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AUG. 10, 2016 | TWEET!



Taking a break from the blogosphere – meet me in the Twitterverse

In his final blog post, Executive Dean David Manderscheid reflects on some of the great moments the college has celebrated since launching his blog two years ago. For now, he’s taking a break from the blogosphere to explore the Twitterverse. Follow along with him.


BETHA-Funded Wind|Farm to Take Shape on Oval

Michael MercilLast spring, Michael Mercil, professor, art, received a 2016 Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment grant. BETHA grants support projects that examine the complex relationship between science and technology on society and cultural issues. Mercil's project, Wind|Farm, is an experimental artwork on campus – a proposed 500 square-foot energy park located, temporarily, outside the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Election 2016: ASC Faculty and Students on the Issues

Election 2016Claudia Buchmann, professor and chair, sociology, talks with Kate Snow of MSNBC on Donald Trump’s comments on sexual harassment in the workplace; John Mueller, professor, political science, provides commentary in TIME magazine on how Democrats seriously underestimate voter fear of ISIS; historians Paula Baker and Marc Horger discuss buying American elections; and political science student Kelly Schroeder shares her thoughts on political activism. Stay tuned throughout the campaign for more commentary and analysis.

Earth Sciences Assistant Professor’s Paper Published in Science

Audrey SawyerAudrey Sawyer, assistant professor, Earth sciences, first-authored paper in Science was published on Aug. 4. Sawyer’s study of Hidden Water Pollution in U.S. Coastal Areas, written with co-authors Cédric David and Jay Famiglietti at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, shows regions of the U.S. coastline where submarine groundwater discharge occurs. This makes the coastal ocean likely to suffer effects from dissolved constituents in the groundwater. Read the complete article in Science and listen to this Science podcast.

Spotlight: Arts Management Student Interns with Urban Arts Space

Andy MeyerAndy Meyer, a fourth-year student from Westerville, Ohio, is majoring in arts management with a minor in printmaking. Meyer is a student assistant at Urban Arts Space, in downtown Columbus, where he also is the co-director for the City Center Gallery. 


Faculty Innovation Center Opening Celebration: Aug. 22

The Office of Distance Education and eLearning will host a grand opening celebration of the Faculty Innovation Center, Aug. 22, 2-4 p.m., 100 Campbell Hall. The center is the newest classroom in the Innovative Spaces Program line-up, a campus-wide initiative to foster transformational learning in university classrooms. RSVP requested.

History Professor Elected IACS President

David BrakkeDavid Brakke, the Joe R. Engle Chair in the History of Christianity and professor of history, was elected president of the International Association for Coptic Studies (IACS) for 2016-2020. Brakke studies and teaches the history and literature of ancient Christianity from its origins through the fifth century, with special interests in asceticism, monasticism, "Gnosticism," biblical interpretation and Egyptian Christianity.

GA Minimum Stipend Increase

Minimum stipend for graduate associates will increase beginning fall semester with cash funding from the Graduate School for one year to off-set additional costs related to increasing the minimum. Appointing units need to initiate these pay-rate increases to remain in compliance with HR regulations. In order to secure funding from the Graduate School, each college needs to complete the GA Minimum Stipend spreadsheet and submit the spreadsheets by Sept. 2 to Lori Bowman, Graduate School human resources/finance manager.

ASC Undergraduate E-newsletter: Call for Submissions

The publication dates and content deadlines for the 2016-2017 undergrad e-newsletter are now available. The newsletter is published monthly, August through April. If you have content you would like to include or anyone in your department would like to be added to the newsletter mailing list, contact Ann Rottersman.  Because this newsletter goes out to all of our undergraduate majors, content with broad appeal is particularly appropriate. 

University Registrar: New On-Line Grade Assignment or Change Form

Over the past several months, the University Registrar piloted a new Online Grade Assignment, or Change Form workflow. The process improved accuracy, consistency and reduced processing time. Because of the pilot's success, the online form will now be the preferred method for submitting a Grade Assignment or Change Form.

The Registrar asks that for any grade assignments, changes, or extensions of incompletes submitted from this point on, must be done through the Online Grade Assignment or Change Form. Please note that in the near future, the paper Grade Assignment or Change Form will no longer be accepted.  

Access to the online form and instructions will continue to be through the University Registrar's website: Grade rosters and the normal grade posting process will remain unchanged.  Please find the SIS Instructions and Carmen Instructions for the grade roster process.

If you have any questions, contact Assistant Executive Dean/College Secretary Mary Ellen Jenkins.


Stu Ludson, associate professor, evolution, ecology and organismal biology, on how climate-change warning signs are getting stronger; Great Lakes reflect trend, Toledo BladeAug. 8

Peter Mansoor, professor, history, on Jeep’s crucial role in Allied victory, Toledo Blade, Aug. 7

Yung-Chen Lu, professor emeritus, mathematics, on how foreign-born workers benefit Ohio, U.S. economy, Columbus Dispatch, Aug. 5

Audrey Sawyer, assistant professor, earth sciences, on the risk of groundwater contamination to Pacific Northwest ocean waters, The Oregonian, Aug. 5

Jay Zagorsky, research scientist, Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR), “If cash is king, how can stores refuse to take your dollars?” The Conversation, Aug. 5

Ian Howat, associate professor, Earth sciences, on whether climate change will unearth ice-buried Cold War military base, Science, Aug 4

Meiyu Hsieh, professor, history, “secret Japanese military maps,” National Geographic, Aug. 2

Jeff Cohen, professor, anthropology, “A record 65.3 million people were displaced last year: What does that number actually mean?” The Conversation, July 31


Through Aug. 14

333 W. Broad St.
Times listed on event

Aug. 15 to Oct. 27

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

Through Aug. 27

Exhibit: Transformations: Fusion, Assimilation, Clash
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

Reception: Thursday, Aug. 11, 5-7 p.m. at Urban Arts Space

Through Sept. 2

Exhibition: Secrets
Ohio State Faculty Club
Gallery Hours

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