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OCT. 5, 2016 | TWEET!



Arts and Sciences SAC Fall Cookout

Arts and Sciences staff members are invited to the annual ASC Staff Advisory Council Fall Cookout, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cartoon Room, The Ohio Union. Enjoy burgers, hotdogs and sides and celebrate the season. RSVP by Oct. 12. If you have questions, contact Meg Downing or Mollie-Marie Workman.


Sociologist: Smoking Bans Persuade Some Young Smokers to Quit

Mike VuoloMike Vuolo, assistant professor, sociology, is co-author of a new national study showing for the first time how smoking bans in cities, states and counties led young people living in those areas to give up, or never take up, the use of cigarettes. Smokers who lived in areas where there was never a ban weren’t likely to drop their cigarette habit. The study was published in the September 2016 issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

This study has been covered extensively in national and international media, including Business Standard, Medical Daily and HealthDay News.

DOE Funds Ohio State Microbiologist & Co-PI’s International Team Studying Impact of Thawing Permafrost

Virginia RichVirginia Rich, assistant professor, microbiology, and Scott Saleska, University of Arizona, are Co-PI’s on a new, three-year, $3.75M grant from DOE’s Genomic Science Program to better understand the fate of carbon in thawing permafrost. They lead a team of investigators from four U.S. universities, two national labs; and universities in Australia and Sweden. Matthew Sullivan, microbiology, is Virus Lead. The team has been working at a field site in Arctic Sweden, since 2010.

Student Spearheads Recognition of POW/MIA Soldiers in Ohio Stadium

BrianneBrianne Szymanski, a fourth-year history major from Toledo, has helped designate a POW-MIA chair in Ohio Stadium to honor the sacrifices of those who have served in the military and are still unaccounted for. 

Psychology Team Releases Study on Visual Cueing 

Zhicheng Lin and Zhong-Lin LuZhicheng Lin, post-doctoral researcher, psychology and Zhong-Lin Lu, professor, psychology and director, Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging, are authors of a new study, “Automaticity of phasic alertness: Evidence for a three-component model of visual cueing," in the October 2016 journal, Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. Lin and Lu used a clever variation on a commonly used method of measuring attentional processing to show that in some cases being aware of something — namely, an attentional cue — renders it ineffective; that the influence of an unconscious stimulus can, in some cases, be stronger than the influence of something that is consciously perceived.

Eleven Pilot Projects to Support Humanities and Arts Discovery Theme

The Division of Arts and Humanities has been awarded a $1.1 million grant, from the university’s Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme, for a select group of 11 pilot projects to begin in the 2016-2017 academic year. Led by cross-disciplinary groups of faculty, these two-year projects focus on understanding, representing and addressing specific social issues and contemporary problems, while creating a diverse, engaged research and learning community. 


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 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: González-Torres considered the piece complete when hung for public view.

Do You Have a Project that Might Be Right for Crowdfunding?

Ohio State’s new Buckeye Funder offers an opportunity for Buckeye Nation to provide support to the colleges, units, programs and projects at Ohio State. Potential crowdfunding ideas include innovative projects, organization service trips, events, research and other Ohio State-specific ventures.Contact Megan Murphy, digital fundraising specialist, Ohio State’s Office of Annual Giving, for information.

Global Teacher-Seminar on Water Security

Last summer, the East Asian Studies Center hosted a global teacher seminar on “Water Security for the 21st Century.” The course provided Central Ohio high school teachers an opportunity to learn about the many scientific and political facets of the world’s leading freshwater issues; then translate that knowledge into lesson plans about water security issues. Motomu Ibaraki, School of Earth Sciences, served as lead instructor.

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SÕL-CON: The Brown + Black Comics Expo

Sol conSÕL-CON Expo, panels and workshops, including Brown & Black Lives Matter talkbacks with Keith Knight and Lalo Alcaraz; K-12 friendly Zine, cartoon, comics and digital animation workshops; and panel discussions on Latino and African American comics. Friday, Oct. 14, beginning at 9 a.m. Expo, and panels free and open to all.

A Change Election? Perspectives on the 2016 Contests

OhioJoin arts and sciences scholars and election experts for a panel discussion on the issues and candidates, Thursday, Oct. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law. Panelists: Paula Baker, associate professor, history; Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science; David Stebenne, professor, history and law, and Thomas Wood, assistant professor, political science and presidential campaign consultant in both the 2012 and 2016 contests. Free and open to all. RSVP by Oct. 13.


Mike Bevis, professor, Earth sciences, on Greenland’s massive loss of ice, Star Tribune, Sept. 29 

Gleb Tsipursky, assistant professor, history (Newark), on why the pundits are wrong about Clinton dominating the debate, The Conversation, Sept. 29 

Mike Vuolo, assistant professor, sociology, on how bans reduce smoking among young adults, WOSU-FM, Sept. 29 

Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on how undecided voters reacted to first debate, WSYX-TV, Sept. 27

PSL Scholars’ views on first debate, The Globe and Mail, Sept. 27

Gregory Caldiera, Distinguished University Professor, political science, The New Yorker (reprint), 2011, citing Caldiera’s 2009 study, “Knowing the Supreme Court? A Reconsideration of Public Ignorance of the High Court,” The Journal of Politics



Oct. 6

Climate Change and the Humanities
165 Thompson Library
4 p.m.

Fredrik Tydal, on books as weapons in the war of ideas
090 18th Ave. Library
4 p.m.

Antoine Bello: Being a Writer Today
130 CBEC
4 p.m.

The Street Art Revolution: From Kenny Scharf to Shepard Fairey
Wexner Center for the Arts Film Video Theatre
4:30 p.m.

Manga Collection Open House
Will Eisner Seminar Room, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum 
4:30 p.m.

Symphonic Band
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Oct. 6-7

William Lloyd Evans Lecture
See event listing for times and locations

Oct. 6-27

Black Mountain College Exhibit
Werner Center for the Arts Film and Video Theatre
See event listing for times


Oct. 7

Reading Practices
311 Denney Hall
12 p.m.

Ramzi Rouighi, The Medieval Mediterranean in Perspective
090 18th Ave. Library
4 p.m.

Oct. 10

Nur Amali Ibrahim: "Accounting for the Soul: Religious Improvisation in Democratic Indonesia"
4512 Hagerty Hall
2:30 p.m.

Analytical and Physical Seminar
2015 McPherson Lab
4:10 p.m.

Live via Video-Conference from French Cultural Services in Chicago
101 Page Hall
7 p.m.

Oct. 10-12

The Lab Series: Love Letters
Drake Performance and Event Center
7 p.m.

Oct. 11

IPR Seminar, Sarah Anderson, Epidemiology
038 Townshend Hall
12:30 p.m.

Continuing the Sustainability Conversation: Facts and Values, How Does Science Inform Democracy?
165 Thompson Library
3 p.m.

Legacies of Resistance: Read-In of Malcolm X's The Ballot or the Bullet
260 Ramseyer Hall
5:30 p.m.

EASC/IKS Film Screening: "Ode to My Father" with Live Q&A
Gateway Film Center
6 p.m.

Collegiate Winds
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Oct. 11 to Nov. 12

Wish You Were Here: Department of Art 2016 Faculty Exhibition
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

Oct. 12

Sex, Lies and Social Change: The Community-Based Roots of the Arts
141 Sullivant Hall
6 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
See event listing for times

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