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Celebrating Research Across the Arts and Sciences

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Executive Dean David Manderscheid invites us to celebrate Research Month by thinking about the significant, life-changing, life-affirming research being done in all areas, all across the arts and sciences. Read more in his recent blog post.


Research Month: Social Examination

ResearchThis October has been designated Research Month at Ohio State, although research is built into the fabric of our Top-10 public research institution, yearlong. Each week, Arts and Sciences will focus on a different area of research, inquiry and investigation and share discoveries, news and events of note. This week we are focusing on social examination.


Chemists’ Work on Molecules, Called the 'Atmosphere’s Detergent,' Published in Science

Anne McCoyAnne McCoy, professor, chemistry and biochemistry; and former student, Andrew Petit, PhD, 2013, now a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and the paper‘s third author; were part of a team led by Penn that studied chemical reactions that help maintain the chemical balance of Earth’s atmosphere. A better understanding of these processes is critical for predicting how the atmosphere will respond to environmental changes. Observing these rapid atmospheric reactions in the lab, they identified an important intermediate molecule and tracked its transformation to hydroxyl radicals, highly reactive molecules that are called the “atmosphere’s detergent.” Their findings were published in the Sept. 26 issue of Science.

Astronomy Graduate Student Publishes Two Significant Papers in Astrophysical Journal

Christian ClantonAstronomy PhD candidate Christian Clanton is first author on a pair of papers recently published in the Astrophysical Journal. Clanton carefully compared and combined results from two different planet discovery methods, microlensing and radial velocity, to make the most comprehensive estimate to date of the frequency of planets around low-mass stars (M dwarfs). Given that M dwarfs comprise the majority (roughly 70 percent) of all stars, his conclusions have far-reaching implications for the prevalence of planets in the Galaxy. Furthermore, the methodology he developed in these studies provides researchers with a powerful tool in their quest to determine the census of extrasolar planets. His advisor, B. Scott Gaudi, professor, astronomy, and Thomas Jefferson Chair for Space Exploration and Discovery, is co-author.

ASC Faculty Member’s Dance Program Used in HIV Prevention

Rodney BrownRodney A. Brown, assistant professor, dance, founder/director, The Brown Dance Project; was invited to give a lecture at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) School of Arts and Aesthetics in New Delhi, India, in September. Brown lectured on his online book, Education Options in Dance Composition: The Brown Dance Project (The BDP) Translating the Pedagogy of Action (POA) Module on HIV Education to Dance, which focuses on an oral HIV prevention method being translated to dance movement and the BDP lab history.


Center for Folklore Studies Receives Gift

Center for Folklore StudiesAn anonymous $25,000 gift through the Columbus Foundation will fund Center for Folklore Studies’ research, archival preservation and an exhibition of the Ohio Arts Council collection, done by Pat Mullen and Tim Lloyd in the late 1970s and early '80s. This project helps the Folklore Archive’s goal to serve Ohio by making its holdings more accessible to researchers and the public.

Political Science PhD Candidate Awarded Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship

Peter TunkisPeter Tunkis, PhD candidate, political science, was awarded a Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship, January to December 2015. He will be affiliated with the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Jan. to July 2015; then with the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, August to December 2015.


Don’t Miss Renowned Physicist, Joseph Incandela, on All Sides with Ann Fisher, Oct. 2, 11 a.m.

Joseph IncandelaThen catch his presentation of physics’ 52nd annual Alpheus Smith Lecture, Then There Was Mass — from the Higgs to the Unknown — 8 p.m., 100 Independence Hall. Free/Everyone Welcome.


Science Sundays, ASC’s Free, Public Lecture Series, Continues Oct. 12

Ray JayawardhanaMove over Higgs — it's neutrino time. Ray Jayawardhana, dean of science and professor, York University, Toronto, Canada, presents Neutrino Hunters: Chasing a Ghostly Particle to Unlock Cosmic Secrets. Take a thrilling journey into the shadowy world of these elusive particles as Jayawardhana recounts a captivating detective story with a colorful cast of characters and awesome cosmic implications. Follow on Twitter @DrRayJay.


OriginsAll-American College Sports: Savage Gladiators v. Civilized Amateurs: Rome and Athens in American Sports Culture.

4th and Goal? The Past of the American University and the Future of the NCAA 
Historians explore the relationship between American university sports and the NCAA.

Taylor Branch on the Crisis of College Sports: Pulitzer Prize-winning author/historian Taylor Branch on the contentious yet interlinked history of American universities and the NCAA.

Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lecture Series Kicks off with Hannibal Hamlin, Tuesday, Oct. 7

HamlinThe Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lecture Series’ first lecture of the year features Hannibal Hamlin, English, discussing "Tobit's Dog: Reading and Writing the Bible in Renaissance England,” a look at a biblical text popular in the 16th and 17th centuries, involving a pious old man blinded by sparrow's dung, the archangel Raphael disguised as a hired servant, a woman beloved by a demon who strangles her first seven husbands, a monstrous fish with a magic liver and the only domestic pet — a dog — in the Bible. Tuesday, Oct. 7, 5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge. Free; RSVP requested.

CLLC Radio

The Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures (CLLC) offers broadcasts in French, Italian, Modern Greek, Spanish, Portuguese and Yiddish. For more information about CLLC radio, contact Rebecca Bias; for Yiddish Radio, contact Karen Sobul.


Oct. 2

Aude Oliva, PhD, MIT: Visualizing Human Mental Representations in Time and Space; 11 a.m., 035 Psychology Building

Molecular Genetics Seminar: David Bisaro; 4:10 p.m., 155 Jennings Hall

Joshua Dubler, University of Rochester: Prisoners, Religion and the Cultural Logic of Mass Incarceration; 4:30 p.m., 165 Thompson Library

Underwater Dreams Screening; 5:30 p.m., AMC Lennox Town Center Theater, 777 Kinnear Rd.

The 52 Annual Alpheus Smith Lecture; 8 p.m., 100 Independence Hall


Through Oct. 3

Tracers Takes Over; Hopkins Hall Gallery


Oct. 3

CMRS Lecture Series: Karma Lochrie, Indiana University; 4 p.m., 090 18th Avenue Library

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


Through Oct. 4

Art in the Shadows; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 130


Oct. 4

Reception: Art in the Shadows; 3:30 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 130

Through Oct. 5

The Norwegians; Mount Hall Studio

Oct. 5

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

Oct. 6

Musicology Lecture: Nicholas Johnson, Butler University; Room 205 18th Ave. Library, 4:30 p.m.

Faculty: Katherine Borst Jones, flute, and Caroline Hartig, clarinet; Weigel Hall Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Oct. 6 - Oct. 7

Theatre Lab Series: Pretty Girls Don't Eat; 2060 Drake Performance and Event Center, 7 p.m.

Oct. 7

IPR Seminar: Trevon Logan, Segregation, Forever; 038 Townshend Hall, 12:30 p.m.

Daniel Brian, Rehearsing Change: Finding, Telling and Transforming the Development Story in Amazonia; Kuhn House, 2 p.m.

Arts and Humanities Lecture: Hannibal Hamlin, Tobit's Dog: Reading and Writing the Bible in Renaissance England; Faculty Club's Grand Lounge, 5 p.m.

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

Oct. 8

Adam Jones, Gendering Genocide; 217 Journalism Building, 12 p.m.

Microbiology 7899 Seminar: John Brumell; 001 Jennings Hall, 4:10 p.m.

Symphonic Band; Weigel Hall Auditorium, 8 p.m.


Through Oct. 31

Faculty Club Alumni Art Exhibition: Maria Alejandra Zanetta; Faculty Club


Through Nov. 8

25 on High: A Photographic Journey; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 130

Possible Impossible: Terry Allen Study Drawings for Public Works; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 130

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October 1, 2014

The New Arts and Sciences Above and Beyond Buckeye Prize

Executive Dean David C. Manderscheid and the Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council (SAC) announce the new Arts and Sciences Above and Beyond Buckeye Prize to recognize arts and sciences staff members who go above and beyond, doing extraordinary work every day. Each month, Dean Manderscheid and SAC will select a staff member for a surprise visit and $100 prize. Faculty and staff can nominate staff for the prize. Nominations must be submitted online and are due by the second Thursday of each month. October’s nominations due Thursday, Oct. 9.


ASC SAC Homecoming Cookout, Oct. 15. RSVP by Oct. 9

All ASC staff members are invited to a Homecoming Cookout, Oct. 15, noon-2 p.m., Cartoon Room, Ohio Union. Celebrate Ohio State's homecoming week, watch the final game of the ASC Staff Cornhole Tournament and enjoy hot dogs or hamburgers (veggie burgers available), chips and a drink. RSVP by Oct. 9.


Peter Hahn, professor and chair, history, on the history of U.S. involvement in Iraq, NPR’s Here and Now, Sept. 24, 2014 


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