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Earth Scientist/Ohio Research Scholar David Cole Receives New Department of Energy Grants

David ColeTwo new grants from the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science will help expand earth scientist/Ohio Research Scholar David Cole’s subsurface energy research, which centers on the problems of geologic carbon sequestration and hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation. “Our work is driven by the world’s increasing energy demands and the clear need to mitigate its environmental impact,” Cole said. “We are looking for better ways to store CO2—answers to where we can put it safely and how we can best optimize the process.”

Astronomy Research Scientist Receives Two Certificates of Appreciation

Sultana NaharSenior Research Scientist Sultana N. Nahar, astronomy, recently received two certificates of appreciation; one from the Egyptian Topical Society of Laser Sciences and the other from the Egyptian Physical Society, in recognition of efforts to promote physics research and its application to laser sciences and astrophysical phenomena. These certificates were presented by the visiting president of the Topical Society of Laser Sciences, Professor Lotfia El Nadi, and team members from Cairo University and NILES laser institute. The Egyptian team is doing collaborative research at the High Density Energy Physics SCARLET Laser Lab with Richard Freeman and with astronomy’s Nahar/Pradhan group.

The "Freshman 15" Is Just A Myth, Nationwide Study Reveals

Jay Zagorsky, research scientist, Center for Human Resource Research, is coauthor of a study finding that, contrary to popular belief, most college students don't gain anywhere near 15 pounds during their freshman year. Rather than adding "the freshman 15," as it is commonly called, the average student gains between about 2.5 and 3.5 pounds during the first year of college, the study revealed. Zagorsky’s research will appear in the December 2011 issue of the journal Social Science Quarterly.

The Naming Project: The Face of Homelessness in Columbus

The Face of Homelessness in ColumbusAnita Humpage and Tiffany Hitt, undergraduate students in art education, have created a photography and video exhibition documenting the faces of homelessness in Columbus. Their work, The Naming Project, will be on display at The Global Gallery in Clintonville, 3535 North High Street, on Tuesday, November 8, 6-8 pm. The artists are asking visitors to donate a new pair of gloves, socks, hat, or other non-perishable item, or a monetary donation in exchange for "admission" to the art exhibit. All donations will benefit the Community Shelter Board.

First CAPS Synergy Workshop

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) is now accepting applications for the First CAPS Synergy Workshop December 1–3 at the Blackwell. CAPS was recently launched by the College of Arts and Sciences and Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Its mission is to find practical solutions to challenging problems within four main Strategic Areas: Photosynthesis & Carbon Fixation, Biomass & Bioproducts, Crop Improvement & Functional Foods, and Plant-Microbe Interactions. All faculty are invited to apply for participation in the workshop at Contact Erich Grotewold, director, or Donnalyn Roxey, program manager, for more information.

Suicide Prevention Training

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, but faculty and GTAs are in a unique position to help. On Monday, November 7, from 3:30-5 pm in room 300 of the Younkin Success Center, a certified instructor from Ohio State’s Campus Suicide Prevention Training Program will teach you about prevention and early intervention techniques designed to help save a life from suicide. Gain necessary knowledge and skills required to recognize warning signs and risk factors for suicide, and learn about available resources. Register at

Teacher Identity and Student Expectations

Whether it is our race, gender, age, sexual orientation, or another aspect of identity, who we are as people can affect what happens in our classrooms. On Thursday, November 10, from 11:30 am-1 pm, in room 150 of the Younkin Success Center, UCAT and DISCO will examine some of the research on students' perceptions, expectations, and behavior based on teacher identity. Come to share your own experiences and talk with other teachers as we explore the implications of this research and what it means for us as teachers. Register at

Arts and Sciences Student Funding Deadlines

Arts and Sciences has undergraduate scholarship opportunities available for currently enrolled students. Autumn Quarter scholarship deadlines are listed below:

Professional School Fair

Arts and Sciences Student Council is hosting a Professional School Fair open to all students on November 9, 4-6 pm in the Ohio Union Great Hall Meeting Room 3. Ohio State admissions representatives, professional students, and academic advisors will be available to answer questions about applying to professional school and what undergraduate programs will help students prepare. Colleges and schools participating include: Allied Medical Professions, Business, Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Veterinary Medicine. Refreshments will be provided. This program is an option for Student Success Series credit. For more information, please contact Ann Rottersman, director of student programs.

Time is Running Out to Save $360!

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to complete the Your Plan for Health (YP4H) Personal Health Assessment (PHA) by November 30 to receive the full 2012 PHA Medical Plan Premium Credit of $360. If you’re not able to complete the PHA by November 30, complete it as soon as possible to start receiving the pro-rated PHA Medical Plan Premium Credit of $30/monthly pay (or $13.85/biweekly pay). Biometric health values you receive from your free, on-campus YP4H Biometric Health Screening or from your annual physical with your physician can be used to complete the PHA. To complete the PHA, log in to and click Personal Health Assessment under Get Started.



Wednesday, November 2-Wednesday, November 30

Celebrating Research at Ohio State

Wednesday, November 2-Friday, December 9

Down on Town: Department of Art Faculty Exhibition, Urban Arts Space


Wednesday, November 2-Monday, January 2

Religions of India

Religions of India - Photo Exhibition
, Global Gallery, Hagerty Hall


Friday, November 4

Premodernist Reading Group, 5:30 pm, Dulles 168

Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Seminar in Literacy Studies, Science, Literacy, and Agency, 11:30 am, George Wells Knight House

Film Studies Panel, 2 pm, Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater

Carvaggio: Revolutionary Realist

Caravaggio: Revolutionary Realist, featuring Barbara Haeger, 2 pm, Columbus Museum of Art

Monday, November 7

Inferno XVIII: Language as Sin, 3:30 pm, 0173 Mendenhall Labs

Susan Powell, featuring the Sympatico Percussion Group, 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium


Tuesday, November 8

Cookies and Conversation, 3:30 pm, 156 University Hall

Faculty Concert: Scarlet Winds, 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium


Wednesday, November 9

Screening of American Teacher, 6 pm, Urban Arts Space


Thursday, November 10-Sunday, November 20

Last Days of Judas Iscariot, by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance Center


Saturday, November 12

Side by Side by Mozart and Sondheim, 8 pm, Thurber Theatre, Drake Performance Center


Sunday, November 13

OSU Marching Band in Concert, 3 pm, Veterans Memorial


Monday, November 14

Faculty concert: Mark Rudoff, cello, and Steven Glaser, piano, 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium


Tuesday, November 15

Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lectures Series: Defending Art against its Interpreters ( Kai Hammermeister, Professor Kai Hammermeister, Germanic Languages and Literatures ), 4:30 pm, Grand Lounge, Faculty Club

CMRS Film Series: Mists of Avalon, Part II (2001), 7:30 pm, 056 University Hall
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NOVEMBER 2, 2011

Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter

New this year: arts and sciences majors receive a monthly college e-newsletter. The third issue, emailed October 27, focuses on Winter Quarter registration and opportunities for students, including an OSU Professional School Fair, nominations for the OTA and OGATA awards, the “Take Your Professor to Lunch” program, and Career Services’ R.A.C.E. contest. To view the newsletter, visit the newsletter archives. For additional information or suggestions on content, please contact Ann Rottersman, director of student programs.

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