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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Monday, May 14. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

OSUToday sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts

Hollywood icon and bestselling author Carrie Fisher visits Mershon Auditorium on May 23 at 7:30 p.m., for a benefit for the Wexner Center for the Arts and the STAR Program of OSU's Wexner Medical Center. Fisher discusses her experiences with addiction and bipolar disorder, her career and famous Hollywood family. CBS News reporter and Ohio State alumna Erin Moriarty moderates. OSU faculty or staff can get $10 off per ticket when purchasing online (use the code starstaff). VIP packages also available.

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Denman Undergraduate Research Forum winners recognized

More than 600 students participated in the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum on Wednesday (5/9), where their presentations were reviewed by faculty judges. The Honors & Scholars Center and the Undergraduate Research Office are pleased to recognize the winning presentations; students in 11 categories were recognized in an awards ceremony and received cash prizes. View the entire list of winners.


 Department of Theatre stages Macbeth, Shakespeare's classic tale of murder and intrigue, on Sunday (3/4) at 1 and 4 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. The 60-minute, interactive production is designed to introduce younger audiences to the joys of Shakespeare and is appropriate for ages 8 and up. Presented in association with CAPA, and in celebration of the partnership between Ohio State and the Royal Shakespeare Company. For tickets, go to, call 292-2295 or call CAPA at 469-0939.

Parking proposal website: Something to Share

Today's column shares information about the parking proposal in a new way. Check out Higher ed funding: Back to the drawing board, and learn more about why the university is exploring innovative ways to provide long-term viability that will allow us to grow and improve, not just survive. Read more and check the site regularly, more updates to come soon:


Research study is seeking healthy, sexually active women 16-45 who would like to use IUS (Levonorgestrel-Releasing Intrauterine System) as the primary contraception method during the next 5 years. Participants will receive free exams and free Intrauterine System, compensation for time and travel. You must be able to complete all study procedures, including keeping diaries and making 14 visits over 60-month study; have a history of regular menstrual cycles; and not used DepoProvera within the last 6 months.
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Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor, Outstanding Research Mentor Awards

The Undergraduate Research Office is recognizing the winners of the 2012 Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor and Outstanding Research Mentor awards, announced at the Denman Forum. DURM winners: Helen Chamberlin (molecular genetics), W. Berry Lyons (earth sciences), Kendra McSweeney (geography), Heather Powell (materials science), and Daniel Strunk (psychology). ORM winners: Sultana Nahar (astronomy) and Carmen Swain (exercise science).
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Ohio State's Center for Women's Health celebrates Women's Health Week! As a woman, you need care that meets the needs of your body at every stage of life, through youth and beyond menopause. The experts at Ohio State's Center for Women's Health focus on the unique needs of women and offer treatments that promote both physical and mental well-being. For more information, visit or call 293-2076.

Put your mark on the OSU Wexner Medical Center expansion

The final beams of the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Critical Care Center will be raised and a Topping Out celebration will be held on Monday (5/21) from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Polo Lot, along Cannon Drive — an important milestone in building the future of medicine at Ohio State. Be a part of the project and add your signature to one of the beams that will be located in the Rhodes Hall Plaza this week. View the schedule. Virtually sign your name: or @OSUWexMed.
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Events this week

Writers Talk covers writing humor and science fiction writing

Christopher Buckley, appearing with the Thurber House on Wednesday (5/16), discusses his new book, They Eat Puppies, Don't They? Also, science fiction author, Paul Melko, appearing at the OSU Bookstore on Tuesday (5/22), discusses his writing. Today (5/14) at 7 p.m. on WCRS radio, 98.3 & 102.1 FM and Wednesday (5/16) at 8 p.m., on WCBE radio, 90.5 FM. See upcoming shows at
-- > Contact: Doug Dangler at

Short Story Screening May 16

The Ohio State Digital Storytelling Program is celebrating the International Day for Sharing Life Stories on Wednesday (5/16) from noon-1 p.m. in the Multimedia Room of Thompson Library. Attendees from the recent Mobile Digital Storytelling Workshop will present the movies they created during an intense 3-day workshop here on campus.
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May 17: Vasallo to discuss Cuba and Cuban women

A lecture by professor Norma Vasallo, chair of Women's Studies at the University of Havana, Cuba, will take place on Thursday (5/17) from 3:30-5 p.m. in 156 University Hall. Vasallo will introduce you to Cuba and Cuban women today, including a discussion of such issues as gender, race, class, and sex work or prostitution. Please note that this lecture will be conducted in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation in English.
-- > Contact: Erika Colijn at
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Conference to honor longtime folklorist Margaret Mills

 "Tales of Trickery, Tales of Endurance: Gender, Performance, and Politics in the Islamic World and Beyond," will be held Friday (5/18)-Saturday (5/19) at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, to honor Margaret Mills, retiring professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Mills has made major contributions to the study of women in Afghanistan, the folklore of the Persian-speaking world and South Asia, women's oral traditions, and traditional pedagogies. RSVP to
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IRB forms help session May 16

This session is targeted to researchers who submit materials to the Biomedical and Cancer IRBs. Office of Responsible Research Practices staff will provide an overview of the Initial Review of Human Subjects Research application on Wednesday (5/16) from 3-4 p.m. in the Health Sciences Library, Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, room 236.
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Strengths Educator Training workshop May 23

Register to attend a one-day, train the trainer workshop around the StrengthsFinder assessment. The campus based training is offered at a discount of $130. The training will prepare instructors, advisors, consultants, and counselors to present strengths based workshops and implement a StrengthsFinder program in the classroom, as part of student activities, or in faculty and staff development. Register by Wednesday (5/16), at

Do-it-yourself: Eye Tracking for Research

Learn how to build a desktop eye-tracking station for research using off-the-shelf components and open source software. Jeff Kuhn of Ohio University's Language Resource Center will show you how to build it for under $150 in the OCIO's Digital Union on Wednesday (5/23) at noon in 370 SEL. No engineering or advanced computer skills are needed.
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