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SEPT. 28, 2016 | TWEET!


Shakespeare and Autism

Shakespeare and Autism Study

A new study showed improvement in the social and communication skills of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using a signature approach pairing the recitation of Shakespeare’s rhythmic language with physical gesture. This study grew from a collaboration with the Ohio State Department of Theatre and Nisonger Center. Results, published in the journal, Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, showed better language skills and recognition of facial expressions in children with ASD.


Hotspot Feeding Iceland’s Active Volcanoes Skews Greenland Ice-Loss Research

Michael BevisIt turns out the same hotspot feeding Iceland’s active volcanoes is the culprit that has caused researchers to underestimate ice loss on nearby Greenland. Michael Bevis, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Geodynamics, professor of Earth sciences, and leader of GNET, is co-author of a new study in the journal Science Advances, showing how this distorted their calculations for ice loss in Greenland’s ice sheet that underestimates melting by about 20 gigatons tons per year. 

The study is featured extensively in national and international media, including U.S. News & World Report, ABC NewsThe Guardian (UK) and Popular Science.

Gonzalez-Torres Artwork to Come Down with Long’s Bookstore Demolition

When the iconic Long’s Bookstore building at 1836 N. High St. meets the wrecking ball in early October, Félix González-Torres’s “Untitled (For Parkett),” a billboard-sized artwork, will come down with it. The installation at Long’s Bookstore was the final stage in the lifespan of the work, with González-Torres’s intention for the piece to be complete when hung for public view. “Untitled (For Parkett)” came to The Ohio State University as part of the 2015 exhibition Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne.

EASC and Columbus State Partner to Create Learning Modules

The East Asian Studies Center and Columbus State Community College (CSCC) completed a two-year curriculum development project over the summer resulting in creating 12 new learning modules on East Asian history, currently being incorporated into the CSCC curriculum. These six Chinese, four Japanese and two Korean history modules are presented as short videos.

Watch BS Physics/Astronomy Alumnus Competing on Jeopardy, Oct. 7

Nate RossNate Ross, 2009 graduate in physics and astronomy, now a PhD candidate in astronomy at UCLA, appears on Jeopardy, Oct. 7. At Ohio State, Ross participated in undergraduate research with Astronomy Professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar Christopher Kochanek, measuring the properties of a quasar host galaxy. 


Chemist Receives 2017 Alumna of the Year Award from Alma Mater

Heather AllenHeather Allen, professor, chemistry and biochemistry, will be honored with the Alumna of the Year Award for 2017 from Saddleback College, Thursday, Sept. 29. Allen has been asked to officially open the new science building at this Southern California community college where she won her first scholarship, which she says, “played a pivotal role in my pursuing advanced education in chemistry.” 

Speech-Language-Hearing Clinical Supervisor Becomes One of First 15 CH-AP's in the Country

Christy GoodmanChristy Goodman, clinical supervisor, Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, is one of the first 15 audiologists in the country to become a certificate holder – audiology preceptor (CH-AP) from the American Academy of Audiology. This is the first precepting program in the country in communication disorders.

School of Music Professor Emeritus Honored

Thomas BattenbergThomas Battenberg, professor emeritus, retired from his position as principal trumpet with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra on July 30, his 75th birthday and 50th year in the CSO. He was a featured soloist at the last concert of the 2015-16 season. In recognition of his achievements as an artist, the Greater Columbus Art Council will honor Battenberg at a reception Sept. 28, as the eighth recipient of the Raymond J. Hanley Award. This includes a grant of $12,500 in memory of the former GCAC president.


The LA Experience: Application Deadline Oct. 17

The Los Angeles Experience is an educational experience for Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students with career aspirations in TV/film, animation, performing arts, visual arts and business in arts entrepreneurship and leadership. Sponsored by ASC, the experience is open to 20 students via an application and interview process. The program connects current students with Ohio State alumni through a six-day travel experience in Los Angeles March 10-16, 2017. The trip itinerary will be tailored to individual student career interests wherever possible.

2016 Cyber Security Day Registration Available for ASC Employees

Employees of The Ohio State University are encouraged to attend the 2016 Cyber Security Day, Oct. 20. For more information on this event, go to ASCTech.

Ohio Supercomputer Center Welcoming Poster Judges for SUG Meeting

Are you a post-doc looking for a resume builder? Join us at the Ohio Supercomputer Center’s Statewide User Group meeting as a poster judge. Register or contact Heidi Hamblin.

OSC hosts XSEDE OpenMP Workshop Oct. 4

The Ohio Supercomputer Center, located on Ohio State’s west campus, will serve as a satellite location for an XSEDE OpenMP workshop from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 4. This workshop is intended to give C and Fortran programmers a hands-on introduction to OpenMP programming. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of how to write scalable codes using OpenMP. This is a great opportunity to learn about how to parallelize code and a good introduction to High Performance Computing. Call (614) 292-1800 with questions or email.

Registration Closing for OSC’s Statewide User Group Meeting

The Ohio Supercomputer Center is hosting its Statewide User Group meeting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. The meeting will highlight new scientific developments produced using OSC resources, foster connections between OSC staff and the public, and obtain feedback for the future of OSC and its role in supporting science across Ohio. There will be two keynote addresses, an OSC presentation, and flash-talk and poster sessions. Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 28.  


Astronomy & Astrophysics Public Lecture Series Kicks Off Sept. 29

David WeinbergDavid H. Weinberg’s lecture, What We Can Learn from Gravity: Planet IX, Rippling Space-time, and the Accelerating Universe, takes on three recent, startling discoveries: Unusual alignments; Ghostly ripples of space-time, and Mysterious "dark energy.” Weinberg is professor and chair of Ohio State’s Department of Astronomy. Lecture: Thursday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m., 1000 McPherson Lab. Free/Open to all.

Feminist Politics, 2016 and Beyond

An evening of candid conversation: Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies professors Cynthia Burack and Wendy Smooth and special guest Julie Graber, CEO, The Institute on Women, Oct. 6, 5-8 p.m., Fawcett Center Auditorium.

Communication Hosts Media and Elections Panel

Media's Role in Elections: International Perspectives, Oct. 3, 4:30-6 p.m.. 360 Journalism. All panelists are international members of the Comparative National Elections Project (CNEP). Erik Nisbet, associate professor, School of Communication, will moderate the panel. Free/open to all.


Matthew Sullivan, associate professor; Simon Roux, postdoctoral researcher, microbiology, on known viruses in the world’s oceans, The Weather Channel, Sept. 23

Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on Ohio’s pivotal role in the elections, CNN, Sept. 22

Jeff Cohen, professor, anthropology, “Refugees, migration addressed in first-time summit: what was accomplished," The Conversation, Sept. 22

Christopher Daddis, assistant professor, psychology, on trust in the parent-child relationship, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sept. 22

Michael Bevis, professor, Earth sciences, on how Greenland may be losing ice even faster than we thought, Washington Post, MSN, U.S. News & World Report, ABC NewsThe Guardian (UK), Popular ScienceSept. 21

Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA), the Sam Schwartz (Transportation Guru) lecture, Columbus UndergroundThe Lantern, Sept. 21

John Mueller, professor, political science, on the biggest impact from terror attacks, Springfield News Sun, Sept. 20

David Stebenne, professor, history and law, on how a diversified economy cushions Columbus from downturns, NPR, Sept. 19



Sept. 29

IJS Lecture: Takashi Nishiyama, Kamikazes: Japanese Suicide Attacks in Global Historical Context
191 Mendenhall Lab
2:30 p.m.

What We Can Learn from Gravity: Planet IX, Rippling Space-time, and the Accelerating Universe
1000 McPherson Lab
8 p.m.

Through Sept. 29

Homecoming Office Decorating Contest
Across Campus

Sept. 29 to Oct. 1

School Tour: Macbeth
Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St.
See event listing for times

Sept. 30

Data Driven '16 Conference
Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St.
9 a.m.

Impotent Husbands, Visiting Lovers or Polyandrous Wives?
168 Dulles Hall
11:30 a.m.

Careers in Sports
035 Psychology Building
1 p.m.

Ohio State Big Bands
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.


Oct. 1

Sports and Society Initiative Fall Breakfast and Kick Off
Derby Hall Lobby
8 a.m.

Through Oct. 1

Across the Pond
City Center Gallery, Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

Oct. 2

Choral Collage
Weigel Auditorium
3 p.m.

Oct. 3

Media’s Role in Elections: International Perspectives
360 Journalism Building
4:30 p.m.

Faculty: Juliet White-Smith, viola
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Oct. 4

Paula Chambers Graduate Student Workshop
Faculty Club, Grand Lounge
9 a.m.

James Ziliak, Welfare Reform and the Intergenerational Transmission of Dependence
038 Townshend Hall
12:30 p.m.

Paula Chambers Open Session
Faculty Club, Grand Lounge
1 p.m.

Oct. 5

Access-Knowledge: Disability, Universal Design, and Politics of Knowing and Making
311 Denney Hall
4-6 p.m.

The Microbiome in Health and Disease: Bugs, Guts, and Drugs
Research Commons, 18th Ave. Library
6:30 p.m.

Through Oct. 21

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

Through Oct. 30

Wellness Ambassador Recruitment

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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