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OSU trustees meet, approve university matters - 12/08/06

COLUMBUS – Two new academic centers, the Center for Microbial Interface Biology and the Newark Earthworks Center, were established by the Ohio State University Board of Trustees at its monthly meeting Friday (12/8).

The Center for Microbial Interface Biology in the College of Medicine will promote and coordinate interdisciplinary research in the fields of infectious diseases and microbial pathogenesis with the intention of positioning Ohio State as an international scientific leader in infectious disease research. The center will develop training opportunities for students and will seek new diagnostic tools, therapies and vaccines for infectious diseases, including diseases caused by microbes targeted as agents of bioterrorism.

Native American history from ancient to contemporary times will be the focus of the Newark Earthworks Center at Ohio State's Newark Campus, which is located near the earthworks. It will be the first interdisciplinary center to be located at an Ohio State regional campus and the first university-based center in Ohio to concentrate on Native American issues. The center is intended to be a forum where productive and open dialog, research and educational programming from many different perspectives will occur.
In other business, the board approved a variety of personnel, fiscal and construction projects.

Hospital board bylaws amended
Trustees approved amendments to the Bylaws of The Ohio State University Board that include reconstituting the Professional Affairs Committee and adding the dean of the College of Medicine to the board.
Personnel actions approved
The board approved the following personnel appointments:

• Carlo M. Croce has been named professor and holder of The John W. Wolfe Chair in Human Cancer Genetics in the Comprehensive Cancer Hospital/ The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, effective Dec. 1, 2006, through June 30, 2010.

• Karin Musier-Forsyth has been named professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar in Macromolecular Structure Determination in the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences' Department of Chemistry, effective Jan. 1, 2007. She is currently professor of chemistry at the University of Minnesota.

• Jeffrey Parvin has been named professor and holder of The Louis Levy Professorship in Cancer in the College of Medicine's Department of Biomedical Informatics, effective Nov. 1, 2006, through June 30, 2010. Prior to this appointment, he was associate professor in the Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, and research pathologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital.

• Peter T. Ward has been named professor and holder of The Richard M. Ross Chair in Management in the Fisher College of Business, effective Nov. 1, 2006, through Oct. 31, 2011.

Emeritus titles granted
• Daniel J. Christie, professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology (Marion Campus), effective Jan. 1, 2007

• Joel M. Weaver II, professor-clinical emeritus in the College of Dentistry, effective Jan. 1, 2007

• Paul D. Golden, associate professor emeritus in Ohio State University Extension, effective Jan. 1, 2007

• Donald P. Lacy, associate professor emeritus in Ohio State University Extension, effective Jan. 1, 2007

• Rickne C. Scheid, associate professor emeritus in the College of Dentistry, effective Jan. 1, 2007

• Marlin F. Troiano, clinical associate professor emeritus in the College of Dentistry, effective Dec. 1, 2006

Resolutions in memoriam approved
• Gerald P. Brierley, chairperson and professor emeritus in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, who died Oct. 22, 2006

• Christie J. Geankoplis, professor emeritus in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who died Nov. 15, 2006

• Richard I. Hang, professor emeritus in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science, who died Oct, 2, 2006

• Yehiel Hayon, professor emeritus in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, who died Aug. 4, 2006

• Betty J. Meyer, professor emeritus in University Libraries, who died on Oct. 25, 2006

• Joan L. Sharp, assistant professor emeritus in the School of Allied Medical Professions, who died Sept. 22, 2006

• Betty J. Thomas, associate professor emeritus in the College of Nursing, who died Oct. 15, 2006

• Eldridge A. Whitehurst, professor emeritus in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Geodetic Science, who died Feb. 4, 2005

Development, research grants reports accepted
Trustees approved the establishment of The Sarah Ross Soter Endowed Chair in Women's Cardiovascular Health at The Ohio State University Heart Center, provided by gifts of $2 million from Mrs. Soter. In addition, seven other named endowed funds were established for a total of $4.13 million in private gifts to the university during the month of October. Trustees also accepted 335 new research grants and contracts totaling $40.3 million awarded to the university during October.

Interim authorization granted

Trustees gave interim approval to the university to enter into design, construction management and construction contracts for university capital projects as necessary prior to the Feb. 2, 2007 Board of Trustees' meeting, subject to written approval of the chair of the Fiscal Affairs Committee.

Appointment of investment managers approved
The board approved the appointment and reappointment of external investment managers who assist in the management of the university's endowment fund. The board's Investments Committee periodically reviews the results obtained by the external managers and the amount of funds assigned to them, adjusting the mix as economic conditions and performances change.

Design and construction contracts authorized
The board authorized the university to enter into design contracts for the following projects:

• Installation of a PET/CT scanner in Doan Hall. Estimated project cost is $1.91 million to be provided by University Hospital operating funds.

• Renovations to Hopewell and Founders Halls on the Newark Campus. Estimated project cost in $7.11 million to be provided by state, Newark development and Central Ohio Technical College funds.

• Improvements to Olentangy Trail, Phase I. Estimated project cost is $420,000 to be provided by state funds.

• Upgrades to elevators in Morrison Tower and Siebert Hall. Estimated project cost is $1.9 million to be provided by Student Affairs operating funds.

• Rehabilitation of Smith Laboratory for the Department of Anthropology. Estimated project cost is $2.8 million to be provided by state funds.

The board authorized the university to enter into construction contracts for the following projects:
• Conversion of existing space at 650 Ackerman Road into laboratories and associated office space for the Medical Center. Estimated project cost is $3.16 million to be provided by University Hospital operating funds.

• Conversion of old classrooms and offices in the Bevis Hall Biomedical Engineering Basement Laboratory Space into wet and dry lab spaces for the College of Engineering. Estimated project cost is $675,284 to be provided by College of Engineering general funds.

• Renovation of the third floor of Bevis Hall to improve research space for the Biomedical Engineering Center. Estimated project cost is $486,012 to be provided by state funds.

• Renovation of classrooms and corridors on the third floor of Central Classroom Building. Estimated project cost is $948,610 to be provided by state funds.

• Reorganization of clinical space in 10 West Rhodes Hall Inpatient Rooms. Estimated project cost is $316,862 to be provided by University Hospital operating funds.

• Addition of a third transformer at the OSU Electric Substation to increase campus power for new and future buildings. Estimated project cost is $6 million to be provided by 2007 bond proceeds.

• Renovation of an existing television studio into a 120-seat multi-media classroom for the School of Communication in the Journalism Building. Estimated project cost is $491,730 to be provided by College of Social and Behavioral Sciences operating funds.

• Renovation and expansion of the Ohio Union garage. Estimated project cost $20.9 million to be provided by university bond proceeds and Transportation and Parking operating funds.

• Olentangy Trail Improvements to Olentangy Trail, Phase I. Estimated project cost is $420,000 to be provided by state funds.
The board authorized the university to increase construction costs for the following projects:
• Renovation of the 11th floor research area of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute to accommodate bone marrow transplant outpatient rooms. Project cost has risen from $1.4 million to $2.01 million to be provided by University Hospital operating funds.

• Construction of a new feed mill on the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center's campus. Cost has risen from $5 million to $6.6 million to be provided by state and grant funds.

Lease granted
Trustees authorized the university to grant Columbus Southern Power Company a 133-square foot easement for a transformer pad and a five-foot wide by 90-foot long easement for a utility line for a term of 25 years to provide electric utility service to 960 Kinnear Road.

Audit report accepted

Trustees accepted the 2005-2006 audit report conducted by Deloitte & Touche. The accounts, records, files and reports of the university were found to be in satisfactory condition. Certain constructive comments were discussed with the board's Audit Committee, and appropriate procedures and responses are being developed to address these comments.