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Sociologist Examines Social Movement Campaigns Aimed at Corporations

Tim BartleyIn recent years, activists have “named and shamed” companies, pushing them to improve labor conditions, environmental standards or human rights in their global operations. In a new study, “Shaming the Corporation: The Social Production of Targets and the Anti-Sweatshop Movement,” published in the American Sociological Review, Sociology Associate Professor Tim Bartley examines why some companies become targets of social movement campaigns while others largely fly under the radar. Bartley’s paper, written with Curtis Child focuses on the anti-sweatshop movement of the 1990s.


History Professor Awarded British Academy Medal

Geoffrey ParkerGeoffrey Parker, Distinguished University Professor, Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History, and Mershon Center Associate, received the 2014 British Academy Medal, for his recent highly-acclaimed book, Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century. The British Academy Medals were created to recognize and reward outstanding achievement in any of the humanities and social sciences disciplines supported by the Academy. Up to three medals are awarded each year for a landmark academic achievement, which has transformed understanding of a particular subject or field of study.

Statistician Named 2014 ASA Fellow

Kate CalderCatherine Calder, associate professor, statistics, has been named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the nation’s preeminent professional statistical society. Calder was cited “for outstanding contributions to the development of Bayesian statistical methodology for spatial and spatiotemporal data; for significant multidisciplinary collaborations; for excellence in teaching and mentoring graduate students both in statistics and in other disciplines; and for service to the profession.” Calder will be awarded a certificate at a ceremony on August 5 at the annual Joint Statistical Meetings in Boston, Massachusetts.

Arts and Sciences Graduate Students Receive Summer Grants 

Elizabeth Gardiner, anthropology, and Chris Hartmann, geography, were awarded 2014 Ohio State Environmental Policy Initiative (EPI) summer research grants. The annual program offers $4,000 research grants to graduate students preparing doctoral dissertation proposals for work in environmental policy. Gardiner will study the impact that land acquisitions by local companies, international corporations and foreign entities have had on food security and livelihood sustainability in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Hartmann will examine the roll-out of a national health and well-being campaign, Vivir Bonito (Live Pretty), and the modernization of Managua, Nicaragua’s only municipal waste site. 

Graduate Student Selected for Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program 

Nicole Freeman, PhD candidate in European history, is one of nine graduate students and PhD candidates chosen by the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation (AJCF) to participate in the Center’s Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program. The three-week program held in Oświęcim (Auschwitz), Poland, fosters participants’ academic and personal growth and community activism through study of the universal implications of the Holocaust.

Ohio State Undergraduate Student Organization Receives National Chapter of the Year Award

Alex Pantich, Peter Mansoor and Clay Sharb
For the second time in the past three years, Ohio State’s Chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS)—competing with 56 chapters across the country—has been named national chapter of the year. Also, AHS advisor, History Associate Professor Peter Mansoor, was named national advisor of the year. AHS is a student organization dedicated to promoting constructive debate on basic principles and contemporary issues in foreign, economic and national security policy. Mansoor and AHS student presidents Alex Pantich, recent political science graduate; and Clay Sharb, history, were honored at a reception last weekend in Washington, D.C. 

Physicist Named to Inaugural Class of AAPT Fellows

Gordon AubrechtGordon Aubrecht, professor, physics, has been named Fellow of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). The new AAPT Fellowship Program recognizes members who have made an exceptional contribution to AAPT’s mission to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching. New Fellows will be recognized at the 2014 AAPT summer meeting in Minneapolis.


Geography Undergraduate Crowned Miss Ohio

Mackenzie BartMackenzie Bart, an undergraduate majoring in atmospheric sciences, recently was crowned Miss Ohio and is one of two interns at The Weather Channel in Atlanta this summer. Bart will be promoting her platforms of universal newborn screening and STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) education everywhere she travels during her reign.


Origins Podcasts—thoughtful conversations about timely topics

OriginsThe latest: The Terrors of Suicide Bombing (00:20:08) poses the question: is suicide bombing a recent, novel phenomenon, or are there similarities among 19th C. Russian anarchists, 20th C. kamikaze pilots and today’s suicide bombers? Leticia Wiggins and Patrick Potyondy interview Corbin Williamson, Jonathan Romaneski and Jeffrey Lewis to tackle tough questions about suicide bombing and explore whether or not history can inform policy decisions to help prevent such acts.


Through July 3

The Unoccupied Hand; Hopkins Hall Gallery

July 8-16

Making a Meal; Hopkins Hall Gallery

July 8-26

Jan Dilenschneider to Exhibit Works in Paris; Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier, Paris, France

July 9-August 1

An Educated Guess: Cosmic Slop; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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July 2, 2014
The Tempest

Ohio State and Royal Shakespeare Company to present The Tempest

In The Tempest, adapted and directed by Kelly Hunter for an audience of children with autism, six actors take the children on a journey of clowns, spirits, monsters and wizards on an island where nobody feels ordinary. The production will open at Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts on July 16-17 followed by performances at WOSU@COSI in downtown Columbus on July 19-20. The production is for ages 8-16.


Mitchell Rose, assistant professor, dance, “Crowd-Sourced Filmmaking: Depending on the Kindness of Strangers,” Huffington Post, June 26, 2014

Peter Mansoor, associate professor, history, on the wisdom of partitioning Iraq, CNN, June 26, 2014



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