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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Thursday, Aug. 21. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

 OSUToday sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts
This fall, be prepared to be dazzled by Andy Warhol like never before. Making its only U.S. stop, “Andy Warhol: Other Voices, Other Rooms” will fill all Wexner Center galleries from Saturday (9/13)-Sunday (2/15/09). The exhibition features more than 700 works, including film, TV, photographs, paintings, prints, archival material, and more. Don’t miss this show, called “extraordinary” by “Art Monthly” magazine on the occasion of its wildly successful European tour. Read more >

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WASHINGTON NAMED INTERIM DEAN FOR ENGINEERING

Gregory N. Washington, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named interim dean of Engineering, pending Board of Trustees’ approval. He will replace W.A. “Bud” Baeslack, who is leaving the university to become the executive vice president and provost at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Washington joined Ohio State’s faculty in 1995, and has been involved in research in the design and control of smart material systems, the design and control of hybrid electric vehicles and the design of smart electromagnetic systems. He also is associate dean for research in the College of Engineering, and currently the interim director of the Institute for Energy and the Environment.


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The Fisher College of Business Executive Education program is hosting the “Disney Keys to Excellence” on Monday (9/8) and Tuesday (9/9) at the Blackwell Inn. The one-day event (offered on both days) will introduce participants to “the business behind the magic” and strategies that they can implement in their own organizations. Registration fee includes course materials, continental breakfast and lunch. Receive a $50 discount using this promotional code: OSUNWSE. For details or to register call (877) 544-2384 or visit www.keyscolumbus.com


GEE TO SPEAK AT 'RESEARCH ON RESEARCH' EVENT TODAY

TELR and the Digital Union will present the fifth annual Research on Research (R2) Showcase from 1-3 p.m. Thursday (8/21) at the Digital Union (third floor Science and Engineering Library). President E. Gordon Gee will speak at 1 p.m., and electronic poster sessions will be held until 2:45 p.m., when closing ceremonies will begin. Students and their faculty research partners will show how they have used digital media to display conventional research in unconventional ways. TELRport Island in Second Life, featuring five interactive learning projects from OSU faculty and staff, also will be displayed. The event is open to the public and no registration is required. Read more >


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FISH OIL AND WOUND HEALING. Would you like to contribute to important research about how fish oil affects wound healing? Men and women ages 18-45 can earn up to $100.00 for participating in research about fish oil and also obtain a nutritional analysis. Participation includes taking capsules for 5 weeks and attending 2 appointments at The OSU Clinical Research Center. For more information, contact mcdaniel.561@osu.edu or call 614-292-1345.


OSU CLINICAL RESEARCH PROFESSIONALS MEET TODAY

Cathy Mojzisik, RN, MS, will present “The Pharmaceutical Research Industry: An Insider’s Perspective” from noon-1 p.m. today (8/ 21) in 234 Meiling Hall. Mojzisik will share insights gained while working for the pharma industry about their criteria for selecting research sites. The event is open to everyone and no registration is required. Contact: jennifer.lanter@osumc.edu or 293-2115.


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LIFESTYLE INTERVENTION STUDY. Volunteers, individuals ages 35-60, are being recruited for a lifestyle intervention study to modify health risk factors. The study will be conducted on the OSU campus during lunchtime. Participation in the study will last approximately 12 weeks. Several blood samples and filling out of questionnaires will be required. Must have access to Internet. A volunteer fee will be paid. If you are interested, please e-mail gcrc.research@osumc.edu.


MEDICAL CENTER SPONSORS CULTURAL AWARENESS WORKSHOP

A two-part topic workshop addressing cultural dynamics will be presented Friday (8/22) at the Davis Heart and Lung Auditorium/OSU Medical Center. Topics such as conflicts, communication styles, stereotypical thinking patterns, gender expectations and rules that govern gender relationships will be addressed. The first workshop, “Conflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures,” will be held from 8:30 a.m.- noon, and the second workshop, “Men, Women and Misunderstandings: Cultural Perspectives,” will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Contact 293-3369 to register.

NEW STRS RULE REGARDING HEALTH COVERAGE FOR RE-EMPLOYED RETIREES

The State Teachers Retirement System Board approved a change to limit health coverage beginning January 1, 2009, for some STRS retirees who are re-employed in public or private positions. Retirees who are eligible for Medicare are not affected by this rule. To determine if this change impacts you, refer to STRS’s March 2008 newsletter. STRS mailed verification of employment forms to all non-Medicare retirees in late July. This form must be completed and returned to STRS by September 1, 2008. Retirees who do not respond by the deadline will have their STRS health coverage terminated for 2009. STRS Health Care enrollees who have questions should call STRS at 888-227-7877.

OSC HOSTS POLYMER PORTAL WORKSHOP

The Ohio Supercomputer Center is hosting a new workshop, “Using the Polymer Composite Simulation Portal,” from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday (8/26) at OSC. This workshop teaches how to use web portals connected to supercomputing resources to analyze the physical properties of polymer composites through modeling and simulation. The workshop will be presented through a combination of lectures and hands-on lab sessions. Members of the Ohio academic community are invited to attend at no charge. To register, contact trn-contact@osc.edu or call 292-0890.

OSU URBAN ARTS SPACE HOSTS 'MINI FESTIVAL' AUG. 28

As part of a late-summer mini-festival in downtown Columbus, the OSU Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., will present “Art Builds Bridges” from 4-8 p.m Thursday (8/28). The evening includes a community dialogue from 4-6 p.m.; wine tasting from 6–8 p.m.; informal gallery tours at 6 and 6:15 p.m.; and tours of the building’s “green” rooftop garden at 7 and 7:30 p.m. All events are free except for the wine tasting. For details, visit arts.osu.edu/uas or call 292-8861.

onCAMPUS SHINES STAFF SPOTLIGHT ON SUE BURGE

Sue Burge, who works in the Purchasing Department and has been at OSU for 25 years, is featured in the latest Topspot staff profile in the latest issue of onCampus. Find out what Sue likes about working at Ohio State, honors she is most proud of, and what she would do if she were university president for a day. Read more >

WEXNER CENTER SEEKS DOCENTS

The Wexner Center for the Arts is accepting applications through August 25 for its gallery Docent-in-Training program. Docents are active members of the Wexner Center’s education department who lead interactive tours of gallery exhibitions and the center’s unique architectural spaces. They guide visitors in looking at contemporary art and architecture while considering the unique viewpoints of both the artist and the viewer. No experience or previous training is required. For more info, contact edweb@wexarts.org, or call the education info line at 292-6493. Read more >

DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT

The Office of Research is requesting nominations for the 2009 University Distinguished Scholar Award. Each year through the DSA program the university recognizes and honors six faculty whose scholarly activities, research or other creative works are at the forefront of their respective disciplines. Each award recipient will receive a research grant of $20,000 for the pursuit of further scholarly activity and a $3,000 honorarium. Nominations are due Monday (10/20). Application packets are available online.

LEGAL ISSUES WORKSHOP FOR SENIOR LEADERS SEPT. 9

“Key Legal Issues,” a workshop for deans, associate and assistant deans, department chairs, school directors, and division heads, will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday (9/9) in the Gateway Building, 1590 N. High St. Registration is required. Call 292-2800 for details. Read more >

DINNER, SPECIAL PRINT TO BENEFIT THE JAMES

The Gallery Art Center will host “An Evening with Pat Buckley Moss,” from 6-9 p.m. Friday (8/22) at Confluence Park Restaurant. Tickets, available on a first-come, first-served basis, are $50 per person, and a portion of the proceeds from the dinner and program will benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. The Center, located at 4737 Reed Road in Upper Arlington, also will donate a portion of the proceeds from Moss’ new limited-edition print, “Buckeye Landmarks,” to the Spielman Fund.

VOLUNTEER TO ASSIST WITH WELCOME WEEK EVENTS

Students, faculty and staff are needed as volunteers to assist with Welcome Week 2008 events. Volunteers knowledgeable about the campus are encouraged to help with Campus Locator Services, and help is also needed with the Convocation ceremony. Interested volunteers may sign up online or contact couch.28@osu.edu for more information.

 

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