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DEC. 7, 2016 | TWEET!


KayMesha Knox

English Major Selected for Inaugural President’s Prize

KayMesha Knox, a fourth year student majoring in English, is one of two recipients of the first-ever President’s Prize, the highest university recognition bestowed on exceptional students committed to social change. Knox, a Columbus native, will receive a $50,000 living stipend and up to $50,000 in startup funding to fund college preparation for students at East High School.

ASC Chief Advancement Officer Departing for Vanderbilt

I would like to share that Scott Self, Arts and Sciences’ chief advancement officer, has accepted the position of assistant vice chancellor of development at Vanderbilt University — his last day is Dec. 9. During the past three years, Scott has been a great champion for this college and a significant driver to help us reach and exceed our campaign goals, I am truly thankful for his partnership and wish him great success in his next role. Assistant Vice President of Development Chris Delisio will serve as the interim chief advancement officer; a national search for his replacement will commence immediately.

– David Manderscheid, Executive Dean and Vice Provost


AAAS Professor’s Book: One of Five Best for Understanding Capitalism

Devin FergusDevin Fergus, associate professor, African-American and African studies, is author of the new book, The Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class (Oxford University Press, 2017), which has been named one of the five best books for understanding our modern crises, by The Nation. Fergus traces the rise of hidden consumer-finance fees and its impact on the wealth gap in America. Read more, in the recent issue of Chronicle of Higher Education.

Earth Scientist Leads Study on Breaking of West Antarctic Ice Shelf

Ian HowatIan Howat, professor, Earth sciences, led a study showing that a key glacier, part of Antarctica’s West Antarctic Sheet, is breaking apart from the inside out, suggesting that the ocean is weakening ice on the edges of the continent. Satellite images showed a rift formed at the base of the ice shelf nearly 20 miles inland in 2013, which continued to grow until it broke through the ice surface in 2015. The study was published online Nov. 28 in the journal, Geophysical Research Letters.
This story has generated extensive coverage: Washington Post, LiveScience, Scientific American, UPI, Christian Science Monitor and IFL Science.

Fletcher and Phelan Create Videos Addressing Superbugs

“Superbugs” that are resistant to antimicrobial drugs are estimated to cause 700,000 deaths each year; if not stopped, they are expected to kill 10 million people annually by 2050. Those shocking facts are what inspired Angus Fletcher and James Phelan, professors of English, to work with the Infectious Diseases Discovery Theme group to produce informational videos that address the problem of antimicrobial resistance. According to Fletcher, Ohio State is uniquely positioned to “crack the problem” because of its broad, interdisciplinary resources in science and medicine, and plant and animal life.

Breakfast of Science Champions 2016

Breakfast of Science ChampionsOhio State welcomed more than 550 Columbus City Schools middle-school students to campus on Nov. 9 for the 2016 Breakfast of Science Champions. This year, 14 different host sites including many from Arts and Sciences, provided hands-on science activities to engage the students in a day of fun, interactive learning.


Astronomer Guest of Honor at Arab Conference on Astronomy & Geophysics

Sultana NaharSultana Nahar, research professor, astronomy, was a guest of honor (the first female scientist) at the biennial Arab Conference on Astronomy and Geophysics in Helwan, Egypt, Oct. 17-20, 2016.  She also was invited to give a presentation on stellar spectroscopy for exoplanetary host stars and was recognized for her contributions in and for science. Additionally, Nahar taught a three-week atomic astrophysics course with computational workshops at Cairo University and gave seminars at two other institutions.

Mathematics Professor Selected 2017 AMS Fellow

Nimish A. ShahProfessor Nimish A. Shah, mathematics, was selected a 2017 Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). The AMS Fellows program recognizes mathematicians who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication or utilization of mathematics. Shah is being honored for his contributions to ergodic theory and homogeneous dynamics and applications to number theory. AMS Fellows are recognized at the annual Joint Mathematical Meetings in January, held this coming year in Atlanta.


Leventhal to Exhibit in Whitney Biennial

Dani LeventhalDani Leventhal, assistant professor, art, is one of 63 artists selected for inclusion in the Whitney Biennial, which opens March 17 in the Whitney Museum of Modern Art’s new venue in New York City’s Meatpacking District. Co-curated by Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks, the biennial will occupy two gallery floors of the Whitney as well spaces throughout the museum, and will be on view until June 11. 

Vexations Crawl Repeats Piece 840 Times

Vexations CrawlFaculty, students and friends of the Department of Art and School of Music presented a full performance of the famously radical composition Vexations by French composer Erik Satie. The brief, chromatic work for piano is only about two minutes long, but is intended to be repeated 840 times. Twenty-six pianists played the music in five different locations across precisely 30 continuous hours on Nov. 16 and 17. Co-organizers: Graeme Boone, professor, music; and Suzanne Silver, associate professor, art.

Art of Living Club

The Art of Living Club is a diverse community of students that come together to meditate and do service projects to uplift our campus. The club teaches de-stressing and rejuvenating tools that enhance physical and mental health. The club is a safe space where students can be themselves and simultaneously grow as a person while making a difference on campus. More information.

ASC SAC Winter Break Drawing for Staff

The Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Committee (SAC) would like to thank you for your support this past year. To say thanks, we are giving away five $100 Giant Eagle gift cards to lucky staff members, just in time for the holidays! Submit your name by Dec. 15. Names will be drawn by Dec. 16 and winners will be notified by Dec. 19, by email.

Videoconferencing Room Available for Spring Semester

145 Hagerty Hall has the latest and best videoconferencing equipment ready for your instructional needs. Learn more about the room and the potential for you to teach your courses in this technologically advanced space.


College of Arts and Sciences Education Abroad Scholarships

These scholarships support undergraduate Arts and Sciences majors who are enrolled on the Columbus campus and are participating in an Ohio State approved education abroad program. Students may apply for all of the following scholarships online by Jan. 16. Contact: Ann Rottersman, director of student programs, with questions.
  • Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships: Support undergraduate Arts and Sciences majors who would not normally be able to afford an international experience. Financial need is determined by the Financial Aid Office based on information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students must have a current FAFSA on file.
  • Roth Family Endowment: Open to Columbus campus undergraduate students with a declared major in the arts and sciences who plan to study abroad and are active in the Recruitment and Diversity Services office Program for Advancing Scholarship and Service (PASS).
  • Scholarships for Humanities Majors: Open to undergraduate students with a declared major in the humanities. Some funds have additional specifications.


Tonight! Listening for Religion in Ohio

Isaac WeinerIsaac Weiner, associate professor, comparative studies, and co-director, Ohio State’s Center for the Study of Religion, will deliver the first talk in the 2016-2017, "Religions of the World: Past and Present" community lecture series, tonight at 7 p.m. Whetstone Park Shelter House, 3901 N. High St. There will be a brief question-and-answer session and a reception following the lecture. This event is free and open to the public. 

Manjon, Crum to Speak at Impact Art Event

Barnett Center Director Sonia Manjon and Melissa Crum, alumna and director of the Mosaic Education Network, will be special guest speakers at an Impact Art professional development mixer 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Columbus Museum of Art. Attendees will learn about the Barnett Center’s ARTrepreneur Artist Workshop Series Curriculum.


Joseph Bayer, assistant professor, communication, on how Snapchat has reshaped the social media landscape, New York Times, Nov. 30

Ian Howat, professor, Earth sciences, on how the Pine Island Glacier — the key West Antarctica glacier — is melting from inside out, Yahoo News, Nov. 28

Mark Shanda, professor, theatre, on USITT’s half-million dollar investment in theatre rigging safety, diversity initiative and research grants, Projection, Lights and Staging News, Stage Directions and My Social Good NewsNov. 28


Dec. 8

Teaching in Troubled Times Panel Discussion
014 University Hall
3 p.m.

Analytical/Physical Seminar
2015 McPherson Lab
4:10 p.m.

2016 Patrons' Circle Lecture: Creole Degas
1005 Smith Lab
5:30 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

Through Dec. 31

Exquisite Corps
Wexner Center for the Arts
Gallery Hours

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