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TEDxOhioState University: Reconstructing Reality

Join TEDxOhioStateUniversity on March 5, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium. Arts and Sciences speakers include: Curtis Austin, associate professor, African American and African Studies; Hollie Nyseth Brehm, assistant professor, sociology; Debanuj DasGupta, doctoral candidate, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Bria Davis, undergraduate, communication; Rebekah Matheny, assistant professor, interior design; Paul Sutter, visiting scholar, physics; Susan Chess, alumna, music education; Kristina D’Onofrio, graduate student, dance; Joshua Manculich, alumnus, dance and psychology; and Jonathan Sun, undergraduate student, sociology.


Humanities Beyond Classroom Walls

Paul Reitter, professor, Germanic languages and literatures, and director, Humanities Institute; and Maurice Stevens, associate professor, comparative studies, created a new course, Introduction to the Humanities: Our Journeys Our Selves! to bring the study of the humanities to non-traditional students and capture the experiences of those whose journeys take place well outside campus walls. Their classes have included parents of students in the university’s Young Scholars Program and women caught in the trade of human trafficking.

New Books

John Mueller, professor, political science, is co-author of the new book, Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism (Oxford University Press, 2015), an examination of the counterterrorism efforts of the FBI, National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security and local policing agencies. Read a review in the Jan. 16 issue of The Canberra Times (AU).
Margaret Newell, professor, history, is the author of the new book, Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonialists, and the Origins of American Slavery (Cornell University Press, 2015). Newell explores the enslavement of Indians by the English Colonists in New England. Drawing on letters, diaries, newspapers and court records, Newell reveals the slaves’ own stories and shows how they influenced New England society in crucial ways.
Paul Reitter, professor of Germanic languages and literatures and director, Humanities Institute, is the editor of the new book, Anti-Education: On the Future of Our Educational Institutions (NYRB Classics, 2015), a timely analysis and reflection of a series of public lectures on liberal education delivered by philosophy professor Friedrich Nietzsche in 1872. Read a review in the Jan. 29 issue of Commonweal.
Ryan Skinner, assistant professor, music and African American and African studies, is the author of the new book, Bamako Sounds: The Afropolitan Ethics of Malian Music (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). Bamako Sounds tells the story of the music and musicians of Bamako, Mali’s capital city.
Sarah Van Beurden, assistant professor, African American and African studies, is the author of the new book, Authentically African: Arts and the Transnational Politics of Congolese Culture (Ohio University Press, 2015). Her study of the interconnected histories of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium, and the Institut des Musées Nationaux du Zaire (IMNZ) in the Congo, is the only work of its kind in English.


Astronomers Win Top Prizes from American Astronomical Society 

  • Andrew Gould, professor emeritus, astronomy, distinguished professor of mathematical and physical sciences, has been awarded 2016’s AAS Beatrice Tinsley Prize. Given biennially for exceptionally innovative contributions to astronomy or astrophysics, it recognizes Gould’s development of gravitational microlensing, a critical tool for exoplanet discovery. It includes cash prize and plaque.
  • Laura Lopez, assistant professor, astronomy, receives 2016’s Annie Jump Cannon Award for outstanding research and promise by female astronomers within five years of receiving a PhD. Lopez has made contributions to understanding detailed astrophysics in the birth-to-death cycle of stars in our galaxy. The prize includes $1,500 and an invitation to give an AAS meeting plenary talk. 
Ashley Hope Pérez, visiting assistant professor, comparative studies, was honored by the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, for her book, Out of Darkness (2015). Perez’ book was one of only two books to be selected as honor books by Printz. Read a review of the book in The New York Times.


National Institute of Food & Agriculture Awards Molecular Geneticist  

Ana Paula Alonso, assistant professor, molecular genetics, and scientific director of CAPS Targeted Metabolomics Laboratory, received a three-year, $403,478.00 grant for “A systems approach to understanding and improving industrial oil biosynthesis in an emerging crop Physaria fendleri.” Alonso studies the regulation of carbon partitioning through central metabolism. One of her aims is to enhance the flow of carbon to produce unusual fatty acids for biofuel and industrial applications.

Anthropology Professor Receives NSF Grant

Kris Gremillion, professor, anthropology, is part of the collaborative research program funded by the NSF. The project, “Tracking the Origins of an Adaptive Trait Syndrome with Ancient DNA,” will help identify the genetic basis of phenotypic effects and allow a more precise reconstruction of the rate and direction of change under domestication.

Applications Due March 1: Service Learning Course Grant

The Arts and Sciences (ASC) Service Learning Course Grant encourages and supports the work needed to develop and sustain new service-learning courses that will become a regular part of each department's offerings. To apply for an ASC grant, faculty must complete an ASC Service-Learning Grant Application Form and submit it via e-mail together with all the required supplementary materials as a single PDF document to Linda Hood by March 1.

Faculty whose courses are selected will each receive either (a) a one-course release from teaching or (b) a summer stipend, to more fully develop the course to the point where it can be submitted for inclusion in the course catalog. If the course-release option is selected, the recipients’ TIUs will be compensated at the lecturer rate during this period to offset the cost of the course release. Once a selected service-learning course is fully developed and offered for the first time, the proposer/instructor will also receive a one-time stipend of $2,000.

Augmented Funding for Arts and Humanities Small Grants

As part of its ongoing mission to support faculty and graduate student research and creative activity, the Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme will augment funds for ASC’s Arts and Humanities Small Grants during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. These grants are reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis, and over the past several years funds for this program have run out before the end of the fiscal year. The support from the Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme constitutes a 25 percent increase and will enable a greater number of faculty and students to benefit from the program. For more information, contact Bethany Dickens, program manager, Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme.

Above and Beyond Buckeye Award: February Nominations Due

Nominations for the Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council February Above and Beyond Buckeye Award are due Feb. 10. The award, which provides a $200 cash prize for the recipient, recognizes arts and sciences staff members who go above the call of duty and do great work each and every day.


Undergraduate e-Newsletters 

Highlights from the January undergraduate newsletter: the journalism major; interview advice for students preparing for the Summer Internship Fair; ASC merit and need-based scholarships (Feb. 3 deadline),  the Afro-Brazil: Culture and Contemporary Society study abroad program, an opportunity to represent ASC as a student ambassador, research-related events including the Denman call for abstracts, upcoming student art exhibits and another reminder about the summer tuition credit.

Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter: Undergraduate Research and Study Abroad Opportunities:

This issue of the undergraduate newsletter highlights resources to help students get involved in research and select a study abroad program, as well as annual funding that supports these opportunities. To submit content for the undergraduate student newsletter, contact


Free Performance by Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company comes to Columbus for a free performance for Ohio State students, faculty and staff of First Encounters with Shakespeare: Famous Victories of Henry V on Thursday, Jan. 28 from 1 - 2:30 p.m., Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. RSVP to reserve your spot. Buses will leave from the Ohio Union at 12:15 p.m. to go to the performance and will return riders to the Union by 3 p.m. Presented by Ohio State.

Choirs, Orchestra Combine for Concert

The School of Music presents a collaborative concert featuring its Ohio State Symphony Orchestra, Women’s Glee Club, Men’s Glee Club and Symphonic Choir in a concert featuring two masterworks in the choral/orchestral repertoire – Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody and Beethoven’s Mass in C – on Friday, Feb. 5, 8 p.m., in Weigel Auditorium. Free and open to all.

Exhibition Explores Carnival

Kiss gray Ohio goodbye for a moment and enter the colorful and electrifying world of Carnival through an exhibition currently on view at Thompson Library Gallery. Dancing in the Streets: Carnival from Britain, Brazil and Beyond is on view through April 24 on the library’s first floor. Mardi Gras celebration and reception, Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 4:30-6 p.m.

Emeritus Academy Lecture Series features Don Hubin

Don Hubin, professor emeritus, philosophy, and director, Center for Ethics and Human Values, will present the lecture, “’Who’s Your Daddy?' Conceptual Engineering Our Way Out of Legal Conundrums.” Wednesday, Feb. 3, 4 p.m. in the Grand Lounge, Faculty Club. Register online


Krzysztof Stanek, professor, astronomy,
on the supernova as bright as 570 billion suns, Associated Press (via Minnesota Star Tribune), Jan. 22, 2016.
Margaret Newell, professor, history, on Indians’ enslavement in Colonial New England, Slate, Jan. 18, 2016. Book Review: Indian Country Today Media Network.
John Mueller, professor, political science, on how politicians and the media have
botched the war on terror, Salon, Jan. 18, 2016.

Yiying Wu, professor, chemistry and biochemistry, most recent work highlighted in C&EN.


Jan. 19 - 30
24th Annual Fergus Family Scholarship Exhibition 
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Jan. 19 - 30
Arts Scholars Juried Exhibition 
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Jan. 21 - 30
Off the Wall Part II 
Thursday, Jan. 28, reception at 6 p.m., performance at 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 29 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 30, 3 p.m 
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Jan. 28 - 29
Spring Conference: Realizing Sustainability
Thompson Library 11th Floor
Scheudle of Events

Jan. 28
Jamie Yoder, Sexual Violence Perpetration among Youth
217 Journalism Building 

Jan. 30
First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Famous Victories of Henry V
Lincoln Theatre, 769 E Long St.

Jan. 31
Author Meghan Daum Reading and Book Signing
311 Denney Hall

Feb. 1
Leif Wenar, Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence and the Rules that Run the World
Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.

Feb. 1
Author Timothy Snyder
Merson Auditorium

Jan. 25 - Feb. 23
Department of Art First Year MFA Exhibition: Is this ok with everyone?
Hopkins Hall Gallery 
Reception: Thursday, Jan. 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Through - April 24
Exhibit: Dancing in the Streets, Carnival from Britain, Brazil, and Beyond
Thompson Library Gallery 

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