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Around the Oval: 3 ways we are kicking off autumn semester

Sullivant Hall Grand Opening
Around the Oval – Dean Manderscheid talks about three ways we are kicking off autumn semester – walking for health, celebrating the arts, and donuts with the dean. Read more in his recent blog post.


Communication Professor Hosts Health Sciences Forum at WOSU@COSI

Erik NisbetErik Nisbet, professor, communication, hosts "A Panicked Public? Viral Flows of Information and Health Risks from Infectious Disease Outbreaks," a panel discussion with local and national medical, media and risk communication experts, Oct. 16 at the WOSU@COSI studios, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Free and open to all. RSVP requested.

History Professor Authors Book on France's Entry into Great War

Bruno CabanesBruno Cabanes, professor of history, and Donald G. & Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History, is the author of Août 14: La France Entre en Guerre, which reconstructs the chronology of France’s entry into the Great War, and shows that the real turning point occurred earlier than the fall of 1914.


LASER Honored by Columbus City Council

LASER with councilwoman TysonAs part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Columbus City Council Member Priscilla Tyson is sponsoring a resolution to honor LASER (Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research) for its mentorship services to Latino students and its work preparing them for undergraduate and graduate education.

Astronomy Researcher Honored by Her Alma Mater

Sultana NaharSultana Nahar, research scientist, astronomy, will receive a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from Wayne State University at a pre-homecoming game reception, Sept. 27. She also will be recognized at halftime ceremonies.


Boren Awards Info Session

There will be an information session on the NSEP Boren Awards Thursday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m., 145 Hagerty Hall. Boren awards up to $20,000 per student for one academic year of study abroad.


Arts and Sciences Event Planning Calendar

ASC Communications has developed an online Event Planning Calendar to support major event scheduling (events you believe will attract audiences outside of the university and/or events with the potential for large audiences).
Currently, this calendar contains major national holidays, campus-wide notable events (sporting and otherwise), as well as Columbus-wide major events that can help you to identify potential conflicts and open dates.
Please email ASC Communications about key events that should be added to this calendar and use this planning tool to schedule your events to maximize potential for audience attendance and media support. Also, please let us know if you find this tool useful – we plan to pilot the project for a year.


Yiddish Radio Back for 3rd Season

Yiddish RadioThe Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures (CLLC) is bringing back Yiddish Radio for its third season on Sept. 24. Unapologetically Yinglishy, we celebrate the humor, music, and pop culture gems we find from the past, present, and future of Yiddish language and culture around the world. Listen live schedule.

Political Theory Workshop

Monday, Sept. 29, is the first meeting of this year’s Political Theory Workshop, 3:30 p.m., 2130 Derby Hall. Greg Anderson, associate professor, history, will present his recent work "Retrieving the Lost Worlds of the Past.” Joel Wainwright, associate professor, geography, will offer comments in response to Anderson’s presentation. 

Lecture to Explore Art History, the Museum and the State of the Humanities

Michael LobelOhio State’s Department of History of Art hosts the 4th Annual Patrons’ Circle Lecture, Thursday, Oct. 9, 5:30 p.m., 180 Hagerty Hall. The event welcomes Michael Lobel, Purchase College, State University of New York, who will discuss "Ivory Tower or Gatehouse: Art History, the Museum and the Crisis in the Humanities.” Reception follows in 214 Pomerene Hall. Free.

Diaspora Tour at Ohio State Oct. 1

Learn more about initiatives on diaspora engagement and development when Andrew O’Brien, U.S. Department of State Special Representative, brings the Diaspora Tour to Ohio State Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2 - 4 p.m., Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theater. Registration required.

Postdoc Orientation

All recently hired postdoctoral scholars are invited to an orientation program Wednesday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Smith Seminar Room, 1080 Physics Building. Lunch will be provided. RSVP required.


Sept. 25

Art or Confession? Using Rap Lyrics as Evidence in Criminal Trials; 217 Journalism Building, 12 p.m.

Chinese Cultural Awareness Workshop; Faculty Club Grand Lounge, 3 p.m.

Screening: Stranger with a Camera, Discussion: The Glass Castle; Ohio Union Multicultural Center, 3 p.m.

Boren Awards Info Session for Undergraduates; 145 Hagerty Hall, 4 p.m.

Molecular Genetics Seminar: Amanda Bird; 155 Jennings Hall, 4:10 p.m.

Tracers Takes Over: LGBTQ Panel; Hopkins Hall Gallery, 4:30 p.m.

Reception: 25 on High: A Photographic Journey; 6:30 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Sept. 25 – Nov. 8

Possible Impossible: Terry Allen Study Drawings for Public Works; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.


Sept. 26

Pedro Cardim: Portugal, the Spanish Monarchy and the Iberian World (16th-18th centuries): Recent Historiographical Perspectives; 255 Hagerty Hall, 2:20 p.m.

Geography Colloquium Series: Piper Gaubatz, Dancing at Dusk: Public Space in Chinese Cities; 1080 Derby Hall, 3:30 p.m.

Symphony Orchestra, with Orlay Alonso, piano; Weigel Hall Auditorium, 8 p.m.


Sept. 29

School of Communication Colloquium: Increasing Diversity Awareness and Skills to Resolve and Avoid Conflict/Misunderstandings in an Academic Setting; 11: 30 a.m., 106 Journalism Building

Musicology Lecture: Maribeth Clark, New College of Florida; Room 205 18th Ave. Library, 4:30 p.m.

Ellen Feder Public Lecture, Normalizing Atypical Sex Anatomies: A Question of Ethics or Culture?; 100 Mendenhall Lab, 4:30 p.m.


Sept. 30

Ellen Feder Faculty & Graduate Seminar, The Problem of Intersex; 253 Dulles Hall, 10 a.m.

IPR Seminar: Seth Spielman, How Well do we Understand America’s Neighborhoods? Reducing Uncertainty in the American Community Survey (ACS) by Reconceptualizing Neighborhoods; 038 Townshend Hall, 12:30 p.m.

Wind Symphony; Weigel Hall Auditorium, 8 p.m.


Oct. 1

Barnett Center Meet and Greet; 131 Sullivant Hall, 3 p.m.

Science Cafe: Midwifery: Art, Science and Popular Culture; Room 090/070 18th Ave. Library, 6:30 p.m.


Oct. 1 – Oct. 5

The Norwegians; Mount Hall Studio Theatre


Through Oct. 3

Tracers Takes Over; Hopkins Hall Gallery


Through Oct. 31

Faculty Club Alumni Art Exhibition, Maria Alejandra Zanetta; Ohio State Faculty Club

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September 24, 2014
Joseph Incandela

52nd Annual Alpheus Smith Lecture: Oct. 2

"Then There Was Mass – from the Higgs to the Unknown" – Joseph Incandela presents the Department of Physics 52nd Annual Alpheus Smith Lecture, Thursday, Oct. 2, 8 p.m., 100 Independence Hall, free/everyone welcome.

Joseph Incandela, spokesperson for the compact muon solenoid (CMS) experiment, one of two at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) that discovered the Higgs Boson in 2012, is Yzurdiaga Chair in Experimental Science and professor of physics, University of California – Santa Barbara; and winner of the 2013 Special Breakthrough (Milner) Prize in Fundamental Physics. Incandela’s announcement of the epic discovery of a new particle resembling the long-sought Higgs Boson, rocked the world. Now, he gives a unique insiders’ view of the LHC; the quest for the Higgs, its profound role in defining the structure and evolution of our universe, what recent data has shown and future implications.


Harvey Graff, professor, English and history, believes that the university must create incentives to spur more faculty and staff to buy University District houses, Columbus Dispatch, Sept. 23, 2014

Claudia Buchmann, professor, sociology, on whether the college admissions bubble is about to burst, U.S. News & World Report, Sept. 22, 2014

Mark Shanda, divisional dean, arts and humanities; Bebe Miller, Distinguished University Professor, dance; and Ann Sofie Clemmensen, lecturer, dance; in a review of the Sullivant Hall Grand Opening, "One-off performances highlight Sullivant Hall's reopening after $31.5 million renovation," The Lantern, Sept. 22, 2014

Sullivant Hall Reopens as Arts Cornerstone, Columbus Dispatch, Sept. 21, 2014

Sonia BasSheva Manjon, director, Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, on the real-world connections between the creative community and business sectors, NEFE blog, On Your Own, Sept. 17, 2014

John Mueller, professor, political science, Op-Ed, “The Islamic State will probably be defeated, but it’s not thanks to President Obama," Washington Post, Sept. 16, 2014


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