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Keith and Linda Monda Commit $10 Million for Travel Scholarships

Keith and Linda MondaArts and Sciences alumnus Keith Monda (MA, Economics, 1971; BS, Economics, 1968) and his wife Linda, have committed an additional $5 million to the College of Arts and Sciences. This gift supplements the Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships fund, which they established in 2011 with a gift of $5 million, bringing their total support for the scholarships to $10 million.

Violent video games: More playing time equals more aggression

Brad BushmanBrad Bushman, the Margaret Hall and Robert Randal Rinehart Chair of Mass Communication, is co-author of a new study providing the first experimental evidence that the negative effects of playing violent video games can accumulate over time.

Senior Named Marshall Scholar

Alex ChaitoffAlex Chaitoff, a senior majoring in microbiology and political science, has been named a 2013 Marshall Scholar. Alex will spend one year at the University of Sheffield in England obtaining a Master's of Public Health before returning to the U.S. to attend medical school. He plans to dedicate his career to improving the quality of healthcare for minorities.

Three Arts and Sciences Faculty Members Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships 

Professor Nicholas Breyfogle, history, received $50,400 for his project, An Environmental History of Siberia's Lake Baikal; Associate Professor Scott Levi, history, received $50,400 to study Central Asia on the Frontier of Empire: The Khanate of Khoqand, 1709-1876; and Professor Hugh Urban, comparative studies, received $25,200 for research on The Life, Teachings, and Global Religious Following of Indian Mystic Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (1931-1990).

Bucks for Charity 2012

Red Block O Bucks for Charity 2012 logoThe 2012 Bucks for Charity campaign ends on Friday, December 14. Please turn in your pledge forms to your department coordinator or send them via campus mail to: Bucks for Charity, c/o College of Arts and Sciences, 186 University Hall, 230 North Oval Mall. Have you lost your form or do you want to see a list of organizations you can support through BFC? Thanks for supporting the organizations that help our communities throughout central Ohio. 

Marching Band Honored

Marching Band honored by State Senators Kevin Bacon and Jim HughesOn December 5, the “Best Damn Band in the Land” was honored along with the football team by State Senators Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park) and Jim Hughes (R-Columbus), who presented resolutions to both groups for their outstanding seasons. “There are many bands across the world, but not many with musical talent and physical abilities that can match the Pride of the Buckeyes,” said Bacon.

IN MEMORIAM: Emeritus Professor Charles Luther Babcock, age 88, d. December 7, 2012 

Professor Charles Babcock came to Ohio State in 1966; serving as chair of the Department of Classics and first dean of the College of Humanities. He received numerous awards from Ohio State, including the Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Distinguished Service Award. A WWII veteran, Babcock received the Bronze Star for valor. Babcock widely shared his great love of ancient Rome and the Latin language – through teaching and programs he directed in Rome over the years. A date for a spring memorial service will be announced later. The family requests those wishing to honor his memory contribute to the Charles L. Babcock Rome Scholarship, #600239, which provides funds for students to study in Italy. 

Arts and Sciences Undergraduate
e-Newsletter – December Issue

The December undergraduate student e-Newsletter highlights the physics major, an OSU organization for students interested in math (Radical Pi), student engagement opportunities as a college ambassador or peer research contact, the upcoming Arts and Sciences internship fair, study abroad programs, and student funding opportunities. To submit content suggestions or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Ann Rottersman, director of student programs. View newsletter Archives.

School of Music Announces Donald E. McGinnis New Day Fund

A group of Donald E. McGinnis’ former students and School of Music alumni, led by Kay Wolford Logan (BM, 1958), came together to secure a named space in the soon-to-be renovated School of Music facilities to honor McGinnis, revered emeritus director of bands. The group wants to ensure their former professor is remembered and that his story and spirit inspires future generations of Ohio State students. To date, more than $150,000 has been pledged by alumni.

CSTW Spring Seminar

The Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing offers U-WE Undergraduate Writing Experience for Social Change spring semester; Mondays, noon to 2 pm. The seminar, designed for mentoring and leadership experiences in Columbus City Schools (working on literacy projects with K-12); allows you to tutor K-12 students, write better, and create an education-focused social change multimedia presentation. Click to enroll or contact Nancy Hill McClary, 688-5357, for more information.

Alum Featured in Chime Composition

Upper Arlington composer and Ohio State alumnus Richard Smoot is the featured composer for December at Trinity Episcopal Church, at Broad and Third Streets. Smoot’s new work: Sky 2 for carillon was commissioned for the Chime Compositions project Finding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012. In this six-minute piece, Smoot uses a melody from his recent work SKY for orchestra, written for the Minnesota Sinfonia. His piece plays in December at 12:15 pm and 5:15 pm Monday – Friday, and at noon Saturday and Sunday.

COSI Hosts Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS and the Brain  

Human body preserved with plastination on display at COSIBODY WORLDS and the Brain is the anatomical exhibition that gives visitors a penetrating look at the form and function of the human body merging anatomy, neuroscience and philosophical musings in a special feature on the brain. COSI offers room rentals for workshops and meetings, evening hours, group admission, discounted tickets (in bulk bundles of 12 or more), and facilitated experiences using BODY WORLDS as the backdrop for deeper discussions around related topics. Visit the COSI website for additional information or contact Tricia Raiken.

December 13

Through December 14

Inosculation; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Projects Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

December 14

Columbus Moving Image Art Review; 7 pm, 180 Hagerty Hall

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December 12, 2012

News & Updates will not be published the week of Dec. 26 because of the holiday season; however, a special end-of-the-semester recap issue will be circulated. Because of the New Year's holiday, publication will resume on Thursday,
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Keith Slotkin

Molecular Geneticist Wins NSF CAREER Award

R. Keith Slotkin, assistant professor, molecular genetics, just received the National Science Foundation’s highest award for the country’s most promising young scientists, the NSF CAREER Award. These grants are given to researchers who early in their careers have clearly demonstrated their potential for making significant discoveries in their fields. Slotkin studies transposable elements, sometimes called jumping genes, that are stretches of DNA that can duplicate or move from one location in the genome to another.
In the News
Matthew Saltzman
professor, School of Earth Sciences, on how climate change played an integral role in the extended recovery from the Great Dying, Columbus Dispatch, December 9, 2012

Jason Box, associate professor, geography, on the impact of smoke from Arctic wildfires over the Greenland ice sheet,, December 6, 2012

Ann Hamilton, professor, art, review of Park Avenue Armory installation, the event of a thread, New York Times, December 6, 2012

Jeff Rogers, professor of geography and state climatologist, on the forecast for a possible increase in soil moisture in southwestern and central parts of Ohio, Dayton Daily News, December 5, 2012
Aurelie Vialette, professor, Spanish and Portuguese, on the impact of music on the formation of resistance groups, Op-Ed, El País, December 1, 2012
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