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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Thursday, Dec. 13. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Tri Fit Challenge - Join Ohio State's Ross Heart Hospital in the inaugural Triathlon event to end heart disease. The challenge is to live healthier and make the changes within your power. Participants will start at Antrim Park, finish in the 'Shoe. Choose one of three triathlon lengths to participate as an individual or in a relay that best suits their personal challenge. Funds raised will benefit life-saving heart disease research at Ohio State.
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$10 million gift for study abroad scholarships

Ohio State alumnus and Foundation Board Director Keith Monda and his wife, Linda, have committed an additional $5 million to Ohio State's College of Arts and Sciences. This gift supplements the Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships, which they created with a gift of $5 million in November 2011, bringing their total support for the scholarship to $10 million.
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Meet up at the Coach's Club Café inside the Fawcett Center before every home men's basketball game for HOOPLA! Open 3 hours before tip-off for a full menu of great food, plus a Bucket Special of wings and beverages. It's the pre-game place that's closest to the game — 2400 Olentangy River Road.  
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Physicists named American Physical Society Fellows

 Physics professors Jim Beatty, Ralf Bundschuh and Yuri Kovchegov have been elected to the 2012 class of APS Fellows. Beatty has been recognized for contributions to cosmic ray astrophysics; Bundschuh for contributions to quantitative understanding of biophysical properties of nucleic acids and use of physical approaches in biological sequence analysis; and Kovchegov for contributions to understanding the structure and dynamics of strong color fields in nucleons and nuclei at high energies.
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Shown here, left to right: Jim Beatty, Ralf Bundschuh, Yuri Kovchegov


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.

Molecular geneticist receives NSF CAREER Award

 R. Keith Slotkin, assistant professor, molecular genetics, received the National Science Foundation's top award for the country's most promising young scientists, the NSF CAREER Award, presented to researchers who early in their careers have demonstrated their potential for making significant discoveries in their fields. Slotkin studies transposable elements, sometimes called "jumping genes," stretches of DNA that can duplicate or move from one location in the genome to another.
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Vision benefits expire at the end of December! OSU employee 2012 vision benefits expire on Dec. 31. Be sure to maximize your insurance benefits. 2012 benefits include annual eye examination benefit (no co-pay), annual eyeglass lens or contact lens benefit, and biennial eyeglass frame benefit. Remember: Spectacles, contacts and vision accessories qualify for flexible spending account funds (FSA). Contact our office for details about your vision benefits. Holiday gift certificates available.
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Next neighborhood recycling pick up Dec. 20

The first collection of recycled items was set for Thursday (12/6) for all university neighborhoods with a follow-up collection on Thursday (12/20). Blue carts should be wheeled to the same spot as trash containers for pickup. From now on, the City will collect recyclables every two weeks, alternating with yard waste pickup. Please put carts out before 6 a.m. Thursday morning.
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Reminder: Institutional research grant applications due Jan. 3

The OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center is offering American Cancer Society-supported seed grants of up to $30,000 to independent junior faculty and their equivalent to support the initiation of cancer research projects to obtain preliminary data that will enable them to compete for national funding. Past applicants are encouraged to resubmit. Submit applications by Thursday (1/3) to
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Upcoming events

National Council of Teachers of English Assembly of Research Conference

The College of Education and Human Ecology is hosting NCTEAR 2013 in conjunction with OSU's Hip Hop Literacies Conference, Friday (2/15)-Sunday (2/17). The conference features multiple session format options and provides an opportunity for professors, graduate students, and teacher/researchers to interact with a range of accomplished scholars working across multiple literacies. Deadline for proposals is Monday (12/17).
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Human subjects research Quality Improvement program

Investigators, graduate students, and research staff are encouraged to attend a help session on the Quality Improvement component of Ohio State's human research protection program from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday (12/18) in the Health Sciences Library, Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, room 240. Office of Responsible Research Practices staff will provide an overview of the QI program and visit process.
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Dec. 18: Health & wellness benefit choices forum

New faculty and staff have 31 days from their appointment to enroll in health benefits. Human Resources is offering a health benefits forum on Tuesday (12/18) from noon-1:30 p.m. at 1590 N. High St., Suite 430, room 421, South Campus Gateway. Benefits Consultants will compare key features to help you make choices on electing coverage. This session will not include information on retirement choices.
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Jan. 17: Writing Techniques for Improved Communication

Improve the quality and impact of your written communication and join the John Glenn School of Public Affairs for a one-day seminar on Writing Techniques for Improved Communication on Thursday (1/17) from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Fawcett Center. By using practical communication tips relevant to the workplace you will leave with all the right tools to improve your written communication.  
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Fleetwood Mac presale starts Dec. 14

Fleetwood Mac will perform at Nationwide Arena on Thursday (4/4) at 8 p.m. A presale is being offered from 10 a.m. Friday (12/14) until 10 p.m. Sunday (12/16) at this link. Presale password is LIVE2013.


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! Please 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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