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NOV. 30, 2016 | TWEET!


KayMesha Knox

Buckeye Strong: A Note from Executive Dean Manderscheid

Monday was a sad and shocking day and one that we will not soon forget. It gives me hope that I have seen and personally received many messages from students who are thankful for the support they’ve received from faculty, staff and other students who stepped up to help their fellow Buckeyes.

The hashtag #BuckeyeStrong that has popped up on social media seems quite appropriate. As President Drake said, "Together we remain unified in the face of adversity."

There are many resources available to those who may need them. Counseling resources have been shared widely and I want to make sure that you know that UCAT has shared helpful tips for working with students, Dealing with the Aftermath of Tragedy in the Classroom.

If you find yourself in need of help — please do not hesitate to ask.


Astrophysicist Appointed to NASA Executive Committee

James BeattyPhysics Professor James J. Beatty was appointed to NASA’s Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG) executive committee, December 2016-2019. PhysPAG plays a crucial role in the future of NASA's investment in Physics of the Cosmos science — its analysis will be extremely important in determining technology-development priorities and future science requirements.

“Physics is Beautiful” App Wins 2016 TechHub Student Project Grant

Physics PhD candidates Nicolas Scozzaro and Hiran Wijesinghe received a $2,000, 2016 Student Project Grant from Tech Hub for their app, “Physics is Beautiful,” an interactive website/app of physics lessons presented in a game-like environment. With the funding they can finish both Android and iOS mobile apps offering free, quality physics instruction to be used in classes around the world. Their collaborative, innovative idea was supported by the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM).


Three ASC Faculty Named AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) awarded the distinction of Fellow to 391 of its members this year. Three of the four fellows named from Ohio State are College of Arts and Sciences’ faculty: James W. Cogdell, professor, mathematics; Barbara Sue Ryden, professor, astronomy; and Shari R. Speer, professor and chair, linguistics. (Guo-Liang Wang, Department of Plant Pathology, is the fourth Ohio State Fellow.) Those elected fellows have advanced scientifically or socially distinguished applications in their fields. Fellows were announced in Science on Nov. 25.

English Interim Chair Receives Perkins Prize Honorable Mention 

Robyn WarholRobyn Warhol, professor and interim chair, English, received honorable mention (second place) in the Perkins Prize competition for Best Book in Narrative from the International Society for the Study of Narrative, for her book, Narrative Theory Unbound: Queer and Feminist Interventions (Ohio State University, 2015, co-edited by Susan S. Lanser). The field’s top award, the Perkins Prize goes to “the book that makes the most significant contribution to the study of narrative.” 


Remembering Physics Professor Gordon Aubrecht

Gordon AubrechtWe regretfully announce the death of Gordon Aubrecht, professor of physics, Marion Campus, who died Nov. 21. Aubrecht is remembered as an enthusiastic teacher, dedicated to improving science education at all levels; as well as an active, passionate participant in the academic life of his department and campus. He received Ohio State’s Faculty Award for Distinguished Service in 2008.

UCAT: Resources for Teaching in the Post-Election Classroom

As part of the teaching community at Ohio State, the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) is committed to diverse, inclusive and civil classrooms. UCAT assembled a UCAT bibliography on teaching the election and online resources for teaching in the post-election classroom now available. As always, consultants from UCAT are available to work with you and/or your department to address these issues, and any other issues that may be shaping the teaching and learning environment in which we collectively strive for inclusive excellence.

ASC Student to Present at Omar Ibn El-Khattab Mosque Open House

The Muslim Students’ Association is hosting a “Get To Know Your Neighbors” open house, Saturday, Dec. 3, 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Omar Ibn El-Khattab Mosque, 580 Riverview Drive (five miles north of campus). The program includes a Muslim congregational prayer, an introduction to Islam, a Q&A session and a special presentation by Nabeel Alauddin, Arabic major, co-president of the Muslim Students' Association. Please RSVP.

Spring 2017 Courses Available Soon

Carmen shells will be available soon. ASCTech can help you be prepared for spring semester and the Canvas LMS. 

Carmel Buckley to Open Exhibition in London

Carmel BuckleyCarmel Buckley, professor, art, has an exhibition in the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London Dec. 6 to Feb. 5. She partnered with artist Mark Harris for the exhibition, Sparrow Come Back Home. The title of the project originated from a 1962 album by calypso singer Mighty Sparrow, which hints at the irony of being appreciated only after he had left Trinidad for the U.S.

OSC to host XSEDE GPU Programming Workshop

The Ohio Supercomputer Center will serve as a satellite location for an XSEDE OpenACC GPU programming workshop from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 6. This workshop is intended to give C and Fortran programmers an introduction to OpenACC programming. 

‘Making History’ Published

Making HistoryThe Department of History’s newsletter, Making History, was recently published and includes features on study-abroad trips to Ireland, Buenos Aires and Shanghai; spotlights on new faculty and several students; an overview of new books by faculty and alumni; an update on the Newark Earthworks Center; and more. You can view a page-turner version of the newsletter in the ASC Communications archives.


President and Provost’s Council on Women: Call for Nominations

The President and Provost's Council on Women (PPCW) is seeking nominations for the next term from all faculty and staff through Dec. 31. The PPCW advocates to the president and provost for the advancement of women at Ohio State and provides leadership for the development of policies and practices that positively affect the working environment for women employed at Ohio State. 

Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women 2017 Grants

The Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies is accepting proposals for the 2017 Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Grants. These grants are designed to support research by Ohio State faculty and graduate students exploring women's lives, gender equity or gender broadly conceptualized. These grants are open to all full-time, regular Ohio State faculty. Graduate student grants also are available. More information at Contact: Tess Pugsley.

ASC and EHE Cross-College Seed Grant Recipients

The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Ecology congratulate the following investigators awarded 2016-2017 Cross-College Seed Grants. These grants are designed to foster new and innovative interdisciplinary collaborations across the two colleges:
  • Ziouzenkova Ouliana (Human Sciences), Jon Parquette (Chem/Biochem) and Randy Nelson (Neuroscience), “Development of nanoscafold-delivery of insulin-sensitizing proteins to target diabetes.”
  • Lin Ding (Teaching and Learning) and Ian Krabjich (Psychology), “Discovery through the eyes of problem solvers: Using eye-tracking technology to explore the mechanisms of successful and unsuccessful approaches to synthesis physics problems.”
  • Monique Mills (Speech and Hearing) and Leslie Moore (Teaching and Learning), “Assessing students narrative language: Emic and etic perceptions.”
  • Wendy Smooth (Women’s/Gender/Sexuality) and Elaine Richardson (Teaching and Learning), “Girls of color as social-change agents: Identifying pathways to leadership.”

A Day in the Life of a Buckeye: Applications for Mentors

The Office of Student Life's Social Change recently launched its application for the annual A Day in the Life of a Buckeye, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. This program offers a one-on-one experience for inner-city and Appalachian-area high-school sophomores and juniors to experience life at Ohio State, and college in general, for a day. All Ohio State students can apply to be mentors.


School of Earth Sciences 73rd Annual Bowknocker Lectures

Lucy JonesPublic Lecture: Science Communication in the Time of Climate Change, Wed., Nov. 30; Technical Lecture: Imagine America without Los Angeles, Thurs., Dec. 1. Both: 4 p.m., Wexner Film/Video Theater, presented by Lucy Jones, seismologist and public voice for earthquake science and safety in California. Jones develops science-based policies related to climate change, tsunamis and other natural disasters.  

Astronomy & CCAPP Free Public Lecture: Death by Black Hole

Christopher KochanekAll stars die. Massive stars can die with a bang or a whimper. The bang — a supernova, or exploding star — is spectacular, but don’t dismiss the whimpers — almost certainly how black holes are created. Searching for these whimpers for a decade, Christopher S. Kochanek, Ohio Eminent Scholar and professor of astronomy, appears to have caught a black hole in formation. He explains all the reasons we should be happy Earth does not orbit such a star. Lecture: Dec. 1, 8 p.m., 1153 Smith Lab.

24th Annual Music Celebration Concert

Hallelujah ChorusThe 24th Annual Music Celebration Concert is Friday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium. This popular, annual musical extravaganza showcases the school’s many performing groups – from the Symphony Orchestra, glee clubs and concert bands to its Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, soloists and much more. Tickets at or call (614) 292-3535.

Science Sundays Lecturer Asks, Has Cholera Met its Match?

Elisabeth RootOhio State geographer Elisabeth Root explains how her field fights a global killer driven by rising sea-surface temperatures. Root begins with the story of John Snow, who stopped the London cholera epidemic by using geography to figure out the outbreak’s source. Then, she shows how modern geographic science tracks and prevents outbreaks. Science Sundays Lecture, Dec. 4, 3-4 p.m., Ohio Union; reception follows, 4-5 p.m. Both free/open to public. 


Michael Bevis, Ohio Eminent Scholar and professor, Earth sciences; Steven Rissing, professor, evolution, ecology and organismal biology; and Sam White, assistant professor, history, on new climate change multidisciplinary course, Columbus Dispatch, Nov. 26

Amanda Miller, senior researcher, linguistics, on speakers of click languages, New York Times, Nov. 25

Derek Sawyer, Wendy Panero and Ann Cook, Earth sciences, on “fan quakes” at Michigan-Ohio State game, AP and ESPN, Nov. 25

Koritha Mitchell, professor, English, on “know-your-place” aggressions, Huffington Post, Nov. 21 

Margaret Newell, professor, history, on her book, Brethren By Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery, in conversation with Debbie Holmes, WOSU, Nov. 21

Jack Wright, professor, political science, on Tim Ryan’s push for Democratic leadership, Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 18

Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, Earth sciences; Alex Thompson, professor, political science, on Trump’s pledges to reverse climate-change policies, Canton Repository and Columbus DispatchNov. 19

Kelly Garrett, associate professor, communication, “Facebook’s problem is more complicated than fake news,” The Conversation, Nov. 17

Michael Lisa, professor, physics, on quark-gluon plasma, Live Science, Nov. 17
F. Robert Tabita, Ohio Eminent Scholar and professor, microbiology, on whether the pathway for carbon dioxide fixation can be transplanted into any organisms, Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 17

Randolph Roth, professor, history, on Ohio’s prison farms, WOSU, Nov. 16

Bartow Elmore, assistant professor, history, and author of Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism, on the history of recycling, TIME, Nov. 15

Peter Mansoor, professor, history, on how Trump might manage foreign policy, NPR via KGOU, Nov. 15
Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, director, Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, on art degrees and careers, WOSU All Sides, Nov. 14


Dec. 1-3

From One: Department of Dance Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts Concerts
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Performance times listed on event

Dec. 2

Emancipation, Adoption and Race in the British Caribbean and U.S. South
168 Dulles Hall
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

An Autopsy of the 2016 Election
Saxbe Auditorium
3-5 p.m.

24th Annual Music Celebration Concert
Mershon Auditorium
8 p.m.

Dec. 4

First Year Undergraduate String Orchestra and University Community Orchestra
Weigel Auditorium
3 p.m.

Science Sundays: Elisabeth Root, Has Cholera Met its Match?
Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theater
3-4 p.m.

Dec. 5

Gospel and Spiritual Choir
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Dec. 5-6

The Lab Series: Goodbye Blue Monday
Drake Performance and Event Center
7 p.m.

Dec. 5-7

Fall Holofest 2016
0006 Smith Lab
Times listed on event

Dec. 6

Racism 101: An Open Conversation with White Students
311 Denney Hall
3:30-5 p.m.

Dec. 7

Isaac Weiner, Listening for Religion in Central Ohio
Whetstone Shelter House, 3901 N. High St.
7 p.m.

Through Dec. 17

Exhibition: CYA L8R
City Center Gallery, 50 W. Town St., Gallery Hours

Department of Art Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Projects Exhibition
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

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