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New Arts and Sciences Dean Announced

David C. ManderscheidDavid C. Manderscheid, mathematician and current Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has accepted Ohio State’s offer to lead the College of Arts and Sciences when Executive Dean and Vice Provost Joseph E. Steinmetz assumes the position of Ohio State’s Chief Academic Officer in July. Manderscheid’s appointment is effective July 1, pending approval of the Board of Trustees.

Apple Selects Chemistry Lecturer for Distinguished Educator Program

Matthew "Dr. Fus" StolzfusMatthew “Dr. Fus” Stolzfus, lecturer and lab supervisor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been selected to join the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) program class of 2013. Stolzfus was chosen for the program because of his innovative use of technology to “flip the classroom” and to improve the overall student experience. Stoltzfus’ General Chemistry course enrolled over 100,000 iTunes U students in the first year it was offered.

Psychology Researchers Find That Some Textbook Visuals Impede Learning

Vladimir Sloutsky and Jennifer Kaminski
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, professor, psychology, and director, Cognitive Developmental Lab, and Jennifer Kaminski, psychology research scientist and Cognitive Developmental Lab member, are authors of a new study demonstrating that adding captivating visuals to a textbook lesson to attract children’s interest may sometimes make it harder for them to learn. Children who were taught using graphs with images (like shoes or flowers) on the bars didn't learn the lesson as well; 6- to 8-year-old children best learned how to read simple bar graphs when the graphs were plain and a single color.


Woody2Just In—Biological Sciences Greenhouse manager Joan Leonard confirms the arrival of Maudine—another Titan Arum right on the heels of Woody2. Projected due dates: 5/22–5/25/13. Stay tuned for updates on the next, new Titan in town.

Institute for Japanese Studies Receives Grant

Richard Torrance, director, Institute for Japanese Studies, and Institute Assistant Director Janet Stuckywere awarded three years of funding—an anticipated $118,522—from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership for their project, Strengthening the Infrastructure to Produce Future Leaders through Educational Outreach, Career Development, and Development in the State of Ohio and the Midwest. The grant will support activities in Ohio, the Midwest, and Japan to enhance outreach to educational institutions and the community, and expand internship programs in the U.S. and Japan. 


Ohio State Students to Share Dance, Music, Theatre in China

Jazz BandOhio State is sending 12 students from dance, music, and theatre to perform throughout China during the upcoming year, representing Ohio State in major cities and lesser-known areas in China. The endeavor, funded by a $50,000 grant from the U.S. State Department, is awarded to the Center of American Culture collaboratively directed by Ohio State and Wuhan University (WHU) in Hubei Province.

Physicist Receives Simons Fellowship

Eric BraatenEric Braaten, professor, physics, received the Simons Fellowship in Theoretical Physics, an award that extends the recipient’s funding of academic leave from one term to a full year, facilitating an exclusive focus on research. Braaten is one of only 15 physicists nationwide selected to receive this funding. This is the second year in a row an Ohio State physics professor has been awarded the Simons Fellowship.

Boots on the Ground in Europe: Waking up in London

History-program Students with President E. Gordon Gee
Eighteen students in the history department’s WWII Study-Tour Program spent last week in London—visiting war memorials, museums, and underground tunnels where the Brits braved the Blitz—and enjoyed getting to know one of the world’s oldest, greatest cities. Along the way, they are posting updates about their adventures to the ASC Tumblr site. Follow them following their dreams! This week, they head to the beachheads of Normandy, then on to Paris and Berlin.

World Café on Workplace Environment

World Cafe May 29ASCSAC's second World Café is Wednesday, May 29, 2 pm, Fawcett Center. Information gathered will help set the standard for the workplace environment across the college. RSVP online.


Learn How You Are the Product

Jamie Matthews-MeadCareer Planning: The Product is You, presented by Jamie Mathews-Mead, senior director, Graduate Career Management, Fisher College of Business, Office of Career Management, Monday, June 3, 12 pm. Focus on strategy for job search success. RSVP online.

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May 21

Blood Drive; Physics Research Building (PRB) Atrium, 10 am-4 pm. On-line registration now open. Walk-in appointments welcome. Free T-shirts and Columbus Zoo/Aquarium BOGO entry coupons.   

Through June 1

Vision Unveiled: Goodwill Columbus and Open Door Art; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Fergus Fellows: Jessika Edgar and Dani Leventhal; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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May 15, 2013

New Brand Guidelines: Logo use, unit wordmarks

To empower the university brand the university logo must stand alone. The official logo is the block O plus the The Ohio State University word mark. Wordmarks for all units within the College of Arts and Sciences have been updated; wordmarks may not be placed in close proximity to the university logo. We are happy to explain logo use in conjunction with your unit’s word mark. Please contact ASC Communication for assistance. For more information on new brand guidelines, visit
In the News
Charles Emery, professor, psychology, on how your home may be contributing to your bad diet, News Tribune (MO), May 14, 2013
Scott Gaudi, professor, astronomy, on how new method of finding planets scores its first discovery, Los Angeles Times, May 14, 2013
Joan Leonard, manager, Biological Sciences Greenhouse, on the blooming of the ‘Corpse flower,’ Columbus Dispatch, May 14, 2013
Beth Sutton-Ramspeck, associate professor, English (Lima), on memorable mothers in literature, Chicago Tribune, May 11, 2013
Vladimir Sloutsky, professor; Jennifer Kaminski, research scientist, psychology, on why flashy charts in textbooks thwart students’ abilities to learn, Education Week, May 10, 2013
Jeremy Wallace, assistant professor, political science, on whether there is a political peril in letting China’s cities grow, Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2013
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Visit New Arts and Sciences Websites

Currently, Arts and Sciences Communications Services is supporting the development of over 100 websites.

View Portfolio and Current Work to see what sites will be going live soon.

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