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INSIGHT: Sports & Society

Increasingly, sports are becoming part of academic discussions. In the Arts and Sciences, our new interdisciplinary Sports and Society Initiative studies sports’ impact on economy and society, our faculty study and reflect on the influence of sports on culture, and our students demonstrate that sports are intertwined with research and performance.
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Board of Trustees Approves New Master of Arts Degree

Last week, the medical humanities and social sciences MA was approved by the Board of Trustees. The program, housed in the Department of English, will build on existing curricula in several humanities and social science departments, including history; classics; comparative studies; French and Italian; anthropology; women’s, gender and sexuality studies; sociology; and psychology. The program will be the first in Ohio.

Economics Professor and Chair Featured by American Economic Association

Trevon LoganTrevon Logan, professor and chair, economics, discusses the importance of mentoring and diversity in the professoriate, in the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession (CSMGEP) Profile. In addition to his role as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Logan is co-director of Ohio State’s Sports and Society Initiative. He served as the youngest president of the National Economic Association (NEA) in 2014.

Angus Fletcher to Adapt Film Based on E.M. Forster Novel

Angus FletcherAngus Fletcher, professor, English, will adapt E.M. Forster’s 1907 novel, The Longest Journey, as a feature film. Classic Film Productions and Sleeping Giant Films are partnering to produce. Fletcher, who also penned the script for the J.R.R. Tolkien biopic Middle Earth, said that the book has “existed as a secret treasure.” Filming will take place next spring with expected late-2017 release.

English Professor Authors Book on Folklore

Dorothy NoyesDorothy Noyes, professor, English, is author of the new book, Humble Theory (Indiana University Press, 2016). A fellow of the American Folklore Society, Noyes teaches courses in folklore and performance theory, American regional cultures, fairy tale, poetry and politics, and the cultural history of trash and cultural diplomacy.

English Professor Edits Plays for New Publication on Shakespeare

Sara NevilleSarah Neville, assistant professor, English, is an assistant editor of the forthcoming New Oxford Shakespeare (Oxford University Press, 2016), for which she has edited five plays: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, the first part of Henry the Sixth, The Comedy of Errors, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Julius Caesar. Neville recently wrote an article, “Did Shakespeare Write His Plays?,” for The Walrus magazine.


ASC Student Honored by Board of Trustees

Robin SmithRobin Smith, a fourth-year honors student majoring in Russian and political science, received The Ohio State University Board of Trustees Student Recognition Award on Nov. 4. Smith is involved in the Collegiate Council on World Affairs, the Honors Collegium and Buck-i-SERV. Last year, Smith received the Jacobina Aman Award for best undergraduate research paper in International Relations. She will graduate spring 2017 and has accepted a position with the Department of Defense.

Communication Professor Receives 2017 Kurt Lewin Award

Brad BushmanBrad Bushman, professor, communication, received the 2017 Kurt Lewin Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. The award is presented annually for "outstanding contributions to the development and integration of psychological research and social action." The recipient presents a distinguished address as part of SPSSI's program at the Annual APA Convention, or SPSSI's biennial convention.

History Professor Awarded Peter J. Gomes Memorial Prize

Margaret NewellMargaret Newell, professor, history, was awarded the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Prize for 2016 from the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) for her book, Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery (Cornell University Press, 2016), which studies the enslavement of Native Americans. The MHS is the oldest research archive in the United States devoted to the study of American history. Previously, Brethren by Nature, was recognized by the Organization of American Historians as best book on the history of race relations in the U.S., published in 2016.

Mathematician Named 2017 AMS Fellow

Nimish ShahNimish A. Shah, professor, mathematics, was selected a 2017 Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). The AMS Fellows program recognizes mathematicians who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication or utilization of mathematics. Shah is being honored for contributions to ergodic theory and homogeneous dynamics and applications to number theory. 

Physicists Elected 2016 American Physical Society Fellows

Christopher Hill, Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin and Ilya GruzbergPhysics Professors Christopher Hill, Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin and Ilya Gruzberg join 27 other Ohio State physics professors previously elected APS Fellows. Hill is cited for contributions to Hadron Colliders’ silicon tracking detectors and developing novel analysis techniques. Johnston-Halperin, for pioneering studies of magnetic, spintronic and electronic properties of organic and inorganic materials plus groundbreaking work on organic based ferromagnets; Gruzberg for theory of critical phenomena near Anderson localization-delocalization transitions in disordered electronic systems.


Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter – November Issue

The November undergraduate e-newsletter highlights the disability studies minor; resources to support student success; economics major Walt King; the Ohio State Graduate and Professional School Fair; “Take Your Professor to Lunch” Program; Genocide and Its Aftermath in Rwanda education abroad program; summer STEM research programs; and more. To submit content suggestions or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Ann Rottersman.

Canvas Migration Continues

As the migration work from D2L (old Carmen) to Canvas (new Carmen) continues for the Office of Distance Education and eLearning, so does the work for many departments and centers in the College of Arts and Sciences.

360 Degrees of Dance

ASCTech is partnering with the Department of Dance to give viewers a 360-degree experience of the 2016 Dance Downtown concert. The Ricoh 360° camera enhances the performance, giving new perspectives to the audience and encouraging them to be more active. Said Dance Professor Bebe Miller, "It gives an audience the opportunity to feel like they’re inside the dance instead of just watching it."

Fisher Collecting Books for Prison Entrepreneurship Program

As part of a student-led leadership project to develop an Ohio Prison Entrepreneurship Program at the Southeastern Correctional Complex, Fisher College of Business is accepting gently used books on the subjects of business, leadership and personal effectiveness. Books can be dropped off in 223 Gerlach Hall, Nov. 14-25.


Dance Downtown Tickets on Sale

Dance DowntownThe Department of Dance presents its annual Dance Downtown concert featuring the choreography of guest artist Eddie Taketa, a Bessie Award winning performer; visiting international choreographer Ann Sofie Clemmensen; and Distinguished Professor Bebe Miller. The event is Nov. 11 and 12 at the Davidson Theatre (formerly Capitol Theatre) at the Riffe Center. Tickets through the Theatre Box Office, (614) 292-2295, or online.

Noted Expert on Performance Anxiety To Give Science Sundays Lecture

Sian BeilockUniversity of Chicago Psychology Professor Sian Beilock, author of bestseller Choke, explains why we all too often blunder when the stakes are high. She reveals what happens in our brain and body when we experience performance anxiety and shows how to succeed brilliantly when it matters most. Science Sundays Lecture: Nov. 13, 3-4 p.m., Ohio Union; reception follows, 4-5 p.m. Both free/open to public. 

Lessons Learned in the Struggle for Economic Equity

African and African American Studies Community Extension Center (AAASCEC) and the NAACP Columbus chapter: Saturday, Nov. 19, AAASCEC, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, OH. A two-part series addressing social policies and practices critical to the creation of economic equity and justice. 9-11 a.m.: Symposium featuring Judge James Graham, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio. Noon-2 p.m.: a public forum on legally recognized discrimination and government resources to address and combat them.


Wendy Smooth, associate professor, women’s gender and sexuality studies, on sexism in American politics, WOSU All Sides, Nov. 7 

Nathaniel Swigger, associate professor, political science (Newark), “Voters in Texas, North Carolina, Ohio and Florida are Changing the Swing State Map,” The Conversation, Nov. 7

Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on the shifting demographics in battleground states, Washington Times, Nov. 6

Richard Petty, professor, psychology, on the way poor posture sabotages well-being, Bustle, Nov. 4

Tom Wood, assistant professor, political science, on why people embrace conspiracy theories, The Columbus Dispatch, Nov. 3

Alvaro Montenegro, assistant professor, geography, on how ancient humans reached remote South Pacific Islands, The New York Times, Nov. 2

Gleb Tsipurski, assistant professor, history, “How Your Vote Could Be Worth $664,000,” TIME, Nov. 2 

Baldwin Way, assistant professor, psychology, on how painkillers may be dulling our positive emotions, WOSU All Sides, Nov. 2

Herb Weisberg, Herb Asher and Donald Sylvan, professors emeriti, political science, on why Trump lags with Jewish Voters, The Columbus Dispatch, Nov. 2

Shoshanah Goldberg-Miller, assistant professor, arts administration, education and policy, on evaluating the best small cities to live in, WalletHub, Oct. 31


Nov. 10

The K-Pop Wave and the Korean Language
191 Mendenhall Lab
2:30 p.m.

Robert Gregg's Davis Lecture in Christianity: The Death of Jesus: Comparing Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Accounts
165 Thompson Library
4:30 p.m.

The Minority Paradox: Blackness in France with Pap NDiaye
46 Hagerty Hall
6:30 p.m.


Nov. 10

The Ohio State University Marching Band Hometown Concert
Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St.
7 p.m.

Nov. 10-20

One Man, Two Guvnors
Thurber Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center
Performance times listed on event

Nov. 11-12

Dance Downtown
Davidson Theatre, Riffe Center,
77 S. High St., 8 p.m.

Through Nov. 12

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

Nov. 13

Science Sundays: Sian Beilock, How to perform your best under stress
U.S. Bank Conference Theatre, Ohio Union, 3-4 p.m.

Men’s Glee Club and University Chorus
Weigel Auditorium
3 p.m.

Nov. 14

Guest Artist: Laura Melton, piano
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Nov. 14-15

The Lab Series: And a Piece of Toast
Drake Performance and Event Center
7 p.m.

Nov. 15

IPR Seminar, Kris Marsh, University of Maryland
038 Townshend Hall
12:30 p.m.

Nov. 16

Black Studies and the Fight Against Mass Incarceration
Heirloom Cafe, Wexner Center for the Arts, 5 p.m.

An Evening with J.D. Vance
Ohio Union Performance Hall
6:30 p.m.

Symphonic Band
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Nov. 16-17

Mobilités sérieuses: The Vexations Crawl
See event listing for locations and times

Through Nov. 30

Blueprints for a Past Future
Hopkins Hall Gallery
Gallery Hours

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