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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Friday, Nov. 2. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Visit the Wex Sunday (11/4) for Picture Yourself, our Super Sunday event celebrating the center's Annie Leibovitz exhibition. The day will feature free gallery admission, photo stations, and fun hands-on activities for visitors of all ages, as well as the first screenings of the highly anticipated Studio Ghibli retrospective, with Meet the Yamadas at 1 p.m. and Only Yesterday at 3:15 p.m. (screenings are ticketed).

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Ohio State researchers awarded $1.6 million for clean coal research

Researchers at Ohio State will use a $1.6 million state grant to verify their findings that coal byproducts can be used to reclaim abandoned mining sites. The Ohio Coal Development Office Technical Advisory Committee granted the funds to Tarunjit Butalia, research scientist and coordinator of the statewide Coal Combustion Products Program at Ohio State, and William Wolfe, professor of civil, environmental and geodetic engineering, to conduct the research.
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 Bawdy Broadway Musical performed Nov. 7-11. The Department of Theatre and School of Music present the solve-it-yourself Broadway musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" Nov. 7-11 in Thurber Theatre on campus. The full-scale musical whodunit asks the audience to decide how each performance should end. Directed and conducted by A. Scott Parry, the show includes the musical numbers The Wages of Sin, Perfect Strangers, Both Sides of the Coin, and Moonfall. For details and tickets, go to or call 292-2295.

November is Native American Heritage Month

The Student Life Multicultural Center is recognizing Native American Heritage Month to celebrate and educate students, staff, faculty, and allies about the diversity within more than 500 nations/tribes that were here before, during, and after contact. There will be a variety of events including an Alternative Thanksgiving Tuesday (11/20) in the Ohio Union Performance Hall. All other programs will be held in the Multicultural Center Meeting Room 1033 unless otherwise indicated.
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Mood disorder treatment study for children OATS (Omega-3 and Therapy Study). Ohio State is accepting children ages 7-14 for a 12-week study of two non-medical treatments for depression or bipolar mood disorders. A dietary supplement and psychoeducational psychotherapy are being tested. For more details without obligation, contact Kayden Healy at 293-4908 or

Natural gas: Safe and responsible

The utilities group of Ohio State's Facilities Operations and Development follows a regular operations and maintenance program to ensure our natural gas pipeline facilities are safe and reliable. While this program is designed to identify minor issues before they become problems, it is important that our students, faculty, and staff are aware of potential hazards. Learn how to properly identify and report an issue at


Who's helping you get more for your retirement? Here is some great news for OSU employees. As a leading retirement provider for higher education, Fidelity is ready to help you take a fresh look at your 403(b) and ARP. Put your savings to the test. Planning and Guidance Consultants are available on campus for complimentary one-on-one consultation. Call (866) 715-6111 or visit to schedule your appointment. Fidelity Brokerage Services, LLC, Member NYSE, SIPC.


Nov. 5 Departmental Impact Grant application deadline

Create an exemplary course for your department and campus. The application deadline for an OCIO Departmental Impact Grant is Monday (11/5). The grant’s focus is to increase student engagement, facilitate greater instructor efficiency, or enable anytime/anyplace learning by reimagining a key or large course. Recipients receive up to 200 hours of Learning Technology expertise and $15,000 (some matching funds required).
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Construction/traffic alert

Interstate 670 construction: Significant traffic impacts this weekend

Beginning tonight, weather permitting, ODOT crews working on the I-71/670 project will be changing the traffic pattern on I-670, and will be closing a large number of ramps. Access to campus will be maintained; however, those planning to come to campus this weekend should be prepared for congestion, changes in traffic patterns and ramp closures. More information is available on ODOT's website.

Dodridge Street Bridge to open Friday - weather permitting

The Franklin County Engineer’s Office has advised Ohio State that, weather permitting, final paving will occur on Dodridge Street Bridge today (11/2) and they anticipate having the bridge open for traffic on Friday afternoon. Some restrictions may be in place while final work is completed. It is anticipated that the bridge will have two westbound lanes, one eastbound lane, and the north sidewalk available for use.
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Events this week

Today: Transforming Communities into Disaster Resilient Communities

Learn recommendations for transforming communities into disaster resilient communities during the Lichtenstein Distinguished Lecture with Chris Poland, chairman and senior principal of Degenkolb Engineers, today (11/2) at 1:50 p.m. in 140 Pfahl Hall. The San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association's guidelines and recommendations for the city of San Francisco are available for application to communities worldwide regardless of size or location.
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Upcoming events

Nov. 5: Emissions Markets, Power Markets and Market Power

The Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics is hosting a seminar on Monday (11/5) featuring Noah Dormady, assistant professor in the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. Dormady will present "Emissions Markets, Power Markets and Market Power: An Experimental Analysis" from 10-11:30 a.m. in 105 Agricultural Administration Building. RSVP is not required.
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R. Jack and Forest Lynn Biard Cosmology and Astrophysics Lecture

 The Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics is presenting a lecture by Jill Tarter, "SETI — Five Decades of Progress in the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence," at 8 p.m. Wednesday (11/7) in 1000 McPherson Lab. Tarter is the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. She has received two Public Service Medals from NASA and was portrayed by Jodie Foster in the movie Contact.
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Impact urban education: ASPIRE info session

Project ASPIRE, a partnership between the College of Education & Human Ecology and Columbus City Schools to prepare urban educators, is hosting an info session on Wednesday (11/7) from 5:30-7 p.m. in Ramseyer Hall – College Commons. Anyone interested in applying for 2013-2014 are welcome to attend. ASPIRE is specifically recruiting individuals who want to earn a Master of Education and their initial teacher's license in one of the following areas: STEM, Middle Childhood Education or foreign language education.
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Conference to examine impact of 1992 U.N. Agenda for Peace

"Peacebuilding in an Ever More Globalized World," to be held Friday (11/9)-Saturday (11/10) at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, will examine how the landmark United Nations document An Agenda for Peace has focused U.N. peace planning on non-military sources of instability. Register for all or part of the conference. For registration and inquiries, contact Ann Powers at
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ORRP help session Nov. 5

Investigators and research staff are encouraged to attend a help session on the submission requirements for research involving pregnant women, their fetuses, and/or children, on Monday (11/5) from 3-4 p.m. in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Suite 205, Room 240, 2nd Floor Prior Health Sciences Library.
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Upcoming Social Work workshops

All workshops will be held at 115 Stillman Hall unless otherwise noted. Training calendar >

  • Wednesday (11/7) A Deeper Look into the Grieving Process, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 6 CEUs available
  • Thursday (11/15): Ethics for Supervisors and Managers, 1-4 p.m., 3 CEUs available
 Orton Hall


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