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Language Professor Receives Ohio Third Frontier Grant

Galal Walker and James LuiProfessor Galal Walker (left), East Asian Languages and Literatures, received $100,000 from the Ohio Third Frontier program for developing Advanced Language Performance Portfolio System (ALPPS) software that will help educators and others assess a person’s skill speaking a second language.

Comparative Studies Professor Appointed MALCS Chair

Theresa DelgadilloTheresa Delgadillo, assistant professor, is serving as the national chair of MALCS: Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social / Women Active in Letters and Social Change in 2012-2013. She was elected in 2011 for a three-year term in the national leadership that includes 2011-2012 as chair elect, 2012-2013 as chair, and 2013-2014 as ex officio.

School of Music Offers Free Tickets to Faculty, Staff, Students

Man playing guitar at concertDuring the 2012-2013 concert season, the School of Music is offering free tickets to Ohio State students, faculty, and staff with their BuckIDs. A full listing of events can be found at

Engaging with Public Art

Finding Time Logo - Columbus Public ArtFinding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012, takes place throughout the year in public spaces, plazas, parks, streets, and alleys in the city’s downtown core and the riverfront. Planned in conjunction with the Columbus Bicentennial, Finding Time is transforming downtown into an open-air gallery with 12 temporary public art projects by more than 50 international, national, and local artists. Project director is Malcolm Cochran, professor in the Department of Art. The project is made possible through engagement impact funding fron the Office of Outreach and Engagement.

Barbara K. Fergus Women in Leadership Lecture Series

Alice RivlinThe John Glenn School of Public Affairs invites you to attend the Barbara K. Fergus Women in Leadership Lecture Series featuring: Alice Rivlin, former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, past director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, and the first director of the Congressional Budget Office, September 10, 4 pm, Ohio Union Performance Hall, 1st Floor. Registration required: To register for this event please click or call (614) 688-3206, ext. 2 by Friday, September 7.

Study Abroad Scholarships for Undergraduate ASC Majors

October 1 is the application deadline for the following study abroad scholarships. 
  • Undergraduate International Experiences Grants
  • Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships
  • Roth Family Endowment
Students must be pursuing a major in the arts and sciences and participating in a spring semester 2013 or spring break 2013 study abroad program. Students may apply for these scholarships by completing one online application. Contact: Ann Rottersman.

SBS Undergraduate Research Grants

September 21 is the autumn semester application deadline for undergraduate students who are conducting research and pursuing a major in an SBS department. All undergraduate students who have at least one declared major in an SBS department are eligible – honors as well as non-honors students, all ranks. For additional information, please contact Deborah Haddad, assistant dean of social and behavioral sciences.

Summer Enrichment Program

The Department of African American and African Studies Community Extension Center is requesting proposals from faculty and advanced graduate students for its 2013 Summer Enrichment Program for 9th and 10th graders June 10-14, 2013. Proposals and curriculum vitae should be sent to Sarah Twitty, program coordinator, deadline: September 17.

2012 Buck-IRB Newsletter

The Back-To-School 2012 edition of the Buck-IRB (Institutional Review Board) Newsletter is now available on the Office of Responsible Research Practices website. Features include info on the transition to the electronic submission of IRB documents; new and updated Human Research Protection Program policies; the recent access change to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative modules; and more. Contact: Tani Prestage.

2012 International Photography Competition

All current students, faculty, staff and visiting scholars at The Ohio State University are invited to submit their photos to the 2012 International Photography Competition. All entries must have been taken outside the United States and should be creative, original, and of high quality. The deadline for entries is 4 pm, September 24.

Political Scientist Receives Book Award

Vladimir KoganVladimir Kogan, assistant professor, political science, is coauthor of the book, Paradise Plundered: Fiscal Crisis and Governance Failures in San Diego, which has been selected best book of the year on urban politics by the American Political Science Association.

Professor/Curator Honored for Distinguished Service

Nena CouchNena Couch, professor and curator of the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute, is being honored with the 2012 Award for Distinguished Service in Performing Arts Librarianship by the Theatre Library Association. The award is given each year to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the field.

Arts and Sciences Alumni
Reunion-Homecoming Tailgate

Reunion-Homecoming Weekend LogoJoin arts and sciences alumni at the annual Arts and Sciences Tailgate, Saturday, October 6, 5-7:30 pm, Derby Hall Plaza. City BBQ, silent auction, corn hole. Tickets are $45/person and must be purchased by September 21. Contact with questions.


September 6 - October 11

Department of Art Visiting Artists and Lecturers Exhibition, Swing Space Gallery, 1556 North High St. Reception September 6, 5-8 pm.


September 7

Too Many Literacies, 12 pm, George Wells Knight House, 14 E. 15th Ave.

Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Lecture: Able Bodies: Considerations of Disability in Anglo-Saxon England, 3-4:15 pm, 090 Science and Engineering Library

September 9

Lacan Study Group, 1 pm, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Science Sundays Lecture, 3-4 pm, US Bank Conference Theatre, Ohio Union 

September 10

Peter FenvesDepartment of Germanic Languages and Literatures 2012 Carolyn Engel Luebeck Lecture, Aura, Error, and Entanglement around 1935 (Benjamin, Heidegger, and Schrödinger) featuring Peter Fenves, Joan and Sarepta Harrison Professor of Literature, professor of German and Jewish Studies, and co-director of the Program in Comparative Literary Studies, Northwestern University. 3:30pm, Cartoon Room 1, Ohio Union
Faculty Collage Concert, 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium, 1866 College Rd.

September 14 - 16 

Ohio State Creative Writing Book Fair and FestivalWriters “Coming Home” for Festival: The Department of English is proud to bring home seven Ohio State writers with new books for the Creative Writing Book Fair and Festival, September 14 -16. 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) will read from their works.

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: The Humanities Institute and Bexley Community Book Club are hosting central Ohio fiction writers and poets for an evening of readings and conversation. 7 pm, Bexley Public Library, 4211 E. Main St.  

Through September 29

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

Through October 20

Time and Place: An International Exhibition of Works on Paper, Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through December 30

Theatre Research Institute Exhibit: Dancing Dimensions: Movement through Time and Space, Thompson Library Gallery

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Science Sundays

Science Sundays Kicks off September 9

Don Saari, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Economics, and director of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, kicks off the second season of Science Sundays, posing the question: We vote; but can we elect someone who we really don't want? The event is free and open to all. Science Sundays is sponsored by the science centers and institutes of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Lecture: 3-4 pm: Ohio Union US Bank Conference Theatre

Reception: 4-5 pm: Ohio Stater’s Traditions room
In the News
Susan Powell, associate professor; Katherine Borst Jones, professor; and Richard Blatti, director, all in the School of Music, and Joseph Steinmetz, executive dean and vice provost, in a preview of the September 10 Faculty Collage Concert, Columbus Dispatch, September 6, 2012

Randall Ripley, professor emeritus, political science, on the clout of labor unions in Ohio, Columbus Dispatch, September 3, 2012

Paul Thomas Chamberlin, PhD alumnus, history, on When It Pays to Talk to Terrorists, New York Times, September, 3, 2012

Bruce Weinberg, professor, economics, on the disappearance of jobs from Cleveland, Cleveland Plain Dealer, September 3, 2012

Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on Columbus’s bid for a national political convention, Columbus Dispatch, August 29, 2012
Tom Watters, senior research associate, Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology, on the release of rare mussels in Big Darby, Columbus Dispatch, August 29, 2012

History Professor Steven Conn’s new book, To Promote the General Welfare: The Case for Big Government, Oxford University Press, is featured in the Huffington Post, August 16, 2012. Conn also is a regular contributor to Huffington Post blog page.
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