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WELCOME TO OSUToday, the latest news and information for faculty and staff of The Ohio State University for Monday, Dec. 31. The deadline for submissions is noon the prior business day.

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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.
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Project cultivates Tanzanian agricultural expertise for future

 Agricultural productivity will need to increase to reduce high rates of malnutrition in Tanzania. That's one reason why Tanzania is a focus country of Feed the Future, the Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative of the U.S. government. Eight Tanzanians are currently enrolled in advanced degree programs in Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, and dozens more are studying at five partner land-grant universities and at African institutions.
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Shown here: Mark Bennett, professor of horticulture and crop science at Ohio State and one of the advisers for Tanzanian students, consults with Hosea Mtui at the horticultural research farm at Sokoine University of Agriculture.


 Attend a Metro School open house Tuesday (1/8) or Saturday (1/12). Today’s connected world demands those who can think critically, communicate effectively and work together to solve problems. The Metro School has been doing its part since 2006. As a public STEM high school focused on science, technology, engineering and math, Metro stresses individualized learning, mastery and preparation for life. And this pioneering approach works. Every senior has graduated and been accepted to college.
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Who likes bling? The answer relates to social status

 A desire for expensive, high-status goods is related to feelings of social status, which helps explain why minorities are attracted to bling, a new study suggests. Previous research had shown that racial minorities spend a larger portion of their incomes than do whites on conspicuous consumption – buying products that suggest high status. But a new study showed that whites could be induced to crave expensive, high-status products if they imagined themselves in a low-status position. Philip Mazzocco, assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State's Mansfield campus, is lead author of the study.
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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.

OSUToday semester break publication schedule

OSUToday is currently following its semester break schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Daily publication will resume the first week of spring semester. Send news and event information to editor Randy Gammage at; the deadline is noon the day prior to publication. Send advertising inquiries to Bill Estep at or 292-8421.

WOSU Public Media announces new programs for classical 101

Classical 101, the only classical music radio station in Central Ohio, will add two new shows to its weekly Saturday evening lineup in 2013. Both programs will be locally produced and hosted. The American Sound will air Saturdays at 6 p.m. beginning (1/5) and will showcase a variety of classical music with an American accent. The weekly series Fretworks, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday (1/5), will look at the classical guitar as a solo instrument, in concertos, and ensemble pieces.
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Traffic and parking alert

12th Avenue Parking Garage to reopen Jan. 1

The 12th Avenue Parking Garage will reopen Tuesday (1/1) after being closed the last six months for restoration and maintenance work. Faculty and staff can park in the garage after 4 p.m. with their parking permits. With the opening of the garage, a new payment process for Wexner Medical Center customers, visitors or those without parking permits will be in place. The new payment process utilizes new technology that allows customers to "pay on foot" prior to getting into their vehicle to exit the garage and will allow vehicles to exit the garage more efficiently.
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Events this week

Today: Writing competition winners featured on Writers Talk

Greet the New Year by meeting new writers. Tune in to hear the winners of the Writers Talk/Barnes and Noble The Ohio State Bookstore 2012 Year End Writing Contest. OSU students will perform the winning entries, today (12/31) at 7 p.m. on WCRS radio, 98.3 & 102.1 FM and on a special hour-long show on Tuesday (1/2) at 9 a.m. on WCBE radio, 90.5 FM. See upcoming shows at
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Suicide prevention training Jan. 28

On Monday (1/28) from 3-4:30 p.m. in 300 Younkin Success Center, a certified instructor from Ohio State’s Campus Suicide Prevention Training Program will teach faculty, GTAs, and advising staff about prevention and early intervention techniques designed to help save a life from suicide. The training will provide the necessary knowledge and skills required to recognize warning signs and risk factors for suicide, highlight available campus and community resources, and more.
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