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Intervention program boosts survival in breast cancer patients

A new study provides the best evidence to date that a psychological intervention program designed for breast cancer patients not only improves their health - it actually increases their chance of survival. Researchers at OSU's Comprehensive Cancer Center found that patients participating in an intervention program reduced their risk of dying of breast cancer by 56 percent after an average of 11 years. Participants in the program, which taught strategies to reduce stress, improve mood and alter health behaviors, also reduced the risk of breast cancer recurrence by 45 percent, said Barbara Andersen, lead author of the study and OSU professor of psychology. Read more >


LIFESTYLE INTERVENTION STUDY. Volunteers, individuals ages 35-60, are being recruited for a lifestyle intervention study to modify health risk factors. The study will be conducted on the OSU campus during lunch time. Participation in the study will last approximately 12 weeks. Several blood samples and filling out of questionnaires will be required. Must have access to Internet. A volunteer fee will be paid. If you are interested please e-mail Kemba Days Yancey at

Achterberg named to federal dietary guidelines advisory committee

Cheryl Achterberg, dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology, is one of only 13 experts who will advise the U.S. departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services about proper nutrition Americans need to stay healthy and fit. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, made up of prominent medical and scientific researchers, will advise Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer and Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt on any nutritional and dietary revisions necessary to the existing Dietary Guidelines. Read more >


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR DENTAL RESEARCH STUDY. If you have difficulty chewing because of missing teeth, you may be eligible to join a dental implant research study at the College of Dentistry. Study participants must be non-smokers in good health who are also available for five years of data collection. Participants receive significantly reduced surgical fees and five years of free annual dental maintenance and cleaning. For more information, call the OSU College of Dentistry Implant Clinic at 292-1959.

Annual Faculty Recognition Program reception Nov. 19

University Libraries, Academic Affairs and the Faculty Club will host the sixth annual Faculty Recognition Program reception from 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday (11/19) at the Faculty Club Grand Lounge to honor all OSU faculty granted tenure or promotion in 2008/09. The reception is open to the university community and guests and includes music and refreshments. Faculty honorees have the opportunity to select a book or a bound journal volume from the University Libraries' collection to be book-plated in their name in recognition of their accomplishments. Contact Marsha Hamilton, 247-7461 or Dana DeRose, 247-8183. Read more >


OSU HONEY BEE LAB's ANNUAL HOLIDAY HONEY SALE. The sale, featuring honey varieties, assorted beeswax items, candy, stix, and many new items, takes place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on: Tuesday (11/18), Riffe/Bio Sci Bldg Corridor; Wednesday (11/19), Baker Systems Main Lobby; Thursday (11/20), Food, Ag and Env Sci, 4-H Lobby; Friday (11/21), Arps Hall Main Lobby. The sale also will take place at the Hidden Benefits Fair, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday (12/10) at the French Field House. For details, visit or address questions to

Geospatial Data and Analysis: The Greenland Ice Sheet today

A roundtable discussion, "Geospatial Data and Analysis: The Greenland Ice Sheet" will take place from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today (11/18) in 1039 Derby Hall (DB). Sponsored by the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Geospatial Data and Analysis and the Departments of Geography and Statistics. Featured presentations by Jason Box (Geography), Peter Craigmile (Statistics) and Ian Howat (Earth Sciences). Read more >

Nov. 19: Web-based survey tools discussion

Join the Digital Union and the Web Accessibility Center for a 90-minute discussion of web-based survey tools, from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday (11/19). Participants will review a collection of products and evaluate them in terms of pricing, variety, implementation and ease of use for both survey administrators and respondents. Share your own experiences, expertise, needs and concerns. Register online

Adjunct professor needs jurors for Moritz trial class

Frank A. Ray, adjunct professor at the Moritz College of Law is seeking volunteers to serve as jurors for his trial class, from 5-9 p.m. Monday (12/8)-Thursday (12/11) at the Moritz College of Law (12th Avenue and High Street). Sitting trial judges will preside. Jurors will have an opportunity to hear an entire case and then discuss their verdict and impressions of the trial with law students and judges. Contact: Lynda Seelie,

Girls Circle Training coming to Ohio State

Honors and Scholars and the Economic Access Initiative are sponsoring training for Girls Circle facilitators on Thursday (12/11) and Friday (12/12). The Girls Circle model, a structured support group for girls from 9-18 years, integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a specific format designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths, and competence in girls. View login creation and registration details. Read more >

Institutional research seed grants available

The OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center is offering American Cancer Society-supported seed grants of up to $30,000 for 2009. The application deadline is Sunday (11/30). The award provides seed money to independent junior faculty and their equivalent, research scientists, for the initiation of cancer research projects to obtain preliminary results to compete successfully for national research grants. View the request for applications for eligibility and submission requirements. Download the application template.

Final ReadAloud of quarter set for Nov. 20

The community is invited to enjoy the final ReadAloud program of the quarter from 3-4 p.m. Thursday (11/20) at the Wexner Center Cafe. Shashi Matta, Fisher College of Business, will read a short story from Jhumpa Lahiri's latest collection of short stories, Unaccustomed Earth. Ohioana award winner Terri Paul will share some of her own poetry. Listen to podcasts of previous programs at

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