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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Monday, Dec. 17. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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Holiday bargains available at the Surplus Store. Attend the Surplus Store sale on Tuesday (12/18) from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at 1165 Kinnear Road. Items include overstocks from WiredOut. Some unusual items for sale, too, like old pay phones. Surplus accepts cash, checks, credit cards, and money orders. Once items are sold, proceeds are shared with university departments who give their items to the store. If you have items to donate, please contact Brad Thomas at 292-6967. Like Surplus on Facebook:

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Ohio State receives $1.6 million Board of Regents award

Ohio State will participate in a $1.6 million award from the Board of Regents' Ohio Means Internships and Co-Ops program. The Ohio State-led JobReady Internships and Co-Ops for Ohio Industry will create 416 new internships and co-ops across Ohio in the areas of energy, automotive, food processing, and financial services. OSU partnered with Columbus State Community College, North Central State College, and 82 private-sector employers to develop the proposal, whose key elements are creating new paid, course-bearing internships; delivering modules that address employer-identified gaps between the classroom and the workplace; and providing for cross-institution career services.
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 Choose AfterHours Care at Ohio State. The AfterHours Care clinic is now open at the Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza Pavilion 2nd floor. Providing urgent care for non-life threatening cuts and burns, minor sprains and strains, colds and flu, as well as stitches, splints and urgent x-rays. Convenient evening and weekend hours, Monday-Friday 5-11 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. No appointments necessary.
-- > Contact: 685-3357

Carmen offline for maintenance Dec. 19

Carmen will be unavailable the entire day on Wednesday (12/19). OCIO staff have blocked out 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. to perform large-scale maintenance on the system in preparation for the next update in early May. For more information, see the OCIO System Status page or contact


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.

OSUToday semester break and holiday publication schedule

OSUToday is currently following its semester break schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday publication. Due to the Christmas holiday, OSUToday will not be published on Monday (12/24) or Tuesday (12/25). The deadline for submissions for the Wednesday (12/26) OSUToday is 10 a.m. Friday (12/21).  Send news and event information to editor Randy Gammage at; the deadline is noon the day prior to publication.


Diabetes prevention study. Want to lose weight? Are you at risk for diabetes? We are recruiting employees to participate in a research study specifically for OSU employees. The study includes 16 weeks of nutrition and exercise education and training to promote weight loss. You may be eligible if you are an OSU employee, 18-65 years old, and have an elevated glucose level. Please call 292-4772 for more information.


Seed grants available for new and emerging cooperatives

The Ohio Cooperative Development Center at the OSU South Centers in Piketon is offering reimbursement seed grants to groups interested in exploring or growing a cooperative. Groups interested in forming a cooperative may request up to $1,000 for research and early planning, feasibility study, and formation services. Incorporated cooperatives or member controlled businesses may request up to $2,000 for assistance with the expansion of the cooperative into new markets and/or enterprises.
-- > Contact: Kimberly Roush at or (740) 289-2071 ext. 232
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Events this week

CDC Grand Rounds webcast: Disability and health Dec. 18

The Ohio Disability and Health Program and Ohio State's Nisonger Center invite public health professionals, healthcare providers and anyone interested to tune in to the free, live CDC webcast, "Where in Health is Disability?" from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday (12/18). This will feature the disability and health work of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and its partners, including state grantees like ODHP. Receive continuing education by registering with code PHGR10. Registration is not required to watch live webcasts. Twitter: #cdcgrandrounds
-- > Contact: Ann Witte or
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Upcoming events

Strayhorn to discuss College Students' Sense of Belonging

Terrell Strayhorn, associate professor, Department of Educational Studies, will discuss his book, College Students' Sense of Belonging: A Key to Educational Success for All Students, on Friday (1/11) from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center. Strayhorn's work explores how belonging differs based on students' social identities, such as race, gender, and sexual orientation. This event is part of the Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU Research and Creative Activity Series, which showcases new work on issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and/disability. 
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New courses part of EEDS curriculum

Beginning in Spring 2013, Ohio State is offering several new courses as part of the Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability curriculum. EEDS is a multi-disciplinary degree program that focuses on the human dimensions of sustainability. The program is offered as a joint major between the School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics.
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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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Diversity: Exploring Blind Spots in Yourself and Others, Jan. 23

The John Glenn School of Public Affairs is presenting "Diversity: Exploring Blind Spots in Yourself and in Others" on Wednesday (11/23) from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Fawcett Center. This advanced diversity training will challenge participants to examine diversity consciousness, inclusion and integrity.
-- > Contact: Natalie Gintert at or 247-8823
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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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