Gay Population—and Homophobia—May be Underestimated

Rainbow FlagKatie Coffman and Lucas Coffman, assistant professors, economics, are authors of a new study showing that anti-gay sentiment is higher than we think, and current methods for assessing attitudes about sexuality are not as accurate as they should be. In a study published in the National Bureau of Economic Research, the research team found that current methods may not accurately capture the size of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population, or attitudes toward them.

Research Team Produces Tri-lingual Text

Mark Bender, professor and chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL), was part of research team that produced a tri-lingual text of a creation epic of the Hmong (Miaozu) ethnic minority group in Guizhou province, Southwest China. The project, spanning more than 50 years, has seen several manifestations in print. The present volume, Hxak Hlieb/Miaozu Shishi/Hmong Oral Epics, is the result of a team consisting of Bender and Levi Gibbs, a former DEALL graduate, among others.

Environmental Historian Takes to the Field and Blogs about His Adventures

Nicholas BreyfogleIn August, environmental historian Nicholas Breyfogle left the library behind and embarked upon the first leg of a challenging far-flung adventure, which he hopes will become a model for the way environmental history is studied. Breyfogle, associate professor, history, is part of a new network of cross-disciplinary, transnational researchers, funded by Great Britain’s Leverhulme Trust, who are exploring three of the most interesting ecological and human sites in the former Soviet Union: the Solovetskie Islands (2013-14), Chernobyl (2014-15) and Lake Baikal (2015-16). Breyfogle shares this year’s adventures, insights and amazing photos on his U.OSU website. 


Professor Receives Award for Service to the
Social Sciences

Janet Box-SteffensmeierJanet Box-Steffensmeier, professor, political science, received the 2013 Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Council. Box-Steffensmeier received the Distinguished University Scholar award in 2012.


Bollywood Comes to Ohio State! 

BollywoodThe Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures hosts the first Annual OSU/Bollywood Film Festival: Women in Bollywood: Tradition and Transition, November 8 and 9, in 180 Hagerty Hall—a window into the chronological shaping, transformation, and representation of the experiences of South Asian women and the changing ways women have told their stories. Keynote lecture by Wendy Singer, the Roy T. Wortman Distinguished Professor of History, Kenyon College. Free and open to all. Information:

Make it Fourteen ASC Researchers Benefitting from New Ohio State/Brazil Collaboration  

Anita Mattson, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, was inadvertently omitted from last week’s announcement of arts and sciences researchers selected to receive funding through the new partnership between Ohio State and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

Jones-Luong Discusses Emerging National Oil Companies

Pauline Jones LuongPauline Jones-Luong, director of the Islamic Studies program at the University of Michigan, speaks about “Crude Ambitions: The Internationalization of Emerging National Oil Companies,” Thursday, October 17, 4 pm, Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Register online

Faculty Give TEDx Talks

David Bromwich, professor, geography; and Scott Gaudi, associate professor, astronomy; presented talks Friday, October 11 at TEDxColumbus. Watch for video of their talks, to be posted at

Opening Reception for Emeritus Faculty Exhibition is Thursday

How Long, by Pheoris WestStop by Hopkins Hall Gallery, Thursday, October 17, 4:30-6 pm for the opening reception of Three New Emeritus Faculty in the Department of Art, an exhibition featuring works by Charles Massey (printmaking), Tony Mendoza (photography), and Pheoris West (painting & drawing). The exhibition runs through November 8. Image: How Long, by Pheoris West.


Workshop Examines Findings of Long-Running Comparative National Elections Project

A workshop on Comparative National Elections Project: Key Findings and Future Directions, the second-largest survey-based research project in the world, Friday, October 18, 9:45 am-3:30 pm, Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Register online

OSU STEM Researchers: Get to Know Metro

Learn more about becoming involved with Metro Early College High School during the "Get to Know Metro" tour and discussion, Tuesday, October 22, 9-11 am at Metro School, 1929 Kenny Road. RSVP online.

Workshops for ASC Faculty and Staff Professional Websites

U.You are invited to try out the university's new, easy-to-use, professional website and blog platform U.OSU.EDU. Upcoming workshop: Wednesday, October 23, 2:30-4 pm, 0186 Hagerty Hall.

University Lapel Pins

University Communications is developing a new lapel pin fully aligned to the university’s new visual identity. In the interim, only Block O (and Block O w/Buckeye leaf) lapel pins should be used. Questions:

ODEE Grant 

Want to apply for the ODEE grant? The deadline is November 5, but there's still time to work on a proposal with ASCTech. Schedule an appointment to talk through the process and assistance you can get from the ASCTech team: from talking through ideas to ensuring pedagogical efficacy to crafting text.


October 17


October 17-November 8


October 18

Symphony Orchestra; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

October 20

Jazz Ensemble; 3 pm, Weigel Auditorium

October 21

Musicology Lecture: Lois Rosow; 4:30 pm, Music/Dance Library, 205 18th Avenue Library

October 21-22

Theatre Lab Series: Mary's Wedding; 7 pm, New Works Lab, 2060 Drake Performance and Event Center

October 22

Yiddish Radio; 2 pm, online

October 23

Faculty Concert: Karrie Pierson, Bassoon; 6 pm, Weigel Auditorium

Through October 25

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

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 16, 2013
Hagerty Hall

New Advising Office in Hagerty Hall

Hagerty Hall has a new undergraduate advising office for students with the majors listed below. Advisors are located in 355 Hagerty Hall and are available to help students with information on majors and general education requirements (GECs) and assist with overall degree planning. Students can make appointments to meet with an advisor by calling (614) 292-6961 or visiting the office. For information, contact
Emily Carpenter.
• Arabic
• Japanese
• Chinese
• Korean
• Comparative Studies
• Film Studies
• Portuguese
• French
• Religious Studies
• German
• Romance Studies
• Hebrew
• Russian
• Islamic Studies
• Spanish
• Italian
• World Literatures
• Medieval and
  Renaissance Studies


“OSU Researchers had a hand in discovery that won the Nobel Prize,” Columbus Dispatch, October 14, 2013
Ohio State’s Planetarium Opens Portal to the Universe, Columbus Dispatch, October 11, 2013
Katie Coffman and Lucas Coffman, assistant professors, economics, on how surveys underestimate gay populations and antigay feelings, Los Angeles Times, October 10, 2013
Jeremy Wallace, assistant professor, political science, on his research of China’s urbanization, Link Asia Television, October 4, 2013


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