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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Thursday, Oct. 23. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

 OSUToday sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts
Here’s a fete in true Warhol style. Hop into a photo booth, dodge the paparazzi, dance to vintage tunes and Warhol-inspired music and imagine yourself as a Factory superstar. The Wex transforms into Andyland for a night of moving, shaking, and stargazing, with fine food and beverages too, from 10 p.m.-2 am. Saturday (11/8). The party climaxes with a special DJ set by Columbus native and hip-hop star RJD2. Read more >

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OSU launches plug-in electric hybrid vehicle research program

Today (10/23) is the kick-off meeting of SMART@CAR - a unique multi-discipline research collaboration of OSU researchers and industrial partners including automakers, electric utility companies, electronics manufacturers, energy service companies, and others. SMART@CAR is a systems approach to the technology, systems, and policy challenges surrounding the development, manufacturing, and deployment of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and intelligent charging systems. For details, contact Vincenzo Marano at marano.8@osu.edu.
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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 gcrc.research@osumc.edu.


Latest issue of onCampus now available

The Oct. 23 issue of onCampus is now available, so please check your OSU mailbox. Here's a preview of stories from the online version:

  • In his semi-annual address to faculty, President Gordon Gee said Ohio State is called upon today, as never before, to assume leadership in the state of Ohio and beyond its borders. Read more >
  • As health care costs continue to skyrocket across the country, Ohio State is actually giving employees a chance to lower their premiums. Read more >

Tyson to discuss Cosmic Perspective Oct. 30; free tickets today

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience will welcome Neil deGrasse Tyson as the First-Year Distinguished Speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday (10/30) in Weigel Hall Auditorium. Director of the Hayden Planetarium and one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2007, Tyson will deliver “The Cosmic Perspective: How the Astrophysicist Views Life, the Universe, and Everything." Free tickets available to the campus community and general public today (10/23) in 120 Enarson Hall. For details, visit www.fye.osu.edu/speaker.html or contact schultz.173@osu.edu.

Homecoming & football game to impact traffic, parking, CABS service

Due to the 2008 Homecoming Parade from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday (10/24) several campus streets will be closed, including sections of Cannon Drive, Woody Hayes Drive, High Street, and 12th Avenue. Customers parking in the Northwest, Tuttle, Arps, and Ohio Union garages may experience delays in exiting the garage after 6 p.m. as a result of the parade route. The Campus Loop North, Campus Loop South, North Express, East Residential, Tuttle Shuttle, and the Library/Buckeye Village CABS routes will not run from approximately 5:30-8 p.m. Traffic delays are expected.

In addition, the City of Columbus will implement a parking ban on Lane Avenue and Chittenden Avenue from 9 a.m. Saturday (10/25) until 8 a.m. Sunday (10/26) for the Buckeyes football game, which begins at 8 p.m. Read more >

Oct. 24: Long to discuss energy independence, improving the environment

OSU’s Institute for Energy and the Environment in support of the Environmental Science Graduate Program is hosting a discussion with Mike Long, president of Resource100 and former director of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, at 3:30 p.m. Friday (10/24) in 1080 Physics Research Building. Long will deliver "Integrated Systems Approach to Becoming Energy Independent, Improving the Environment and Creating Jobs.” The lecture is open to all and will also be webcast at http://sg60.oar.net/physics/. Contact: Scott Potter at potter.138@osu.edu

OSU Lima discussion explores status of nuclear weapons in Pakistan

As part of the Performing Arts and Lecture Series of the Lima campus, Pervez Hoodbhoy, chairman and professor of physics at Quaid-e-Azam University will deliver "Loose Pakistani Nukes - An Imagined Danger?" at 12:30 p.m. Monday (10/27) in 160 Reed Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public. Contact jeschonnek.1@osu.edu
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Research Foundation offers Effort Certification Training Oct. 28

The Research Foundation is offering Effort Certification Training from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday (10/28) in 113 Research Foundation that includes a demonstration and hands-on practice. Participants are encouraged to bring any materials necessary to review and certify effort reports. OSU Internet Username (name.#) and password are needed to access the system. Registration is required and is available online.

Ken Stein to discuss future of Israel studies at Ohio State

Ken Stein, Emory University professor, will discuss “Israel on American Campuses - Teaching or Preaching?” at noon Wednesday (10/29) at Hillel, 46 E. 16th Ave. At 7:30 p.m., Stein will present “The United States in the Middle East and the Next Administration” at the Columbus Jewish Community Center, 1125 College Ave. Both lectures are free and comprise the opening of the “Israel and Her Neighbors Series” facilitated by the Melton Center for Jewish Studies. All are welcome. Lunch will be served at the Hillel talk; reservations required. For reservations or transportation inquiries, contact Nancy Golden at 247-7882 or golden.45@osu.edu, or Lori Fireman at 292-0700 or fireman.2@osu.edu.
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