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SEPT. 21, 2016 | TWEET!



40th Annual Adolph E. Waller Memorial Lecture Series

The Waller lectures honor the legacy of this pioneering plant scientist and educator. The 2016 Waller lectures feature Harry Klee, Eminent Scholar and professor, University of Florida Department of Horticultural Sciences. Public lecture, Why your supermarket tomatoes taste so bland and what we can do about it, Sept. 22, 5 p.m., 355 Jennings Hall. Technical lecture, Molecular genetic approaches to tomato fruit flavor improvement, Sept. 23, 4:30 p.m., 001 Jennings Hall.


Ann Hamilton Opens ‘Habitus’ in Philadelphia

Ann HamiltonAnn Hamilton, Distinguished University Professor, art, has a new project inspired by one of the earliest forms of human technology, cloth making. The project, habitus, will be displayed at Municipal Pier 9 and at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, both in Philadelphia. The exhibition will be at the Municipal Pier 9 until Oct. 10, and continues at The Fabric Workshop and Museum until Jan. 8. See more: Video and Tumblr

Communication Professor on Why Russians Like Putin’s Wars

Erik NisbetErik Nisbet, associate professor, communication, is co-author of a new study examining whether Russian public opinion about Russia’s foreign policy would be different if the public was exposed to independent information about its costs. Public diplomacy efforts based on sound social science can have an impact on Russian public opinion and increase its resilience to manipulation. The study is published in the International Journal of Public Opinion Research. See also, Washington Post, Sept. 13.

Mathematicians Awarded Competitive NSF Research Training Group Grant

Matt KahleMatthew Kahle, associate professor, mathematics, is PI on a five-year, $1.72 million Research Training Group grant from NSF’s Division of Mathematical Sciences. Tamal Dey, mathematics, CSE; Michael Davis, mathematics; Facundo Mémoli, mathematics, CSE; and Yusu Wang, CSE, are co-PI's. The award, shared between the two departments, will support a working group in topology, applied topology and related fields, along with postdocs, graduate students and undergraduate researchers.

NSF Awards Grant to John Grinstead

John GrinsteadThe National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a $349,474 grant to John Grinstead, associate professor, Spanish and Portuguese, for his project, “Determinants of Quantifier Interpretation in Typical and Atypical Child Language." The project team is comprised of faculty, clinicians, graduate students and undergraduate students at Ohio State and in Mexico City. In Mexico City, the project will test Spanish-speaking children with the language disorder known as Specific Language Impairment (SLI).


Meet Tina Henkin: Researcher and Mentor

Tina HenkinDistinguished University Professor Tina Henkin’s discoveries about RNA molecules are of such fundamental importance that they led to a new research field. Get to know Henkin in the final installment of a three-part series highlighting Ohio State’s 2016 Distinguished University Professors.


Versatile PhD Workshops for Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff

Paula Chambers, founder and CEO of the Versatile PhD, presents two interactive workshops, Tuesday, Oct. 4, both focused on alternative careers for PhDs. The morning workshop, 9-11 a.m., "From Skills to Results: Describing Your PhD Skills to Non-Academic Employers." The afternoon workshop, 1-2:30 p.m., "Mentoring Doctoral Students for Non-Academic Careers." Free. Open to all. Registration required.

Ratner Distinguished Teaching Awards in Arts and Humanities: Due Sept. 23

Applications for the Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Awards are due Sept. 23, 2016. Each year, up to five awards of $20,000 each, are presented to outstanding faculty teachers in the arts and humanities.

Helping Others in Mental Distress

Student Life, UCAT and Undergraduate Education teamed up to offer At-Risk, an online simulation designed to help faculty and staff identify and approach students in mental distress and, if necessary, refer them to our counseling center.

Undergraduate Research and Study Abroad Fund Deadlines 

Sept 23: Social and Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Grants
Oct 3: Keith and Linda Monda International Experiences Scholarships
Oct. 6: Arts Undergraduate Research Scholarships
Oct. 14: Aida Cannarsa Snow Endowment Fund
Oct. 14: Arts and Humanities Undergraduate Research Small Grants
Nov. 21:  John Fergus Family Fund
Feb 1, 2017: William and Dolly (Ardath) Saxbe Endowed Fund for the Arts

More information on undergraduate research and creative activity funding.
More information on study abroad and travel funding.

Some funds have a second deadline, spring semester.

Microsoft Office 2016 Now Available for ASC Staff and Faculty

You can now download Microsoft Office 2016 for your university-owned machine. More information, including the improvements in this version of Office, available at ASCTech.


Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty

Applications are being accepted for Career Enhancement Fellowships for Junior Faculty, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. This pre-tenure award program seeks to increase minority junior faculty members and other faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in arts and humanities. Application deadline: Oct. 28.  

Arts and Humanities Larger Grants Program Applications Due Oct. 24

The Larger Grants Program funds individual and collaborative scholarship in the Arts and Humanities. The program supports tenure track faculty conducting research in the arts or humanities or creative activity. The Larger Grants have a single autumn semester deadline (Oct. 24) and are divided into three sub-categories:
  1. New Project Grants
    Individual faculty grants – up to $10,000
    Collaborative faculty grants – up to $20,000
  2. Completion Grants
    Individual faculty grants – up to $7,500
  3. Conference Support Grants
    Faculty grants – up to $20,000
For questions, please contact Valarie Williams.


Sports and Society Initiative Fall Breakfast and Kick Off: Oct. 1

Ohio StadiumJoin the Ohio State Sports and Society Initiative, Saturday, Oct. 1, 8-9:30 a.m. in the Derby Hall Lobby for breakfast and conversation on new collaborations and research taking place with faculty and research affiliates of the Sports and Society Initiative. They’ll also share news on their new student organization and upcoming events. RSVP requested.


Randy Schweller, professor, political science, on Donald Trump as the right candidate for the job, The New Yorker, Sept. 26 

Christopher Kochanek, professor, astronomy, on his study, “The search for failed supernovae with the Large Binocular Telescope: confirmation of a disappearing star,” Universe Today, Sept. 16

Joanne Ruthsatz, professor, psychology, on diagnosing genius, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 16

David Stebenne, professor, history and law, “The Religious Backgrounds of Mike Pence and Tim Kaine and the 2016 Presidential Election,” Huffington Post, Sept. 16

Jeff Cohen, professor, anthropology, “With 10,000 Syrian refugees resettled in the U.S., are more on the way?” The Conversation, Sept. 15 

Vlad Kogan, assistant professor, political science, on Riverside City Council removal controversy, Dayton Daily News, Sept. 15 

David Stebenne, professor, history and law, on how 9/11 has changed how we live, Columbus Dispatch, Sept. 11


Sept. 22

Symphony Orchestra
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Sept. 22-23

40th Annual Adolph E. Waller Memorial Lecture Series: Harry Klee
See event listing for lecture times and locations

Sept. 23-24

Anything Cole’s – A Cole Porter Cabaret
Hearts and Music – A Tribute to William Finn and Jason Robert Brown

Garden Theatre, 1187 N. High St.
See event listing for times

Through Sept. 24

Ceramics as Deception
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

Department of Design 2016 Faculty Exhibition: Research through Making
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

Sept. 26

Andrew Sabl, Actually Existing Liberalism
2130 Derby Hall
2-3:30 p.m.

Sept. 27

Research Expo
Research Commons, 3rd Floor 18th Ave. Library
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

John Casterline, Trends in Inter-Birth Intervals in Developing Countries, 1965-2014
038 Townshend Hall
12:30-1:30 p.m.

COMPAS Special Event: Kwame Anthony Appiah
Performance Hall, Ohio Union
5 p.m.

Sept. 28

Wind Symphony
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Through Sept. 29

Homecoming Office Decorating Contest
Across Campus

Through Oct. 1

Across the Pond
City Center Gallery, Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

Through Oct. 21

Land●Mark: Alternative Views of the Landscape
Hopkins Hall Gallery
Gallery Hours

Through Oct. 31

The Hidden Life of Things: Andean and Amazonian Cultural Artifacts and the Stories They Tell
Global Gallery, Hagerty Hall Lobby
Building Hours

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