of Education and Human Ecology events include the following. See the EHE events calendar.

  • Monday (5/9), 3 p.m., 167 Campbell Hall. Human Development and Family Science Brown Bag, "Gender equality and time together for partnered British, French, Dutch and America parents." Contact: Julie Wolfe, or 353-4211
  • Tuesday (5/17) 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 260 Ramseyer Hall, Educational Policy and Leadership Equity and Diversity Lecture, "The Future of Public Education in Ohio in Unquiet Times." Lunch reservation deadline, Friday (5/6); RSVP to Nicole Leach.

Gas relief special from Lynyrd Skynyrd & ZZ Top

With gas prices going up, ticket prices are coming down. OSU faculty and staff can use the password GAS and get $20 tickets to see Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top on Tuesday (5/24) at the Schottenstein Center (service charges may apply). This offer is available at, Ticketmaster outlets, (800) 745-3000 or at the Schottenstein Center Box Office.


Enhancing Student Engagement in the Classroom

Looking for ways to engage students in your classroom that go beyond the basic PowerPoint? Join Thomas Sneed, Reference Librarian at the Moritz Law Library, and the OCIO's Digital Union at 1 p.m. Wednesday (5/11) in 060 SEL for a demo of classroom technologies from alternative presentation software to instructor-created videos.
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UFSAP workshop addresses stress and depression

The University Faculty and Staff Assistance Program is offering a workshop, "How to Manage Stress and Depression" from 5-6:15 p.m. Wednesday (5/11) at OSU Health Plan, 700 Ackerman Road, Suite 440 (free parking). This workshop is designed for people who experience stress and depression and want to increase their coping skills. Free but registration is required. Attending this workshop can earn you points in the Your Plan for Health Incentive Program.
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Human Resources is offering its Paper & Bytes workshop

Human Resources is offering Paper and Bytes: Policies, Best Practices, and Resources for Managing OSU Records on Thursday (5/12) from 9-11 a.m. Participants will become more knowledgeable about university policies, legal requirements, and best practices concerning the retention, management and disposition of records in their care. Register online or call 292-2800.

OPERS – Preparing to Retire workshop May 17

OSU staff who are ready to retire but have questions on the process can attend the OPERS Preparing to Retire forum from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday (5/17). Reps from the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System and Human Resources will discuss the retirement process and steps you need to take in order to apply. Specific retirement questions can only be answered by OPERS if you call them directly and request a retirement estimation.
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