Sept. 23,1999
  Vol. 29 No. 5

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Cancer Center offers grants for faculty

Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center is awarding $65,000 to OSU junior faculty members or their equivalent this year to initiate cancer research projects.

The funding is part of a $130,000 grant from the American Cancer Society. Last year, $65,000 also was awarded. The grants do not exceed $15,000 and are for the period of Nov. 1 through Oct. 31, 2000.

The grants provide seed money to initiate promising new projects so preliminary results can be obtained that will enable the faculty to compete for larger, national grants in the area of cancer. The awards are intended to support independent, self-directed investigators early in their careers.

The deadline for receiving applications is 5 p.m. Oct. 1. For more information or application forms, contact Jane White at 293-7517 or

$3.5 million grant from Ford Motor Co. will drive several inititatives

By Randy Gammage

The Ford Motor Co. is adding extra horsepower to the engines of the Fisher College of Business, College of Engineering and Division of Student Affairs with a $3.5 million grant.

The grant will be distributed over five years, with the College of Engineering receiving $1.7 million, the College of Business $1.5 million and the remaining $300,000 going to Student Affairs.

The grant will support a number of initiatives at Ohio State, including scholarships, fellowships, research and the new Ford Living and Learning Center. The center will provide a unique, academically oriented residential experience for 40 to 45 students majoring in business and engineering.

The grant award was announced Sept. 17 during a news conference at the Fisher College of Business.

The grant solidifies a relationship between Ford and Ohio State's colleges of Business and Engineering that goes back many years, said Dan Grafner, associate to the dean of development and external affairs in the Fisher College of Business.

Ford funding has already helped send 16 business students to Mexico to study seven companies as part of the Ford Emerging Market Field Study Program through the Fisher College.

The new grant money also will help fund 10 undergraduate scholarships, three MBA fellowships and international research projects.

The gift is an extension of what Ford has done for the College of Engineering, said David Ashley, dean of the college. He said Ford has supported faculty research, visited campus to recruit students and placed their executives on advisory boards at the college and department level at Ohio State.

As part of the grant, Ford is becoming part of an industry consortium that supports the College of Engineering's Center for Automotive Research (CAR) at Ohio State. Funding for CAR will support a Ford Young Faculty Professorship in automotive engineering; an undergraduate scholarship endowment; new equipment for a power train laboratory; and an improved Web-based career services management technology.

The Ford grant also will go toward renovating part of Nosker Hall to create the new Ford Living and Learning Center. John Iveson of Student Affairs said the Living and Learning Center, set to open next autumn quarter, is designed to increase student performance, retention and graduation rates by integrating the academic and out-of-class development and learning experiences.

Programs at the center will include guest speakers, community service learning projects, an annual field trip to the Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn, Mich., and internships. Funding will help staff and run the center and purchase computers and other equipment, and provide 10 $10,000 scholarships each year.


Volunteers needed for ColumbusReads

Staff and faculty volunteers are needed to participate in ColumbusReads, a reading-tutoring program in the Columbus Public Schools. The 11-week fall tutoring program will run from Oct. 19 through Dec. 21.

Faculty and staff interested in becoming a tutor should contact the person designated as the lead coordinator in their department.

A permanent tutor commits one hour per week in the classroom during a regular work week for the 11-week program. Each tutor will provide two kindergarten students with a half-hour of tutoring and mentoring each week. Substitute tutors commit to work if permanent tutors cannot attend their sessions.

A training session will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Ohio Union Conference Theatre. For more information, contact Tina Love, director of special projects for the Office of Student Affairs, at 292-9334.


Nobel Laureate presents seminar

Sidney Altman, Sterling Professor of Biology at Yale University and 1989 Nobel Prize recipient, will present "The Nature and Uses of an RNA Enzyme" at 9 a.m. Sept. 30 in the Rhodes Hall Auditorium.

The seminar is sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and College of Biological Sciences, and is made possible by a grant from the Burroughs Welcome Fund.

For more information, call 292-9471 or 292-4759.


Tashjian to speak at Outreach Roundtable

Lee Tashjian, Ohio State's vice president for university relations, will be the guest speaker for the Outreach and Engagement Roundtable Oct. 4 at the Ohio Union.

Tashjian will discuss his vision for University Relations and how those involved with outreach and engagement can work with his offices.

The group will meet in the Terrace Room starting at 11:30 a.m., with networking and a brown bag lunch.

Tashjian will lead a discussion from noon to 1 p.m.


The James to host caregiving course

The James Cancer Hospital will host a "Prepared Family Caregiver Course for Cancer" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14, 21 and 28 at the University Medical Center's Batelle location.

Oncology care professionals will discuss planning ahead for positive problem-solving for caregiving. A reference guide, The Home Care Guide for Cancer, will be provided to those attending. A hands-on skills lab will help caregivers learn a variety of care methods including nutrition, non-medical interventions for pain and safe mobility. There is no charge for parking or materials. For registration, call 293-3529 or 292-2286.


Exhibit showcases textile treasures

The College of Human Ecology opens an exhibit in early October titled "Textile Treasures: Selections from the OSU Historic Costume and Textiles Collection." A reception will kick off the exhibition from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Columbia Gas Student and Alumni Center of Campbell Hall.

The exhibit explores the relationship between textiles and clothing and interior design, and features historically significant textiles.

The exhibit is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 18. Group tours are available. Call 292-3090 for more information.


Lunch series hosts educational session

The Spirit of Women lunch series will host a free educational session titled "Getting Through Menopause Naturally" on Oct. 12. The presentation by Linda Bernhard of the College of Nursing and College of Women's Studies, will be held at noon in S125B Rhodes Hall.

For registration, call 293-7575.


Golf tournament to benefit Burn Center

The 10th annual University Medical Center Burn Center golf outing will be held Oct. 4 at the Royal American Golf Course.

Proceeds from the four-person scramble will help fund the Buckeye Burn Survivor Fellowship, a group of nurses and former burn patients who provide assistance and support to other burn victims and their caregivers.

Proceeds are used for temporary housing for the families of hospitalized burn patients and community education programs.

For registration, call 279-9448.


Moms in Medicine to host public forum

Several prominent women physicians will hold a public forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 to talk about their careers as physicians and mothers, balancing work and family, and in their roles as role models. The event will be held at the Rhodes Hall Auditorium. For registration, call 293-5123.

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