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ASC Faculty Members Receive Top 2012 University Scholar/Teaching Awards

 2012 Distinguished Scholars:Janet Box-Steffenmeier, Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science; Louis DiMauro, professor of physics; Vincent J. Roscigno, professor of sociology; and Anita Hopper, professor and chair, molecular genetics.2012 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching Recipients: Robin Rice, associate professor, School of Music; Hasan Kwame Jeffries, associate professor, Department of History; David Herman, professor, Department of English; and Mark Kleffner, professor, School of Earth Sciences; received the. Congratulations, all! Full Story.

Shanda Named USITT Fellow

Mark Shanda, divisional dean, arts and humanities, was named a Fellow of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) at the organization’s recent conference. This honorary designation is bestowed for life upon members of the Institute who have made “a truly outstanding contribution to the theatre and/or the performing arts community and to the work of the Institute.”  

Town Hall Meeting Set for April 18

The second ASC Staff Advisory Council Town Hall Meeting is Wednesday, April 18, 3:30-4:30 pm at the Drake Theatre. Executive Dean and Vice Provost Joe Steinmetz and deans will answer questions submitted by staff at the ASC SAC pancake breakfasts. Submit additional questions to by April 13.

John  Brooke Receives History Book Prize

John BrookeJohn Brooke, Humanities Distinguished Professor of History, won the best book prize from the Ohio Academy of History for his book, Columbia Rising: Civil Life on the Upper Hudson from the Revolution to the Age of Jackson.

Henri Cole is Jackson Poetry Prize Recipient

Henri Cole, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, is the sixth winner of the Jackson Poetry Prize by Poets & Writers, Inc. The $50,000 prize is presented annually to honor an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition.

Does Internet Use Promote Democracy?

Erik Nisbet, assistant professor of communication, is lead author of a new study suggesting that the internet spurs pro-democratic attitudes most in countries that already have introduced some reforms in that direction.

Physics Graduate Student Receives NSF Fellowship

SaraSara Rajaram (faculty advisor Nandini Trivedi) has received a 2012 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and provides three full years of support for outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported disciplines.Recipients of these highly coveted and competitive awards are those who show promise of achieving high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers.

Research and Creativity Activity (RCA) Grants

The Arts and Humanities announced the faculty recipients of the Research and Creativity Activity (RCA) Grants. This year’s recipients are: Marc Ainger, Philip Armstrong, Brenda Brueggemann, Brian Joseph, Paul Reitter, and Candace Stout.


Department Name Changes

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved changing the name of the Department of Greek and Latin to the Department of Classics to better describe the academic unit as one where the study of ancient languages provides access to the broader area of Greco-Roman antiquity. The board also approved changing the name of the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures to the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures to better reflect its new orientation.


Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC) Lecture

The CJRC Annual Walter C. Reckless-Simon Dinitz Memorial Lecture will be held on Thursday, April 19, at 6:30 pm in the Barrister Club, 25 W. 11th Ave. This year’s speaker is Ruth Peterson, professor emerita of sociology and retired faculty of the CJRC, who will speak on The Centrality of Race in Local Crime: Do External Investments Make a Difference? 

NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award Workshop

Faculty considering submitting proposals for the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award are invited to attend a session on Thursday, April 19 from 9:30 to 11 am in 4138 Physics Research Building. Registration.

Celebrating Campus Campaign 2012

Todd Bitters, Jim Kilburg, and David Martinez (ASC Advising and Academic Services) got together and created the band, the A&Ps, to perform for ASC administration in Weigel Hall auditorium. The group played wonderful renditions of classical rock and original music and finished the performance with Hang on Sloopy.

Columbus Symphony to Premiere Symphony by Donald Harris

The Columbus Symphony  will present the world premiere of Symphony No. 2 by School of Music Professor Emeritus Donald Harris, April 13 and 14, 8 pm at the Ohio Theatre. Under the baton of Jean-Marie Zeitouni, this is the first work commissioned by the CSO in 20 years.

5th Annual R. Jack and Forest Lynn Biard Lectureship in Cosmology and Astrophysics

J. Richard Gott, IIIApril 18, 2012 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
1000 McPherson Lab, 140 W 18th Ave.
J. Richard Gott, III, is noted for his contributions to cosmology and general relativity. His new book, Sizing up the Universe, reveals an ingenious new way to envision the outsize proportions of space. Using scaled maps, object comparisons, and beautiful space photographs, it demonstrates the actual size of objects in the cosmos--from Buzz Aldrin's historic footprint to the visible universe and beyond. Copies of Gott's book will be available for purchase and signing.


WOSU Airs Documentary

WOSU-TV’s PLUS channel airs the Donald Harris documentary, Sonata (1957), at 8 pm, Thursday, April 12. Pianist Daniel Beliavsky's documentary traces the origins of Harris's 1956-57 piano sonata, composed at the beginning of his 13-year stay in Paris.  

Pat Flowers Receives Senior Researcher Award

Pat Flowers, professor of music education, received the National Association for Music Education Senior Researcher Award, a lifetime achievement award for distinguished research and scholarship. 

Central Ohio Flute Festival Welcomes Jean Ferrandis

Guest artist Jean Ferrandis will present a solo recital and master class during the 29th Annual Flute Festival on Saturday, April 14, in Weigel Auditorium. Collaborative pianist Dianne Frazer will assist at the recital (12:30 p.m.) and master class (2 pm). For details, go to  


Deborah L. Rhode to Deliver 2012 Elizabeth D. Gee Distinguished Lecture in Ethics

Rhode is one of the country’s leading scholars in the fields of legal ethics and gender, law, and public policy. An author of over 20 books, including The Beauty Bias, Gender and Law, Women and Leadership, and Moral Leadership, she is the nation’s most frequently cited scholar in legal ethics. Her lecture, From Platitudes to Priorities: Diversity and Gender Equity in the Workplace, is scheduled for Thursday, May 3, at 4:30 pm, Saxbe Auditorium. Reception, 6 pm. For more details visit the Department of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies website or contact Shantay Piazza at

Registration Open for Barnett Symposium

The 2012 Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Symposium on the Arts and Public Policy —Cultural Soft Power: Policy, Practice and the Arts takes place May 17 and 18 at the Urban Arts Space. Registration is now open.


35th Annual Jazz Festival April 19-22

The School of Music presents the 35th Annual Ohio State Jazz Festival with performances April 19-22. Special guests include El Movimiento, the Miguel Zenon Quartet, Derrick Gardner and the Jazz Profits, and Ohio State Jazz Ensembles.Saturday’s Ohio State Jazz Bands morning performance is shaping up as a “jazz tailgate” before the Spring Buckeye Football Game.

Democracy and Disunion in West Africa: Making Sense of Current Events in Senegal and Mali

A Roundtable Discussion with James Genova (History,) Ryan Skinner (Music & AAAS) and Tiécoura Traoré (Political Activist and Actor, Mali). Thursday, April 19,
Hale Black Cultural Center, 4:30- 6:30 pm.


Thursday, April 12

Year of Shakespeare: Film Series, West Side Story, 7pm, Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St

Friday, April 13

Transformations of the Public Sphere, International and Interdisciplinary Conference, All day, 1501 Neil Ave

Center for Historical Research Seminar: Health, Disease, and Environment in World History, 3:30pm - 5:30pm, Dulles 168

OSU Arab World Film Festival, Resistance and Awakening, 5 pm-11pm, 180 Hagerty Hall

Saturday, April 14

COFA Flute Festival, 8pm- 5pm, Weigel and Hughes Auditoriums, 1866 College Rd

OSU Arab World Film Festival, Resistance and Awakening, 12 pm-5 pm, 180 Hagerty Hall

Sunday, April 15

Science Sundays, 3-4 pm; Wexner Center Film/Video Theatre

Monday, April 16

Fergus Fellows: Jennifer Anable and Heather Wetzel, All day, Swing Space Gallery, 1556 N. High St.

Tuesday, April 17

Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lectures: Linda Myers, African-American & African Studies,4:30 pm, 181 S. Oval Dr.

Lecture: Arthur W. Frank (Calgary), 4pm - 5pm, 311 Denney Hall

Wednesday, April 18

5th Annual R. Jack and Forest Lynn Biard Lectureship in Cosmology and Astrophysics, 5-6 pm, 1000 McPherson Lab
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April 11, 2012

Touchback Advance Screening Giveaway

Written and directed by Ohio State alumnus, Don Handfield, Touchback stars Kurt Russell and Brian Presley. Register for the Touchback Advance Screening Giveaway for a chance to win an advance screening on Thursday, April 12, 8 pm at the AMC Lennox. For more information contact Shantay Piazza,

Touchback Trailer

In The News
Donald Harris, composer and emeritus professor, about his Symphony No. 2, OnCampus, April 5, 2012.

Paul Beck, professor of political science, on Senate races, Washington Times, April 8, 2012,

Science Sundays, continues April 15, with Earth Scientist Wendy Panero. The Earth under Pressure: Experiments to Probe the Deepest Reaches of the Planet, 3-4 pm, Wexner Center Film/Video Theatre. Reception, 4-5 pm
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