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Non-Citizens Face Harsher Sentencing than Citizens in U.S. Courts

Ryan KingRyan King, associate professor, sociology, is a co-author on a recent study finding that immigrants who lack citizenship are four times more likely to be sent to jail than U.S. citizens who committed the same crimes. The study, “Citizenship and Punishment: The Salience of National Membership in U.S. Criminal Courts,” appears in the October issue of the American Sociological Review. This sentencing gap between citizens and non-citizens is even larger than ones found between black defendants and white defendants.

Dean Issues Call for Proposals for Team Teaching

David ManderscheidExecutive Dean David Manderscheid has issued, for the second year, a call for proposals for new, interdisciplinary undergraduate team-taught courses in the College of Arts and Sciences. Proposed courses should be undergraduate (2000-4000 level) or dual career (5000-level) courses. Completed course proposals, including all of the required supplementary materials, must be submitted by Jan. 15, 2015 to Sonya Vanarsdale, assistant to the associate deans.


New Majors Approved

The Board of Regents recently approved the following three majors: BS in International Studies; BS in Political Science and BA in World Politics.

Call for Proposals: Symposium on International Scholarship

The International Affairs Faculty Council invites members of the Ohio State scholarly community who conduct research on international issues to submit a proposal to participate in the First Annual Symposium on International Scholarship: The Global Landscape: Challenges and Resilience. Proposals must be submitted online by Oct. 27, 2014.


Professor Named One of the Most Eminent Psychologists in the Modern Era

Richard PettyRichard Petty, chair and professor, psychology, has been named one of the most eminent psychologists of the modern era, by The American Psychological Association. Petty joins a list of the Top 200 most influential psychologists since World War II that includes B.F. Skinner and Jean Piaget.

Inaugural Ratner Distinguished Teaching Awards Presented

AwardFive arts and humanities faculty members were awarded Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize faculty for making a difference in students' educations, lives and careers. They include a $10,000 cash prize plus a $10,000 teaching account to fund future projects. Award winners are Katherine Borland, comparative studies, Center for Folklore Studies; Richard Fletcher, classics; Susan Hadley, dance; Danielle Marx-Scouras, French and Italian; and Elizabeth Renker, English.


Climate Change and National Security Panel

The Byrd Polar Research Center cosponsors Climate Change and National Security, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2-4 p.m. with keynote speaker Rear Admiral Jonathan White, U.S. Navy oceanographer and head of the Oceanography, Space and Maritime Domain Awareness Directorate. Panelists include Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks, Political Science Professor Alex Thompson, Byrd Polar Research Center Director Ellen Mosley-Thompson and Mike Breen of the Truman National Security Project. RSVP online.

School of Communication Open House: Oct. 18

Teal talking heads on purple backgroundJoin the School of Communication, Saturday, Oct. 18, as it celebrates two anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of the journalism program and the 20th anniversary of the creation of the School of Communication. The Open House is in the Journalism Building, 10 a.m. – noon, preceding the Homecoming Reunion Tailgate.

City of Angels Tickets on Sale

The Tony Award-winning jazz musical City of Angels will be produced at Ohio State Oct. 30-Nov. 9 in Thurber Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center. The show, a nod to 1940s film noir, is a collaboration between the Department of Theatre and School of Music and includes a live jazz combo in the pit. Director is A. Scott Parry. Tickets available from the Theatre Box Office; call (614) 292-2295 or visit


Set Your DVR!

Sullivant's TravelsBroad and High, WOSU’s original weekly magazine show that explores the character and creativity of Columbus, will air a segment Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. on WOSU spotlighting the grand opening of Sullivant Hall and the site-specific performance event, Sullivant’s Travels, by Stephan Koplowitz. The segment — also called Sullivant's Travels — will be available online immediately following the broadcast, and will be repeated Sunday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m.

Scholars Report on Summer 2014 Dagstuhl Seminar in Computational Humanities

Brian Joseph, Distinguished University Professor; professor, linguistics, and the Kenneth E. Naylor Professor of South Slavic Languages and Linguistics; and Christopher Brown, lecturer, classics; report on the Dagstuhl Seminar on Computational Humanities: Bridging the Gap between Computer Science and Digital Humanities, a meeting of leading researchers in both areas. They discuss their work in Dagstuhl’s working group on Lexicon and Literature, and Ohio State’s Herodotos Project for Ancient Ethnohistory. Monday, Oct. 20, Digital Arts and Humanities Working Group, noon – 1 p.m.; 165 Thompson Library.


English and History Professor Lectures on Interdisciplinarity

Harvey Graff, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies and professor of English and history, presented a public lecture at the University of Calgary, Canada, entitled "Undisciplining Knowledge: Pursuing the Dream of Interdisciplinarity in the 20th Century." 

Art and Technology Professor on Intersection of Art and Science

Ken Rinaldo, professor, art and technology, spoke about his engaging and interactive installations that blur the boundaries between nature and technology, Oct. 1 at The University of Akron's Myers School of Art. Sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the lecture was part of the University of Akron’s Synapse: Art + Science.

Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter – October Issue

The October issue of the undergraduate student e-Newsletter highlights a new major in world politics; the OSU Graduate and Professional School Fair; nominations for ASC outstanding teaching awards; communication and journalism information sessions; and how to begin research in the social sciences and humanities. It also profiles Allie Smith (sociology major) who interned with the University Area Enrichment Association CDF Freedom Schools. To submit content suggestions or be added to the mailing list, contact Ann Rottersman.


Oct. 9

Bernice L. Hausman: Undergraduate Curricula in Medical Humanities: Exigences, Strategies, Challenges; 4 p.m., 100 George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Sue Coe: Some Animals are More Equal than Others; 4 p.m., Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

Jim Blascovich: Challenge/Threat Meets fMRI: A History; 4 p.m., 035 Psychology Building

Institute for Korean Studies Film Screening: Repatriation; 4 p.m., 100 Mendenhall Lab

Alec Hargreaves, A French Intifada? French Muslims and the Middle East; 4:30 p.m., 0020 Page Hall

4th Annual Patrons' Circle Lecture: Michael Lobel; 5:30 p.m., 180 Hagerty Hall

Conversation and Discussion: Ferguson and Civil Rights; 6:30 p.m., Cartoon Room 2, Ohio Union

Oct. 9 - Oct. 11

The John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures: Imagining Alternative Modernities: Interventions from the Balkans and South Asia; Ohio State Columbus Campus

Oct. 9 - Nov. 9

Global Gallery Exhibit: Islamic Empires and their Legacies in Southeastern Europe and South Asia; Hagerty Hall Lobby

Oct. 10

Reading Across the Curriculum; Humanities Institute, 12 p.m., 104 E. 15th Ave.

Form/Huber Colloquium: Professor Rory McVeigh; 12:30 p.m., 248 Townshend Hall

Byron Hamann: Fieldnotes from Solaris/Mediterratlantic Slavery; Room 100, George Wells Knight House, 1 p.m., 104 E. 15th Ave.

Matt Goldrick: Gradient Symbolic Structure in Cognition; 2:30 p.m., 035 Psychology Building

Political Theory Workshop: Phillip Pettit, Justice, Social and Political; 3:30 p.m., 2130 Derby Hall

Ohio State Choral Collage; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Oct. 11

Ohio German Studies Workshop; 8 a.m., Blackwell Inn, 2110 Tuttle Park Pl.

The STEAM Factory: The Chladni Plate — Music, Math & High Energy Physics — all on a single plate; 11 a.m., 400 W. Rich St.

Vocal Arts Showcase Concert; 4 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Oct. 12

Science Sundays: Ray Jayawardhana, Neutrino Hunters: Chasing a Ghostly Particle to Unlock Cosmic Secrets; 3 p.m., Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

Oct. 13

Musicology Lecture: Ryan Skinner, The Ohio State University; 4:30 p.m., 205 18th Avenue Library

Faculty: Scott McCoy, tenor; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Oct. 14

IPR Seminar: Seth Sanders; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Keynote Speaker: Ilan Stavans; 4 p.m., Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall

Ford Foundation Fellowship Workshop: Demystifying the Application Process; 6 p.m., 455 Hagerty Hall

Latino Buckeye Dinner with Keynote Speaker Ilan Stavans; 7 p.m., Hillel, Ohio State Wexner Jewish Student Center

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

Oct. 15

Youssef Yacoubi, The Play of Reasons: Islam Within and Beyond Itself; 7 p.m., 010 Page Hall

Through Oct. 31

Faculty Club Alumni Art Exhibition: Maria Alejandra Zanetta; Ohio State University Faculty Club

Through Nov. 8

25 on High: A Photographic Journey; Urban Arts Space, Suite 130, 50 W. Town St.

Possible Impossible: Terry Allen Study Drawings for Public Works; Urban Arts Space, Suite 130, 50 W. Town St.

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October 8, 2014
Ray Jayawardhana

Science Sundays, ASC’s Free, Public Lecture Series, Continues Oct. 12

Move over Higgs — it's neutrino time. Ray Jayawardhana, dean of science and professor, York University, Toronto, Canada, presents Neutrino Hunters: Chasing a Ghostly Particle to Unlock Cosmic Secrets, a thrilling journey into the shadowy world of these elusive particles. Lecture: 3-4 p.m., Wexner Film/Video Theater; Reception: 4-5 p.m., Wexner Café.

Ebola Pandemic? Bird Flu? Zombie Virus? A Public Discussion

Join us for a public conversation, Thursday, Oct. 16, 7-8:30 p.m. at the WOSU@COSI studios to talk about the flow of information and health risks from infectious disease outbreaks with panelists Larry Schlesinger, chair, Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity; Vicki Friemuth, director, Southern Center for Communication, Health, & Poverty, University of Georgia; and Richard Harris, science correspondent, NPR. The event is free and open to all. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. Host: School of Communication’s Health Sciences Frontiers.


Norman Johnson, professor; evolution, ecology and organismal biology; director, Triplehorn Insect Collection, on creating a digital archive for Ohio State’s massive bug collection, Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 4, 2014

John Casterline, professor, sociology; director, Institute for Population Research, on childbearing patterns, AP, Oct. 3, 2014

Yiying Wu, professor, chemistry, new solar battery, Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 3, 2014

Patrick Carroll, professor, psychology (Lima campus), on self-confidence and forging a career path, FASTCOMPANY, Oct. 2, 2014

Ryan King, associate professor, sociology, on disparate sentencing treatment of non-citizens, Yahoo News, Oct. 1, 2014

John Mueller, professor, political science, Remnants of War, cited by Steven Pinker, New York Times Sunday Book Review, Sept. 28, 2014


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