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OCT.14, 2015 | TWEET!


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Hackathon Planned

The College of Arts and Sciences invites students, faculty and staff across the university to a two-day Hackathon, Oct. 24 and 25, in the CBEC building. Explore the intersection of all types of subject matter and envision them in the form of apps, software or products. 


Audrey Sawyer

Earth Scientist Receives NSF Grant for Collaborative Research

Audrey Sawyer, assistant professor, Earth sciences, received a three-year, $256,672 NSF grant for Collaborative Research: Dueling hot spots in the tidal freshwater, zone: Surface water-groundwater connectivity and the fate of nitrogen in tidal rivers. Sawyer and Rebecca Barnes, assistant professor, environmental science, Colorado College; are co PIs on the project. 
Dan Sui

Geography Professor Authors Deep Web Study

Daniel Sui, professor, geography, is lead author of a new study on the Internet’s underworld. The paper, The Deep Web and the Darknet: A Look Inside the Internet’s Massive Black Box, is published by the Woodrow Wilson Center’s  Science and Technology Innovation Program. The policy brief outlines what the Deep Web and Darknet are, how they are accessed, and why we should care about them.
Monique Mills

SPHS Professor Authors Study

Monique Mills, assistant professor, speech and hearing science, is the author of a new study finding that typically-developing African-American English speakers structured better narratives without, rather than with, a visual stimulus, such as a picture sequence or a detailed picture. Mills’ findings are published in the ASHAwire, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Darcy Hartman

Economics Lecturer Receives Benjamin Banneker Award

Darcy Hartman, senior lecturer, economics, received the Benjamin Banneker Award for Civic Engagement, from Ohio State’s Office of Student Life, in recognition of her work in developing and implementing the course, The Economics of Immigration. Hartman is honored for her civic engagement in poverty and housing and the work that her students do with Esperanza International.  


Roland Kawakami

Physicist Named Fellow of the APS

Roland Kawakami, professor, physics, was named Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Kawakami was nominated by the Topical Group on Magnetism (GMAG), “For pioneering advances in understanding the magnetic properties of graphene, including mechanisms of spin lifetime and spin transport, and the role of adatoms in magnetic moment formation.” 


Orton Hall

Celebrate National Fossil Day in Orton Hall

Orton Geological Museum and Orton Library celebrate National Fossil Day, Oct. 14. A special exhibit of more than a dozen large fossils, not normally on view, are on display through Nov. 1. The library is open during the week and 2-6 p.m. Sundays (see other times). The museum is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, and will be open Sunday, Oct. 18, 1-5 p.m. Call (614) 292-6896 for more information.
Hopkins Hall Gallery

Panel: Video and New Media Art in the Last 50 Years

Roger Beebe, associate professor, art; Vera Brunner-Sung, assistant professor, theatre; and Kris Paulsen, assistant professor, history of art and film studies; will participate in a panel discussion — “Video and New Media Art in the Last 50 Years” — on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 4:30 p.m. in Hopkins Hall Gallery. The panel is presented by the Arts Initiative alongside the exhibition, Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne.
Peter Mansoor

Peter Mansoor to Discuss Iraq War and ISIS

As part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Inaugural Lecture Series, Peter Mansoor, professor, history, will discuss, “The Iraq War and the Rise of ISIS,” Wednesday, Oct. 21, 5-6:30 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge. Free. Open to all; reception accompanies event. RSVP requested. The college presents Inaugural Lectures throughout the year.
Good Kids on stage

Department of Theatre Stages ‘Good Kids’

Commissioned by the theatre departments of the Big Ten universities, Good Kids, by Naomi Iizuka, is loosely based on the events of the 2012 Steubenville, Ohio, rape case. The production will be staged in Roy Bowen Theatre Oct. 21-Nov. 1. Tickets available from the Ohio State theatre box office, (614) 292-2295 or visit Read more about the play in the Dispatch preview article

Physics Department Offers Showing of Interstellar, Oct. 22

As prelude to the Nov. 18 Smith Lecture, Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and Interstellar: The Centennial of Einstein’s Relativity, by physicist Kip Thorne, Interstellar science advisor and executive producer, the physics department arranged a screening at the Gateway Film Center, Thursday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m., followed by Q&A with Ohio State physicists. Tickets: $2 at Gateway, or online ($1/handling fee for online orders). Limited seating. 
Ola Ahlqvist

Geography Professor Publishes Book on Land Use

Ola Ahlqvist, associate professor, geography, is lead editor of the new book, Land Use and Land Cover Semantics (CRC Press, 2015), a collection of articles written by well-known scientists in Spatial Information Science.

P-12 Survey Participation Requested

Faculty and staff who are engaged in P-12 partnerships through research, programming and other activities are asked to participate in the university-wide 2015 Ohio State P12 Partnership Inventory. We want to ensure activities of the College of Arts and Sciences are reported and represented in the university-wide data. Survey responses must be submitted by Oct. 30.

Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter – October Issue

The October undergraduate newsletter highlights the criminology and criminal justice studies major, the upcoming Graduate and Professional School Fair, a webinar series for students interested in an internship or employment with the U.S. government, an upcoming study abroad fair and a microbiology major’s internship experience. To submit content, contact Ann Rottersman.

ASCTech Collaborates with Theatre on Good Kids

When the Department of Theatre wanted to innovate the technological boundaries of theatre, they knew where to turn: ASCTech.

The 2016-2017 Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants

The Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies administers the Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants, designed to support research by Ohio State faculty and graduate students that explores women's lives, gender equity and gender broadly conceptualized. Proposals encouraged from all departments, colleges, and professional schools. Application Deadline: Feb. 16, 2016.


Oct. 15

Chronicles of an American Inventor, with Reuben Klamer; 4 p.m., 131A Sullivant Hall

Through Oct. 16

Global Gallery Exhibit: Amadeo Modigliani; Hagerty Hall Lobby

Oct. 16-17

Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education Second Annual Conference; 141 Sullivant Hall

Oct. 18

Science Sundays: Tish Shute, The Future of Story Telling: What are we going to do with our super powers?; 3 p.m., Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theater 

Faculty & Guests: Celebrating Franz Liszt; 4 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium 

Oct. 19

Real-Time Feedback from Classroom Assessment Techniques; 11:30 a.m., 150 Younkin Success Center

Environmental Majoritarianism; 2 p.m., 165 Thompson Library

Jennifer Fraser, Gongs and Pop Songs: Sounding Minangkabau in Indonesia; 4 p.m., Room 205 18th Ave. Library

The Reawakening of an Extinct Language: The Case of Cappadocian Greek; 4 p.m., 120 Mershon Center

Oct. 20

Snyder to discuss U.S. policy and human rights in South Korea; 12 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. 

Clark Larsen, Department of Anthropology; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Technology in Urban Planning, CURA Speaker Series; 3:30 p.m., Big Steps, Knowlton Hall, 275 W. Woodruff Ave.

Video and New Media Art in the Last 50 Years; 4:30 p.m., Hopkins Hall Gallery

Jazz Workshop Ensemble; 8 p.m., Hughes Auditorium

Collegiate Winds; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Oct. 21

Peter Mansoor, The Iraq War and the Rise of ISIS; 5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge

Jazz Lab Ensemble; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Oct. 21 to Nov. 1

Good Kids; Roy Bowen Theatre

Through Nov. 7

Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne; Urban Arts Space, Hopkins Hall Gallery, and the facade of the former Long's bookstore on 15th Ave. and High St.

Through Jan. 3

Mysteries in Ice exhibit brings polar research to Thompson Library; Thompson Library Gallery


Scott Reinemann, lecturer, geography, on the Nevada alpine lakes, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Oct. 12, 2015

Richard Gunther, professor, political science, on Issue 1, Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 11, 2015

Kristi Williams, associate professor, sociology, on Ohio State’s Survey on Sexual Assault, Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 11, 2015

Amy Brunell, associate professor, psychology (Mansfield) on how narcissists are not as big risk-takers as thought, Business Standard, Oct. 8, 2015

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on whether we are getting desensitized to shootings, Discovery News, Oct. 8, 2015

John Beacom, professor, physics and astronomy; director of the Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP), “How neutrinos, which barely exist, just ran off with the Nobel Prize, The Conversation, Oct. 7, 2015

Harvey Graff, professor, English and history, on addressing “big picture” challenges, Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 7, 2015

Judson Jeffries, professor, African American and African Studies, on the role of  the Black Panthers, Chicago Tribune, Oct. 7, 2015

Kurt Lavetti, assistant professor, economics, on the demand for Uber, Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 7, 2015

Steven Reiss, professor emeritus, psychology, on the 16 reasons why people invest in religion, Red Orbit, Oct. 6, 2015

Zheng Joyce Wang, associate professor, communication, on multitasking with concurrent rewards (task layering), Lifehacker, Oct. 5, 2015
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