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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Friday, May 18. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

OSUToday sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts

We welcome Hollywood icon and bestselling author Carrie Fisher to Mershon Auditorium on Wednesday (5/23) at 7:30 p.m. Fisher will talk with Ohio State alum (and CBS News reporter) Erin Moriarty about her life's ups and downs in a benefit for the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Stress, Trauma, and Resilience Program of OSU's Wexner Medical Center. OSU faculty and staff receive $10 off per ticket; purchase yours online (use the code starstaff to get.) VIP packages also available.

Headline news

Committee puts fine art in public places

The Arts and Memorials Committee at Ohio State is charged with managing state-mandated art-budget funds and building an ambitious public collection for the campus community, and it's been busy of late. Petit Five, a functional collection of artistic seating elements, will be installed in the Hagerty Hall courtyard next week, and two others are in the works at Jennings and Cunz halls. Read more about the new works and about the Arts and Memorials Committee:


 The Department of Dance is presenting Dance Uptown: DIRT at 8 p.m. Thursday (5/24)-Saturday (5/26). Choreography by internationally acclaimed artists Bebe Miller and Esther Baker-Tarpaga. The dances will literally be performed in the dirt, in the agricultural arena of Plumb Hall, which was used for decades for the display and study of livestock.
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Call for applications for Pelotonia-funded research awards

Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center is accepting applications for the 2012 Intramural Research Program Awards, created by funds raised through Pelotonia. The funding opportunities for cancer researchers include six award categories: Team Science Awards, Idea Awards, Community Partnership Awards, Clinical Trials Awards – Protocol-Specific Research Support, Bridge Funding Award, and Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies Joint Awards. Applications are due Friday (6/15) and are available at
-- > Contact: Christine Scarcello at 293-4150


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.

Construction/traffic alert

Ninth Ave. (in front of garages) closes to thru-traffic May 21

Beginning Monday (5/21), Ninth Ave. in front of the Ninth Ave. garages will be closed to thru-traffic to replace and restore the roadway. Throughout the project, pedestrian and vehicular traffic to the garages will be maintained. CABS and COTA will be rerouted down King Avenue during the construction. Customers are encouraged to use King Ave. to access other campus destinations. The roadway work is scheduled through July 2012.
-- > Contact: Kevin Koesters, or FOD Communications,
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Ohio State's Heart and Vascular Center is hosting Michael Lauer, chief of the Cardiovascular Branch of NIH's National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Friday (6/1) 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Ross Heart Hospital Auditorium. Lauer's lecture, "Biomedical Research: How Do We Know We Are on Track?" will be followed by a panel discussion addressing various approaches to overcoming challenges to performing relevant, high-quality cardiovascular research. The Cardiovascular Research Roadmap is free, seating is limited; register at

Fisher 5K to impact campus traffic on Sunday

The Fisher 5K will impact campus streets Sunday (5/20) from 9 a.m. until about 10 a.m. Expect traffic direction and intermittent closures of Curl Drive, College, Woodruff, 17th, Herrick, Cannon, Tuttle, and Neil. In addition, CABS services will be suspended from 9 a.m.-noon this Sunday only. View details about the race and registration.
-- > Contact: Capt. Eric Whiteside, University Police, at

Events this week

Today: Master series finale concert

The Johnstone Woodwind Master Series will conclude today (5/18) at 6:30 p.m. with a concert featuring the bassoon in a variety of musical settings, including the premiere of a work commissioned for the event, a composition by music professor emeritus Christopher Weait, and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (after The Manhattan Transfer arrangement). The concert is free.
-- > Contact: 247-7036
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A weekend of choral music

The Men's Glee Club and Symphonic Choir will perform a joint concert on Saturday (5/19) at 8 p.m. in Weigel Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased in advance through the OSU Theatre Box Office, 292-2295, or at the door (cash or check only). On Sunday (5/20), the Women's Glee Club, Chorale, and University Chorus will present a Choral Collage at 2:30 p.m. This program includes Missa Brevis in D Minor by Mozart. Tickets available at the door (cash or check only).
-- > Contact: 247-7036

Upcoming events

May 22 event launches new major in religious studies

The Department of Comparative Studies is celebrating the launch of a new major in religious studies on Tuesday (5/22) from 5-7 p.m. in the Hagerty Hall Atrium. Professor Tom Kasulis will deliver a short talk on "The Study of Religion: Why, What and How." Reception with food and drink to follow. Event is free and open to all faculty, staff, and students. RSVP to
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OSU to host annual Oil and Gas Law Symposium May 25

Continued development of Ohio's shale energy resources has prompted Ohio State's Agricultural and Resource Law Program to plan the second annual Ohio Oil and Gas Law Symposium, set for Friday (5/25) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Longaberger Golf Club at One Long Drive in Nashport, east of Newark. This is a Continuing Legal Education program for attorneys. An early pre-session on "Leasing 101" will take place from 8-9 a.m.
-- > Contact: Peggy Hall at
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Witwer to present Nisonger Center parent education class May 22

A free one-hour class from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday (5/22) on "Potty Training" features Andrea Witwer, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, adjunct assistant professor and psychologist at Ohio State's Nisonger Center. The class at the Early Childhood Education & Family Center, 2879 Johnstown Road, is sponsored by the Nisonger Center for parents of young children with special needs. Child care is available. Register with Mary Martin at 342-5801 or
-- > Read more: flyer; more about classes

Register for YP4H program 'How to Crime-Proof Yourself'

Your Plan for Health encourages benefits-eligible faculty and staff to take advantage of the upcoming educational program "How to Crime-Proof Yourself," a webinar on Tuesday (5/21) from noon-1 p.m. Taught by Anna Stephenson, University Police, the webinar will focus on common myths and techniques for keeping yourself, your home, your car, and your family safe. Educational programs are complimentary unless otherwise noted are provided by the OSU Health Plan, Inc.
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Games for Teaching: A Case Study

Considering using games for teaching? Join the OCIO's Digital Union and Rebecca Garabed of Veterinary Medicine on Friday (5/25) at noon in 370 SEL to hear about how she replaced an essay assignment from her epidemiology course with a game to teach students about outbreak investigation. In this first foray into game-based learning, Garabed encountered unexpected challenges and learned some valuable lessons that she will share with you.
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Faculty/staff discounts

Trek store - Pelotonia Day May 19: Discounts available

On Saturday (5/19), get a 20 percent discount on parts and accessories, and 10 percent off bikes to registered Pelotonia riders at all three Trek store locations: Lane Ave., 1442 W. Lane Ave. (486-8735); Westerville, 5985 Maxtown Road (901-8735); Dublin, 2720 Sawmill Place Blvd. (791-8735). Store hours: weekdays 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.
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Faculty/staff discount for New Edition concert

New Edition, all six members strong, is reunited and bringing their 30th Anniversary Tour to Nationwide Arena on Friday (5/25). OSU faculty and staff receive $10 off any ticket. Click here and use password: COOL. Offer is valid now through Sunday (5/20) at 11:59 p.m.

Spagio offers OSU exclusive discount

Spagio, located at 1295 Grandview Ave. near campus and the Wexner Medical Center, is offering 10 percent off lunch weekdays (closed Mondays) for all OSU faculty, staff and students. To redeem lunch discount, present OSU ID and mention Spagio's onCampus ad. Offer valid through Thursday (5/31).
-- > Contact 486-1114
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