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SEPT. 23, 2015 | TWEET!


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Aldama and LASER Scholars

LASER Chosen by White House as Bright Spot in Hispanic Education

Established in 2010, LASER is the country's first hub for scholarship and mentoring that centers on Latinos and the knowledge and cultural production of the Latin/o Americas.

Deadline to Complete Your PHA: Sept. 30

The critical date for PHA completion is Sept. 30. Employees must obtain their biometric health values and complete the PHA to qualify for the most cost-effective health plans or Prime Care plans. If you would like to confirm you have completed all the requirements for earning plan choice and premium credit, visit for a step-by-step guide to verification.


Vladimir Kogan

Political Science Professor Shares $632,000 Lyle Spencer Research Award

Vladimir Kogan, assistant professor, political science; and Stéphane Lavertu, associate professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, are the recipients of a $632,778 award from the Spencer Foundation to fund research on education governance and accountability. The purpose is to improve understanding of the political institutions governing U.S. public education.  
Zheng Joyce Wang

Communication Professor Explains Decision-Making with Physics Theory

In two new papers in the journals, Current Directions in Psychological Science and Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Zheng (Joyce) Wang, associate professor, communication and Communication and Psychophysiology Lab director, and colleagues, suggest that thinking in a quantum-like way enables humans to confront complex questions and make important decisions despite limited mental resources. 
Government Building

The White House Recognizes the Importance of Decision Sciences

President Obama highlighted the importance of using decision sciences insights to better serve the American people in an Executive Order issued Sept. 15. These same themes permeate the research of the College of Arts and Sciences Decision Sciences Collaborative (DSC), an interdisciplinary community of scholars and researchers focused on the science of decision making.
Vladimir Sloutsky

Psychology Professor on Understanding Memory in Children

Vladimir Sloutsky, professor, psychology, and director of the Cognitive Development Lab, is lead author of a new study finding that children’s memories improve with time. The study, which will appear in an upcoming issue of the journal, Psychological Science, is the first to document two different but related cognitive phenomena simultaneously: so-called “extreme forgetting” and delayed remembering.


Above and Beyond Buckeye Awards Call for Nomination

The Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is seeking nominations for the Above and Beyond Buckeye Award, recognizing arts and sciences staff members who go above the call of duty and do great work each and every day. This year, award recipients will receive a $200 cash award. October nominations due Oct. 8. Please fill out the nomination form and e-mail it to

Call for Nominations: Two Distinguished Teaching Awards

Nominations for the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer are due to the Office of Academic Affairs by Oct. 1. Faculty, staff and students use the same online form for either award nomination.

Since the inception of these awards that recognize teaching, scholarship and service, ASC faculty have received approximately two-thirds of the Distinguished Scholar, Service and Distinguished University Professor awards and more than half of the Alumni Awards for Distinguished Teaching. Last year, arts and sciences faculty garnered eight of 13 teaching awards.


Gro Harlem Brundtland

Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program next Monday, Sept. 28

Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and former director-general, World Health Organization, will talk on “Our Common Future: Global Sustainability in the 21st Century,” Sept 28, 3:30 p.m., Mershon Auditorium. Co-sponsored by Sustainability COMPAS. Free and open to all. 

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus CXC Comics Festival

Cartooning superstars Art Spiegelman, Jeff Smith, Kate Beaton, Craig Thompson, Jaime Hernandez, Bill Griffith, Jeff Lemire and Francoise Mouly headline a group of guests and exhibitors at a comics literary festival Oct 1-3. The event is sponsored by Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC), a new group that unites a dozen Columbus arts organizations; partners include Ohio State’s Popular Culture Studies, LASER, Wexner Center for the Arts and Billy Ireland Cartoon Library. Events, on campus and downtown, include an evening of rare, little-seen animation masterpieces; a massive comics expo; and a show featuring cartooning superstars speaking about RAW Magazine.

LASER Hosts Black and Brown Comix Expo

Concurrent with the CXC Comics Festival: the first annual SOL-CON: The Black & Brown Comix Expo, Oct 2-4, hosted by LASER (Latino & Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research) and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Featured artists include Lalo Alcaraz, Jaime Hernandez, Frank Espinosa and Eric Dean Seaton. All events are free and open to the public.

Fall Conference: Sustainability: Visions and Values

The Sustainability COMPAS kicks off with a free two-day conference, Oct. 1-2, 11th Floor Thompson Library, featuring a set of distinguished speakers to frame the basic problems facing us: What are we trying to sustain? What political, economic and legal structures are needed to pursue sustainability at both the national and international levels? What sacrifices should current generations be willing to make for the sake of future generations?

Arts Entrepreneurship Education Conference

The Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise hosts the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education Second Annual Conference on Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 in 141 Sullivant Hall. Arts Entrepreneurship educators, program directors, students, working artists and the curious are invited to this second national meeting dedicated to arts entrepreneurship education. The conference will focus on helping participants engage with new pedagogical techniques and the larger issues surrounding the field of arts entrepreneurship education.
Mitchell Rose

Performance Mashup

The Mitch Show, created by Mitchell Rose, associate professor, dance, is a film/performance mashup, which brings together his comic films and audience-participation performance pieces. It will be presented Friday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Barnett Theatre in Sullivant Hall. For tickets visit the Theatre Box Office or call (614) 292-2295.


Sept. 24

Protect and Serve: The Relationships and Struggles between Law Enforcement and the Public; 3 p.m., MLK Room, Hale Hall

Samuel C. Chu Memorial Lecture in East Asian Studies with Shigehisa Kuriyama; 4 p.m., 165 Thompson Library 

Barnett Speaker Series: Philanthropy, Ethics and Art Panel Discussion with Blake Byrne and Ron Pizzuti; 4:30 p.m., 141 Sullivant Hall

Jazz at Mirror Lake; 5:30 p.m., Browning Amphitheatre (rain location: Weigel Auditorium)

Sept. 24-25

The Pacific War at 70; Ohio State Columbus Campus

Sept. 25

Alexes Harris, A Permanent Punishment for the Poor; 12:30 p.m., 248 Townshend Hall 

David Schmidtz, After Solipsism; 3:30 p.m., 350 University Hall 

Reception, Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne; 6 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St, Suite 130

Guest Artist: Cory Mixdorf, trombone; 8 p.m., Hughes Auditorium

Sept. 26

Symphony Orchestra; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Sept. 28

Teaching and Research Statements; 2:30 p.m., U.S. Bank Conference Theater, Ohio Union 

Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer: Gro Harlem Brundtland, Our Common Future: Global Sustainability in the 21st Century; 3:30 p.m., Mershon Auditorium

Sept. 28-29

Lab Series: Hold Please!; 7 p.m., New Works Lab

Sept. 29

Fair & Efficient Grading; 11:30 a.m., 150 Younkin Success Center

Scott Snyder, The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash: East Asian Security and the United States; 12 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Carole Joffe, University of California - Davis; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall 

Kia-Hui Tan and Fellows present Ysaÿe and Friends; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium 

Sept. 30

Rick Baldoz, The 1965 Immigration Act & the Changing Contours of the U.S. Border Regime; 4 p.m., MLK Auditorium, Hale Hall

Sept. 30 to Oct. 4

Raw Theatre: Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays; Drake Performance and Event Center 

Through Oct. 16

Global Gallery Exhibit: Amadeo Modigliani; Hagerty Hall Lobby

Through Nov. 7

Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne; Urban Arts Space, Hopkins Hall Gallery, and the facade of the former Long's bookstore


Ken Rinaldo, professor, art; Amy Youngs, associate professor, art; and Matt Lewis, graphics research specialist, ACCAD, on BioPresence, a project that maps animal sightings on campus, Columbus Dispatch, Sept. 20, 2015

Harvey Graff, professor, English and history, on the ideals and practice of interdisciplinary research, Nature's Books and Arts blog, Sept 16, 2015
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