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FEBRUARY 17, 2016 | TWEET!



INSIGHT: February 2016

The Power of the Arts and Sciences Does Not Dim

In this issue of INSIGHT, we offer powerful stories, facts and figures that tell you why.


In Search of the First Americans

Mark Hubbe, associate professor, anthropology, is part of a multinational team of researchers; including Brazilians, Argentines, Germans and North Americans, dedicated to reconstructing the initial steps of humankind into the Americas. This team has been excavating and studying the early sites from the Lagoa Santa region in Central Brazil. 

New Study Shows Ocean’s Potential to Slow Climate Change

Matthew Sullivan, assistant professor, microbiology, was one of a team of more than 200 experts taking part in the three-year Tara Oceans Expedition that surveyed ocean animals, viruses and bacteria to understand how the ocean captures and sequesters carbon. The latest in a series of studies generated by the expedition appears in the Feb. 10 issue of the journal, Nature, and includes work by Sullivan and his postdoctoral researchers Jennifer Brum and Simon Roux.

Williams to be International Council Board of Trustees Vice President

Valarie Williams, professor, dance; associate dean, arts and humanities; and executive director, Arts Initiative, will become vice president of the International Council of Kinetography Laban/Labanotation board of trustees. As one of 40 certified professional notators in the world, Williams has led the field in directing from Labanotation score and notating, working with such noted choreographers as Anna Sokolow, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor, Pilobolus and William Forsythe. She served as organization treasurer from 2004-2014, and as member-at-large, 2014-2015. 

Film Studies Master’s Program Moves Forward

In January, the Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved establishing a film studies master’s degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences. The degree is the next step in the university’s work in cinema studies, supplementing an undergraduate major and minor and a graduate interdisciplinary specialization. The board’s approval moves the proposal forward to the Ohio Board of Education for review. 

Update: Paintings for a Smile

Alumnus Bren Bataclan continues his quest to give away paintings and good cheer in the U.S. and around the world; to date, he’s given away more than 2,000 paintings (he’s currently in Honduras with a helper, pictured). He’s also completed 100 murals and has his own video series, The Beanie and Bren Show.


Ohio Ethics Law Workshop 

The College of Arts and Sciences is partnering with the College of Engineering on a new workshop aimed at providing researchers with commercialization or research interests involving outside entities (including companies you might start or be a part of). The Ohio Ethics Law Workshop is Thursday, Feb. 25, 3-4:15 p.m., E100 Scott Lab. If you are involved in an outside business activity or thinking of starting one, this workshop will help you navigate potential conflicts and Ohio law considerations. Contact Andrea Ward Ross if you plan to attend.

Submit a proposal for Outreach and Engagement Forum

Poster proposals are being accepted for the 4th Annual Outreach and Engagement Forum, May 3, 1-3 p.m. in the Ohio Union. This is an opportunity to interact with Ohio State’s outreach and engagement community, share your work and make connections with potential collaborators. Submit a proposal by Feb. 29. Email Ben Lewis with questions. 


The Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme Coffee Series

“Digital Scholarship and Data in the Arts and Humanities,” is the topic of the next Mobile Coffee,Thursday, Feb. 25, 3-4:30 p.m., Research Commons, 18th Avenue Library.

Pixar Info Session Feb. 18

Pixar Animation Studios – the force behind such films as, The Good Dinosaur, Brave and Toy Story – holds an information session regarding employment and internship opportunities, 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, Schulz Lecture Hall, room 220, Sullivant Hall. Ohio State alumna Fran Kalal (ACCAD/design) will share information about Pixar’s pipeline and company culture and provide tips about resumes and demo reels. Free. Open to all.

Save the Date: Contemporary Music Festival

The School of Music presents the Contemporary Music Festival with Bang on the Can All-Stars and David Lang, concerts Feb. 29 and March 1 in Weigel Auditorium. Both are free.

Film Screening with Director: Harlan County USA

The Appalachia Project presents a screening of Barbara Kopple’s, Harlan County USA. (1976), a documentary account of the 1974 Kentucky mine workers strike. Kopple will discuss aspects of documentary film making as well as her current project, Shelter, which examines homeless veterans. Wednesday, March 2, 6:30-10 p.m., Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater.


Benjamin Hoffman, assistant professor, early modern French studies, and author of American Pandemonium, book review in Le Monde des Livres, France’s most important national newspaper.

Gary Wenk, professor, psychology; neuroscience; immunology; and medical genetics, on why marijuana may restore cognitive function, World, Feb. 15, 2016.

Matthew Sullivan, assistant professor, microbiology, on what organisms are good predictors of how carbon moves in the ocean, Tech Times, Feb. 13, 2016.

David Stebenne, professor, history and law, on Ohio’s presidential drought, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Feb. 11, 2016.

Jennifer Syvertsen, assistant professor, anthropology, is the first anthropologist to be featured in the NIH Fogarty International Center Profile, for her research work in Kenya on factors that influence people to inject drugs and heighten their risk for acquiring and transmitting HIV.

David Jacobs, professor emeritus, sociology, on how stagnant wages and the white working class propelled Trump, Sanders, to wins in New Hampshire, TheStreet,com, Feb. 9, 2016.
Vlad Kogan, assistant professor, political science, on the high expectations for Kasich, WSYX-TV, Feb. 9, 2016.
Treva Lindsey, assistant professor; women’s, gender and sexuality studies, on Beyoncé’s black pride moment at the Super Bowl, Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 9, 2016,

ALSO: When cultural theft is mislabeled as cultural appropriation, Atlanta Daily World, Feb. 12, 2016.

David Stebenne, professor, history and law, “Clinton, Sanders and the changing face of the Democratic Party,” The Conversation, Feb 9.

ALSO: On the Independent vote, Circleville Herald.


Feb. 25 - 23

Department of Art First Year MFA Exhibition; Is this ok with everyone?;
Hopkins Hall Gallery, 128 N. Oval Mall. 
Various Times


Feb. 17 - 18

In My Own Image: From Community Activism to Filmmaker;
African & African American Studies Community Extension, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave. and Barnett Center for Integrated Arts & Enterprise.
6 p.m.

Feb. 18

Mike Chinoy, Going Critical; North Korea's Bomb and Asian Security;
1501 Neil Ave.
12 p.m.

Feb. 18
Collegiate Winds and University Band;
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Feb. 18

Pixar Information Session;
220 Sullivant Hall
4 p.m.

Feb. 18

Shell Distinguished Woman in Science Lecture;
291 Mendenhall Laboratory, 125 S. Oval Mall
4 p.m.

Feb. 19

Barry Feld, Real Interrogation: What Happens When Cops Question Kids;
035 Psychology Building
11:30 a.m.

Feb. 19 - 20

Shakespeare's Day 2016;
Ohio Union and Hagerty Hall
Various Times

Feb. 19

Arthur Mitchell to Speak at Ohio State;
Barnett Theatre, Sullivant Hall
3 p.m.

Feb. 19
Cristina Bicchieri, Trendsetters and Social Change;
347 University Hall, 230 N. Oval Mall
3:30 p.m.

Feb. 19
Matthew Zook, Socializing Data: Mapping Culture and Governing Cities in the Era of Big Social Media;
1080 Derby Hall
3:30 p.m.

Feb. 19
Poet Natalie Diaz Reading
311 Denney Hall
5:30 p.m.

Feb. 20
Shakespeare Bash, featuring a screening of Macbeth (2015);
Gateway Film Center
5:30 p.m.

Feb. 20
Reception: Department of Art Third Year MFA Thesis Exhibition;
Urban Arts Space
5-7 p.m.

Feb. 21
Science Sundays: Jill Pipher, Mathematical ideas in Cryptography;
Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
3 - 4 p.m.

Feb. 22
Faculty Recital: Caroline Hartig, clarinet;
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Feb. 22
Margaret Peters, Migrant Waves: Pre-Analysis Plan for a Survey of Syrian Refugees;
1501 Neil Ave.

Feb. 22
Katherine Leo, Music Surveyors: A History of Expert Testimony in Music Copyright Litigation;
Room 205, 18th Ave. Library
4 p.m.

Feb. 22
Robert Glenn Howard on The Fall of the Expert: Everyday Authority in a Network Age;
Scott Lab East 004
5 p.m.

Feb. 23
Sam Clark, Survival of children around the time of their mother's death in rural South Africa;
038 Townshend Hall

Feb. 26
What is the Future of Suburbs? // Panel Discussion;
Room 165, Thompson Library

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