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JAN. 22, 2015 | TWEET!


CBEC Open House

CBEC Open House

Last week’s CBEC Open House was a smashing success. Ground was broken for this project in June 2012; and while occupants began moving in last fall, the official building opening and ribbon cutting will take place on April 10, 2015.


Seeking Feedback: Reappointment for Divisional Dean of Arts and Humanities

Mark Shanda’s current term as Divisional Dean of Arts and Humanities ends on May 31, 2015. As part of his reappointment review, Executive Dean Manderscheid is seeking feedback about Dean Shanda's performance over the past five years. If you would like to provide insights, please visit the survey and review Dean Shanda’s self-evaluation. The survey is password protected (university username and password) and anonymous. It can be taken any time before Feb. 3.

Study Shows Confidence in Government Significant Factor in Decision to Get Swine Flu Vaccination

Kent SchwirianKent Schwirian, professor emeritus, sociology, coauthored a nationwide study of resistance to taking the Swine Flu vaccination during the 2009-2010 outbreak. Clearing other factors, people trusting the government’s ability to deal with the epidemic were almost three times more likely to take the vaccine than were others. Those distrusting the government’s ability were more likely to be older, middle income, politically conservative and less likely to follow media reports about the outbreak. The paper was published Nov. 4, 2014, in the journal Health Promotion.

CURA Geocoding Historical Photographs of 1922 Columbus 

Columbus Street, 1922The Center for Urban and Regional Planning (CURA), in collaboration with Ohio Wesleyan University, is working on the Engaging Columbus project to improve the geocoding of historical photographs of Columbus. The work, based on a series of photographs taken in 1922 by Forest Blanchard, the Department of Geography’s first graduate student, is a captivating portrait of the racial and ethnic composition of Columbus, its neighborhoods and development.

Misfortune Creates Opportunity

JeffA new paper by Dale Gnidovec, curator of Orton Geological Museum, and co-authors H. Gregory McDonald and Thomas W. Stafford Jr., just published by Quaternary Research, was made possible by an unfortunate occurrence. During a break-in at Orton three years ago, “Jeff,” Orton’s prominent entryway ground-sloth “greeter,” was damaged, giving the researchers a sample for carbon dating that established the earliest radiocarbon age for Orton's Megalonyx jeffersonii, or Jefferson's ground sloth. 


Three Ohio State Humanities Projects Win Global Midwest Grants

Three projects spearheaded by Arts and Sciences faculty members have been named winners of Global Midwest grants from the Humanities without Walls consortium, for a total award amount of $77,000. Recipients are:
  • Isaac Weiner, assistant professor, comparative studies, $30,000 for the Religious Soundmap of the Midwest project
  • Kris Paulsen, assistant professor, history of art and film studies; and Lisa Florman, professor and chair, history of art; $27,000 to help support ThereThere: A Journal of Global Contemporary Art in the Midwest
  • Glenn Martinez, professor and chair, Spanish and Portuguese, $20,000 for the Midwest Heritage Language Network


New Textbook Brings Plants into Focus

Erich GrotewoldErich Grotewold, professor, molecular genetics, and director, Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS), and colleagues Elizabeth Kellogg and Joseph Chappell are authors of Plant Genes, Genomes and Genetics, a new textbook providing comprehensive treatment of all aspects of plant gene expression. Published by Wiley, it is unique in explaining the subject from a plant perspective, highlighting the importance of gene expression in how plants interface with the modern world, noting many aspects of gene expression first discovered in plants. 

Commercialization Workshops

A series of eight workshops, held January-August 2015, focused on commercialization at Ohio State have been created to help faculty and staff better understand the commercialization process and how to frame inventions for the market. Each workshop will be available three separate times during each month to provide multiple opportunities to attend.

Caroline Hong Performs at Free CSO ‘Happy Hour’ Concert

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) hosts a “Happy Hour with the CSO” concert Feb. 12 at the Ohio Theatre, featuring a free concert, free appetizers and cash bar. The concert will be led by guest conductor Joel Smirnoff with pianist Caroline Hong, associate professor, music, in a 90-minute program featuring works from Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin and Gould. Happy hour starts at 5:30; concert begins at 6:30. 


J. Marcela Hernandez, graduate and STEM diversity director, Arts and Sciences Recruitment and Diversity Services, has been appointed a diversity officer of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) for 2015. We incorrectly announced that Hernandez was appointed to the Board of Directors. 

Auditions Open for Department of English Production of Richard II

The Lord Denney Players, part of the Department of English, seeks interested undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff to audition for the spring 2015 production of Richard II. Auditions are Jan. 26-27, 4-7 p.m., 112 Meiling Hall. Contact: Manuel Jacquez

2015 Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars: Weeklong Program for High School Students

During this immersion in linguistics and the study of language, students learn similarities and differences in sounds, words and sentence structure across languages; tips for learning a language and avoiding typical mistakes; and how languages and cultures interact. Taught by Department of Linguistics instructors. Session 1, July 12-17. Session 2, July 19-24. Residential camp, $695; Commuter Cost, $395. Scholarships available. 

Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter – January Issue

The January issue highlights the economics major, a student’s research into cosmic voids, art exhibitions, dance programs, the Summer Internship and Opportunity Fair, scholarship opportunities and a study abroad program in Jamaica. Contact Ann Rottersman.

Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter – Research and Study Abroad Resources

This issue highlights undergraduate resources for research and study abroad including how students can become involved in research, scholarships and grants, summer research information programs and summer funding opportunities, selecting a study abroad program, study abroad program options, India Global Summer and study abroad scholarships. Contact Ann Rottersman.


Nominations Invited: Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor of Distinguished Teaching 

The director of Princeton’s University Center for Human Values invites nominations and applications for this visiting professorship. The appointment enables a tenured faculty member with a record of outstanding teaching and scholarly accomplishment to spend an academic year at the center. Faculty who have received a teaching award from their home institutions and who have been innovative in the classroom through their use of technology are especially encouraged to apply.

ASC Outstanding Staff Awards: Nomination Deadline Feb. 20

The College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Staff Awards recognize staff members who demonstrate sustained excellence in overall job performance and have improved or enhanced work life and services of faculty, staff, students and/or the university. Special consideration given to staff who have enhanced the visibility of the college through interdisciplinary connections and/or university community service. 

Mershon Center Research Grants: Applications Deadline Feb. 23

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies awards research grants to Ohio State faculty and students and undergraduate study abroad scholarships. Research grant applications must be for projects related to the study of national security in a global context. Study abroad scholarships are for undergraduates whose career plans lie in the field of international security who would benefit from studying at a foreign institution.


Jan. 23

Inequality and the American Family featuring Professor Kathryn Edin; 12:30 p.m., 248 Townshend Hall

CHR Seminar: Rebecca Tally, The Politics of Wheat: Economy, Society, and the Colombian State; 2 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall

History of the Book Series: Tessie Prakas, on Printed Music in Elizabethan England; 3 p.m., Humanities Institute, 104 E. 15th Ave.

CMRS Lecture Series: Sam Barrett, Pembroke College, Cambridge; 4 p.m., 090 18th Avenue Library

Faculty and Guests: C. Andrew Blosser, tenor; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Jan. 24

The STEAM Factory presents "" with James Carlson; 11 a.m., 400 W. Rich St. Market

Reception: 23rd Annual Fergus Scholarship Award Exhibition; 5 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Reception: Fergus Fellow: Samantha Parker Salazar; 5 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Reception: Art Scholars Juried Exhibition 2015; 5 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Reception: Jean Kirsten: For Laban; 5 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Reception: “You Make Me Do This”: Performance Art from the 2015 Theatre MFA Acting Cohort; 5 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Jan. 26

David Watkins, The Right to Exclude Immigrants and its Limits; 3:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.

Musicology Lecture: Sumanth Gopinath, University of Minnesota; 4:30 p.m., 2nd Floor, 18th Avenue Library, 175 W. 18th Ave.

Faculty: Mark Rudoff, cello; Robin Rice, baritone; Ed Bak, piano; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Jan. 26 - Feb. 20

You Are Here: First Year MFA Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Jan. 27 

IPR Seminar: Jennifer Montez; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Another Muhammad? Politics, Theology, and the Fate and Islamic Rationalist Disciplines; 4 p.m.

Can Good Mood Boost Brain Power?; 6:30 p.m., 2411 East Main St., Columbus

Jan. 28

Ian Hurd, The Politics of the International Rule of Law; 4 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.

Through Jan. 29

23rd Annual Fergus Scholarship Award Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Fergus Fellow: Samantha Parker Salazar; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through Jan. 30

Art Scholars Juried Exhibition 2015; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

“You Make Me Do This”: Performance Art from the 2015 Theatre MFA Acting Cohort; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through Feb. 6

Jean Kirsten: For Laban; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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Dori Jenks

Arts and Sciences Above and Beyond Buckeye Prize

Dori Jenks, external relations coordinator for dance, is the December winner of the Executive Dean and Staff Advisory Council "Above and Beyond Buckeye" award. She is the third recipient of this prize and was selected from an extremely competitive pool.


Weekend Chock Full of Events

A host of Arts and Sciences events are happening on campus next weekend (Jan. 29-31). Consider a reception for You Are Here: First Year MFA exhibition, winter dance concert Inflecting Space, CONCEPT: Freedom women’s choral festival and a public lecture, "The Institutional Life of Intersectionality, or Notes on Feminist Fatigue.” That’s just a sampling — for all events, see



David Blau, professor and chair, economics, on how wages drive child care costs, Slate, Jan. 21, 2015 

Hasan Kwame Jeffries, associate professor, history, on the Poor People’s Campaign, Vox, Jan. 20, 2015

Isaac Weiner, assistant professor, comparative studies, on the Duke controversy over the Muslim call to prayer, Washington Post, Jan. 20, 2015

David Bromwich, professor, geography; Joel Barker, assistant professor, Earth sciences, on how the Earth (and Ohio) will continue to heat up, Columbus Dispatch, Jan 17, 2015 

Jesse Fox, assistant professor, communication, on selfie-posting men and narcissism, WTOP, Jan. 15, 2015 

John Mueller, professor, political science, “How French Intelligence Missed the Charlie Hebdo Terrorists,” TIME, Jan. 15, 2015
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