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NOV. 2, 2016 | TWEET!


Thank You Video
BUT FOR YOU, the College of Arts and Sciences would not be celebrating that we not only met, but exceeded, our But for Ohio State Campaign goal of $200,000,000.
How do we thank you, the 41,865 donors, whose unprecedented generosity raised a total of $243,478,112 that will make a tangible difference in the lives of our students, staff and faculty?
From the bottom of our hearts.


From Field to Fuel to Flight (video)

PennycressCan a common weed be the future of viable biofuel? The USDA, DOE and a research team led by molecular geneticist Ana Alonso think so. See their plans to transform pennycress into environmentally friendly aviation fuel.
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Sociologists Find that Politics, Not Economics, Drive Inequality

David JacobsDavid Jacobs, professor emeritus, sociology, is lead author of a new study finding that economic factors aren’t the biggest cause of rising income inequality. Rather, Jacobs and his colleague, Jonathan Dirlam, PhD student in sociology, determined that political factors, along with increases in college-educated adults, provided the best explanations for the rise in income inequality in the United States between 1978 and 2011. Their results appear in the current issue of the American Journal of Sociology.

Even the Powerful Can Have Trouble Making Difficult Decisions

Geoff DursoGeoff Durso, doctoral student in psychology, is lead author of a new study finding that powerful people are more indecisive than others in the face of ambivalence. “Ambivalence made everyone slower in making a decision, but it particularly affected people who felt powerful. They took the longest to act,” said Durso. When powerful people are confronted by a simpler decision in which most evidence favors a clear choice, they are more decisive and act more quickly than others. Rich Petty, professor of psychology, is co-author. The study was published online in the journal Psychological Science.

Election 2016

OhioYou don’t think it will ever end, but it will. In the meantime, arts and sciences faculty are still the go-to for expertise and perspective. Erik Nisbet, associate professor, communication; Alexander Thompson, associate professor, political science; and Sam White, associate professor, history, discuss why climate change is not an urgent issue among voters this election cycle; Tom Wood, assistant professor, political science, analyzes key issues in the Ohio Senate race for Brookings.

‘Broad and High’ Features Dance Film

Broad and High, the weekly arts and culture program that airs on WOSU-PBS, featured the latest dance film by Ohio State Associate Professor Mitchell Rose. The “Exquisite Corps” segment aired on Oct. 6.

Ohio State Students Travel to Canada for Art Exhibition 

Danielle PoppOhio State students received a grant from the U.S. Department of State for travel funds to exhibit their high tech art at Maker Faire Ottawa in Canada. Their artwork was included in the Preternatural Exhibition, co-curated by Ken Rinaldo and Maker Fair curator Remco Volmer. Students’ work showcased perspectives of animals, media and technological representations, ecosystems, futures, co-evolution, symbiosis and friction between humans and non-humans. Danielle Popp (BFA, 2016) showcased a piece titled, “Perspective,” a projection-mapped 3D animation.


Astronomy PhD Candidate Wins Top Prize at SACNAS National Conference

Steven Villanueva Jr.For the second consecutive year, astronomy PhD candidate and NSF Graduate Research Fellow Steven Villanueva Jr., has won the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanic and Native American Scientists’ top Physics/Astronomy presentation award for work on his robotic DEMONEXT telescope. Villanueva is president of Ohio State’s SACNAS chapter, which sent 22 representatives to the annual SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference in Long Beach, California. They included Tyler Holland-Ashford, astronomy; and Mike Lopez and Khalida Hendricks, physics, all of whom competed. Scott Gaudi is Villanueva’s advisor.


Donald McGinnis Visiting Hours Saturday

The School of Music sadly announces the passing of Donald E. McGinnis, age 99, on Oct. 28. McGinnis was a distinguished musician, professor emeritus and director of bands emeritus at Ohio State. Family will receive friends Saturday, Nov. 5, 2-5 p.m. at the Tidd Family Funeral Home, 5265 Norwich St. in Hilliard. A private funeral service will be held at a later date in addition to a memorial concert at the School of Music.

Migrating to Canvas

As the migration work from D2L (old Carmen) to Canvas (new Carmen) continues for ODEE, ASCTech is available to support faculty, staff and instructors migrate or implement new courses for spring 2017. Spring semester courses will be available in Carmen in mid-November. 
D2L will be taken offline at the end of spring term 2017 and all courses and content therein will no longer be available for use or download. If instructors want to continue with D2L for one more semester, the exception form should be completed immediately. Instructors who expect to teach in D2L and who have completed an exception form and it has been approved, will have their courses created for them by ODEE.
More information 
Contact Mike Kaylor with questions


Undergraduate Designs COSI’s Sensory Friendly Day, Thursday, Nov. 3  

Anna VoelkerAnna Voelker, fourth-year astronomy and physics major, NASA Public Outreach Ambassador and COSI accessibility intern, uses art as a tool for sharing science, while breaking down communication barriers. Sensory Friendly Day will employ a series of theatre games Voelker created to teach science while working on developing life skills, such as eye contact and facial-expression recognition often more challenging for kids with developmental disabilities.

Davide Satcher to Speak on "Redefining the Path to Health Equity"

Davide SatcherDiscovery Themes Lecturer Series presents David Satcher, the second person in history to simultaneously hold the positions of U.S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health, for a presentation on “Redefining the Path to Health Equity,” Tuesday, Nov. 8, 3:30-4:45 p.m., Mershon Auditorium. Doors open at 3 p.m. Reception to follow. Free and open to all. Registration requested.

Ohio State Marching Band Hometown Concert

OSUMB Hometown ConcertDon't miss an exciting new show when The Ohio State University Marching Band performs at the Palace Theatre in downtown Columbus for its annual Hometown Concert on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. The Best Damn Band in the Land will entertain fans with selections from its popular halftime shows, fan favorites and traditional Ohio State tunes. Tickets are available through the theatre ticket office, CAPA or Ticketmaster.


Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on the provocative new ad attacks against Trump on nuclear weapons, WSYX-TV, Oct. 27

Jesse Fox, assistant professor, communication, on how sexual harassment in virtual reality feels all too real, The Guardian, Oct. 27

Rich Petty, professor, psychology, on how even the powerful can have trouble making difficult decisions, Psych Central, Oct. 27

Debra Guatelli-Steinberg, professor, anthropology, on how right-handedness is older than previously thought, Science Recorder, Oct. 26

Alvaro Montenegro, professor, geography, “What wind, currents and geography tell us about how people first settled Oceania,” The Conversation, Oct. 25


Nov. 3

COSI Sensory Friendly Day
333 W. Broad St.
11 a.m.

Wind Symphony
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Nov. 4

Strange Bedfellows: Breadwinners, Feminists, and Marriage Law Reform in Postwar America
168 Dulles Hall
11:30 a.m.

IKS Lecture: David Kang, The U.S. Pivot and Regional Security in Northeast Asia
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
12 p.m.

Service Learning Literacy
311 Denney Hall
12 p.m.

Ohio State Jazz Ensemble
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Through Nov. 5

Ya Vienen Los Muertos, Here Come the Dead: Days of the Dead Traditions in Latin America and the United States
Event locations and times listed on event


Nov. 6

Jazz Lab Ensemble
Weigel Auditorium
3 p.m.

Nov. 7

The History and Geography of Human Skulls
4012 Smith Laboratory
10:30 a.m.

The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities, and How We Can Fix Them
165 Thompson Library
3 p.m.

Road to the Pacific War in Recent Historiography
Faculty Club Grand Lounge
4 p.m.

Jazz Workshop Ensemble
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Nov. 7-8

The Lab Series: To the Moon & Back
Drake Performance and Event Center
7 p.m.

Nov. 8

IPR Seminar, Frank Bean, UC Irvine
038 Townshend Hall
12:30 p.m.

David Satcher, MD: Redefining the Path to Health Equity
Mershon Auditorium
3:30 p.m.

Nov. 9

Jennifer Schlueter on Leap Before You Look
Wexner Center for the Arts
1 p.m.

Rhetorical Devices in Japanese Advertising
125 Mendenhall Lab
4 p.m.

2016 Graduate and Professional School Fair
Ohio Union Great Hall Meeting Room 1, 2, 3
4:30 p.m.

Through Nov. 12

Wish You Were Here: Department of Art 2016 Faculty Exhibition
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

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