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Arts and Sciences Professors Named to the Princeton Review's "Best 300 Professors"

Three Arts and Sciences professors are listed among the nation’s best 300 in a new book about the country’s top college teachers.The Best 300 Professors profiles outstanding professors at 122 colleges. All won high praise from their most important audiences: the undergraduate students they teach and inspire. They are: Lisa Cravens-Brown, psychology; Elizabeth Renker, English; and Douglass Schumacher, physics. SEE:

Arts and Sciences Students Garner NSF Fellowships

Four arts and sciences undergraduates have been awarded NSF 2012 Graduate Research Fellowships: Ross Askanazi, economics and mathematics; Edward McCary, physics; Mallory Molina, physics and astronomy; and John Moreland, physics and mathematics. Additionally, nine arts and sciences students received honorable mention.

ASC Undergraduate Named Barry M. Goldwater Scholar

Johnny Greco, a junior in physics and astronomy, has received the top national award for undergraduate researchers in science, math, and engineering. The Goldwater award includes a $7,500 scholarship. Greco conducts research with Paul Martini, astronomy, and Richard Hughes, physics.

Communication Professor on Why We Love Tearjerkers

Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, associate professor in communication, is lead author of a new study finding that people enjoy watching sad movies because they deliver an unlikely benefit: tragedies actually make people happier in the short-term.


Town Hall Meeting April 18

The second ASC Staff Advisory Council Town Hall Meeting is Wednesday, April 18, 3:30-4:30 pm at the Drake Performance and Event Center. Executive Dean and Vice Provost Joe Steinmetz and deans will answer questions submitted by staff at the ASC SAC pancake breakfasts. Submit additional questions to by April 11; they will be transmitted anonymously.



Urban Arts Space Named Best Art Gallery

OSU Urban Arts Space was named 2012 Best Art Gallery by Columbus Alive readers.

Staff Advisory Council (SAC) Accepting Applications

Beginning April 9, the ASC SAC will be accepting applications for council membership. Get involved and lend your voice on critical initiatives and make a difference for all staff. Visit

ASC Staff Advisory Pancake Breakfasts Continue

The ASC SAC staff pancake breakfasts continue on April 10, Physics Research Building Atrium, 9-10:30 am ( social and behavioral sciences staff) and April 12, Physics Research Building Atrium, 9-10:30 am (natural and mathematical sciences staff). RSVP requested. Go to

Second OSU Arab World Film Festival: April 13-14

OSU Arab Film FestivalThe OSU Arab World Film Festival presents Resistance and Awakening, inspired by the first anniversary of the Arab Spring, April 13-14, 5-11 pm, 180 Hagerty Hall.


Mershon Center Study Abroad Scholarships: Deadline Friday, April 6

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies has established study abroad scholarship to support undergraduates who wish to enhance their educational experience by studying in a foreign country. More information:

Fulbright Week (April 9-13)

The Office of International Affairs, the Graduate School, and the Undergraduate Fellowship Office are hosting workshops, information sessions, and open houses;informing faculty, undergraduate and graduate students about the opportunities available through the Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays programs. To learn more, go to website or contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser at


Thursday, April 5

Year of Shakespeare: Film Series, Throne of Blood, 7 pm, Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theatre

Friday, April 6

Symposium: Reference in Interaction from a Cross-Cultural Perspective, 035 Psychology Building,1835 Neil Ave

Graduate Workshop: Book History and 19th Century British Culture, 9:40- 11:15 am, Humanities Institute, 104 E.15th
Leah Price (Harvard), Force-Reading: Free Print and Captive Audiences in Victorian Britain, or How Victorians Invented Spam, 1-2:30 pm, Thompson Library, Room 165
Center for Historical Research Seminar: Health, Disease, and Environment in World History, 3:30-5 pm, Dulles Hall, room 168
The Waldseemüller Map of 1507: Lecture and Book signing, 4-6 pm, Ohio Union, Cartoon Room 1

Saturday, April 7
Symposium: Reference in Interaction from a Cross-Cultural Perspective, 9 am- 12 pm, Psychology Building, Room 035

Monday, April 9
Writers Talk Broadcast, 7 pm, 98.3 & 102.1 FM

Wednesday, April 11- Sunday, April 21
MFA Thesis Exhibition, OSU Urban Arts Space

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April 4, 2012

Touchback Advance Screening Giveaway
Written and directed by Ohio State alumnus, Don Hanfield, Touchback stars Kurt Russell and Brian Presley. Register for the Touchback Advance Screening Giveaway for a chance to win an advance screening on Thursday, April 12th, 7 pm at the Cinemark Gahanna.

In The News
Malcolm Cochran, professor of art, on the finalists for sculpture along the Scioto riverfront, Columbus Dispatch, March 26, 2012.

Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick on why we love tearjerkers, Huffington Post, March 27, 2012.

Zhenchao Qian, professor and chair of sociology, on marriages between American-born and foreign-born Asians, New York Times.

What I Did Over Spring Break: Five ASC undergraduates: Sarah Almusbahi, biology/international studies; Ashley Bailes, sociology; Jacob Bogart, globalization studies/French; Deborah Lan, biology; and Kyle Nappi, history, did everything but relax. 

Steve Rissing, professor of evolution, ecology, and organismal biology, on climate change, Columbus Dispatch Op-Ed, March 25, 2012.

Lisa Florman, associate professor of art, on the discovery of a Picasso in a thrift store, ABC News, March 30, 2012.

Josh Kertzer, PhD candidate in political science, letter to the editor on U.S. isolationism, New York Times, April 1, 2012.

Donald Harris, professor emeritus of composition and theory, and former dean of the college of the arts, on the world premiere of his symphony in 614 Magazine.

Science Sundays, continues April 15, with Earth Scientist Wendy Panero. The Earth under Pressure: Experiments to Probe the Deepest Reaches of the Planet, 3-4 pm, Wexner Center Film/Video Theatre. Reception, 4-5 pm
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