Thirteen ASC Researchers Benefit from New Ohio State/Brazil Collaboration  

Thirteen Arts and Sciences researchers are among 12 others at Ohio State receiving funding through the new partnership between Ohio State and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP): Ana Alonso, assistant professor, molecular genetics; Dennis Bong, associate professor, chemistry and biochemistry; Luis Casian, professor and chair, mathematics; Andrea Doseff, associate professor, molecular genetics; Mark Foster, professor, chemistry and biochemistry; H. Lisle Gibbs, professor, EEOB; Erich Grotewold, professor, molecular genetics; Terry Gustafson, professor, chemistry and biochemistry; Ulrich Heinz, professor, physics; Alvara Montenegro, assistant professor, geography; Abhay Satoskar, professor, microbiology; F. Robert Tabita, professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar, microbiology; and Julian Thayer, professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar, psychology. Ohio State and FAPESP are contributing $700,000 each to begin a five-year program to collaborate in new ways to support research and innovation.

New Study Finds a ‘Mistake’ in a Single-Cell Organism Actually a Rewrite Essential to Life 

Juan AlfonzoJuan Alfonzo, associate professor, microbiology, is senior author of a study finding a tiny, unexpected change to a segment of RNA in a single-cell organism, which looks a lot like a mistake, is a change to genetic information essential to the organism’s survival. The finding of this RNA “edit” in Trypanosoma brucei, a parasite causing sleeping sickness in Africa and Chagas disease in Latin America, could lead to a new drug target to fight the parasite. The study appears online in the journal Molecular Cell and is scheduled for print publication on October 24.

Unlocking the Puzzle of School Drop-out Rates in Developing Countries

Lucas CoffmanEconomics Professor Lucas Coffman, uses novel experimental methods to better understand how people make decisions in important economic contexts. He is particularly interested in the process by which poor families in developing countries decide to send their children to work or to school. Read about his research in Brazil, published in the Journal of Political Economy.

Professor is Lead Author of New Book

Zhong-Lin LuZhong-Lin Lu, Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and director, Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences; and Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging, is lead author of a new book, Visual Psychophysics, From Laboratory to Theory (MIT Press, 2013). The book is a comprehensive treatment of visual psychophysics, which studies the relationship between the physical world and human behavior.


Physics Research Group’s Work on Laser-Induced Electron Diffraction (LIED) Featured on the Cover of LaserFocusWorld

Work from physics Professors Lou DiMauro and Pierre Agostini in collaboration with colleagues at Kansas State University appears on the cover of the September issue of LaserFocusWorld, p. 15. Interviewed for LaserFocusWorld, DiMauro showcases LIED’s ability to directly image small molecules with femtosecond and picometer resolutions, “The dream would be to use LIED as an ultrafast imaging method for producing molecular movies to understand the dynamics of matter on its natural time scale,” he said. 

Regional Development Info Session with MORPC 

William MurdockThe Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) hosts William Murdock, executive director, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), for a conversation on regional development in Central Ohio, Friday, October 11, 3:30-5 pm, 1080 Derby Hall. Murdock brings knowledge and expertise in the areas of community services, and urban planning and redevelopment, which is critical as MORPC continues to grow and adapt to the changing needs of the region.

Arts and Sciences Undergraduate e-Newsletter
October Issue

The October undergraduate student e-Newsletter highlights the Earth sciences major, the English Undergraduate Organization (EUGO), a student internship in NYC, an upcoming faculty/student dinner, Science Sundays, Mexico Global May, freshman seminars, and summer STEM research. To submit content suggestions or to be added to the mailing list, contact Ann Rottersman, director of student programs. Newsletter Archives.


October 10

Molecular Genetics Seminar: Ana Alonso; 4:10-5:30 pm, 155 Jennings Hall
Collegiate Winds; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

October 10-25

The Tempest; Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center

October 11

Painting Tableau Stage: Curator's Talk with Laura Lisbon; 12:30-1:30 pm, Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
How to Name a Plague: The History of Yellow Fever in the Age of Epidemic; 1-2 pm, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

October 13

Women's Glee Club Invitational Concert; 3 pm, Weigel Auditorium
Science Sundays: Bernie Krause, The Great Animal Orchestra; 3-4 pm, U.S. Bank Conference Theatre, Ohio Union

October 14

Musicology Lecture: Anna Zayaruznaya; 4:30 pm, 205 18th Avenue Library
Faculty and Guest: COSMOS Trio; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

October 15

Political Reform Town Hall Meeting; 1-4 pm, Archie Griffin Ballroom, Ohio Union
University Band; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

October 16

COMPAS: What's the Big Deal? The Ethics of Public Private Partnerships Related to Food and Health; 4-6 pm, Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive

Adaptation: Climate Change and the Future of Cities; 4:30-5:30 pm, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Through November 14

Painting Tableau Stage; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Addition(s): 3+3=6; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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October 9, 2013
Bernie Krause

Sunday, October 13: Science Sundays Continues with World-Renowned Expert in Natural Sounds

Lecture: 3-4 pm, Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theater

Reception: 4-5 pm, Ohio Union Cartoon Room. Both events free and open to the public.
Bernie Krause, a musician, naturalist and one of the world’s leading experts in natural sound, has spent his life discovering and recording nature’s rich chorus. The Great Animal Orchestra lets us listen in. Check out Krause’s recent TED talk and find out more info on Science Sundays.


Stan Durkin, professor, physics; Chris Hill, associate professor, physics; and Brian Winer, professor, physics; on helping find the 'God particle,' Columbus Dispatch, October 9, 2013
Jon Waters, director, The Ohio State University Marching Band, on the band’s use of iPads, "OSU marching band in step with iPads," Daily Reporter, October 3, 2013 


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