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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Tuesday, Sept. 30. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

 OSUToday sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts
Award-winning choreographer and OSU dance professor Bebe Miller and her New York company perform the world premiere of her new show Necessary Beauty, created over two long-term creative residencies at the center. In Necessary Beauty, performed Wednesday (10/1)-Sunday (10/5), Miller explores the potential for beauty in everyday life through dance, video and text. Read more >

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Ohio State study: Mortgage losses on owner-occupied homes lower than assumed

Homeowners who are struggling with mortgages for their own residences are a relatively small part of the overall mortgage crisis, according to results of a new nationwide study of consumer balance sheets. The study estimates that losses on first mortgages for owner-occupied homes may range as high as $180 billion. While that's a large amount, it is not catastrophic, said Randall Olsen, co-author of the study, professor of economics, and director of the Center for Human Resource Research at Ohio State. Instead, the results suggest that the biggest losses in the mortgage crisis are not for owner-occupied homes, but for commercial real estate loans, and loans for houses bought as investments or built on speculation, Olsen said. Read more >


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Fadiman to screen Stealing America: Vote By Vote today

Dorothy Fadiman, award-winning documentary filmmaker, will screen portions of her newest film, “Stealing America: Vote By Vote,” at 1:30 p.m. today (9/30) in 2038 Drake Performance and Event Center. The campus visit will be in Theatre 777, Studies in Documentary. For details, contact Alan Woods, Department of Theatre ( or 292-6614). A listing of local and regional shows is available online.

OSU hosts Midwest International Economics and Economic Theory Meetings

Ohio State's Department of Economics is hosting the Fall 2008 Midwest International Economics & Economic Theory Meetings, Friday (10/3)-Sunday (10/5). Session topics include Nonlinear Income Taxes, Political Economy, Industrial Organization, Game Theory, Auctions, Private-Value Environments, Market Economies, and much more. Presenters include OSU faculty and faculty from around the world. Sessions are geared toward academic researchers but they are free and open to the public as well. Contact: 292-0188 or

History of Art hosts Huntington Symposium on South Asian Art

The History of Art Department is hosting a symposium in honor of Susan Huntington, Distinguished University Professor Emerita and former Dean of the Graduate School, from 3-5:30 p.m. Friday (10/3) and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (10/4) in the Wexner Film/Video Theater. Twelve of Huntington's former students will speak on topics ranging from royal patronage in early Buddhist cave sites to Western cinematic representations of India. A public reception in the Hayes Hall lobby will immediately follow Friday's talks at 5:30 p.m. Read more >

Center for Knowledge Management offers online seminar calendar

For a comprehensive listing of research and educational seminars being held across the Health Sciences, visit and bookmark the online medicine calendar. Provided as a service by the Center for Knowledge Management, more than 75 departments and programs across the Medical Center and Health Sciences use the centralized calendar to publish their weekly seminar schedules. Visitors can subscribe to an electronic messaging service to receive an e-mail each afternoon detailing the next day's scheduled events.

Disability Studies Reading/Viewing Group to meet Oct. 2

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the first meeting of the Disability Studies Reading/Viewing Group from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday (10/2) in 156 University Hall. After viewing the film Quid Pro Quo (2008), participants will have a short discussion, as well as plan upcoming meetings and events. Contact: or 202-1791

Department of Anthropology moves to Smith Laboratory

The Department of Anthropology has moved from Lord Hall to Smith Laboratory. While the move went smoothly, there will be some delays in services as laboratories and offices are unpacked and made fully operational. The main office is located in Smith 4034. The new address is 174 W. 18th Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43210-1106. All phone and e-mail contacts will remain the same as before. Contact: Jean Whipple, 292-4149

OIT offers noncredit computing short courses

OIT's quarterly computing short courses are noncredit and are offered at no charge to you. Topics include: Excel 2003 basic, Windows XP and Office overview, FrontPage basic, PowerPoint basic and advanced, SPSS, and SAS. In addition, the following classes are available: Windows XP Professional - Advanced and Web Design - Basic. Classes fill quickly, so register online as soon as possible.

Faculty panel discussion: Working with the NSF

All faculty interested in receiving funding from the National Science Foundation are invited to attend a panel discussion at 11:30 a.m. Friday (10/3) in the Smith Seminar Room at the Physics Research Building. Investigators who have received funding from the NSF will share thoughts about what helped them when they first started out, the proposal review process, and how to best work with this sponsor throughout proposal development, submission and project management. Register online

Geriatrics and Gerontology offers curriculum materials in aging

In keeping with the vision of the university to advance the well-being of the people of Ohio and the global community through the creation and dissemination of knowledge, the OSU Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology is proposing to provide curriculum materials in aging for integration into current and new courses across campus. The pre-packaged teaching tools would be made available to OSU faculty through an accessible online tool kit and updated regularly at no charge. Complete the Needs Assessment online to insure this new program meets your needs. Read more >

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