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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Wednesday, Nov. 10. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Bring the kids (or not) to More Muppet Magic. Jim Henson's Legacy is a day-long mini-festival of Muppet hits and rarities to be held Sunday (11/14). It's also a warm-up event for the Zoom: Family Film Festival in December. Read more:

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Search committee announced for dean, College of Medicine, and vice president for health sciences

The search committee has been announced for the dean, College of Medicine, and vice president for health sciences. Robert Brueggemeier, dean and professor, College of Pharmacy, will serve as chair. The complete list of committee members is available on the Office of Academic Affairs web site,


The Central Ohio Professional Education Council invites you to a workshop, Making Important Retirement and Health Care Decisions. COPEC, a non-profit organization, offers educational programs at no charge which do not involve the sale of products or services and are designed for those individuals who are covered under STRS, PERS, or SERS benefits. Read more at Choose from the following dates: Nov. 18, Westerville Public Library, 7 p.m.; and Dec. 9, Grove City Public Library, 6:30 p.m. RSVP to Nancy Snyder at 799-8668 ext. 2.

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Wexner Center for the Arts

 Now celebrating its 21st anniversary, the Wexner Center for the Arts opened in November 1989 to great fanfare and lively international discussion about its groundbreaking architecture. It put Ohio State on the international art and architecture map, and remains the only multidisciplinary contemporary arts center on a university campus. A cultural hub and resource for students, faculty and staff, the Wex in turn draws upon Ohio State's myriad resources, with artists engaging faculty and students in such fields as medicine, astronomy, agriculture, business and the arts for the research and development of their work.

The Wex includes 13,000 square feet of art galleries, a performance space, Mershon Auditorium, a film theater, a Store, and a café. Students enjoy free gallery admission, discounts on performing arts and film events, and other perks. Contact: Karen Simonian at
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Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship Program to train STEM teachers

A new fellowship program in Ohio will engage more teachers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Applications are available at for the Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship program, which was created to train more STEM teachers and place them in some of Ohio's most-challenged public schools. Fellows receive a $30,000 stipend and complete an intensive, one-year school-based master's degree in education before working in one of Ohio's high-need secondary schools for three years. Read about Ohio State's program at For details about the Fellowship program, contact or (609) 452-7007, ext.141.

Veterans Day holiday reminder; OSUToday production schedule

The university will recognize Veterans Day on Thursday (11/11). There will be no classes and university offices will be closed. OSUToday will not be published on Thursday (11/11), but will resume its daily publication schedule on Friday (11/12). OSUToday accepts submissions of news and events pertaining to the OSU community. To have an item considered for publication, send the details electronically to by noon the prior business day. Earlier submission is encouraged due to space limitations.

Events this week

Starts today: Ohio Means Business looks at Ohio's oil & gas industry and outsourcing

The latest episode of Ohio Means Business, which explores two topics: Ohio's oil and gas industry and outsourcing, starts airing at 7:30 p.m. today (11/10) on ONN. The guests are John Gray, assistant professor of operations, Fisher College of Business; David Hill, owner, David R. Hill, Inc.; Rhonda Reda, executive director, Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program; and Barry Lay, vice president of Operations, EnerVest. Additional airtimes for the program include: 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday and 12:30 a.m. Monday. Read more:

Today: Pecha Kucha at the Wexner Center

Attend Columbus' 15th Pecha Kucha event at the Wexner Center for the Arts at 7:30 pm. today (11/10). The program features 10 presenters following the international Pecha Kucha format, discussing 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Hosted by GenWex, the Wexner Center's young patrons group, Pecha Kucha Columbus, and the OCIO's Digital Union, as part of the Year of eLearning. Read more >

Today: Blobel is DHLRI Discovery Series lecturer

The Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute's Discovery Lecture Series continues with Carl Blobel at noon today (11/10) in 170 DHLRI. Blobel will present "ADAMs: Key molecules in EGF-receptor signaling." All are welcome to attend. CME credit is available. Contact: Whitney Works at

Room change for Nov. 12 diversity lecture

The President and Provost's Diversity Lecture and Cultural Arts Series is hosting "Preparing a Stronger America: Perspectives on National Security, Aerospace Technology and Diversity in the Military‚" by retired Air Force General Lester Lyles at 11 a.m. Friday (11/12). The event location has been changed to the Ohio Staters, Inc. Traditions Room, second floor, Ohio Union. Most recently, Lyles was appointed by the White House to the President's Intelligence Advisory Board. Contact: or 688-3638. Read more:

Nov. 12: Casanova to discuss genetic predisposition to infectious diseases

Jean-Laurent Casanova, a physician-scientist who studies the genetics of human predisposition to pediatric infectious diseases at Rockefeller University, will address the OSU community at 1 p.m. Friday (11/12) in 107 Hamilton Hall. Casanova will discuss "Life-threatening infectious diseases of childhood: single-gene inborn errors of immunity?" The seminar visit is sponsored by IBGP as part of the Advanced Seminar in Integrated Biomedical Science course and the Center for Microbial Interface Biology. Contact: Daniel Wozniak, at or 247-7629

Upcoming events

Lyall to speak on civilian casualties in Afghanistan

Jason Lyall, assistant professor of political science at Yale University, will deliver "State Coercion and Civilian Victimization in Civil War: Evidence from Airstrikes in Afghanistan" at noon Wednesday (11/17) at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Lyall's research focuses on the dynamics of violence in conventional and guerrilla warfare, especially in Afghanistan and Chechnya. RSVP to by Monday (11/15). Read more >

Nov. 22: Glenn School's Initiatives in Eastern Europe

An overview of the Glenn School's Ukraine Parliamentary Development Project and other initiatives in the former Soviet Union and former Yugoslavia will be presented at 4 p.m. Monday (11/22) in the Leadership Education Center in Page Hall. Learn how our faculty, staff and students are playing a hands-on role in the fostering of democracy and legislative strengthening, and why the Black Sea and Balkans regions are critical to U.S. National Security. For more information on the PDP, visit: Reservations are required; register at


Nov. 12: Learn the Basics of Drupal

Join the Digital Union for an introductory workshop on Drupal, an open-source content management system used by numerous web sites, on Friday (11/12) at 10 a.m. in 060 Science and Engineering Library. Learn basic information about what Drupal can do and its most commonly used features, pieces, and parts. The Drupal core, themes, and contributed modules will be covered. Registration and details at:

Human subjects research QI help session Nov. 19

Investigators, graduate students and research staff are encouraged to attend a help session on the Quality Improvement component of OSU's human research protection program from 9-10 a.m. Friday (11/19) in 388 Arps Hall. Office of Responsible Research Practices staff will provide an overview of the QI program and visit process. Registration requested at Contact: 292-0214 or

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