EEOB Professor Authors Book on Darwin's Family

Tim BerraTim Berra, professor emeritus; evolution, ecology and organismal biology (Mansfield), is author of the new book, "Darwin & His Children: His Other Legacy" (2013, Oxford University Press). A longtime Darwin enthusiast turned biographer, Berra grew curious about the Darwin children while researching “Charles Darwin: The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man,” published in 2009. This is the only book that deals substantially with the lives of his children from birth to death.

A New Model for Data Analytics: CAPS Computational Biology Laboratory (CCBL)

CAPS Computational Biology LaboratoryThe Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) Computational Biology Laboratory (CCBL), located in Rightmire Hall, is up and running hard—aspiring to be a full-service biological data analytics environment. “This kind of facility is critical right now,” CAPS Director Erich Grotewold said. “The CCBL can be a robust model for the way to do big data analytics in the biological sciences and is the core of what data analytics means.”


Professor Receives 2013 Heldt Prize

Yana HashamovaYana Hashamova, professor, Slavic and East European languages and cultures, received the 2013 Heldt Prize for Best Article in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian Women’s Studies from the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS). Hashamova’s article, “War Rape: (Re)defining Motherhood, Fatherhood, and Nationhood,” was cited as “an important intervention in the debate over the fate of women raped in wartime and a powerful indictment of the violence of war and the traumas that linger in peace.”

Alumna Named Emerging Arts Leader 

Erin HoppeErin Hoppe was honored with the Emerging Arts Leader Award in central Ohio by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC). Hoppe, who earned a master's degree in arts policy and administration in 2008, received the award October 17 at a luncheon where GCAC's Community Arts Partnership Awards were presented.

Parrott, Garrett Finalists

The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and the Columbus Film Council have announced the 2013 Media Arts Fellowship Finalists, and two of them are connected with the College of Arts and Sciences. The eight finalists include Janet Parrott, associate professor, theatre; and alumnus Phil Garrett, (MFA, theatre, 2012).

CLSE Assistant Director Named Education Mentor

Judy Ridgway, assistant director, Center for Life Sciences Education (CLSE), was named National Academies Education Mentor in the Life Sciences in recognition of service at the National Academies’ Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology this past summer. Ridgway was previously named a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences.


Sullivant Hall Backgrounder Available

Sullivant HallSullivant Hall’s massive transformation is progressing throughout fall semester. If you want information about the renovation project, as well as details about the units that will soon call the historical building home, check out the new online background page.


8th Annual Black Veterans Day Salute

African American Civil War SoldiersThe Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS) will honor African-American servicemen and women during the 8th Annual Black Veterans Day Salute, 11:30 am-1:30 pm on Saturday, November 9, at the AAAS Community Extension Center and 2-4 pm on Sunday, November 10, at the Kelton House. For information: or (614) 292-1348.

Ohio State Staff Career Development Grants

Staff members can apply for up to $1,000 for conferences and seminars, tuition and related costs for re-training, and job search/out-placement expenses; and units can apply for up to $1,500 for group training.

Greitens Discusses Authoritarian States in Cold War

Sheena Chestnut Greitens, a scholar at Harvard’s Academy for International and Area Studies, will speak on "Coercive Institutions and State Violence under Authoritarianism," Thursday, November 7, 12:30 pm, Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Register online.

1st Annual Bollywood Festival

Bollywood Movie StillThe 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, 180 Hagerty Hall. Opening night includes keynote lecture by Wendy Singer, the Roy T. Wortman Distinguished Professor of History, Kenyon College.

Rovner Talks about Book on Politicization of Intelligence

Joshua Rovner, John Goodwin Tower Professor of International Politics and National Security at Southern Methodist University, will talk about his book, “Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence” (Cornell, 2011), Friday, November 8, 12:30 pm, Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Register online.

Senior Editor of New Republic to Speak

Ruth FranklinRuth Franklin, literary critic and a senior editor at the New Republic will present “Beyond 'The Lottery:' Writing the Life of Shirley Jackson” November 12, 6-8 pm, 165 Thompson Library.


OSU Graduate and Professional School Fair

Arts and Sciences Student Council 4th annual OSU Graduate and Professional School Fair, Wednesday, November 13, 4:30-6:30 pm, Ohio Union, is an option for Student Success Series credit, and an opportunity to ask questions of Ohio State admission representatives, pre-law and pre-health advisors, ASC career counselors, and test prep program coordinators. Click here for full list of Ohio State colleges and schools attending. Free admission and refreshments.  

Ohio State Women’s Oral History Project

Deb Ballam and Judy Yesso, former directors of the OSU Women's Place, are heading a “Voice of Women” history project to record women's history at Ohio State. They are looking for volunteers to interview people and are seeking nominations for interview subjects, which can include former or current faculty, staff, and students. Contact Deb Ballam or Judy Yesso. Current list of potential interviewees online.


2014 ICPSR Summer Internship Program

Applications are being accepted now for the 2014 Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Undergraduate Internship Program, an intensive, 10-week program in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for students interested in social science research. The deadline for all materials is January 31, 2014.


October 31

Molecular Genetics Seminar: Amanda Bird; 4:10 pm, 155 Jennings Hall

November 1


November 4


November 4-5

Theatre Lab Series: Revolver: An Evening of New Work; 7 pm, New Works Lab, 2060 Drake Performance and Event Center

November 5

Flute Troupe; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

Through November 8


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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Biard Lecture: “Dissecting Galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope”

The Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP), hosts the 7th Annual R. Jack and Forest Lynn Biard Cosmology and Astrophysics Lecture, Wednesday November 13, 6:30-7:30 pm, Fawcett Center. Julianne Dalcanton, associate professor, astronomy, at the University of Washington, and researcher for Sloan Digital Sky Survey, shows how some of the most beautiful Hubble Space Telescope observations can be used to extract detailed histories of the nearest galaxies. Free and open to the public.


Peter Mansoor, associate professor, history, on his just-published book, "Surge: My Journey With General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War," (Yale University Press), Columbus Dispatch, October 29, 2013

Ohio State Marching Band makes Superman 'fly,' T-Rex 'walk' in new video,” NBC News, October 28, 2013
Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on how the tea party is heating up local board races, Columbus Dispatch, October 27, 2013
Review of the Department of Theatre’s The TempestColumbus Alive, October 24, 2013


Physics Magazine 2013
Department of Physics: Physics Magazine 2013


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