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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Thursday, Oct. 6. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

OSUToday sponsored by the Wexner Center for the Arts

The world premiere performances of The Builders Association's HOUSE/DIVIDED at 8 p.m. today (10/6)-Saturday (10/8) at Thurber Theatre at Drake Center represent the culmination of over a year of creative development with students and faculty from departments across the OSU campus. Learn more at and get your tickets now.

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Innovating to the Core: Sustaining the University's Mission

"I believe that today, this institution has the capacity to reconfigure itself for a sustainable future – one that can withstand any number of storms, any financial upheaval, and any transitory questioning about the value of higher education," President Gee stated, as he addressed faculty Tuesday (10/4) afternoon. "For far too many people, these have been four years to endure. For Ohio State, these have been four years to excel, evolve, and extend."

The text of the speech and video links are available at:


 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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Ohio State organizes research sharing between Brazil, U.S.

Scientists from Brazil and the United States will discuss scientific studies of mutual interests and explore future partnerships at a three-day symposium in Washington Monday (10/24)-Wednesday (10/26). The OSU Medical Center is a co-organizer of the event — the first of its kind between the two countries. OSU researchers presenting are Daniel Janies, Biomedical Informatics; Erich Grotewold, Food, Agriculture and Environmental Science; and Wondwossen Gebreyes, Veterinary Medicine.
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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!
-- > Contact: 292-3067
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Pan-disciplinary conference highlights OSU's strengths

Ken Burns did not specifically have immigration on his mind when he put together his new PBS documentary on Prohibition. But it just so happened that since immigrants played such a vital role in that period of American history, when the acclaimed filmmaker came to Ohio State to promote his newest work, it dovetailed nicely into the campus-wide Conversation on Immigration that's taking place this year.
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Get a bargain on an array of used outdoor equipment, including mountain bikes, camping stoves, lanterns, sleeping bags, tents, and more at the Department of Recreational Sports' Outdoor Adventure Center Sidewalk Sale from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday (10/8). The OAC is located in the Adventure Recreation Center at 855 Woody Hayes Drive. Shop early for the best bargains.
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Course conversion update

More than half of the courses that will be offered in the new semester system are now available in the Course Catalog. To search semester courses and their quarter-equivalent course number, or get details about sequence and bridge courses, go to the Quarter-to-Semester Course Conversion Guide available via Of the 13,000 courses that have been submitted for approval by Academic Affairs, about 9,000 have been approved. A majority of all courses should be available for searching by Tuesday (11/1).
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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. Log in to to secure your Ohio State Username account.

Nebraska in the Big Ten: Powerhouse in research, too

 Like many other Big Ten universities, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a land-grant institution and also a major research university. Nebraska ranks high in growth in both enrollment and research funding. In the last five years, enrollment has grown 13.5 percent — a figure that ranks near the top among Big Ten institutions. From 1999-2008, research funding at UNL increased by 121 percent — second only to Ohio State. To learn more about the newest member of the Big Ten Conference visit

Hempson illuminates the history of United Nations peacekeeping

The global economic crisis, continued violence in far-flung regions, and emerging democratic movements require the U.N. to rapidly adapt. Donald Hempson digs deep into peacekeeping's tumultuous past to help us understand today's changing face of global security. OSU's monthly history magazine, Origins, publishes scholars' original interpretations of important contemporary issues as a free public service.
-- > Contact: Nick Breyfogle,
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Latest issue of Twine Line available online

The latest OSU Sea Grant Twine Line is now available online. Features in this issue include:

  • Legislators See Ohio's Greatest Natural Resource Up Close
  • Spread the Word: Don't Flush Your Meds!
  • Researchers Study How Lake Erie Marshes Affect Avian Flu
  • Hageman Retires After Introducing Thousands of Students to Science

Construction/parking alert

Temporary garage closures on Saturday and Sunday

The Northwest parking garage will be closed on Saturday (10/8) from 5 a.m.-4 p.m. for scheduled work. Alternate parking will be available in the Tuttle garage. The Ninth Ave. West garage will be closed 9 p.m. Saturday (10/8) through 4 p.m. Sunday (10/9) for restriping. Alternate parking available in the Ninth Ave. East garage.
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Events this week

Science for the kids: Fun with Dairy Foods, 4-H for a Day

Ohio 4-H is offering its first Science Saturday program of the academic year, "Science Fun with Dairy Foods" from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday (10/8), for kids in grades 3-6. Cost is $5; registration is limited to 30. On Friday (10/21) , 4-H is offering "4-H for a Day" for students who will be out of school for teacher training. Registration closes Monday (10/10). Both events at the university's Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.
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Upcoming events

Oct. 10-14: Fall Undergraduate Research Week at OSU

Fall Undergraduate Research Week, now in its fifth year, kicks off Monday (10/10) with Faculty Perspectives on Research at 5 p.m. in 002 Psychology Bldg. Other events include Spilling the Beans: The Secrets of Undergraduate Research (student panel), Tuesday (10/11), 5:30 p.m., 014 Psychology Bldg.; Finding Your Research Niche: Strategies & Resources, Wednesday (10/12) , 4:30 p.m., 150 Thompson Library; and the Student Poster Forum, Friday (10/14), noon-3 p.m., Buckeye Reading Room, Thompson Library. RSVPs preferred to
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Amber Wutich to discuss 'Water War' of 2000 in Bolivia

The Center for Latin American Studies and the Honors and Scholars Program invite you to a presentation by Amber Wutich of Arizona State University, "After Cochabamba's Water War: Water, Scarcity, and Injustice in the Heart of Evo's Bolivia," from 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday (10/12) in 038 Townshend Hall. The lecture is centered on the "Water War" of 2000 in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
-- > Contact: Erika Colijn, or Barbara Piperata,
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Panel discussion: Promotion to full professor for women in the sciences

Project CEOS, The Women's Place and the Office of Academic Affairs are co-sponsoring a panel discussion for women in the STEM disciplines to provide career advice that will expedite promotion to full professor, from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday (10/20) in 104 Aronoff Hall. Panelists are Vice Provost Susan Williams, Molecular Genetics Chair Anita Hopper, Engineering Professor Betty Lise Anderson, and Veterinary Medicine Professor Nong Inpanbutr. Bring your lunch.
-- > Contact: Project CEOS at


Vitae and Cover Letters Oct. 13

The second installment of the "Planning Ahead for an Academic Job Search" series is 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday (10/13) in 150 Younkin Success Center. Co-sponsored by UCAT and Career Connection, the workshop will address how to write vitae and cover letters when searching for jobs in academia. The series continues each Thursday in October.
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Bulletin board digests keep you up to date

With the onCampus Bulletin Board's "Digests" feature, you can find out right away when someone posts a car for sale, is in the market for that exercise equipment you have stored in your basement or is looking for a ride to work. Simply log on to and click on the "Digests" tab to set up your preferences, and you'll receive a daily or weekly summary of every new post.

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