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AUG. 12, 2015 | TWEET!


Welcome Address

Save the Date!

Join Executive Dean Manderscheid for the first annual Arts and Sciences Welcome Address and Reception to kick off the school year and celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the College of Arts and Sciences, Sept. 3, 1:30-3 p.m., Hughes Hall Auditorium. Emails with an RSVP will be sent next week.


Humanities and Arts Discovery Theme Update

Planning the first phases of the Humanities and Arts Discovery Theme got under way July 27. Planning leaders are Angus Fletcher (English), Susan Melsop (Design), Margaret Newell (History), Lisa Shabel (Philosophy) and Norah Zuniga-Shaw (Dance). Susan Williams, vice dean of arts and sciences; and Mike Boehm, vice provost for academic and strategic planning, are serving as the theme’s co-architects.
Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne

Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne 

Displaying work by some of the most significant, compelling artists of the past 50 years, Urban Arts Space and Hopkins Hall Gallery present Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne,  Aug. 25 to Nov. 7. Exhibit features Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Mike Kelley, David Hammons, Tony Smith and more. Urban Arts Space reception, Sept. 25, 6-8 p.m., is open to all.


The Science of Language & The Language of Science

Laura Wagner, associate professor, psychology, received a three-year, $400,000 National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) grantKathryn Campbell-Kibler, associate professor, linguistics, is co-principal investigator. The 10-week internship at COSI includes classes, research training, informal science education and museum interactions. After three weeks, students are matched with Ohio State faculty researchers.   


University Libraries Encouraging Materials Return, in Final Weeks

The University Libraries' Triple R Program encouraging returning long-checked out materials is in its final month. Beginning Sept. 4, the threshold for blocking borrowing privileges will be reduced from the current $75 to $50 for all library customers, including faculty and staff.  Faculty and staff with long overdue items will be billed through the University Bursar.
Gold book on red background

New Book by Brustein and Roberts

William Brustein, vice provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs and professor, political science, history and sociology; and Louisa Roberts, graduate student, sociology, are authors of the newly published book, The Socialism of Fools?: Leftist Origins of Modern Anti-Semitism (Cambridge University Press, July 2015).

ASC Alumni Awards: Nominations Due Sept. 15

The College of Arts and Sciences is accepting nominations for the following Arts and Sciences Alumni Awards to be presented at the annual awards dinner April 15, 2016:
  • The Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes arts and sciences alumni whose work and contributions have been nationally or internationally recognized as outstanding in their fields. 
  • The Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes an alumnus/a, 35 years old and younger, demonstrating distinctive achievement in career, civic involvement or both.
  • The Distinguished Service Award honors exemplary service by an alumnus/a.
You may nominate an arts and sciences alumnus/a for one or more of these awards. Nominations due Sept. 15. 


Data Analytics Major Profiled

The new data analytics major, co-directed by the Department of Statistics, and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering with curricular partnerships in the College of Medicine and Fisher College of Business, is profiled in the American Statistical Association’s AMSTATNEWS. Christopher Hans, associate professor, statistics; and Srinvasan Parthasarathy, professor, computer science and engineering, are featured.


Through Oct. 16

Global Gallery: Amadeo Modigliani; Hagerty Hall Lobby


Dale Gnidovec, curator, Orton Geological Museum, on the four-legged snake fossil amazing scientists, Columbus Dispatch, August 9, 2015

Jesse Fox, assistant professor, communication, on narcissism and psychopathy, Christian Science Monitor, August 6, 2015

Hasan Kwame Jeffries, associate professor, history, on African-American voter mobilization and political education, New York Times, August 5, 2015

Tony Sanfilippo, director, University Press, on the need to broaden the works in the University Press, Chronicle of Higher Education, August 3, 2015

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on how sexy advertising backfires, TIME, July 27, 2015

Brad Bushman, professor, communication on how the mere presence of a weapon can make people more aggressive, New York Times, July 24, 2015

Geoffrey Parker, Distinguished University Professor, professor, history, on his groundbreaking book, Global Crisis, which explores how a cooling climate disrupted societies across the seventeenth-century world, Climate History Podcast, July 23, 2015

Ida Mirzaie, senior lecturer, economics, on the housing market, WalletHub, July 2015
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