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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Wednesday, Oct. 12. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Combat cough and cold season with the help of the Medical Center's FastCare clinics. FastCare clinics are open in the Market District Giant Eagle in Upper Arlington and in the Giant Eagle in Gahanna. They provide quality, convenient care for common illnesses such as colds, sinus infections, sore throats, earaches and others. No appointment necessary, and evening and weekend hours available. Visits start at $59 and your insurance can be billed. For OSU Health Plan members, your co-pay is $20. Read more >

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New bioproducts and enhanced crop performance among priorities of new Center for Applied Plant Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, are partnering to create the Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS). The new center will facilitate the connection between basic research and applications in important areas such as photosynthesis and carbon fixation, biomass and bioproducts, crop production enhancement, and plant-microbe interactions.

CAPS will support the work of interdisciplinary scientific teams with members from across the university. "The main idea behind the work of CAPS is to tap into the incredible scientific expertise available at Ohio State," said Erich Grotewold, director of the Center and professor in both the Department of Molecular Genetics and the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science.
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Needed: Moderately Obese Men and Women for an OSU Nutrition Study. Non-smoking, moderately obese people (body mass index between 30 and 44), with family history of obesity, aged 21-40, needed for study on body processes that affect weight control; must give 2 small blood and urine samples, do a 20-30 minute breath test that measures internal calorie use rates, and take vegetable oil capsules for 6 weeks; compensation of up to $300.
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Headline news

Academic Leadership Program Fellows announced

Academic Affairs is sponsoring five Ohio State faculty to participate as fellows in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation's Academic Leadership Program. The CIC is a consortium of the Big Ten universities, plus the University of Chicago, and the purpose of the ALP is to develop leadership and managerial skills of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability and academic promise. Vice Provost for Academic Policy and Faculty Resources Susan Williams and this year's ALP Fellows will attend the first seminar at Indiana University, Thursday (11/3)-Saturday (11/5); at the University of Chicago in February; and at Penn State in April.
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Know a teen in love? Seeking participants for a teen relationship study. Adolescent couples between the ages of 15-18 are sought to participate in a student-led research study examining adolescent romantic relationships. Couples will be asked to complete a one-time interview lasting approximately 1 hour. Participants will be compensated for their time. Call 316-3787 or e-mail Amber Letcher to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Call for nominations for university awards

Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph A. Alutto has announced the call for nominations for university-wide faculty and staff awards. A description of awards, as well as deadlines, and contact information is available online.

Graduate Associate Teaching Award nominations open

Some of the best teaching at Ohio State happens in classrooms and labs led by Graduate Teaching Associates. This award, sponsored by the Graduate School, is Ohio State's highest recognition of this exceptional teaching. Award winners receive $1,500 and are recognized at the annual Graduate School awards reception. Nomination deadline is Thursday (12/1).
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Buck-IRB Back to School 2011 Newsletter available

The Back to School 2011 edition of the Buck-IRB (Institutional Review Board) Newsletter is now available at Highlights include: Judy Neidig's retirement as the director of the Office of Responsible Research Practices, proposed changes to federal regulations, information on ORRP office hours and monthly education sessions, and updates and revisions to applications and policies.
-- > Contact: Tani Prestage at

Events this week

Annual Heritage Lecture to highlight evidence-based medicine

Attend a panel discussion exploring the past, present and future of evidence-based medicine featuring Patricia Temple Gabbe, John Davis and Susan Bejciy-Spring on Thursday (10/13) in 170 Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute. Sponsored by the Health Sciences Library's Medical Heritage Center. Reception at 4 p.m.; lecture at 4:30 p.m. The event is free.
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Annual Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair Oct. 14

Students for Recycling and Transportation and Parking are presenting the sixth Annual Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday (10/14) at the Ohio Union West Plaza. Enjoy games, food, freebies and music by CD 101 as you discover the green friendly companies and non-profit organizations that make Columbus great. Learn about volunteer, internship and job opportunities at local, environmentally-friendly companies.
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Water and Energy: Do we have to choose?

The Battelle Center for Science & Technology Policy invites you to the first event in its Current Topics in S&T Policy series titled "Water and Energy: Do we have to choose?" Kim Landsbergen will lead the discussion, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday (10/14) in the Lounge Library, third floor of Page Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
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Upcoming events

Streusand to speak on early modern Islamic empires

Douglas Streusand, professor of international relations at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, will deliver "Victory, Conquest, and Governance: Imperial Consolidation in the Gunpowder Empires" at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (10/19) at 306 Hagerty Hall. Streusand's latest book, Islamic Gunpowder Empires (Westview Press, 2010), provides a history of early modern Islamic civilization through a comparative examination of its three greatest empires - the Ottomans, the Safavids, and the Mughals.
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Retirement Choices Forum Oct. 19

Human Resources is hosting a forum for new faculty and staff to discuss retirement choices under ARP/OPERS/STRS, from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday (10/19) in South Campus Gateway, 1590 N. High St., Suite 430, Room 421. Register online. Designed for those with an appointment of at least 75 percent FTE for less than 120 days.
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Master of Business Operational Excellence for Healthcare

Apply now for the class beginning Wednesday (11/30). This 12-month program is for physicians, nurses and staff who desire to become lean healthcare leaders. Apply online at or contact Bob Mick at

Spots available for Oct. 20-21 Culture Shaping training

Spots are still available for the Thursday (10/20)-Friday (10/21) "Culture Shaping and Life Effectiveness" training. This is a two-day, interactive retreat for staff who are not scheduled to attend a culture retreat with their department or unit. Consider these retreats for new staff members, or team members who weren't able to attend your unit's retreat. Additional dates include Nov. 16-17, Dec. 5-6, Jan. 23-24, Feb. 16-17, and March 21-22. Must attend both days.
-- > Contact: Renee Fawcett at or 247-1847
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Employee Assistance Program: A helping hand anytime, day or night

The Ohio State Employee Assistance Program is here to help you and your family with challenges that affect your health, family or job. The program provides many complimentary services, including live phone support 24/7/365; five counseling sessions per person, per occurrence; and new services, including legal and financial counseling and identity theft recovery assistance. The EAP is offered to benefits-eligible faculty, staff and their families through Your Plan for Health and is provided by the OSU Health Plan Inc.
-- > Contact: (800) 678-6265
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Free Your Plan For Health flu shot at in-network pharmacy

The best way for you to stay healthy during the flu season is to get vaccinated annually. YP4H has made it easy for faculty, staff and their families to receive complimentary flu shots. If enrolled in the university medical plan, you can get a flu shot at no charge at any in-network pharmacy close to home. Another option open to all faculty and staff is to get vaccinated at a convenient on-campus location beginning in October while supplies last. Register for an appointment at

OSU faculty/staff discount for CATCO's Evil Dead

The OSU Theatre Box Office is now a secondary box office for CATCO. Purchase tickets in person, 1078 Drake Performance & Event Center, service fee free. Tickets are on sale now for Evil Dead: The Musical. Now through Sunday (10/16), $10 off to OSU faculty and staff who mention the discount word: CABIN. Phone sales also available through the CAPA Box Office, 469-0939.
-- > Contact: 292-2295
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