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What are the lasting lessons our students take with them?

Ohio Stadium during Spring 14 Commencement
Executive Dean David Manderscheid hands out hundreds of diplomas and marvels at the send-off we give our students at his very first spring Ohio State commencement and wonders: what are the lasting lessons our students take with them? Read more in his recent blog post.

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2014 History of WWII Study Program: Integrated Semester – Study Tour and History Minor

O-H-I-O in LondonFrom "World War II Sights in London," to "Adapting to Big City Life in Europe" and much more, students studying abroad this May share their adventures in real time.


Spring 2014 Issue of College of Arts and Sciences’ ASCENT Now Online

Spring 2014 ASCENT coverTwice each year, we are pleased to offer our friends and alumni a selection of images and stories that capture the excitement and relevance of the arts and sciences at Ohio State. Highlights of this issue of ASCENT: "Big Data, Big Time,” data analytics may be Ohio State’s “sexiest” new major; “Don’t Give Up The Ship,” lots of things we bet you didn’t know about the War of 1812; “The Arts Flourish at Ohio State,” inside the Arts District transformation; “The Changing American Family,” refocuses the picture of the "traditional" family unit, and much more. 


New Director of School of Communication

Daniel McDonaldCommunication Professor Daniel McDonald has been appointed director of the School of Communication, starting June 1, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. McDonald has been associate director for strategic planning in the school since 2010 and a tenured professor at Ohio State since 1998. “For over 15 years, Dan McDonald has played a key role in the merger of Ohio State’s former Department of Communication and the School of Journalism,” said Giff Weary, divisional dean, social and behavioral sciences. “He is the right person at this point in the history of the school to, along with his faculty, staff and students, continue its forward momentum.”


Partisan Media Driving a Wedge Between Citizens, Study Finds 

R. Kelly GarrettR. Kelly Garrett, associate professor, communication, is lead author of an international study finding that viewing partisan news reports from both the conservative and liberal viewpoints doesn’t make people more accepting of citizens on the other side of the political fence. Garrett and his team analyzed citizens’ media consumption in the U.S. and Israel, how often they viewed liberal and conservative news outlets and how often they viewed mainstream, relatively neutral news sites. The study appears online in the journal Human Communication Research.


ASC Staff Advisory Council—Application Deadline Extended: May 21

The ASC Staff Advisory Council is accepting applications to serve on the council for the July 2014 - June 2016 term. Council highlights this past year: homecoming cookout and cornhole tournament, operation brownie and pancake breakfasts. Members also voice their opinions on critical issues for staff.


Political Science Alumna Wins Teaching Award

Audrey HaynesAudrey Haynes (PhD, 1996), associate professor of political science, University of Georgia, received the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the university’s highest recognition for superior instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In accepting the award, Haynes singled out Ohio State political science Professors Paul Beck, Samuel Patterson (retired), Larry Baum and John Kessel, for their mentorship and support.


New Network in Cultural Resilience

The new Mershon Research Network in Cultural Resilience, a collaboration of the Center for Folklore Studies, the Department of Linguistics and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, begins its work this summer with a reading group meeting, May 19 at 3 p.m. at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. All faculty and graduate students are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Dorothy Noyes

Arps Garage Update

The Arps Garage project enters the final phase of construction with repairs being made to floors, walls and ceilings of west side floors on levels 1-3. To ensure safety and eliminate potential damage to customer vehicles during active construction, the current detour was established. All work should be complete and the garage restored to normal operation prior to autumn semester. 


May 15

Reception: Membranes of Space in Time; 3 p.m., Hopkins Hall Gallery

MG 7890: 4th Year Student Talk; 4:10 p.m., 111 Parks Hall

The Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Who Owns It?; 7-8:30 p.m., WOSU@COSI, 333 West Broad St.


Through May 16

Membranes of Space in Time; Hopkins Hall Gallery


May 16-17

2014 Queer Places, Practices & Lives Symposium; Ohio Union


May 21

OSU STEM Researchers Can "Get To Know Metro;" 9-11 a.m., Metro Early College High School, 1929 Kenny Rd.

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May 14, 2014
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Ohio House Session Honors Marching Band, Music Educators, ‘Sloopy’

Members of the Ohio State Marching Band were a huge hit at the Statehouse during the Ohio House Session on Wednesday, May 7. They were on hand with Director Jon Waters to accept an honor from State Representative Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City), who presented the group with a resolution recognizing its contributions to the State of Ohio.


Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, Earth sciences, on West Antarctica ice sheet melting, Columbus Dispatch, May 13, 2014

Jules Angel, lecturer, anthropology, “OSU Students Study Prehistoric Indian Tools in Dublin Field,” Columbus Dispatch, May 11, 2014

Nicholas Dekker, lecturer, theatre, and food blog writer (“Breakfast with Nick”) is featured in an article about Columbus as the breakfast mecca, New York Post, May 6, 2014


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