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Scarlet, Gray and Boom: Celebrating Arts and Science’s High-Impact Research

The numbers are in; in FY15, ASC received 654 awards, totaling $94,543,951 — a 15% increase over FY14. 


New Process for Requesting Graduate School Tuition and Fee Awards

Departments requesting a matching Graduate School Tuition and Fee Award for an externally funded graduate school fellowship or grant proposal must secure pre-approval through the arts and sciences college office. Assistant Dean Andrea Ward Ross is point of contact for all departments and responsible for collecting all application information. Divisional Dean Janet Box-Steffensmeier will review all requests with the help of the research team and determine those that may move forward to the Graduate School with a supporting ASC letter. When a department is notified of request pre-approval, it is responsible for notifying the Graduate School and working through the established graduate student appointment process to ensure that tuition and fees are appropriately charged. This new process document can be found in the Administrative Operating Guidelines section of the ASC policies webpage.


Updates on New Discovery Theme in Humanities and Arts

Call for Summer Planning Leaders (ASC)

Vice Provost Mike Boehm and Vice Dean Susan Williams are calling for applications from faculty interested in participating in the initial planning stages of the Discovery Theme in Humanities and Arts. Up to five faculty members will be appointed to begin the week of July 20. Those appointed will be expected to participate in extended planning sessions on July 27 and Aug. 21 and to work on specific tasks in between. Off duty compensation equivalent to 1/9 of base salary will be provided for this summer work.

The summer faculty planning leaders will provide initial leadership in: 
  • Developing a series of short-term grants and programs to be piloted during the upcoming academic year; 
  • Framing a university-wide, inclusive conversation on the humanities and arts at Ohio State, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts; and 
  • Envisioning an inclusive and structured planning process for identifying and implementing areas of targeted faculty growth.   
Interested faculty should submit an application online or as a Word document to Susan Williams by July 10, 2015. Faculty already receiving off duty pay are not eligible.

Program Manager Position for New Discovery Theme in Humanities and Arts Posted

This position is a key first step in moving forward on an effort that will be of great benefit to the college and the university. The program manager will assist ASC Vice-Dean Susan Williams and OAA Vice-Provost Mike Boehm in planning the launch of this new initiative. This term-position, appointed and supported within OAA, will report to both Williams and Boehm and be critical to the initiative’s success, helping with research and planning on a full-time basis. 

Memorial Service for Jerry and Barb Hoff

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry hosts a memorial service for Jerry and Barb Hoff, Thursday, July 9, 1:30-3 p.m., 110/120 CBEC, 151 W. Woodruff. Jerry Hoff was department machine shop lab supervisor for 29 years, working with students, faculty and staff to design implements, tools, equipment and more for research projects and classes. Hoff was a remarkable and invaluable member of the department.


Memorial Service for Molecular Genetics Professor Biao Ding, July 9

The Department of Molecular Genetics invites the university community to remember and celebrate the life, work and collaborative spirit of Molecular Genetics Professor Biao Ding at a Memorial Service, Thursday, July 9, 4-7 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge. Ding, who came to Ohio State in September, 1990, made substantial contributions to research in basic plant RNA biology and to teaching and training students at all levels.  


Arts and Autism Conference

Ohio State and the Departments of Arts Administration, Education and Policy; Dance; Design; Music; Theatre; Disability Studies; and the Office of Disability Services, host an Arts and Autism Conference Tuesday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union and Sullivant Hall. The event brings together parents, teachers, specialists, practitioners and artists to discuss arts and individuals on the autism spectrum. A reception with music by InnerVision follows.

Visiting Professor Publishes New Book

Ashley Hope Pérez, visiting assistant professor, comparative literature, has published a new book, Out of Darkness (Sept. 1, 2015). Review, in Kirkus Reviews. Pérez teaches Theorizing Literature, an intimate, interdisciplinary graduate seminar exploring new approaches to literature.



Political Science PhD Alum Receives Award

Matthew Hitt (PhD, political science, 2014) was selected recipient of the American Political Science Association's 2015 Edward S. Corwin Award for best doctoral dissertation completed and accepted during that year or the previous year in the field of public law. Hitt is assistant professor, political science, Louisiana State University. 



July 9

Memorial Service for Jerry Hoff; 1:30 p.m., 110/120 CBEC

Memorial Service for Biao Ding; 4-7 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge

Reception: Play and Display Exhibition; 3 p.m., Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through July 10

Play and Display Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through July 11

Exhibition: Remnants; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

July 13-17

Warm Enough Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through July 23

Accessible Expressions Ohio; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Through July 25

The Page Collective Exhibit; ROY G BIV Gallery, 997 N. High St.



Marching Band to visit London for NFL event, AP via Yahoo News, July 3, 2015

Richard Gunther, professor emeritus, political science, on how the U.S. Supreme Court ruling  on redistricting could affect Ohio, WCBE, June 29, 2015
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