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Psychology Professor Finds Good Mood Helps Boost Older Adults’ Brain Power 

Ellen PetersEllen Peters, professor, psychology, is co-author of a new study finding that older adults can improve their decision making and working memory simply by putting on a happy face. Researchers found that easy mood-boosters – like giving people a small bag of candy – helped seniors do significantly better on tests of decision-making and working memory. This is the first study to show the power of positive moods in helping older people with these brain tasks.

Speech and Hearing Science Graduate Students Impress on Capitol Hill

Speech and Hearing Science Graudate Students on Capitol Hill
On February 1, graduate students from the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, all members of the Ohio State Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Chapter, went to Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of audiology issues. The 15 students/SAA members traveled to Washington DC to meet with representatives from Senator Sherrod Brown’s office, Senator Rob Portman’s office and Representative Joyce Beatty’s office to advance audiology on a national level while providing education and advocacy.

Anthropologist Selected for Early Career Award

Barbara PiperataBarbara Piperata, associate professor, anthropology, has been selected by the Human Biology Association (HBA) to receive the Michael A. Little Early Career Award for significant contributions to the field of human biology and the promise of future significant contributions. Piperata will receive the award at the annual meeting of the Human Biology Association in April.

Book of Poetry Published by Ohio State Press on Short List for Award

Blood Prism Cover DetailA book of poetry – Blood Prism, by Edward Hoeppner – published by The Ohio State University Press in 2011 is one of three finalists for the coveted Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. The $100,000 award, based at Claremont Graduate University in California, is presented annually to a mid-career poet. The Tufts award is presented in March. His book was published after garnering The Journal Award for poetry in 2010 at Ohio State, co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Press and the the Department of English Creative Writing Program.

Ohio State Launches BuckeyeBox 

BuckeyeBox is Ohio State’s new cloud-based service that operates on the platform. A cloud-based solution that provides a simple, user-friendly way to store and share files and folders online, Box consolidates your content in a single location, easily accessible from anywhere, on any device. View, share, and edit; collaborate on virtually any type of file, including multimedia; track and restore older documents. Free accounts available to faculty and staff.

Free Valentine's Day Biometric screening!

Brutus having blood pressure takenThis Valentine's Day do something special for yourself and your loved ones. Ohio State is supporting the Million Hearts initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by offering free, non-fasting biometric screenings to all employees on Valentine's Day. Screenings are offered at several convenient locations and times on February 14. Find out more and schedule your 20-minute screening by Friday, February 8 for the chance to win a free registration to Health Athlete.

Theatre Graduate Student Finalist for Rose Brand Scholarship

Marni BalintMarni Balint – who is working on her MFA in set design in the Department of Theatre – is one of 10 finalists for the national Rose Brand Scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship to an individual and a Rose Brand credit of $2,500 for their school.


Science Sundays Continues

Jeffrey ReutterJeffrey Reutter, director, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, discusses Ohio State's Role in Protecting and Restoring the Most Important Lake in the World—Lake Erie. Hear about the latest research tackling problems of lake health, invasive species, sustainability issues, and fisheries management. February 10, 3-4 pm, Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theater; reception: 4-5 pm, Ohio Staters Traditions Room. Free. Open to the public.

Student Veteran Appreciation Event

Organized by undergraduate student organizations: Security & Intelligence Club, Vets4Vets, Sigma Iota Rho, and Psychology Club to honor vets: dinner and mini resource fair for veterans highlighting volunteer activities, health awareness, career services, and more. Speakers include former Ohio Supreme Court Justice, Evelyn Stratton, February 11, 6:30-9 pm, Performance Hall, Ohio Union. Arts and Sciences sponsors include ASC Career Services and the Department of History.

Wind Symphony to  Play in Historic
Severance Hall

The Ohio State University Wind Symphony – a nationally recognized student ensemble – presents Made in America in Cleveland's historic Severance Hall at 7:30 pm Tuesday, February 12. Regarded by many music-lovers as one of the world's most beautiful concert halls, Severance Hall opened in 1931 as the home of the Cleveland Orchestra. Ohio State’s Wind Symphony last played there in 1997. Tickets are $10 general admission.

Nonprofit Opportunities Fair

Arts and Sciences Career Services holds its annual Nonprofit Opportunities Fair Wednesday, February 13, 10 am - 3 pm, Ohio Union Performance Hall. Fair features over 40 organizations recruiting for internships, volunteer positions, and entry-level staff.


Libraries Survey – Call to Participate

The OSU Libraries is investigating a conference publishing program to support faculty, staff, and academic units as they build conference websites, solicit and review paper submissions, register attendees, and post conference scholarships online. Offer your input by filling out a brief anonymous survey. Survey closes February 18. Contact Melanie Schlosser, digital publishing librarian, with questions.


The NMS Undergraduate Research Forum

The Natural and Mathematical Sciences Undergraduate Research Forum will be held Wednesday March 20, 2-5:30 pm in the Physics Research Building atrium. Deadline for abstract submissions: February 20. More information online.

Graduate Student Funding

The Robert H. Edgerley Environmental Toxicology Fund supports graduate students conducting thesis or dissertation research in environmental toxicology. 
  • The Edgerley Fellowship supports one outstanding graduate student.  
  • The Edgerley Summer Fellowship(s) supports up to two graduate students.
  • The Edgerley Travel Award(s) funds up to five graduate students for travel to research sites, advanced training, etc.  
Submission deadline: Friday, March 15, to Beth Van Gundy, 186 University Hall, 230 N. Oval Mall. Proposal request online.

February 7

Iberian Studies Theory and Directions; 4 pm, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Through February 7

February 7-February 9

MFA Dance Concert: Ten-Four; 8 pm, BalletMet Performance Space, 322 Mount Vernon Ave.

February 8

Festive Natives in Potosi: From Audience to Performance; 1 pm, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

February 9

Museum of Biological Diversity Open House: Everybody Eats; 10 am - 4 pm, Museum of Biological Diversity

February 10

Jazz Lab Ensemble; 3 pm, Weigel Auditorium
Science Sundays: Jeffrey Reutter; 3-4 pm, Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Theatre

February 11

Domestic Cultural Diplomacy and Soviet State-Sponsored Popular Culture in the Cold War; 3 pm, Mershon Center for International Security Studies
Melton Center for Jewish Studies “Double Header"; 7 pm, Columbus Jewish Community Center, 1125 College Ave.
Jazz Workshop Ensemble; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

February 12

Ohio State Wind Symphony Performs at Cleveland's Severance Hall; 7:30 pm, Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio

February 13

OSU Inventory of Cultural Property; 3:30 pm, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

February 13-16

2013 Society of Composers National Conference; Weigel Auditorium

Through February 23

Constructing James Castle; Urban Arts Space, 50 W.
Town St.
Mark Beyer: With/Without Text; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through March 9


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February 6, 2013

Tonight: Town Hall Regarding Potential COTA Bus Stop Service Changes

COTA is currently analyzing several bus routes for potential changes that could include the removal of bus stops along High Street in the university district, including the 15th and High stop. In partnership with Ohio State’s student government organizations, COTA will attend a Town Hall meeting Wednesday, February 6, 5-6 pm, Round Meeting Room, Ohio Union, to gather feedback from the university community. COTA’s open comment period about these proposed changes runs through February 8. Visit COTA’s website for more.
Natasha Trethewey

Reading with U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey 

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will present a reading, Tuesday, February 19, at 8 pm, Thompson Library. She is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University. She is author of Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and Native Guard, for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, Bellocq’s Ophelia, which was named a Notable Book for 2003 by the American Library Association, and Domestic Work. Sponsored by the Department of English Creative Writing Program and Ohio State’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
In the News
Lucia Dunn, professor, economics, on why millennials are likely to take debt to their graves, NPR-Marketplace, February 1, 2013
Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on how long-time users of violent video games are more aggressive, WCMH-TV, January 31, 2013
Ellen Peters, professor, psychology, on how a good mood can help older people make better decisions, Times of India, January 31, 2013
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