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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Tuesday, Sept. 27. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Now in its fourth year, the eStores online ordering system has grown to include 95 catalogs offering a variety of goods and services at discounted contract pricing. Fisher Scientific, OfficeMax, GovConnection, Dell, Apple Computer, Invitrogen and Sigma-Aldrich are among the top suppliers in eStores. Also in eStores … 5 temporary staffing companies, 22 caterers, 5 advertising specialty companies and 7 MBE suppliers. Visit eStores by going to, select "Create a new eRequest" and click on the eStores button.
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Headline news

Ohio State named among top 10 in nation for quality care

The OSU Medical Center is one of 10 academic medical centers in the nation delivering the highest quality of care based on results of a study commissioned by the University HealthSystem Consortium. In recognition, Ohio State Medical Center is the recipient of the 2011 UHC Quality Leadership Award, given to academic medical centers that demonstrate excellence in delivering high-quality care as measured by a Quality & Accountability Study, which UHC has commissioned annually since 2005. Ohio State ranked ninth nationwide in the 2011 survey.
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Need attractive meeting or conference space? Go green! Plan your next event at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, OSU's first LEED® certified building. Over 12,000 square feet of conference and classroom space with room arrangements for more than 400. Large auditorium/hall space with 5 breakout rooms. Wi-Fi and free use of built-in LCD projectors. Conveniently located, easy access to SR 315 with free adjacent parking. For a tour, consultation or more information, contact Amelia Brashear, or 247-6904.

Herness named associate dean of the Graduate School

Scott Herness, professor of oral biology in the College of Dentistry, is joining the Graduate School as associate dean. During an autumn quarter transition period, Herness will be working with current Associate Dean Elliot Slotnick, who is retiring at the end of December. Herness holds a Ph.D. in biology, and his research focuses on the molecular and physiological basis of taste.
-- > Contact: Patrick Osmer,, 247-7413
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College of Optometry Eyewear Gallery Fall Fashion Frame Expo Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Over 4,000 frames on display. Featured designers: Giorgio Armani; Liz Claiborne; Guess; Ray Ban; Maui Jim Sunglasses. Featured frames specially priced. Expert optometrists, opticians, frame stylists, and interns to address your visual needs and maximize your visual performance. You'll look great and see well. Visit our Eyewear Gallery or call 292-2020 now for details. VSP Provider.
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Zacher appointed university's academic liaison on 200Columbus Bicentennial Organizing Committee

The Columbus Bicentennial marks 200 years of innovation, education and collaboration in the City of Columbus. As a 200Columbus co-chair with Abigail Wexner and Bishop Timothy Clarke, President Gee has appointed Chris Zacher as the university's academic liaison on the city's 200Columbus Bicentennial Organizing Committee. Zacher is an emeritus professor of English, a past director of the Humanities Institute, and a former secretary of the University Senate. He will work along with OSU committee organizing members Dawn Tyler-Lee and Trudy Bartley to insure that Ohio State's academic community is represented in Bicentennial celebrations.
-- > Contact: Cathe Moog at
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Do you take antidepressants but still have symptoms of depression? The Department of Psychiatry is enrolling adults in a clinical research study of an investigational medication as a potential add-on treatment to anti-depressants. Participants will receive study-related care at no cost and receive some compensation for their time. For more information, call our clinical trial research office at 293-7109 or e-mail us at

Innovator of the Year nominations sought

Three university-wide Innovator of the Year awards will be presented this year to the university's most successful entrepreneurs – those working to actively promote commercialization of university intellectual property. The Office of Research is seeking nominations in three categories: Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year, and Student Innovator of the Year. Nomination deadline is Wednesday (10/5); winners will be announced Tuesday (11/8), following the "State of Research" address.
-- > Contact: Caroline Whitacre at or 247-8356
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Critical Difference Professional Development Grants

Professional Development and Women of Color Advancement Grants are available for women faculty and staff continuously employed by Ohio State for at least one year, and students (graduate/professional students with a 3.0 GPA and undergraduates with a 2.5 GPA). Grants can be used for professional development activities, research, etc. Significant financial need is a key consideration. Applications are due Thursday (10/20) and are available online.

Events this week

OSU Climate Change Webinar Series continues Sept. 29

Steve Matthews, assistant research professor within the School of Environment and Natural Resources will present "Regional Impacts of Climate Change on Forests and Bird Communities" at noon Thursday (9/29), as part of the OSU Climate Change Outreach Team's webinar series. Register online for this free webinar. The first online seminar this fall, the Global Change, Local Impact webinar series is part of a multi-departmental effort within the university to help localize the climate change issue for Ohioans and Great Lakes residents.
-- > Contact: Jill Jentes Banicki at

Events this week

Oct. 4: Shkurti to speak on lessons of Vietnam War

William Shkurti, adjunct professor at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs and former chief fiscal officer for Ohio State, will speak at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday (10/4) on "New Lessons from an Old War" at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Shkurti is author of Soldiering On in a Dying War (Kansas, 2011). He will examine whether America's experience with the Vietnam drawdown 40 years ago sheds any light on the current drawdown of forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. RSVP to by Friday (9/30).
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Oct. 11: Administrative Research Council meeting

Attend the first ARC meeting of the 2011-2012 academic year from 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday (10/11) in 165 Thompson Library. The agenda includes presentations by Brian Cummings, vice president for technology commercialization, Subha Raman, associate professor and 2011 Innovator of the Year Awardee, and Anne Moffat, executive director, OSP and updates from the ARC organization. All members of the Ohio State research administration community are welcome. Light refreshments and networking begin at 9:10 a.m.
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Join the OSU team for Oct. 8 AIDSWalk

Join OSU students, faculty and staff for the 20th Anniversary of the Dr. Robert J. Fass Memorial AIDSWalk at 9 a.m. Saturday (10/8) at Bicentennial Park. Register for the OSU Columbus Campus Team at (click on Find a Team and search for OSU Columbus Campus). There is no fee to join. All money raised through AIDSWalk provides the unrestricted dollars to fight HIV/AIDS in Central Ohio.
-- > Contact: Katye Miller,

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