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World-Class Arts District Underway

Sullivant HallThe Columbus Dispatch published a front-page article—“Ohio State to create world-class arts district”—on December 30, about the emerging arts district anchored at High Street and 15th Avenue. The article, by Encarnacion Pyle, reported on the investment Ohio State is making over the next decade to create the district centering on its arts, dance, music and performing-arts buildings, as well as the intention of connecting the district to the art galleries in the Short North and the museums, theaters and other artistic spaces downtown. 


Marriage May Not Help Single Moms Out of Poverty

Kristi WilliamsKristi Williams, associate professor, sociology, is lead author of a new study finding that marrying and then divorcing is associated with worse economic and health outcomes among single mothers than remaining single. A new briefing paper, written by Williams and released on January 6 by the Council on Contemporary Families, argues marriages of single mothers aren't necessarily beneficial to the women or their children.


Graff Selected for Award

Harvey J. GraffAt the 2013 annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, Harvey J. Graff, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies and professor of English and history, was awarded the first special award "in recognition for his unmatched record of participation at the annual conference of the Social Science History Association, 1976-2013 and counting."

Book Named Outstanding Academic Title

The Art of Modern China, co-authored by History of Art Professor Julia F. Andrews and Ohio State alumnus Kuiyi Shen (PhD, History of Art, 2000), has been selected as one of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles: Top 25 Books for 2013. Each January Choice publishes a list of top titles reviewed during the previous year, reflecting the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and bringing with it extraordinary recognition of the academic library community.


TONIGHT: Science Café Features Archaeologist

Archaeology Professor Joy McCorriston will share stories from her fieldwork in Southern Arabia and the collaborative international science that lies behind archaeological discoveries in Yemen and elsewhere in “Keeping the Peace in Ancient Yemen and Other Stories from an Archaeologist’s Notebook,” at 6:30 pm in the 18th Avenue Library, room 090/070. All are welcome. Sponsored by the OSU Chapter of Sigma Xi and the OSU Libraries.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Event Tonight!

The Asian American Studies Program is celebrating heritage month with the premiere of "Asian Americans in the Heartland: A Community Oral History and Mapping Project," tonight (January 8) at 7 pm in the Multicultural Center, Ohio Union. Watch student-conducted interviews with Asian American community leaders in Central Ohio. For more information, contact Lynn Itagaki.

Science Sundays Returns January 12

James GentileJim Gentile, dean for the natural sciences at Hope College, past-president of Research Corporation for Science Advancement, will talk on Carcinogens in the Environment: Separating Fact from Fiction. Lecture 3-4 pm, Ohio Union, US Bank Conference Theater. Reception: 4-5 pm, Ohio Union, Ohio Staters Traditions Room. Both free/open to the public.

Dean and Susan Regis Gibson Award

The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging (CCBBI) announces the H. Dean and Susan Regis Gibson award for graduate and undergraduate students interested in conducting brain imaging research in the Center. The $1,250 - $2,500 award is given on the basis of scholastic achievement, completed and/or intended research achievement and the successful completion of a research proposal for conducting brain imaging research at CCBBI. Application deadline is January 31, 2014.


Spring Semester Field Guide to the Arts

MarimbaFrom art galleries downtown to students performing in China, from Shakespeare productions to dance studios opening in the newly renovated Sullivant Hall—spring semester is full of performances, exhibitions and concerts. Check out select events in Arts and Sciences Field Guide.


CJRC Kicks Off Spring Lecture Series January 9

The Criminal Justice Research Center’s spring lecture series begins on January 9 with a presentation by René Olate, assistant professor, Ohio State College of Social Work, on “Evidence-based Community Interventions for Tackling the Problems of Youth Gang Violence and Delinquency in Central America." Pizza, salad and refreshments will be served.


Educational Competition in Linguistics

The Department of Linguistics hosts an educational competition in linguistics for middle and high school students on Thursday, January 30. The 2014 NACLO, the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad, consists of two rounds of competition consisting of a written test with linguistic puzzles to solve and explain.


Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award

This award recognizes full professors who have exceptional records in teaching, research, and service. Department chairs may submit nominations of one of their faculty members. Nomination deadline: Friday, January 24.


Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award (New Award)

This award recognizes an individual in the College of Arts and Sciences (student, staff, or faculty) who has generously and unselfishly served others to promote equity, fairness, and equal opportunities for all members of the university community. ASC students, staff and faculty may submit a nomination. Nomination deadline: Friday, January 24.

Honors Faculty Service Award

This award recognizes excellence in honors advising, instruction, committee work, and other honors initiatives and responsibilities, which have enhanced the quality of education available to honors students in the liberal arts. Department chairs may nominate one of their faculty members. Nomination deadline: Friday, January 24.


Staff Professional Development Grants

College of Arts and Sciences staff members are encouraged to apply for professional development funding through an ASC Staff Professional Development Grant. The next application deadline will be Friday, January 17.


January 9

CJRC Seminar: Rene Olate; 12-1:30 pm, 217 Journalism Building


Psychology Colloquia: A Social Neuroscience Perspective on Health Goals; 4 pm, 035 Psychology Building

Through January 10

NSF Undergrad Ed Grant Workshops; web-based workshops, various


January 11-30

Fergus Fellows and Scholars Exhibitions; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.


January 12

Science Sundays: Jim Gentile, Carcinogens in the Environment; 3-4 pm, Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Theater


January 13

Blood Drive; 10 am-4 pm, Atrium Physics Research Building

Microbiology Seminar: Robert Britton; 11 am, 104 Aronoff Lab

Psychology Colloquia: Social pain and pleasure: Exploring the neural systems underlying social rejection and connection; 12 pm, 035 Psychology Building

Musicology Lecture: Zhichun Lin; 4:30-6 pm, 205 18th Avenue Library

Jazz Faculty and Guests: Hot Fun in the Wintertime; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium


January 14

Institute for Population Research Seminar: Dr. Bo Lu; 12:30-1:30 pm, 038 Townshend Hall

Psychology Colloquia: Developing Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Developmental Contextual Approach; 3 pm, 035 Psychology Building

Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lecture: Eco-Genealogy and Cosmographic Epics from Southwest China and Beyond; 5 pm, Faculty Club Grand Lounge


January 15

Psychology Colloquia: Encoding-retrieval interactions in human memory; 3:30 pm, 035 Psychology Building

Microbiology Seminar: Matt Sullivan; 4:10 pm, 001 Jennings Hall

January 15-16

Beauty Pageants, Race, and Citizenship; Cartoon Room, Ohio Union/168 Dulles

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January 8, 2014
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STEM News: January Workshops on NSF Undergraduate Education Grant Program

STEM Initiatives will be hosting the campus viewing site for the web-based workshop series to help prospective PIs applying to the new NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) grant program. Upcoming workshops include: Project Impact and Dissemination on January 9 and Broader Impacts on January 10. For more information on workshops and to register, visit the STEM Initiatives website.


Kristi Williams, associate professor, sociology, on why marriage may not be the answer for low-income single moms, TIME, January 6, 2014

Editorial about OSU Arts District, Columbus Dispatch, January 5, 2014

Jeff Daniels, professor, earth sciences, on Ohio’s 245 Utica Shale Wells, Akron Beacon Journal, January 2, 2014

W. Berry Lyons, director, School of Earth Sciences, on who owns Antarctica, Marketplace, January 2, 2014

Meg Daly, associate professor; evolution, ecology and organismal biology, on the discovery that sea anemones live under Antarctic ice, UPI, January 1, 2014

Ohio State wants to create arts district, Associated Press, December 30, 2013

Christopher Kochanek, professor, astronomy and Ohio Eminent Scholar in Observational Cosmology, on calculating the odds on a visible supernova, WAMC Public Radio-Academic Minute, December 26, 2013

Jim Fowler, lecturer and director, MOOC program; Bart Snapp, assistant professor, lecturer, mathematics, Calculus One class enrollment hit 47,000 students in the spring and surpassed more than 1.5 million downloads, Columbus Dispatch, December 22, 2013

Eric Healy, professor, speech and hearing science, on his work developing a computer program that may lead to better digital hearing aids, Columbus Dispatch, December 22, 2013

Monica Brown, alumna (PhD, English), profile of Brown, author of more than a dozen children's picture books with text in both English and Spanish, NPR, December 13, 12013


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