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Film Studies Alumna Featured in NY Magazine

The Oak Room, a Short North gallery started and operated by film studies alumna Nicole Eggert (2013), is featured in ARTisSpectrum exhibiting the work of Adam Kiger, a local Columbus painter. 


Economics Alumnus Selected Sports Arbitrator at 2014 Winter Olympics

Matthew MittenEconomics alumnus Matthew Mitten (BA, 1981), professor of law and director of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University Law School, served on the Court of Arbitration for Sport ad hoc Division for the 2014 Winter Olympics with eight lawyers, judges and law professors from around the world. Mitten is the leading U.S. expert in sports law.


Alumnus Receives Teaching Award 

Terry EversonBoston University will honor Ohio State alumnus Terry Everson (bachelor’s and master’s music degrees in trumpet performance, 1983; 1984) with the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching at the university’s May 18 commencement. Everson is associate professor of music at Boston University.


English Student’s Story Wins Prestigious Award

Colleen MorrisseyThe short story, “Good Faith,” written by English PhD student Colleen Morrissey, has been selected for a 2014 O. Henry Prize. Morrissey’s story will be included in the upcoming anthology, “The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014,” to be released in September. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Nish.

Green Energy Ohio Honors Three ASC Faculty Members 

Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, Earth sciences; and Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, geography, were honored by Green Energy Ohio (GEO) with the Pioneers of the Year Award. Bill Putikka, professor, physics, was recognized as one of five solar homeowners; his home solar array also charges his Chevy Volt electric vehicle. GEO is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally and economically sustainable energy policies and practices in Ohio.


Student Mobile Technology Experience (Dissertation Research Survey)

Hussam Kashou, PhD candidate, engineering, seeks participants in a survey on students’ use of mobile technology. The survey takes 20 minutes to complete. Contact Kashou at


STEM and Global Competencies

What education do we need to provide to our young people to prepare them for the global job market? Hear from three corporate leaders at the May 13 Columbus Council on World Affairs luncheon.

Film Studies Program Coordinator at International Festival

Matt Swift, program coordinator, film studies, will be displaying his work in June at the international festival Digital Graffiti 2014. Swift’s work, an experimental documentary series titled “City Lights and Rural Colors,” creates kaleidoscopic effects blurring the boundary between reality of a city or rural landscape and the imagination of the viewer. 


ASC Summer 2014 Staff Book Circle Registration: Deadline, May 9

Registration for the arts and sciences staff summer book circle is May 9. Book circle members will read the 2014 Buckeye Book Community selection The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. ASC book circles meet twice during July. Books are free; however, copies are limited; distribution is first come, first served. Questions? Contact Ann Rottersman.


Chris Burton Retirement Celebration

All arts and sciences faculty and staff are invited to a retirement celebration for Chris Burton, Department of History, May 30, 3-5 p.m., Faculty Club Colleagues Room. RSVP requested
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May 7, 2014
Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity Epidemic: Who Owns it? Panel discussion.

A public conversation with a panel of health, education and risk communication experts moderated by Mandie Trimble of WOSU NPR News May 15, 7-8:30 p.m., WOSU@COSI, 333 West Broad St. The event is free and open to all with seating beginning at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to Erik Nisbet, assistant professor, communication.


Richard Petty, professor and chair, psychology, on why you’re not as confident as your colleagues, Forbes, May 6, 2014

Michael Bevis, professor, earth sciences, on climate change and Greenland, The Weather Channel, May 5, 2014

Lucas Coffman, assistant professor, economics, Op-Ed, “Parental involvement overrated? Don’t buy it,” CNN, May 5, 2014

Harvey Graff, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies, on interdisciplinary history, History News Network, May 5, 2014

Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, Earth sciences, on Everest melting, Outside magazine, May 5, 2014

Claudia Buchmann, professor, sociology, on a link between fidgety boys and a sputtering economy, The New York Times, April 30, 2014

Julia Watson, professor, comparative studies, “Studying the Digital Self,” Chronicle of Higher Education, April 21, 2014


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