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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Friday, Nov. 7. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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BOT chair helps future students, sends a message with $1M gift

Board of Trustees Chair Gil Cloyd's lifetime devotion to Ohio State led him to establish a $1 million endowed scholarship fund at his alma mater. The Cloyd Family Scholarship Fund will be administered out of the Office of Enrollment Services and Undergraduate Education. Recipients of the scholarships will be first-year Columbus campus undergraduate students with financial need, who are graduates of Ohio High Schools. Read more >


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Zadnik to lead National Optometry Association

Karla Zadnik, Glenn A. Fry Professor in Optometry and Physiological Optics and associate dean in the College of Optometry, has been elected to lead the nation’s largest association committed to promoting the art and science of vision care through lifelong learning. She will serve as president-elect of the American Academy of Optometry for two years before assuming the two-year presidency in November, 2010. Read more >

"In Search of A Post-Racial Society: From Othello To Obama” Today

Professor Ali A. Mazrui, Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and director, Institute of Global Cultural Studies, Professor of Political Science, African Studies and Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture, Binghamton University, State University of New York, will deliver "In Search of A Post-Racial Society: From Othello To Obama” from 8-9 p.m. today (11/7) at the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center. Sponsored by the Center for African Studies, The Middle East Studies Center, and the Department of African American and African Studies, the event is free and open to the public. Read full biography. Contact: cas@osu.edu or 292-8169

CUNY professor to speak on science and the arts

Brian Schwartz, vice president for research and sponsored programs, professor of physics, and co-director of the New Media Lab at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York will deliver "Science as Performance: A Proactive Strategy to Communicate and Educate Through Theater, Music, and Dance" at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (11/13) in 1015 McPherson. The lecture is part of Ohio State's “Darwin: Growth of an Idea” celebration of science. Read more >

Phishing alert: E-Mail not from Ohio State University News

An e-mail has been circulating claiming to be from the Ohio State University with the subject “news.” The content requests users to read “our latest news and information” and provides a link to a web page that looks like the OSU webmail login. DO NOT click on the link or provide your username and password. This is a phishing scam and is not a valid e-mail. If you receive such a message, please report it to security@osu.edu. If you responded to this already, contact the OIT Support Center by dialing 8-HELP or 688-HELP so that they can help you secure your webmail account. Read more >

onCampus looking for stories about going through tough financial times

onCampus, the faculty/staff newspaper at Ohio State, is looking for a few OSU faculty or staff who have gone through a tough financial situation and were able to rebound from it. onCampus will choose two or three people and conduct interviews with those willing to share their stories. Please respond to Associate Editor Adam King at king.1088@osu.edu or 292-8419 by Monday (11/10) if you are interested in helping others in a financial crunch learn from your experiences.

Symposium on Evolution of Genomes and Origin of Species Nov. 10

Symposium on Evolution of Genomes and Origin of Species will take place Monday (11/10) at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute. The symposium brings together some of the leading researchers in evolutionary dynamics and mathematical modeling to talk about the evolution itself of Darwin's theory, and its applications to diverse systems such as cancer and infectious diseases. A schedule and details are available online.

SMART SEED program orientation sessions Nov. 7 and 19

The Digital Union, with its corporate partner, SMART Technologies is offering a second SEED program to OSU faculty. Info sessions are scheduled for 10 a.m. today (11/7) and 3 p.m. Wednesday (11/19) at the Digital Union (SEL 370). Ten faculty are able to work with SMART Boards, Sympodiums, and Airliners in the classroom for the length of Spring Quarter 2009. If the department wishes to purchase the equipment at the end of the quarter, it is offered a reduced price; if not, there is no cost. Register online.

Benefits Open Enrollment tip: flexible spending account

One of the main decisions employees make each year is whether or not to contribute to a flexible spending account, and if so, how much to contribute. Faculty and staff currently enrolled in an FSA must re-enroll during Open Enrollment if they wish to maintain participation after Thursday (1/1/09). Worksheets are available to identify and estimate eligible expenses. Faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the FSA site to view this tool and learn what other health expenses are reimbursable through the FSA program. Contact: service@hr.osu.edu or 292-1050

WOSU Public Media seeks help installing converter boxes

Beginning Tuesday (2/17/09), all TV stations will switch to digital-only broadcasting, and some of the most at-risk individuals are the elderly. Your help is needed as WOSU Public Media installs converter boxes in the homes of the elderly who work with Life Care Alliance and the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday (11/15). If you can hook up a VCR, installing a converter box will be a breeze. Contact: gobert-smith.1@osu.edu or 292-9678

Dentistry students offer free exams and x-rays Nov. 12

College of Dentistry students will offer free oral cancer screening exams and free dental x-rays from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday (11/12) in the main reception area of Postle Hall. Participants must be at least 18 years old and in good health and will be evaluated for further free treatments in conjunction with dentistry students’ clinical board exams. No fees will be charged and no appointments are necessary. Contact: Albaugh.10@osu.edu. Read more >

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