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AUG. 26, 2015 | TWEET!



RSVP by August 31

Join Dean Manderscheid for the first annual Welcome Address and Reception, Thursday, Sept. 3, 1:30-3 p.m., in Hughes Hall Auditorium. Kick-off the new academic year and celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the College of Arts and Sciences. RSVP today!


We are fortunate in the arts and sciences. Our departments centers, and institutes enjoy outstanding reputations, due, in large part, to the dedication, passion and talent among our deans, chairs and directors. This autumn, we have many new appointments and reinstatements to announce


Student Involvement Fair

Welcome Back!

Bright, shiny, new: another academic year begins. Take a deep breath. Look around. Savor the moment. Dean Manderscheid takes a moment to reflect on the excitement of a new academic year; a warm Buckeye Welcome with new freshman at the Student Involvement fair; and another record-breaking incoming class.
Matthew Sullivan

Microbiology Researchers Find 12,500 New Virus Genomes Affecting Microbes

Matthew Sullivan, assistant professor, microbiology, is senior author of a study published in the online journal eLife, finding genomic sequences of nearly 12,500 previously uncharacterized viruses, made possible by a computational tool developed by postdoc and study lead author, Simon Roux. 


CLLC Selected to Receive Steelcase Learning Center Grant

The Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures (CLLC) is one of just 12 recipients across the U.S. and Canada awarded a 2015 Active Learning Center grant from Steelcase Education. The $50,000 grant provides the means to transform the classroom, enhancing student engagement. 
Jennifer Crocker

Psychology Professor Receives Campbell Award

Jennifer Crocker, professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar, social psychology, will receive the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s Donald Campbell Award for Distinguished Scholarly Achievement, recognizing distinguished scholarly achievement and sustained excellence in research, at their annual meeting in January, in San Diego. Crocker is an influential scholar on social stigma, self and identity and mental health. 

Psychology Chair Receives Distinguished Scientist Award

Richard Petty, professor and chair, psychology, will receive the Society of Experimental Social Psychology’s Distinguished Scientist Award, its oldest, most prestigious prize, reserved for the field’s luminaries. Petty is internationally recognized for pioneering work on attitudes and persuasion. He will receive the award at the society’s annual meeting in September, in Denver.  


Software Update in the College of Arts and Sciences

Are you running an old version of Microsoft or Adobe software and need a newer version? ASC Technology Services can help bring your software up to date.

Email, Find People Directory Display Preferred First Name

Find People, University Email Systems and BuckeyeMail have been updated to allow searching with a preferred first name and legal last name. Beginning Aug. 19, a Preferred First Name set through will affect both email display name and name in the online Find People directory. You can change your Preferred First Name at

Arts and Sciences Doctoral Students Awarded Fulbright-Hays Grant

Three arts and sciences doctoral candidates: Noah Dunham, Anthropology; Heather Fair, Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology; and Peter Tunkis, Political Science; received U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship grants to engage in full-time research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. 


Through Aug. 28

Department of Art Second Year MFA Exhibition: Everywhere is Here; Various Locations

Sept. 2

Science Café: Delivering a Safe and Patient-Centric Healthcare: Challenges and Opportunities; 6:30 p.m., Room 090/070 of the 18th Ave. Library

Through Oct. 16

Global Gallery Exhibit: Amadeo Modigliani; Hagerty Hall Lobby

Through Nov. 7

Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne; Urban Arts Space, Hopkins Hall Gallery


Dale Gnidovec, curator, Orton Geological Museum, on the museum’s recent gift, a 2,500 pound petrified tree, Columbus Dispatch, Aug. 23, 2015

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on whether violent video games lead to criminal behavior, CBS News, Aug. 18, 2015

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on why venting, especially in the digital era, is bad for us, Daily Telegraph AU, Aug. 18, 2015

Per Sederberg, assistant professor, psychology, on where and how our brains store memory, Newsweek, Aug. 18, 2015

Dan Strunk, associate professor, psychology, on what to ask yourself to get out of a negative thinking rut, Yahoo Health, Aug. 18, 2015

Paul Sutter, postdoc, physics, on why magnetars are scary,, Aug. 14, 2015
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