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WGSS at OSU: Ohio State's Feminist Voices

Erika AlmIn the latest WGSS blog post, the department welcomes to campus this fall, Erika Alm, visiting professor from Gothenburg University. She will teach a course about trans* and intersex experiences.


Juicy Win for Design Team

Student at drafting table
A team that included students and alumni from the Department of Design won first place in the Undergraduate Track of the Fisher College of Business 2014 Business Plan Competition. The competition, which seeks to stimulate and nourish the entrepreneurial spirit, includes conceptual rounds, a business plan portion, and a presentation to a panel of judges of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, private investors and faculty. The “Juiceboxx” team included students Scott Scherpenberg (industrial design), Andrew Lien (industrial and systems engineering), and design alumni Lucas Williamson and Samuel Silverman. Their Juiceboxx project is a protective case for a MacBook charger that features a clean, simple aesthetic with a unique design that guides the cord into exiting the power supply with a gentle curve, significantly reducing areas of high-stress.

Sociology Professor Publishes Report on Gender, Mobility and College Attainment

Claudia BuchmannClaudia Buchmann, professor, is author of a new paper, “The Secret Behind College Completion: Girls, Boys, and the Power of Eighth Grade Grades,” published with the Third Way Foundation. The report sounds the alarm on the widening behavioral advantage that girls have over boys, starting in kindergarten and on into fifth grade, where, by then, the average girl is at the 60th percentile of an index of social and behavioral skills, while the average boy is at only the 40th percentile.


WGSS Professor Authors Book

Linda MizejewskiLinda Mizejewski, professor, women's, gender, and sexuality studies, is the author of a new book, Pretty/Funny: Women Comedians and Body Politics (University of Texas Press, 2014). Mizejewski was interviewed on All Sides with Ann Fisher (89.7NPR News) August 28 and can be heard on Wisconsin NPR, May 6, 2014. 


Johnston Elected President

Sarah Iles JohnsonSarah Iles Johnston, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Religion and professor of classics, was elected president of the American Society for the Study of Religion (ASSR) for a three year term. The ASSR, founded in 1959, is a society of elected members whose purpose is to promote and advance the scholarly study of religion in its various forms, with particular emphasis on comparative approaches.


Arts and Sciences Students Offered Fulbright Grants 

Twelve arts and sciences undergraduate students have been offered grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the academic year 2014-2015:
  • Keri Baughman (international studies and French) – Turkey, English teaching assistantship  
  • Layla Banaie (international studies and German) – Germany, English teaching assistantship 
  • Eric Connelly (globalization studies and Russian) – Russia, English teaching assistantship
  • Jordan Kelsey (comparative studies and Spanish) – Mexico, English teaching assistantship
  • Rose Kramer (Spanish) – Peru, English teaching assistantship
  • Yuchen Lin (speech and hearing science and German) – Germany, English teaching assistantship
  • Jennifer Mayer (political science and Chinese) – Taiwan, English teaching assistantship
  • Erin McAuliffe (political science and German) – Thailand, English teaching assistantship
  • Rebecca Monteleone (ASC Personalized Study Program) – U.K., master’s degree in disability studies
  • Emily Moore (international studies) – Indonesia, English teaching assistantship
  • Calla Sneller (international studies and Spanish) – Brazil, English teaching assistantship
  • Stephanie Weisfeld (international studies and French) – Brazil, English teaching assistantship


Haeger Named Honorary Phi Beta Kappa Member

Barbara HaegerBarbara Haeger, associate professor, history of art, was initiated as an honorary member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society April 23. She was selected for this honor in recognition of long-standing “support for and dedication to the liberal arts at Ohio State,” according to Mary Ellen Jenkins, assistant executive dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and secretary, Epsilon of Ohio.


Germanic Languages and Literatures Faculty Member Awarded Fellowship

Bernhard Malkmus, associate professor, Germanic languages and literatures, was awarded a fellowship at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften in Vienna (IFK) for winter semester 2014-15. He will be working and lecturing on the research topic "Man in the Anthropocene: Travel-Writing, the Order of Nature, and the Disorder of Ecology." The IFK fosters interdisciplinary exchange across the humanities and social sciences.  


Graduate Students Win People’s Choice Award

Moon RushWeb-based computer game “Moon Rush,” conceived by Ohio State graduate students Cheng Zhang (design/computer science engineering) and Sherri Larrimer (design) won the People’s Choice Award, based on public voting, in the “Shoot the Moon game design challenge.” The competition was sponsored by Games for Change and the Schusterman Philanthropic Network. Winners were announced April 23 at the Games for Change Festival in New York City.


Center for Life Sciences Education (CLSE) Gives Outstanding TA Award

David SovicDavid Sovic, evolution, ecology and organismal biology doctoral student, received CLSE’s 2014 Outstanding TA Award. Candidates have demonstrated innovative thought, creative solutions and unique efforts with the goal of improving student learning; contributed to more effective or efficient operations within CLSE; made a positive impact on other TAs and sustained outstanding teaching and service over a substantial period of time.


ASC Staff Advisory Council—Call for Applications: Deadline: Monday, May 12

The ASC Staff Advisory Council is accepting applications from ASC staff to serve on the council for the July 2014 - June 2016 term. Council highlights this past year: homecoming cookout and cornhole tournament, operation brownie and pancake breakfasts. Members also voice their opinions on critical issues for staff.    


The Biological Sciences Greenhouse Spring Plant Sale

The BioSci Greenhouse’s annual spring plant fundraiser is Thursday, May 8, 3-5 p.m. and Friday, May 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 332 W 12th Avenue. A variety of vegetable and flowering plants are for sale. Cash/checks accepted. 

ASC Summer 2014 Staff Book Circle—Registration Deadline: Friday, May 9 

Arts and Sciences staff are invited to participate in this summer’s ASC staff book circle, which will read the 2014 Buckeye Book Community selection The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. ASC book circles meet twice during July. Books provided at no cost; distributed first come, first served. For questions, please contact Ann Rottersman, director of student programs.


Mathematicians Share Fun of Mathematics at COSI: Sunday, May 4

Jim Fowler, assistant professor, mathematics; Bart Snapp, Bareis Lecturer, mathematics; and their graduate students, will engage students, grades 5 – 9, in the excitement of mathematical thinking at the Julia Robinson Math Festival, at COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Sunday, May 4, 12-3 p.m. The event inspires students to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through activities that encourage collaborative, creative problem-solving. Raj Shah, founder of Math Plus Academy, organized the event and is helping to cover COSI admission fees for everyone who registers to attend.


May 1

MG 7890: 4th Year Student Talk; 4:10 p.m., 111 Parks Hall


Through May 3

Department of Art Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Senior Projects Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.


May 3

Reception: Department of Art Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Senior Projects Exhibition; 3 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.


May 7

Barnett Center Meet and Greet; 3 p.m., Barnett Center Meet and Greet

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April 30, 2014
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Queer Places, Practices, and Lives II Symposium

This free, two-day conference will be held at the Ohio Union, May16-17, featuring keynote speakers Sara Ahmed and Eli Clare along with 48 panels composed of more than 160 presenters from across the U.S. and around the world. Registration required.


Claudia Buchmann, professor; sociology, on gender, mobility, and college attainment, New York Times, April 29, 2014

Isaac Weiner, assistant professor, comparative studies, on the book "Religion Out Loud," ISLAMiCommentary, April 28, 2014

Linda Mizejewski, professor, women's, gender, and sexuality studies, looking at comedy through the lens of race and gender,, April 24, 2014

Department of Anthropology featuring Jules Angel, PhD lecturer, on Archaeology Field School dig in Dublin, Ohio, WOSU-TV, April 23, 2014


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