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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Monday, Aug. 24. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Researchers boost production of biofuel that could replace gasoline

 Engineers at Ohio State have found a way to double the production of the biofuel butanol, which might someday replace gasoline in automobiles. The process improves on the conventional method for brewing butanol in a bacterial fermentation tank. Once developed as a fuel, butanol could potentially be used in conventional automobiles in place of gasoline, while producing more energy than another alternative fuel, ethanol, explained Shang-Tian Yang, OSU professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. Read more: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/butanol.htm

Today: Open forum to introduce candidate for director of University Libraries

The search committee for the director of University Libraries will host an open forum to introduce faculty, staff and students to Lorraine Haricombe, a candidate for the position, from 3:30-4:45 p.m. today (8/24) in the West Reading Room of the newly renovated Thompson Library. Haricombe has been Dean of Libraries at the University of Kansas since 2006, and was Dean of University Libraries at Bowling Green State University from 2001-06. Contact: Melinda Nelson at mailto:nelson.19@osu.edu. Read more: http://oaa.osu.edu/DirectorUniversityLibraries040109.php

Ohio State Mortar Board chapter receives national awards

The Mabel G. Freeman chapter at Ohio State was among the outstanding chapters to be honored at the 2009 Mortar Board National Conference, held recently in Chicago. The group received the Golden Torch Award, presented to outstanding chapters that are superb, timely and go above and beyond the minimum standards throughout the academic year. The chapter also was recognized with two Project Excellence Awards for an alumni career panel held during Mortar Board Week and the Guitar Hero World Tour at OSU event. Incoming chapter president Matthew Hansen, outgoing chapter president and Mortar Board intern Laura Bockbrader, and advisor Julie Graber accepted the awards. Read more: http://www.mortarboard.org/news/pressreleases/2009/OhioState.pdf

Construction alert: SR 315 project reaches halfway point

Work on the SR 315 project that involves campus area exits has reached the halfway point and things are going according to schedule. Motorists are encouraged to obey speed traffic laws through the construction zone. OSUToday will provide regular updates on the project as the start of fall quarter and football season near. Follow the progress at http://www.dot.state.oh.us/projects/315/Pages/default.aspx; and watch a video of crews working the early morning shift as the deck for the new Ackerman Road Bridge is poured.

OSU Police: Drunk driving Over the Limit, Under Arrest Campaign

The OSU Police Division is partnering with the Franklin County DUI Taskforce and other law enforcement agencies by participating in the national Drunk Driving Over the Limit, Under Arrest Campaign. Sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the program seeks to reduce the number of alcohol related traffic crashes by combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness. Additional officers will be working overtime on campus looking for impaired drivers, aggressive drivers and safety belt violators. The program runs Friday (8/21)-Labor Day weekend. Contact: OSU Police Capt. Eric Whiteside, mailto:whiteside.6@dps.ohio-state.edu

2009-10 parking permits required starting Sept. 1: Apply now

Starting on Tuesday (9/1), 2009-10 parking permits and keycards will be required to access all parking areas. Parking permit applications are available online at http://tp.osu.edu. All permit application orders submitted will be held in the Transportation and Parking Services office, 160 Bevis Hall. Please allow 3-5 business days processing time for your order, if ordering online, and be sure to call in advance to ensure that your permit order is ready. Photo ID required to pick up your permit.

Road work alert: College Road, 18th, 19th and Neil avenues

Due to wet weather last week the following schedule has been updated. Today (8/24), 19th Avenue loading dock areas near Haskett Hall and Fontana Labs will be closed. The 4-H exit drive and parking will be closed today (8/24)-Wednesday (8/26). On Wednesday (8/26)-Friday (8/28), from 6 p.m.-6 a.m., 19th, 18th and Neil avenue (from 17th to 19th) will be closed to through traffic. Mail service may be delayed as a result of this construction. Mail will be held at the local carrier unit on 19th Avenue. Pick up is encouraged if delivery is expected, but not received. Read more at http://tp.osu.edu/alerts/summerconstruction.shtml. Contact OSU T & P at mailto:tpinfo@osu.edu if you need assistance with alternate accessible parking arrangements.
Please note all scheduling is weather and constructability permitting.

Today: Open football practice, Ohio Stadium scoreboard upgrades on display

Ohio State football fans are invited to check out a new look in the north end zone and east and west faces of C-deck during an open practice at 7:30 p.m. today (8/24) in Ohio Stadium. A new scoreboard with video capabilities will be in place in the north end zone and flanked by new signage paying tribute to Buckeye retired numbers and national championships. A new ribbon board also has been installed on the faces of C-deck on the east and west sides of the stadium. Read more >

Reminder: Neil Avenue pavement restoration project underway

Pavement restoration work will take place this week on Neil Avenue between Tuttle Park Place and Lane Avenue as well as Tuttle Park Place between Neil and Lane avenues. Today (8/24) and Tuesday (8/25), the access drive to the ROTC parking lot via Tuttle Park Place will be closed. Alternate access to the ROTC parking lot is located on Lane Avenue. Deliveries, emergency vehicles and ADA parking will be maintained. All streets, including the Woodruff/Tuttle intersection, will be open to through traffic on Monday (8/31). Contact: mailto:fod_communications@osu.edu

Sept. 10 workshop: Keys to Success in Recruiting & Retaining Women Faculty

“Keys to Success in Recruiting & Retaining Women Faculty,” a workshop for department chairs, school directors, deans, associate deans, and assistant deans, will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch included) on Thursday (9/10) in 400 Stillman Hall. Registration is required. Register online >. Contact: 247-1847

Aug. 25: 'What is Design?' at the OSU Urban Arts Space

Curious about design? Want to know what it is exactly that designers do? Bring your lunch to the OSU Urban Arts Space from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday (8/25) and discuss design with OSU students in Visual Communication, Interior, and Industrial Design. View student work and get answers to any questions you may have. Free and open to all. Read more: http://uas.osu.edu

Aug. 26: Initial book club meeting at OSU Urban Arts Space

Join OSU Urban Arts Space student assistant Nicole Eggert, as she hosts the Space's first book club from 1:30-2 p.m. Wednesday (8/26), during which attendees will get acquainted and select the first reading. After this initial discussion, the club will meet on the last Wednesday of each month from noon-1 p.m. You are welcome to bring lunch. The event is free and open to all. Read more: http://uas.osu.edu

Campus Dialysis Clinic Open House Aug. 27

The Division of Nephrology invites you to an open house from 4-8 p.m. Thursday (8/27) at the Kidney Center at OSU, located in the Medical Center campus in Cramblett Hall, first floor. Physicians, nurses and staff from the Division of Nephrology and Fresenius Medical Care will be on hand to answer questions, and National Kidney Foundation representatives will discuss kidney disease, risk factors, prevention and kidney health screenings. Light refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. Contact: Amy Elliott at mailto:amy.elliott@osumc.edu

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