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OCT. 26, 2016 | TWEET!


Anthropology Podcast

New Anthropology Podcast Launches

Looking for your next favorite podcast? Graduate students in the Department of Anthropology, in partnership with the American Anthropological Association, have developed a new podcast, A Story of Us, devoted to bringing the exciting field of anthropology to your ears!

Happy Halloween
The ASC website just got a little spooky. Check out the home page to find out more about spook-tacular events and studies happening in college. Watch Zombie 101 with Jeff Cohen in anthropology, read a Q&A with Merrill Kaplan in folklore and Scandinavian studies about the origins of Halloween and more …


Groundbreaking Work Published in Science

Dongping ZhongThe paper, "Bifurcating electron-transfer pathways in DNA photolyases determine the repair quantum yield," by Dongping Zhong, Robert Smith Professor of Physics and professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Zhong lab members Meng Zhang, Lijuan Wang and Shi Shu; and Aziz Sancar, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, was published in Science, Oct. 14, 2016. Zhong’s group applied ultrafast absorption spectroscopy to study the dynamics of steps involved when photolyase enzymes repair DNA damaged by ultraviolet sunlight.

Psychologist’s Cancer Project Highlighted at White House Ceremony

Barbara AndersenBarbara Andersen, professor, psychology and director of Ohio State’s Livestrong Survivorship Center of Excellence, attended the Oct. 17 Cancer Moonshot event at the White House, to highlight 28 Moonshot projects aimed at dramatically accelerating efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer — and  to achieve a decade’s worth of progress in five years. Vice President Joe Biden delivered the report on the projects, one of which was developed by Andersen — a proposal for new stress-reduction interventions for cancer patients, caregivers and providers.

Election 2016

OhioAs we head into the final stretch, arts and sciences faculty weigh in on the issues. Wendy Smooth, associate professor, women’s, gender and sexuality studies, explains how African-American women will be a key component of a Democratic voting coalition in November; Thomas Wood, assistant professor, political science, found that post-debate spin can have a profound effect on how we judge the debates themselves; Richard Gunther, professor emeritus, political science, calls Ohio the “third worst gerrymandered place on the planet;” and Gleb Tsipursky, assistant professor, history, argues that how candidates say things during the debates matters just as much as whether they stuck to the facts.

Digital InForm Available

The Department of Dance has published its second digital version of its newsletter, InForm. The issue includes a spotlight about its Brazil dance tour, and features on students and faculty, including Mitchell Rose, Karen Eliot, Eddie Taketa, Sarah Levitt and Serena Chang.


Chemist Makes International Analytical Science Power List

Susan OlesikSusan Olesik, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was named one of 2016’s Top 50 Women in Analytical Science. The Analytical Scientist magazine published its first ever all-women Power List, featuring 50 talented scientists from all over the world, representing academia, industry and analytical instrument manufacturers. They represent their field’s scope and impact and highlight positive role models for young female scientists.

Physicist Named APS Fellow

Ilya GruzbergIlya Gruzberg, professor, physics, was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, recognized for "contributions to the theory of critical phenomena near Anderson localization-delocalization transitions in disordered electronic systems, including the integer quantum Hall transition and its variants in different symmetry classes.” Election recognizes original research and publication, significant innovative contributions in applying physics to science and technology; teaching physics or service/participation in APS activities. No more than half of one percent of its members are elected annually.


Humanities Institute Working Group Weekly Discussions, Oct. 25 to Dec.6

Fall 2016: Dialectics of Capitalism, Tuesdays, 4 p.m., Hagerty Hall 145. Everyone is welcome to attend these discussions each Tuesday, Oct. 25 to Dec. 6. Suggested readings and details.


Ohio State Tech Hub Student Tech Grants

Tech Hub is giving away $10,000 in student tech project grants, application deadline: Oct. 30. Tech Hub is looking for applicants from all over the university. Past projects have come from biology, computer science, dance and psychology majors. Please share this opportunity with students.


Special Ohio State Performance: The Plough and the Stars 

Plough and the StarsOhio State faculty, staff and students can purchase $10 discount tickets to a special Ohio State-only performance of The Plough and the Stars for the 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, show at the Southern Theatre downtown. The Plough and the Stars is Sean O’Casey’s riveting story of the Irish Easter Rising, performed by the Abbey Theatre of Ireland. Tickets through the theatre ticket office or CAPABus information.

Film Screening: Anthropocene: The Movie

AnthropoceneThe Environmental Humanities Program invites you to a screening of Anthropocene: The Movie with the film’s director, Stephen Bradshaw, Gateway Film Center, Nov. 2, 7 p.m. A Q&A with the film’s director will be led by English Professor Thomas Davis, co-founder of Ohio State’s new Environmental Humanities Program. The event is free and open to all. 

Graduate and Professional School Fair

The seventh annual Ohio State Graduate and Professional School Fair is Wednesday, Nov. 9, 4:30–6 p.m. in the Ohio Union Great Hall Meeting Rooms. Admission representatives from more than 20 Ohio State programs, pre-law and pre-health advisors, and arts and sciences career counselors will be available to answer questions. Free.


John Mueller, professor, political science, on whether U.S. policies are partly to blame for inciting radicals, Arab News, Oct. 24

Hui Zheng, associate professor, sociology, on how work life in your 20s can affect your midlife mental health, The New York Times, Oct. 24

Hasan Kwame Jeffries, associate professor, history, on civil disobedience and the civil rights protests of the 1960s, The Daily Progress, Oct. 21

Bill Angel, professor emeritus, political science (Lima), on third-party candidates’ popularity in the classroom, Lima News, Oct. 19

Michael Bevis, professor, Earth sciences, on Greenland ice melting over 7% faster than thought, Aussie News Network, Oct. 19

Jan Box-Steffensmeier, professor, political science; divisional dean, social and behavioral science, on coalitions and amicus briefs, Law360, Oct. 19

Jesse Fox, assistant professor, communication, on avoiding politics on social media, Youngstown Vindicator, Oct. 19

Peter Mansoor, professor, history, on the advance on Mosul, NPR and Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 18 

Nathaniel Swigger, associate professor, political science (Newark), on gerrymandering, the Electoral College and the Ohio vote, WalletHub, Oct. 17


Oct. 27

Livability on Two Wheels: Increasing Bicycling for Everyday Travel
1080 Derby Hall
12-1 p.m.

Refugees, Indigenous Peoples and (Re)Settlement: the Experience of Displaced Peoples
MLK Room at the Hale Center
4-6 p.m.

Black Mountain College Exhibit: Cunningham Dance Performances
Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theatre
4:30-6:30 p.m.

Japanese Interpretation and Translation Panel Discussion: How to Become a Translator or Interpreter
191 Mendenhall Lab
5:30-7 p.m.

Oct. 27-28

The War to End all Wars: U.S. National World War I Centennial Symposium, 1916-2016
Faculty Club and Fawcett Center Ballroom
See event listing for times


Oct. 28

Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Oct. 28-29

Having a Foot in Two Places
Wexner Center for the Arts & Barnett Collaboratory
See event listing for times

Oct. 30

Symphony Orchestra
Weigel Auditorium
3 p.m.

Through Oct. 30

The Plough and the Stars
Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St.
Performance times listed on event

Oct. 31

Kolleen Guy, on teaching cultural history as history of literacy
311 Denney Hall
3:30-5 p.m.

Through Oct. 31

The Hidden Life of Things: Andean and Amazonian Cultural Artifacts and the Stories They Tell
Global Gallery, Hagerty Hall Lobby
Building Hours

Oct. 31 to Nov. 30

Blueprints for a Past Future
Hopkins Hall Gallery
Gallery Hours

Nov. 1

Mark Hatzenbuehler, Structural Stigma and Health Inequalities
038 Townshend Hall
12:30-1:30 p.m.

The Jewish Vote, Israel, and Ohio in the Presidential Election
Columbus Jewish Community Center, 1125 College Ave.
7 p.m.

Nov. 2

Spanish and Portuguese Edit-a-Thon
160 Hagerty Hall
5-8 p.m.

The Science of Election Prediction
Research Commons, 3rd Floor, 18th Ave. Library
6:30 p.m.

Film Screening: Anthropocene: The Movie
Gateway Film Center
7 p.m.

Guest Artist: Paul Barnes, piano
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Nov. 2-5

Ya Vienen Los Muertos, Here Come the Dead: Days of the Dead Traditions in Latin America and the United States
See event listing for times and locations

Through Nov. 12

Wish You Were Here: Department of Art 2016 Faculty Exhibition
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

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