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Tossing Negative Thoughts Really Works

Rich PettyRich Petty, professor and chair, psychology, is co-author of a new study finding that when people wrote down their thoughts on a piece of paper and then threw the paper away, they mentally discarded the thoughts as well. Some types of psychological therapy use variations of this concept by trying to get patients to discard their negative thoughts. But Petty said this is the first study he is aware of that has validated that approach.

Geographer Authors New Book 

Joel WainwrightJoel Wainwright, associate professor, geography, is the author of a new book, Geopiracy: Oaxaca, Militant Empiricism, and Geographical Thought (Palgrave Pivot), a critique of the 'Bowman expeditions'—a project through which geographers with funding from the US Army are mapping the 'human terrain' of foreign lands.

Geologists Team up with Astronomers to Search for Alien Life

Cayman Unterborn and Wendy PaneroCayman Unterborn, doctoral student, and Wendy Panero, associate professor, earth sciences, are authors of a new study of eight “solar twins” of our sun finding that any planets orbiting those stars may be hotter and more dynamic than Earth. Unterborn and Panero studied these “solar twins”—stars that very closely match the sun in size, age, and overall composition—in order to measure the amounts of radioactive elements they contain. Those stars came from a dataset recorded by the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher spectrometer at the European Southern Observatory in Chile.

Arts and Sciences Faculty Named AAAS Fellows

AAAS Blue A LogoTen arts and sciences faculty members have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): Heather Allen, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemisty; Donald Dean, professor emeritus, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Biao Ding, professor, Department of Molecular Genetics; Prabir Dutta, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; H. Lisle Gibbs, professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology; Randy Hodson, SBS Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology; Michael Ibba, professor, Department of Microbiology and director, Ohio State Biochemistry Program; Susan Olesik, professor and chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Richard Pogge, professor and vice-chair, Department of Astronomy; and, Zhenchao Qian, professor and chair, Department of Sociology.

Physicists Named American Physical Society (APS) Fellows  

Jim Beatty, Ralf Bundschuh, and Yuri KovchegovPhysics Professors Jim Beatty, Ralf Bundschuh and Yuri Kovchegov have been elected to the 2012 class of APS Fellows: Beatty for contributions to cosmic ray astrophysics, including leadership roles in design, construction, and operation of the Pierre Auger Observatory; balloon-borne studies of cosmic ray antiprotons and positrons; and searches for high energy neutrinos using radio techniques; Bundschuh for contributions to quantitative understanding of biophysical properties of nucleic acids and use of physical approaches in biological sequence analysis; and Kovchegov for contributions to understanding the structure and dynamics of strong color fields in nucleons and nuclei at high energies. Each year, elected APS Fellows number no more than 1/2 of 1% of society membership.

Anthropology Chair Appointed

Clark LarsonClark Spencer Larsen, Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and chair, anthropology, has been reappointed chair of the Department of Anthropology for another four-year term, beginning June 1, 2013, pending approval of the Ohio State University Board of Trustees. 

Art Sale December 5–6 in University Hall

The Arts Initiative hosts an art sale of affordable artworks created by Department of Art Student Art Clubs and Organizations in the University Hall Museum (Room 143) December 5 and 6 from 9 am to 5 pm. Included will be works in glass, ceramics, and printmaking.

WOSU-TV to broadcast School of Music Celebration Concert

Trumpet PlayerWOSU-TV will have an exclusive broadcast of "The Ohio State University Holiday Extravaganza 2012" on December 9 at 8 pm. The program is an hour-long feature from the 20th annual School of Music Celebration Concert, presented last Friday to a capacity crowd in Mershon Auditorium. Highlights feature performances from more than 400 musicians in 14 ensembles participating in the fast-paced show, with pieces by composers from Eric Clapton to George Friedrich Handel. The concert also may be heard as an audio program on Classical 101-FM at 3 pm December 16 and at 7 pm December 25. It will also re-air on WOSU-TV at 8 pm December 25.

Check Out/Contribute to EEOB Grad Students Research Projects via SciFund thru Dec. 16

Four Divers walking into waterSocial Networking: Why fish need Facebook too: Jenn; Social Drama: How fish (and we) deal with conflicts in groups: Isaac; Sexy Shrimp & a lot of tentacle love: Ben. It’s just natural that Jenn Hellmann, Isaac Ligocki and Ben Titus, evolution, ecology and organismal biology graduate students, who study social behavior in fish, would use the power of social media to raise awareness and funding for their research projects.

H. Dean and Susan Regis Gibson Award

The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging (CCBBI) announces the H. Dean and Susan Regis Gibson award for graduate and undergraduate students interested in conducting brain imaging research in the Center. The $1,250-2,500 award is given based on scholastic achievement, completed and/or intended research achievement, and the successful completion of a research proposal for conducting brain imaging research at CCBBI. Application deadline is December 21. Click for more information.

Call for Nominations – Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award

Department chairs are invited to nominate a faculty member for the Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award. This award recognizes full professors who have exceptional records in teaching, research, and service. In keeping with the university’s ongoing commitment to diversity, nominations of women and minority faculty members are strongly encouraged. The recipient will be awarded a $3,000 one-time grant in support of academic work. For a full description of the nomination process and a list of past recipients, please see: Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award. Chairs should send an electronic copy of the nominee’s packet no later than Friday, January 11, 2013, to: Ann Rottersman.

Summer Enrichment Program Call for Proposals

The Department of African American and African Studies Community Extension Center is requesting proposals from faculty and advanced graduate students for its 2013 Summer Enrichment Program for rising 9th and 10th graders June 10-14, 2013. This is a one-week, day program at the AAASCEC. The purpose of the camp is to help students develop critical thinking skills and to provide students with both an appreciation for and understanding of African American culture and history. Proposals should be one single-spaced page and include title, theme, goals and objectives, course outline, and a description of a final project to be presented on the last day of class. Proposals and curriculum vitae should be emailed to Sarah Twitty or sent to her attention at AAASCEC, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43203 by January 15, 2013.

North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad

NALCOThe North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO), an educational competition in linguistics for high school students, takes place at Ohio State on January 31, 2013. Practice sessions begin in early January. High school students are encouraged to sign up by early December.

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December 9

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December 5, 2012

Jennifer Ouellette

Science Sundays Continues December 9

Ready for Their Close-up: Scientists Go Hollywood, science writer Jennifer Ouellette takes us to the movies to see what happens when science intersects with popular culture. The author of three popular science books, her latest, The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse. Lecture: 3-4 pm, Ohio Union US Bank Conference Theater, reception: 4-5 pm, Ohio Staters Traditions Room. Free/Open to the public.
In the News
Kathryn Campbell-Kibler, assistant professor, linguistics, on three distinctive Ohio dialects, AP via Washington Examiner, December 3, 2012
Rich Petty, professor and chair, psychology, on tossing negative thoughts, Huffington Post, December 3, 2012
Lilia Fernandez, author and associate professor, history, on her new book, Brown In the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago, Fox News, November 29, 2012
Hans Utter, sitarist and lecturer, music, on the concert, Silk Road Journey: An Evening of IndoPersian Music, Columbus Dispatch, November 29, 2012
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