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May 25, 2016 | TWEET!



Message from Dean Manderscheid

Team ASC, a group of faculty, staff and friends from around the College of Arts and Sciences will once again ride, raise funds and volunteer for Pelotonia 16, August 5-7, with 100 percent of every dollar raised going directly to cancer research at Ohio State.

Join Team ASC for an information session, Thursday, June 2, noon to 1 p.m., Smith Seminar Room, Room 1080, Physics Research Building, 191 W. Woodruff Ave. Lunch provided. RSVP Terry Bradley by May 31.
NOTE: Next week's News and Updates will be published on Thursday, June 2, due to the Memorial Day Holiday.


Snake Venom Evolves to Kill Specific Squirrels: New EEOB Study

Matthew Holding, graduate student, evolution, ecology and organismal biology, is lead author of a new study finding that rattlesnake venom varies from place to place, evolutionarily calibrated to overpower local squirrels’ defenses. Venomous snake bites kill several thousand people a year in the United States; it’s critical to know more about variation in snake venom and ways of protecting against it. Holding’s collaborators on the California study were H. Lisle Gibbs, professor, evolution, ecology and organismal biology; and James Biardi of Fairfield University in Connecticut. Their study appears in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

California Exhibition Pairs Actress Gigi Rice and Auschwitz Survivor Sidi Gluck

Two Ohio State alumnae come together this summer for an art exhibition in Southern California. One is Gigi Rice — actress, artist, gallery owner. The other is Sidi Gluck — painter, art teacher, Auschwitz survivor. Rice’s gallery, the Alice Rice Gallery in Laguna Beach, hosts an exhibition of Gluck’s rarely seen paintings in the June 25 - Aug. 22 exhibition, “Sidi Grunstein Gluck: Remember…” The show features dozens of Gluck’s post-Holocaust oils and prints in an unforgettable series of colorful, revealing abstracts. The show’s title draws from her physician father’s final words spoken to her en-route to Auschwitz in 1944: “Remember … nobody can take away what is in your head.”

Big Data’s “Streetlight Effect” Where and How We Look Affects What We See

Mark Moritz, associate professor, anthropology, examines the tendency of researchers to study what is easy to study — what is referred to as the “streetlight effect” — in The Conversation. “The streetlight effect is one factor that prevents big data studies from being useful in the real world — especially studies analyzing easily available, user-generated data from the Internet,” said Moritz. “Researchers assume that this data offers a window into reality. It doesn’t necessarily.”

ASC Team Selected to Take Part in I-Corps@Ohio Program

“Nanostructures,” a team of faculty and students led by Jon Parquette, professor, chemistry and biochemistry; and Bob Tabita, Ohio Eminent Scholar and professor, microbiology and molecular genetics, was selected to take part in the second round of the I-Corps@Ohio program. This seven-week program helps faculty and student teams determine if their intellectual property — such as a new technology — could be the basis of a startup company. The team’s project focuses on immobilization of biomolecules by self-assembled nanostructures.


Thompsons Receive The Garden Club of America’s Margaret Douglas Medal

Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor and professor, Earth sciences; and Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Distinguished University Professor and professor, geography, received the Margaret Douglas Medal from The Garden Club of America (GCA) in recognition of their notable service to the cause of conservation education. In honoring the Thompsons, the GCA saluted them as “legendary pioneers” and commended their 40 years of work as scientists contributing to the documentation of climate change. Founded in 1913, GCA is a nonprofit national organization composed of 200 clubs with some 18,000 members who devote energy and expertise to projects in their communities and across the United States.


Political Science Professor Addresses Norwegian Nobel Institute on War and Peace

Bear Braumoeller, associate professor and director of graduate studies, Department of Political Science, and Nobel Institute Research & Information Visiting Fellow, will address the Norwegian Nobel Institute, May 26, on “The Spread of Peace and the Spread of War: Explaining the Apparent Paradox.” Braumoeller’s research is in the areas of international relations, especially international security and statistical methodology. 

ASC Staff Advisory Council — Member Applications Deadline: May 30

The ASC Staff Advisory Council is currently accepting applications from ASC staff to serve on the council for the July 2016 - June 2018 term. Members promote a positive and innovative work environment, recognize and reward staff excellence, enhance staff professional development opportunities and represent the needs and interests of staff. For more information, email Brandy Williams

Tech Talk: How to get your printer to work with an Apple computer

The ASCTech Help Desk often answers questions from faculty and staff about how to make a Xerox printer work with an Apple computer. ASCTech's website shows you how to find your printer and make it work with your computer.


Annual Hilander Public Lecture: Ivan The Terrible  

The Second Annual Hilandar Public Lecture presents Charles J. Halperin, author of Russia and the Golden Horde: The Mongol Impact on Medieval Russian History, speaking on “Ivan the Terrible: Inhuman, Superhuman or Too Human.” The event is Friday, June 3, 7 p.m., 100 Mendenhall Lab. Sponsored by the Hilandar Research Library and the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies.


Robin Judd, associate professor, history, on remembering the Holocaust, WOSU, May 23; on new book about a Jewish girl growing up during WWII, Columbus Dispatch, May 17.

Benjamin McKean, assistant professor, political science, “Is it possible to have populism without racism?” Washington Post, May 18.
Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, professor, Earth sciences, on first U.S. meeting about climate issues facing the Tibetan Plateau, Columbus Dispatch, May 18.
Horace Newsum, professor and chair, African and African American Studies, on efforts to preserve and document the history of Poindexter Village, Ohio’s first public housing project, Columbus Monthly, May 2016.
David Clementson, doctoral student, communication, on presidential candidates’ tendency to stay on topic, New York Post, May 17.
Christin Burd, assistant professor, molecular genetics, on how sunscreen use can lower melanoma risk, Newsday, May 17.
Bruce Weinberg, professor, economics, on the big pay gap between men and women in science fields, The Daily Reporter, May 17.


May 26

Arts Marketing on a Budget
The STEAM Factory
400 W. Rich St. 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 30 - June 11

South Asian Dance Retreat — Workshop
Sullivant Hall 
View Event for Details


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