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Music Professor Gives Keynote Address

David HuronDavid Huron, professor, music theory, delivered a keynote address for the 12th International Congress on Musical Semiotics in Brussels, Belgium, April 2, on The other semiotic legacy of Charles Sanders Pierce: Ethology and music-related emotion.

Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosley-Thompson Honored with Sullivant Medal

Ellen Mosley-Thompson and Lonnie G. ThompsonThe Board of Trustees approved awarding the Joseph Sullivant Medal to Lonnie G. Thompson, earth sciences, Distinguished University Professor; and Ellen Mosley-Thompson, geography, Distinguished University Professor. The medal offers "recognition by means of a practically imperishable record, of an admittedly notable achievement on the part of a son or daughter of the University, whether that achievement be in the form of an important invention, discovery, contribution to science, the practical solution of a significant engineering, economic, or agricultural problem, or the production of a valuable literary, artistic, historical, philosophical, or other work". The medal, awarded every five years, will be presented at a date yet to be determined.


Psychology Professor Recognized

Ruchika PrakashRuchika Prakash, assistant professor, psychology, has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by the Association for Psychological Science (APS). The APS Rising Stars series highlights young luminaries poised to revolutionize the field.


Swartz Receives Fellowship

Michael Swartz, professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, received an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship for the coming academic year for his project, Ritual Theory and Religious Professionalism in Judaism in Late Antiquity. The project assesses the degree that religious professionalism permeated the culture of the ancient Mediterranean and influenced a variety of Hebrew and Aramaic religious texts outside the Rabbinic canon.


Geography PhD Student Receives Fellowship

Zoe PearsonZoe Pearson, PhD student, geography; received a Social Science Research Council, Drugs, Security and Democracy Fellowship for doctoral research exploring new coca control policies in Bolivia. This award is open to all doctoral students and post-doctoral students in the Americas; only 15 are awarded annually.

Epstein Receives Award

Kate Epstein (PhD, history, 2011) received the 2013 Ohio Academy of History Dissertation Award for “Inventing the Military-Industrial Complex” at the Academy’s Annual Spring Conference, April 4-6.

Maria Palazzi to Present Lecture

Maria PalazziMaria Palazzi, professor, design, and director of the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), will present a lecture as part of the Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lecture Series, 5 pm Tuesday, April 16, at the Faculty Club. The lecture is free and open to all. Palazzi's lecture, Synchronous Objects: A model for multidisciplinary collaboration, draws on the interactive screen-based work developed by Palazzi and Norah Zuniga-Shaw, dance, in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of Ohio State faculty, staff and graduate student researchers. 

ASC Staff Advisory Council (SAC) World Café on Workplace Environment

The first World Café on Rewards & Recognition was a success. Now, SAC holds a second World Café on Workplace Environment, April 17, 2 pm at the Fawcett Center. This is a forum to voice thoughts and opinions with colleagues across the college. Register online.


Campus Campaign

O-H Campus Campaign Buttons‘Those Tech Guys’ gave a spectacular performance for the College of Arts and Sciences Campus Campaign kick-off event on March 15. If you weren’t able to attend, you really missed a show! Check out some photos from the event, and don't miss your chance to give to the Campus Campaign during its active phase.

Volunteers Needed for Traffic and Safety Event

Next Wednesday, April 17, from 1 to 2 pm, Administration and Planning and Student Life co-host a traffic safety event, specifically promoting the Walk Zone that will encompass the Oval and the South Oval. Volunteers are needed. Contact: Kellie Uhrig.

Theatre Students in Short North Stage Production

Taylor MossOhio State theatre undergraduate student Taylor Moss (left) plays the younger version of the main character, Stew, in the Short North Stage version of the musical Passing Strange April 18-May 5. The play revolves around the story of an iconic rock composer/performer who developed a cult following after forming a band called The Negro Problem in 1991. Fellow undergraduate student Mia Fowler is in the play’s ensemble, and theatre alumna Tatjana Longerot is costume designer.

Molecular Genetics Graduate Students Present 37th Annual Waller Lectures

James CarringtonDepartment of Molecular Genetics graduate students host the 2013 Waller Lecturer, James Carrington, president of the Donald Danforth Plant Research Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Carrington gives a public lecture, Making an Impact through Plant Science, April 18, 5 pm, 001 Jennings Hall; and a technical scientific lecture, RNA Silencing Mechanisms & Interactions in Plants, April 19, 4:30 pm, 001 Jennings Hall.

Undergraduate Honored with BOT Award

Katie HowardKatie Howard, an undergraduate majoring in theatre and journalism and minoring in dance, was honored with the Ohio State Board of Trustees Student Recognition Award. Howard has had extensive experiences inside and outside the university, including interning at NBC4, writing for the Lantern, participating in intensives with the Radio City Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, and in the Disney College Program as a character performer at Walt Disney World. Howard graduates next month. 

Up on the Roof: Global Star Party, April 20

The Department of Astronomy, participating in Global Astronomy Month, hosts Astronomers without Borders, Saturday, April 20th. Public talk by Astronomy Professor Barbara Ryden, Apocalyse Now and Then: With Added Meteorites!, 7:30 pm, Smith Lab 1153, followed by—weather permitting—star-gazing and telescope viewing, 8:30-11 pm, Smith Lab roof.

Arts and Sciences Undergraduate
e-Newsletter - April Issue

The April undergraduate student e-Newsletter highlights the new BA in Sexuality Studies, a student-run musical theater organization called Off the Lake Productions, Fulbright Week, SURI, and opportunities for students to learn about research in SBS, and the Arts and Humanities. To submit content suggestions or to be added to the mailing list, contact rottersman.1@osu.eduNewsletter Archives.

Arts and Sciences Staff Professional Development Grants

Professional development grants are available to ASC staff to support professional enrichment/ development. Deadline: Tuesday, April 30.

Interested in Buckeye Wellness Innovators?

Buckeye Wellness Innovators are university and medical center faculty and staff with special interest in facilitating an innovative culture and ecosystem of wellness in their academic or medical center unit or department. Buckeye Wellness Innovators champion university-wide wellness initiatives and advance the One University Health and Wellness strategic plan to promote health and wellness in their units. Submit letter of interest stating why you would like to become a wellness innovator to Megan Amaya by April 30, 2013.

Workshop for University Outreach and Engagement Staff

The Office of Outreach and Engagement hosts a one-day professional development workshop for university Outreach and Engagement staff. Boundary Spanners: A Framework for Capacity Building, Quality Improvement, and Professional Development for Outreach and Engagement Staff, is May 10; 8 am-4:30 pm, Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive. Register online.

ASC Staff Book Circle

Arts and Sciences staff may participate in discussions of this year’s Buckeye Book Community selection, The Submission by Amy Waldman, by joining an ASC staff book circle. ASC book circles meet every other week during the lunch-hour, with two meetings in July. Books are provided at no cost, but are limited. Registration, first come, first served. Register by May 10. Contact: Ann Rottersman, director of student programs.

April 11

Plaza Jazz Concert; 5:30-7:30 pm; Wexner Center South Plaza

April 11-13

Spring Student Dance Festival; ACCAD Building, 1224 Kinnear Rd.

April 12

Symphony Orchestra Concerto; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

April 12-13


April 13

April 13-14

Carmen; Thurber Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center

Through April 14

aPOEtheosis: A Fantasy Based on the Life and Work of Edgar Allan Poe; Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center

April 14

Science Sundays: Ron Graham "Magic and Math"; 3-4 pm, Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Theatre

April 16

Collegiate Winds and University Band; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

April 17

Symphonic Band; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

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April 10, 2013

Jill Lepore

Harvard Historian and Author Jill Lepore Speaks on Campus

The Humanities Institute's Public Humanities Lecture Series features Jill Lepore, Harvard historian and staff writer at the New Yorker, Wednesday, April 24, 3:30-5 pm at the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater. Lepore is author of a number of books, including Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death and The Story of America: Essays on Origins. Book-signing and reception follow Lepore’s presentation. Free and open to all.
In the News
Lonnie Thompson, professor, earth sciences; senior research scientist, Byrd Polar Research Center, on the alarming rate of melting of glacial ice in the Peruvian Andes, New York Times, April 4, 2013
Ellen Mosley-Thompson, professor, geography; director, Byrd Polar Research Center, on the climate record from Peru's stunning Cordillera Oriental mountain range, NBC News, April 4, 2013
Preview of Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Julius Caesar, OnCampus, April 4, 2013
Daniel Sui, chair and professor, geography, Op-Ed, The Gun Owner Next Door, Geoprivacy and Beyond,, April 1, 2013
Preview of Royal Shakespeare’s production of Julius Caesar, Columbus Monthly, April 2013
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