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APRIL 6, 2016 | TWEET!




Dean Manderscheid's Ode to Spring

April is the coolest month. With apologies to T.S. Eliot, Dean Manderscheid celebrates with his ode to the beginning of spring at Ohio State.

Ohio State Ranked #2 in Animation in Midwest

Ohio State was ranked second among the Midwest’s top animation schools and colleges, second of the country’s top 50 public animation schools and colleges, and 14th overall in the nation by Animation Career Review, an online source for animation, design and gaming professionals. Ranking criteria include academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of program, value and geographic location. Ohio State offers animation studies through the Department of Art’s art and technology program, the Department of Design and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD).

Sociologist’s Impact Examined in New Book

Laurel Richardson, emeritus professor, sociology, is the subject of a new retrospective exploring the impact of the renowned sociologist and international leader in qualitative research. Permission: The International Interdisciplinary Impact of Laurel Richardson’s Work (Sense Publishers, 2016) examines how Richardson's groundbreaking work has influenced others and became not only a method of inquiry but also a method of empathy and imagination.

Audiology Students Go to Capitol Hill

Audiology Students in DCGraduate students from Ohio State’s chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) went to Washington D.C., on March 4 to visit legislators and advocate for audiology services. Students met with key congressional offices including Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH), Senator Rob Portman’s (R-OH) and a number of Ohio House offices. They advocated for the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act and the reauthorization of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act. This trip marked the fourth consecutive year that Ohio State students have organized an advocacy trip to D.C. Read the story in the latest issue of American Academy of Audiology.


Thirty-eight ASC Students Earn Top 2016 Denman Undergraduate Research Prizes

Denman 2016Arts and Sciences undergraduates — aspiring dancers, writers and historians; physicists, Earth scientists, and biologists; economists, psychologists and journalists — were among the top award-winners at the 21st annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum on March 30. Twelve ASC students won first place, 11 won second place and 15 placed third. Several more received Honorable Mention. A total of 677 students across the university participated.

Wendy Panero and Matthew Holding Win 2016 Denman Mentor Awards

Wendy Panero, associate professor, School of Earth Sciences, is one of five 2016 Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentors (DURM) selected by a student committee from 92 nominations. Matthew Holding, graduate student in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology is one of two 2016 Outstanding Research Mentors (ORM). The DURM and ORM awards acknowledge exceptional faculty, postdoctoral or graduate student mentorship of undergraduate researchers presenting at the Denman Forum.

2016 Readers’ Poll Names Urban Arts Space Best Gallery

For five consecutive years, Ohio State’s Urban Arts Space, the Arts Initiative’s downtown gallery at 50 W. Town St., has been named “Best Art Gallery” in the Columbus Alive! Best of Columbus Readers’ Poll. The newspaper describes the gallery as “an off-campus space for exhibits by Ohio State graduate and undergraduate artists of all disciplines (including dance), also hosts renowned national and international artists.” Runners up: ROY G BIV Gallery and Lindsay Gallery.


Undergraduate Recruitment Update Day: May 23

Join ASC Recruitment and Diversity Services (RDS) for their annual Undergraduate Recruitment Update Day, Monday, May 23, 8 a.m. to noon, Psychology Building Room 0002. ASC faculty and staff will explore topics and best practices in undergraduate recruitment and undergraduate recruitment activities and yield results for the year. David Manderscheid and Steve Fink will help kick off the event with discussions on the college’s Enrollment Plan, 2015-2020 and the importance of enrollment management for the college.


Staff Professional Development Grants

College of Arts and Sciences staff members are encouraged to apply for professional development funding through an ASC Staff Professional Development Grant. The third and final deadline for the 2015-2016 academic year is Friday, May 6, 2016, by 4 p.m.

Arts and Sciences Students Fulbright Recipients

Ohio State has been announced as a top producer of Fulbright Students for 2015-2016. Of the 63 students who applied last year, 12 students were named recipients of grants; 11 are arts and sciences students:
  • Ilhan Dahir, political science and English
  • Brandon Fitzwater, international studies and German
  • Sarah Garver, graduate student, sociology
  • Ryan Hedrick, political science and linguistics
  • Anna Irvine, international studies and German
  • Kristin Krzic, international studies and Korean
  • Marianne Manzler, English
  • Carrie Morgan, graduate student, Slavic and Eastern European studies
  • Chineze Okpalaoka, international studies 
  • Jared Palazza, zoology and Russian 
  • Daniel Petrick, political science 


Midwest Slavic Conference

The 2016 Midwest Slavic Conference Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, features panels on Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Eurasia and Southeastern Europe from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. The keynote address is Friday, April 8, 5:30 p.m., 100 Mendenhall Lab and features Serhii Plokhii, director, Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University, on "The Future of the Past: The Ukraine Crisis in Historical Perspective."

ACCAD Open House, April 15

Touch TableJoin the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) for its annual open house on Friday, April 15, 3-6 p.m., 331 Sullivant Hall. See new works in computer animation, gaming, motion capture, visualization, sonic arts, virtual worlds and more. Free.

Science Sundays Concludes April 17

Sean B. CarrollThis month features molecular biologist Sean B. Carroll, who will present The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Nature Works & Why It Matters from 3-4 p.m. at the Ohio Union. Revolutionary discoveries like the Serengeti Rules illuminate how nature regulates everything. Carroll discusses these ecological rules that control numbers and kinds of animals everywhere that are being applied to restore some of the planet’s greatest wildernesses. Reception to follow, 4-5 p.m.

Bourguignon Lecture in Art and Anthropology: April 21

Cave DrawingThe Annual Paul H. and Erika Bourguignon Lecture in Art and Anthropology, featuring Carol Diaz-Granados, Department of Anthropology, Washington University, on Picture Cave: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Mississippian Cosmos, is Thursday, April 21, 6 p.m., Ohio Union. Reception to follow. Free. Open to all. RSVP requested by April 14, to Wayne Miller.

Feeling Creative? Join Create-a-thon!

The weekend event, Columbus Create-a-thon, April 22-23 at 400 W. Rich St., brings together artists, writers, videographers, developers, musicians and others to form content and media around challenges of arts-based businesses and entrepreneurs. Collaborators can create a web application, art show, ad campaign, video or project addressing these challenges. Attendees share ideas and collaborate with others to make their ideas a reality. Hosted by the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, Mosaic Education Network, Artfluential, Greater Columbus Arts Council and STEAM Factory. Free; registration required. The related May/June ARTrepreneur Workshop Series is taking applications now

The Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme Coffee Series

The next Mobile Coffee is April 29, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS), room 102, Rightmire Hall. Ken Rinaldo, professor of art, considers the symbiotic relationships among art, science and sustainability, highlighting the partnership between CAPS and the Department of Art. The Mobile Coffee series fosters dialogues on national topics in higher education and the liberal arts. For more information, contact Bethany Dickens.


Claudia Buchmann, professor and chair, sociology, on boys’ underperformance in school, citing her 2013 book, The Rise of Women, The New York Times, April 5

Lucia Dunn, professor, economics, on the upcoming Sports and Society Initiative panel event on paying college athletes, “All Sides With Ann Fisher,” WOSU radio, April 5

Lucia Dunn, professor, economics, on how massive debt breeds political anger, Providence Journal, April 2
Kenneth Madsen, assistant professor, geography (Newark), on Trump’s wall plan, Morrow County Sentinel, April 2
Elizabeth Zeman Kolkovich, assistant professor, English (Mansfield) on winning the distinguished teaching award, Mansfield News Journal, April 2

Jeff Cohen, professor, anthropology, “Syrian refugees next door?” The Conversation, April 1

Joanne Ruthsatz, assistant professor, psychology (Mansfield), “What do child prodigies have in common with autistic kids?” The Conversation, April 1
Jay Zagorsky, research scientist, Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR), on whether GE is still “too big to fail,” Christian Science Monitor, April 1

Ted Dickinson, graduate student, communication, on the vanity of those who watch reality TV, Daily Mail (UK), March 29, SEE:  Psychology of Popular Media Culture

Paul Sutter, cosmological research and community outreach coordinator, Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics (CCAPP), “COSI Hires First Chief Scientists, Paul Sutter,” WOSU, March 28 


April 7

David Blackbourn, Nature and Environment in Modern Germany: A Difficult History
11th Floor Thompson Library
4 p.m.

Kevin van Bladel, The Advent of Islam and the Attrition of Ancient Religions
165 Thompson Library
4:30 p.m.

Emerging Arts Leaders Innovation Summit
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
6 p.m.

April 7-9

Spring Dance Concert 2016
Barnett Theatre, Sullivant Hall
Various times

Through April 8

Department of Design Spring Exhibition
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

April 8

Allen J. Grieco, Transatlantic Foodways and the Great Chain of Being
Room 090, 18th Ave. Library
4 p.m.

Elizabeth Gee Distinguished Lecture in Ethics: Amy Goodman
100 Independence Hall
4:30 p.m.

April 8-9

First Annual Risk and Security Conference
1501 Neil Ave, Room 120
Various times

April 8-10

Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St.
Various times

April 9

33rd Annual Flute Festival with guest artist Carol Wincenc
Weigel Auditorium
8 a.m.

April 9-10

2016 Midwest Slavic Conference
Mendenhall Laboratory
Various times

April 11

James Lovensheimer, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro: A Society “Far from Well”
Room 205, 18th Ave. Library
4 p.m.

April 12

Equal Pay Day
Columbus Museum of Art
10 a.m.

Arkadiusz Misztal on Playing Games with Time: Temporal Imagination, Soft Clocks, and Dreamworlds in Mason & Dixon and Bleeding Edge
202 Denney Hall
4 p.m.

Subject Matter Series - The Vienna of Sigmund Freud and his Interpretation of Dreams
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
5:30 p.m.

Collegiate Winds
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

April 12-14

16th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability
Locations and times listed in event

April 13

Symphonic Band
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Through April 18

Myths of the Academy
Hopkins Hall Gallery
Gallery Hours

Through April 24

Exhibit: Dancing in the Streets, Carnival from Britain, Brazil, and Beyond
Thompson Library Gallery

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