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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Wednesday, Oct. 7. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

OSUToday sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts
Come see the work of the artist the New York Times calls “perhaps the most influential contemporary painter of the moment” — Luc Tuymans. The first U.S. retrospective of internationally known Belgian painter is at the Wexner Center first before touring the country. Jointly organized by the Wexner Center and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition features more than 70 of Tuymans’s subtle but potent paintings. Read more:

Spotlight on ... Center for Clinical and Translational Science

The Ohio State Center for Clinical and Translational Science was established in 2006 through a $34 million Clinical and Translational Science Award grant from the National Institutes of Health. The CCTS was created with the mission to improve the quality of healthcare for the community by creating new transformative clinical and translational science disciplines. With its new home on the second floor of the Prior Health Sciences Library, the CCTS is bringing together faculty and staff throughout the 16 colleges at Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s Hospital to form a more collaborative research network. The CCTS hopes to continue its progress in placing the OSU Medical Center among the forefront of research institutions in the nation. Read more:

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RESEARCH STUDY. Interested in DENTAL IMPLANTS? The OSU Division of Periodontology is conducting several studies on dental implant therapy and is seeking volunteers for participation. The various studies have different purposes, eligibility criteria, and time commitment (duration). Schedule a free, no-obligation, screening visit (15-20 minutes), if you: are missing one or more teeth, want to receive dental implants to replace your missing teeth, and are interested in participating in a research study. Please call: (614) 292-7847 (voicemail) or e-mail

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President Gee to kick off Libraries Lecture Series Oct. 9

Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee, author of two books on the role of academic libraries in higher education, will deliver the inaugural lecture for the OSU Libraries' series at 2 p.m. Friday (10/9) in Thompson Library (11th floor Campus Reading Room). Gee’s lecture, the first in the Libraries’ 2009-2010 series, “Sharing Knowledge: The Global Information Society,” will discuss the impact of academic libraries on the universities and communities they serve. A brief reception will follow. The series will continue into the spring. Contact: Larry Allen, or 292-8999


FLU VACCINE RESEARCH STUDY. The Ohio State University Rardin Family Practice is conducting a flu vaccine research study for people 65 and older. Eligible participants will receive a flu vaccine and be compensated for their time. For more information about these trials, or if you are interested in participating, please contact Paula Smailes at (614) 293-3644 or e-mail at

Today: Geyer to present Center for Clinical and Translational Science lecture

The Design, Biostatistics and Ethics Support and Training of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science is presenting a Clinical Trials Seminar Series beginning today (10/7). Susan Geyer, Division of Hematology and Oncology, OSU College of Medicine, and the Center for Biostatistics, will deliver "Design Considerations for Feasibility and Pilot Studies" at noon in 240 Prior Health Sciences Library. Future topics and dates will be announced soon. Read more:

Today: Bell to speak on the Egyptian Mummies and Magic

The Columbus Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America is presenting "Pyramids, Mummies and Magic: An Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Funerary Beliefs and Practices," delivered by eminent Egyptologist Lanny Bell of Brown University at 8 p.m. today (10/7) in 014 University Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. Contact: Tim McNiven at or (740) 725-6262

National Work and Family Month: New building tours are full

Due to exceedingly popular demand, the new building tours of the Ohio Union and Thompson Library are full. For information about other workshops celebrating National Work and Family Month in October and to register (which is preferred, but not required) visit

Oct. 8 ReadAloud features President Gee and Maryann Walther-Keisel

The OSU Libraries’ ReadAloud continues from 3-4 p.m. Thursday (10/8) in the Thompson Library Berry Café lounge. This week, President Gee shares his favorite readings and Maryann Walther-Keisel, Center for East European and Slavic Studies, reads from Viy by Nikolai Gogol, a Slavic supernatural tale, and possibly other scary stories. Contact: Nancy Courtney, 688-8771 or

POLENET celebrates Polar Week at Ohio State

POLENET is celebrating Polar Week at Ohio State with a series of engaging polar activities and the launch of a new Web site: Visit the foyer of Earth Sciences Mendenhall Laboratory from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday (10/8) to see a full-size POLENET GPS station set up, guess your weight in Antarctic gear, and take your photo as an Emperor penguin. POLENET is an international research group studying how the earth's surface responds to the changing size of polar ice sheets. The lead scientist in the U.S. is Terry Wilson of OSU's School of Earth Sciences.

OSU Marion artist reception Oct. 28; exhibit now showing

The Wayne & Geraldine Kuhn Fine Arts Gallery at Ohio State Marion is presenting: Drawing it out, an exhibition of drawings that explores the recording of thought through drawing, now through Friday (10/30). A closing artist reception will take place from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday (10/28). The reception is free and open to the public. Twenty four uniquely talented artists are participating in the exhibit. The gallery is located in Morrill Hall, 1465 Mt. Vernon Ave., Marion, and is open to the public 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Read more:


Oct. 8: Mason to present Do Babies Matter in Academia; Annual reception honoring women’s progress at the university

Mary Ann Mason, professor and co-director of the Center of Economics and Family Security, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law Lecture will deliver “Do Babies Matter in Academia?” at 4 p.m. Thursday (10/8) in the Fawcett Center Auditorium. The annual reception honoring women’s progress at the university will follow at 5:15 p.m. in the Fawcett Center lobby. The university community is invited to attend both. Contact: The Women’s Place, Read more:

Faculty and staff men’s basketball season tickets

Men’s basketball season tickets are currently on sale for OSU faculty and staff. If you have not received your online renewal information or you would like to become a new season ticket holder contact the OSU Athletic Ticket Office at (800) GOBUCKS or contact The deadline to pay your invoice online for the 2009-10 season is Friday (10/9). Read more >



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