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AUG. 3, 2016 | TWEET!



Research Expenditures Increase in FY16

It's been a banner year for the Arts and Sciences. I am delighted to share that the tally is in and we are seeing a significant increase in research expenditures for FY 16, from $81 million to $88 million — an eight percent increase over last year. This is a record for ASC and second only to the College of Medicine. 

This is a testament to the caliber of research and scholarly work taking place. Further testament is our Guggenheim Fellow, History of Art Professor Julia Andrews; National Medal of Arts recipient, Art Professor Ann Hamilton; and Anthropology Professor Clark Larsen, who was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

This recognition and external funding help to amplify our impact on the world around us and to recruit the best faculty, staff and students. I want to thank you all for your dedication and all that you bring to the College of Arts and Sciences.

David Manderscheid
Executive Dean and Vice Provost


Halasek Appointed Inaugural Director, University Institute for Teaching and Learning

Kay HalasekE. Kay Halasek, associate professor and director, Second-level Writing, Department of English, has been appointed inaugural director of the new University Institute for Teaching and Learning. The institute’s mission is to integrate and enhance ongoing teaching and learning efforts and to elevate their visibility and importance across the university and beyond. Halasek has spent more than 25 years working to help students get the most they can out of their college careers and to creating the institutional infrastructure required for student success.

The Politicization of Islam and Foreign Policy Attitudes

Daniel Silverman and Mujtaba Isani, PhD candidates, political science, discuss their new study on how Western foreign policy opinion reacts to the perceived Islamic character of foreign actors. This study shows that antipathy toward Muslim actors among Western populations does not arise automatically from religious difference, but from the rhetorical and behavioral choices of Western elites as well as the actors themselves. It also shows that these Islamic cues reinforce one another and are particularly potent for those with conservative leanings.

Election 2016

Election 2016This week’s discussion includes David Clemenston, PhD candidate, communication, on Clinton and Trump’s acceptance speeches; David Stebenne (history and law) on the third-term issue; and Randolph Roth (history) on the psychological impact of Obama’s election on African-Americans. Stay tuned throughout the campaign for more commentary and analysis from arts and sciences. Please contact Liz Alcalde with any news (courses, features, research, ideas, etc.) for inclusion.

New Book on Newark Earthworks

Lindsay Jones, professor, comparative studies; Richard Shiels, professor emeritus, history, are editors of the new book, The Newark Earthworks: Enduring Monuments, Contested Meanings (University of Virginia Press, 2016), the first book-length volume devoted to the Newark Earthworks. Read the July 31 Columbus Dispatch article.

ASC Students Have a 'Wicked' Experience in New York

Five undergraduate theatre students attended an intensive Broadway Basics workshop in New York, where they learned about the wide range of responsibilities of a theatre stage manager, from the play-by-play aspects of calling a show to coordinating props and set changes. On their last evening, the five split up and shadowed stage managers for Wicked, School of Rock and Les Misérables.

Inside the Life of an ASC Student-Athlete: Eugenia Falqui

Eugenia FalquiBeing a student-athlete is no easy task. The fencing team has a rigorous schedule that entails practicing every day, all year long. Eugenia Falqui, a scholar-athlete from Rome, is busy with both fencing and her major, art. Her passion for photography focuses on common themes art and fencing share: discipline, dedication and creativity.


Earth Scientist Honored by Field’s Top Early Career Award

Audrey SawyerThe Geological Society of America’s Hydrogeology Division will present Earth Sciences Assistant Professor Audrey Sawyer with the Kohout Early Career Award at its annual fall meeting in Denver in late September. The award recognizes young scientists’ outstanding research, service and clear potential for ongoing achievement. Named for Francis Kohout, an early pioneer in studying geothermal salt water convection in carbonate platforms, it is endowed by his estate and carries a $1,000 honorarium plus pays for travel costs. It has been presented annually to a distinguished early-career scientist since 2012.



Beginning Sept. 12, all university employees will be required to use BuckeyePass along with their Ohio State username and password to access Human Resources’ Employee Self Service (ESS) system. As an extra incentive to sign up early, any employee who registers between Aug. 22 and Sept. 9 will be automatically entered into a drawing to win an iPad. Users who need help technical help using BuckeyePass can contact the IT Service Desk at (614) 688-HELP (4357).

History Alumnus Featured in Ohio State Web Article

Doug BrinkeyOhio State alumnus, Douglas Brinkley (BA, history, 1982), is now CNN’s presidential historian. He believes Ohio State helped shape the historian he has become and opened his eyes to a wider world, ensuring his view of his country would have a global perspective.

History Professor Authors Book on Columbus's Evolution

Mansel Blackford, professor emeritus, history, is the author of a new book, Columbus, Ohio: Two Centuries of Business and Environmental Change (The Ohio State University Press, 2016), an examination of the politics of water and land use in Columbus during the twentieth century. The book analyzes Columbus’s evolution from an isolated frontier village to a modern metropolis, one of the few thriving cities in the Midwest.


David Stebenne, professor, history and law, on the DNC, All Sides with Ann Fisher, WOSU 89.7, July 28

Herb Weisberg, professor emeritus, political science, on Obama’s convention speech, USA Today, July 27

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on venting via email, Washington Post and Baltimore Sun, July 26

Erik Nisbet, associate professor, communication, “The Tragedy of Turkish Democracy in Five Acts,” The Conversation, July 26

Paul Sutter, astrophysicist, “What if the moon disappeared tomorrow?” (via, July 26


Aug. 9-27

Exhibit: Transformations: Fusion, Assimilation, Clash
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

Through Aug. 5

Traditional South African and African American Art Today: The Binding Force of Artifacts
2nd Floor, Bricker Hall
Times listed on event

Through Sept. 2

Exhibition: Secrets
Ohio State Faculty Club
Gallery Hours

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