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SEPT. 14, 2016 | TWEET!


Emery Brown

Noted Neuroscientist Kicks Off Sixth Season of Science Sundays 

Science Sundays — Arts and Sciences' free, public lecture series — returns Sunday, Sept. 18, 3-4 p.m. at the Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre.

Emery N. Brown, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School and MIT, presents The Rhythms of the Unconscious Brain under General Anesthesia, offering new insights into the brain’s fundamental workings. The lecture is followed by a reception, 4-5 p.m., Ohio Staters Traditions room.


Researchers Discover New Genus of Bacteria in Hydraulic Fracturing Wells

A never-before-seen genus of bacteria dubbed, “Frackibacter,” thriving in collected water fluids in hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) wells and possibly unique to them, has been discovered by Ohio State researchers and their colleagues. Ohio State co-principal investigators and co-authors include Kelly Wrighton, assistant professor, microbiology and biophysics; Rebecca Daly, senior research associate, microbiology; David Cole, professor, Earth sciences, Ohio Research Scholar; Michael Wilkins, assistant professor, Earth sciences, and microbiology; and Paula Mouser, assistant professor, engineering. Findings appear in the 9/5/16 online journal, Nature Microbiology.

Susan Olesik: 2016 Glass Breaker

Susan OlesikOlesik, chair and Dow Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, works to ensure the women hired in her department succeed. A 2016 Glass Breaker — one of five faculty and staff members whose efforts have improved workplace culture for women at Ohio State — she is familiar with facing challenges and maneuvering obstacles that have come her way.

Psychology Professor Authors Third Book

Andrew HayesAndrew Hayes, professor, psychology, is author of the new book, Regression Analysis and Linear Models: Concepts, Applications, and Implementation (Guilford Press, 2016). Hayes’ previous books include Introduction to Mediation, Moderation, and Conditional Process Analysis; and Statistical Methods for Communication Science.

Election 2016

OhioWith Labor Day now behind us, the political campaign season is officially in full swing. This week’s discussion includes an analysis of How Their Rhetoric Could Doom Trump and Clinton (Politico) citing Communication Graduate Student David Clementson’s research on what kind of rhetoric matters most to voters; and commentary from John Mueller, political science professor, on how the fear of terrorism turns out to be partisan.  


Psychology Professor Receives NSF Award for Attention Study

Andrew LeberAndrew Leber, assistant professor, psychology, received a $499,888 NSF award for his proposal, “Characterizing the Determinants of Goal-Driven Attentional Control,” to investigate the role of three factors that may influence how attention is controlled: 1) performance maximization (the drive to achieve a goal as quickly as possible); 2) effort minimization (avoiding tasks that are cognitively taxing); and 3) novelty-seeking (exploring new stimuli in the environment). His work may have important implications for screening and training employees in professions that depend heavily on attentional control, such as drivers, security agents and air traffic controllers.


Kwame Anthony Appiah, “Two Cheers for Equality”

Kwame AppiahThe President and Provost's Diversity Lecture and Culture Arts Series and COMPAS Inequality present Kwame Anthony Appiah, "Two Cheers for Equality," Tuesday, Sept. 27, 5 p.m., Ohio Union (Performance Hall). Appiah has an appointment in philosophy and law at New York University. In 2012, he was one of eight scholars presented with the National Humanities Medal by President Obama.


Reanne Frank, associate professor, sociology, on how Trump’s immigration stance appeals to Ohioans, Columbus Dispatch, Sept. 12

Matthew Anderson, assistant professor, microbiology, on diversity and cultural life at Ohio State, Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 11

John Mueller, professor, political science, on Ohio voters’ response to terrorism, Canton Repository, Sept. 11

Hal Arkes, professor emeritus, psychology, on decision making and the problem with sunk costs, Wall Street Journal, Sept. 10 

Rebecca Daly, research associate; Kelly Wrighton, professor, microbiology, on their discovery of a new genus of bacteria living inside fracking wells, Futurism, Sept. 7 

Hasan Jeffries, associate professor, history, on professors using ‘trigger warnings,’ NPR, Sept. 7

David Stebenne, professor, history and law, on American symbols and politics, WOSU All Sides with Ann Fisher, Sept. 6

Tim Berra, professor emeritus, evolution, ecology and organismal biology (Mansfield), “Darwin’s Greatest Hits,” FM104, Charles Darwin University, NT News, Sept. 5


Sept. 15

Annual Carl C. Schlam Memorial Lecture: Stephen Harrison
Barbie Tootle Room, Ohio Union
3:30 p.m.

Samuel C. Chu Memorial Lecture in East Asian Studies: U.S. China Policy, Challenges for the Next Administration
165 Thompson Library
4-6 p.m.

Sept. 16

2016 Education Abroad Expo
Buckeye Reading Room, Thompson Library
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Andrew Hacker, on the math myth
240 Cockins Hall
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 18

Science Sundays: Emery Brown, The Rhythms of the Unconscious Brain under General Anesthesia
U.S. Bank Conference Theatre, Ohio Union
3-4 p.m.
Reception: 4-5 p.m. Ohio Staters Traditions Room, Ohio Union

Sept. 19

Faculty and Guests: COSMOS Trio
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Sept. 20

Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars
Werner Center Film/Video Theatre
4-5 p.m.

Through Sept. 24

Ceramics as Deception
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours
Reception: Sept. 17, 5-7 p.m.

Department of Design 2016 Faculty Exhibition: Research through Making
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours
Reception: Sept. 17, 5-7 p.m.

Through Sept. 29

Homecoming Office Decorating Contest
Across Campus

Through Oct. 1

Across the Pond
City Center Gallery, Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours
Reception: Sept. 17, 5-7 p.m.

Through Oct. 21

Land●Mark: Alternative Views of the Landscape
Hopkins Hall Gallery
Gallery Hours

Through Oct. 31

The Hidden Life of Things: Andean and Amazonian Cultural Artifacts and the Stories They Tell
Global Gallery, Hagerty Hall Lobby
Building Hours

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