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FEBRUARY 10, 2016 | TWEET!



A Special Valentine from
Dean David Manderscheid

Each year on February 14, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” Dean Manderscheid shares his very special Valentine to the Arts and Sciences.


JanJanet Box-Steffensmeier, Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science and divisional dean, social and behavioral sciences, will receive the Outstanding Professional Achievement award from the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Women’s Caucus. As part of this award, the MPSA will host a roundtable honoring Box-Steffensmeier and celebrating her important contributions to the discipline and the profession. She served as president-elect, president and immediate past-president of the MPSA, 2011-2013.
Rachael Woldoff  and Lisa Morrison (both PhD, sociology, 2003), are the authors of the new book, Priced Out: Stuyvesant Town and the Loss of Middle-Class Neighborhoods (NYU Press), following a transitioning neighborhood as it wrestles with contemporary capitalist strategies and the struggle to preserve renters’ rights. Woldoff is associate professor of sociology, West Virginia University. Morrison is social affairs officer, United Nations. 


November Above and Beyond Buckeye Winner: Matt Swift

Matt Swift, academic program coordinator, film studies, is the November 2015 Above and Beyond Buckeye Award winner. Swift was nominated by Ron Green, professor, history of art and film studies. “Matt has been a lynch pin in the film studies program since his arrival,” said Green in his nomination letter. “He is utterly responsible to every assignment and duty, plus, he innovates and volunteers at a great rate.”


Contact for PostDoc Researchers or Fellows

For questions or inquiries related to postdoctoral researchers or fellows, please contact the Postdoctoral Advisory Council (PAC); do not contact the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) for official matters as they are a volunteer postdoc organization. The Arts and Sciences PAC contact is Marcela Hernandez, graduate and STEM diversity director.

Call for Performances: ASC Campus Campaign Talent Show 

Showcase your talent at the Annual Arts and Sciences/Campus Campaign Talent Show, Friday, March 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Weigel Hall. Performances can be musical, readings, artistic, serious or hilarious. The talent show committee will be in touch with each participant to discuss logistics and special needs. To participate, contact Lauren Barrett by Feb 19.

Tech Talk: ASCTech Announces CrashPlan Availability

As part of its efforts to ensure data security and integrity, ASCTech now offers CrashPlan computer backup software to arts and sciences faculty and staff. Learn more about how this software can help you recover from a catastrophe, like loss of a computer or significant hard drive damage.

Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter – February Issue

Highlights include new specializations in political science; foreign language virtual open house and career opportunities, education abroad in Warsaw, summer research funding, Stone Lab summer course offerings, information sessions for students interested in graduate public health degrees and resources for women. Contact Ann Rottersman.

Team Buckeye Registration is Now Open

All faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Ohio State can now register to be a rider or virtual rider on the Pelotonia website. Be sure to review the new fundraising commitment levels, changes to the virtual rider program and new route options.

New U.OSU Themes 

Have you seen the latest themes in U.OSU? Oxley and Orton join the theme array, offering more options to customize your professional and educational sites at Ohio State. New features include sticky posts, projects and slideshows. Find out more about the new themes and how to showcase your text- or image-based work in a U.OSU portfolio. 


History of Art Professor Recognized 

History of Art Professor Emerita Myroslava Mudrak’s recent work on an exhibition of Ukrainian avant-garde art was recognized at the 104th Annual Conference of the College Art Association, Feb 3-6. Mudrak’s catalogue, Staging the Ukrainian Avant-Garde of the 1910s and 1920s, and the exhibition, co-curated by Tetiana Rudenko, Kyiv Museum of Theater, Music and Cinema Arts of Ukraine, was awarded The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries and Collections. The exhibition was held at The Ukrainian Museum in New York City, Feb.14 – Sept.15, 2015.

Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant

The Whiting Foundation has established a new program, the Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant, offering $35,000 to as many as three works in progress, to enable scholars to complete their books. All creative nonfiction writers under contract with a publisher and at least two years into their work are encouraged to apply by May 1, 2016. Whiting welcomes submissions for works of history, the sciences, cultural or political reportage, biography, memoir, criticism and other categories. 


 Science Sundays: Feb 21 Features Leading Mathematician

Brown University Professor Jill Pipher presents, Mathematical ideas in Cryptography: from ancient times to a post-quantum age, Sunday, Feb. 21, 3-4 p.m., Ohio Union. Pipher explores why we need new mathematical ideas to deal with emerging problems, such as privacy for information stored in the cloud, and the computational potential of quantum computing. Reception to follow, 4-5 p.m.

ASC SAC Spring Breakfast: March 14

The Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council hosts a Spring Breakfast for all ASC staff, Monday, March 14, 8:30-10 a.m., in the Great Hall Meeting Room of the Ohio Union. Join us!  Please RSVP by March 7

Cleo Manago to Visit Barnett Center

The CEO/founder of Black Men’s Xchange, Cleo Manago, discusses how to sustain activism through filmmaking at two events — I am a Man: Black Manhood & Sexual Diversity, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m., and In My OWN Image, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. 

Arthur Mitchell Gives Lecture 

Arthur Mitchell, American dance pioneer, presents a lecture at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the Barnett Theatre, Sullivant Hall. Hosted by the Department of Dance and the Ohio Arts Council. Free. Open to all.

Mitchell was the first African American principal dancer with New York City Ballet under George Balanchine, and is better known as founder and artistic director of Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Shakespeare's Day: 1616/2016

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies presents, “Shakespeare’s Day: 1616-2016,” the third iteration of its annual Popular Culture and the Deep Past series, Feb. 19 and 20, in the Ohio Union and in Hagerty Hall. It includes an academic conference as well as a “medieval faire.” Free; registration required


Joel Barker, assistant professor, Earth sciences (Marion), on his research in the Canadian Arctic, Morrow County Sentinel, Feb 7, 2016.

Lisa Williams, doctoral student, sociology, on why bullying is especially detrimental for young Latinos, Latinos Health, Feb. 6, 2016.

Barbara Piperata, associate professor, anthropology, “Ohio State researcher finds successful program in Brazil might hurt rural poor,” Columbus Dispatch, Feb. 5, 2016.

Christin Burd, assistant professor, molecular genetics, on recent findings on aging in mice, Live Science, Feb. 5, 2016.

Brad Bushman, professor, communication and psychology, on how sex and violence don’t sell, in ads, Christian Examiner, Feb 4, 2016.

David Stebenne, professor, history and law, “Onward Christian Soldiers?” Huffington Post, Feb. 4, 2016.

Rachel Dwyer, associate professor, sociology, on the difference between good and bad debt, Slate, Feb. 2, 2016,

An interview with Ashley Hope Pérez, author of Out of Darkness and visiting assistant professor, comparative studies, Huffington Post, Feb. 2, 2016



Feb. 11

Wind Symphony;
Weigel Auditorium. 
8 p.m.

Feb. 11
Wexner Center for the Arts, Film/Video Theatre
7 p.m.

Feb. 12 - 14
Ohio State Shakespeare School Tour: A Midsummer Night's Dream;
Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St.

Feb. 12
Franklinton Friday
400 W. Rich
6 - 9 p.m.

Feb. 12
Jazz Ensemble presents: Entirely Ellington;
Weigel Auditorium 
8 p.m.

Feb. 14
Jazz Lab Ensemble
Weigel Auditorium
3 p.m.

Feb. 16 
Tyler McCormick, University of Washington;
038 Townshend Hall
12:30 p.m.

Feb. 16 - March 19
Department of Art Third Year MFA Thesis Exhibition;
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St. 
Reception: Saturday, Feb. 20, 5-7 p.m.

Feb. 16
Jazz Workshop Ensemble;
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.


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