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Ohio State is top producer of Fulbright awardees

Ohio State has been named the nation’s top-producing Fulbright Scholar institution and is ranked 14th in producing U.S. Fulbright students. The rankings were published this week in The Chronicle of Higher Education. This academic year, 14 Ohio State faculty earned prestigious Fulbright Scholar grants and will lecture, conduct research or participate in seminars abroad. In addition, 16 Buckeyes – recent graduates and current graduate students – will represent the United States as winners of Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program. It provides grants for students and scholars to study, teach or conduct research and exchange ideas in 155 countries.
-- > Read more: osu.edu/news/newsitem3867


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 Combat cold and flu season with help from Ohio State’s FastCare. Our clinics provide convenient, walk-in care for common illnesses such as colds, flu, sinus infections, coughs, sore throats and more. No appointment necessary, with evening and weekend hours available. Clinics are located in the Market District Giant Eagle in Upper Arlington and the Giant Eagle in Gahanna. When applicable, we can bill your insurance.
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Ohio Union listed among ‘25 Most Amazing Campus Student Unions’

The Ohio Union is on the list of Best College Reviews' "25 Most Amazing Campus Student Unions." Ohio State placed third and reviewers call it "an amazing center for student body services." They note the union's environmental friendliness, including LEED Silver Certification, the dining areas and how it takes "into account the diversity of its campus."
-- > Read more: bestcollegereviews.org/features


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Your Plan for Health offers a variety of educational programming courses each semester for benefits-eligible faculty and staff. Participants can attend workshops or view live or archived webinars on a wide range of topics. Upcoming courses include An Introductory Class to the RPAC for Men, Tuesday (11/5) at 5:45 p.m. (four-week class); Staying Healthy During Times of Stress, Wednesday (11/6) at noon; and Making Smart Decisions When Dining, Thursday (11/7) at noon.
-- > Register: osuhealthplan.com/members/wellness/educationalprograms


2014 Open Enrollment Nov. 4-18

Review new medical plan options and changes in pharmacy copays. Enroll in or increase coverage for Dependent and/or Voluntary Group Term Life Insurance for your eligible dependents. Enroll in Flexible Spending Accounts with enhanced features. Cancel short-term disability coverage, if desired. Open Enrollment ends Monday (11/18).
-- > Read more: hr.osu.edu/oe


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Grants/funding

Staff Career/Manager Development Grants deadline extended

The application deadline has been extended to Tuesday (11/12) for the Staff Career Development Grants awarded to offset costs associated with professional development activities; applications available at hr.osu.edu/special/specgrants.aspx. The newly created Staff Manager Development Grant allows managers and supervisors to attend classes, seminars and workshops offered by Ohio State providers.
-- > Contact: bondurant.11@osu.edu

Events this week

Today: Martin Stapanian to discuss wetland quality

The SENR seminar series continues today (10/31) from 4:10-5:30 p.m. in 103 Kottman Hall, with a video link to 123 Williams Hall in Wooster. Martin Stapanian, research ecologist for the US Geological Survey Lake Erie Biological Station, will deliver “Soil and Vegetation Indices for Wetland Quality: A Predictive Modeling Approach.” Stapanian will discuss how new wetland assessment tools can help inform management decisions in the face of increasing loss of wetlands across the country.
-- >  Contact: Steve Matthews or Cathy Rakowski
-- > Read more: senr.osu.edu/AU13_SeminarSeries

DISCO Research & Creative Activity Series: Andreá Williams

“Dividing Lines: Class and the Myth of Racial Solidarity in Black Fiction” will take place Friday (11/1) from 3-4:30 p.m. in 455B Hagerty Hall. This series provides a forum for Ohio State faculty and graduate students to present their work-in-progress or recently published, performed, or exhibited work connected to issues of dis/ability, race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and other differences.
-- > Read more: disco.osu.edu/events

Upcoming events

Conversations in the Humanities: The Duck Variations Nov. 3

Conversations in the Humanities with Fred Andrle is hosting A Portable Theatre performance of The Duck Variations at the Ohio Wesleyan University Chappelear Drama Center, 40 Rowland Ave. in Delaware, on Sunday (11/3) at 2 p.m. Afterward, Humanities Institute Associate Fred Andrle will interview actors Jonathan Putnam and Geoffrey Nelson in a freewheeling discussion about Mamet’s play. Free and open to the public.
-- > Contact: Elizabeth Lantz at lantz.38@osu.edu
-- > Read more: huminst.osu.edu

Rezai to deliver Nisonger Center presentation Nov. 5

 The Nisonger Center is offering Topics in Developmental Disability on Tuesday (11/5) in 230 McCampbell Hall (presentation 3-4 p.m.; discussion 4-4:30 p.m.) Ali Rezai, professor of neurological surgery and neuroscience at Ohio State, will deliver "Neuromodulation Therapies in ASD." Rezai is director of the Neuroscience Program, the Functional Neurosurgery Program and the Center for Neuromodulation at the Wexner Medical Center.
-- > Contact: Susan Havercamp at Susan.Havercamp@osumc.edu
-- > Read more: nisonger.osu.edu/topics-in-dd-11-05-2013

Greitens to discuss authoritarian states in Cold War

Sheena Chestnut Greitens, a scholar at Harvard’s Academy for International and Area Studies, will speak on "Coercive Institutions and State Violence under Authoritarianism" on Thursday (11/7) at 12:30 p.m. at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Her current research examines the origins and operation of the coercive apparatus in three Cold War anticommunist authoritarian regimes: Taiwan, the Philippines, and South Korea. 
-- > Register: go.osu.edu/sgreitens

Humanities lecture series: Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery’

 Ruth Franklin, literary critic and senior editor at The New Republic, will deliver “Beyond ‘The Lottery’: Writing the Life of Shirley Jackson” on Tuesday (11/12) at 6 p.m. in 165 Thompson Library. The event is part of the Public Humanities lecture series.
-- > Contact: Elizabeth Lantz at lantz.38@osu.edu
-- > Read more: huminst.osu.edu

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Kings of Leon presale offer Nov. 1

Kings Of Leon with special guest Gary Clark Jr. will perform at the Schottenstein Center on Tuesday (2/18) at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets during a special presale on Friday (11/1) from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Use the password “music” at this link. The 2014 Mechanical Bull Tour is in support of Kings of Leon’s 6th album, Mechanical Bull, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. 


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