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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Wednesday, Dec. 5. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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New iMacs are arriving soon! Apple announced a brand new, slim iMac desktop in October. 21.5 inch models are beginning to ship now, and 27 inch models will ship in December. Get your eRequest orders in, or stop by WiredOut to pick one up for yourself. We will be open during winter break to serve you. Apple products are available with special pricing below academic discounts at WiredOut and the Wexner Center Store.
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The Precarity and Social Contract Working Group

 The Precarity and Social Contract Working Group looks at the problem of precarity within the contemporary world; the increasing contingency, instability, and uncertainty of labor and social reproduction in late modernity. The working group aims specifically to explore precarity beyond what is usually its Western European frame of reference and the disintegration of Western European Keynesian state economic planning.

The group will explore precarity through a much wider geographical lens and to reposition what has happened to labor and social reproduction in the global north in the post-Cold War context. In order to focus these discussions, the group proposes that precarity be situated in light of questions of social contract, and notably at a time when the very conditions of social contract are undergoing profound transformation.
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Combat cough and cold season with help from Ohio State's FastCare. Our clinics provide fast, convenient care for common illnesses such as colds, sinus infections, coughs, sore throats, earaches and others. 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. For OSU Health Plan members, your co-pay is $20.
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Headline news

Eddie George returns to Ohio State, supports university advancement initiatives

Ohio State has announced that Eddie George, 1995 Heisman Trophy winner, has returned to his alma mater to serve as assistant vice president for business advancement. George will work with multiple internal and external university constituencies to increase awareness of health and wellness initiatives, support the efforts to engage alumni and friends in the life of the university, assist with fundraising, alumni relations, and communications for Ohio State, and work with student-athletes as determined by the athletics director. George earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State in landscape architecture.
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Who's helping you get more for your retirement? Here is some great news for OSU employees. As a leading retirement provider for higher education, Fidelity is ready to help you take a fresh look at your 403(b) and ARP. Put your savings to the test. Planning and guidance consultants are available on campus for complimentary one-on-one consultation. Call (866) 715-6111 or visit to schedule your appointment. Fidelity Brokerage Services, LLC, Member NYSE, SIPC.

The James earns top hospital status for fifth time in six years

For the fourth consecutive year – and the fifth time in six years – Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute has been named among the safest and most effective hospitals in the country, according to a national ranking from the Leapfrog Group. The James is among 92 hospitals from a field of almost 1,200 to be named 2012 Leapfrog Top Hospitals based upon a rating system that provides an up-to-the-minute assessment of a hospital’s quality and safety.
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Married couples needed for a research study. OSU professor Brad Bushman is conducting a National Science Foundation funded 3-week study on how spouses relate to each other. You can earn at least $100/couple ($50/person) for your time.
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Maintenance for Employee Self Service, ePay, and HR/SIS

Employee Self Service and Student Information System functions within the HR/SIS (Applicant, Student, and Faculty Centers;; Carmen final grade transfer; and OSU Mobile access to schedules and grades) will be unavailable due to planned maintenance from Saturday (12/8) at 8 p.m. to Sunday (12/9) at 11 a.m.
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Postdoctoral cancer research opportunities deadline Dec. 14

The Pelotonia Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for postdoctoral cancer research fellowships. The deadline to apply is Friday (12/14). Two-year fellowships are available for postdoctoral fellows, regardless of nationality, to do cancer research in any field of study.
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Health & wellness

Become a Buckeye Wellness Innovator

Are you a health- and wellness-minded person? Do you have a special interest in promoting health and wellness activities and initiatives to your colleagues? If so, consider becoming a Buckeye Wellness Innovator. Submit your letter of interest with a description of why you would like to become a Buckeye Wellness innovator to Megan Amaya, director of health promotion, at by Saturday (12/22).
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Events this week

Event celebrating 12-0 Ohio State football season reaches capacity

All available ticket vouchers (free) for the Ohio State football celebration Friday (12/7) at St. John Arena have been issued, the Ohio State Ticket Office has announced. A crowd of more than 13,000 is expected to attend the event, presented by Kroger, The Dispatch Media Group and Nationwide Insurance. Only Ohio State students with a current BuckID and those who present a preprinted ticket voucher will be admitted. The event will begin at 7:15 p.m. and will be streamed live at

Upcoming events

Wellness Wednesday: More Mindfulness, Less Stress

A workshop on mindfulness, the healthful art of paying attention from moment to moment in a non-judgmental way, will take place on Wednesday (12/12) from 5-6 p.m. in 700 Ackerman Road, Suite 440. After individuals work through the what, why, and how of mindfulness, Lisa Borelli of the Employee Assistance Program will lead the group in a 20-minute guided mindfulness exercise
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Courage to Teach Technology Interest Group Technology Showcase

The Courage to Teach Technology Interest Group is hosting a technology showcase on Wednesday (12/19) from noon-1:30 p.m. in 518A of The James to highlight technologies used to engage students in the classroom and at a distance. These strategies are foundational to successful implementation of part two and three of the LSI curriculum. This showcase features faculty presenters from across campus and the health sciences colleges.
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Women in Engineering hosts WiE DREAM

The Women in Engineering program at OSU is hosting WiE DREAM, a one-day career exploration event on Saturday (1/26) for 10th and 11th grade female students interested in learning about OSU’s undergraduate engineering programs. Participants will engage in a series of interactive, hands-on activities and learn about sustainable energy practices and how engineers improve lives. Register online.
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