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

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Today: Staff invited to Conversation with President Gee

Positive changes are afoot for the University Staff Advisory Committee’s Town Hall Meeting that invited staff to interact with Ohio State’s senior leadership during fall, winter and spring quarters. It will now be called a Staff Conversation with President Gee, and the president, who enthusiastically agreed to the changes, will be the only senior leader in attendance, beginning with a conversation from noon-1 p.m. today (10/21) in Jennings Hall. The new format is a chance for Gee to learn more about staff concerns, and staff in turn can be more informed about how the university continues to build its relationships with employees. These events will be streamed for Real Media and Windows Media Player; links are available at


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 lunch time. 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 Kemba Days Yancey at

Today: Lonnie Thompson featured in documentary on climate change and business

Ohio State glaciologist Lonnie Thompson will be featured in HEAT, a FRONTLINE documentary on climate change and business airing at 9 p.m. today (10/21) on PBS (check local listings). On the eve of a historic election, award-winning producer and correspondent Martin Smith investigates how the world's largest corporations and governments are responding to Earth's looming environmental disaster. The film will have a website ( including extended transcripts of some of the interviews conducted at OSU. The entire documentary can be viewed online once it has aired.


HONEY BEE LAB'S PRE-HOLIDAY SALES. The Honey Bee Lab will be having two Pre-Holiday Honey Sales at the locations listed below. This year there are many new products including soaps, lotions, and candy. For details, visit or address questions to

  • OSU Newark Campus, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday (10/22), Hidden Benefits Fair at the Reese Center.
  • OSU Columbus Campus, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday (10/23), Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center (by the Schottenstein Center).

Research Foundation offers Cayuse424 Practice Lab Oct. 22

Cayuse424 facilitates electronic submission of NIH, NSF, and USDA proposals. Registration is required for this hands-on session and is available online. Participants will be able to begin building proposals, so it would be helpful to bring any attachments (e.g., BioSketch, draft Research Plan) in an electronic format, i.e., CD or memory stick (jump drive). Prior attendance at an Introduction to Cayuse424 demonstration is recommended but not required.

Oct. 29: Difficult Conversations workshop for deans, department chairs

Human Resources is offering “Working through Difficult Conversations,” a workshop for department chairs, school directors, deans, associate deans, and assistant deans, from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday (10/29) in 430 Gateway. Registration is required. Register online. Contact: 292-2800

Mexican Film features Story of Love Gone Awry

As part of its Mexican film series, the Center for Latin American Studies is featuring Él (The Strange Passion) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (10/22) in 180 Hagerty Hall. The movie is about a husband dedicated to his wife, but little by little his passion starts exhibiting disturbing traits. All films are free and have English subtitles. View a list of films.

Graduate and Professional School Expo Oct. 22

Faculty and staff are asked to remind students about the Graduate and Professional School Expo scheduled for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday (10/22) in the French Field House. Meet with reps from more than 90 graduate and professional schools in healthcare, law, business, humanities, education, and more. Schools from across the U.S., and some from overseas will be represented. There is no admission fee or registration, and all students are invited to attend. Read more >

World-renowned sculptor to speak at Newark campus

Internationally recognized sculptor Gary Lee Price will present a public lecture, “Sculpture to Inspire,” at 2 p.m. Thursday (10/23) in the John Gilbert Reese Center’s Alford Performing Arts Hall on the OSU Newark campus. The event is free and open to the community. Price's bronze sculptures are located throughout Licking County and the world, including the Salt Lake County Permanent Art Collection; Dallas Arboretum; Birmingham Botanical Gardens; and American Community Schools of Surry, England. Contact: Laura Walsh at (740) 364-9514 or

ORRP digital story viewing highlights cancer research participant

The Office of Responsible Research Practices is hosting a digital story viewing from 3-4 p.m. Friday (10/24) in 117 Research Foundation Building, about Barbara Beckwith, a former research participant and recently appointed member of the Cancer Institutional Review Board. Beckwith is a two-time cancer survivor who is passionate about spreading the word on the importance of research participation to the African American and senior citizen communities. Register online.

Benefits open enrollment forums begin Oct. 29

Benefits Open Enrollment runs from Monday (11/3)-Friday (11/14). Benefits consultants will present medical plan options, the new Your Plan for Health website, pharmacy information, and premium rate changes at various forums to be held from Wednesday (10/29)-Wednesday (11/12) on the Columbus and regional campuses, and at the hospitals. To register or view a complete forum schedule, visit

ADD, ADHD, and Autism discussion Oct. 28

Tom Fish, director, Family and Employment Services at the Nisonger Center will facilitate an informational discussion about the detection, diagnosis and available treatments for children with ADD, ADHD, and autism, from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday (10/28) in 165 Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms around each of these disorders. Register online.

Vet med course to cover equine nutrition and feeding

The College of Veterinary Medicine is offering a course on equine nutrition and feeding to be held Saturday (11/8) and Sunday (11/9) at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Geared toward horse owners, breeders, caretakers, veterinarians and technicians, the course will cover the basics of equine nutrition from the faculty experts in the college. Register by Friday (10/24). Read more >

Staff Career Development Grant application deadline Oct. 27

Staff Career Development Grants of up to $500 each are awarded annually to offset education and training costs needed to further staff career goals and professional development. To be eligible, you must be a regular full-time or part-time staff member and have at least two years of continuous employment with Ohio State. Applications are available online and are due Monday (10/27). The grants are funded through contributions to the Campus Campaign's Staff Career Development Fund and administered by Human Resources. Contact: 292-4341 or

Get your free biometric health screening on the calendar

Schedule an appointment at a campus location near you for your free biometric health screening, which provides data needed to complete the Personal Health Assessment. Completing the online PHA qualifies you to participate in the 2008 Incentive Program, which ends Wednesday (12/31), and earn a discount on your 2009 monthly medical premiums. Appointments are available daily at six campus locations and at mobile sites, including the Mansfield Campus Tuesday (10/28) and Ross Heart Hospital on Wednesday (11/19). Schedule your screening online (click on Personal Health Assessment).

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