News and Updates

Violent Video Games Not So Bad When Players Cooperate

David EwoldsenDavid Ewoldsen, professor of communication, is co-author of two new studies suggesting that people who play violent video games together as a team rather than against each other show more cooperative and less aggressive behavior.

Earth Sciences Professor Appointed U.S. Delegate to International Committee

Terry WilsonTerry Wilson, professor, earth sciences, has been appointed U.S. delegate to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, an interdisciplinary committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Wilson and her research group investigate the structural architecture of the Earth, how continents rift, and the interaction of the solid earth and ice sheets in Antarctica, using structural field observations, geophysical data and GPS. 

MBI Celebrates 10th Anniversary 

Martin NowakKeynote speaker Martin Nowak, Harvard University, addresses the Mathematical Biosciences Institute’s (MBI) 10th Anniversary meeting Wednesday, September 19. Nowak discusses the Evolution of Eusociality, an advanced form of social organization, where some individuals reduce their reproductive potential to raise the offspring of others.

Arts and Sciences Undergraduate News

The September undergraduate student e-Newsletter highlights study abroad programs including the new Global May programs, Undergraduate Research Week, college funding opportunities that support research and study abroad, upcoming career fairs, and preparatory workshops.  To submit content suggestions or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Ann Rottersman. Newsletter Archives.

FYE Women's Body Politics

First Year Experience, Office of Student Life, and International Poverty Solutions Collaborative bring together a panel on women's health and healthcare reform. This FYE event is part of the Buckeye Book Community Series, 6-8 pm, September 17, Great Hall Meeting Room, Ohio Union.

Thinking Beyond Race

Two-tone Headshot of bell hooksLecture featuring bell hooks, visiting distinguished professor in women's, gender, and sexuality studies, October 1, 4:30 pm, Ohio Union Conference Theater. Free and open to all. Reception to follow.

Presidential Symposium:
The Idea of a University in Time of Crisis

Fred Anderle moderates a panel including Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee; Joan Leitzel, former president, University of New Hampshire; James B. Milliken, president, University of Nebraska; and Harvey Perlman, chancellor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. October 5, 3:30 pm, Wexner Center Film/Video Theater. RSVP to

Science Sundays Continues October 14

Internationally recognized expert on climate change Lonnie G. Thompson, Distinguished University Professor of Earth Sciences and senior research scientist, Byrd Polar Research Center, lectures on GlaciersPeople and Global Climate Change (An Inconvenient Truth Meets an Inconvenient Mind). Lecture, 3-4 pm, October 14, Ohio Union Conference Theatre; reception, 4-5 pm, Ohio Staters Traditions Room. Free and open to the public.

Save the Date

CSTW Save the DateWriting Matters in a Changing World conference, Saturday, February 2, 2013, sponsored by the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing. Call for proposals and schedule to come. Contact Aleta Burns.


Koritha Mitchell Receives Best Book Award

Koritha MitchellKoritha Mitchell, associate professor, English, was honored with the American Theatre and Drama Society's award for best book published on theatre and/or performance in 2011. Mitchell's book, Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship,1890-1930 (University of Illinois Press, 2011), focuses on black-authored lynching drama written before 1930.

James Sanders III Receives OAEA Award

James Sanders IIIJames Sanders III, associate professor in arts administration, education and policy, was honored by the Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA) with the 2012 Higher Education Division Award. The award recognizes his long-term commitment to supporting the visual arts and his positive impact on arts education in Ohio. 

Political Science Professor Wins Best Book Award

Alex ThompsonAlex Thompson, associate professor, political science, was selected by the ISA-Midwest, an affiliate of the International Studies Association, for the J. David Singer Best Book Award for his book, Channels of Power: The UN Security Council and U.S. Statecraft in Iraq (Cornell University Press, 2009).

New Fellowship Honors History Professor 

Mark GrimsleyThe Society for Military History honors Mark Grimsley, associate professor, history, for his dedication to the society’s Facebook group by establishing the Mark Grimsley SMH Fellowship in Social Media. It recognizes his leadership in social media and academic blogging and comes with a stipend to encourage his successors to live up to his standard of excellence.   

September 14-15

Stream: Outdoor Contemporary Dance Performances, 6:30 pm, Dublin Arts Council, 7125 Riverside Dr.

September 14-16

Ohio State Creative Writing Book Fair & Festival, Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave. Mall

September 17

Faculty Concert: Kia-Hui Tan, Violin, 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium, 1866 College Rd.

September 19

The Department of History, Wexner Center for the Arts, and Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, co-sponsor a lecture by Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. Foner’s lecture, Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation and the Rights of Black Americans, is based on his prize-winning book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. Reservations are required. Please RSVP here. 3:30-5 pm, Wexner Center Film/Video Theatre
A Literary Salon, 7 pm, Bexley Public Library, 4211 E. Main St.

September 20

CarbonQuest: Unfolding the Map of Seed Metabolism, Molecular Genetics Seminar, featuring Ana Alonso, 4:10 pm, Room 155, Jennings Hall

Through September 29

Bebe Miller: Tracing HistoryUrban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

October 2

ASC Staff Advisory Cookout, 11:30 am – 1 pm, Browning Amphitheater. Beverages, hotdog or burger (veggie will be available), and chips will be served and the final game of the ASC Staff Cornhole Tournament will be played. RSVP

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September 12, 2012

Alumni/Authors "Coming Home" for Weekend Festival

Alumni Writers Here for Weekend Festival 

The Department of English “brings home” seven Ohio State writers with new books for its Creative Writing Book Fair and Festival this weekend. Christopher Coake You Came Back; Michael Kardos The Three-Day Affair; Joe Oestreich Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll; Catherine Pierce The Girls of Peculiar; Letitia Trent One Perfect Bird; Claire Vaye Watkins Battleborn; and Betsy Wheeler Loud Dreaming in a Quiet Room read from their works.
Bebe Miller, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor, dance, was spotlighted in the Columbus Dispatch, September 9, 2012
Laurel Elder and Steven Greene, alumni (1999, PhD, political science) wrote an op-ed on how politicians talk about family, but just not yours, Washington Post, September 8, 2012
John Mueller, professor, political science; Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies Emeritus, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, on whether the war on terror is worth the cost, Newcastle Herald, September 7, 2012
David Ewoldsen, professor, communication, on violent video games and aggressive behavior, Boston Globe, September 6, 2012
John Mueller, professor, political science, putting Al Qaeda in perspective, Global Post, September 4, 2012
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