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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Tuesday, Oct. 4. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

OSUToday sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts

See a new 35mm print of John Ford's screen version of The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck's classic tale of the dispossessed and the inspiration for The Builders Association's HOUSE/DIVIDED. The film screens today (10/4) at 7 p.m. in the Wexner Center's Film/Video Theater.

Focus on sustainability

Fiksel addresses Environment and Security

The conference home page for the 12th annual conference of the National Council on Science and the Environment, "Environment & Security," to be held in Washington, D.C. Jan. 18-20, 2012, includes a feature article on Environment and Security co-authored by Alan Hecht of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Joseph Fiksel of Ohio State.

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 IMPACT – Immigration Projects: Art, Culture, and Tradition is the inaugural exhibition in Ohio State's Swing Space Gallery, 1556 N. High St. The show, Oct. 6-27, contains works by artists and writers addressing their immigration experiences. Special events on opening day 4-8 p.m.; reception Oct. 21. The show is part of a series of exhibitions and events in conjunction with the Center on Ethics and Human Values' Conversation on Immigration, and the conference Immigration: What's at Stake? Oct. 20-21.
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Headline news

Ohio State aims to predict, prevent low back pain in nursing population

In an effort to reduce injury, decrease time away from work and minimize costs associated with treatment of lower back pain, OSU Medical Center researchers are studying the condition which claims more than 100 million lost work days per year and costs Americans billions yearly in doctor visits, surgical procedures and therapeutics.

A team of engineers, ergonomics and athletic training experts from the Center for Personalized Health Care are focusing on the most at-risk population for low back pain by enrolling 50 nurses from the Medical Center in a pilot study. In conjunction, the researchers seek to introduce a low back pain assessment system to Ohio State's employee wellness program to identify those that could benefit from preventive care.
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COPEC, a non-profit organization, invites you to its no cost Retirement Decision Workshops covering Current vs. Proposed Pension Benefits, Pension Distribution Options, Social Security Benefits and Offsets, Alternative Retirement Plans, Health Plans, Health and Long Term Care Options. Four dates available: Oct. 6 at OSU Fawcett Center; Oct. 11 at Grove City Library; Oct. 17 at Dublin Library and Nov. 3 at Westerville Library. There will be no attempt to sell any products or services. Register at or call Nancy Snyder at 799-8668.

Nebraska in the Big 10: Did you know ... ?

 The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is now a part of the Big 10 and the Buckeyes invade Lincoln on Saturday (10/8) to play the Cornhuskers. It's Brutus Buckeye vs. Herbie Husker. The nickname "Cornhuskers" was first applied to Nebraska athletic teams at the turn of the century. Prior to that, Nebraska sports teams were called "The Bugeaters," "Tree Planters," "Nebraskans," "Rattlesnake Boys," "Antelopes" and "Old Gold Knights." To learn more about the newest member of the Big Ten Conference visit


FastCare Clinics Help Combat Cough-Cold Season. Combat cough and cold season with the help of the Medical Center's FastCare clinics open in the Market District Giant Eagle in Upper Arlington and in the Giant Eagle in Gahanna. They provide quality, convenient care for common illnesses such as colds, sinus infections, sore throats, earaches and others. No appointment necessary, and evening and weekend hours available. Visits start at $59 and your insurance can be billed. OSU Health Plan member's co-pay is $20.
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Events this week

The Women's Place celebrates Ohio State women

Faculty and staff are invited to celebrate Ohio State women at The Women's Place 2011 Annual Women's Reception from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday (10/5) at the Longaberger Alumni House. The reception will feature special guest Tally Hart, senior advisor for Economic Access, remarks by President Gee and Provost Alutto, and more. This is a Zero Waste Event.
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Center for the Study of Religion hosts Miles lecture Oct. 5

The Center for the Study of Religion 2011-2012 At-Large Lectures on Religion series kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (10/5) in 165 Thompson Library. Margaret R. Miles, emerita professor of Historical Theology, the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley will deliver "Augustine and the Fundamentalist's Daughter." The lecture is free and a reception will follow.
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Scott to lecture at the Knowlton School of Architecture

Craig Scott, associate professor of architecture at California College of the Arts will lecture at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (10/5) in the Gui Auditorium, 250 Knowlton Hall. Scott is partner in Iwamoto Scott Architecture, a San Francisco-based architecture and design practice. The lecture is free and open to the public.
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Columbus Neighborhoods: University District premieres Oct. 6

"Columbus Neighborhoods: University District" premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday (10/6) on WOSU TV. A series of remarkable transformations has seen what's now Columbus' most densely populated area change from farm to campus to streetcar suburbs to a center of education, recreation, and culture. Read more:

  • The Wexner Center presents the theatrical premiere of the documentary on Wednesday (10/5) before its broadcast premiere the next day. Screenings at 7 and 9 p.m. in the Center's Film/Video Theater. Tickets are $7, Wexner Center members and students $5. Contact: 292-3535 or
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Ohio State Study Abroad Expo Oct. 6

The 2011 Ohio State Study Abroad Expo will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday (10/6) in the Thompson Library Buckeye Reading Room. Learn what study abroad programs Ohio State has to offer. Passport applications will be distributed and accepted. Expo Extras will give students a chance to explore the ins and outs of how to get started studying abroad, scholarship options, funding issues and more.
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Watch Personalized Health Care Conference webcast and earn YP4H points

View online the presentations and panel discussion, "Infrastructure to Enable Personalized Medicine" from 3-5 p.m. Thursday (10/6). Follow on Twitter and join the discussion. Be sure to include #OhioStateP4Conf in your tweets during the webcast. Those who attend the webcast (or the conference itself) earn five points for the Your Plan for Health incentive program.

View the live webcast on Windows <mms://> or Real <rtsp://>. For questions regarding accessibility, contact 292-9689, or

Upcoming events

Dean Bobby Moser to be honored at Celebration of Youth

 The Ohio 4-H Foundation is honoring Bobby Moser, vice president of Agricultural Administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, at its annual fundraiser, "Celebration of Youth," on Saturday (10/22). For 20 years, Moser has led the college, of which 4-H, the youth development arm of OSU Extension, is a part. Reservations are due Friday (10/7).
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Fire & Focus Scholarship Luncheon registration deadline Oct. 5

Register by Wednesday (10/5) for the Ninth Annual Fire & Focus Scholarship Luncheon, to be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (10/11) at the Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square, 75 E. State St. Limited seating available. The luncheon, hosted by Senior Vice President for Outreach & Engagement Joyce Beatty, honors community organizations for outstanding contributions in teaching, research and service and raises funds to support scholarships and community projects.
-- > Contact: 247-7795 or

Oct. 14 Exploring Learning Technologies Unconference

Ohio State's Exploring Learning Technologies Community is hosting its fourth annual Unconference from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday (10/14) in 260 Ramseyer Hall. The event is for faculty, staff and students interested in networking, sharing, and engaging with other instructional technology practitioners on campus. It is free.
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Ohio Family Health Survey: Overview and Methodology Oct. 5

The International Poverty Solutions Collaborative, a Center for Innovation at Ohio State, is presenting The Ohio Family Health Survey: Overview and Methodology from 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday (10/5) at the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center Main Room at 1033 N. High St. (left of the main entrance).
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STRS-Preparing to Retire workshop Oct. 11

Are you a faculty member who is ready to retire? Reps from State Teachers Retirement System and Human Resources will outline the retirement process and steps you need to take in order to apply for your retirement from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday (10/11) . This is a general session for all faculty. Specific retirement questions can only be answered by STRS if you call them directly to request a retirement estimation.
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