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Jan. 13, 2016 | TWEET!



2015-16: Sustainability Spring Conference:  Realizing Sustainability

Jan. 28-29, 2016 - 11th Floor Thompson Library
The spring COMPAS conference focuses on the challenge of realizing sustainability. Visiting scholars from communications, decision sciences, economics, law, philosophy and political science address individual responsibility and collective action; markets and regulation: behavioral economics and the psychological and social barriers to sustainability. Free and open to all.

Because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday next week, News & Updates will be circulated on Thursday, Jan. 21.

Special Assistant for Facilities and Planning

Sergio Soave has been appointed as an administrative faculty fellow in the college, serving as special assistant for facilities and planning. In this half-time role, he will provide guidance to college leadership regarding the effective and strategic use of space for research and teaching. This replaces the associate executive dean role previously held by Rich Hall. Soave’s appointment as faculty fellow began with the start of spring semester, on Jan. 11, and will continue through summer 2016.


Team Teaching the Science of Language

Kathryn Campbell-Kibler, associate professor, linguistics; Leslie Moore, associate professor, teaching and learning (EHE); and Laura Wagner, associate professor, psychology, are team teaching "Training in Science Education Outreach." Their “classroom” is on the floor and in the research pods at COSI, where they train students in how to speak to the public about science, focusing specifically on language science.
Eliza Gardiner, doctoral student, anthropology, has been awarded a Borlaug Fellowship in Global Food Security, which funds her dissertation research, “Impacts of Social Relations on the Privatization of Communal Land and Implications for Food Security in Burkina Faso,” and a semester of dissertation writing. The fellowship is administered by Purdue University and supported by USAID and the U.S. Feed the Future program.

New Book on Black Art and Artistic Movement: Neo-Ancestralism

Ike Okafor-Newsum, chair and associate professor, AAAS, is the author of the new book, SoulStirrers, Black Art and the Neo-Ancestral Impulse (University Press of Mississippi, 2016), about the birth and development of an artistic movement in Cincinnati identified with the Neo-Ancestral impulse. The book tells a story of present-day artists of the Black Arts Movement generation and how Newsum, an established visual artist, became a Neo-Ancestralist art maker and cultural activist.

Statistics Professor Named Editor of Bayesian Analysis

Mario Peruggia, professor, statistics, was named an editor of the official journal of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis. Peruggia is an expert in Bayesian modeling and prediction. His recent work focuses on methodological issues concerning the impact of modeling assumptions on the quality of model fit. Along with collaborators in statistics and psychology, he also develops statistical models for cognitive processes involved in simple decision-making tasks.

New Book on Cuban Hip Hop

Tanya Saunders, assistant professor, African American and African Studies (AAAS), is author of the new book, Cuban Underground Hip Hop: Black Thoughts, Black Revolution, Black Modernity (University of Texas Press, 2015). Saunders traces the history of the movement from its inception and the national and international debates that it spawned to the exodus of these activists/artists from Cuba and the creative vacuum they left behind.

The Counterintuitive Downside of Moving Away from Poverty

Richard Steckel, professor, economics, is co-author of a new study on the historical origins of cardiovascular disease in the American South. In the working paper, “Historical Origins of a Major Killer: Cardiovascular Disease in the American South,” (National Bureau of Economics Research Working Paper Series, December 2015) Steckel suggests that the current health disparities in the South developed as Southerners encountered a more prosperous lifestyle than their bodies were prepared for, including more food and less manual labor.


Staff Career Development Grant Applications Accepted Until Jan. 31

The Staff Career Development Grant provides staff with an opportunity to further their growth and development. The Staff Career Development Grant awards up to $1,000 for individuals and $1,500 for groups towards professional development, education or training costs related to job and/or career goals. Applications can be submitted through Jan. 31.

Mershon Center Offers Faculty, Student Research Grants

Each year, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies holds a competition for Ohio State faculty and graduate students to apply for research grant funds. Applications must be for projects related to the study of national security in a global context. We are also interested in projects that emphasize the role of peace-building and development; strengthen the global gateways in China, India and Brazil; relate to campus area studies centers and institutes; and address the university’s Discovery Themes. The deadline is Feb. 22

Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Merit and Need-Based Scholarships
    For undergraduate students majoring in the humanities or the natural and mathematical sciences. Funding will be applied toward 2016-17. The application deadline is Feb. 3.  Contact: Ann Rottersman
  • SBS Undergraduate Research Grants
    For undergraduate students who have declared a major in the social and behavioral sciences and whose research projects involve extraordinary costs. For eligibility specifics and the online application visit SBS Undergraduate Research Grants. The application deadline is Feb 12.  Contact: Deborah Haddad
  • Kathryn Sullivan Scholarship
    Supports undergraduate arts and sciences students with a preference for junior or senior women who are majoring or minoring in the sciences, who have a passion for exploration and/or aerospace, and who are in good academic standing. However, this scholarship may be awarded to any candidate in any arts and sciences major. The application deadline is Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. Contact: Ann Rottersman
  • Summer Research Funding
    Mayers Summer Research Scholarships provide funding for selected majors in the natural and mathematical sciences; URO Summer Research Fellowships are open to all majors and support independent research conducted with an Ohio State faculty member; Holbrook Research Abroad Fellowships are open to all majors and support independent research abroad with the guidance of an Ohio State faculty member; and Undergraduate Library Research Fellowships, open to all majors and provide an opportunity to see how scholarship is communicated and disseminated through work in libraries. Students may apply for all of the above via a joint application. The application deadline is Feb. 15 at noon.  
  • Mershon Center offers study abroad scholarships
    The Mershon Center for International Security Studies is seeking applications from Ohio State students for International Security Scholarships for Undergraduate Theses and Study Abroad. Funds support undergraduates whose career plans lie in the field of international security and who would benefit by doing research abroad or studying a critical foreign language. Scholarship amounts typically range from $2,000 to $3,000. The deadline is Feb. 22.


New Online MA in Art Education

Ohio State has a new online master’s degree program in art education, re-launched by the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy. This two-year, completely online program allows art educators to earn the same degree they would on campus. It is designed to help them redefine their practice, whether they work in a community setting, a classroom, studio or museum. Applications are now being accepted for the program, which begins in summer 2016. This is the first online degree program in ASC.

January Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter 

This month’s issue of the undergraduate newsletter highlights how to get involved in research, how to select a study abroad program and funding opportunities and upcoming events offered by URO and OIA. 


Fergus Scholarship Award Exhibition

The Arts Initiative presents selected works by recipients of the 24th annual John Fergus Family Fund Scholarship Awards, a juried competition open to all Ohio State studio-based visual art and design majors. The exhibition is at Urban Arts Space Jan. 19-30, with a reception Saturday, Jan. 23, 5-7 p.m.

Arts Scholars Juried Exhibition

Urban Arts Space hosts the Arts Scholars Juried Exhibition Jan. 19-30, with a reception Saturday, Jan. 23, 5-7 p.m. The Arts Scholars program is made up of Ohio State undergraduate students who share an interest in the visual and performing arts. This annual juried exhibition features works selected by a jury of faculty and community members.  

Summer Internship and Opportunity Fair

The fair will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1-6 p.m. in the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom of the Ohio Union. This fair is open to all Ohio State students, and is specifically designed to assist students in finding resume-building experiences for the upcoming summer. The diversity of the registered organizations ranges from local nonprofits to summer camps and even Fortune 100 companies.  

Chris Pincock to Discuss Mathematics and Scientific Change

As part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Inaugural Lecture Series, Chris Pincock, professor, philosophy, will discuss “Mathematics and Scientific Change” on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 5-6:30 p.m. at the Faculty Club Grand Lounge. Pincock will consider a few of the ways that the scientific use of mathematics has changed over time and how these changes exhibit an increasing awareness of how mathematized science can attain knowledge of a mind-independent reality. Free and open to all. RSVP requested

The New Science of Gene Editing: Promises and Risks

Ohio State health, communication and education experts discuss the ethical, social, legal and health implications of CRISPR-Cas 9, a new method for editing and changing the human genetics. Jan. 27. 7-8:30 p.m., WOSU@COSI, 333 W. Broad St. Free and open to all. RSVP requested.


Jan. 13, 2:30 p.m.

Jacinda Townshend Reading; 311 Denney Hall

Jan. 14, 4 p.m.

Anne Dyson, on Childhood Literacy; 311 Denney Hall, 164 W. 17th Ave. 

Jan. 14, 8 p.m. 

Tipping points and regime shifts: fact, fiction or fantasy?; 001 Jennings Hall, 1735 Neil Ave. 

Jan. 15, 8 p.m. 

Columbus Moving Image Art Review: CMIAR 25; 180 Hagerty Hall

Jan. 20, 3:30-5 p.m.

Cuban Underground Hip Hop: Black Thoughts, Black Revolution; 311 Denney Hall

Jan. 21 - Feb. 30

Department of Dance MFA Exhibition: Off the Wall; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.


Ryan King, associate professor, sociology, on data on hate crimes, The Columbus Dispatch, Jan. 11, 2016.

Krzysztof Stankek, professor, astronomy, on new Eta Carinae-like systems in different galaxies,, Jan. 7, 2016.

Henri Cole,
professor, English, “Swimming with Oliver Sacks,” The New Yorker, Jan. 5, 2016.

Ellen Peters, professor, psychology, on how shocking images on cigarette packs can impact smoking behavior, CTV News, Jan. 4, 2016, ALSO: Philadelphia Inquirer: Study: Graphic cigarette labels really do work

Rick Steckel, professor, economics, on the lingering health effects of the Civil War, Washington Post, Jan. 4, 2016. 

Robert Holub, professor and chair, Germanic Languages and Literatures, on public disinvestment in higher education, Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 4, 2016.

John Mueller, professor, political science, cited in “Stuck in the Middle East,” The American Conservative, Jan. 4, 2016.

Alexander Wendt, professor, political science, cited as revolutionizing the field of International Relations with his article, “Anarchy is what states make of it: the social construction of power politics,” The News International, Jan. 3, 2016.

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on how to tell if someone is a narcissist with one simple questionThe Times of India, Jan. 1, 2016. 

Margaret Ellen Newell, professor, history, on her book, Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery, Dec. 31, 2015, Today Media

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