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The Zoom Family Film Festival, Thursday (12/3)-Sunday (12/6), is just around the corner. This year’s sixth annual festival features animation galore, magical classics, an entertaining documentary, and four Ohio premieres, along with children’s films from around the world. Highlights of the weekend include the Kid Flix Mix, a kaleidoscope of animated films and the Adventures of Prince Achmed, a retelling of The Arabian Nights. The ever-popular cereal and pajama party returns on Saturday morning along with art making activities throughout the weekend. Read more:

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Gee named 2010 ‘Champion of Children’

Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee is taking the top honor awarded each year by the Columbus advocacy group Champion of Children. Gee will receive the 2010 Champion of Children Award at a ceremony in COSI’s atrium on Tuesday (2/9). In nominating Gee for the honor, OSU student trustees Jason Marion and Alexis Swain pointed to his advocacy work with students and efforts to boost access to financial aid at Ohio State. Gee last year donated $1 million to start a scholarship fund and last month donated his $225,000 pay raise and bonus to student scholarships. Read more >


RESEARCH STUDY. Interested in DENTAL IMPLANTS? The OSU Division of Periodontology is conducting several studies on dental implant therapy and is seeking volunteers for participation. The various studies have different purposes, eligibility criteria, and time commitment (duration). Schedule a free, no-obligation, screening visit (15-20 minutes), if you: are missing one or more teeth, want to receive dental implants to replace your missing teeth, and are interested in participating in a research study. Please call: (614) 292-7847 (voicemail) or e-mail

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Leveraging technology to reach global learners

The Center for Knowledge Management and the Prior Health Sciences Library have been recognized by the Medical Library Association for their commitment to advancing the delivery of continuing medical educational programming to global audiences. The 2009 Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award was presented at the MLA's annual meeting of the Midwest Chapter. In eight years, the number of online subscribers to Ohio State's single-point, e-CME portal has grown from 2,200 to a current subscriber base of more than 29,000 across the U.S. and 122 countries worldwide. Read more:


HONEY BEE LAB's ANNUAL HONEY SALE. Look for us from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on these dates and locations: Nov. 20 - Ag Admn Bldg, Lobby, 2120 Fyffe Rd; and then from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 2, Hidden Benefits Fair, 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr. Payment accepted: cash, check, MC, Visa or 100W. Visit the "Honey Shop" at; or contact

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Online Student Evaluation of Instruction activated today

The Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEI) is Ohio State's most widely-used method to collect student ratings of instructors, and it is now entirely online. Students access the evaluations through their class schedules on the web. Detailed information about SEIs was e-mailed to instructors on Wednesday (11/18) and to students today (11/20). Because the evaluations are completed outside of the classroom, instructors are encouraged to remind students of the importance and relevance of SEIs often. The online evaluations can be submitted through the last day of classes (12/4). Visit or contact for details.


DEPRESSION RESEARCH STUDY: The Ohio State University Department of Psychiatry is currently enrolling for a research study to evaluate an investigational drug for depression. Participants must be 18-60 years old, currently depressed, and have had at least one previous episode of depression. Participants will receive study-related care and study drug (or placebo) at no cost and receive some compensation for their time. For more information, call (614) 293-7109 or e-mail

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Assistance with translational science research proposals available

The research concierge in the OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science can connect you with relevant CCTS resources and expertise including the Clinical Research Center, budget development and recruitment strategies for clinical trials, biostatistics, formation of new collaborative teams, community engagement, bioinformatics and access to the Information Warehouse. Contact: Valerie DeGroff, or 366-7367. Read more:

Events this week

Today: The Making of 'Natasha' and the International Politics of Sex Trafficking

The Slavic Department’s Literature and Culture Forum features Jennifer Suchland discussing "The Making of 'Natasha' and the International Politics of Sex Trafficking" at 3 p.m. today (11/20) in 406 Hagerty Hall. Suchland's research tackles the political and cultural production of Natasha as a trope to represent trafficked women from the post-socialist region. RSVP to

Today: China in Global Context Lecture Series continues

The Institute for Chinese Studies continues its China in Global Context Lecture Series at 2:30 p.m. today (11/20) in 062 Hagerty Hall. Christopher Agnew, assistant professor of History at the University of Dayton, will present "Sage's Kin: Social Power and the Making of the Descendants of Confucius.” The lecture is free and all are welcome. Contact: or 247-6893. Read more:

Optometry to award Glenn A. Fry Medal during Nov. 21 conference

The College of Optometry will award the Glenn A. Fry Medal in Physiological Optics to John E. Dowling, the Gordon and Llura Gund Professor of Neurosciences at Harvard University, during a special ceremony at the Great Lakes Vision Research Conference, to be held on Saturday (11/21) at the Blackwell on campus. Dowling is also President of the Corporation of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. Read more:

Upcoming events

Nov. 23: U.S. Census Bureau director to address Faculty Club gathering

Robert M. Groves, director, U.S. Census Bureau will deliver "An Overview of the 2010 Decennial Census" from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Monday (11/23) at the Faculty Club Grand Lounge. President Gee will introduce Groves, who will speak briefly about the upcoming census, then take questions from the audience. The reception is open to the community, and is presented by the Initiative in Population Research and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. Light refreshments will be served. Read more:

Dec. 1: Wind Symphony Concert honors composer-in-residence Daugherty

The OSU Wind Symphony will be joined by Collegiate Winds, Symphonic Band, the trombone section of the Columbus Symphony and percussionists Susan Powell and Joe Krygier for a concert of music by Michael Daugherty at 8 p.m. Tuesday (12/1) in Weigel Auditorium. Daugherty’s contemporary music is frequently inspired by popular culture, with references to pop music styles, especially jazz and rock. Tickets available at the door. Read more >

Space still available in autumn Lunch & Learn workshops

Your Plan for Health offers a number of workshops each quarter to help you be well and stay healthy. Upcoming events include: Healthy Holiday Luncheon (fee and reservation due Nov. 23), 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday (12/3), Faculty Club; and Moody Teens: How to Deal with the Highs and Lows of Teenage Life, noon-1 p.m. Monday (12/7), 115 Biomedical Research Tower. Workshops are free unless otherwise noted; registration is required. Register at (choose Lunch and Learn link) or call 292-1894.

Supercharging your business growth focus of 'Taste of Training' event

Sample different business training and development approaches at “A Taste of Training,” presented by Ohio State ATI’s Business Training & Educational Services and Shisler Conference Center from 7:45 a.m.-noon Wednesday (1/13). Speaker and business development expert Kordell Norton will deliver the keynote address, “Chocolate, Elephants & Wrinkle Remover: Secrets to Supercharging your Business Growth.” There is no charge to attend. Register by Thursday (12/31) by calling (330) 287-7511 or at

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