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SEPT. 2, 2015 | TWEET!



COMPAS Conference Sustainability: Visions and Values

The university and global community come together for a series of panels on the challenges, risks and benefits of achieving a sustainable planet, Oct. 1-2. Free and open to all.
NOTE: Next week, because of the Labor Day holiday, News & Updates will be published on Thursday, Sept. 10.


NSF Grant

Molecular Geneticist Awarded 3-Year NSF Grant 

Anna Dobritsa, assistant professor, molecular genetics, and CAPS, is PI on a new, $772,000 NSF grant supporting work of interest to both plant biologists and materials scientists, “Pollen apertures as a model for formation of distinct extracellular domains.” Heather Owen, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is co-PI. Adriana Dawes, assistant professor, molecular genetics, math, MBI, is a project collaborator.

Statistics Faculty Receive NSF Awards

Two statistics faculty members, Associate Professor Yoonkyung Lee and Assistant Professor Vince Vu received three-year NSF grants. Lee’s $150,000 grant funds "Nonlinear Dimension Reduction Methods" to find meaningful patterns and extract relevant information from large scale, high-dimensional data. Vu’s $279,965 grant supports "Statistical Learning for High-Dimensional Relational Data," combining novel statistical methodology with theoretical insight to produce computationally efficient methods for relational data.


Murillo Two Women

Patrons’ Circle Lecture Welcomes Victor Stoichita

The Department of History of Art welcomes Victor Stoichita for its Patrons’ Circle Lecture, Thursday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m., 002 Psychology Building. Stoichita, professor, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, will speak on, “The Don Quixote Effect: Pictorial Fiction and Aesthetic Borders in Murillo and Beyond.” Free. Open to all. Reception follows in Pomerene Hall.

Welcome New HR Manager

The College of Arts and Sciences welcomes Scott Burlingame, new human resources manager, to support ASC administration. Burlingame is currently working at the College of Dentistry as a human resources generalist. He replaces Lisby Roberson who retired at the end of August. Burlingame begins his duties Sept. 8.

Staff Professional Development Grants: 1st Deadline, Sept. 11, by 4 p.m.

Arts and Sciences staff members are encouraged to apply for professional development funding through an ASC Staff Professional Development Grant. The first deadline for the 2015-16 academic year is Sept. 11, 2015, by 4 p.m. Deadlines in 2016: Jan. 22 and May 6.

ASC Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter — August Issue

The August undergraduate newsletter welcomes new and returning students to campus; encourages their involvement in student organizations and their preparation for an upcoming Career and Internship Fair; and highlights the Writing Center and the Math and Statistics Learning Center. Contact: Ann Rottersman.

New Full-Day Childcare Opening on Campus

The expansion of the Nisonger Center Early Childhood Education Program includes a full-day childcare center. The program has a limited number of current openings for full day (7 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekdays) childcare for children 18 months to 5 years old. More information at (614) 685-3191.

Teaching Online with Videos

ASC instructor Kristin Smock wanted to personalize her online courses. So she contacted the ASCTech media studio and shot weekly videos for her class. Find out her reaction and what the studio personnel learned from her.


Sept. 3

Whistling Vivaldi Book Group; 9:30 a.m., Maudine Cow Room, Ohio Union 

Sept. 4

ICS Lecture: Perry Link, Why Science Leads to Democracy: The Views of Fang Lizhi; 3:40 p.m., 155 Jennings Hall

Hiromi Sakamoto, Introducing Tenshu Monogatari – History, Diversity and Cultural Challenges of Japanese Performing Arts in a Democratic Context; 4:15 p.m., 180 Hagerty Hall

Sept. 8

Maria Gallo, assistant professor, epidemiology; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Lab Series: Baltimore; 7 p.m., New Works Lab

Sept. 10

The Descriptive Coffee Lexicon: an Industry Tool; 10:30 a.m., 102 Rightmire Hall 

Suicide Prevention Training; 3 p.m., 300 Younkin Success Center 

Marc Bousquet, Monetizing the Student; 4:30 p.m., 100 George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Through Oct. 16

Global Gallery Exhibit: Amadeo Modigliani; Hagerty Hall Lobby

Through Nov. 7

Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne; Urban Arts Space, Hopkins Hall Gallery, and the facade of the former Long's bookstore on 15th Ave. and High St.


Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on why shooters record themselves in the act, NPR, Aug. 27, 2015

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on whether sex and violence actually sell, The Conversation, Aug. 27, 2015 

Samir Mathur, professor, physics, on Stephen Hawking's latest black hole theory, Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 27, 2015

Peter Mansoor, professor, history, quoted in USA Today Op-Ed on females serving in combat units, “Female Ranger grads hit brass ceiling: Our view,” USA Today, Aug. 26, 2015
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