New Grant Brings Korea to the Midwest

Mitchell LernerMitchell Lerner, associate professor, history, and director of Ohio State’s Institute for Korean Studies, is part of a major effort sponsored by the Korea Foundation to develop and coordinate Korean studies courses for undergraduate students at Big Ten Universities in partnership with colleagues in the Big Ten’s Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC).

Bucks for Charity Drive

Through November 15, faculty, staff, retirees, and students on the Columbus campus have the opportunity to support many worthwhile central Ohio environmental, health, and human service agencies during the Bucks For Charity Drive. All contributions are tax-deductible. View a listing of participating organizations and descriptions of each, access a Donor Pledge Card, and more information.


Geography Major Selected Female Athlete of the Year

Claire-Louise BodeClaire-Louise Bode, a fourth-year student majoring in geography, was selected the 2012-13 Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year. A native of South Africa, Bode is the first to win Ohio State’s athlete of the year accolade for her sport, rowing.

Comparative Studies Professor Receives Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring Award

Hugh Urban, professor, comparative studies, received the Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring in Humanities for his outstanding investment in undergraduate education. The Botoman Award confers a prize of $5,000 to a faculty member in the humanities who best exemplifies excellence as a teacher of undergraduates. Students say, “He always has time to spend with his students, and has constructive and awesome feedback for everyone during and outside of class.”


Jager Discusses Competition, Conflict between North and South Korea

Sheila Miyoshi JagerSheila Miyoshi Jager, program director, East Asian Studies at Oberlin College, speaks about “Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea,” Thursday, October 24, 12:30 pm, Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Register online.

MacLean Talks about Role of Pain and Suffering in Human Life

Douglas MacLeanDouglas MacLean, professor, philosophy, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, talks about “Some Reflections on the Value of Pain and Suffering,” Friday, October 25, 4 pm, Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Register online.

Comparative Studies Chair Gives Lectures
in Germany 

Berry ShankBarry Shank, professor and chair, comparative studies, will deliver the keynote address, "Music and War: The American Reception of Tinariwen and the Collapse of the Malian State," for the Unpopular Culture Conference, co-hosted by Amerika-Institut of Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich; and Bayerisch-Amerika-Akademie, October 31. On October 26, Shank speaks at the annual meeting of the Bayerisch-Amerika-Akademie (Bavarian American Academy) on, "The Mood of a Democracy Looking at Itself."

Postdoc Career Development Series

Christina Sherry, PhD, RD, senior scientist, Pediatrics R&D, Abbott Nutrition, presents, “N=1, A Scientist’s Journey from Academy to Industry.” She discusses her career transition from academic biomedical research to biomedical industry. This seminar series is open to all interested postdocs and the Ohio State community. Tuesday, October 29, 10-11 am, 105 Biomedical Research Tower. Register online.

3rd Annual Patrons' Circle Lecture Examines Inka Masonry

The Department of History of Art hosts its 3rd Annual Patrons' Circle Lecture Thursday, November 7, 5:30 pm, 155 Jennings Hall. Carolyn Dean, professor, history of art and visual culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, will discuss, "Sentient Stones: Meaning in Inka Masonry." A reception follows in 214 Pomerene Hall. Free and open to all.

22nd Annual John Fergus Family Fund Scholarship Deadline: Friday, November 8, noon 

The Fergus Scholarships and Scholarship exhibition is a juried competition open to all undergraduate and graduate visual arts majors. Ten students receive a $1,000 stipend; their work is exhibited in the Fergus Juried Exhibition at Urban Arts Space downtown, January 11-30, 2014, and included in the biennial Fergus-Gilmore Catalogue.

Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants

Deadline for 2014-15 grants is February 21, 2014. More information on Faculty Grants for Research on Women, Gender and Gender Equity and the Graduate Studies Grants for Projects on Women, Gender, and Gender Equity available online. Contact


October 24

Molecular Genetics Seminar: Amanda Simcox; 4:10-5:30 pm, 155 Jennings Hall

October 25

Edward J. Taaffe Colloquium; 3:30-5 pm, 3020C Ohio Union

Through October 25

"The Tempest;" Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center

October 27

Jazz Lab Ensemble; 3 pm, Weigel Auditorium

October 28

Percussion Ensemble; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

October 29

Theatre Lab Series: "The Laramie Project;" 7 pm, Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center
Jazz Workshop Ensemble; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

October 30


Through November 8


Through November 14

"Painting Tableau Stage;" Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
"Addition(s): 3+3=6;" Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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October 23, 2013
Louis Georges Tin

Havens Lecture

The Department of French and Italian presents Louis-Georges Tin on, "Colonization, Slavery, and Reparations in France and the World Today," Wednesday, October 30, 5 pm, 107 Hamilton Hall. Tin is maître de conférences at the École supérieure du professorat et de l'éducation in Orléans, France, and the driving force behind the International Day Against Homophobia, approved by the UN General Assembly.


Marching Band, Giant Moonwalking Michael Jackson, Sporting News, October 19, 2013
John Guilmartin, professor, history, on discipline in the Marine Corps, USA Today, October 18, 2013
Gleb Tsipursky, assistant professor, history (Newark), “Class sourcing as a Teaching Strategy,” Inside Higher Ed, October 18, 2013
Katie Coffman, assistant professor, economics, on why anti-gay sentiment is underestimated, Los Angeles NPR, October 16, 2013
Russ Fazio, professor; Alison Young, graduate fellow; and Kyle Ratner, post-doctoral fellow, psychology, on using techniques from psychophysics to test the idea that our political attitudes can shape our most basic perceptions of human faces, Huffington Post, October 11, 2013


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