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TBDBITL Featured in Apple Television Commercial

Ohio State Marching Band
Thanks to its innovative use of the iPad to revolutionize how musicians learn complicated—and hugely popular—halftime shows, the Pride of the Buckeyes is featured in a new, 90-second iPad Air television commercial that explores some boundary-pushing uses of the technology.

Mark Shanda Named to Post at National Theatre Organization

Mark ShandaMark Shanda, dean, arts and humanities, and professor, theatre, was named president-elect of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), and will become president of the 4,000-member organization following voting by USITT members in the current election cycle. Shanda will serve one year as president-elect, beginning July 1, and will assume the presidency July 1, 2015.

ASC Natural and Mathematical Sciences Dean Will Chair U.S. National Committee for Mathematics 

Peter MarchPeter March, dean, natural and mathematical sciences, and professor of mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been asked to serve a four-year term as chair of the United States National Committee for Mathematics (USNC/M), a committee under the aegis of the Board on International Scientific Organizations of the National Academies of Science. USNC/M represents the United States in the International Mathematical Union (IMU) and promotes the advancement of the mathematical sciences.


International Education Outreach Opportunities Panel

Join the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Outreach and Engagement Thursday, January 16, 9-11 am in Hale Hall’s MLK Auditorium for an interactive session with William Brustein, vice provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs and a panel with representatives from the university’s area studies centers and students.

Arts and Sciences Advancement Team Has New Home

The arts and sciences advancement team will be moving to 425 Stillman Hall (1947 College Road). All phone numbers remain the same; however, computer and phone access will be limited through January 17. Questions? Contact Tanya Reed at 247-8292.

Study Abroad and Travel Funds—Application Deadline: January 22  

  • Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships provide funding for undergraduate students not normally able to afford an international experience.
  • Roth Family Endowment for undergraduate students active in the Diversity Services Office Program for Advising in Scholarship and Service (PASS) or PASS Beyond.
  • Humanities Scholarships for undergraduate students with a declared major in the humanities; some funds designated for particular majors.
Students may apply for all of the above via one online application. For more information, contact: Ann Rottersman.

ASC Career Services Summer Camp Fair

More than 50 resident camp, day camp, and recreational organizations will be on campus to recruit for full-and part-time staff, interns, and volunteers, January 24, 10 am-3 pm, Ohio Union Performance Hall.

Applications for Graduate Student Award for Study of Myth Due by January 31

The Center for the Study of Religion’s Robert L. and Phyllis J. Iles Award for Graduate Study of Myth, provides up to $4,000 to an Ohio State graduate student in the arts and humanities who is working on myth, broadly conceived. Studies of myth from any culture in any period of human history are eligible for consideration. Send applications to Nick Spitulski.

Tech Talk: Creating Great Instructional Videos

When making an instructional video, the experts at ASC Tech say to avoid making your subjects look like they’re in the witness protection program, don’t film shooting into lights or windows. For location shoots, ensure the background isn’t distracting, cluttered, or busy, or you might lose your subject in the background. More tech tips—follow on Twitter: @ASC_Tech.

Merit and Need-Based Scholarships—Application Deadline: January 31  

Undergraduate students majoring in the humanities or the natural and mathematical sciences are encouraged to apply for merit and need-based scholarships. Funding will be applied toward 2014-2015. For more information, contact: Ann Rottersman.

SBS Undergraduate Research Grants—Application Deadline: February 7  

Undergraduate students with a declared major in the social and behavioral sciences whose research projects involve extraordinary costs are eligible to apply for an SBS Undergraduate Research Grant. For more information, contact: Deborah Haddad.

College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Staff Awards—Nomination Deadline: February 14

These awards recognize staff whose performance demonstrates sustained excellence in overall job performance and has improved or enhanced work life and services of faculty, staff, students, and/or the university. Special consideration will be given to those who have enhanced the visibility of the college through interdisciplinary connections and/or university community service. Program funding supports up to six awards; each recipient receives a $1,000 one-time cash award and a $500 increase to base salary.

Kathryn Sullivan Scholarship—Application deadline: February 14 

The Kathryn Sullivan Scholarship supports undergraduate arts and sciences students, preferably junior or senior women majoring or minoring in the sciences, interested in exploration and/or aerospace, in good academic standing. However, this scholarship may be awarded to any arts and sciences major. For more information, contact: Ann Rottersman.

Variety of Summer Research Funding Available to Undergraduates—Application Deadline: February 14  

  • Mayers Summer Research Scholarships provide funding for natural and mathematical sciences majors.
  • URO Summer Research Fellowships support independent research conducted with a faculty member.
  • Summer Honors Research Scholarships support honors research and thesis projects.
  • Holbrook Research Abroad Fellowships support independent research abroad with the guidance of a faculty member.
Students may apply for all of the above via a joint application.

Outreach and Engagement Recognition Award—Nominations Due: February 14

The offices of Outreach and Engagement, International Affairs, Student Life and Undergraduate Education, and the Service-Learning Initiative, have joined together to recognize faculty, staff, students and community partners with the University Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards program. Awards will be presented in the community engagement, international engagement, service-learning, staff, student, student group and community partner categories. Contact: 247-7795 or Submit a nomination online.

Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants, July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015

Faculty Grants for Research on Women, Gender, and Gender Equity and Graduate Student Grants for Projects on Women, Gender, and Gender Equity are available. Application deadline: February 21, 2014. Application and information online.

STEM Research Advisors Wanted for U.S.-India Faculty Training Program

Faculty members from the arts and sciences are invited to participate as research advisors and mentors for a pilot program between Ohio State and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in India to build STEM education and research opportunities at Indian universities and universities in the U.S. For more information, contact:

January Undergraduate Newsletters

The January undergraduate student e-newsletter highlights the Film Studies Program, the Classics Club, merit and need-based scholarship opportunities, and three January career fairs hosted by Career Services: Summer Internship Fair, Nonprofit Opportunities Fair, and a Summer Camp & Recreation Fair. A January special edition of the undergraduate e-newsletter features funding opportunities for research and study abroad, as well resources to help students begin a research project and select a study abroad program. For more information, contact: Ann Rottersman.


January 15-16

Beauty Pageants, Race, and Citizenship; various

January 16

Film Screening and Director's Discussion; 3:30-5:30 pm, Barbie Tootle Room, Ohio Union

Psychology Colloquia: Attribution: A Social Cognitive Neuroscience Approach; 4-5 pm, 035 Psychology Building

January 17

A DISCO Call for Conversation: In/Visible Identities; 11 am-1 pm, Multicultural Center, Ohio Union

Sociology and CJRC Colloquium: Connected in Crime: Using Network Analysis to Understand America's Violence Epidemic; 12:30-1:45 pm, 248 Townshend

Patrilineal Memory and Bodies Politic in the Middle East; 3-4:30 pm, 68 Dulles Hall

January 19

High School Honor Band Weekend Concert; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

January 20- February 18

In Conversation: Department of Art First Year Graduate Student Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

January 21

Institute for Population Research Seminar: Dr. Kathleen Cagney, University of Chicago; 12:30-1 pm, 038 Townshend Hall

Psychology Colloquia: Ashley Woodman, University of Wisconsin; 3 pm, 035 Psychology Building

January 22

Economics Seminar: Collective Intelligence and Neutral Point of View: The Case of Wikipedia; 4-5:30 pm, 437 Arps Hall

Religions of the World Public Lecture; 7-8 pm, Cartoon Room 1, Ohio Union

Through January 30

Fergus Fellows: Andres Felipe Castelblanco Olaya and Hannah Walsh; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

22nd Annual Fergus Scholarship Award Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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January 15, 2014
Hollow: an Interactive Documentary

Film Screening and Director’s Discussion

Ohio State’s Appalachian Project hosts a screening and director's discussion of Hollow: an Interactive Documentary, an award-winning documentary about the issues of rural America, as seen through the eyes of those living in southern West Virginia, Thursday, January 16, 3:30-5:30 pm, Barbie Tootle Room, Ohio Union. Director Elaine McMillion will guide guests through the documentary experience. Hollow is the IDFA DocLab Official Selection and Tribeca Film Institute 2012 New Media Fund Award Winner. Free and open to the public.


Jonathan Waters, director, The Ohio State University Marching Band, on the Apple iPad air ad, Washington Post, January 15, 2014 

Refurbished Planetarium feature, Columbus Dispatch, January 12, 2014

Peter Mansoor, associate professor, history, on insights into Iraq’s crisis, Politico, January 9, 2014

Matthew (Dr. Fus) Stoltzfus, lecturer, chemistry, whose general chemistry course enrolled more than 100,000 iTunes U students in its first year, interviews on The Pulse, Inside Higher Ed, January 9, 2014 

Arts and sciences graduate students travel to Las Vegas for a consumer electronics show, Columbus Dispatch, January 9, 2014

Peter Hahn, professor and chair, history; Bob McMahon, professor, history, on which president had the worst 5th year, Politico, December 17, 2013


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