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MARCH 23, 2015 | TWEET!



Pulitzer Winner Comes to Campus April 2

Jared Diamond, professor of geography at UCLA, and author of Guns, Germs, and Steel is the featured speaker for the Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program. Co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute. Registration requested.
NOTE: Because of spring break, the March 18 and March 25 editions of News & Updates were combined. Regular publication will resume April 1.


The Investiture of Michael V. Drake, MD

Michael V. Drake, MD The Investiture of Michael V. Drake, MD, 15th President of The Ohio State University, takes place Tuesday, March 31 at 1:30 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium. The ceremony will be live-streamed and available to watch after the ceremony. View this historical event online.

Real-World Experiments Show How Influential Members of Congress Can Be

Michael Neblo Michael Neblo, associate professor, political science, is co-author of a new study finding that political leaders can persuade their constituents directly on attitudes regarding policy issues, leaders’ qualities and voting behavior. Social scientists have long studied the relationship between elite behavior and mass opinion. However, this is the first study of its kind to test the ideas in a realistic setting: online town hall meetings. Their results are published in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

Medical Expansion Leaves People Feeling Less Healthy

Hui Zheng Hui Zheng, assistant professor, sociology, is the author of a new study finding that 25 years of expansion of the medical system has actually led to people feeling less healthy over time. Using large multinational datasets to examine changes in how people rated their health between 1981 and 2007, Zheng concluded that more medicine did not lead to citizens feeling better about their health — it actually hurt. The study appears in the July 2015 issue of the journal, Social Science Research.

ASC’S TedXOhioState “Human Narrative” Presentations Now Online

The Human Narrative Nine ASC faculty, students and alumni were among those taking the stage to share their unique perspectives of “The Human Narrative” with TedXOhioState’s sold-out audience, Feb. 14. Unable to attend? Now you can see why the crowd was on their feet for each ASC presenter.


Two ASC Faculty Projects Awarded BETHA Grants

The Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) committee awarded two-year grants to the following ASC faculty members: Lawrence Feth, professor, speech and hearing science, $45,108, for “The Columbus Sound Track Project: Engaging citizen-Scientists to Map Noise Levels in Columbus, OH;” and Maria Palazzi, professor, ACCAD/Department of Design, $53,933, for “Mediated Spaces and Human Experience: Using Locative Technology to Enhance Presence and Space.” Just four grant proposals were awarded this year from a pool of 27.  

Chemistry Professor Receives 2015 Edward W. Morley Award

James Cowan James Cowan, professor, chemistry and biochemistry, received the 2015 Edward W. Morley Award from the Cleveland Section of the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes significant contributions to chemistry through achievements in research, teaching, engineering, research administration and public service, outstanding service to humanity or to industrial progress. Cowan will receive the Morley Medal, a $2,000 honorarium and is invited to present the Morley Lecture in May at John Carroll University.

Four Biostatistics/Statistics Graduate Students Win Top Professional Paper Awards

Graduate students Mark Risser, statistics; Staci White, statistics; Hui Yang, statistics; and Fangyuan Zhang, biostatistics; won student paper competitions sponsored by sections of the American Statistical Association. These awards provide funding to attend the Joint Statistical Meetings to be held in Seattle, WA, Aug. 8-15, 2015.   


Voluntary Self-Reporting of Disabilities Request from Office of Human Resources 

This week, you will receive a message from AJ Douglass, senior vice president of Talent, Culture and Human Resources, offering the option to log into Employee Self Service to voluntarily indicate whether or not you have a disability. This is a voluntary request; you are not required to disclose your disability status. Information will be kept by the Office of Human Resources to meet federal requirements regarding collecting such information; will remain confidential and be presented in summary form only for reports required by the federal government. Visit the Office of Human Resources website for detailed information, or contact the Office of Human Resources Customer Service Center at (614) 292-1050.

Tickets Available for Drums Downtown

Drums Downtown XITickets are available for Drums Downtown XI: Move, featuring the Ohio State Percussion Ensemble and students and faculty from the Department of Dance and Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD). Performances: 8 p.m., Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, at the Riffe Center’s Capitol Theater downtown.

Caroline Hartig Presents Inaugural Lecture  

Caroline Hartig As part of the Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lecture series, Caroline Hartig, professor, School of Music, presents, “Solo Clarinet from Classical to Klezmer,” 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, Faculty Club Grand Lounge. A reception accompanies the lecture, free and open to all. The lecture celebrates some of the repertoire, composers and performers influencing the evolution of the clarinet into a solo instrument of eminence. RSVP online.

Bourguignon Lecture in Art and Anthropology

Bourguignon Lecture The Department of Anthropology hosts the Annual Paul H. and Erika Bourguignon Lecture in Art and Anthropology, Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m., Performance Hall, Ohio Union. Featured speaker is Ann Bremner, art historian and former publications editor at the Wexner Center for the Arts. A memorial celebration for Erika Bourguignon follows the lecture at 8 p.m. Free/open to the public. RSVP required

Undergraduate Student Newsletter – March Issue

The March issue highlights the Speech and Hearing Science major, a student’s study abroad experience in Chile, the Spring Career Fair and arts and humanities scholarships. To submit content suggestions or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Ann Rottersman, director of student programs. Publication and content deadline schedule.


April Above and Beyond Buckeye Nominations: Due, April 9 

The Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is accepting nominations for April’s Above & Beyond Buckeye Award, recognizing arts and sciences staff members who go above and beyond and who are doing great work each and every day. Nominations due April 9.


March 23

Film Viewing: I'm Not a Racist... Am I?; 4:30 p.m., Mershon Auditorium

March 24

IPR Seminar: Jeanne Marrazzo; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

A New Race War in America: A Womanist Rhetorical Analysis of the RNA-11 Case; 6 p.m., African American and African Studies Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave.

March 25

Solutions to Political Polarization in America; 4 p.m., 344 Drinko Hall

Arts and Humanities Lecture: Michael Mercil, An Artist in a Public University; 5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge

March 26

James Turner, From Philology to Today's Humanities and Beyond; 12 p.m., Room 100, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Mark Blumberg, Developing the sensorimotor system in our sleep; 2 p.m., 035 Psychology Building

28th Annual Rustagi Lecture; 3 p.m., 170 East 18th Avenue Building

OSU MFA Alumni Series: Books that Cook; 3 p.m., 311 Denney Hall

2015 Carolyn Engel Luebeck Lecture; 3:30 p.m., Ohio Staters Founders Room, Ohio Union

Data Visualization Workshop for Researchers; 3:30 p.m., 1080 Derby Hall

March 26-27

2015 Mack Lecture: George Whitesides; 2015 McPherson Laboratory

March 26-28

Department of Dance Spring Concert: Absolute Existence; Barnett Theatre, Sullivant Hall

March 27

Paul Chamberlin, The Cold War's Killing Fields; 12 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Brown Bag Lecture featuring Professor Pedro Schacht Pereira: Hegel, Exceptionalism and other unexamined links in the Portuguese Black Atlantic; 1:30 p.m., 386B University Hall

CHR Seminar: Richard Bensel, The Founding of Modern States: Liberal, Totalitarian, Theocratic; 2 p.m., 2130 Derby Hall

March 28

The STEAM Factory presents, The Topology of Surfaces; 11 a.m., 400 W. Rich St.

March 28-July 5

Manga Exhibit: World of Shojo Manga: Mirrors of Girls’ Desires!; Billy Ireland Cartoon Library

March 30

Musicology Lecture: Michelle Wibbelsman; 4:30 p.m., 2nd Floor, 18th Avenue Library

March 31

IPR Seminar: Corinne Reczek; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Gary Van Valen, History, University of West Georgia; 1 p.m., Room 100, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Min Hyoung Song, What Is a Child? Asian Americans and Comics; 4 p.m., Ohio Staters, Inc. Founders Room, Ohio Union

Incorporating family strengths and relationships into physical activity and dietary interventions for children and families; 6 p.m., African American and African Studies Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave.

March 31-April 11

Department of Design Spring Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

April 1

Gerd Gigerenzer, Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions; 12 p.m., 035 Psychology Building

Robert Crews, Leaving the ‘Graveyard of Empires’: On Rethinking the Past and Present of Afghanistan; 12:30 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall

Developing Your NSF CAREER Integrated Research/Education Plan; 1 p.m., 1080 Physics Research Building

Reception: Department of Design Spring Exhibition; 6 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through April 17

Undergraduate Juried Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through May 2

OSU Faculty Club Art Exhibit; Faculty Club

Through May 7

Kimono Exhibit; Hagerty Hall Lobby

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Nate Persily

Solutions to Political Polarization in America

Nate Persily, Stanford law professor and expert on legislative districting, presents, “Solutions to Political Polarization in America,” March 25, 4 p.m., 344 Drinko Hall. Sponsored by Democracy Studies Program.



Barbara Ryden, professor, astronomy, Sun explosions hit the Earth, Columbus Dispatch, March 18, 2015

Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, geography professor; and Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, Earth sciences’ professor, on their decades-long work exploring glaciers and climate history, Washington Post, March 18, 2015

Michael Neblo, associate professor, political science, “Politicians and citizens talking without shouting? It can happen,” Op-Ed, Washington Post, March 17,2015

Jay Zagorksy, research scientist, Center for Human Resource Research, on why police may feel biggest impact from driverless car revolution, The Conversation, March 16, 2015

Dale Gnidovec, curator, Orton Geological Museum, on whether ants hold the solution to global warming, Columbus Dispatch, March 15, 2015

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on parents who encourage narcissism, San Francisco Chronicle, March 12, 2015

Koritha Mitchell, associate professor, English, on the documentary, “I’m not racist, am I?,” WCMH-TV, March 12, 2015

Lynn Itagaki, assistant professor, English, on Elizabeth Warren as a “great translator,” TIME, March 5, 2015
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