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OCT. 22, 2014 | TWEET!



Steve Wittman, Legendary Uncle

From his first airplane ride with "Uncle Witt" to delivering an acceptance speech at America’s Oscar Night of Aviation on behalf of his uncle, Christopher Andersen shares the story of Sylvester "Steve" Wittman in a two-part blog.


Research Month: the Arts, Design and Performance

Research This October has been designated Research Month at Ohio State, although research is built into the fabric of our Top-10 public research institution, yearlong. Each week, Arts and Sciences will focus on a different area of research, inquiry and investigation and share discoveries, news and events of note. This week we are focusing on the arts, design and performance.

Thomson Reuters’ World’s Most Scientific Minds 2014

Martin Tusler, research associate, psychology, and member, Behavioral Decision Making Initiative; and David Weinberg, professor, astronomy, and Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences; have been named two of the "most highly cited researchers" by Thomson Reuters in recognition of ranking among the top 1 percent of researchers for most cited documents in their specific field. Thomson Reuters analyzes data using its Web of Science and InCites platforms to determine which researchers have produced work that is most frequently acknowledged by peers. Tusler was cited in the field of Social Sciences, General; and Weinberg in the field of Space Science.

New Endowed Professorship in Political Science

Skyler CranmerAssociate Professor Skyler Cranmer has joined the Department of Political Science as the Carter Phillips and Sue Henry Professor. The professorship was created from a generous gift from alumnus Carter Philipps (political science, 1973) and his wife, Sue Henry.


Geography Professor Receives National Award for Work in Urban Geography

Edward MaleckiEdward Malecki, professor, geography, has been selected by the American Geographical Society (AGS) to receive the Van Cleef Memorial Medal. The award is conferred on scholars who have done outstanding original work in the field of urban geography. The last time the medal was awarded was in 1999; it will be presented to Malecki on Nov. 19, during the AGS Fall Symposium.

Cheng Zhang Awarded Fellowship at NASA

Cheng ZhengCheng Zhang, who earned an MFA in design, studies at ACCAD and is completing a PhD in computer science engineering, has been awarded a Science Visualization Fellowship at NASA, starting in January. The fellowship is a yearlong position designed to nurture emerging data visualizers who wish to explore the intersection of science and art through science storytelling. Cheng’s thesis project at Ohio State was the Moon Experience, an award-winning virtual reality system based on the historic Apollo program. Her thesis advisor was Alan Price, associate professor, design.

Political Science PhD Graduate Wins Dissertation Awards

Josh KertzerPolitical Science alumnus Josh Kertzer (PhD, 2013) has won the 2014 Helen Dwight Reid award for the best dissertation in international relations, law and politics from the American Political Science Association (APSA); the 2014 Kenneth N. Waltz award from APSA’s international security and arms control section and the 2014 Walter Isard award from the Peace Science Society.


Special Session on Using the National Longitudinal Surveys

Elizabeth Cooksey, professor, sociology, and associate director; and Rosella Gardecki, research scientist and assistant director; Ohio State's Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR) will give a two-hour presentation on the National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience (NLS) cohorts, updates of questionnaire design decisions, examples of recent research undertaken using NLS data and demonstrate how to navigate “investigator” to search for variables and create data sets in SAS, SPSS and STATA. Nov. 7, 11:35 a.m.-1:45 p.m., 248 Townshend Hall.

Ann Hamilton Exhibition Opens in Seattle

Ann Hamiltonthe common S E N S E, a museum-wide exhibition of newly commissioned works by artist and Ohio State Distinguished University Professor Ann Hamilton, opened Oct. 11 at Henry Art Gallery, on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. It continues through April 26, 2015. For the common S E N S E, Hamilton conceived the Henry as a hub connecting to the university’s collections and academic programs, and as a visiting fellow, she conducted research in the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, the University Libraries Special Collections, and the Henry’s holdings of costumes, textiles and photographs. The material elements of the exhibition are drawn from these collections.

Science Sundays, ASC’s Free, Public Lecture Series, Continues Nov. 2

James Sneyd What does Homer have to do with mathematics? University of Auckland Mathematics Professor James Sneyd promises his lecture on Mathematics and Music: the Beauties in Pattern explains it all. He says pattern constructions underlying mathematical research is at the heart of musical improvisation and rhythmic patterns, including Homeric poetry. Lecture: 3-4 p.m., Wexner Film/Video Theater; Reception: 4-5 p.m., Wexner Café.


Oct. 23

Jeff McCausland, Back to the Future? Battlefield Nuclear Weapons in South Asia; 3:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.

Amy Summerville, How Far the Road not Taken? Time and Distance in Counterfactural Thought and Regret; 4 p.m., 35 Psychology Building

Curatorial Practices Talk: Lucy Lippard; 4:30 p.m., Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

CANCELED: Sally Promey, Yale University: Religion in Plain View: The Public Aesthetics of American Belief

Design Alumna Talk: Melissa Quintanilha; 6 p.m., 141 Sullivant Hall

Oct. 24

Ohio State/BGSU Graduate Student Conference; Bowling Green State University

Buckeye East Asian Linguistics Forum; 120 Mershon Center

Laura Ogden: Speculative Wonder at the World's End: Animal Disporas in Tierra del Fuego; 10:30 a.m., 4012 Smith Laboratory

Amanda Weidman: Playback Singing, Performance and the Performativity of Voice in South India; 1 p.m., Humanities Institute, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Michael Brown, The Biopolitical Bar: Governmentality, Sexuality and the Regulation of the Homosexual Tavern 1934-1971; 3:30 p.m., 1080 Derby Hall

Richard Danford and Daniel Reff, on The First European Description of Japan, 1585; 3:30 p.m., Humanities Institute, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Symphony Orchestra; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Oct. 25

STEAM Factory at 400 W. Rich Market; 11 a.m., 400 W. Rich St.

Columbus Coalition for the Homeless: A View from the Street; 1 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Art Explorations; 1 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Parent and Family Weekend Concert; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Oct. 26

Theatre Lab Series: Some Nights & Bushido; 7 p.m., New Works Lab, Drake Performance and Event Center

Oct. 27

Cristina Beltrán presents Aestheticizing Action: Latino Republicans and the Art of Diversity; 3:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.

Ari Friedlander, on Rogue Sexuality and the Material Text in Early Modern England; 4 p.m., 311 Denney Hall

Carl Plantinga, The Represented Face in Narrative Film: A Cognitive Cultural Approach; 4:30 p.m., Creative Arts Room, The Ohio Union

Lab Series Script Club: Some Kids; 7 p.m., New Works Lab, Drake Performance and Event Center

Percussion Ensemble; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Oct. 28

IPR Seminar: Cristian Pop-Eleches; 12:30 p.m., 38 Townshend Hall

Wind Symphony, with guest composer John Mackey; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Oct. 29

Post-doctoral Scholars Orientation: The Essentials; 9 a.m., 1080 Physics Research Building

Sightlines, a site-specific dance; 12:15 p.m., Wexner Center for the Arts

Microbiology 7899 Seminar: Jacob Yount; 4:10 p.m., 001 Jennings Hall

Oct. 29 - Nov. 17

Phi Sigma Iota's 2014 Foreign Language Film Fest; 180 Hagerty Hall

Through Oct. 31

Faculty Club Alumni Art Exhibition: Maria Alejandra Zanetta; Faculty Club

Through Nov. 8

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

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

Through Nov. 9

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

Through Nov. 15

Repetition Isolation: The Abundance Within; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through Nov. 21

DAIM Recall; Hopkins Hall Gallery

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Ninth Annual Black Veterans Day Salute

“Black Veterans and the GI Bill: Looking Back 70 Years,” Saturday, Nov. 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., AAAS Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave. This year is the 70th anniversary of the GI Bill. Servicemen and women who took advantage of the GI Bill will be honored.



Jim Fowler, assistant professor, mathematics, The King of Calculus, Forbes, Oct. 16, 2014

Andrew Gould, professor, astronomy, alien planet resembles Uranus, NBC News, Oct. 16, 2014

Jeremy Wallace, assistant professor, political science, on the protests in Hong Kong, WOSU All Sides with Ann Fisher, Oct. 15, 2014

Devin Fergus, associate professor, African-American and African Studies, “Ending This Fee for All", New York Times Op-Ed, Oct. 14, 2014

Sylvia Knobloch-Westerwick, professor, communication, on how social media can affect moods, WSPD,
Oct. 14, 2014

Gary Wenk, professor, psychology; neuroscience, immunology and medical genetics; marijuana and the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, Ocala Star-Banner, Oct. 12, 2014
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