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Blog of the Executive Dean

My summer reading assignment

The Glass Castle on Oval bench
Executive Dean David Manderscheid, along with 7,000 new Buckeyes, is spending time in The Glass Castle
this summer. Read more in his recent blog post to find out why.

Featured Blog

Michael Gruenstaeudl, PhD: Postdoctoral Researcher at The Ohio State University

How do scientists keep track of all the steps involved in a complex analysis? Michael Gruenstaeudl shares the answer in his latest blog post, The flowchart – a scientist’s best friend.

Each week we would like to feature a new blog post from our ASC community — please send links to your posts to


Film Studies’ Program Coordinator Featured at Digital Graffiti 2014

Matt Swift piece, "City Lights Oglebay Park"Matt Swift, program coordinator, film studies, just returned from displaying his work at the international festival, Digital Graffiti 2014. His project, “City Lights Oglebay Park,” a film that uses movement to manipulate visual effects as a challenge to received notions of landscape, was named a finalist at the festival. Using “photon bombing” to paint moving-image art onto the iconic white walls of Alys Beach, Florida, Digital Graffiti 2014 is the first outdoor festival specifically organized to celebrate “guerrilla projection.” Swift’s film was showcased on the four main gates to the community, the first and last impression of the festival for residents, visitors and passersby alike.


Ohio State and Royal Shakespeare Company to present The Tempest

The TempestIn 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 19-20. The production is aimed toward 8-16 year olds.


Five Facts about the Orton Geological Museum

Giant Sloth SkeletonAt Ohio State, there is no better place to experience “time and change” than the Orton Geological Museum in Orton Hall on the Oval. One of campus’s oldest buildings, Orton Hall houses eons of geological treasures and offers the chance to see fossils, rocks and minerals collected from Ohio and all over the world.


ASC Communications Wins Silver Medal

ASC tote bags and major buttonsDesign work done by Arts and Sciences Communications Services has been recognized with a silver medal by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The entry, tote bags and buttons created for the annual Student Involvement Fair, received one of only two awards given from among 38 entries in the category. The icons on the buttons, of which there are 32, illustrate the broad scope of the arts and sciences so that any three together can visually define a major.


Reform in Chinese Higher Education

Danling Zhao, deputy director-general, Chinese Ministry of Education’s Personnel Department, will talk on “Reform in Chinese Higher Education Personnel Management,” June 19, 4-5:30 p.m., Ohio Union Round Meeting Room. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Chinese education system, which sends hundreds of scholars and students to Ohio State each year. Contact: Patrick McAloon.


Through June 20

GRASP Summer Camp

Bodies at Rest: Bound Up in this Place; Hopkins Hall Gallery

June 24-July 3

The Unoccupied Hand; Hopkins Hall Gallery


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June 18, 2014

Men's Health Expo

The African American and African Studies Extension Center and The James Cancer Center are hosting a free Men’s Health Expo, Saturday, June 28, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 905 Mount Vernon Ave. The expo includes presentations on health, an opportunity to meet Ohio State researchers and refreshments. Registration required: (614) 293-7020.


Jim Fowler, assistant professor, mathematics, “From MOOCs to the Tenure Track,” Chronicle of Higher Education, June 17, 2014

Paul Beck, professor, political science, on early voting in Ohio, Columbus Dispatch, June 15, 2014

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on the science behind being ‘hangry,’ WRVO, June 15, 2014

Peter Hahn, professor and chair, history; and Jill Bystydzienski, WGSS professor and chair, on lingering questions over use of trigger warnings for college classes, Columbus Dispatch, June 15, 2014

Mitchell Lerner, associate professor, history, quoted in story on North Korea, Dayton Daily News, June 15, 2014

Peter Mansoor, associate professor, history, on the Iraq Insurgency, National Journal, June 13, 2014
Canadian Broadcasting NetworkPBS Newshour, Columbus Dispatch, New York Daily News, The Telegraph

Harvey Graff, Ohio Eminent Scholar, literacy studies, “Throwing the Baby Out with the Interdisciplinary Bath Water,” Chronicle of Higher Education, June 12, 2014


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