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Collin Odden

Collin Odden is a graduate student in sociology and works for the Institute for Population Research. Read about his latest adventures in programming on his blog, "Wish I'd Gotten a Little More Done Today (my Epitaph)."

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Study Reveals Potential New Target for Antibiotics against E. Coli, Other Bugs

Natividad RuizNatividad Ruiz, assistant professor, microbiology, is co-lead author of a study identifying a protein essential to the survival of E. coli bacteria that could be a potential new target for antibiotics. E. coli is part of the gram-negative family of bacteria, characterized by having an extra membrane that reduces the chances for a drug to penetrate the cell to kill it. The research is published in the July 11, 2014, issue of the journal Science.


Earth Scientist Finds That for Some Organisms It Is Good to Be Fat

AndrĂ©a GrottoliIn the first study of its kind, Andréa Grottoli, professor, Earth sciences, and her colleagues, discovered that corals – tiny reef-forming animals that live symbiotically with algae – are better able to recover from yearly bouts of heat stress when their cells store large energy reserves that consist mostly of fat. The study appears in the July 9, 2014, online edition of Global Change Biology.


History Professor Publishes Book

Steven ConnSteven Conn, professor, history, is author of a new book, Americans Against the City: Anti-Urbanism in the Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press), an examination of the anti-urban impulse across the 20th century, and how the ideas born of it have shaped both the places in which Americans live and work and today’s strong anti-government politics.


Hashamova Lectures in China

Yana HashamovaYana Hashamova, professor and chair, Slavic and East European languages and cultures, was invited to give a series of lectures at Beijing Normal University in May. Hashamova spoke on “Russian Cinema and Its Representations of Others (Americans, Europeans and Central Asians).”

Shell Undergraduate Research Experience Internship Poster Session

SURE Students
The School of Earth Sciences undergraduate majors participating in the 2014 Shell Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) internships will present the results of their summer research projects at a poster session on Thursday, July 24. Students and their posters will be in 291 Mendenhall Laboratory, 125 South Oval, 1-4 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Arts and Sciences Staff Appreciation Day

Graeters Ice cream The ASC Staff Advisory Council hosts staff and families appreciation day, Friday, August 1, 2014, 1-4:30 p.m. Games, ice cream social and campus tours.



COSI Call for Participants

The Center of Science and Industry (COSI) is recruiting scientists, researchers and professionals interested in participating in COSI Portal to Public (PoP) projects aimed at engaging the community in science-related events.


Ximera Workshop: July 28-30

Interested in developing online content for your courses? If so, Ximera, a free, open source platform for creating and sharing interactive online course materials, may be for you. Ximera makes it easier for authors familiar with LaTeX to create interactive online content and provides educators and researchers with quantitative data on student performance and involvement. Even if you have no experience with these tools, you are encouraged to apply.


Medieval and Renaissance Studies Seeks Conference Abstracts/Panel Proposals

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites abstracts and panel proposals for its second academic conference on “Popular Culture and the Deep Past,” to be held February 20-21, 2015, devoted to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, "There and Back Again: Tolkien in 2015." Submission deadline: October 1, email


Call for Cohort of Wellness Innovators

Full-time faculty and staff interested in facilitating an innovative culture of wellness in their units are encouraged to attend an education session for Buckeye Wellness Innovators, August 7, 8 a.m. – noon, at the Blackwell Inn and Conference Center. Submit a letter of interest to Benjamin Van Treese, by August 1.


Through July 20

The Tempest; Wexner Center for the Arts; WOSU@COSI


Through July 26

Jan Dilenschneider to Exhibit Works in Paris; Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier, Paris, France

Through August 1

An Educated Guess: Cosmic Slop; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

July 22-25

Unfolding the Periphery; Hopkins Hall Gallery

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July 16, 2014

Mark Your Calendars!

Save the date for Sullivant Hall's Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, September 20, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Festivities will honor the transformation of historic Sullivant Hall and will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, remarks from university leaders and Sullivant's Travels, a site-specific promenade performance work by renowned director/choreographer Stephan Koplowitz. Open houses also will be held in the building's resident units. 


Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on the ‘War on Women’ in Ohio politics, Toledo Blade, July 14, 2014

Steven Conn, professor, history, on his new book, Americans Against the City: Anti-Urbanism in the Twentieth Century, Boston Globe, July 13, 2014

Natividad Ruiz, assistant professor, microbiology, “Ohio State, Harvard research could help fight E.coli,” Columbus Dispatch, July 11, 2014

Andréa Grottoli, professor, School of Earth Sciences, "Fat Corals Fare Best as Climate Changes," Smithsonian, July 9, 2014

David Weinberg, professor, astronomy, “Cosmic accounting reveals missing light crisis,” Science Daily, July 9, 2014


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