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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Wednesday, May 23. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Spotlight on ...

Stone Laboratory at Lake Erie

 Established in 1895, Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States and the center of Ohio State's teaching and research on Lake Erie. Managed by Ohio Sea Grant, the lab provides a base for more than 65 researchers from 12 agencies and academic institutions, all working year-round to solve the most pressing environmental issues facing the Great Lakes.

In addition to serving as a research facility, Stone Lab offers 25 college-credit science courses for undergraduate and graduate students, advanced high school students, and educators each summer. The classes, as well as other field trips during the academic year, allow students to experience Lake Erie science first-hand. Spots in this summer's classes and workshops are still available.

Shown here: The main laboratory building on Gibraltar Island, home base of Ohio State's Lake Erie research and education efforts for almost 120 years.

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Attention African American women: If you are a young healthy African American female between the ages of 18-29 you may be eligible for participation in a study. You can connect to the study web site using this link for more details or contact Helen Dale, or 208-9614 for more information.

Headline news

Health, Wellness, and You

USAC and Faculty Council cordially invite you to a town hall about the university's integrated approach to health and wellness. President Gee will introduce Dean Bernadette Melnyk, our new Chief Wellness Officer, who will talk about an environment that enables us to become the healthiest university on the globe. Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Kathleen McCutcheon will begin sharing information about the health plan benefits design for 2013. To address your questions, these leaders will be joined by other university leaders who partner to keep you healthy.

Your Plan for Health biometric health screenings will be available prior to the event – register here if you need current data for your Personal Health Assessment (PHA), due by September 30 this year.

Join us Thursday (5/31), 11:30-12:30 in 115 Biomedical Research Tower. The meeting will be streamed live, and a replay will be available online after the event. Watch for more info.

Memorial Day holiday OSUToday publication schedule

The university will recognize Memorial Day on Monday (5/28). There will be no classes and university offices will be closed. OSUToday will not be published on Monday (5/28). Please note: the deadline for submitting items for the Tuesday (5/29) issue is 10 a.m. Friday (5/25). Send items to be considered for publication to and follow as closely as possible the style found in existing OSU Today items.

Events this week

Student engineers show their inventions, others race robots

 Design projects by Ohio State senior engineering students will be on display at the Engineering Capstone Design Showcase from noon-3 p.m. Thursday (5/24) in the Archie Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union. Across campus, the First-Year Engineering Honors Robot Competition, from 4-6 p.m. at St. John Arena, involves teams of first-year engineering students who have designed and built autonomous robots that must complete tasks involving day-to-day maintenance and service work a city this year.
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Indonesian ambassador to give open lecture May 24

The College of Education and Human Ecology and PERMIAS, the Indonesian Student Association, are hosting the Indonesian ambassador to the U.S., Dino Patti Djalal, and the educational attaché, Haryo Winarso, during their visit to Ohio State today (5/23)-Thursday (5/24). On Thursday, from 10:30- 11:30 a.m. in 260 Ramseyer Hall, Djalal will present a public lecture on the trends of growing optimisms in the emerging economies including Indonesia, and provide facts, examples, and analysis of what the trends could mean for the future state of international relations.
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Thompson to deliver 'My calling in Sociology of Religion'

The next Fellowship of Christian Faculty and Staff luncheon is Thursday (5/24) from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Faculty Club, Jr. Colleagues Room. Christine Thompson, lecturer in OSU's Department of Sociology will deliver "My calling in Sociology of Religion: Vision, Passion, & Hope for the family." She developed curriculum and taught parenting classes for a variety of agencies prior to teaching at OSU.
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Mystical Perception of Identity, Community, and Environment in West African Religions

The Department of African American & African Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences invites you to a lecture by Monika Brodnicka, lecturer of African American and African Studies and the Department of Comparative Studies, on Thursday (5/24) from 2-3 p.m. in 156 University Hall. Brodnicka will deliver "Living Tradition: Mystical Perception of Identity, Community, and Environment in West African Religions."
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Upcoming events

Roller Coaster/Advanced Energy Vehicle competition May 30

Thirty-three design teams from the College of Engineering's First-Year Program will compete against one another in the Physics Research Atrium on Wednesday (5/30) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Each team has already earned a first place designation in either the Roller Coaster section or the Advanced Energy Vehicle section. Enjoy these exciting roller coaster and AEV models and discuss the designs with the student teams. Co-sponsored by the Engineering Education Innovation Center and Kings Island.
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Thomas to discuss Multicultural Girlhood

Mary Thomas, assistant professor of Geography and of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, will discuss her new book, Multicultural Girlhood: Racism, Sexuality and the Conflicted Spaces of American Education (Temple 2011), on Thursday (5/31) from 3:30-5 p.m. in 1039 Derby Hall. This event is part of the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU Research and Creative Activity Series. Open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.
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