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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Wednesday, Oct. 5. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Learn more about the Columbus neighborhood that served as a touchstone of sorts for The Builders Association's latest production, House/Divided, during tonight's screening of Columbus Neighborhoods: University District at 7 p.m. in the Wexner Center's Film/Video Theater.

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The Humanities Institute

 Since 1996, the Humanities Institute has facilitated research collaboration between the humanities and other disciplines. It is located just east of OSU's Columbus campus, in the George Wells Knight House (pictured here).

Working groups are designed to generate discussion on topics such as human rights and film. The Institute also bridges the city of Columbus to the broader culture by encouraging exchange among scholars and citizens. The Neighborhood Institute promotes study and discussion of the University District. Ohio Chautauqua is a collaborative effort with the Ohio Humanities Council to bring a troupe of scholar-actors performing historical characters to five Ohio communities every summer. The American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia is the Institute's major publication, the result of six years' work with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Spotlight on ... will run every Wednesday to promote the highlights, achievements and unique points of pride of each of the university's departments, centers, units, programs, labs, etc. Send items to be considered for publication to Limit text to 125 words and include contact information and a web link.


 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

Distinguished Scholar Award nominations sought

The Office of Research is requesting nominations for the 2012 University Distinguished Scholar Award, which recognizes and honors faculty who demonstrate scholarly activity, research or creative works which represent exceptional achievements in their fields. Award recipients receive a $20,000 research grant and a $3,000 honorarium to pursue their scholarly activity. The deadline is Monday (10/17).
-- > Contact: Carla Allen at or 247-4764
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Book your holiday party at the Alumni House. Have a wish list for your holiday party? Your wishes can come true at Longaberger Alumni House. We have 700 free parking spots, and cozy fireplaces and holiday decorations to set the mood. Select from a range of caterers and room setups. With more than 30 years of event planning experience, our staff is prepared to make your party a success. To get started, call us today!
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Your password's days are numbered

Everyone has their habits for creating passwords, but not all passwords are created equal. Some account holders keep a password for years or use the same credentials in multiple places. These conveniences can have serious consequences, however, if a private account falls into the wrong hands. To keep your identity, your privacy, and your bank account secure, having safe password practices is crucial. The OCIO's It's Time to Change Your Password video identifies common password mishaps as well as their remedies. Watch the video and then log in to to secure your Ohio State Username account.


Are you pregnant? Have you not received the flu shot this year? Researchers at OSUMC are conducting a study of effects of life stress on the immune system in pregnancy. Participants will complete 5 study visits over one month. Each will receive a flu shot, answer questions about life stress, health, and health behaviors and, at each study visit, have a small amount of blood drawn. Participants will be paid up to $150.
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Construction/traffic alert

Roadways closing for paving work

  • Seventeenth Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic between Neil and College today (10/5)-Friday (10/7) for paving. Vehicles will be detoured north on Neil and east on 18th, which has been temporarily divided to accommodate a pedestrian walkway and a separate vehicle & bicycle lane. Please use caution.
  • Woodruff Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic between Tuttle Park Place and College on Saturday (10/15), for paving. The intersection of College and the rest of Woodruff toward High Street will remain open during paving activities.
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Events this week

Oct. 6: Krehbiel to present Ancient Pueblo Alignments

The Archaeological Institute of America is sponsoring a lecture by professor Jim Krehbiel of Ohio Wesleyan University on "Sightlines and Site Lines: Anasazi Ritual Centers with Astronomical Alignments" at 8 p.m. Thursday (10/6) in 014 University Hall. The event is free and all are welcome.
-- > Contact: Timothy McNiven at

Ohio State hosting personalized health care national conference

The Center for Personalized Health Care at the OSU Medical Center is hosting its fourth Personalized Health Care National Conference Thursday (10/6)-Friday (10/7) at the Blackwell Inn. The theme is "P4 Medicine and Its Impact on Clinical Care." Scientific poster entries will be displayed during the conference reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday (10/6); Steven Gabbe, Medical Center CEO, and Steve Allen, Nationwide Children's Hospital CEO, will participate in a panel discussion from 11:30 a.m.-noon Friday (10/7).
-- > Contact: Sherri Kirk,
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Texts and Contexts Manuscript Conference Oct. 7-8

The Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies is hosting its annual manuscript conference Friday (10/7)-Saturday (10/8), with 18 speakers who will address various topics related to script, manuscript transmission and illumination. The Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Susan L'Engle of the Vatican Film Library; several panels will discuss manuscript collections in North America and legal and medical texts.
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Upcoming events

School of Music hosts Faculty Collage Concert

The School of Music is spotlighting the talents of its faculty in the annual Faculty Collage Concert at 8 p.m. Monday (10/10) in Weigel Auditorium. The event features a diverse array of chamber and solo works showcasing the School of Music faculty in a unique "collage" setting. Pre-sale tickets are available from the Ohio State theatre ticket office; call 292-2295. Tickets, available at the door the evening of the concert, are $12 general public, OSU faculty, staff, Alumni Association members; and $6 senior citizens and students (with ID).
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Upcoming Social Work events

Workshops will be held at 115 Stillman Hall (McMillin Room). Read more >

  • Friday (10/7): Alumni Society Cultural Diversity Film Fest, Anyone and Everyone, 7 p.m., free and open to OSU and social work alumni, students, faculty, and friends. Read more >
  • Thursday (10/13): Alumni Society Book Club Meeting on A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard, 6 p.m., Clintonville Panera Bread, 4519 N. High Street.
  • Wednesday (10/19): A Better Understanding of the Grieving Process for Children and Teenagers, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 6 CEUs available.
  • Thursday, (10/20): Ethics Workshop, 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 3 CEUs available.

Ohio State engineering students involved in national conference

Students in Ohio State's departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Welding Engineering are scheduled to participate in a national Materials Science & Technology 2011 Conference & Exhibition Tuesday (10/18)-Wednesday (10/19) in Columbus. Students will interact with local high school students at a materials mini-camp during the conference, and also offer hands-on demonstrations of welding engineering. Ohio State's moon buggy also will be on display.
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Difficult conversations workshop for dean, chairs and school directors

A "Managing Difficult Conversations" workshop is set for 9-11 a.m. Tuesday (10/11) in 090 Science and Engineering Library. This workshop is for academic leaders: department chairs, school directors, deans, associate and assistant deans. Registration is required.
-- > Contact: 247-1847
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Today: College of Dentistry offers free dental exams and x-rays

College of Dentistry students, under faculty supervision, are offering free dental exams and x-rays from 5-7 p.m. today (10/5) in the first floor clinic in Postle Hall. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and in good health; each will receive one free dental exam, two free dental x-rays, and an evaluation for additional free treatments. Event is open to the public. Appointments are not necessary.
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Learn the art of relaxation with Qigong

Qigong can be a method of relaxation and stress management through gentle movement. Counseling and Consultation Services is offering sessions every Thursday at 9 a.m. in 300 Younkin Success Center. Sessions are free, typically last 30-45 minutes and are open to all OSU community members. Reservations are not needed;
no length of commitment required.
-- > Contact: Rick Mitsak or Chris Rideout at 292-5766

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