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NOV. 18, 2015 | TWEET!


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Mars Is Calling

Red Planet stories abound. How much is true? Check out the entire Mars is Calling feature on ASC’s website where our experts separate fact from fiction. First, read the new post on Dean Manderscheid’s blog by guest blogger, visiting CCAPP postdoc Paul Sutter
Next week, because of the Thanksgiving holiday, News & Updates will not be published. Regular publication will resume Dec. 2.


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Henkin and Petrill Named New Associate Deans

Executive Dean David C. Manderscheid is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Petrill, professor of psychology, as the new associate dean for research; and Tina Henkin, professor of microbiology and the Robert W. and Estelle S. Bingham Professor of Biological Sciences, as the new associate dean for faculty affairs.
Stephen Petrill

Psychologist Co-authors Study on Math Anxiety, Motivation, Cognition

Stephen Petrill, professor, psychology, is co-author of Is Math Anxiety Always Bad for Math Learning? The Role of Math Motivation. The findings may help advance the understanding of mathematics-learning processes and provide insights for treatment programs. The study is published online in the Oct. 30 issue of Psychological Science.


In Memorium: Helen Alkire, Founder of Ohio State's Dance Program

Helen Alkire, professor emeritus and founder of Ohio State’s widely acclaimed dance program, died Saturday, Nov. 14, in her home at the Alkire farm in Orient, Ohio. Alkire’s 100th birthday was celebrated by many Ohio State students, faculty and friends this past May. She founded the dance program in the early 1950s; when the College of the Arts was formed in 1968, she became chair of the Department of Dance, continuing in that role until her retirement in 1983. Summing up her passion for dance, she was known for saying, “I loved dancing and thought it should be the center of the whole university.” Read her obituary in the Columbus Dispatch.

Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective

This month, the Department of History’s Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective, offers in-depth features on Israel and Palestine; the refugee crisis in Europe and the Mideast; a feminist icon’s birthday; the top 10 World Series and the FBI’s “war on gays.” 


ASC SAC Above and Beyond Buckeye Award: December Nominations

The Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council (SAC) seeks nominations for December’s Above and Beyond Buckeye Award, recognizing arts and sciences staff members who go above the call of duty and do great work each and every day. Recipients receive a $200 cash award. December nominations due Dec. 10.
Wendy Smooth

Smooth Selected for White House Conference

Wendy Smooth, associate professor, women’s, gender and sexuality studies, was selected by the White House Council on Women and Girls to participate in the White House conference, “Advancing Equity for Women & Girls of Color: A Research Agenda for the Next Decade.” Smooth is one of the foremost voices writing on the experiences of women of color as lawmakers and women of color in public policy.


Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Exhibit

Mysteries in Ice, an interactive exhibition on polar exploration at Thompson Library through Jan. 3, is part of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program’s 25th anniversary. Polar Archives historical collections are featured, along with contemporary items representing current exploration in ice-covered regions. 


Nov. 19

From Strip to Screen: A Panel Discussion on staying true to the legacy of Charles Schulz in The Peanuts Movie; 12 p.m., 141 Sullivant Hall

Elijah Wald, Dylan Goes Electric: Myth, Music and History; 4 p.m., 104 E. 15th Ave.

Jazz Ensemble; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Nov. 20

The Ohio State University Student-Only Screening of The Peanuts Movie (Steve Martino, 2015); 3:30 p.m., Wexner Center Film

Jane Hwang Degenhardt, The Rise and Fall of Fortune: Commerce and Inter-Imperial World History in Doctor Faustus and Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay; 4 p.m., Room 090, 18th Ave. Library

Symphony Orchestra; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Nov. 22

Men's Glee Club and Symphonic Choir; 3 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Nov. 23

Musicology Lecture: Alison Furlong, Ohio State School of Music; 4 p.m., Room 205, 18th Ave. Library

Nov. 23-24

Iris and Witness; 7 p.m., New Works Lab

Jan. 3

Mysteries in Ice Exhibit; Thompson Library Gallery


Peter Mansoor, professor, on reaction to Paris attacks, WBNS-TV, Nov. 16, 2015

Angela Miller, chemist, chemistry and biochemistry, on acid mine drainage, NBC4, Nov. 14, 2015

Alvaro Montenegro, director, Atmospheric Sciences Program; and Jeff Rogers, state climatologist and professor of geography, on how climate change is leading to greater extremes in weather patterns, Columbus Dispatch, Nov. 13, 2015

Katherine Walton, assistant professor, psychology, on the dramatic increases in autism rates, USA Today, Nov. 13, 2015

Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on John Kasich’s debate performance, Toledo Blade, Nov. 12, 2015

Paul Sutter, CCAPP postdoctoral fellow, the latest Space in Your Face episode, Fiat Physica, Nov. 12, 2015

Jill Yavorsky, graduate fellow, sociology, on how men do more at home, but not as much as they think, New York Times, Nov. 12, 2015

Theresa Delgadillo, associate professor, on La Llorona as a feminist icon, NPR Latino USA, Oct. 30, 2105. Also, on her new book, Latina Lives in Milwaukee89.9 FM WORT
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