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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Wednesday, Dec. 21. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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East Asian Studies Center

The East Asian Studies Center at Ohio State has taken what once was a niche field, and transformed it into one of the most successful programs of its kind.

As one of Ohio State's five Title VI National Resource Centers, the EASC has received $2.7 million in external funding between 2006 and 2011 to support academic and cultural programming. Through grants, endowment funds and Foreign Language Area Studies fellowships, the Center has supported 221 students in study abroad, language learning and research. The EASC also facilitated a nationally unique interdisciplinary East Asian studies M.A. program and seeded 56 language and East Asian area studies courses. To further the knowledge base of East Asia, the EASC conducts outreach through cultural events, its weekly lecture series and by supporting numerous academic conferences.

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FastCare Clinics Help Combat Cough-Cold Season. Combat cough and cold season with the help of the Medical Center's FastCare clinics 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. OSU Health Plan member's co-pay is $20.
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Headline news

Scientists discover second-oldest gene mutation

A new study has identified a gene mutation that researchers estimate dates back to 11,600 B.C., making it the second oldest human disease mutation yet discovered. Researchers with Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute led the study and estimate that the mutation arose in the Middle East some 13,600 years ago. Only a mutation seen in cystic fibrosis that arose between 11,000 and 52,000 years ago is believed to be older.
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Ohio State economists: Shale gas may bring fewer jobs than thought

A recent industry-funded study estimating that development of shale natural gas and oil could create or support 200,000 jobs in Ohio greatly overestimates the economic impact of the industry, according to a new Ohio State analysis. Furthermore, the researchers say, focusing on jobs rather than other factors related to the growing industry is misguided. The analysis, written by doctoral student Amanda Weinstein and Mark Partridge, Swank Chair of Rural-Urban Policy in Ohio State's Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, is available online at

Upcoming events

Immigration in Comics series kicks off in January

The Ohio State University Libraries and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum will present a four-part reading and discussion series, "Immigration in Comics," beginning in January 2012, in conjunction with the campus-wide conversation on immigration. The series will be facilitated by Jared Gardner of Ohio State's Department of English. The discussions will take place at the Thompson Library.
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Gospelfest 2012 at OSU Marion Jan. 7

In celebration of Black History Month, the Ohio State Marion Office of Student Life and Diversity is presenting Gospelfest 2012 at 3 p.m. Saturday (1/7) in Morrill Hall Auditorium.
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Take one more step and earn an additional $125

Submit your Incentive Program points by Saturday (12/31) to receive your 2011 Incentive Program payout. Faculty and staff can earn an additional $125 through the Your Plan for Health Incentive Program by tracking health-related activities. If you haven't completed the Personal Health Assessment in the last 12 months, allow two weeks for your PHA completion to be recognized before attempting to track your Incentive Program points. Log in to (click Current Incentives).

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