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DEC. 21, 2016 | TWEET!


Food & Culture

INSIGHT: Food & Culture

’Tis the season to celebrate the power of food to comfort, nourish and bring us together. Here, Arts and Sciences faculty, students and alumni share a few ways food shapes our lives historically, scientifically and culturally — just in time for a most special time of the year for food and family. Read the latest ASC Insight >>
On behalf of the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State,
best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.
NOTE: News & Updates will not be published Dec. 28. We will resume publication on Jan. 4, 2017.


Journalism Professor Trains Students for Life and Death Reporting

Lantern StudentsTwo years ago, Nicole Kraft, assistant professor (clinical), journalism, developed an "active shooter" simulation assignment to more deeply immerse her students in learning experiences and to continue building a strong working relationship with Ohio State Campus Police. On Nov. 28, the simulation suddenly transformed into real, life-and-death coverage. Student journalists — on staff at The Lantern and students in our news writing classes — were on the ground and in the field in minutes, reporting as well as or better than any professional news crew.

Photo by Nicole Kraft: The "real" Lantern in action during the Ohio State incident Nov. 28.

Satellite Maps of Soil Moisture Very Accurate at Predicting Power Outages

Steven QuiringSteven Quiring, professor, atmospheric sciences, reported at the American Geophysical Union that using satellite maps of soil moisture to predict power outages during storms worked with 91 percent accuracy. NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite mission provided the data, which Quiring and a team of researchers cross-referenced with population density, land use, average wind speed and the duration and intensity of storms to make their forecast model.

Experience in Hungary Expands Education for Scholarship Winner

Nathan GrineNathan Grine, strategic communication major, spent five weeks in Hungary, Poland and Austria last summer. His grandfather, from Hungary, escaped to America in 1956. The Wolfe Study Abroad Scholarship and the Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarship helped fund Grine’s journey to discover his roots.

Divisional Dean, Arts & Humanities, Publishes Historical Dictionary of U.S.-Middle East Relations

Peter Hahn, divisional dean of arts and humanities, and professor, history, recently published Historical Dictionary of United States-Middle East Relations with Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. The book, in its second edition, is an excellent access point for students, researchers and anyone wanting to know more about the U.S. and Middle East Relations.


Astronomy Chair Emeritus Elected AAAS Astronomy Section Chair

Bradley PetersonBradley Peterson, astronomy department professor and chair emeritus, has been elected chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Section on Astronomy. Peterson will serve as chair-elect in 2017, chair in 2018 and retiring chair in 2019.

Philosophy Professor Wins 2016 Marc Sanders Prize for Best Paper

Julia JoratiJulia Jorati, assistant professor, philosophy, has won the 2016 Marc Sanders Prize for the best paper in Early Modern Philosophy, for her paper "Leibniz’s Ontology of Force,” which will be published in Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy


ASCTech Network will be Unavailable Jan. 2

ASCTech will be moving our core network infrastructure to the State of Ohio Computing Center (SOCC). This facility is better equipped for power, cooling and security than our current location. We will be doing this work from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 2 (university holiday). At certain points in moving the equipment, the entire Arts and Sciences network will be unavailable. We will keep our Twitter feed updated with our progress, so feel free to follow @ASC_Tech for updates. Contact if you have questions or need more information.

Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter – December Issue

The issue highlights the actuarial science major; atmospheric sciences and anthropology major Mary Grace Thibault; summer fellowships from the Undergraduate Research Office; deadline for the Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships; Global May education abroad programs; FLAS fellowships for students who have studied Slavic and East European languages and for students in a STEM field who have studied East Asian languages; and the Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award nomination process. To submit content suggestions or to be added to the mailing list, contact Ann Rottersman.

ASCTech hosts two Canvas workshops

Instructors in the College of Arts and Sciences are encouraged to attend Canvas workshops hosted by ASCTech on Jan. 4 and 12. 


Staff Professional Development Grants

College of Arts and Sciences staff members are encouraged to apply for professional development funding through an ASC Staff Professional Development Grant. The deadline for the 2016-17 awards is Friday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m. Find additional information, eligibility requirements and the application online. Questions? Please contact Julia McGory.

Innovate 2017 Request for Proposals

Innovate, hosted by the Office of Distance Education and eLearning, is Ohio State’s annual conference that explores recent advancements, best practices and provocative theories on teaching and learning with technology. The RFP for Innovate 2017 is open through Jan. 30. Faculty and staff interested in hosting breakout sessions should apply online.

Accelerator Awards Program: Applications Due Dec. 27

The Accelerator Awards program provides Ohio State researchers up to $100,000 to advance and further develop promising technologies and bring them closer to market. Concept development, prototyping, coding, market studies and customer validation efforts are eligible uses for this award.

The awards are available to all Ohio State researchers who have disclosed their inventions to the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO). Applications for this round of funding are due this Tuesday, Dec. 27.


David Stebenne, professor, history and law, on what gerrymandering means for social conservatives’ agenda, Huffington Post, Dec. 20

Marilynn Brewer, professor emeritus, psychology, on America’s moral divides, The Atlantic, Dec. 14

David Stebenne, professor, history and law, “How one political outsider picked a cabinet,” The Conversation, Dec. 14

Jay Zagorsky, research scientist, Center for Human Resource Research, on the relationship (or not) between wealth and intelligence, Money Magazine, Dec. 14 

Paul Sutter, astrophysicist, on Supermoon, Columbus Dispatch, Dec. 13

John Mueller, professor, political science, “Why Obama Won’t Tell the Truth about Terrorism,” The National Interest, Dec. 12


Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, Earth sciences, on how climate warming caused the 2016 Tibetan avalanche, UPI/Science News and Huffington Post, Dec. 12

Kelly Yotebieng, doctoral candidate, anthropology; Eleanor Paynter, doctoral candidate, comparative studies and Hollie Nyseth Brehm, assistant professor, sociology, “Mr. President-Elect, You Are Mistaken: We Welcome Refugees at The Ohio State University," Daily Kos, Dec. 8

Ian Howat, associate professor, Earth sciences, Pine Island Glacier break reveals new mechanism for collapse, Salon and EcoWatch, Dec. 7


Through Dec. 31

Exhibition: Exquisite Corps
Wexner Center for the Arts
Gallery Hours

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