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OCT. 7, 2015 | TWEET!


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Tish Schute

Science Sundays Continues Oct. 18

Tish Shute, director, product experience, THRED, presents “The Future of Story Telling: What are we going to do with our super powers?” Lecture: 3-4 p.m., U.S. Bank Conference Theater, Ohio Union. Reception to follow.


Steven Reiss

Researcher Says Religion Fulfills 16 Basic Human Desires

Steven Reiss, professor emeritus, psychology, is the author of the new book, The 16 Strivings for God (Mercer University Press, 2016), based upon Reiss’ more than 20 years of studying human motivation. In the book, Reiss provides a comprehensive theory of religion that illuminates why it is such a pervasive cultural force; it satisfies all of the 16 basic desires that humans share: acceptance, curiosity, eating, family, honor, idealism, independence, order, physical activity, power, romance, saving, social contact, status, tranquility and vengeance.


Late History Professor Awarded Gershoy Prize

The American Historical Association (AHA) announced A World of Paper: Louis XIV, Colbert de Torcy, and the Rise of the Information State (McGill-Queens Univ. Press, 2014) by the late John Rule, emeritus professor, history, and Ben Trotter, Columbus State Community College (PhD, history, 1991) has been awarded the Gershoy Prize for the most outstanding work published in English on any aspect of the fields of 17th- and 18th-century western European history. The award will be presented in January at the AHA annual meetings in Atlanta.

Two Astronomers Awarded NASA Grants

Adam Leroy, assistant professor, astronomy; and Smita Mathur, professor, astronomy, received two-year, approximately $200,000, NASA Astrophysics Data Program grants. Leroy uses multi-wavelength observations to study the interstellar medium, star formation, feedback and their relationship to galaxy formation and evolution. Mathur, an expert in long-wavelength observations; studies matter, content and thermal state of the intergalactic medium, accretion rates, outflow properties and scaling relations of supermassive black holes.
Declan Smithies

Philosophy Professor Receives Templeton Project Grant

Declan Smithies, associate professor, philosophy, received a $45,000 research grant from the Templeton Project, New Directions in the Study of Mind, at the University of Cambridge. The award will support Smithies’ project, The Epistemic Role of Consciousness in 2016-17. 


Open This End

Open This End on WOSU’s Broad and High Tonight

A profile of the exhibition Open This End at Urban Arts Space will air on the weekly arts and culture television show, Broad and High, tonight (Oct. 7) at 7:30 p.m., WOSU-PBS. It will re-air, Sunday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m. Full episode available online following initial broadcast.
Sullivant Hall

SAEE Conference Scheduled

The second annual meeting of the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education (SAEE) is Oct. 16-17 at the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, Sullivant Hall. Arts entrepreneurship educators, program directors, students, working artists and the curious are invited. Keynote speaker is Willis “Bing” Davis. Register online.
Reuben Klamer

Reuben Klamer to Visit Barnett Center

Creative Ohioan Reuben Klamer, who invented more than 200 products, including FisherPrice Preschool Trainer Skates and The Game of Life, reflects on “Chronicles of an American Inventor,” 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, 131A Sullivant Hall. RSVP online.

Fall Staff Cookout Reminder

Come join the Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council for burgers, hotdogs and sides. Celebrate the season on Oct. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cartoon Room, Ohio Union. RSVP by Oct. 7. Please note dietary restrictions on RSVP form.

Coming Soon: Online Training for Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct

Beginning in mid-October, Ohio State will provide online training focused on preventing and responding to sexual misconduct and relationship violence. Per university policy, all faculty, staff and student employees must report instances of sexual assault. This training will provide the necessary information to fulfill this obligation. At Ohio State, there is no place for sexual misconduct or violence of any kind and this training is part of Buckeyes ACT, a comprehensive effort to combat these issues on our campus.

Benefit Forums

This year open enrollment will be Oct. 19-30, and it is the annual opportunity to thoughtfully assess your benefit options, review dependent enrollments and plan ahead for anticipated needs. In advance of open enrollment, the Office of Human Resources is offering multiple benefits forums. The four in-person forums for faculty and staff on main campus will start Oct. 12. Online registration is in BuckeyeLearn.

These one-hour forums will provide updates on upcoming changes to Ohio State's health and welfare benefits, including medical, dental, vision, flexible spending and life insurance. Benefit consultants will review the annual open enrollment options and 2016 plan changes, including compensation tiers.

The College of Arts and Sciences Study Abroad Fair

Thursday, Oct. 22, 6-7:30 p.m., Ohio Union / Great Hall Meeting Room. Learn about Arts and Sciences Study Abroad opportunities in 2016. Meet faculty resident directors and past study abroad participants; learn about these and many other study abroad programs. Contact Garett Heysel.

Flashback Exhibition

Charles Massey, Jr., professor emeritus, art; and Mary Jo Bole, professor emeritus, art, are taking part in the exhibition, Flashback to Now, through Oct. 18 at the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery, 77 S. High St. The show spotlights 16 of the OAC’s earliest individual artist grant recipients of the 1980s.

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research

The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi seeks applications from graduate and undergraduate students for Grants-in-Aid of Research. Up to $500 for undergraduate students and up to $1,000 for graduate students are available. Send applications electronically, in pdf format, by Oct. 30, with GIAR in the subject line.  
Ningchuan Xiao

Geography Professor Authors New GIS Textbook

Ningchuan Xiao, associate professor, geography, is the author of GIS Algorithms (SAGE Publications), a new, key textbook in the complex, critical area of Geographic Information Systems.

Anthropology Chair Authors Book on Bioarchaeology

Clark Spencer Larsen, professor and chair, anthropology, is the author of the second edition of the book, Bioarchaeology: Interpreting Behavior from the Human Skeleton (Cambridge University Press, 2015).  

Economics Professor Co-Authors Experimental Economics Handbook

John Kagel, professor, economics, is co-author with Alvin Roth, 2012 Nobel Prize winner in Economics, of the second addition of Handbook of Experimental Economics (Princeton University Press, 2015).


Charles Massey Jr.

Charles Massey Jr. Honored by Middle Tennessee State

Charles Massey Jr., professor emeritus, art, received the 2015-2016 Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor granted by the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) National Alumni Association board of directors last weekend during MTSU’s homecoming. Additionally, he received a True Blue Citation of Distinction of Achievement in Education for a Non-MTSU Faculty Member. Massey, a first-generation college graduate, received a BS degree from MTSU and an MFA from the University of Georgia; he was a faculty member at Ohio State for 39 years, six as art department chair. 


Oct. 8

Joseph Mascaro, Everywhere, Everyday: Democratizing Information About Our Changing Planet; 4 p.m., Room 0170, 209 W. 18th Ave

Ana Alonso Faculty Seminar: Metabolomics & Fluxomics; 4:10 p.m., 150 Jennings Hall

Symphonic Band; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Oct. 9

Unaffordable America: Poverty, Housing, Eviction; 12:30 p.m., 248 Townshend Hall

Oct. 10

Save Our Babies, Save Ourselves: Arthur James, keynote speaker; 2 p.m., 905 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, OH 43203 

Oct. 11

American Judaism: The Last Fifty Years and Beyond; 12:30 p.m., Columbus Jewish Community Center, 1125 College Ave.

Oct. 12

Emily Richmond Pollock, Rank and File: Everyday Autobiographies of German Opera after World War II; 4 p.m., Room 205, 18th Ave. Library

Visiting Scholar, Clare Croft: Centering Dancers in Dance Research, Writing Dancers as Diplomats; 6 p.m., Sullivant Hall

Laudato Si: What is an Encyclical?; 7 p.m., St. Thomas More Newman Center 

Oct. 13

Shapiro to receive Furniss Award for book: Terrorist’s Dilemma; 12:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. 

Wendy Manning, Same-Sex Couples and their Families; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Got Motivation? Strategies for Empowering Students in their Academics; 2:30 p.m., 150 Younkin Success Center

Center for Human Resource Research 50th Anniversary Celebration; 4 p.m., 11th Floor Thompson Library

James E. Young, The Arc of Memorial Vernacular: Between Berlin’s Denkmal and New York’s 9/11 Memorial; 4:30 p.m., 165 Thompson Library

University Band; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Oct. 14

CCAPP Next Frontiers Symposium: Space Science and Exploration; 7 p.m., Drake Performance and Event Center

Through Oct. 16

Global Gallery Exhibit: Amadeo Modigliani; Hagerty Hall Lobby 

Through Nov. 7

Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne; Urban Arts Space, Hopkins Hall Gallery, and the facade of the former Long's bookstore on 15th Ave. and High St. 

Through Jan. 3

Mysteries in Ice exhibit brings polar research to Thompson Library; Thompson Library Gallery


Ruchika Prakash, assistant professor, psychology, on how exercise is good for multiple sclerosis, Examiner, Oct. 5, 2015

Jay Zagorsky, research scientist, Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR), on the demographics of e-school students, Plain Dealer, Oct. 5, 2015

Department of Theatre, review of Standing on Ceremony, Columbus Underground, Oct. 2, 2015

Mary Tarantino, professor, theatre, and Mandy Fox, associate professor, theatre, discuss the production of Good Kids, All Sides with Ann Fisher, Oct. 2, 2015

Department of Theatre, “Ohio State Staging 9 Playlets on the Theme of Gay Marriage," Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 1, 2015

Larry Baum, professor, political science, on the 2010 Supreme Court ruling, Citizens United, Huffington Post, Sept. 30, 2105

Geoffrey Durso, doctoral student, psychology, on how acetaminophen dampens positive feelings, The Oregonian, Sept. 30, 2015
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