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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Monday, Nov. 13. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Discovery Themes: Ohio State’s global agenda

Ohio State’s overarching aspiration is to rise from excellence to eminence. That climb will be accelerated by three Discovery Themes that over the next 10 years will be the focus of university-wide teaching, research, and engagement. These themes are Health and Wellness, Food Production and Security, and Energy and Environment. Through these themes Ohio State will address the technological, social, and environmental stresses that define today’s global world.
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 The Department of Dance is staging Dance Uptown: Feast Your Senses at 8 p.m. Friday (11/16) and Saturday (11/17), in Mershon Auditorium. The department's largest production each year, Dance Uptown is a contemporary performance with a sensual and diverse palette of styles, spotlighting original works by local and international choreographers: Rodney A. Brown, Susan Hadley, Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof, andMelanie Bales in collaboration with dramaturge Catherine Turocy. For tickets, go to
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Renovations at Ohio State wetland aim to ramp up its programs and impact

 Ohio State’s renowned Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, which opened its doors 20 years ago, is now in the process of opening them wider. The 52-acre Columbus facility is undergoing $75,000 in renovations to its main teaching and research building as part of a broader effort to increase the park’s access, use and impact. Programs in the park focus on how wetlands function, how to create and restore them, and how they benefit the environment and people.
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Faculty, alumni intertwine at OSU Urban Arts Space

 Inosculation is a new exhibit that will run through Friday (12/14) at the OSU Urban Arts Space in downtown Columbus. The exhibit gets its name from the natural phenomenon in which trunks or branches from different trees grow together and intertwine - perfect for the pairing of 25 works from Department of Art faculty members with MFA alumni who graduated at least five years ago.
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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

Buckeye Alert

Buckeye Alert, emergency procedures, safety info available online is your one-stop-shop for information on Buckeye Alert, Ohio States Emergency Notification & Evacuation Procedures, as well as our most recent Annual Security and Fire Safety Report! Direct access to this information can be found here:

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
Emergency Notification, Response & Evacuation Procedures
Ohio State's Residential Housing Fire Log

Events this week

International Education Week at Ohio State, Nov. 12-16

The 13th annual International Education Week is taking place through Friday (11/16). The Office of International Affairs is celebrating with a week of events, including guest speakers, international film screenings, study abroad sessions and more. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education, and OSU joins thousands of institutions worldwide in holding events to bring international perspectives to college campuses.
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Geography Awareness Week Nov. 11-17

The Department of Geography has a host of events for national Geography Awareness Week through Saturday (11/17), including a presentation by the Meteorology Club on "Hurricane Sandy: Frankenstorm," the Undergraduate Geography Bowl, and a presentation by Derek Gregory, professor of geography at the University of British Columbia, on the geography of war. Much of Gregory’s work focuses on the war on terror and the "global war prison" in Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Afghanistan/Pakistan, and East Africa.
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Today: Knowlton School of Architecture public lecture

 A conversation between Peter Eisenman and Jeffrey Kipnis regarding the Venice Biennale and Field of Dreams, the Knowlton School of Architecture's entry into this year's bi-annual exhibition of internationally-acclaimed architects and designers will take place today (11/13) at 5:30 p.m. at the Knowlton Hall Big Stairs. Following the conversation, enjoy a reception and the opening of the Field of Dreams exhibit at KSA's Banvard Gallery.
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Dentistry students offer free exams and x-rays

The College of Dentistry's students are offering free dental exams and free dental x-rays Wednesday (11/14) from 6-8 p.m. in the clinic on the first floor of Postle Hall. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and in good health. Each will receive one free dental exam, two free dental x-rays, and an evaluation for additional free treatments. Open to the public. No fees will be charged and appointments are not necessary.
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Innovation speaker Drew Boyd, Nov. 14

The College of Medicine Office of Research is hosting Drew Boyd, innovation expert and thought leader, on Wednesday (11/14) from noon-2 p.m. in 518A The James. Boyd will present "Inside the Box: A Systematic Approach to Innovation." He will introduce a structured, step-by-step approach to innovation that he developed at Johnson & Johnson, and will lead participants through exercises that demonstrate how the methodology works.
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Guest mathematician presents lecture on music theory

 “Facts, Processes, and Gestures in Music: Theory and Software Creativity” will be presented as part of the William Poland Lecture Series on Thursday (11/15) at 5:30 p.m. in 090 Science & Engineering Library. Guest lecturer Guerino Mazzola is a Swiss mathematician, music theorist, jazz pianist, composer and professor of music at the University of Minnesota. This lecture is free and open to the public.
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Navigating Discourses, Identities, and Literacies, Nov. 15

Elizabeth Birr Moje, Professor of Education and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Michigan, will talk on Thursday (11/15) at 4 p.m. in 311 Denney about what it means to engage in literacy practice across multiple contexts. She will make an argument about the need to move from framing literacy learning as domain or discipline-specific to learning as being at the moment of navigating from one space to another.
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Turn the tide: Michigan winning Red Cross Blood Battle

The annual American Red Cross Blood Battle has kicked off, and Ohio State is trailing Michigan by about 200 pints. Blood drive locations can be found all over campus through Tuesday (11/20), and the winning school will be announced during the OSU-Michigan football game on Saturday (11/24). Donate and receive a free t-shirt, a coupon for six free wings with any purchase at Buffalo Wild Wings and a chance to win a pair of tickets to the big game.
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Upcoming Digital Union events

This week's Digital Union workshops (11/13-11/16) focus on student response systems, Google Analytics, how to use HTML 5 to create flashcards, discussion board management, and an introduction to the iPad. Come find out how to integrate a new piece of technology in your workflow.
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OSU Leadership Center workshop Dec. 12

Join Beth Flynn on Wednesday (12/12) for the workshop “StrengthsFinder and Spectrum Development, Now What?” Leaders take many assessments to learn more about themselves and others, but how do these assessment fit and work together? This workshop is about learning to combine this information so participants can leverage their gifts to make their best impact as a leader. You must have attended a StrengthsFinder (or StrengthsQuest) and also the Spectrum Development workshop. Registration is $60.
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