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Autumn 2014 ASCENT

The autumn 2014 issue of ASCENT magazine is now available online. Twice each year, we are pleased to offer our friends and alumni a selection of images and stories that capture the excitement and magnitude of the arts and sciences at Ohio State.
Next week, because of the Veteran’s Day holiday, News & Updates will be published on Thursday, Nov. 13.


Interdisciplinary Team Teaching Proposals: Deadline Jan. 15, 2015

The deadline to submit proposals for interdisciplinary team taught courses is Jan. 15, 2015. Proposed courses should be undergraduate (2000-4000 level) or dual career (5000-level) courses. Completed course proposals, including all required supplementary materials, must be submitted by Jan. 15 to Sonya Vanarsdale, assistant to the associate deans.

$2.6M NIH Grant Funds New Language Teaching Model for Spanish-speaking Chronic Care Patients

Two teal talking heads on purple backgroundGlenn Martinez, professor and chair, Spanish and Portuguese; and Usha Menon, Ohio State Centennial Professor of Nursing, are co-principal investigators on a new project designed to change the traditional way that Spanish for the health professions has been taught. A five-year $2.6 million National Institutes of Health Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disorders RO1 grant funds their innovative project, Integrated Second Language Learning for Chronic Care.

Earth Scientists Part of $58 Million Effort to Study Potential New Energy Source

Cook and Sawyer Ann Cook and Derek Sawyer, Earth sciences assistant professors, are part of a research team led by the University of Texas, Austin, which was awarded approximately $58 million to analyze deposits of frozen methane under the Gulf of Mexico. Ohio State’s piece of that funding is $1,025,949. The four-year grant will allow researchers to advance scientific understanding of methane hydrate, a substance found in abundance beneath the ocean floor and under Arctic permafrost. It has enormous potential to increase the world’s energy supply.

Ohio State Visual Design Program Ranked No. 2 in List

Irene Au, a partner at Khosla Ventures and former design lead at Google, offers 10 tips for finding the best design talent on Fast Company. She ranked Ohio State’s program in visual communication design as number 2 – behind the Rhode Island School of Design – under the category “new college graduates and interns.”

NIH Funds Statistician’s Work toward Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Data Bank

KaizarEloise Kaizar, associate professor, statistics, received $148,621 from the National Institutes of Health for her project, "Statistical methods to support a model pediatric traumatic brain injury data bank.” Data repositories, or “banks,” are becoming increasingly common in medical research, but there are a number of important statistical issues that need to be addressed in their development so that analyses based on the data lead to meaningful conclusions.

Physics Researchers Make Breakthrough Discovery

Mauricio Martinez, postdoctoral researcher in Physics Professor Ulrich Heinz’s group; and collaborators from Kent State, McGill and Sao Paulo Universities, discovered a new exact solution of the highly non-linear relativistic Boltzmann equation. Very few such exact solutions are known. This new solution is the only one that describes a system that expands simultaneously, with different expansion rates, along both the longitudinal and transverse directions of a cylinder. This mimics the expansion of the quark-gluon plasma created in relativistic heavy-ion collisions along the directions parallel and perpendicular to the beam.


KAir Team Member Named Student Entrepreneur of the Year

Damian Beauchamp Damian Beauchamp, PhD student in chemistry/biochemistry Professor Yiying Wu's lab and part of the winning KAir battery team, will receive the Student Entrepreneur of the Year award from VentureNEXT on Nov. 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the LC Pavilion. VentureNEXT is an event TechColumbus hosts each year to honor entrepreneurs and start-ups in Ohio.

Geographer Selected Wilson International Scholar

SuiDaniel Sui, professor and chair, geography, has been selected the 2015 Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Sui will be affiliated with the Science and Technology Innovation Program and the China Environment Forum at the Wilson Center. His primary research will be how to use crowd mapping and citizen science to better address environmental challenges in China.

Graduate & STEM Diversity Director Selected for Leadership Institute

HernandezMarcela Hernandez, director, ASC Graduate & STEM Diversity, was selected to participate in the 2014 Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Leadership Institute. The institute provides training for motivated underrepresented minority (URM) scientists to master skills necessary to lead institutional transformation.

EEOB Professor Celebrates Australian-American Fulbright

Berra Tim Berra, professor emeritus; evolution, ecology and organismal biology and recipient of an unprecedented three Fulbright Awards to Australia (1969, 1979 and 2009), was selected guest of the Australian Ambassador to the United States for the 65th anniversary celebration of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission. Berra’s latest book, Darwin and his Children: His Other Legacy, was published in 2013. (Photo courtesy of the Embassy of Australia.)


Arts and Sciences Above and Beyond Buckeye Prize

Dean Manderscheid and Katie Reed Katie Reed, executive assistant to the director in the School of Music, is the October winner of the Executive Dean and Staff Advisory Council "Above and Beyond Buckeye" award. Nominations for November’s Arts and Sciences Above and Beyond Buckeye Prize to recognize arts and sciences staff members who go above and beyond, doing extraordinary work every day, are due Nov. 13, online.

Voices to End Ebola Concert

Voices to End Ebola: A Benefit Concert for Doctors without Borders is Friday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Archie Griffin Ballroom, Ohio Union. Performing artists include The Columbus Highlife Ensemble featuring David Aina and Ryan Skinner, Malian Kora. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted at the event.

ASC Technology Service Lecture on Active Learning with iPads

The new ASC Technology Service: In Conversation Lecture Series begins Tuesday, Nov. 18 with a presentation on active learning with iPads and the experiential classroom. The presentation is in collaboration with the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology. 1-2 p.m., Maudine Cow Room, Ohio Union. Contact: Michael Hardesty.

Tech Talks

Wondered how you can take your classes online? Go behind the Numbers with Jim Fowler, assistant professor, mathematics, for insights into online education.


Nov. 6

Wendy Chun, Race and/as Technology within the Network Imagination; 12 p.m., Ohio Union Multicultural Center

COSI's Science Communication Fellowship: Connecting Science Professionals with Public Audiences; 12 p.m., Webinar

Stephen Haber, Climate, Geography and the Origins of Economic and Political Institutions; 3:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.

Wither the Humanities?; 3:45 p.m., Room 100, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Molecular Genetics Seminar: Dr. Gustavo Leone; 4:10 p.m., 155 Jennings Hall

Juliet Hooker presents: DuBois’ Afro-Futurism and Vasconcelos’ Indología; 4:30 p.m., Ohio Union Multicultural Center

Paging Columbus: Appetite, Hunger, and Craving; 6 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Research in Polish Studies: Safety in Numbers-Group Linkages and the Persistence of Party Switching in Poland; 6 p.m., 40 Jennings Hall

Nov. 6 - Nov. 7

From Anita Hill to the White House Task Force on Sexual Assault: 2-Day Symposium; Ohio State Columbus Campus

Nov. 7

Special Session on Using the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth; 11:45 a.m., 248 Townshend Hall

TEDxColumbus STEAM: featuring Arts and Sciences Faculty and Alumni; 12 p.m., Capitol Theater, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St.

CHR Seminar: Stephen Mihm, The Standards of the State: Weights, Measures and National Marketing in the Early American Public; 2 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall

Nov. 7 - Nov. 8

Russo-Persian Workshop, Winning and Losing the Great Game: Literature, Art and Diplomacy between Russia and Iran; Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.

Nov. 8

STEAM Factory presents: The Humanity of Calculus; 11 a.m., 400 W. Rich St.

STEAM Factory presents: Is Google Making Us Stupid? On the History and Future of the Brain-Internet Interface; 11 a.m., 400 W. Rich St.

The Ninth Annual Black Veterans Day Salute; 11:30 a.m., AAAS Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave.

Art Explorations; 1 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through Nov. 8

25 on High: A Photographic Journey; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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

Nov. 9

Screening of Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust at the Jewish Film Festival; 1:30 p.m., Drexel Theatre, Bexley, OH

Jazz Lab Ensemble; 3 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Through Nov. 9

Global Gallery Exhibit: Islamic Empires and their Legacies in Southeastern Europe and South Asia; Hagerty Hall Lobby

City of Angels; Thurber Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center

Nov. 10

Jazz Workshop Ensemble; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Nov. 13

English Department presents: talk with Gerald Graff

Breakfast of Science Champions; 8:30 a.m.

Screening of Alan Berliner's The Sweetest Sound; 10 a.m., Gateway Film Center, House 4

Global Resume Writing Workshop; 2 p.m., 145 Hagerty Hall

Tomás Urayoán Noel presents Virtually Latino/a: A Poetics; 4:30 p.m., Ohio Union Multicultural Center

Janet Gyatso, Religion, Science and the Ethical in the History of Tibetan Medicine; 4:30 p.m., 165 Thompson Library

A Conversation on Race, Writing and Culture with Zadie Smith; 5 p.m., Mershon Auditorium

The National Science Foundation: Evolving Research Under the Looking Glass; 6 p.m., 35 Hitchcock Hall

The Ohio State University Marching Band Hometown Concert; 7:30 p.m., Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr.

Nov. 13-15

International Comics Forum; Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

Through Nov. 15

Repetition Isolation: The Abundance Within; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through Nov. 17

Phi Sigma Iota's 2014 Foreign Language Film Fest; 180 Hagerty Hall

Through Nov. 21

DAIM Recall; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through Dec. 7

"Materialized" 3D Printed Sculpture Exhibition, featuring Nathaniel Hartman; Wright State University

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Tackling Our Infant Mortality Crisis: How Do We Reduce Infant Deaths in Central Ohio?

A panel and public conversation, Nov. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. WOSU@COSI. Panelists include local and national experts. Sponsored by Health Sciences Frontiers.



Review: City of Angels, Department of Theatre and School of Music, Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 31, 2014

Vladimir Kogan, professor, political science, on whether Kasich has helped Ohio’s economy, Newark Advocate, Oct. 31, 2014

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on why some sports fans turn to vandalism even after a win, ABC News, Oct. 31, 2014

Thomas Nelson, associate professor, political science, on political ads, Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 30, 2014

Jeremy Wallace, professor, political science, on corruption and a changing China, Washington Post, Oct. 27, 2014



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