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APRIL 20, 2016 | TWEET!


Ratmir Timashev

Veeam Software Commits $5M to Chemical Physics and Data Analytics

Veeam Software Corporation, co-founded by arts and sciences alumnus Ratmir Timashev (MS, chemical physics, 1995) and his business partner Andrei Baronov, made a $5 million gift for student scholarships and teaching in chemical physics and data analytics.


The Academy Awards. Yes. It Does.

In his latest blog post, Dean Manderscheid salutes ASC's newest shining stars.

Women Book Business Flights Earlier, Saving Companies Millions

Javier DonnaJavier Donna, assistant professor, economics, is co-author of a new study on gender differences in the demand for booking business travel published in the April 13 Harvard Business Review. His findings include that female travelers book two days earlier than their male counterparts on average; female travelers save about $17 per trip, or about 2 percent of the average ticket price; and that for a multi-national company with 21,000 travelers, those two extra booking days can yield $1 million in savings per year.

Earth Scientist Leads Interdisciplinary Study of Effects of Ocean Acidification

Andrea GrottoliAndrea G. Grottoli, professor, Earth sciences, was lead investigator of an interdisciplinary research team from Ohio State, the University of Delaware and the University of Georgia that successfully measured both pH and carbonate ion concentration directly inside calcifying fluid found in coral using microelectrodes. This is an important development in studying how ocean acidification affects marine calcifying organisms such as corals and shellfish. Their findings were reported April 4 in Nature Communications.

No Buckeye Goes Hungry: ASC Student Co-Founder of Food Pantry

Alec AdmoniusAlec Admonius, a third-year student majoring in economics and communication, and Thomas Rosenberger (business), are co-founders of Buckeye Food Alliance, a nonprofit food pantry run by students for students. The food pantry opened its doors on March 30 and provides staples for all Ohio State students in need. To donate canned vegetables, tuna, beans, fruit and peanut butter, contact the food pantry. 

Sexist Video Games Decrease Empathy for Female Violence Victims

Brad BushmanBrad Bushman, professor, communication, is co-author of a new study finding that young male gamers who strongly identify with male characters in sexist, violent video games show less empathy than others toward female victims. The study, published April 13 in the journal, PLOS ONE, also identified players most likely to be affected by sexist and violent games and how exactly the games have impact.

Sui Appointed Divisional Director, SES Directorate, NSF

Daniel SuiDaniel Sui, professor and former chair, geography, has been appointed divisional director, Social and Economic Sciences, Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), National Science Foundation (NSF), effective July 25. Sui, a Guggenheim Fellow, has been an NSF reviewer and been awarded four NSF grants.

Innovation Summit for Arts Leaders

Emerging and established arts leaders from Columbus gathered at Urban Arts Space on April 7 for the first-ever Columbus Innovation Summit, co-hosted by Emerging Art Leaders of Columbus, the Barnett Center and Arts Initiative. The 30 participants were given an opportunity to network with professionals and peers and attend three “speed-networking” sessions.

Department of Dance Students Perform in Brazil

Dancers in BrazilOver spring break, a group of 11 dance majors — nine undergraduates and two graduate students — traveled to Salvador, Brazil, to perform in schools, community centers, studios and theatres around Salvador. Organized by Susan Hadley, chair, dance, the trip was part of the Global Gateways program.


ASC Faculty Win 2016 Distinguished OAA Teaching, Scholar and Service Awards

Eleven Arts and Sciences scholars and teachers — covering the diverse range of disciplines in arts and humanities, natural and physical sciences and social and behavioral sciences — won top university awards that recognize and honor outstanding performance and deep commitment to our land grant mission of scholarship, teaching and service.

History of Art Professor Named 2016 Guggenheim Fellow

Julia AndrewsJulia F. Andrews, professor, history of art, joins an impressive list of scholars, artists and researchers around the country awarded Guggenheim Fellowships. The approximately 200 winners of the annual competition — held since 1925 — have exceptional records of scholarship, research and/or creativity. Ohio State claims 29 past winners — all from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Astronomy Graduate Student Wins Four-Year DOE Graduate Fellowship

Andres SalcedoAstronomy graduate student Andres N. Salcedo was awarded a four-year Department of Energy (DOE) Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF), funding doctoral students working on science/engineering research relying on high-performance computing. The fellowship provides a $144,000 stipend, $8,000 for travel and academic expenses and covers tuition and fees. He and astronomy graduate student Thomas Holoien, who received the DOE CSGF fellowship in 2014, are Ohio State’s first two recipients of this premier fellowship.

ASC Graduate Student Wins Three Minute Thesis Competition

LuttrellAndrew Luttrell, graduate student, psychology, won the Graduate School’s 2016 Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT), April 11, with his three-minute presentation on how the mere perception of a moral basis makes opinions stronger. Roopa Comandur, chemistry doctoral student, received the People’s Choice award. Victoria Munoz, English, was a finalist. 

We Honor Our Own: ASC Spring Recognition

On April 18, the college gave the following college-wide awards, recognizing the best in teaching, research and service: Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award, Amanda Simcox, molecular genetics; Honors Faculty Service Award, Daniel Reff, comparative studies; Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award, Leila Elaqad, undergraduate student, sociology; Outstanding Teaching Award, Hollie Nyseth Brehm, sociology; Outstanding Graduate Associate Teaching Award winner: Geoffrey R. O. Durso, psychology; finalist: Jennifer Shafer, music.


New: The President’s Prize

The new President’s Prize provides two graduating seniors crucial connections and financial support to advance innovative ideas for change in their first year after graduation. Each recipient will receive a $50,000 living stipend and up to $50,000 in start-up funding to implement his/her project. Learn more at an information session, RSVP today.

ASC Staff Advisory Council — Member Applications Deadline: May 30

The ASC Staff Advisory Council is currently accepting applications from ASC staff to serve on the council, July 2016 to June 2018. Council highlights this past year: Fall Cookout, Spring Breakfast and Above and Beyond Buckeye monthly awards. Members promote a positive and innovative work environment, recognize and reward staff excellence, enhance staff professional development opportunities and represent staff needs and interests. Contact Brandy Williams.

April 2016 Issue of Research Development and Grant Writing News

The current issue is now available; topics include: How Readers Read Your Proposal; Organizing the Proposal Narrative; Help For Junior Faculty: Successful Models; The Chronicle of Proposal Flaws; and New Funding Opportunities. 

Humanities and Cog Sci Summer Camp: Deadline May 2

The Humanities and Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute at Ohio State, a week-long summer day camp for high school students, is Aug. 8-12. Students explore intersections between brain sciences and humanities via lectures, discussions, research and collaborative activities with Ohio State students and faculty. Sponsored by the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the institute ensures inclusion of traditionally underrepresented communities by awarding full scholarships to 50% of enrolled students. Deadline: May 2.

NEH Proposals for Public Projects

The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting proposals for its Digital Projects for the Public program for projects beginning January 2017. Grants support projects contributing to public engagement with the humanities through digital platforms: websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games and virtual environments. The deadline to submit an application is June 8. Contact Bethany Dickens.

Tech Talk: Digital Signage Helps Marching Band Stay in Sync

Ohio State University Marching Band member Christian Deiderich wanted to make the band more efficient. So he worked with ASCTech to find a way to keep band members in tune with the busy band schedule.


ASC Students Win Competition at Clinton Global Initiative U

Students at Clinton Global Initiative UArts and Sciences students Nima Dahir (economics and mathematics), Jackson Frazier (economics and mathematics) and fellow student Abd Al-Rahman Traboulsi (biomedical engineering), won the Resolution Social Venture Challenge (SVC) at the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference April 2. They will receive $6,000 seed funding and ongoing mentoring and support for their project, Refuge, which takes its name from the Ohio State student organization they founded in early 2016, to empower adolescent refugee youth in the U.S.


Spring 2016 HoloFest Exhibition, April 22

The Spring 2016 HoloFest Exhibition opens Friday, April 22, 5 p.m. and runs through Monday, April 25. Hosted by Ohio State’s Holography Club, the exhibition includes holographic art works of both students and visiting artists. 

Graduate Students Photography Exhibit, April 26

Andi WolfeThe work of 14 graduate students in Andi Wolfe’s workshop, Communicating Science via Photography, is on display April 26, noon to 5 p.m., Jennings Hall Lobby. Wolfe, associate professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology, who developed the course, is also an accomplished artist and photographer.

History Professor to Give Arts & Humanities Inaugural Lecture

Joan Cashin, professor, history, explores the material culture of the Civil War, specifically the Revolutionary-era artifacts that the region contained when the war erupted in 1861. The lecture, “Subject Matter: Material Culture in the Civil War Era,” is Wed., April 27, 5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge. RSVP requested.

The Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme Coffee Series

The next Mobile Coffee is April 29, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Center for Applied Plant Sciences, 102 Rightmire Hall. Ken Rinaldo, professor of art, considers the symbiotic relationship among art, science and sustainability; and highlights the developing partnership between CAPS and the Department of Art. Contact Bethany Dickens.


Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, earth sciences, on Peruvian ice caps, Discover Magazine, May 2016

Jeff Cohen, professor, anthropology, “Where have the 4.8 million Syrian refugees gone?” The Conversation, April 18
David Stebenne, professor, history and law, “A decisive New York primary for the Clintons – again,” The Conversation, April 18

Tom Watters, senior research associate; evolution, ecology and organismal biology, on the Darby watershed and decade post-protection deal, Columbus Dispatch, April 18 
Museum of Biological Diversity, a home for millions of fossils, skeletons and specimens, Columbus Dispatch, April 17
Sports and Society Initiative, paying college athletes panels, Forbes, Forbes, Columbus DispatchApril 16

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on how sexist video games diminish empathy for abused women, Washington PostUPIApril 15
John Mueller, professor, political science, in discussion on his new book, Chasing Ghosts, C-Span, April 15

Department of Theatre, review of The Coast of Illyria, Columbus DispatchColumbus AliveApril 14
Paul Bellair, professor, sociology, on the impact of past incarceration, pathways to reintegration and why employment is so critical, WOSU, April 13
Joanne Ruthsatz, associate professor, psychology (Mansfield), on prodigies and autism connection, DailyRx News, April 13

Jeff Cohen, professor, anthropology, on food insecurity in Ohio, WOSU, April 6

Harvey Graff, professor, English, on the value of long-term mentoring, OnCampus, March 10


Through April 21

The Coast of Illyria
Thurber Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center
7:30 p.m.

April 21

Outdoor Jazz
Browning Amphitheater
5:30 p.m.

The Annual Paul H. and Erika Bourguignon Lecture in Art and Anthropology
Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theater
6 p.m.

Ayşegül Kibaroglu, World Expert on Water Issues
1501 Neil Ave.
6 p.m.

April 21-25

Loving the Obligate Symbiont: Department of Art, Art + Technology Exhibition
Hopkins Hall Gallery
Gallery Hours

April 22

27th Annual Walter C. Reckless-Simon Dinitz Memorial Lecture
Ohio State Barrister Club, 25 W. 11th Ave.
4 p.m.

Aden Kumler, Surplus and Abstraction: The Eucharist and Other Works of Medieval Art
Room 090, 18th Ave. Library
4 p.m.

April 22-23

Columbus Create-A-Thon
The STEAM Factory
See event listing for times

April 23

Museum of Biological Diversity Open House
1315 Kinnear Rd.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Through April 24

Exhibit: Dancing in the Streets, Carnival from Britain, Brazil, and Beyond
Thompson Library Gallery
Gallery Hours

April 24

Drum Major Tryouts
Woody Hayes Athletic Center
1 p.m.

First-Year Undergraduate String Orchestra and University Community Orchestra
Weigel Auditorium
3 p.m.

April 25

Department of Art Open House
Hopkins Hall
5 p.m.

April 27

Joan Cashin, Subject Matter: Material Culture in the Civil War Era
Faculty Club Grand Lounge
5 p.m.

Through May 7

Department of Art Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Projects Exhibition
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

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