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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Monday, June 13. 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

What students are saying "On Sustainability"

Students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources class "Communicating Environment and Natural Resources Information" (ENR 567) are making an impact on campus sustainability plans by focusing their group research projects on sustainability at Ohio State, particularly in connection with the "One Framework" plan. Read their recommendations on the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences' "On Sustainability" blog. Check out the recommendations regarding campus trees and permeable pavement. For an overview about the projects, see instructor Greg Hitzhusen's post at

To see what the university is doing to promote conservation of our resources, visit the university's sustainability web site, Send news, events or story ideas to


Exclusive offer for Ohio State faculty, staff, retirees. If you are at least 55 years old, you're invited to participate in a unique university opportunity. With a special minimum funding amount of $5,000, you may fund a charitable gift annuity to benefit an area of Ohio State that is important to you. In return, you will receive fixed lifetime payments, an immediate charitable income tax deduction, and the satisfaction of making a difference. For details, contact 292-2183 or

Headline news

Buckeyes in the Statehouse

 A new feature is live on Buckeyes at the Statehouse. The audio slideshow, produced by a team in University Marketing Communications, highlights Ohio State political science major Brittany Warner, whose internship at the Statehouse led to a full-time position after graduation on Sunday (6/12). It also includes a current list of 2011 elected officials who are Ohio alums.
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The slideshow will be presented at 11:30 a.m. today (6/13) in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse as the Alumni Association hosts a luncheon for Ohio State alumni who work in and around the Statehouse.


Labor & Delivery Study at the OSU Medical Center: An OSU-based research team is evaluating changes in inflammatory markers during labor. The study is open to first-time mothers-to-be with low-risk pregnancies. Participants will have blood sampled by a small needle at the time of labor admission and, again, at 2 hours and 4 hours after admission. Being in the study will not change the care received during labor. Participants receive up to $30 in Babies-R-Us gift cards.
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First QM certification goes to Barbara Pappas for CHEM 100D

Ohio State's introductory course, Chemistry and Society (CHEM 100D), recently earned OSU its first Quality Matters certification — a faculty-centered, peer review process to certify the quality of online and blended courses. Senior lecturer Barbara Pappas, department of chemistry, developed the eLearning course with support from OCIO. QM provides a rubric and a process that academic institutions use for quality assurance and continuous improvement of online and hybrid courses and OCIO's Digital Union underwrites the subscription to QM and makes it available for faculty and staff.
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University hours for summer 2011 begin today

University summer hours of 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. begin today (6/13). Regular hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. will resume on Tuesday (9/6). Offices that remain open later hours to serve students or the public should stay open on an as-needed basis. Offices are responsible for communicating extended hours and any schedule changes to their customers.

OSUToday begins summer production schedule today

Starting today (6/13), OSUToday will follow its summer production schedule and will be published on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday only. The regular daily (Monday-Friday) production schedule will resume at the start of fall quarter. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day. Earlier submission is encouraged due to space limitations and summer vacation schedules. Direct questions to

Construction/traffic alert

Ninth Avenue East Garage closes next weekend

On Saturday (6/18), pot hole repair will occur along Ninth Avenue, between Medical Center Drive and Neil Avenue (weather dependent). One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times. The Ninth Avenue East Garage will close and will reopen on Monday (6/20) at 5 a.m. Vehicles remaining in the garage after the closure will be permitted to exit via the east alley exit.

Alternate staff parking will be available in the Ninth Avenue West parking garage. The north exit from the Ninth Avenue West Parking Garage, onto Ninth will be closed. Enter the Ninth Avenue West Parking Garage off Medical Center Drive and exit on the south end of the garage to Eighth Avenue. Alternate visitor parking will be available in the SAFEAUTO Hospitals Garages.
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Events this week

Today: 'A Life Worth Celebrating' to honor Roger Stephens

 Faculty of the School of Music will be joined by representatives of the Ohio University School of Music and Opera Columbus to honor the life of Roger L. Stephens (1942-2011), at 7:30 p.m. today (6/13) in Weigel Auditorium. Stephens was opera director of the OSU School of Music from 1980-1993, dean of the Ohio University School of Music from 1993–2002, and founder of Columbus Light Opera. The program is open to the public.
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June 16: Summer 2011 Staff Conversation with President Gee

The Summer 2011 Staff Conversation with President Gee and Interim VP of Human Resources Kim Shumate will take place from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday (6/16) at 100 Mendenhall Laboratory. The topic will be culture transformation. If you cannot attend, please e-mail your questions to Streaming video will be available during the event at
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'Lost in Translation' kicks off Wex Drive-In series June 16

 The Wexner Center's free outdoor film series, Wex Drive-In, returns for the sixth year, kicking off Thursday (6/16) at dusk with Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation," starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. The film is projected on a big screen on the plaza in front of the Wex; bring blankets or lawn chairs. Food and drink are available for purchase; popcorn is free. The party starts at 8 p.m.; film around 9 p.m.
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'Daddy & Papa' kicks off Matinees that Matter series June 16

The OSU Medical Center's departments of Community Development and Leadership Academy have collaborated to develop Matinees that Matter, a lunch-and-learn program with video and discussion. The program will showcase films set in different ethnic or racial communities, providing a deeper exploration of the ways in which social conditions affect population health. "Daddy & Papa," showing noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday (6/16) in 160 Meiling, explores the growing phenomenon of gay fatherhood and its impact on American culture.
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