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March 29 , 2010
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In this issue:

  • Pharmacy Day at Ohio State
  • Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Annual Open House
  • Portable Lab Station Used in the Muskingum Chemistry Department

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New Proof Unknown "Structures" Tug at Our Universe

Mysterious "dark flow" extends deeper than previously seen.


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Pharmacy Day
The Ohio State University
College of Pharmacy

Saturday, May 8, 2010
104 Parks Hall
500 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Pharmacy Day is an event for students of every age from high school to college and beyond. Parents and other members of the community are welcome to attend and learn about the exciting profession of pharmacy.

Please visit and use the access code phrsp10 to register for this event.

Or contact Joe Orozco,, (614) 688-3772.

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The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Annual Open House
Saturday, April 17, 2010 (rain or shine)
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at 1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210

This event is for anyone interested in taking an inside look at Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine and learning more about veterinary school. Lunch will be available for sale.

There will be a wide range of activities for all ages that include:

  • Presentations on admission and careers in veterinary medicine.
  • Children's room with Teddy Bear Clinic.
  • Hospital tours guided by current veterinary students.
  • Wide range of exhibits and animals.
  • Student veterinary groups.

Registration is not required, but strongly encouraged. Walk-ins are welcome at the Open House. To register, please visit and select "Open House." For more information, please call (614) 292-8831 or send an email to

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Portable Lab Station Used in the Muskingum Chemistry Department

During the 2010 spring semester a need arose for use of the portable lab station (PLS) located in the University Chemistry Depart.  The station, shown below, is setup and equipped specifically for students with disabilities that inhibit their physical manipulations that would restrict their activities while conducting required laboratory experiments.  Handling, mixing, heating or weighing of chemical reagents/materials are examples of tasks that students with no physical impairments would complete in normal fashion.   Not so for one that must use a wheelchair for movement about the laboratory, as was the situation facing the department staff this spring.

Dr. Lois Zook-Gerdau, Associate Prof. of Chemistry, first related that one of her students was confined to using a wheelchair due to broken bones in both feet.   In order to accommodate this condition, the PLS, which was modified and equipped last fall by lab manager Bill Pattison, was transferred from its location in Room 329 to the setup in Room 304.   Prior to its actual use by the student, a meeting was held to discuss the various aspects required to enable a safe, user-friendly work station.  Following this, an experiment was prepared and placed adjacent to the PLS (in easy reach).  The only problem reported was use of the fume hood during which assistance by the professor was necessary.  This aspect was previously identified as a future action item.


Conco Portable Laboratory Station

The Conco Woodworking, Inc. double-sided station has independent running water capability (with drain), electrical outlets plus vacuum & air hookups.  Within arm’s reach is a balance for weighing ingredients and a stirring hotplate for heating/mixing solutions.   Other features include a lattice for attaching glassware with ring-stand clamps, a drawer for glassware storage, and a portable emergency eye-wash bottle attached to the side of the unit.  


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