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College of Arts and Sciences

$6 Million Gift to Create Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise

Ohio State alumnus and entertainment industry leader Lawrence Barnett has committed $6 million to the College of Arts and Sciences to establish the multi-disciplinary Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise and to support extensive renovations to Sullivant Hall. Contingent upon trustees' approval, this gift from the Barnett family will create a collaborative center in Sullivant Hall, scheduled to open in fall 2013, including the Barnett Conference Room and the Barnett Theatre. Barnett and his late wife Isabel Barnett have supported Ohio State students in the arts for many years, through the Barnett Fellowship for graduate students in Art Education, the bi-annual Barnett Arts and Public Policy Symposium, and the Barnett Distinguished Visiting Lecturers Series.

Cox Receives American Geographers Lifetime Achievement Honors Award

Kevin Cox, Distinguished University Professor of Geography, is the recipient of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Lifetime Achievement Honors Award for 2012. Cox is recognized for superlative achievements that have led, defined, and transformed multiple fields within the discipline of geography; and for a career marked by a generosity of spirit in the training of generations of intellectual leadership.

Tamer Receives Marie Curie Fellowship

Georges Tamer, professor and M.S. Sofia Chair in Arabic Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures; was awarded a 24-month Marie Curie Fellowship in the M4HUMAN (Mobility for Experienced Researchers in Historical Humanities and Islamic Studies) program of the German Gerda Henkel Foundation, for his project, The Concept of Time in the Koran.

Solomon Receives Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition

Ronald Solomon, mathematics professor, and colleagues Michael Aschbacher, Richard Lyons, and Steve Smith received the 2012 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition. This award was given for their work on The Classification of Finite Simple Groups: Groups of Characteristics 2-type, Mathematical Monographs and Surveys, 172, American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI 2011.

New Ice Cores May Yield New Climate Clues

Paolo Gabrielle, research scientist, Byrd Polar Research Center, and a team of Ohio State and European scientists have retrieved the first successful ice cores drilled to bedrock from a glacier in the eastern European Alps and hope to extract a record of past climate and environmental changes in the region dating back several centuries.

Undergraduate Student Merit and Need-Based Scholarships Deadline - February 10

Eligible students will be considered for the Humanities Merit and Need-Based Scholarships and Natural and Mathematical Sciences Merit and Need-Based Scholarships scholarships upon completing an online application. Contact: Ann Rottersman, director of student programs.

DISCO Interdisciplinary Programs Scholarship Deadline - February 17

The Diversity and Identity Studies Collective at OSU (DISCO) offers scholarships to support students who have officially declared a minor in one of the five DISCO interdisciplinary minor programs: American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Disability Studies, Latino/a Studies, and/or Sexuality Studies; or a major in Sexuality Studies. Approximately five scholarships of $500 each will be awarded. For additional information and to download the application, go to DISCO Interdisciplinary Program

Downtown Art Program Launches

The public opening of Finding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012 is Thursday, January 26, noon-1 pm, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Broad and Third Streets. Project director Malcolm Cochran, Ohio State professor of art, will present an overview of the 15 public art projects in downtown Columbus this year. The program will conclude with a performance of Double Century Doubles by Sheena Phillips on Trinity's church bells. Planned in conjunction with the Columbus Bicentennial, the project will transform downtown into an open-air gallery with temporary public art projects that explore the measurement of time. The project is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, OSU Office of Outreach and Engagement, College of Arts and Sciences, Capital Crossroads SID, Joseph A. Jeffrey Endowment Fund, Johnstone Fund for New Music of the Columbus Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and a private donor.

Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Sholarships Deadline - March 8

Due to a generous gift from Keith and Linda Monda, the college is able to offer new need-based study abroad scholarships to undergraduate arts and sciences majors. These scholarships are designed to support students who would not normally be able to afford an international experience.  Scholarships will be awarded toward costs associated with study abroad excluding tuition. Financial need will be determined by the Financial Aid Office based on information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Preference will be given to students with limited or no international travel experience. Students may apply online. Contact:  Ann Rottersman, director of student programs, at

Course Design Institute

The University Center for the Advancement of Teaching will offer its next Course Design Institute over the winter quarter. This five-part institute meets from noon to 3 pm every Wednesday through February 8. Space is limited, so visit to apply.

Facilitating Classroom Discussion

Class discussion can be an effective method for getting students involved in most types of classes. The University Center for the Advancement of Teaching will host “Facilitating Classroom Discussion” on Friday, January 20, from 11:30 am to 1 pm in room 150 of the Younkin Success Center. Register at

January 18 - March 3


Object/Imprint, Urban Arts Space. Opening reception, January 28, 6-8 pm

January 18 - April 29

Year of Shakespeare: The Exhibit, Thompson Library Gallery (1st floor).

January 18

Writers Talk with singer/songwriter Lisa Matassa and prolific crime author Patricia Cornwell. January 16, 7 pm, WCRS radio, 98.3 & 102.1 FM; January 18, 8 pm, WCBE radio, 90.5 FM

Creative Writing Program Visiting Writers Series: Jon Chopan, 7 pm, 311 Denney Hall

January 19

Dance @ 30 fps: 7 pm, anthology of international shorts;  8:30 pm screening of The Co(te)lette Film, by director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas, TimeCode). $5 admits you to one or both shows. Gateway Film Center. (mature audience)

Immigration on Film. Man Push Cart, Wexner Center for the Arts, 7 pm, in conjunction with Conversation on Immigration.

January 23

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and OSU Libraries Reading and Discussion, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, facilitated by Jared Gardner, associate professor, English, 7 pm, Mortar Board Centennial Suite,
Thompson Library. This event is free, but registration is required at

January 25

Humanities Institute, Urbanism Before Columbus: Cahokia, Sunwatch, Newark, 3:30 pm, George Wells Knight House, 104 East 15th Avenue. Featuring Lucy Murphy and Dick Shiels, Department of History (Newark). Contact

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JANUARY 18, 2012

Science Sundays
Science Sundays continues with Giorgio Rizzoni, director of Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research, discussing Sustainable mobility, renewable energy, and the future of transportation—what vehicles will our (grand) children drive?, January 22, 3 pm in the Ohio Union US Bank Conference Theatre. The lecture and reception immediately following are free and open to the public.


Jacqueline Augustine, assistant professor, biology (Lima), on the fate of the owl, Columbus Dispatch, January 13, 2012.
Joanne Ruthsatz, assistant professor, psychology (Mansfield), on the possible link between prodigy and autism, 60 Minutes, January 15, 2012

Ohio State gets $6 million gift for arts, Columbus Dispatch, January 17, 2012

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