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OCT. 15, 2014 | TWEET!


Denman Research Forum

In every corner of the arts and sciences, undergraduate research flourishes

Open your eyes and be amazed. Executive Dean David Manderscheid shows how undergraduate research flourishes in every corner of the arts and sciences. The proof is everywhere. {Read more}


Research Month: Science and Discovery

Research, #ThisIsOhioState This October has been designated Research Month at Ohio State, although research is built into the fabric of our Top-10 public research institution, yearlong. Each week, Arts and Sciences will focus on a different area of research, inquiry and investigation and share discoveries, news and events of note. This week we are focusing on science and discovery.

New Interdisciplinary Courses Offered Spring Semester

Gold book The College of Arts and Sciences will offer two new interdisciplinary team-taught courses for undergraduates, spring semester: HIV: From Microbiology to Macrohistory (history and microbiology) traces the evolution of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Modernist Thought and Culture, 1880-1945 (English and history) surveys modernist ideas and forms of expression from the perspectives of intellectual history as well as literature and fine-arts criticism. Proposals for 2015-16 are now being accepted and must be submitted by Jan. 15, 2015 to Sonya Vanarsdale.


Physics Graduate Student Wins Excellence in Research Award

Archana AnandakrishnanArchana Anandakrishnan, graduate student and Presidential Fellow, was selected one of two winners of the Graduate School’s Louise B. Vetter Award, sponsored by the university’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. The $1,000 award recognizes excellence in research. Anandakrishnan works in physics’ High Energy Theory Group.

NSF Graduate Fellow Receives Grants to Support Conservation Research

NoNoah Dunhamah Dunham, NSF graduate fellow, doctoral candidate, anthropology, received a National Geographic Society Young Explorers Grant, a Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Research Grant and a U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship to support his research on the conservation of Kenya’s Angola black and white colobus monkey.

Studies Centers Awarded Title VI Funding and FLAS Fellowships Grants 

The East Asian Studies Center and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies, affiliated with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of International Affairs, have been awarded $4.1 million in Title VI National Resource Center funding and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship grants for the 2014-2018. The grants will be used to sponsor academic activities, provide resources that stimulate new research opportunities and expand instructional initiatives and conduct outreach activities. 


2015 Ohio State Business Plan Competition: Deadline Wednesday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m. 

KAir Battery Have a great startup business idea? KAIR battery did last year and the rest is history. Ohio State’s Business Plan Competition offers expert feedback on your business idea and the chance to compete for startup money for your new venture. Complete application online. Contact: Open to all Ohio State students. Faculty and community experts encouraged to participate with students.

Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lecture

JIm Genova James Genova, history (Ohio State-Marion), gives the Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lecture, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge. “Africa in the World: Transcending the Nightmare of the Past,” examines the struggle for liberation and development through the lens of early West African cinema during the transition from colonial rule to political sovereignty. Free. Open to all. Reception. RSVP requested

Planetarium Marks One-Year Grand Reopening Anniversary with Special Events

Planetarium The Ohio State Planetarium reopened last October to sold-out houses and the traffic to the fifth floor of Smith Lab has not slowed down. Shows sell out like rock concerts. In the past year, more than 15,000 visitors have been wowed. The Planetarium celebrates its anniversary with several special events during October: Homecoming open house, Oct. 18; Solar Eclipse, Oct. 23; Parent and Family weekend shows, Oct. 25; Halloween Shows, Oct. 31. 

OSU Graduate and Professional School Fair

fairAdmission representatives from 20 Ohio State programs, pre-law and pre-health advisors, arts and sciences career counselors and GRE test prep program coordinators will be available to answer questions. Admission free. Refreshments provided. The program, presented by the College of Arts and Sciences Student Council, is an option for Student Success Series credit. Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4:30-6 p.m., Ohio Union Great Hall Meeting Rooms 1 and 2.

CJRC Call for Faculty Seed Grant Proposals: Applications Due Nov. 14

The Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC) invites faculty proposals for research on issues of Crime and Criminal Justice. The center will award individual grants up to $10,000 to support research-related expenses excluding faculty buy-out time or summer salary support. Proposals may relate to research on a wide range of topics, from faculty in a variety of disciplines and schools. Priority is given to work with potential to compete for external awards from federal or other agencies that foster research on crime/delinquency and justice issues.

Economics Professor Lectures on the Crisis in Higher Education

Richard VedderRichard Vedder, economist, historian, author, columnist and Ohio University Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus, speaks on "The Coming Crisis in Higher Education,” Oct. 22, 3:30 p.m., 219 Psychology Building. He discusses problems of cost, underemployment and enrollment. 


Oct. 16

Climate Explorations Series: Climate Change and National Security; 2 p.m., Byrd Polar Research Center, 108 Scott Hall

Visions for the Humanities; 3:45 p.m., 100 George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave. 

John C. Burnham Lecture in the History of Medicine/Science with James Mohr; 4 p.m., Health Sciences Library Medical Heritage Center (5th Floor) 

Molecular Genetics Seminar: David Mackey; 4:10 p.m., 155 Jennings Hall

Catherine RamÌrez presents: The Good Citizen; 4:30 p.m., Ohio Union Multicultural Center

An Evening with Peter Rogers; 6 p.m., AAAS Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave

A Panicked Public? Viral Flows of Information and Health Risks from Infectious Disease Outbreaks; 7 p.m., WOSU@COSI, 333 W. Broad St.

University Band; 8 p.m., Weigal Hall Auditorium

Oct. 17

CNEP Workshop: Voting Amidst Economic Crisis, Southern Europe in a Comparative Perspective; 12:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.

Tech Workshop with Sujan Manandhar; 2 p.m., 160 Hagerty Hall

8th Annual Francis Lee Utley Lecture: Thomas A. DuBois; 4 p.m., 090 18th Avenue Library

Oct. 18

Crafternoons!: Autumn Wreaths; 1 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Artist Talk and Reception: Repetition Isolation: The Abundance Within; 4 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Oct. 18 - Nov. 15

Repetition Isolation: The Abundance Within; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Oct. 20

POSTPONEDFaculty: James Hill, saxophone; Thomas Wells, piano

Oct. 20 - Oct. 21

Theatre Lab Series: Episodic Promenade; 2060 Drake Performance and Event Center

Oct. 21

IPR Seminar: Kate Calder, Mixed-Effects Models for Two-Mode Networks: Uncovering Patterns in Overlapping Routine Activity Spaces; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Oct. 22

Connie De Jong: Fair Trade with Andean and Amazonian Communities; 12 p.m., Kuhn House

Richard Vedder, The Coming Crisis in Higher Education; 3:30 p.m., 219 Psychology Building

Arts and Humanities Lecture: James Genova, Africa in the World: Trascending the Nightmare of the Past; 5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge

Through Oct. 31

Faculty Club Alumni Art Exhibition: Maria Alejandra Zanetta; Faculty Club

Through Nov. 8

25 on High: A Photographic Journey; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Possible Impossible: Terry Allen Study Drawings for Public Works; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through Nov. 9

Global Gallery Exhibit: Islamic Empires and their Legacies in Southeastern Europe and South Asia; Global Gallery, Hagerty Hall Lobby

Through Nov. 21

DAIM Recall; Hopkins Hall Gallery

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Anita Hill

From Anita Hill to the White House Task Force on Sexual Assault (1991 to Present)

A two-day symposium including film screening with Anita Hill and filmmaker Freida Lee Mock and symposium with Hill, university and community activists to discuss issues surrounding sexual violence in the law, in society and on college campuses. 



Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, professor, communication, on using social media to manage moods, US News & World Report, Oct. 8, 2014 

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on the broad consensus that media violence can lead to increased child aggression, TIME, Oct. 8, 2014

Larry Baum, emeritus professor, political science, on the recent Supreme Court same-sex ruling, Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 7, 2014

Yiying Wu, professor, chemistry and biochemistry, solar air battery and KAir,, Oct. 7, 2014

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