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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Friday, Oct. 28. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Witness the witty and imaginative melding of life and art in choreographer Jerome Bel's Cedric Andrieux, a solo dance performance exploring Andrieux's international career (as part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, among others) as part of Bel's ongoing series of collaborations with notable dancers. Get your tickets for the performance that "shows us dance from the inside" (New York Times) by Tuesday (11/1) at 8 p.m.

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Ohio State, Iceland's University and Soil Service sign cooperation agreements

As part of its drive to forge lasting global partnerships, Ohio State has signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) with the University of Iceland and that European island-nation's Soil Conservation Service with the goal of enhancing educational experiences and advancing critical research dealing with climate change, environmental sustainability and food security. The MOUs were signed during a July visit to Iceland by Ohio State officials, including President Gee.
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Open an account with Ohio's 529 plan with at least $100 by Friday (11/18) and CollegeAdvantage will deposit a $50 bonus in your account. Enter promo code 529 when opening an account. Contributions are fully tax-deductible on Ohio state taxes, up to $2,000 annually. Your earnings are tax-free when the account is used for college. Funds can be used at any accredited college in the country. Payroll deduction available. $50 bonus offer ends Friday (11/18).
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Moulton develops online financial health check-up tool

 A new, free online financial self-assessment tool made available by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling is based on work done in part by Glenn School professor Stephanie Moulton. The MyMoneyCheckUp tool is designed to provide an assessment of a consumer's overall financial health and behavior in four areas of personal finance. This was developed as part of a research project funded by OSU Outreach and Engagement and the Social Security Administration's Financial Literacy Research Consortium
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Are you African-American? Less than 28 weeks pregnant? Researchers at OSUMC are conducting an NIH funded study to examine how responses to stressful situations may be related to risk of preterm delivery. Participation involves one visit for 4-4.5 hours. Women will be compensated $160 for their time and may earn $100 for answering questionnaires after delivery. Please contact 293-5262 or visit

Coca-Cola Sustainability Grants available

The Office of Student Life is offering the Student Sustainability Grant for student-led initiatives to support Ohio State goals to reduce greenhouse gases, conserve resources, and promote sustainability. Seed funding of $500-$30,000 is available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students or student groups for projects that directly contribute to reduced environmental impacts on campus. Completed applications are due Monday (11/28).
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Seasonal preparedness info from FOD

  • The City of Columbus mandates all privately-owned fire hydrants be pumped free of water from Oct. 15-April 15 every year. Facilities Operations and Development is in the process of winterizing all university fire hydrants. Contact Philllip Reece at 688-3357 or Jeff Mullins at 292-6383 if you need to use a hydrant or you see a hydrant being used.
  • FOD maintenance personnel will conduct the annual heating-to-cooling transition in several campus buildings in the weeks to come, necessitating increased activity of FOD maintenance personnel in and around the mechanical spaces of the buildings. Weather variations may cause unanticipated fluctuations to interior temperatures as we progress through this transition. Direct questions to your designated zone leader.
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Be a part of this year's Campus Campaign poster

Have you given to Campus Campaign in the past? Send a photo of yourself holding a sign saying "I give at the office" and a completed release form to or send a copy via inner-office mail to Jason Shults, 1480 W. Lane, Room 215. Photos may be digital (preferred) or printed, and color or black and white. Deadline is Thursday (11/3).
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Events this week

Today: Homecoming Parade to impact traffic, bus service

In support of the Homecoming Parade at 6 p.m. today (10/28), several roads, including portions of Cannon Drive, Woodruff Avenue, High Street, and 12th Avenue, will be closed beginning at 5:30 p.m. CABS Service (with the exception of the Med Center Express and Handivan) will be suspended from approximately 5:30-7:30 p.m. Roads will reopen once the parade has finished. Anticipate significant traffic delays in the area during this time.
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Halloween HOOT Oct. 29 at Gateway Film Center

Halloween HOOT is set for 10 a.m. Saturday (10/29) at the Gateway Film Center. HOOT is a monthly festival of films, music and activities designed for Central Ohio families and children; the October event features tricks and treats for the whole family, including spooky face painting, a kid-friendly haunted house, Halloween-themed shorts, and more. Admission is free with a suggested donation of a canned good to benefit the Open Shelter. Costumes encouraged.
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Upcoming events

Cox to present MBI Colloquium series lecture Oct. 31

The MBI Colloquium series continues from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday (10/31) in 355Jennings Hall. Steve Cox, Computational & Applied Mathematics, Rice University will deliver "Toward a Minimal Model of a Large Spiking Cell."
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Presale offer for Frozen Diamond Faceoff Hockey game

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in an exclusive ticket presale opportunity for tickets in the designated Ohio State sections for The Frozen Diamond Faceoff Hockey game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan Wolverines, to be played at Progressive Field in Cleveland at 5 p.m. Sunday (1/15/12). Visit for specific event, pricing and seating info for this event and the link to order tickets. This presale offer begins at 10 a.m. Monday (10/31). Special offer code/password: BUCKEYES


Helping Students (and Teachers) Learn Citation in Digital Media

This workshop is scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday (11/2) in LearnLab, 285 Baker Systems. In this discussion-based session, Chris Manion of the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing will help you identify ways to help students develop appropriate models for citing in new media.
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Piazza – An Online Q&A Platform

Join Piazza team member Nick LaVassar for a hands-on demonstration of Piazza, an online platform for class Q&A from 2-3:30 p.m. Friday (11/4) in 1080 Physics Research Building. Learn how Piazza is being used for teaching and learning. Bring your laptop to join in the online part of the conversation.
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