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Arts and Sciences Faculty Selected for U.S. Fulbright Honors

Fulbright ScholarsCarole Fink, faculty emerita, Department of History, Darla Munroe, associate professor, Department of Geography and Barry Shank, professor, Department of Comparative Studies, were named 2011-2012 U.S. Fulbright Scholars. Elizabeth Hewitt, associate professor, Department of English, was designated a 2011-2012 U.S. Fulbright Specialist.

Mudrak Curates Exhibition in NYC

Borys Kosarev, Eiffel TowerMyroslava Mudrak, professor in the Department of Art History, is curator of the first comprehensive exhibition of avant-garde artist Borys Kosarev, on view at the Ukrainian Museum in New York City. The show, Borys Kosarev: Modernist Kharkiv, 1915-1931, includes 82 works on paper by Kosarev, an outsider of the Eastern European Modernist movement and a survivor of Stalin's intellectual purges in 1930s Ukraine. The exhibition runs December 4 through May 2, 2012. Mudrak also authored an accompanying catalogue.

Image: Borys Kosarev, Eiffel Tower, 1922. Paper, watercolor, gouache. 22 x 18 cm

Film Professionals Return to Campus

Charles Newirth and John RhodeCharles Newirth and John Rhode – Ohio State alumni who are prominent in the US film industry – recently returned to campus to offer advice and insight into prospects for an undergraduate major in moving-image production at Ohio State. Newirth (on right in photo) is an independent film producer and has worked on films such as Black Hawk Down, Hugo and Iron Man 3. Rhode is a photography director and camera operator who has worked on many films and series including Perfect Storm and Heroes. Newirth and Rhode were on campus in November to visit classes, meet with faculty, and talk extensively with the Arts and Humanities’ “moving-image production” committee, which is writing the proposal for the major.

Health Gap Growing Among Young, Study Finds

Hui ZhengHui Zheng, assistant professor of sociology, is lead author of a study revealing levels of health disparity have increased substantially for people born in the United States after 1980. The study also found that health disparity tends to increase as people move into middle age, before declining as people reach old age.

Paul Nini Receives Award

Paul NiniDepartment of Design Professor and Chair Paul Nini received the Ed Grauer Award at this year's Columbus Society of Communicating Arts (CSCA) meeting. Named for one of the founders of CSCA, the award is the organization's highest recognition of ongoing commitment to serve and support CSCA, its mission, and its members. Nini is also recognized for his role as a leader in the education of communicating arts, and his involvement in many organizations, such AIGA at Ohio State, and the Stir Symposium. Nini has many published essays and writings, and ventures such as Graphic Design Heroes.

Statistics Professor Co-authors New Book

Noel CressieNoel Cressie, professor of statistics and director of the Program in Spatial Statistics and Environmental Statistics, has co-authored the book, Statistics for Spatio-Temporal Data. The book is a state-of the-art presentation that bridges classical ideas with modern hierarchical statistical modeling concepts and the latest computational methods. It will be a valuable reference for researchers and practitioners in the fields of applied mathematics, engineering, and the environmental and health sciences.

Astronomers Hunt for Dying Stars

Christopher KochanekChristopher Kochanek (left photo), professor of astronomy and Ohio Eminent Scholar in Observational Cosmology, and astronomy professor Krzystof Stanek (bottom right photo), are co-authors of a paper published in the Astrophysical Journal, providing their latest findings from the first galaxy survey of its kind. For the past three years, they have been working at the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizona, Krzystof Stanekscanning 25 nearby galaxies for stars that brighten and dim in unusual ways, hoping to catch a few that are about to meet their end. An unnamed binary system in the Whirlpool Galaxy was the first among the stars they’ve cataloged to produce a supernova. Read more about their research.

Next Office of Research Training Session

The Office of Research presents “Administrative Research Council Discussions – Proposal Routing: The Importance of the Internal Process,” on December 15, 12-1 pm, Agricultural Engineering Building, Room 219. Registration is required.


First-year Humanities Scholars Meet with Alumni

First-year Humanities Scholars Meet with AlumniFirst-year Humanities Scholars had the opportunity to meet with seven Ohio State alumni on November 18, who shared their Ohio State experiences and passed along advice for preparing for life after Ohio State. The alumni group included Judy Miller, Craig Friedman, Rick McQuiston, Steve Habash, Andrea Applegate, Melissa Smart, and Grant Douglass.


Call for Nominations – Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award

Department Chairs are invited to nominate a faculty member for the Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award. This award recognizes full professors who have truly exceptional records in teaching, research, and service. In keeping with the university’s ongoing commitment to diversity, nominations of women and minority faculty members are strongly encouraged. The recipient is awarded a $3,000 one-time grant in support of academic work.  Chairs should send an electronic copy of the nominee’s packet no later than Friday, January 13, 2012 to Ann Rottersman.

Call for Nominations – Outstanding Teaching Award and Outstanding Graduate Associate Teaching Award

Nominations for the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award and Outstanding Graduate Associate Teaching Award are due online by December 9.

Mershon Center for International Security Studies Research Grants

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies is holding a competition for faculty and students for research grant funds for projects related to one of its focus areas within the study of national security in a global context: use of force and diplomacy; ideas, identities, and decisional processes that affect security; and institutions that manage violent conflict. Deadline is January 27, 2012.

Outreach and Engagement Award

Are you involved in an exceptional outreach and engagement program? The Office of Outreach and Engagement encourages you to submit a partnership to serve as the university's nominee for the national C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award which recognizes outstanding outreach and engagement partnerships between universities and community partners. National award winners receive a cash prize of $20,000. Nominations must be submitted online by December 20. For more information, call 247-7795 or email



Wednesday, December 7 – Friday, December 16

The Empty Red Frame, 9 am - 5 pm, Department of Art Education, 1st floor of Stadium/Gate 19

Wednesday, December 7 – Monday, January 2

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

Wednesday, December 7

Writers Talk Broadcast: Liz Longley discusses songwriting and Carla Neggers discusses her latest, a murder mystery set in Maine, Saint's Gate. 8 pm, WCBE radio, central Ohio's NPR station, 90.5 FM

Ancient Israel: Biblical and Archaeological Interpretations, 7 pm, 1125 College Avenue (Columbus JCC)


Thursday, December 15

Monthly Anime Adventure: Japan and Religion, 6-8 pm, Urban Arts Space
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DECEMBER 7, 2011

Keith and Linda Monda

The Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships

The creation of the Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships will have a significant impact on students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each year, in perpetuity, the need-based scholarships will enable approximately 50 arts and sciences students, who normally would not have the opportunity to travel and study abroad, to have an international experience. The deadline for application is March 8, 2012.

Bucks for Charity

Bucks for Charity Drive Ends December 9

The annual Bucks for Charity drive runs through December 9. This is an opportunity for all of us to step up and support vital community organizations and initiatives through one-time contributions (cash/check) or through payroll deduction pledges. Contributions are tax-deductible. You can download a pledge form online. The Bucks for Charity Resource Guide has more information about these charitable organizations that tirelessly serve our community and could use a hand.

Visit Arts and Sciences Websites

Currently, Arts and Sciences Communications Services is supporting the development of over 45 websites. View Portfolio and Current Work to see what sites will be going live soon.
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