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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Tuesday, Oct. 25. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Heirloom, the Wexner Center's new café, has already received many glowing reviews, including one from alive! enthusing, "This baby has hit the ground running!" The café features breakfast all day, rotating daily specials, and wireless internet. Stop by weekdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and enjoy the selection of creatively prepared seasonal offerings.

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Comprehensive Breast Center named for Stefanie Spielman

President E. Gordon Gee announced the naming of The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, in honor of the Ohio State alumna, philanthropist and advocate. The center is the only one of its kind in the Midwest to offer the full continuum of breast cancer care, from prevention and screening through detection, diagnosis and treatment. The center is home to some of the nation’s leading breast cancer researchers and physicians, all singularly focused on preventing, detecting, treating and curing breast cancer.
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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. Last meeting date is 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.

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Researchers do precise gene therapy without a needle

For the first time, researchers have found a way to inject a precise dose of a gene therapy agent directly into a single living cell without a needle. The technique uses electricity to "shoot" bits of therapeutic biomolecules through a tiny channel and into a cell in a fraction of a second. L. James Lee and his colleagues at Ohio State University describe the technique in the online edition of the journal Nature Nanotechnology, where they report successfully inserting specific doses of an anti-cancer gene into individual leukemia cells to kill them.
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Are you African-American? Less than 28 weeks pregnant? Researchers at OSUMC are conducting an NIH funded study to examine how responses to stressful situations may be related to risk of preterm delivery. Participation involves 1 visit for 4-4.5 hours. Women will be compensated $160 for their time and may earn $100 for answering questionnaires after delivery. Please contact us at: or (614) 293-5262.

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Bell Resource Center hosts unveiling ceremony

The Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male is hosting an Unveiling Ceremony of the Todd A. Bell Portrait, "In His Hands," by celebrated artist Shaun Kinley and commissioned by Robert and Beth Buehler. The reception is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday (10/27) in the Archie M. Griffin West Ballroom, Ohio Union. Coach Earle Bruce will provide special remarks. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to or 688-3638.


Covelli Enterprises proudly announces the Grand Opening of the country's largest Panera tomorrow (Wednesday, 10/26) on West Lane Avenue next to the Varsity Club. The Panera on West Lane Avenue features 100 parking spaces for your convenience. On Wednesday (10/26) join the OSU Marching Band, OSU cheerleaders, and Brutus Buckeye from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visit Panera on Lane Avenue on game day. Go Bucks! Beat Wisconsin!

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Autumn Frontiers available online

The Autumn 2011 edition of Frontiers, a magazine chronicling the cancer program at Ohio State, is now available online. Features in this issue examine advances in cancer research since passage of the National Cancer Act in 1971, skull base surgery at Ohio State, and retroviruses in cancer research. The issue's commentary is "Prescription for Progress in Cancer Prevention" by Peter Shields, MD, deputy director of Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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WIRB initial submission pre-review update

Effective Tuesday, (11/1), Tish Denlinger, Office of Responsible Research Practices IRB Protocol Analyst, will be the main contact for pre-review of Western Institutional Review Board (WIRB) initial submissions from OSU investigators, and for all questions related to the WIRB submission process. Tish can be reached by email at or by phone at 614-688-3330.

Traffic/CABS alert

Friday (10/28): Homecoming Parade impacts traffic, bus service

In support of the Homecoming Parade on Friday (10/28), several roads, including portions of Cannon Drive, Woodruff Avenue, High Street, and 12th Avenue, will be closed beginning at 5:30 p.m. Because of the road closures, CABS Service (with the exception of the Med Center Express and Handivan) will be suspended from approximately 5:30-7:30pm. Roads will reopen once the parade has finished. Anticipate significant traffic delays in the area during this time.
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Events this week

Thursday (10/27): Jon D. Miller on scientific literacy and illiteracy

LiteracyStudies@OSU is hosting a public lecture by Jon Miller at 4 p.m. Thursday (10/27) in Denney Hall 311. As Director of the International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy, Miller has worked with scholars and institutions throughout the world to measure and advance scientific literacy. While it is impossible, according to Miller, for any individual to be literate in every field, the pace of advances in the sciences suggests that every individual must master the vocabulary and concepts needed to read, understand, and integrate new scientific information.
-- > Contact: Susan Hanson,

Thursday (10/27): Iezzoni keynotes Midland Lecture

Lisa I. Iezzoni, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, will present the 2011 Midland Lecture on “Eliminating Health Care Disparities for Persons with Disabilities” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday (10/27) at the Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Theater. The lecture is sponsored by the College of Public Health’s Division of Health Services Management and Policy and The Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies (HOPES). Registration is requested for this free lecture.
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School of Music presents HalleBOOia Friday (10/28)

The School of Music is presenting HalleBOOia, the 18th annual costumed Halloween concert. Audience members and musicians are welcome to come in costume to the event on Friday (10/28) at 8 p.m. in Weigel Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door (cash or check only) for $6 general public, OSU faculty, staff, and Alumni Association members; $4 senior citizens and students (with ID).
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Upcoming events

Book award winner to speak on agreements between nations

 Christine Jojarth, lecturer at Stanford University, will speak at noon on Tuesday (11/1) about "The Fuzzy Governance of Soft Hard Law and Hard Soft Law" at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. Jojarth is winner of the Edgar S. Furniss Book Award for War, and Global Trafficking (Cambridge, 2009), given by the Mershon Center each year to an author whose first book makes an exceptional contribution to the study of international security. Jojarth will discuss how legally binding agreements between nations are often weak, while non-binding agreements can be strong. To attend, contact by Friday (10/28). Read more:


Helping Students (and Teachers) Learn Citation in Digital Media

Most of the familiar formats for citation are based on print media, and instructors and students are not always certain how to adapt these formats to visual, aural, and interactive contexts. In this discussion-based session, Chris Manion of the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing will help you identify ways to help students develop appropriate models for citing in new media. Join Chris and the OCIO's Digital Union on Wednesday (11/2) at 10 a.m. in 285 Baker Systems for this OCIO workshop.
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