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Four ASC Faculty, Including ASC Executive Dean and Vice Provost, Named 2013 AAAS Fellows 

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general science organization, last week announced the 2013 class of AAAS Fellows. Of Ohio State’s six new Fellows, four are from Arts and Sciences. We are proud to congratulate our newest Fellows: John V. Freudenstein, professor; evolution, ecology and organismal biology; Norman F. Johnson, professor; evolution, ecology and organismal biology; David C. Manderscheid, professor, mathematics, and executive dean and vice provost, College of Arts and Sciences; Zucai Suo, professor, chemistry and biochemistry. Ohio State has approximately 200 AAAS Fellows; the College of Arts and Sciences is home to more than half of them.

Donald Harris Papers to be Processed by
University Archives

Donald HarrisThe University Archives, a unit of University Libraries, has received funding from the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) to process the collection of Donald Harris, composer, professor emeritus, and past dean of Ohio State’s former College of the Arts.


New Study on TV and Child Development

Amy NathansonAmy Nathanson, associate professor, communication, is the author of a new study finding that exposure to TV can impede young children's intellectual development—even when it's playing in the background. The findings, published in the Journal of Communication, suggest that watching television with young children may help them to understand and become more tolerant of views and beliefs that are different from their own, says Nathanson, and that could have implications for how they interact with friends, peers and colleagues as they get older.


Brad Bushman Co-authors New Study

Brad BushmanBrad Bushman, professor, communication, is co-author of a new study finding that playing violent video games not only increases aggression, it also leads to less self-control and more cheating. Bushman conducted the study with colleagues from Italy. The findings appear online in the journal, Social Psychological and Personality Science.


Political Science Students Win International Awards 

Political Science StudentsPolitical science students, members of Ohio State’s Collegiate Council on World Affairs (CCWA), took home a range of awards from the National Collegiate Security Conference (NCSC) and the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference (UPMUNC). Paul Peters, Luke Lundy, Erik Leiden, Jorge Bucki Lopez, Matt Kaido, Jacob Bogart, and Sarah Montell were recognized with a series of commendations and delegate awards.


Statistics Graduate Students Win National Data Analytics and Modeling Competition 

Statistics Graduate StudentsA team of five statistics graduate students: Xin Huang, Andrew Landgraf, Liubo Li, Srinath Sampath, and Ran Wei, under the direction of their faculty advisors, Professors Prem Goel and Chris Holloman, won the 2013 Capital One Modeling Competition in late November in McLean, Virginia.  Each student received a cash prize of $1,000. Capital One invited select graduate programs around the country to form teams for the competition, attracting 32 teams with a total of 141 students from 10 schools.

Biostatistics PhD Student Receives American Statistical Association’s Inaugural Lester R.
Curtin Award 

David Kline, doctoral student in Ohio State’s Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Biostatistics—a cooperative offering of ASC’s Department of Statistics and Public Health’s Division of Biostatistics—is the first recipient of the American Statistical Association’s (ASA) inaugural Lester R. Curtin award, which provides financial support for travel to ASA's Conference on Statistical Practice in February 2014. The Lester R. Curtin Award was established to help promising young health statisticians get the skills and training they need to make significant contributions in their area of study. 


Chemical Physics PhD Student Awarded Fellowship

Zhou LinZhou Lin, a PhD student in the research group of chemistry Professor Anne B. McCoy, was recently awarded a Presidential Fellowship by the Graduate School. Zhou is a fifth-year student in the Chemical Physics Graduate Program. Her research is in the area of theoretical chemistry; her dissertation focuses on the spectroscopy of astrochemically significant species and the mechanisms of relevant reactions. Zhou plans to graduate in the next academic year.


Ohio State to Apply for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll 

Ohio State will apply for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a nationally recognized commendation from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The application will be completed by a workgroup from the Service-Learning Initiative, the Office of Outreach and Engagement, and the Office of Student Life. If you work with service and outreach, please contact this group to discuss how you can share your work in the Honor Roll application and service report. Contact: Deadline: December 20.


Professor Yuasa's New Edited Volume Now Available

Individualized Instruction in East Asian Languages, edited by Associate Professor Etsuyo Yuasa, DEALL, was published by Ohio State's Foreign Language Publications. The volume presents both case studies of and issues in individualized instruction at the college level and proposes individualized instruction as a promising new possibility for East Asian language pedagogy.


Call for Proposals: Queer Studies Conference 

The Queer Places, Practices, and Lives II Conference at Ohio State will be held May 16-17, 2014, and features keynote speakers Sara Ahmed, a leading figure in critical race theory and queer theory; and Eli Clare, an activist who writes about intersecting issues of queerness. Faculty, staff, students, artists, and others interested in discussing LGBTQ issues are welcome to submit proposals for panels and roundtables. Deadline: December 15. Contact: Debra Moddelmog or Joe Ponce.


Faculty Member Organizes and Chairs Sessions at Annual Social Science History Association Meeting

Harvey J. Graff, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies, professor of English and history, and former president of the Social Science History Association, organized, chaired, and participated in two sessions—one on Seeing Cities/Visualizing Cities, and the other on the new book, Word by Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing, at the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, November 21-24.


2014 North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO)

NACLO, an academic competition in linguistics designed for middle and high school students (6th-12th grade), will hold an information session on January 14 for middle and high school students; email, if you plan to attend. The open competition will be Thursday, January 30.
Register online.


Mershon Center Offers Faculty, Student Grants

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies holds an annual competition for Ohio State faculty and students to apply for research grants and scholarship funds for projects related to the study of national security in a global context. The Mershon Center also offers the International Security Study Abroad Scholarship to support undergraduates planning careers in international security who would benefit by studying in a foreign country. Deadline for all applications: Friday, January 31, 2014.


Community Sharing Night: Literacy Narratives of Black Columbus

On November 20, the Department of English hosted Community Sharing Night for Professor Cynthia Selfe's autumn 2013 English 2367 course, Literacy Narratives of Black Columbus. Student presentations focused on interviews by class members with citizens of various Black Columbus communities, specifically, Black educators, performance poets, and religious leaders. 


Center for Life Sciences Education (CLSE) Staff Present Poster at 2013 Lilly Conference 

Amy Kulesza, course coordinator, CLSE; and Kelsie Bernot, former CLSE lecturer, now at Wake Forest University, presented their poster, “Use of Service Learning to Integrate Real World Biological Application in an Honors Biology Course,” at the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, November 21-24. 


Graduate Students Present Poster on CLSE Lab Development and Study

Matthew Holding and Rob Denton; evolution, ecology and organismal biology graduate students, presented their poster, “Improving Students’ Perceptions of the Scientific Method by Showing them ‘How Real Science Works,’” at the National Association of Biology Teachers 2013 Professional Development Conference in Atlanta Georgia, November


December 5

Molecular Genetics Seminar: Harold Fisk; 4:10-5:30 pm, 155 Jennings Hall


Through December 6

Stochastic Resonance: Department of Art, Art & Technology; Hopkins Hall Gallery


December 6

Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar in Literacy Studies: Curriculum Vitae and Resume Workshop; 12-1:30 pm, Humanities Institute, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Repertoires, performances, and institution creation: Comparing Regime Consolidation in China and Taiwan, 1949-1955 - Julia Strauss; 3-4:30 pm, 168 Dulles Hall


December 8

Science Sundays: Paul Kwiat, The Quantum Information Revolution; 3-4 pm, Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Theatre


Through December 14

Department of Art Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Projects Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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December 4, 2013
Paul Kwiat

Quantum Physicist Closes Out First Half of Science Sundays Lecture Series December 8, 2013

Paul Kwiat, Bardeen Chair in Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America, will discuss the almost magical properties of quantum physics that can be used to realize perfectly secure cryptography, ultra-fast computation, and completely non-invasive "photography." Time/appetites permitting, Kwiat may give a brief lesson in Quantum Cooking. Lecture: 3-4 pm, Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Theater. Reception: 4-5 pm, Ohio Union Ohio Staters Traditions Room. Both free/open to the public.

NEXT UP: On January 12, 2014, Hope College Natural Sciences Dean James Gentile helps us tune out the hype with, Carcinogens in the Environment: Separating Fact from Fiction.


OSU Marching Band, a behind-the-scenes look at TBDBITL, USA Today Sports, November 27, 2013

Vladimir Kogan, professor, political science, on the Fitzgerald/Kasich gubernatorial race, Lancaster Eagle Gazette, November 25, 2013

Amy Nathanson, associate professor, communication, on how too much time in front of the television can blunt young children’s ability to accept and understand others, TIME, November 25, 2013

Elizabeth Cooksey, professor, sociology; and Randall Olsen, director of the Center for Human Resource Research and economics professor; editorial, on behavioral and social science research funding, The Plain Dealer, November 22, 2013

Josh Hines, dance student, on his passion to become a dancer, Columbus Dispatch, November 22, 2013

OSU Marching Band, on patriotic halftime show, USA Today Sports, November 23, 2013
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