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MARCH 4, 2015 | TWEET!


Fran Kalal

Science Sundays Continues March 8

Ohio State design alumna Fran Kalal presents Digital Tailoring, Grooming and Simulation in Pixar FilmsLearn how art and science are woven together to dress, groom and simulate the characters in some of your favorite Pixar Animation Studios films. Wexner Film/Video Theater, 3-4 p.m.


Discovery Themes Initiative to Invest in the Arts and Humanities

In case you missed it, last week Provost Steinmetz made an important announcement for Arts and Sciences in his address to the University Senate. After taking time to recognize that the “arts and humanities make up a significant part of our academic core and have added significantly to the reputation of this institution,” he announced the addition of a fourth Discovery Themes Initiative to invest in the arts and humanities. During the next five years, a $5M commitment from OAA will include $2.5M in recurring dollars and $2.5M in cash. The Provost also identified three top-line goals for this initiative: 1) enhance the worldwide presence of Ohio State outside of Columbus; 2) enhance student engagement and faculty collaborations; and 3) contribute to the reversal of a national downturn in arts and humanities enrollments. Vice Dean Susan Williams will be working with Vice Provost Mike Boehm to define and lead this new unprecedented opportunity to be national leaders in this area.

Installation of SAM Robot Dramatically Increases ABRC Efficiency

ABRCLast week, after a nearly three year-collaboration with Labman Automation, a UK-based company, the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center (ABRC) finalized the installation of a custom-made automated seed dispensing system, the Seed Aliquoting Machine (SAM). This one-of-a-kind automated system was designed and built with an NSF Molecular and Cellular Biosciences grant, “Making the ABRC Business Model Possible.” SAM can dispense more than 200,000 bar-coded tubes annually, making ABRC operations significantly more nimble. ABRC sets contain collection of tens of thousands of tubes, each containing seeds for a mutation in one gene. SAM is projected to generate an average ABRC set in five weeks; the same job takes at least five months manually. 

Video Helps Tell Research Story

virtual patient The simulated Virtual Patient project, which involves avatars built by researchers at ACCAD for a collaborative project with the Wexner Medical Center, is the subject of a new, 4-minute video created by University Communications. The video is being used to pitch the unique research project to local and national media, and is already being picked up by various science publications. As always, ASC Communications invites you to share news about projects that might be of interest to the media.


Joan Huber Award Winners Announced

Claudia Buchmann, professor, sociology; Mike Vasey, professor, psychology; and Bruce Weinberg, professor, economics; were selected 2015 Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellows in recognition of first-rate scholarship. The award honors Emerita Professor Joan Huber, who served as social and behavioral sciences’ dean, 1984-1992; and Ohio State senior vice president for academic affairs and provost until retirement in 1993. Fellows are nominated by department chairs and receive a cash award of $6,000/year for three years to further their research programs. 

Psychology Professor Receives SIGGIE Award

Barbara Anderson Barbara Andersen, professor, psychology and director of Ohio State’s Livestrong Survivorship Center of Excellence, will receive the 2015 SIGGIE Senior Investigator Award from the Cancer Special Interest Group of the Society for Behavioral Medicine (SBM). Andersen is being recognized for outstanding contributions to the field of cancer prevention and control and will receive the award at the SBM annual meeting in April. 

Chemist and Her Collaborator Receive Research Paper of the Year Award

Faith Wyzgoski, associate professor, chemistry and biochemistry Mansfield, and her collaborator, R. Neil Reese, South Dakota State University, received the research article of the year award from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (AGFD division) for their publication “NMR-Based Metabolomic Investigation of Bioactivity of Chemical Constituents in Black Raspberry (Rubus occidentalis L.) Fruit Extracts.” They will present a lecture at the annual American Chemical Society meeting this fall. 

WGSS Professor's Book Wins Two Honorable Mention Awards

Linda Mizejewski The book, Pretty/Funny: Women Comedians and Body Politics (University of Texas Press, 2014), written by Linda Mizejewski, professor; women's, gender, and sexuality studies, won honorable mention in two national book competitions: The Emily Toth Award for Best Single Work in Women's Studies and The PROSE award for Media & Cultural Studies.

Debbie Smith-Shank Named USSEA Fellow

Deborah Smith-ShankDeborah Smith-Shank, professor and chair; arts administration, education and policy, was chosen one of three inaugural Kenneth Marantz USSEA Fellows by the United States Society for Education through Art (USSEA). The program is designed to recognize exemplary contributions to the field of culturally inclusive art education and to USSEA, outstanding service, leadership and dedication.

Linguistics Professor Awarded NSF Grant

Marie de MarneffeMarie de Marneffe, assistant professor, linguistics, received a Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII) grant from the National Science Foundation. The CRII provides funds to help junior tenure-track faculty launch their research careers. She will receive $143,374 over two years for her project, "What do you mean? – Automatic identification of inferences drawn from text."


22nd Annual Havens Lecture: "What did the French Read on the Eve of the Revolution?"

Robert DarntonRobert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, Department of History; director of the University Library, Harvard University, presents French and Italian’s 22nd Annual Havens Lecture, Thursday, March 12, 4:30 p.m., 1180 Postle. Darton’s lecture provides an answer to a question asked in a famous 1810 article: What did the French read on the eve of the Revolution? Additionally, Darnton introduces an open-access website filled with information about the demand for literature and the way the book trade actually operated under the Ancien Régime.

Reminder: Self-Disclosure of Criminal Convictions

As part of Ohio State’s Self-Disclosure of Criminal Convictions Policy, all current faculty, staff, graduate associates and student employees, appointees, volunteers and staff provided by third party vendors are required to self-disclose criminal convictions that occur within three business days of the conviction. Associated faculty who have a break in service of less than 12 months must disclose any convictions that occurred during the break within three business days of returning to university employment. Criminal convictions will not necessarily bar continued employment. Once a conviction is disclosed, a determination regarding suitability for continued employment will be made based on the information received and collected regarding the conviction. For a disclosure form, contact Grace Chanfrau or the Office of Human Resources Employee and Labor Relations team. For policy clarification, contact the OHR Background Check Coordinator.

ASC Offers Online Courses

Arts and Sciences is a leader in offering courses delivered with technology; summer and fall 2015 classes can be found on the ASC Tech website.

Software installation support from ODEE

The Office of Distance Education and eLearning provides software installation in an ODEE-supported lab or classroom. To request assistance, email or go online.

First-Ever ASC Talent Show

The show takes place March 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium. Brought to you by ASC’s Campus Campaign Committee: Lauren Barrett, Paula Cullen, Eric Drake, Jill Klimpel, Sonya Manjon VanEwyk, Brittany Post, Lisby Roberson and Liz Volpe. Questions, contact Eric Drake, Brittany Post or Lisby Roberson.

Proposals for Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference: Deadline March 20

Proposals for presentations and posters are being sought for the 2015 Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) Conference, Sept. 29-30 at Penn State. Proposals should inform or advance research and the practice of engaged scholarship and community-university partnerships. Proposal deadline: March 20. 

NSF CAREER Proposal Webinar

STEM Initiatives hosts a viewing site to watch the Academic Research Funding Strategies' webinar on writing NSF CAREER proposals, March 24, 1:45-4 p.m.,156 University Hall. Register online. STEM Initiatives will purchase 30-day access to the webinar recording (through April). Viewing instructions available on CarmenWiki (OSU login/password required).


Travel Grants for the Scholarship of Engagement Available

The Offices of Service-Learning; Research and Outreach and Engagement are offering small grants to offset the cost of travel or other expenses related to presenting at conferences or participating in workshops associated with advancing the scholarship of engagement across teaching and research activities. Apply by March 20.


March 5

Brenda V. Smith, Boys, Rape and Masculinity: Reclaiming Boys’ Narratives of Sexual Violence in Custody; 12 p.m., 217 Journalism Building

Bert Winther-Tamaki, Remediated Ink: The Debt of Asian Ink Aesthetics to Non-Ink Media; 4 p.m., Traditions Room, Ohio Union

Annual Lecture in the History of the Book: Cynthia Brokaw; 4 p.m., 311 Denney Hall

John Bowen, How and Why Islamic Institutions Differ Across Western Europe; 4:30 p.m., 165 Thompson Library

Math Education Forum: R. James Milgram; 4:30 p.m., Room 160, 18th Ave. Library

March 6 

Manga at a Crossroads: Classic Manga; 12 p.m., Room 165, Thompson Library

Form/Huber Colloquium: Kenneth Andrews, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; 12:30 p.m., 248 Townshend Hall

CMRS Lecture Series: Suzanne Akbari, University of Toronto; 4 p.m., 090 18th Ave. Library

2015 Naylor Lecture: Joseph Schallert; 4 p.m., Campus Reading Room, 11th Floor, Thompson Library

March 8

Science Sundays: Fran Kalal, Digital Tailoring, Grooming and Simulation in Pixar Films; 3 p.m., Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

Verdi's Requiem; 3 p.m., Mershon Auditorium

March 9 

Faculty and Guests: Steven Glaser, piano; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

March 9 - April 17

Undergraduate Juried Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

March 10

IPR Seminar: Ningchuan Xiao; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Tom Palfrey (California Institute of Technology); 3:30 p.m., 035 Psychology Building

Arts and Humanities Lecture: David Clampitt, Aspects of Mathematical Music Theory; 5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge

March 11

Richard Zeckhauser, Harvard University; 3:30 p.m., Mershon Center

Hugh Urban, New Religious Movements: Testing the Limits of 'Religion' in Contemporary America; 7 p.m., 010 Page Hall

Through March 12

Trouble in Mind; Roy Bowen Theatre

Through March 21

Phase Shift: Department of Art Master of Fine Arts Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through May 2

Faculty Club Art Exhibit; Faculty Club, 181 South Oval Drive

Through May 7

Kimono Exhibit; Hagerty Hall Lobby area

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Midwest Slavic Conference

The 2015 Midwest Slavic Conference, organized by the Center for Slavic and East European Studies, March 13-15 with keynote address, "Is Putin's Russia a Kleptocracy? And So What?" RSVP required. Registration is free for undergraduates, $10 for graduate students, faculty and the public. 



Erik Nisbet, associate professor, communication, on politics, science and public attitudes, Science, March 1, 2015

Kristi Williams, associate professor, sociology, on how family income and not marriage, most impacts kids’ well-being, NBC News, Feb. 28, 2015 

Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on the consequences of moving judicial elections, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Feb. 27, 2015 

Jennifer Crocker, professor, psychology; Rich Petty, professor and chair, psychology, on the psychology of style and professionalism in college, USA Today, Feb. 27, 2015

John Mueller, professor, political science, Op Ed, “What terrorists are really angry about,” CNN, Feb. 26, 2015

Isaac Weiner, assistant professor, religious studies, on the controversies around religious sounds, WOSU All Sides with Ann Fisher, Feb. 26, 2015
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