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EEOB PhD Candidate Makes Extraordinary Discovery in an Ordinary Soil Sample

New MiteIt was just another day of collecting soil samples for evolution, ecology and organismal biology doctoral candidate Samuel Bolton. Bolton studies mites and collects lots of soil samples. When he walked across the road to the field at Kinnear and North Star Roads, he never dreamed that the bucket he brought back to his lab at the Museum of Biological Diversity would contain an extraordinary discovery: a new species and genus of mite that is the first from a strange worm-like family (the Nematalycidae) to be described in over 40 years. Bolton’s description of Osperalycus tenerphagus is published online in the Journal of Natural History.


Pregnant Employees Still Subject to Discrimination Says Sociologist

Vincent RoscignoVincent Roscigno, professor, sociology, is co-author of a new study finding that pregnant employees are more likely to be singled out as poor performers and held strictly accountable for tardiness as opposed to non-pregnant employees under the same circumstances and rules. The paper was published in Gender & Society.

Koritha Mitchell to Speak at Library of Congress

Koritha MitchellKoritha Mitchell, associate professor, English, will discuss her book Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930 (University of Illinois Press, 2012) with a lecture and book-signing at noon Friday, March 14, at a Library of Congress event in Washington D.C. In the book, Mitchell explores the ways in which the lynching plays and performances helped the African-American community survive the height of mob violence. Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution.


Biochemist Receives Research Award from Japanese Government

Kotaro NakanishiKotaro Nakanishi, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, received a three-year PRESTO (Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology) award, funded by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) to initiate his research program. Nakanishi joined Ohio State’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in August, 2013.


ASC Student First Ohio State Recipient of Luce Scholarship

Jacob BogartJacob Bogart, senior honors student majoring in globalization studies and French with a minor in geography, has been named Ohio State’s first Luce Scholar. The scholarship provides funding and training for a one-year professional placement in Asia. Only 18 Luce scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding seniors and recent graduates across the country.


Students to Perform in China

Dance performance with feathersNearly 30 students, including jazz musicians, dancers and rappers, will travel to China March 7-17 to share their uniquely American art forms with audiences in cities and universities – and even an Embassy – throughout China. The endeavor is funded by a U.S. State Department $50,000 grant and privately raised funds. The grant was awarded to the Center for American Culture collaboratively directed by Ohio State and Wuhan University (WHU) in Hubei Province. (Photo by Stephanie Matthews)


Campus Campaign Kick-Off

Please join us for pizza and listen to the band, Free Pizza, featuring Roger Hathaway and Rob Lindberg from ASC Technology Services on Friday, March 14, 12-1:30 p.m. at Weigel Hall Auditorium. The performance will be approximately one-half hour and will be followed by complimentary pizza and salad from Pizza Rustica in the lobby. Please RSVP online by Wednesday, March 12. Campus Campaign is from March 1 through April 30. You will receive your Campus Campaign donation materials within the next two weeks.



ASCTech Unites Ohio State Advising with AdvisingConnect

Advisors – AdvisingConnect can link your advisee notes and information across the College of Arts and Sciences and Ohio State. A video has been produced to talk about the origin of the project and its implementation.


William E. Nelson, Jr. Awards Luncheon

William E. Nelson Jr.The African American and African Studies Community Extension Center is hosting the annual William E. Nelson, Jr. Community Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, March 19, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Ohio Union, Performance Hall. This year’s honorees include Ann Walker, Carole Moyer and Jordan Miller. Please RSVP by March 14 to Tareya Jeffries.

OSU@COSI Symposium 

Meet faculty and students from the Labs in Life, Ohio State’s working research laboratories at COSI and learn how COSI can help you recruit participants for your research at the inaugural symposium on March 21, 3-5 p.m. at COSI, 333 W. Broad St. Register today.


March 6

CJRC Seminar featuring Evelyn Patterson, Vanderbilt University; 12 p.m., 217 Journalism Building

Happyism: The Creepy New Economics of Pleasure; 3:30 p.m., 100 George Wells Knight House, 104 East 15th Avenue

Psychology Colloquia: Geraldine Downey, Columbia University; 4 p.m., 035 Psychology Building

Economics Seminar: Kirk Doran, University of Notre Dame; 4 p.m., 437 Arps Hall

Molecular Genetics Seminar: Natividad Ruiz; 4:10 p.m., 111 Parks Hall

Materiality, Globalization, and the Aesthetics of Latin American and African Pentecostalisms; 4:30 p.m., 165 Thompson Library

Fracking Our Health?; 7 p.m., COSI, 333 W. Broad St.


March 7

Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar in Literacy Studies: Mazaa Tiri: Health in Translation; George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Mershon Center Speaker Series: Charli Carpenter; 12 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Democracy and the Science Communication Environment; 2 p.m., 035 Psychology Building

Portuguese-African and Spanish-African Cultural Spaces: Expanding the Framework of Iberian Studies; 2:30 p.m., George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Ceremonies and the Arts in Late 15th Century Florence; 3 p.m., 090 18th Avenue Library

Economics Seminar: Aldo Rustichini, University of Minnesota; 4 p.m., 437 Arps Hall


March 8

STEAM Factory presents: Conformal Transformations: Zoomed and Twisted, But Angles Unchanged; 11 a.m., 400 W. Rich St.

Art Explorations; 1 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.


Through March 15

The Mirage and the Rainbow: Department of Art Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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March 5, 2014

Paul H. and Erika Bourguignon Lecture in Art and Anthropology

Constantino Manuel Torres, professor of art and art history, Florida International University, will present “Visionary Plants and Iconography in Prehistoric South America: The View from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, and Tiahuanaco, Bolivia,” Thursday, March 27, 1153 Smith Lab, Lecture: 7-8 p.m.; Reception: 8 p.m.
(4012 Smith Lab). RSVP required to Wayne Miller.


Samuel Bolton, graduate student, evolution, ecology and organismal biology, discovers microscopic creepy-crawly, RedOrbit, March 3, 2014

Randall Olsen, professor; Lucia Dunn, professor; economics, on why U.S. household wealth has still not recovered, Business Standard, March 3, 2014

Ann Hamilton Project Archive in Ohio State’s Visual Resources Library, “Archive documents fleeting installations of Ann Hamilton,” Columbus Dispatch, March 2, 2014

Vincent Roscigno, professor, sociology, on how some employers continue to discriminate against pregnant employees, Consumer Affairs, February 26, 2014

Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, earth sciences, on the study linking temperature to a Peruvian glacier’s growth and retreat, The New York Times, February 26, 2014

Gary Wenk, professor, psychology, on the real genius of fad diets, Fox News, February 26, 2014


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