The Sawyer Seminar

The Sawyer Seminar is a series of events and activities through October 2014, centered around the theme, CrossRoads: Culture, Politics, and Belief in the Balkans and South Asia. The seminar features nine lectures by invited speakers, two film screenings with discussion led by films' directors, and a two-semester discussion group and seminar course, culminating in a conference in October 2014 that brings together specialists of the two regions.
Kristen GhodseeOn October 14 Kristen Ghodsee, John S. Osterweis Associate Professor and Program Director of Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College, presents Transnational State Feminisms: Bulgarian, African, and South Asian Women’s Movements during
the Cold War
Victor FriedmanOn November 4 Victor Friedman, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago, will present The Indic Origins of Europe’s Romani People: From Myth to History and Back Again.
Chandra mallampalliOn December 2 Chandra Mallampalli associate professor of history at Westmont University will present Religion, Law, and Identity in Colonial India: The Role of Court Cases in Defining Religious Boundaries.

Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR) Receives NSF Big Data Award 

A new $499,615 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) funds the Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR) to lead an interdisciplinary team of researchers on a data project to expand access to the Ohio Longitudinal Data Archive. The team is led by Randall Olsen, professor, economics and CHRR director. Morton O’Kelly, professor, geography, and director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA); Lung-Fei Lee, professor, economics; and Joshua Hawley, associate professor; and Stéphane Lavertu, assistant professor, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, are co-principal investigators. 

Free Artwork for a Smile

Bren BataclanBren Bataclan likes to see people smile. So much, in fact, that he’s in the midst of a decade-long project that coaxes smiles out of folks across the nation—and even around the world. Bataclan, who earned his graduate degree from Ohio State in 1995 and studied at the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), is a full-time artist in the Boston area, and leaves free paintings and "notes of hope" in public spaces.


Earth Scientist Receives Sloan Foundation Award

David ColeDavid Cole, professor, and Ohio Research Scholar, earth sciences, received a second Alfred P. Sloan Foundation award for $1,250,000 for his project on, "Reduced Carbon in Earth: Origin and Distribution.”


Astronomers Recognized for Contributions to Scientific Education in India

On their recent travels to India for the “Obama-Singh Knowledge Initiative: Training the Next Generation of STEM Faculty at Higher Education Institutions in India,” Sultana Nahar, research scientist, astronomy; Anil Pradhan, professor, astronomy; and their team, were recognized for contributions to scientific education in India by Aligarh Muslim University and the AMU-DUTY Society and Indian Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ISIAM).


Public/Private Fall Conference October 3-4

Keynote address: Cass Sunstein, professor of law, Harvard University, and former administrator for the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), on October 4. Ezekiel Emanuel, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and former special advisor for health policy to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget will present on October 3. 

Laura Lisbon to Give Curator's Talk October 11

Laura Lisbon, curator of the current exhibition, Painting Tableau Stage, at the Urban Arts Space, will give a curator's talk 12:30-1:30 pm Friday, October 11, at the gallery, 50 West Town St. The exhibition, which runs through November 14, is comprised of paintings by four contemporary artists from the United Kingdom, Moyra Derby, Stuart Elliot, Mick Finch, and Beth Harland. The talk is free and open to all. 

Science Sundays Continues October 13

Bernie KrauseBernie Krause, musician and naturalist and one of the world’s leading experts on natural sound, has spent his life discovering and recording nature’s rich chorus. The Great Animal Orchestra lets us listen in. Lecture 3-4 pm, Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theater; Reception 4-5 pm, Ohio Union Cartoon Room.

Transcend: Ohio State’s Office of Research Newsletter 

Transcend is the Office of Research’s new monthly online publication to help the university community learn more about research at Ohio State. Each month, it shares a sampling of exciting new discoveries, technologies, scholarship, and creative works of the university’s faculty and students.

National Conversation on Election Reform

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Commission on Political Reform (CPR) holds the third in a series of National Conversations on American Unity in partnership with Ohio State and USA TODAY, October 15, 1-4 pm, at the Ohio Union. The event convenes current and former elected officials and election experts for a Town Hall meeting and panel discussion exploring issues related to elections such as redistricting, primary reform, and resolving disputed elections. Register online

Political Science Professor to Blog for Washington Post

Corrine McConnaughyCorrine McConnaughy, assistant professor, political science, is a new guest contributor to the Washington Post’s popular political science and politics blog called the Monkey Cage. McConnaughy will be posting on a regular basis, highlighting Ohio State as a player in the “political science can inform politics” game.  

STEM Researchers: Get to Know Metro

The Ohio State community is invited to learn more about how to be involved with Metro Early College High School during this fall’s "Get To Know Metro" tour and discussion, Tuesday, October 22, 9-11 am at Metro School, 1929 Kenny Rd.
RSVP online.

African American and African Studies Community Extension Center Call for Summer Camp Proposals

AAASCEC Summer Camp
AAASCEC requests proposals from faculty and advanced graduate students for its 2014 Summer Enrichment Program for 9th and 10th graders and for its 2014 Summer Residential Program for 11th and 12th graders. Send proposals and curriculum vita to Kevin Brooks, program coordinator, by November 1.

HazCom Training

All employers utilizing hazardous chemicals or work in a place that has a potential to come in contact with chemicals, are required to train employees on the new “Safety Data Sheets” (SDS) by December 1. All Ohio State employees working in these areas are required to take some form of HazCom training, along with new GHS training. 

Arts and Humanities Lecture

Yana HashamovaYana Hashamova, Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, presents a lecture based on the paper, “War Rapes: Redefining Motherhood, Fatherhood, and Nationhood,"
5 pm Tuesday, October 8, Faculty Club Grand Lounge. The lecture is the first in the 2013-14 Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lecture series. Free. RSVP online.

Apply Now for a Departmental Impact Grant

Want to overhaul a key or large course, or make course adjustments after teaching on a semester schedule? Apply by November 4 for an Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) Departmental Impact Grant. Receive up to 200 hours of ODEE expertise and $15,000 to extend learning technology use to increase student engagement, facilitate greater instructor efficiency, or enable anytime/anyplace learning. Open Q&A sessions: 9:30-10:30 am, October 1, 186 Hagerty Hall; 3-4 pm, October 16, 311 Enarson. More information:


October 3

Symphonic Band; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

October 4

GradSem: Literature in Translation; 12-1:30 pm, Humanities Institute, 104 East 15th Ave.
COMPAS Conference Keynote: Cass Sunstein; 2-3:30 pm, U.S. Bank Theatre, Ohio Union
The State as a Social Relation - Bob Jessop; 3-4:30 pm, 168 Dulles Hall

Through October 4


October 4-5

Scena Shakespearean: Scenes by the Bard; 7:30 pm, Thurber Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center

October 5

Family Weekend Concert; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

October 6

Choral Collage; 3 pm, Weigel Auditorium

October 7

Faculty Concert: Ann Stimson, Flute; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

October 7-8

Theatre Lab Series: Playing With Your Food; 7 pm, New Works Lab, Drake Performance and Event Center

October 9

Through November 14

Painting Tableau Stage; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Addition(s): 3+3=6; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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October 2, 2013

The Foreign Language Center Has
New Name and
Expanded Mission 

The Foreign Language Center is now the Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures (CLLC). The new name reflects the expanded mission of the center from a focus on language acquisition to a more broadly conceived mission, which includes language, culture, and literature in the goals and activities of the CLLC. The center brings together scholars and experts from across the university and around the world to increase the understanding of diverse cultures, expand competence in foreign languages, and investigate the impact and creative potential of established and emerging media technologies and offers students the intellectual, linguistic, and cultural tools they need to succeed in a complex global economy.


Workshops for ASC Faculty and Staff Professional Websites

You are invited to try out the university's new, easy-to-use, professional website and blog platform U.OSU.EDU.
Upcoming workshops:
October 14, 11 am-12:30 pm, 029 Derby Hall and October 23, 2:30-4 pm, 0186 Hagerty Hall.


The Department of Astronomy’s new Planetarium is featured in the Columbus Dispatch, September 29, 2013


Center for Urban and Regional Analysis:
Department of Theatre:

Currently, Arts and Sciences Communications Services is supporting the development of over 100 websites.
View Portfolio and Current Work to see what sites will be going live soon.
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