ASC Website Update

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On Monday, the College of Arts and Sciences website went live with an updated look. The site has been updated to reflect new university brand guidelines including new fonts and color palette. Over the next couple of months, brand alignment of all ASC websites will take place. This will include fonts, color palette, header, and university word marks. Additionally, the front page of the site has been reconfigured, allowing us to feature story items and high-traffic content to be more responsive to user traffic. Content on the site was not altered, although there was some clean up of page naming for accessibility. If you can't find a page you were linking to or had bookmarked, please let us know and we will direct you to the correct page. If you have any questions please contact


Is War Really Disappearing?

Bear BraumoellerBear Braumoeller, associate professor, political science, is the author of a new study finding that there is no clear trend indicating that nations are less eager to wage war. Braumoeller presented his research in August at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association.

Researchers Offer Explanation for Strange Magnetic Behavior at Semiconductor Interfaces

Mohit RanderiaMohit Randeria, professor, physics, is co-author of a paper published in the online edition of Nature Physics, reporting the first-ever theoretical explanation for a phenomenon discovered in 2004—understanding how two semiconductors interact at their interface. This could one day lead to a different kind of material that provides a single platform for computation and data storage.

Biology Texts Geared Toward Pre-Med Students

Steve RissingSteven Rissing, professor; evolution, ecology and organismal biology, is the author of a new study finding that college biology textbooks cater to the needs of pre-med majors and not to the majority of students who take introductory science classes. “We need to have biology education for citizens and voters, not just for future doctors,” said Rissing.


Political Science Professors Honored

The following political science professors were honored at the recent American Political Science Association’s annual meeting in August: 
  • Janet Box-Steffensmeier received the Career Achievement Award, in recognition of an outstanding career of intellectual accomplishment and service to the profession in the political methodology field.
  • Gregory Caldeira and John Wright (co-authors) received the Law and Courts Lasting Contribution Award, in recognition of a book or journal article, 10 years or older, that has made a lasting impression on the field of law and courts: American Political Science Review, (December 1988), "Organized Interests and Agenda Setting in the U.S. Supreme Court."
  • John Mueller received the Philip E. Converse Book Award for an outstanding book in the field published at least five years before: War, Presidents and Public Opinion (New York: Wiley, 1973).
  • Paul Beck, professor emeritus, was honored at a special reception.


Sonia Manjon Joins Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise

Sonia BasSheva MajonThe Ohio State University’s new Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, has named Sonia BasSheva Manjon its inaugural director. The Barnett Center will educate and prepare students for successful careers in the arts and related entrepreneurial fields, advancing their understanding of the business side of the arts and worlds of arts management, policy, and culture.


Alumna’s Film to Screen at Two Festivals This Fall

Nikki Lemon Concept SketchNikki Lemon’s MFA thesis film, Wonder, has been selected for screening in the Le Femme International Film Festival in Beverly Hills and the Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival in Philadelphia. Wonder was chosen from more than 300 entries for screening in the Philadelphia festival, which runs September 27-29. The film screens October 17-20 in the Le Femme festival.

LiteracyStudies@OSU Lecture Series

Lawrence VenutiLiteracy Studies@OSU, a university-wide initiative supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, Humanities Institute, and the Department of English, fosters conversations and collaborations about the nature of literacy, bringing together historical, contextual, comparative, and critical perspective and modes of understanding. Every year, the group invites distinguished scholars to present major studies or preview works-in-progress. This year the focus is on translation. The Literacy in Translation series kicks off October 11 with Lawrence Venuti, professor of English, Temple University. Venuti is a noted translation theorist, translation historian, and translator.

Arts and Sciences Undergraduate e-Newsletter, September Issue

The September undergraduate student e-Newsletter highlights the political science major, ASC student organizations and opportunities for student involvement; along with Fall Undergraduate Research Week, the Study Abroad Expo, Science Sundays, COMPAS, upcoming career fairs; the Psychology Career, Internship & Graduate School Fair, and funding in support of undergraduate research and study abroad. To submit content suggestions or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Ann Rottersman, director of student programs. Newsletter Archives.

Royal Shakespeare Company Brings Production to NYC and Miami

Royal Shakespeare Company to Bring Production to NYC and MiamiCasting is announced for the co-production of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), The Public Theater in New York and Miami’s GableStage. The show premieres in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK, in November, before traveling to the U.S. for engagements in Miami and New York early next year. It is the latest RSC project presented in collaboration with The Ohio State University.

Undergraduate Student Funding Deadlines


Through September 12

Donald Lokuta: Plato's Cave-Segal's Studio; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

September 13


Through September 14

In League; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

September 14

STEAM Factory presents: The Moon Experience; 10 am-2 pm, 400 West Rich St.
First Annual Viola Day; 12-6 pm, Weigel Auditorium

September 16

Musicology Lecture: Anna Gawboy; 4:30 pm, 205 Music/Dance Library
Faculty: Kia-Hui Tan, violin; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

September 16-17

Theatre Lab Series: InTransit: Series 2; 7 pm, New Works Lab, Drake Performance and Event Center

September 17

Through October 4


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September 11, 2013

New Professional Websites for ASC Faculty and Staff

You are invited to try out the university's new, easy-to-use, professional website and blog platform U.OSU.EDU. Check out the getting-started guide to set up your site. Want more hands-on training? Attend a workshop: September 17, 9:30-11 am or September 23, 11:30 am-1 pm. Sign up for your site today!


Harvey Miller, Reusche Chair of Geography, on whether air quality alerts curb driving, Salt Lake Tribune, September 10, 2013
Jon Waters, director, The Ohio State University Marching Band, on last Saturday's halftime show, "Ohio State band wasn't seeking revenge against Michigan," Columbus Dispatch, September 10, 2013
Irfan Nooruddin, associate professor, political science, on why the world increasingly prefers Western-trained technocrats to run affairs, Symposium Magazine, September 8, 2013
Bear Braumoeller, associate professor, political science, challenges the theory that modern nations are less warlike, National Geographic, September 5, 2013
Steven Rissing, professor; evolution, ecology and organismal biology, analyzes college biology textbooks, and finds little attention to the topic of evolution, Inside Higher Ed, September 5, 2013
Richard Herrmann, professor and chair, political science, on potential action in Syria, NBC4, August 31, 2013

Devin Fergus, associate professor, African American and African Studies, on the March on Washington and the persistence of racial economic inequality,
Policy Shop, August 28, 2013


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