Dear Members of the Arts and Sciences Family,
As most of you already know, Executive Vice President and Provost Joe Alutto will step down on June 30, 2013. President Gee has asked me to assume the position of Executive Vice President and Provost, effective July 1, and I have agreed to do so. A national search for a new executive dean will be launched in the near future.
I came to Ohio State in 2009 to lead the reunification of the College of Arts and Sciences because I saw the enormous potential that existed in the fusion of these five separate colleges. I felt confident we could build it into a powerhouse that could become the nation’s preeminent college of arts and sciences. I knew this was not a one-man job; I would need the help of all of you to accomplish it.
Although that work is not done, I believe we have built an arts and sciences college that is unmatched anywhere in the country. I deeply appreciate the efforts of all of you in this noble enterprise. Your passion for the arts and sciences certainly matches my own and will help ensure a continued upward trajectory.
Moving forward I want to assure you of two things: First, we will work hard to find the best executive dean out there who not only understands what we are trying to accomplish here at Ohio State, but will be passionate and dedicated to our goals and work tirelessly with you to make them happen. Second, and perhaps most important, in my new position I will work to make sure that the arts and sciences continue to thrive and flourish at Ohio State.
It is a great pleasure and privilege work with you, and I look forward to continuing to work with you when I assume my new duties on July 1, 2013.
Joseph E. Steinmetz, PhD
Executive Dean and Vice Provost
Town & Gown Advisory Committee Formed
ur arts and community leaders will serve in the new organization. “The committee will serve as a for
um for collaboration between arts leaders in the city and at the university on mutually relevant issues and shared opportunities,” Steinmetz said. “It will enhance relationships between the university, City of Columbus, Columbus businesses and arts organizations, and local residents, and will seek opportunities for cooperation, partnerships and educational exchanges."
Graduate Student Awarded
Historian Wins Book Prize
Humanities Distinguished Professor Carter V. Findley
, history, was awarded honorable mention in the 2012 M. Fuat Köprülü Prize Competition of the Turkish Studies Association for his book Turkey, Islam, Nationalism, and Modernity: A History
(Yale UP, 2010). The award was announced November 17. The book previously received the Joseph Rothschild Prize, Association for the Study of Nationalism; and the Publication Award of the Ohio Academy of History (both in 2011).
Assistant Professor Wins Award at Film Festival
The new film Contact
by Mitchell Rose
, assistant professor, dance (who teaches filmmaking), was screened and won an award at the Columbus International Film & Video Festival on November 17. This is Rose’s 58th festival award. Additionally, Rose received an Individual Artist Fellowship in Media from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
Professor Named Honorary AMS Member
, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Music, was one of three scholars named honorary members of the American Musicological Society. He was honored for outstanding contributions and service to the society, including his term as president in 2007-2008, along with a significant body of scholarly writings.
Faculty Named 2012 Ohio Asian Leaders
Three College of Arts and Sciences faculty members have been named 2012 Ohio Asian Leaders, and will be honored at a December 1 Ohio Asian Leaders and Legends Gala in Columbus. They are Judy Wu, associate professor, history; and women's, gender, and sexuality studies, coordinator of the Asian American Studies program, and co-organizer of DISCO; Mari Noda, professor, Japanese, and chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures; and Caroline Hong, associate professor, music. The award honors extraordinary Ohio Asian-Americans who have achieved success in their professions and have made significant contributions within their community. It is sponsored by numerous Ohio businesses and news organizations.
A Life in Broadcast Journalism
Join Bill Cohen
in conversation with the Humanities Institute’s Fred Andrle
. Hear the inside story
of how public radio and television report on Ohio government from a veteran journalist who has covered statehouse issues for nearly 40 years. Wednesday, November 28, 7 pm, the Jewish Community Center, 125 College Ave. Free/open to the public.
Drezner Speaks on Global Governance (and maybe zombies)
, professor of international politics, Tufts University, will speak
on The Irony of Global Governance: The System Worked
Friday, November 30, 12:30 pm, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. Drezner is author of All Politics is Global: Explaining International Regulatory Regimes
(Princeton, 2007) and Theories of International Politics and Zombies
20 Years of Celebration
The School of Music presents its 20th Annual Music Celebration Concert
at 8 pm Friday, November 30, in Mershon Auditorium. This popular musical extravaganza celebrates the holiday season and showcases the school's many performing groups, from the OSU Symphony Orchestra to its Jazz Ensemble, Glee Clubs, Symphonic Band and more presented in a non-stop collage setting. All seats are reserved. For tickets, visit the patron services desk at the Wexner Center for the Arts or call (614) 292-3535.
CEM Accepting Proposals for New Interdisciplinary Research Groups
The Center for Emergent Materials, an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), has completed four years of its six year term, and has begun to build new Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) for its renewal proposal in 2014. CEM is holding meetings
to identify and recruit IRG team members; provide feedback on the proposed project goals; scientific approach and team composition; and make IRGs more competitive. Presentations are Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15 pm, 4138 Physics Research Building.
Join the Undergraduate Writing Experience for Social Change (U-WE) pilot seminar class as the course's first students present their closing showcase on social change in education. Presenters include Tracy Haizel-Cobbina
, Taylor James
, and Ana Singer
. December 3, 12:30-1:30 pm, 060 Science and Engineering Library. For more information contact Nancy Hill-McClary
ASC Staff Advisory Council Workshop
The ASC Staff Advisory Council invites all ASC staff members to join Eric Drake
, systems manager with the Department of Statistics, for a workshop on how to make mead (honey wine), Tuesday, December 4, 4:15-5 pm, 4138 Physics Research Building. Please email Ruth Friedman
if you plan to attend; your RSVP will help us ensure that seating is available. Click
for more information about the ASC Staff Advisory Council.
Evolution of Human Nutrition Webcast
The UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) hosts the Evolution of Human Nutrition webcast
, Friday, December 7, 1-5:30 pm, featuring scientists from around the globe, including Anthropology Chair and Professor Clark Spencer Larsen
, for a lively discussion about the changing diets of our ancestors — from australopith diets to current hunter-gatherer diets — and what role these dietary transitions played in the evolution of humans. Registration not required to view the live webcast. To gain access to the live webcast, create a CARTA user account
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, r
eception: 4-5 pm, Ohio Staters Traditions Room. Free/Open to the public.
Jazz Professor Releases Album
, jazz studies, released a new album
this month with a CD release concert in Detroit November 25. Odd Expressions
explores unique musical directions for jazz and classical music featuring all original compositions by Johnson that explore odd-meter time signatures. Despite the rhythmic complexity of the music, the album is rooted in deep grooves, lush harmonic structures, and memorable melodies.
Fall Columbus Moving Image Art Review (CMIAR) 2012
CMIAR aims to celebrate
everything Central Ohio has to offer. Submission deadline: Friday November 30. Send in new work, old work, or propose an a/v performance. Visit submission page
for more information. Show: 7 pm, December 15, 180 Hagerty Hall.
Mershon Center Offers Faculty, Student Research Grants
The Mershon Center for International Security Studies announces the annual competition
for Ohio State faculty and students to apply for grant funds to support research in international security. Grants may be used for travel, seminars, conferences, interviews, experiments, surveys, library costs, and more. These projects must relate to one or more Mershon Center focus areas; be related to Ohio State's global gateways in China, India and Brazil; or policy issues in biosecurity and cybersecurity. Deadline: Monday, January 14, 2013.
Hamlin and Galbraith lead program at Smithsonian
Hannibal Hamlin, associate professor of English, and Steven Galbraith (PhD, English, 2006) curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection, Rochester Institute of Technology, led a day-long educational program on The King James Bible Translation: A Great Creation Story at the Smithsonian Institution, as part of the Smithsonian Associates Program. Washington, DC, November 17.
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