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March 23, 2016 | TWEET!



Arts and Sciences Graduate Programs Rank Among the Nation’s Top

Five graduate disciplines within the College of Arts and Sciences are newly ranked among the nation’s top, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” These five graduate programs and specialty areas join 16 others in the College of Arts and Sciences that are currently ranked. 


The College of Arts and Sciences: Winning on All Fronts

In his latest blog post, Dean Manderscheid writes that ASC faculty competing for and winning top awards accelerates research, drives us forward and creates a positive climate for interdisciplinary collaboration, inquiry, discovery and innovation.

Psychology/Economics Professor Receives NSF CAREER Award

Ian Krajbich, assistant professor, psychology and economics, has received a five-year NSF CAREER Award of $722,305. Krajbich is developing models to apply and test across different types of human decisions. He will generate mathematical models of underlying choice processes that can be tested using various data: eye movements during evaluation of options, hand movements during execution of choice and the overall time taken to make a decision.   

Krajbich is a member of Translational Data Analytics @ Ohio State and serves on the Society for Neuroeconomics’ board.  

Physics Alum Hosts New NOVA Series, "What The Physics?!"

Greg Kestin (BS, physics, 2008) hosts the new PBS NOVA series, "What the Physics?!" A Harvard theoretical physics faculty member, Kestin’s innovative educational outreach endeavors bring science to students and the public. In 2015, he won an award from AIP in the Broadcast/New Media category for his “2.5 Ways to Die in a Black Hole” video. Learn more about his latest venture.


January and February Above and Beyond Buckeye Winners!

Tammy Carl, academic program coordinator, English, is the January 2016 Above and Beyond Buckeye Winner. Carl was nominated by Michelle Herman, professor, English.

Joanna Spanos, ASC Honors Program academic advisor, is the February 2016 Above and Beyond Buckeye Award winner. Spanos was nominated by Lindsey Thaler, director, undergraduate studies, physics.


Four BETHA Grants Awarded to Arts and Sciences Faculty

Recipients of four of six proposals funded in the 2016 Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment annual grant competition are Arts and Sciences faculty: Harmony Bench, dance; Justin D’Arms, philosophy; Christopher Orban, physics; and Michael Mercil, art.


Above and Beyond Buckeye Award: April Nominations Due

Nominations for the Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council April Above and Beyond Buckeye Award are due April 13. The award, which provides a $200 cash prize for the recipient, recognizes arts and sciences staff members who go above the call of duty and do great work each and every day.

The Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Awards

Associate and full professors in the division of arts and humanities are encouraged to apply for one of five Ratner Awards. The awards recognize faculty for developing new courses, original materials, and/or innovative methods and venues for delivery, as well as for making a difference in students’ educations, lives and careers. Each $20,000 Ratner Award will be presented as a $10,000 cash prize plus a $10,000 teaching account to fund future innovation and student impact in the form of curricular development, teaching or service-learning projects. Applications are due by Friday, April 29. Questions can be directed to Susan Williams. Read more about the 2015 awardees.

New! ASC Information Technology Advisory Committee

The College of Arts and Sciences is forming an ASC Information Technology Advisory Committee. This group is charged with advising the executive dean and college CIO on college IT priorities and strategies, including budgetary priorities; IT compliance standards to help determine appropriate courses of action; evaluating and recommending improvements to service levels in departments; and guidance toward new IT services and support.


Annual Design Exhibition at Urban Arts Space

This annual exhibition showcases work by Department of Design graduating students in industrial design, interior design and visual communication design. Displays documenting students’ MFA thesis in the design research and development track and the digital animation and interactive media track are included. Urban Arts Space, March 29-April 8. Reception planned, April 1, 6-8 p.m.

Wynne Wong to Discuss Second Language Acquisition Theory, Research and Classroom Practice

As part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Inaugural Lecture Series, Wynne Wong, professor, French and Italian, presents, “Liaisons: Building Bridges Between Second Language Acquisition Theory, Research and Classroom Practice,” Wednesday, March 30, 5-6:30 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge. Wong discusses the theoretical framework behind Processing Instruction, a type of pedagogical intervention designed to help second-language learners acquire specific grammatical structures by teaching them to process input correctly and efficiently. Free. Open to all; a reception accompanies the event. RSVP requested.

The college presents Inaugural Lectures throughout the year.

Elizabeth Gee Lecture in Ethics

The Elizabeth Gee Distinguished Lecture in Ethics, featuring Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, is Friday, April 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m., 100 Independence Hall. Free. Open to all. No RSVP required. 

Sweeney Todd: Tickets now on sale

The School of Music presents Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Friday, April 8, through Sunday, April 10, in Mershon Auditorium. Tickets are available through the Wexner Center for the Arts, (614) 292-3535.


Kristi Williams, associate professor, sociology, on dramatic growth in households headed by a single mother, WalletHub, March 2016.

Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on the voters only Trump can reach, The Atlantic, March 18.

Ronald Solomon, professor emeritus, mathematics, on the classification of finite simple groups, The Columbus Dispatch, March 17.

Nathaniel Swigger, associate professor, political science (Newark), on pop culture politics, Mount Vernon News, March 17.

David Stebenne, professor, history and law, on how a contested convention could be Kasich's only path to nomination, WSYX-TV, March 17.

Bill Angel, faculty emeritus, political science (Lima), on state Republican nominees, WLIO-TV, March 17.

Nathan Swigger, associate professor, political science (Newark),  on how a contested GOP convention possible, but “unlikely,” Morrow County Sentinel, March 17.

Frederick Aldama, professor, English, on top-down, bottom-up dynamics move marketplace of Latino culture, KETR-FM, March 17.

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on how to smash away your stress, ABC Online (AU), March 17.

Gleb Tsipursky, assistant professor, history (Newark), “Wounded Warrior Flap Should Spur 'Effective' Giving,’” Chronicle of Philanthropy, March 17.

Frederick Aldama, professor, English, on pop culture and why Latino identity is necessary in pop culture, KETR online. March 17.

The Sports and Society Initiative, “Pay-To-Play Panel Sheds Light On Problems With American Sport Development,” Forbes, March 17.

Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on how America is in the middle of a real political storm, The Telegraph (UK), March 16.

Vladimir Kogan, assistant professor, political science, “The view from Ohio: Kasich’s win and what’s next,” The Conversation, March 16.

David Stebenne, professor, history and law, “The last time an outsider like Trump crashed the GOP? 1940,” The Conversation, March 15. ALSO IN: The New Republic.

Paul Beck, professor emeritus, on Kasich’s call to Ohioans to reject Trump’s ‘toxic environment’, PBS Newshour, March 14.
ALSO: NBC Nightly News.

John Mueller, professor, political science, on what's going on with Islamic terrorism and why it's so hard to stop, WJLA-TV (Washington D.C.), March 11.


March 24

Contentious Harvest: The Greening of Big Food
165 Thompson Library
4 p.m.

March 24

Why China Established the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave
12:30 p.m.

Through March 25

Department of Art Undergraduate Scholarship Exhibition
Hopkins Hall Gallery

March 25

Lisa Nakamura Seminar and Lecture on Transnational Racialized Labor and the Internet
Hale Black Cultural Center and Page Hall
Times listed on event

March 25 - 26

History of Art Graduate Student Conference: Encountering the Interface
001 Jennings Hall
Times listed on event

March 28

Who Fights for Reputation in International Politics? Leaders, Resolve and the Use of Force
Mershon Center for International Security Studies 
1501 Neil Ave
12:30 p.m.

March 28

Olivia Wikle, Ghostly Voices and Enchanting Strains: Music and the Supernatural in the Eighteenth-Century Gothic Novel
Room 205, 18th Ave. Library
4 p.m.

March 28

Jackie Battenfield: How to Make an Artist's Life Work
141 Sullivant Hall
4:30 p.m.

March 29

Jackie Battenfield: Head Start for Artists - simple ways you can prepare for life after school
141 Sullivant Hall
9 a.m.

March 29

Jonathan Loopstra: (Mis-) Interpreting the Peshiṭta of Job in the Medieval Middle East
125 Mendenhall Lab
4 p.m.

March 29

History of the Book Lecture: Randall McLeod, on the work of printer Aldo Manuzio (1449-1515)
165 Thompson Library
5:30 p.m.

March 29 to April 8

Department of Design Spring Exhibition
Urban Arts Space

March 30

COMPAS Colloquium: Facts and Values: How Does Science Inform Democracy?
165 Thompson Library
3 p.m.

March 30

Wynne Wong, Liaisons: Building Bridges Between Second Language Acquisition Theory, Research and Classroom Practice
Faculty Club Grand Lounge
5 p.m.

Through April 24

Exhibit: Dancing in the Streets, Carnival from Britain, Brazil, and Beyond
Thompson Library Gallery

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