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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Wednesday, Oct. 14. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Spotlight on ... School of Communication

With the explosion in the number and variety of new communication technologies, social media tools and a new journalism landscape, the study of communication is of paramount importance to our understanding of human interaction. Nationally ranked in the top five among high impact communication programs, the School of Communication faculty and staff are creating a dynamic interdisciplinary-based curricula that places their programs and students at the front edge of the quickly changing multimedia and technology fields.

Beginning in 2010 there will be major changes in the school’s new media, communication technology and journalism curricula. Major renovations are near completion in the School’s classrooms, research laboratories and at the Lantern. Students will benefit from the School’s rigorous, ground-breaking curriculum, nationally renowned faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. Contact: Carroll J. Glynn, chair, at or 292-3400. Read more:

Spotlight on ... will run every Wednesday in OSUToday to promote the highlights, achievements and unique points of pride of each of the university’s departments, centers, units, programs, etc. Send items to to be considered for publication. Limit text to 125 words and include contact information and a web link.


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

Flu update

More Q&As added to flu web site; maps updated

In order to keep students, faculty and staff informed about flu prevention and treatment, the university has updated the maps locating flu shot locations and added more Q&As to the web site, The web site offers guidance about when you can safely self-treat at home, when you should call your doctor for advice, and when you should seek emergency care.

Editor's note: As the flu season progresses, OSUToday will publish the latest campus updates regarding the seasonal flu and the H1N1 strain. Look for this header in upcoming issues as new developments merit.


COACH TRESSEL'S RADIO SHOW AT OXLEY'S. Join coach Jim Tressel at his weekly radio call-in show live from Oxley’s restaurant in the Fawcett Center. Every Thursday at 12:05 p.m., come watch the show “up close” and submit questions if you like. While at Oxley’s, enjoy the lunch buffet offering homemade soup, salads, entrees and desserts for just $8.75, or the Salad and Sandwich menu featuring burger favorites, fresh salads and more. For information, call 292-2918. Ask how you can win lunch at the front row MVP table!

Headline news

NIH awards Ohio State grant for population research center

Ohio State’s Initiative in Population Research has received a $2.2 million, 5-year award from the National Institutes of Health establishing IPR as a premier population research center with signature strengths in the study of family demography, population health, and geographic analysis of health. The IPR brings together behavioral and health scientists from six colleges and 14 departments across Ohio State to better understand the health of children, adults, families, and communities. Contact: John Casterline at or 247-2519. Read more:


TYPE 2 DIABETES STUDY. The Department of Family Medicine is currently enrolling for a research study for Type 2 diabetics who are inadequately controlled on glipizide, Glimeperide, glyburide, or other sulfonylurea medication. Participants will receive study related care, study medication, lab tests, glucose monitoring supplies, and nutrition and exercise counseling at no charge. Participants will be paid up to $900 for completing the study. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Joan Allen, RN at (614) 366-6636 or

Headline news

American Thyroid Association honors OSU cancer expert

Matthew D. Ringel, a physician and researcher at the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute who specializes in thyroid and endocrine tumors, has been awarded the American Thyroid Association’s 2009 Van Meter Award, presented to an investigator age 45 or under who has made outstanding contributions to thyroid disease research. Ringel’s research focuses on the pathways in the development and spread of thyroid and endocrine tumors. Read more >

Ohio State to host top international leukemia researchers; mini symposium today

Physicians, veterinarians and other scientists from around the world will gather at the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute today (10/14) for a mini-symposium on “Comparative Models of Leukemia and Lymphoma,” (see related item below) and on Thursday (10/15)-Friday (10/16) for the biennial meeting of the International Association for Comparative Research on Leukemia and Related Diseases. “Symposium XXIV: Molecular Approaches to Leukemia in the 21st Century: Biology, Outcome Prediction and Personalized Therapy” promotes research to improve outcomes in leukemia and related diseases worldwide. Read more: or

Today: Veterinary Medicine hosts Temin Memorial Lecture, tours

The campus community is invited to the College of Veterinary Medicine today (10/14) to attend the Howard Temin Memorial Lecture, followed by tours of the newly renovated Center for Retrovirus Research laboratory space. John Coffin, professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at Tufts University, and special advisor to the director, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, will deliver “Co-evolution of Retroviruses and Their Hosts” from 11 a.m.-noon in the Veterinary Hospital auditorium, 601 Vernon Tharp St. RSVP for the tours to The event is part of the mini-symposium, “Comparative Models of Leukemia” (see item above). Contact: Melissa Weber, 292-3752. Read more:

Today: Optometry hosts Irvin Borish, 'architect of optometry'

The College of Optometry will host Irvin M. Borish, an internationally known scholar in the world of optometry, considered by many to be the “architect” of optometry, at 5:15 p.m. today (10/14) in the Jennings Hall auditorium. Borish will speak on the development of optometry at the inaugural Jeffrey and Joyce Myers Lecture Series. Contact: or call 292-0818. Read more:

Social Work hosts Licensure Review workshop Oct. 17

The College of Social Work is offering a Licensure Review workshop from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (10/17) at 115 Stillman Hall. CEU/clock hours available. This is a LSW/LISW combined content review. Seating is limited and it is recommended to register in advance. Register online at:

Fisher College MLHR information session Oct. 20

The Fisher College of Business Master of Labor & Human Resources program is hosting an information session from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday (10/20) in Gerlach Hall. Signage will direct you to the correct room in Gerlach Hall. Contact: Graduate Programs Office, 292-8511 or Register online at

Open Enrollment forums begin Oct. 21; register online

Benefits Open Enrollment is Monday (10/26)-Friday (11/6). Benefits consultants will present medical plan options, pharmacy information, and additional changes at the Open Enrollment forums, which will be offered Wednesday (10/21)-Wednesday (11/4). The forums will be held on the Columbus and regional campuses, and at the hospitals. To register or view a complete forum schedule, visit

Register online for OSU Women in Engineering Event

Online registration is now available for the 2009 Change the World: WiE Are the Future event hosted by the OSU Women in Engineering program. Open to female students in grade 12 who are interested in learning more about OSU’s undergraduate engineering program, the event will take place on Friday (11/13). Registration and further information are available at Contact: 247-7936 or

Learning Collaboration Studio accepting reservations

Looking for a flexible, technology-rich classroom or meeting space? The Learning Collaboration Studio (SEL 060) is available at no cost for classes, meetings and training sessions and may be reserved for an entire course or a single session. Course requests for Winter 2010 are due Friday (10/23). Contact: Read more:


Oct. 16: ECE Distinguished Seminar Series with MIT’s Robert Gallager

Robert G. Gallager, M.I.T professor emeritus, will deliver "The Interplay of Theory and Technology in the Communication Sciences" at 1:30 p.m. Friday (10/16), not Thursday as previously stated. It will be held in Dreese Laboratory’s Marlin Thurston Auditorium (room 113) and is jointly sponsored by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Institute for Sensing Systems. Contact: Read more:

'Sacred Mementos: Reliquary Jewels of the Late Middle Ages' Oct. 16

James Robinson (Medieval Curator of the British Museum) will discuss the beautiful Reliquary Jewel holdings of the British Museum at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies annual public lecture at 2:30 p.m. Friday (10/16) in 014 University Hall. Contact: Kevin Richards,, or Jared Boyd, Read more:

Newark Earthworks Day Oct. 17

Newark Earthworks Day, set for 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday (10/17) in the John Gilbert Reese Center, will feature speakers, exhibits, craft vendors and Native food. For more information, contact: or (740) 364-9584. The event is free. Read more:


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