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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Thursday, July 8. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Ohio EPA grant feeds sustainability efforts on OSU farm/research facility

A working farm just west of campus is being transformed into a learning laboratory of best management practices for water quality protection and whole farm sustainability. A $194,324 grant from Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and local matching dollars totaling $132,456 will enable the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District to demonstrate several progressive projects on OSU’s Waterman Agriculture and Natural Resources Laboratory, 2433 Carmack Road. The projects will serve as application tools for current and future farmers and showcase environmental stewardship for students, faculty and urban residents. Read more:


Interested in dental implants? The Division of Periodontology in the College of Dentistry is conducting a study to learn more about wound healing around dental implants. You may be qualified if you are missing a single tooth or having a tooth scheduled for extraction on your lower back jaw. You should be at least 18 years old and a non-smoker with healthy gums and teeth. The study requires routine visits at 1, 2, 3, 6, 8 and 12 post-operative weeks. Qualified participants will receive a $500 discount on the surgical fee and a $200 gift card. To schedule a screening appointment, contact

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eLearning Professional Development Grant applications available

Apply by Friday (7/16) for the Office of the Chief Information Officer's eLearning Professional Development Grants. Recipients receive up to $1,000 (funding requires a 1:1 cash or in-kind match from unit, department, or other source) for individual, group and departmental support. An open Q&A session will take place from 11 a.m.-noon Friday (7/9) in 060 Science and Engineering Library. Contact: Read more:

Dependent tuition assistance: Application deadline July 15

If your dependent will be taking classes during the 2010-11 academic year and you have an eligible regular appointment of at least 50 percent full-time equivalency, your family members can enjoy the benefits of higher education at a lower cost. See the fact sheet and download the form at or contact HR Customer Service at 292-1050 or

OCIO HomeNet dial-up Internet access to be discontinued Sept. 1

The Office of the Chief Information Officer's HomeNet dial-up Internet service will be discontinued on Wednesday (9/1). HomeNet was implemented many years ago at a time when few dial up alternatives were available. OCIO has decided to discontinue offering HomeNet due to outdated equipment, a declining user-base, and the current budget constraints. View information about Internet service providers, both high-speed and dial-up, at Direct comments or questions about the change to or 688-HELP (4357). Read more >

Construction alert

Lane Avenue exit to close July 12

The northbound exit ramp from SR 315 to Lane Avenue will close on Monday (7/12) for approximately 30 days while bridge repair work is completed. Motorists should use either the Medical Center Drive or Ackerman Road exits to reach main campus. Read more:

Events this week

July 10: Art Explorations at Urban Arts Space

Bring your children to the OSU Urban Arts Space from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday (7/10) for hands-on, family-friendly art making with artist Robert Wright. Free and open to all. This month, as part of the Art Explorations series, Wright is working with students to explore abstract painting using a mix of conventional and unconventional materials. RSVP to 292-8861 or Drop-ins permitted only as space and materials are available. Read more:

Upcoming events

Garrity to speak July 12 on Evergreen Agriculture in Africa

Dennis Garrity, director general of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Nairobi, Kenya will present "Evergreen Agriculture: A robust approach to sustainable food security in Africa" at 2 p.m. Monday (7/12) at the School of Environment and Natural Resources, 333 Kottman Hall. A video link will be available to Williams Hall on the Wooster campus. For details about the visit or to schedule a meeting with Garrity, contact Theresa Colson at or 292-9049.

July 13: Engaging Students through Digital Media

Celebrate the Year of eLearning by joining the Digital Media Collective at 11 a.m. Tuesday (7/13) in 165 Thompson Library for a conversation about digital media literacy. Panelists will share their perspectives and best practices about teaching others how to become proficient multimodal digital media creators. Upcoming events and workshops are available at Contact: Robert Griffiths at

Free screenings

Free LASIK screening at OSU Havener Eye Institute

The OSU Havener Eye Institute is offering complimentary LASIK screenings to interested patients. The LASIK screening consists of a thorough eye evaluation and consultation with one of the institute's surgeons. The visit typically takes about an hour and can be scheduled at the OSU Eye and Ear Institute or its Dublin office. If you would like to determine whether you are a good candidate for LASIK, contact 761-3311 or

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