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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Thursday, Dec. 1. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Mondas commit $5 million to create study abroad scholarships in Arts and Sciences

Ohio State alumnus, Foundation director, and retired president of Coach, Keith Monda and his wife, Linda, have committed $5 million to Ohio State's College of Arts and Sciences to create the Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships. Within five years, their new endowment will be providing 50 Arts and Sciences students every year with funds for an international experience as part of their degree program. The gift is in support of Ohio State's comprehensive fundraising campaign which is expected to launch publicly in the next year.
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The Department of Family Medicine is enrolling subjects for a hypertension research study for people who also have Type 2 diabetes. The study is testing three different combinations of FDA approved blood pressure medications to see how well they work at lowering blood pressure. The study lasts approximately 4 months; includes up to 10 visits to Rardin Family Practice. For information, or to see if you qualify, contact Paula Smailes, RN, MSN at 293-3644 or

OARDC's Yebo Li receives University Innovator Award

 Yebo Li, a biosystems engineer with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, has received Ohio State's 2011 Early Career Innovator of the Year Award for his work on the development and commercialization of bio-based energy and industrial products. Now in its second year, the university's Innovator of the Year program was started to support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity among Ohio State scientists.
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Shown here: Yebo Li (center) with CFAES Dean Bobby Moser and Ohio State's Vice President for Research Caroline Whitacre.


Visit WiredOut at the Ohio Union Grand Hall, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday (12/1), and get a jump on your holiday shopping. We're opening this second WiredOut location for this one day only. Stop by to see a great selection of great gift ideas, including iPads, iPods, headphones, and Ohio State branded laptop cases. Get $5 off any purchase over $100, free T-shirt with purchase, and each purchase enters you into a drawing for an 8GB iPod touch.
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Interested in making a difference in the community?

Graduate or professional students are encouraged to apply for the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Fellows will partner with a local community-based organization to create and carry out a yearlong 200-hour service project that addresses an unmet social/health-related need in the Columbus area. Applications are due by Wednesday (2/1).
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Pi Alpha Xi (PAX) Poinsettia Sale runs 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday (11/30) and Thursday (12/1) in Howlett Hall Greenhouse, 680 Vernon Tharp St. Traditional to contemporary poinsettias are available along with centerpieces, outdoor planters, and additional holiday plants. Poinsettia prices are $6 (4" pot), and $10 (6½" pot). Cash, checks, credit cards, and internal orders are accepted. Proceeds fund PAX's scholarships and educational trips. For a coupon, and details, visit the PAX website at:


Mershon Center offers faculty, student research grants

Each year, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies holds a competition for Ohio State faculty and students to apply for research grant funds. Applications must be for projects related to one of our focus areas within the study of national security in a global context: use of force and diplomacy; ideas, identities, and decisional processes that affect security; and institutions that manage violent conflict. We are also interested in projects related to Ohio State's global gateways in China, India, and Brazil, as well as policy issues in biosecurity and cybersecurity. The deadline is Friday (1/27).
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Events this week

Today: Social Implication of Marcellus Shale Exploration

The School of Environment and Natural Resources Seminar Series is welcoming Kathy Brasier, associate professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State, today (12/1). This seminar will be held in 103 Kottman Hall and video linked to 123 Williams Hall on the Wooster Campus.
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Faculty Staff Appreciation Day at the Wexner Center today

Visit the Wexner Center today (12/1) for a holiday sale for its closest campus colleagues. Save 10 percent off books, cards, DVDs, jewelry, housewares, kids' stuff, and tons of holiday gifts you won't find at the mall. Receive an extra 10 percent off if you're a member. (Be sure to bring your Buck-ID. Apple products are excluded from discounts). Also, faculty and staff receive special $2 member pricing to tonight's film, and Zoom Family Film Festival kick-off, Racing Dreams.
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Environmental and Public Health Concerns of Shale Energy Panel Discussion

Hear what experts are saying about shale energy and its impacts on our nation's energy needs and our environment at the Environmental and Public Health Concerns of Shale Energy Panel Discussion on Friday (12/2), from 2:30-4 p.m. at the U.S. Bank Conference Theater, Ohio Union. This event is hosted by the Ohio State Subsurface Energy Resource Center.
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Greening the classroom initiative holds first workshop Dec. 3

 Plant biologists Erich Grotewold and Jelena Brkljacic are making plants an integral part of the K-12 curriculum through the "Green K-12+" initiative, a pilot program approved by the Columbus City Schools Curriculum Committee. The first Ideation Workshop is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (12/3) at the Fawcett Center. Scientists, teachers, education specialists, and graduate students will work to identify possible solutions for the challenges of developing this initiative.
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Upcoming events

CESE to host Smart Grip Workshop Dec. 12

The Ohio State Center for Energy, Sustainability and Environment is hosting "University Research: The Smart Grid in Ohio," a workshop on Smart Grid research in Ohio, at 9:30 a.m. Monday (12/12) in 260 Dreese Laboratory.
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Health & Wellness Benefit Choices Forum Dec. 14

New faculty and staff have 31 days from their appointment to enroll in health benefits. Human Resources is offering a health benefits forum, from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday (12/14) in its South Campus Gateway office, 1590 N. High St., Suite 430, Room 421. Benefits Consultants will compare key features to help you make choices on electing coverage. This session will not include information on retirement choices.
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