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College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Joseph E. Steinmetz

Message from Executive Dean Joseph E. Steinmetz

Dear Colleagues,
Welcome back! I hope that each of you had a joyous holiday season. I am sure that many of you made heartfelt resolutions with which to begin the New Year; my resolution is to work even harder to lead the College of Arts and Sciences on its upward trajectory of excellence and achievement. Knowledge of my colleagues and our past history allows me to make this resolution with confidence.
Before we plunge headlong into 2012, we can and should look back on the past year with pride. 2011 was a landmark year in terms of laudable successes: arts and sciences faculty effectively competed for $79 million in awards from federal and industry granting agencies, received top national and international recognition as outstanding scholars, and continued to carry on collaborations and partnerships around the world. Our graduate and undergraduate students proved that they are among the best and brightest nationally. They won highly competitive scholarships and fellowships, awards and prizes. And our incredible staff, alumni, and friends continued to provide extraordinary support for our students, programs and initiatives.
That being said, let’s all take a deep breath and renew our commitment to the remarkable journey we have undertaken. With your continued enthusiastic dedication to scholarship and service, I firmly believe we can become the country’s leading arts and sciences college.
Best wishes for a productive and happy year. 

News & Research
Mark Berliner, professor and chair, Department of Statistics, presented the results of his latest research on Statistical Approach to Combining Models and Observations, at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco last month.

Brad BushmanBrad Bushman, professor of communications and psychology, is the lead author of a new study on how one trait has huge impact on whether alcohol makes you aggressive.

Roger RatcliffRoger Ratcliff, professor of psychology, is lead author of a new study on the performance of older people in brain tests.


Vladimir SloutskyVladimir Sloutsky, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Cognitive Science, is co-author of a new study on whether young children use language to categorize their worlds.


Sutton RamspeckDoug Sutton-Ramspeck, assistant professor of English (Lima), recently published his third full-length collection of poetry, Mechanical Fireflies, which was selected for the 2010 Barrow Street Poetry Book Prize.


Call for Nominations – Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award

Department Chairs are invited to nominate a faculty member for the Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award. This award is intended to recognize full professors who have truly exceptional records in teaching, research, and service. In keeping with the university’s ongoing commitment to diversity, nominations of women and minority faculty members are strongly encouraged.  The recipient will be awarded a $3,000 one-time grant in support of academic work. Chairs should send an electronic copy of the nominee’s packet no later than Friday, January 13, 2012 to: Ann Rottersman.


Dissertation Writing Groups Forming at the Writing Center

Writing Center dissertation groups are open to PhD candidates in any discipline. Groups have 3-4 writers and meet one hour per week. These collaborative and collegial meetings are a great way to stay motivated, explore interdisciplinary connections, and receive individualized feedback on your work from colleagues and a center consultant. Contact:

Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award

The Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award honors up to five individuals (faculty, staff, students, alumni) offices, departments or organizations that have developed and implemented programs, policies and/or procedures that have demonstrated a significant commitment to enhance diversity at Ohio State. The University Senate’s Committee on Diversity, in cooperation with the Office of Human Resources, awards recipients $1,200. For more information, go to Deadline is January 13.

Distinguished Staff Award

The Distinguished Staff Award recognizes 12 staff members, who have had at least five years of continuous service, for exceptional accomplishments, leadership, and service to the university community by significantly improving or enhancing the quality of work/life in ways that make a substantial difference for their colleagues; contributing to outstanding and sustained improvements in customer services; and developing creative solutions to problems that result in significantly more effective and efficient university operations. The Office of Human Resources awards honorees a $1,500 cash award and a $700 increase to their base salary. For more information, go to Deadline is January 23.


Thursday, January 5 - Thursday, January 26

Recent Arrivals: Department of Art First Year Graduate Students

Recent Arrivals: Department of Art First Year Graduate Students Exhibition, Swing Space Gallery, 1556 N. High St. Opening reception, January 5, 5-8 pm.

Thursday, January 5

New Worlds: Immigration on Film. El Norte, 7 pm, Wexner Center for the Arts

Monday, January 9

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and OSU Libraries Reading, Four Immigrants Manga: A Japanese Experience in San Francisco, 1904-1924, facilitated by Jared Gardner, associate professor, Department of English. Thompson Library, 7-8:30 pm. Free with registration. Please include name, phone number, and email address.

The Challenges of the Arab Spring Revolution in Egypt, 5-7 pm, featuring Karima Korayem, professor of economics, Al-Azhar University, Egypt, with discussion by Hassan Aly, professor of economics, Ohio State (Mansfield), Barrister Club, 25 W. 11th Ave., RSVP here.

Wednesday, January 11 - Sunday, April 29

Year of Shakespeare: The Exhibit,Thompson Library Gallery, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Reception, January 12, 4-6:30 pm.


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JANUARY 4, 2012

Science Sundays
Science Sundays continues with Giorgio Rizzoni, director of Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research, discussing Sustainable mobility, renewable energy, and the future of transportation—what vehicles will our (grand) children drive? Lecture January 22, 3 pm in the Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre and reception immediately following is free and open to the public.

John Mueller
, professor of political science and the Woody Hayes Chair of National Security Studies, Mershon Center, on War is Going Out of Style, New York Times, December 17, 2011.
Richard Gunther, professor, political science, on Ohio’s new congressional districts, Columbus Dispatch
December 22, 2011.
Jeff Cohen, assistant professor, anthropology, on the United States’ immigration policy, December 29, 2011.
Conversation on Immigration
The Conversation on Immigration continues with a number of events in 2012. For a complete list of winter quarter films, lectures, and colloquia, visit the website

Visit New Arts and Sciences Websites

Undergraduate Neuroscience Major

Currently, Arts and Sciences Communications Services is supporting the development of over 45 websites. View Portfolio and Current Work to see what sites will be going live soon.
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