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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Friday, Sept. 20. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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The Wexner Center’s fall theater season begins Friday (10/4) and Saturday (10/5) with the epic Life and TimesEpisode 1 from vanguard theater ensemble Nature Theater of Oklahoma. The idea sprang from the directive “tell me your life story,” posed to company member Kristin Worrall. Through the company’s ever-inventive staging of her verbatim remembrances, her humor-laced tale was called a “masterpiece” by the New Yorker.

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Ohio State receives $18.7 million federal grant to establish Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science

  Ohio State has received an $18.7 million federal grant to establish a research center devoted to the study of tobacco use patterns, industry marketing practices and public perceptions that will help the Food and Drug Administration put science behind its new role in regulating tobacco. A total of 18 scientists from six colleges and the Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC) will populate the new Ohio State University Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science.

Mary Ellen Wewers, professor of health behavior and health promotion and a principal investigator on the grant, is co-leading the center with oncologist Peter Shields, deputy director of the OSUCCC and a specialist in identifying biomarkers to assess lifestyle-related cancer risk factors.
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 A gift that benefits you and Ohio State! It’s possible with a charitable gift annuity. In exchange for a gift of cash or appreciated securities, you will receive fixed lifetime payments and potential tax benefits. In the future, your gift will provide support for an area of Ohio State that is important to you. All Ohio State faculty, staff and retirees who are at least 55 years of age can take advantage of a special minimum funding amount of $5,000.
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Center for Emergent Materials researchers develop new tool for imaging spin properties

Physics Professors Chris Hammel and David Stroud; Post-doctoral Researcher Vidya Bhallamudi; Graduate Research Associates Chris Wolfe and Andrew Berger; and Undergraduate Research Assistant Dominic Labanowski developed a new technique for imaging spin properties at the nanoscale. Scanned Spin-Precession Microscopy works by incorporating a scannable micromagnetic tip in conjunction with any of a variety of established spin detection tools—electrical or optical, and improves their limited or non-existent imaging capabilities.
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Learn something new! The OSU Health Plan offers educational programming courses each semester as a complimentary service of Your Plan for Health. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff can participate in a variety of workshops or view live or archived webinars on a wide range of topics. Upcoming webinars include Stretching and Ergonomics in the Work Place on Wednesday (9/25) at noon, and Parenting Skills: A Primer on Healthy Limit Setting on Wednesday (10/2) at noon.
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Discovery Themes information sessions set

Three information sessions have been scheduled to provide opportunities for faculty to learn more about the recently released Discovery Themes Request for Proposals, which is available online. The sessions, hosted by Associate Provost Stephen Myers, will take place on Wednesday (9/25) from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday (9/26) from 2:30-3:30 p.m., and Wednesday (10/2) from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union.
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Interdisciplinary team awarded NSF grant for game-based e-learning

Ola Ahlqvist, associate professor of geography and principal investigator, along with co-principal investigators Andrew Heckler, associate professor of physics and Rajiv Ramnath, associate professor of computer science and engineering, have been awarded a $249,999 grant from the NSF Cyberlearning Program for the research project, GeoGames - online map games for teaching and learning through a real-world spatial perspective. The funding will allow the researchers to continue their project, initiated in 2011.
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Focus on sustainability

Summit: ‘Building Resiliency for a Climate of Change’

The annual Summit on Sustainability & the Environment, organized by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, will take place Tuesday (10/8) at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) on West Broad Street in Columbus. Joseph Fiksel, executive director of the Center for Resilience at Ohio State, will speak on “Pathways to a Resilient, Energy-Efficient Economy.”
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Events this week

Today: Fall Undergraduate Research Student Poster Forum

The Fall Undergraduate Research Student Poster Forum will take place today (9/20) in the Buckeye Reading Room and Multipurpose Room (165) in Thompson Library. View more than 150 student posters highlighting summer research accomplishments from noon-3 p.m. Stop by for as long as your schedule allows. All are welcome.
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Upcoming events

Voice faculty debut recital Sept. 23

 Newly appointed assistant professor of voice, Katherine Rohrer, mezzo-soprano, will present her Ohio State debut recital on Monday (9/23) at 8 p.m. in Weigel Hall Auditorium. The performance will couple traditional repertoire with lesser-known but evocative works, including song cycles by Robert Schumann and the little-known Louis Aubert. Selections will highlight the passion of love with ultimate personal loss. Advance ticket sales available at 292-2295. One free ticket with BuckID, presented in person.
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Gillespie is guest speaker for FCFS kickoff luncheon Sept. 26

 Robert Gillespie, OSU professor of music, is the featured speaker for the next monthly meeting, on Thursday (9/26) from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Faculty Club, Jr. Colleagues Room. Gillespie will share his vision for being a Christian professor and lead a discussion on the vision and mission of FCFS for this year and invite your ideas, suggestions and participation.
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Cyber Security Conference Oct. 3

Ohio State’s second annual Cyber Security Day Conference will bring lectures, training, and timely discussions of cyber and information security topics to the Fawcett Center on Thursday (10/3). The Office of the Chief Information Officer and the State of Ohio’s Department of Administrative Services are teaming up to provide this opportunity to employees from state and local government, Ohio State, and the Wexner Medical Center.
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Certified Energy Manager training session and exam

The Ohio State University Student Chapter and the Ohio Capital City Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers are hosting a Certified Energy Manager Training Session and Exam Monday (10/7)-Friday (10/11). The CEM designation is the definitive professional certification for energy professionals worldwide.
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