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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Thursday, March 15. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Seeing a primary care doctor regularly can help keep you healthy. Many OSU Wexner Medical Center Primary Care Network physicians in the Columbus area are now accepting new patients. If you, family members or friends are looking for a primary care physician, please visit the OSU Wexner Medical Center's website for a list of physicians currently accepting new patients.

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Ohio State graduate program rankings issued by U.S. News & World Report

According to the U.S. News & World Report 2013 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools released this week, Ohio State offers a vast array of graduate and professional programs, with 13 ranked in the top ten and two joining the top 20 list of ranked programs for the first time.

Top ten programs include part-time MBA program (business), supply chain/logistics (business), dispute resolution (law), administration/supervision (education), counseling/personnel services (education), curriculum/instruction (education), elementary teacher education, secondary teacher education, vocational/ technical education, Pharm.D. (pharmacy), ceramics (fine arts), interior design (fine arts) and industrial design (fine arts).

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Exclusive offer for Ohio State faculty, staff, and retirees. If you are at least 55 years of age, you are invited to participate in a unique university opportunity. With a special minimum funding amount of $5,000, you may fund a charitable gift annuity to benefit an area of Ohio State that is important to you. In return, you will receive fixed lifetime payments, an immediate charitable income tax deduction, and the satisfaction of making a difference.
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A new model for public universities

Public higher education in America faces a reality check of the highest order, wrote President Gee in an op-ed column that appeared in the Toledo Blade on Sunday (3/11). Even in Ohio, where state elected leaders have been supportive and understand the critical role of our public universities, the fact is plain: Our slice of the pie — resources from state and federal governments — is unlikely to get any larger than it is today.

Universities must seek fundamentally new ways to fund their core purposes, he continued.

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Type 2 Diabetes Study for People Using Insulin. The Department of Family Medicine is conducting a research study for people with Type 2 Diabetes who use insulin, either alone or in combination with other diabetic medications. Eligible participants will receive study medication, physical exams, and lab work at no cost. Participants will be reimbursed $75 per visit for time and travel. If you would like more information on this study please contact Joan Allen, RN at 366-6636 or

CABS spring break service announced

During spring break Friday (3/16)-Sunday (3/25), CABS will run reduced bus service Monday-Friday, with no service overnight and on the weekends. During this time, WA, WB, WC, and CX permits are valid in C spaces on Central Campus. For more information regarding the CABS spring break service schedule, please visit the Transportation & Parking Services web site at

Buckeye Alert test

Buckeye Alert system test scheduled for this afternoon

OSU Emergency Management will conduct a test of the Buckeye Alert system during the afternoon today (3/15). This test is for the Columbus campus only. All messages sent will be clearly identified as being part of the test.
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Environmental Sciences Research Cluster seed grants available

The newly formed Environmental Sciences Network at Ohio State is now accepting proposals for its seed grant competition to promote interdisciplinary environmental research at Ohio State. Funds are intended for organizing large collaborative groups of researchers around a pressing environmental problem. Deadline is July 1.
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Upcoming events

Health & Wellness Benefit Choices Forum March 20

New faculty and staff have 31 days from their appointment to enroll in health benefits. Human Resources is offering a health benefits forum to compare key features to help you make choices on electing coverage in one of the several medical plans available, dental and vision coverage, dependent and health care flexible spending accounts, short-term disability, dependent group term life insurance, and voluntary group term life insurance coverage, on Tuesday (3/20) from noon-1:30 p.m. at 1590 N. High St., Suite 430, room 421, Gateway.
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Portraiture and Perception at Urban Arts Space

In Portraiture and Perception at the OSU Urban Arts Space now through Friday (3/20), MFA Dance candidates Fiona Lundie and Rashana Smith craft multi-sensory, interactive environments in which performers and viewers alike will move through and experience. Open rehearsals at 4 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday with performances from 6-8 p.m. Thursday (3/22) and (3/29), a matinee from noon-2 p.m. Saturday (3/24), and a final performance from 4-6 p.m. Friday (3/30). Performances and open rehearsals are free and open to the public.
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Zero Waste Event Service Information Session

A zero waste event is an event that diverts 90 percent or more of the materials generated from the landfill. Ohio State has taken bold steps to increase the university's diversion rates. Energy Services and Sustainability is holding a Zero Waste Event Service Information Session for students, faculty, and staff on Tuesday (4/10) in 270 Central Services. Presenters will provide an overview of what a zero waste event is and what it takes to hold one. It is encouraged that event planners consider attending.
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Free Ohio State tuition for Ohio residents age 60 or older

PROGRAM 60 provides a tuition-free opportunity for Ohio residents age 60 or older to take university classes on a noncredit/nondegree basis at undergraduate and graduate levels. Acceptance into a class is based on permission of the instructor and space availability during the first week of the quarter. Register for up to five courses. Spring quarter begins Monday (3/26). Register online through Friday (4/6).
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Flexible Spending Accounts year-end filing deadline March 31

Human Resources is reminding faculty and staff who participated in the Flexible Spending Accounts program for the 2011 Plan Year that the deadline for submitting reimbursement requests is Saturday (3/31). Forms may be sent via US mail or dropped off by 5 p.m. at South Campus Gateway, 1590 N. High St., Suite 300. To verify current account balance, visit FSA online. FSA reimbursement request forms available online.
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Bulletin board digests keep you up to date

With the onCampus Bulletin Board's "Digests" feature, you can find out right away when someone posts a car for sale, is in the market for that exercise equipment you have stored in your basement or is looking for a ride to work. Simply log on to and click on the "Digests" tab to set up your preferences, and you'll receive a daily or weekly summary of every new post.

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