News and Updates
President E. Gordon Gee

Visual Identity Alignment: Logo Update

Last week, President Gee announced the university’s new visual identity strategy. In an effort to further align as One University we will be adopting a new logo strategy to create a cohesive brand family.
In this first phase, the new logo strategy has been announced. Next steps include the development of usage guidelines and plans for implementation, followed by rolling adoption with a target date of April/May.
Arts and Sciences Communications will be working closely with University Communications and all units within ASC to determine the path forward for identity guidelines and application in the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, contact Libby Eckhardt, ASC Chief Communications Officer.
News & Research

A Generation of Credit Card Debt: Economics Professor’s New Research

Credit CardsLucia Dunn, professor of economics, is co-author of a new study finding that younger Americans not only take on relatively more credit card debt than their elders, but they are also paying it off at a slower rate. The findings suggest that younger generations may continue to add credit card debt into their 70s, and die still owing money on their cards.

Psychology Professor Leads Home-Health Assessment Study 

Charles EmeryCharles Emery, professor, psychology, is principal investigator on a new study: Cholesterol, Health, Eating, Food and Stress, or “CHEFS” at Home, about the home-health relationship: the home environments that people create for themselves and how that may be related to food availability and food choices. Emery and other researchers will examine 100 central Ohio residences, particularly food choices and food availability. For more information or to volunteer for the study, contact Victoria Lee at the Cardiopulmonary Behavioral Medicine Laboratory, (614) 688-3895.

Comparative Studies Professor’s Book Selected for Choice Award

Nina BermanNina Berman, professor, comparative studies, is author of a new book, German Literature on the Middle East: Discourses and Practices, 1000-1989 (Michigan, 2011), selected as a 2012 Choice Outstanding Academic Title. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, is the premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education.

‘Brave’ Wins Golden Globe Award

Steve MayBrave, the animated film from Pixar Animation Studios, on which Ohio State alumnus Steve May served as supervising technical director, won a 2013 Golden Globe for Best Animated Film, Sunday, January 13. May, who earned his bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees in computer science at Ohio State and studied at the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), is also chief technology officer at Pixar. Other Ohio State alumni who are credited on the film and also studied at ACCAD, are Fran Kalal, Jenny Macy, Beth Albright, and Kyoung Lee.

Writers Dan Kois and Scott Raab to Speak Tomorrow

Dan Kois and Scott RaabThe Department of English Visiting Writers Program presents Dan Kois, senior editor at Slate magazine and Scott Raab, writer-at-large, Esquire magazine and author of The Whore of Akron: One Man’s Search for the Soul of LeBron James, Thursday, January 17 at 8 pm, Thompson Library. Books available for purchase. Free and open to the public.

Writing Matters Conference

Globe surrounded by colorful bubbles with writing iconsThe Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing (CSTW) is hosting a conference to explore why Writing Matters in a Changing World, Saturday, February 2, 8 am - 5 pm, Ohio Union. Keynote speaker is Carolyn Miller, SAS Institute Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Department of English, North Carolina State University. Register online for this free event.

Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Newsletter - January Issue

This special research and study abroad funding edition of the undergraduate student e-Newsletter highlights the Department of Sociology, the Undergraduate Philosophy Club, resources to help students prepare for upcoming career fairs, and merit and need-based funding opportunities. The issue features funding opportunities for research and study abroad, as well resource links for help selecting a research project or study abroad program. To submit content suggestions or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Ann Rottersman, director of student programs. Newsletter Archives.

Art Emeritus Professor Sidney Chafetz Died January 12

Sidney Chafetz, renowned artist and professor emeritus, died January 12. Chafetz produced memorable images chronicling political foibles from the 1950s through the first decade of the 21st century, "academic satires" of life on a large Midwestern college campus, countless portraits of authors and poets, and moving prints celebrating his immigrant ancestors and heritage as a Jewish American. He was instrumental in establishing the printmaking program in the Department of Art, retiring in 1982 to concentrate on his own work. A memorial service for Chafetz took place January 15.

Arts and Sciences Career Fair 

The Arts and Sciences Career Services Office sponsors a career fair Wednesday, January 23, 11 am - 4 pm, Ohio Union Great Hall. This fair targets undergraduate students in the arts and sciences seeking summer internships in a variety of areas, such as: public relations, marketing, sales, management, design, finance/financial services, business analysis, human resources, and logistics.


Geography Professor Discusses and Signs New Book

Joel WainwrightJoel Wainwright, associate professor, geography and author of Geopiracy: Oaxaca, Militant Empiricism, and Geographical Thought, discusses his critique of the Bowman expeditions—a project through which geographers with funding from the U.S. Army are mapping the 'human terrain' of foreign lands. Friday, January 25, 3:30 pm in 1080 Derby Hall. The talk is followed by a reception and book signing.

History Department Clio Society Lecture

Peter Hahn, professor and chair, history, presents U.S.-Iraqi Relations in Historical Perspective, Saturday, January 26, 10 am, Ohio Union, Sphinx Centennial Leadership Suite. Hahn shares insights from his recent book, Missions Accomplished?:The United States and Iraq since World
War I
RSVP by Thursday, January 24.

Suicide Prevention Training

Monday, January 28, 3–4:30 pm, 300 Younkin Success Center. Certified instructor from Ohio State’s Campus Suicide Prevention Training Program will teach faculty, GTAs, and advising staff about prevention and early intervention techniques. Register online.

The Sandwich Generation

The College of Nursing hosts a conversation with Julie Rinaldi, Dublin Counseling Center, on the challenges of being a caregiver. Wednesday, January 30, 1-2 pm, 198 Newton Hall. RSVP to Megan Amaya.

AAAS Brown Bag Presentation 

Devin FergusThe Department of African American and African Studies’ Brown Bag Presentation features Associate Professor Devin FergusLoan Pushers: The Origins of Today's Financial Aid Crisis, 1980-2008, February 1, 12:30-2 pm, 347 University Hall. For more information, contact: Sarah Van Beurden or AAAS: 292-3700.

Denman Undergraduate Research Forum Applications Now Being Accepted 

The Denman Undergraduate Research Forum is Thursday, March 28 in the RPAC. View applications and guidelines for the 2013 Denman Forum. Abstract Deadline: 5 pm, Friday, February 8.

Outstanding Staff Awards

The College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Staff Awards recognize staff members whose performance demonstrates sustained excellence in overall job performance and has improved or enhanced work life and services of faculty, staff, students, and/or the university. Special consideration will be given to staff who have enhanced the visibility of the College through interdisciplinary connections and/or university community service. Funding for this program supports up to six awards with each recipient receiving a $1,000 one-time cash award and an increase of $500 to his or her base salary. The nomination deadline is February 15. For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Freeman, chair of the Staff Advisory Council’s Staff Appreciation subcommittee.

2013 Grants for Research in Polish Studies 

The Polish Studies Initiative (PSI) announces a grant competition for all Ohio State faculty and post-candidacy PhD students. Applicants can request up to $2,000 in funds. PSI supports research and curriculum development in the arts, humanities, and social sciences that enhances understanding of Polish society and culture. Information/application: Deadline: Thursday, February 17.

2013 Polish Studies Initiative Scholarships

The Polish Studies Initiative supports the study of Polish language and culture through summer intensive language programs and study abroad programs. Scholarships are available for both undergraduate and graduate students interested in advanced training via May or Summer Session. View list of study abroad programs, U.S. and abroad.

January 17

Dance Professor Mitchell Rose Short Films Screening at the Wex; 7-9 pm, Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater
Evening with Writers Dan Kois and Scott Raab; 8-9:30 pm, 165 Thompson Library

January 19-March 9


January 20

High School Honor Band Concert; 2 pm, Weigel Auditorium

January 23

January 24

Iberian Studies: A Research Guide; 4 pm, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.
Homicide in America; 4:30 pm, Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law

January 24-January 26

Through February 7


Through February 23

Constructing James Castle; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Mark Beyer: With/Without Text; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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January 16, 2013

Next week, News & Updates will be published on Thursday, January 24 because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
Jian-Qiu Wu

Molecular Geneticist Receives American Cancer Society Grant

Jian-Qiu Wu, assistant professor, molecular genetics, just received a $720,000 Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society for his research on the Roles and Regulations of Rho in Fission Yeast Cytokinesis. The four-year grant will support and enhance work to understand the roles of cytoskeletal and signaling proteins in cellular asymmetry and cell division in normal and cancer cells. For young cancer researchers, these ACS awards are equivalent to NSF CAREER Awards. Both are highly-competitive and make significant investment in the research programs of the nation’s most promising young scientists.
In the News
Lucia Dunn, professor, economics, on the growing problem of younger Americans’ credit-card debt, Reuters, January 15, 2013. Also, BusinessNewsDaily, January 14, 2013

Urban Arts Space exhibition, Mark Beyer: With/Without Text, review, Columbus Dispatch, January 14, 2013

David Ewoldsen, professor, communication, on violent video games and aggression, 10TV News, January 11, 2013
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