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AUG. 31, 2016 | TWEET!


Cheerleaders with Flags
When a number of new ASC faculty and staff did not get the chance to participate in the university's football ticket lottery for the annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation game, and we found ourselves with some extra tickets (including mine), it was clear that we should have our own lottery. Winners each received two tickets to the opening football game against Bowling Green this Saturday. The winners are: Eric Katz, Scott Swearingen, Yune Lee, Ashley Perez, Matt Anderson, Tawana Woods and Francois Le Cor. Congratulations!  - Executive Dean David Manderscheid
NOTE: Next week’s News and Updates will be published on Thursday, Sept. 8 due to the Labor Day weekend.


Communication Student Publishes Study on How Candidate Language Should Match the Times

David ClementsonDavid Clementson, doctoral student, communication, is lead author of a new study finding that voters who see the nation as being in dire economic straits view a presidential candidate as more “presidential” when he or she uses high-intensity, emotional language. But people who think the country is doing just fine think a candidate sounds more presidential when the language is more restrained. The study appears in the September 2016 issue of Presidential Studies Quarterly.

Atmospheric Scientist Receives NASA Award for Drought Research
Steven Quiring
Steven Quiring, professor, atmospheric sciences, received a $799,786 NASA award to further his research on the causes of and ability to predict drought. In January 2015, NASA launched a new satellite (SMAP) designed to measure soil moisture. Quiring’s grant is part of the first round of science utilization projects that will use the SMAP satellite. The project is titled “Investigating Soil Moisture-Convective Precipitation Feedbacks with Soil Moisture-Active Passive.” 

Psychology Professor Awarded MS Society Research Grant

Ruchika PrakashRuchika Prakash, associate professor, psychology, received a $631,261 award from the National MS Society for the project, "A physical activity-based tracking intervention to enhance cognitive and neural plasticity in multiple sclerosis." The project is designed to establish a cause and effect relationship between increased PA and improved cognitive functioning in people with MS.

WGSS Course Tops List

The course, “Women and Addiction: A Feminist Perspective,” offered by the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) topped a list of “63 College Classes that Give Us Hope for the Next Generation,” in the June 29 issue of Another WGSS course, “Girlhood,” was number 47 on the list.

Schweitzer Fellows Tell Their Stories

As part of the Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program, 14 professional and graduate students from Ohio State and three from Ohio University facilitated projects in 2105-16 to engage the Columbus and Athens communities. Two of them, Ahran Koo and Sarah Levitt, are from Arts and Sciences. Watch videos from University Outreach and Engagement as the fellows tell the stories of their projects. 


Interim Director, Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI)

Greg RempalaGreg Rempala (biostatistics and mathematics) has been appointed interim director of MBI beginning Sept. 1, 2016. MBI is an interdisciplinary, NSF/OSU-funded national institute. Rempala specializes in classical probability theory, mathematical statistics, and the theory of stochastic complex systems in mathematics; in biomedical and life sciences he specializes in computational genomics and bioinformatics, and mathematical epidemiology.

OSC to Host Statewide Users Group Meeting

The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) hosts its Statewide Users Group meeting on Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. The meeting highlights new scientific developments produced using OSC resources, fosters connections between OSC staff and the public and gathers feedback for OSC’s future and its role in supporting science across Ohio. Register online.

Tech Talk: ASCTech Supports ASC Instructors During Canvas Transition

As Ohio State moves from Desire2Learn to Canvas as the backbone of Carmen, ASCTech will have Canvas assistants available to answer your Carmen questions in person, phone or email. 

Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter – August Issue

Highlights from the August undergraduate e-newsletter: Campus Job Fair; ASC Student Council, student organizations and resources, the Math and Statistics Learning Center; events; student blogs from the School of Earth Sciences summer field camp in Utah; exhibitions at Urban Arts Space and Hopkins Hall Gallery and resources for students to stay safe living off-campus. Contact Ann Rottersman.


Service-Learning Grants Go to Five Humanities Projects

Last spring the ASC Curriculum Committee approved all five applications for Service-Learning Grants. This program continues in 2017; deadline for the next applications is March 1, 2017. 2016’s recipients:
  • Assistant Professor Julia Jorati, philosophy, "Teaching Philosophy in High School.” 
  • Professor Glenn Martinez, Spanish and Portuguese, “Press 1 for English, Oprima 2 para Español: Translation and Interpretation in the Latino Community.” 
  • Associate Professor Miranda Martinez, comparative studies, "Studies in Ethnography.” 
  • Associate Professor Katherine Borland, comparative studies and director, Center for Folklore Studies, “Ohio Field Schools.”
  • Associate Professor Mytheli Sreenivas, women’s, gender and sexuality studies, "Reproductive Rights and Justice.” 

2017 BETHA Grants: Proposals Due Nov. 22

Proposals for the 2017 Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Grants are due Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. Full-time assistant, associate and full professors (with a minimum 75 percent appointment for a nine- or 12-month period) are invited to submit proposals that examine the relationship between science and technology and its impact on broader social and cultural issues. Instructions and forms for submission of grant proposals now available. Contact Andrea Ward Ross.


U.S. China Policy: Challenges for the Next Administration

Andrew J. NathanThe Department of History’s Samuel C. Chu Memorial Lecture in East Asian Studies takes place Thursday, Sept. 15, 4-6 p.m. and features Andrew J. Nathan, the Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. Nathan will discuss Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump’s approaches to China policy. Nathan is a member of the boards of the National Endowment for Democracy and Human Rights in China, and a member of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch, Asia. He is the regular Asia and Pacific book reviewer for Foreign Affairs. The event is in 165 Thompson Library.

Astrophysicist Talks on the Future of Space Colonization

Paul SutterCheck out Paul Sutter, CCAPP cosmological research and community outreach coordinator, on All Sides with Ann Fisher, Thursday, Sept. 1, at 11 a.m. for a show on the future of space colonization. Sutter will share what he knows about the new-found planet Proxima b, and what it would take — hypothetically — to survive there and elsewhere in space.


Jeff Cohen, professor, anthropology, “Failed coup in Turkey means thousands voting with their feet,” The Conversation, Aug. 26

Alex Oliszewski, assistant professor, theatre and ACCAD, “Hot Stuff with Alex Oliszewski @LD12016,” Live Design News Wire, Aug. 25

Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on how Portman is distancing himself from Trump, Reuters via The Fiscal Times, Aug. 23

John Mueller, professor, political science, “Getting Real on the Terrorism Threat to the United States,” War on the Rocks, Aug. 23

Jonathan Dirlam, doctoral student; Hui Zheng, professor, sociology, on how job dissatisfaction in your 20s and 30s lead to health problems as early as your 40s; U.S. News & World Report, Inc., Plain Dealer, International Business Times, CBS and Live ScienceAug. 22

Jay Zagorsky, research scientist, on how marriage benefits your financial life, Salon, Aug. 22
Peter Mansoor, professor, history, co-published (with Sarah Holewinski) an op-ed, “No, Mr. Trump, you're not so good at war, torture is cruel and wrong,” Orlando Sentinel, Aug. 17


Sept. 1

Humanities Roundtable for Undergraduates
165 Thompson Library
4-6 p.m.

Through Sept. 2

Exhibition: Secrets
Ohio State Faculty Club
Gallery Hours

Sept. 6 to Oct. 1

Across the Pond
City Center Gallery, Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

Sept. 7

Anthea Kraut: Guest Scholar
Barnett Theatre at Sullivant Hall
6 p.m.

Through Sept. 24

Ceramics as Deception
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

Department of Design 2016 Faculty Exhibition: Research through Making
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

Through Oct. 21

Land●Mark: Alternative Views of the Landscape
Hopkins Hall Gallery
Gallery Hours

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