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Blog of the Executive Dean

Seeing Ohio first—on the Roads Scholars Tour

Bus photo taken by Kimberly Todd Sayers
Executive Dean David Manderscheid went on tour with Ohio State’s Roads Scholars, and now heads to Pelotonia’s starting line. He shares thoughts about traveling through Ohio in his recent blog post.

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Weeding the Numbers Garden: Tips, tricks and meditations on data analytics in higher education

Ren LeaflightAn integral part of being data savvy here at Ohio State is using the Hyperion eReports system to pull your own data. Ren Leaflight discusses the most used eReports and the information you can pull with them in her latest blog post.

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Astronomer Appointed JPL Distinguished Visiting Scientist

B. Scott GaudiB. Scott Gaudi, professor, astronomy, has accepted a two-year appointment as Distinguished Visiting Scientist at Cal Tech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The purpose of JPL’s Distinguished Visiting Scientist Program is to bring in leading scientists from around the country who they believe will enrich their program. His appointment began August 4.


College of Arts and Sciences Announces Interim Leadership Plan for Ohio State Marching Band

Ohio State will adopt an interim leadership structure to guide the marching band through the upcoming academic year. Director of University Bands, Professor Russel C. Mikkelson, and Associate Director of University Bands, Associate Professor, Scott Jones have been appointed to provide operational leadership and oversight of the Ohio State Marching Band for the 2014-15 season. With these appointments, the new structure incorporates faculty leadership from the College of Arts and Sciences, through which Marching Band students receive academic credit for band participation.

Arts and Sciences Faculty and Students in Who’s Who in Black Columbus 

Nearly 60 Ohio State faculty, staff and students are among those recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in the 12th edition of Who’s Who in Black Columbus. Board of Trustees member Clark Kellogg wrote the foreword for this year’s publication.
Who's Who in Black Columbus
Arts and sciences faculty include Leslie Alexander, associate professor, African American and African studies; Judson Jeffries, professor, African American and African Studies and director, AAAS Community Extension Center; Valerie Lee, professor, African and African American Studies, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies; William Ted McDaniel, professor, music; Koritha Mitchell, associate professor, English; and Horace Newsum, associate professor and chair, African American and African studies.
Who's Who In Black Columbus students
Arts and sciences students include: G'Kahlin Ford-Noble, sociology; Brooke C. Hardy, communication; Shannon Jeffries, psychology and Devonte Johnson, communication.


Finding Funding Workshop (SPIN), Wed. August 13th

Learn strategies for finding funding with SPIN (funding opportunities database) and how to create and save searches that generate funding alerts, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 10-11 a.m., 110 PAES building. Register online.

Physicist to Appear on Science Channel

Physics Professor Mike Lisa will appear on Science Channel’s, “How the Universe Works,” episode: “The First Second,” Wednesday, August 13 at 8 and 11 p.m.; and Thursday, August 14 at 6 a.m. 


August 11-15

Humanities and Cognitive Sciences Summer Institute for High School Students


Through September 6

PULL LEFT: Contemporary Chinese Art; Urban Arts Space: 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

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August 6, 2014

ASC Staff Advisory Council Cornhole Tournament

The ASC SAC Annual Cornhole Tournament beginning September 10, runs through October 15. Games are each Wednesday, noon-1 p.m. on the Oval. Tournament finals are during the ASC Staff Advisory Council's Homecoming Cookout, October 15. Registration deadline: August 29.


Rachel Dwyer, professor, sociology, on the racial wealth gap, The Society Pages, August 3, 2014

Dale Gnidovec, curator and collections manager, Orton Geological Museum, on the recently discovered rock collection of Ohio State’s first president, Columbus Dispatch, August 3, 2014

Don Haurin, professor emeritus, economics, on reverse loans, Columbus Dispatch, August 3, 2014

Kristi Williams, associate professor, sociology, Op-Ed, “Women in Low-Wage Jobs; Black Men and Families,” New York Times, August 3, 2014

Brian Joseph, Distinguished University Professor, and linguistics professor, on how language changes, U.S. News & World Report, July 31, 2014

Nadine Whiteman, clinical supervisor, Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, on the challenges of offering accent reduction classes, Inside Higher Education, July 31, 2014

Kristi Williams, associate professor, sociology, about the role of fathers in college success, Miami Herald, July 23, 2014


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