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FEB. 25, 2015 | TWEET!



Shaking off the winter chill…

Dean Manderscheid shakes off winter and shows us it takes more than ice, snow and minus-zero wind chills to slow down the arts and sciences.


New Book by Classics Professor

Anthony Kaldellis Anthony Kaldellis, professor, classics, authored a new book, The Byzantine Republic: People and Power in New Rome (Harvard University Press, 2015). In his book, Kaldellis argues that the Eastern Roman Empire was a republican state at least as much as it was a monarchy; that the idea of Byzantium as a rigid imperial theocracy is a misleading construct of Western historians since the Enlightenment. Read more about Kaldellis’ book in an author interview, Sandusky Register.

Geographer Discusses Land Use and Sustainability at AAAS Conference

Darla Munroe Darla Munroe, associate professor, geography, presented her research on how land is used in a global context at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Feb. 13. "Reforestation in the United States may have come at the expense of some other country's forest," Munroe said. "There isn't any environmental gain for the world if we are saving trees here by simply getting trees for our paper products from some other place."

Skeletons Reveal Tuscan Life in the Time of Cholera

Clark Spencer Larsen Clark Spencer Larsen, professor and chair, anthropology, is co-leader of an international team of archaeologists who have uncovered skeletons at the Badia Pozzeveri church cemetery near Lucca, Italy, containing a thousand-year record of ills and tragedies, including possible clues to the spread of a cholera epidemic in the 1850s. According to Larsen, the skeletons are the best-preserved remains of cholera victims of this time-period ever found. He discussed the project Feb. 15 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Named Sloan Fellow

Marcos Sotomayor Marcos Sotomayor, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, has been named a 2015 Sloan Fellow. The two-year, $50,000 Sloan Research Fellowships have been awarded annually to early-career scientists and scholars since 1955 to recognize achievement to-date and potential to make significant contributions going forward. Sloan Fellows may use the funds from the award on anything that helps them to further their research. Sotomayor’s research group combines X-ray crystallography and molecular dynamics simulations to study the proteins that mediate our senses of hearing and balance.


ASC’s Free, Public Lecture Series Continues March 8

Fran Kalal Ohio State MFA Design Alumna Fran Kalal presents, Digital Tailoring, Grooming and Simulation in Pixar Films. Kalal, a cloth and simulation technical director at Pixar Animation Studios, has tailored outfits and simulated shots on Up, Brave and Inside Out. Learn how art and science are woven together to dress, groom and simulate the characters in some of your favorite Pixar Animation Studios films. Lecture: Wexner Film/Video Theater, 3-4 p.m. Reception: Wexner Cafe, 4-5 p.m.

Summer’s Heat or Winter’s Cold

Winter on campus Fiercely cold winds and white-out conditions did not deter admitted arts and sciences students and their guests from visiting Ohio State this month. ASC faculty and staff made guests feel welcome offering sample classes, major overviews and a table fair. May 1 is National Acceptance fee deadline; our February event was strategically planned by ASC Recruitment and Diversity Services staff to give admitted students time to explore their options. In the next few weeks, you will see groups of admitted students invited to admitted-student events. Please take a moment to smile and make them feel welcome.

David Clampitt to Present Lecture

David Clampitt As part of the Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lecture Series, David Clampitt, professor, School of Music, discusses, “Aspects of Mathematical Music Theory,” 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, Faculty Club Grand Lounge. Free. Reception. RSVP online.

Tickets on Sale for Verdi’s Requiem

Verdi More than 160 vocalists, four soloists and a large orchestra from the School of Music join together Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium to perform Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem. The dramatic funeral mass was first performed in Italy in 1874. Marshall Haddock, will conduct the performance. Tickets: reserved seating, available through Wexner Center ticket office, (614) 292-3535.

Outreach and Engagement Forum Poster Proposals Due Feb. 27

Poster proposals are being accepted for the 3rd Annual Outreach and Engagement Forum. The forum is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to interact with Ohio State’s outreach and engagement community, share their work and make connections with potential collaborators. Interested in displaying a poster? Complete proposal submission form by Feb. 27. The Office of Outreach and Engagement produces posters for accepted proposals at no charge to the presenter. Limited number of spaces available. Forum takes place May 6, 1-3 p.m., Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballroom.


Arts and Sciences Above and Beyond Buckeye Prize: Nomination Deadline March 12

Nominations are being accepted for the March 2015 Arts and Sciences Above and Beyond Buckeye Prize, which recognizes arts and sciences staff members who go above and beyond, doing extraordinary work every day. Submit nominations online.

NSF Faculty Early CAREER Award Panel Discussion, March 10

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early CAREER Award discussion, March 10, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1080 Physics Research Building, features Ohio State NSF Career Award recipients and former NSF program directors. Participants learn how to prepare a successful proposal and access Ohio State resources to help develop proposals. Lunch provided.


Feb. 26

Williamson Murray, The Iran-Iraq War: The War No One Knows About; 12 p.m., Mershon Center

Guest Lecture by Terri Francis; 4 p.m., 311 Denney Hall

Molecular Genetics Faculty Seminar: James Jontes; 4:10 p.m., 111 Parks Hall

Bruno Cabanes, Coming Home: The Soldier’s Experience of Demobilization in the 20th Century; 5 p.m., Faculty Club

University Band; 8 p.m., Weigel Auditorium

Feb. 27

Creating a Folklore of the Present and Future; 9 a.m.

International Scholarship Symposium; 9 a.m., 130 Page Hall

Wendy Pfeffer, Putting Pieces Together: Spice Routes and Detective Work; 12:30 p.m., 100 George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Charles Ganelin, Miguel de Cervantes’s Exemplary Sensorium, or the Skinny on The Spanish-English Lady; 2:20 p.m., 255 Hagerty Hall

Translating Sacred Texts; 2:30 p.m., 143 University Hall

Marina Peterson, Noise Pollution and the Physicality of the Ephemeral; 3 p.m., 100 George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Suleiman Osman, The City is Dead! Long Live the City!: What Historians can add to the Debate about Gentrification; 3 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall

Geography Colloquium: Glaciers, Gender, and Science: Toward a Feminist Glaciology; 3:30 p.m., 1080 Derby Hall

David Thomas Performance Talk; 5 p.m., 180 Hagerty Hall

High School Percussion Ensemble Festival Opening Concert; 8 p.m., Weigel Auditorium

March 1

Michelle Herman Public Reading and Book Signing; 6:30 p.m., Ace of Cups, 2619 N. High St.

March 2

Musicology Lecture: Adriana Helbig, University of Pittsburgh; 4:30 p.m., 2nd Floor, 18th Avenue Library

March 2-May 2

OSU Faculty Club Art Exhibit; Faculty Club

March 3

IPR Seminar: Pam Smock; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Frances R. Aparicio, Sound & Image: Marc Anthony’s Salsa Romantica and Puerto Rican/Arab Solidarity; 4:30 p.m., Alonso Family Room, Multicultural Center

What Makes a Man a Man? Masculinity Studies in Germany: A Critical Survey; 5 p.m., 042 Hagerty Hall

March 4

Teaching Spanish as a Heritage Language; 2 p.m., Multicultural Center, Ohio Union

Science Cafe: Dear Common Sense: Can we talk? I’m trying to learn science; 6:30 p.m., Room 090/070, 18th Avenue Library

March 4-12

Trouble in Mind; Roy Bowen Theatre

Through March 21

Phase Shift: Department of Art Master of Fine Arts Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through May 7

Kimono Exhibit; Hagerty Hall Lobby

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Brent Christner

Microbiology PhD Alumnus Brent Christner Presents “Life in the Ice,” March 4

Brent Christner, associate professor, Louisiana State University, gives the Microbiology Department seminar, Wednesday, March 4, Jennings Hall Auditorium, 4:10 p.m, hosted by John Reeve, the Rod Sharp Professor of Microbiology and Christner’s graduate advisor. Christner offers an insider’s look at  "Microbial Life beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet." Christner’s work is frequently reported in the media; a movie generated by his research was recently shown on national TV news shows. 



Isaac Weiner, assistant professor, comparative studies, discusses his book, Religion Out Loud: Religious Sound, Public Space, and American Pluralism, live on WOSU All Sides with Ann Fisher, 11 a.m., Feb. 26, 2015

Jay Zagorsky, research scientist, Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR), op-ed, “Ban Tipping,” Fast Company, Feb. 24, 2015

Ohio State takes steps toward new arts district, Columbus Dispatch, Feb. 23, 2015

Erik Nisbet, associate professor, communication, on how the Russians don’t trust the Internet — and it’s making the country worse, Washington Post, Feb. 18, 2015
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