Gun Violence in Movies Skyrockets 

Brad BushmanBrad Bushman, professor, communication, is lead author of a new study finding that violence in films has more than doubled since 1950, and gun violence in PG-13–rated films has more than tripled since 1985. Bushman worked on the new study with colleagues from the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania. The findings were published in Pediatrics.

Chiller Plant Site of One-of-a-Kind Lighting Project

South Campus Chiller PlantStudents from architecture and theatre are partnering with Ohio State's Facilities Operations and Development to create large-scale projected lighting displays on the north façade of the South Campus Central Chiller Plant on Cannon Drive. Student teams, led by Mary Tarantino, professor, theatre; will map out and animate high-intensity digital projection visuals in response to the unique and complex surface of the chiller’s façade. The project will be illuminating the building November 18-25. (Image of building as it appears normally. Photo: Brad Feinknopf.)


Political Science Professor receives Best
Book Award

Bear Braumoeller, associate professor, political science, received the International Studies Association (ISA) Best Book Award, for his book, The Great Powers and the International System: Systemic Theory in Empirical Perspective (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012). The ISA cited Braumoeller’s work as “a truly exceptional book that draws on the accumulation of knowledge on theory on great powers and the international system.”


DEALL Professors Receive Research Grants

Hong ShenKirk Denton, professor; and Patricia Sieber, associate professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, are recipients of this year's Arts and Humanities Collaborative Research Grants ($20,000). Their work on one of Ohio State’s famous early Chinese alumni, the playwright and scriptwriter Hong Shen (1894-1955), will be featured November 16 and 17 in a performance of The Wedded Husband, at Drake Union and at the Hong Shen Symposium, November 18.


Alumnus Chosen Payne Fellow

Herve ThomasAlumnus Hervé Thomas (international studies, Arabic, 2003) was chosen one of only two 2013 Payne Fellows by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The fellowship program recognizes outstanding young people interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of USAID. Thomas currently attends Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs.

Alumna Awarded Dylan Thomas Prize

Claire Vaye WatkinsAlumna Claire Vaye Watkins (MFA, English, 2011), was awarded the Dylan Thomas Prize for her debut story collection, Battleborn. The prize, aimed at encouraging "raw creative talent worldwide," is restricted to writers under 30 and is worth £30,000 (about $48,000). It's the latest of several major prizes for the 29-year-old writer, who in March won the $10,000 Rosenthal Family Foundation Award and the $20,000 Story Prize on the same day.


Science Sundays Continues November 17

Risa WechslerRisa Wechsler, associate professor, physics, Stanford University and member of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, will talk about how recent advances in observations of the cosmos have allowed us to peer into the earliest moments of our universe, and have dramatically changed our picture of its contents. Lecture: 3-4 pm, Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Theater. Reception: 4-5 pm, Ohio Union Cartoon Room. Both free/open to the public.

Dance Downtown Features World-Class Choreographers

Dance DowntownFour award-winning contemporary choreographers—Dianne McIntyre, Bebe Miller, Jimmy Ortiz, and Abby Zbikowskitake inspiration from expressive guitar music to create this year's Dance Downtown, showcasing the talents of dance majors in the Department of Dance. The production will be staged downtown, November 22 and 23, at 8 pm in the Riffe Center's Capitol Theatre.

Call for Proposals: Queer Studies Conference 

The second queer studies conference at Ohio State, “Queer Places, Practices, and Lives II,” May 16-17, 2014, will feature keynote speakers Sara Ahmed and Eli Clare. Faculty, staff, students, artists, activists, teachers, social workers, community members, and others interested in discussing LGBTQ issues are welcome to submit proposals for panels and roundtables. Deadline, December 15, 2013. Contact: Debra Moddelmog or Joe Ponce.

Arts and Sciences Undergraduate e-Newsletter - November Issue

The November undergraduate student e-Newsletter highlights the Anthropology major, the Society of Physics Students, the ASC Student Council-sponsored OSU Graduate and Professional School Fair, the “Take Your Professor To Lunch” program, and upcoming student/faculty dinner and service-learning courses. To submit content suggestions or be added to the mailing list, contact Ann Rottersman, director of student programs. Newsletter Archives.

Role of NGOs in Peace-building

Patrice McMahoenPatrice McMahon, director of global engagement for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will speak on, "Partners in Peace? Non-Governmental Organizations in Post-Conflict Peace-building," November 18, 12:30 pm, Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Register online.

Open Enrollment

Open enrollment is your annual opportunity to enroll in, make changes, or cancel health plan coverage(s). You can add or drop dependents, based on dependent eligibility requirements; enroll in Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)—continued participation requires re-enrollment each plan year; enroll in or increase Dependent Group Term Life Insurance (DGTLI) and/or Voluntary Group Term Life Insurance (VGTLI) coverage for eligible dependent children; or cancel existing Short-Term Disability (STD) coverage.

The Pitzer Lecture in Theoretical Chemistry

Michele ParrinelloDr. Michele Parrinello, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, lectures on “The Atomistic Computer Simulations: Past, Present and Future,” November 25, 4:10pm, 2015 McPherson Lab. Reception to follow, 2136 Newman and Wolfrom Lab. Parrinello invented the field of "ab initio molecular dynamics," and is a world leader in the development and application of simulation techniques.


November 15


November 16

Zombie Prom Talk-Back; 10 pm, Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center

Through November 17

Zombie Prom; Thurber Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center

November 17

Men's and Women's Glee Clubs; 3-4:30 pm, Weigel Auditorium

November 17-23


November 18

ASC Faculty Expert in Religion and Law; 1-2:30 pm, 451 Hagerty Hall
Symphonic Band; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium
Chiller Plant Lighting Project Launch; 8-10 pm, South Campus Central Chiller Plant

November 18-19

Theatre Lab Series: A New African Folk Tale; 7 pm, New Works Lab, 2060 Drake Performance and Event Center

November 19

Collegiate Winds and University Band; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

November 20

National GIS Day; 8 am-6 pm, Lower Level Meeting Room, Ohio Union

Microbiology Seminar; 4:10 pm, 001 Jennings Hall
Wind Symphony and Chorale; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

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November 14, 2013
Celebration Concert

Celebration Concert Set for December 3

The School of Music’s popular musical extravaganza, the 21st Annual Music Celebration Concert, will ring in the holiday season with a broad range of music and scores of Ohio State student performers at 8 pm Tuesday, December 3, in Mershon Auditorium. The concert showcases nearly all of the school’s student ensembles—from its Symphony Orchestra and Glee Clubs to the Jazz Ensemble, Chorale, Wind Symphony, soloists, and more. It will conclude with Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah.


Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on the rise of gun violence in movies, Huffington Post, November 11, 2011

Mandy Fox, associate professor, theatre, on '50s horror-spoof Zombie PromColumbus Dispatch, November 7, 2013
Koritha Mitchell, associate professor, English, on lynching, LGBT violence, and love,, November 7, 2013


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