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NOV. 19, 2014 | TWEET!


Celebration Concert

Music Celebration Concert

The popular concert celebrates the sounds of the season and showcases the school's many performing groups. Friday, Dec. 5, 8 p.m., Mershon Auditorium.
Next week, because of the Thanksgiving holiday, News & Updates will not be published. Regular publication will resume Dec. 3.


New College Chief Human Resources Officer Appointed

Graciela Chanfrau Executive Dean David Manderscheid announces the appointment of Graciela Chanfrau as college chief human resources officer, effective Dec. 1. Currently, Chanfrau is senior human resources officer in Ohio State’s College of Dentistry. She assumes responsibility for strategic human resource leadership across the college, and leadership of the team of HR managers and staff in the Business Services Center. Chanfrau is treasurer of the university’s Organization for Hispanic Faculty, Staff and Students, and is a member of the University Human Resources Council.

Tony Sanfilippo Named Director of The Ohio State University Press

Tony Sanfilippo has been named director of The Ohio State University Press, effective Dec. 8, according to an announcement from Mark Shanda, divisional dean, Arts and Humanities. Sanfilippo comes to Ohio State with more than 14 years of experience as a leader and innovator in academic publishing. Since 2000, Sanfilippo has been at Pennsylvania State University Press, serving most recently as marketing director; while there he drove initiatives to bring the press into the digital age.


University Outreach and Engagement Awards

The university is seeking nominations of outstanding outreach and engagement partnerships for the 2015 University Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards. Submissions should focus on how colleges and universities have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement functions to become even more involved with their communities. Nominations also are being sought for Ohio State’s annual staff, student, student organization and community partner engagement awards. Application deadline: Feb. 16, 2015.

Hopkins Hall Renovation Recognized by AIA

Hopkins HallOhio State’s recent renovation of Hopkins Hall is one of two projects to receive top honors from the 2014 AIA (American Institute of Architects) Columbus design awards, according to an announcement in the Columbus Dispatch. The renovation, by Braun & Steidl Architects, won an honor award from the group. Additionally, the Willow Theatre in Cardiff, Wales, won a merit award for design architect Tim Lai ArchitecT; the sustainable theatre was co-designed by Ohio State’s Brad Steinmetz, associate professor, theatre.

Assistant Political Science Professor Wins APSA Award

Thomas Woods Thomas Wood, assistant professor, political science, received the American Political Science Association (APSA) Best Paper Award, which is given for the best paper delivered at the previous year's APSA annual meeting. Wood’s paper is titled, "County Line and Prime Time: A Presidential Campaign as a Lab for Advertising Effects."

Statistics Professor Elected President of ISBA

Steve MacEachernSteve MacEachern, professor, statistics, (courtesy appointment, psychology) was elected 2016 president of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA). ISBA, a professional society of nearly 1,000 members, promotes the development and application of Bayesian statistics. It also organizes and sponsors international conferences and publishes the journal Bayesian Analysis. MacEachern will serve as 2015 president-elect, 2016 president, and 2017 past-president.


Public Lecture on Watergate by John Dean and James Robenalt

John Dean John Dean (left), White House Counsel for President Richard Nixon (1970-73) and James Robenalt, attorney and Moritz Law School alumnus, lecture on Watergate across the country. They deliver a public lecture, How to Become Counsel to the President of the United States Five Years Out of Law School But Not Go to Jail, Thursday, Dec. 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Moritz College of Law Saxbe Auditorium, cosponsored by the Department of History, Moritz College of Law and the Democracy Studies Program. RSVP.

Science Sundays, ASC’s Free, Public Lecture Series, Continues Dec. 7

Martina Newell-McGloughlin Trying to avoid GMOs? We may need to return to a hunter-gatherer society; humans have been genetically modifying plants for around 10,000 years. Martina Newell-McGloughlin, University of California, addresses the many myths surrounding modern techniques developed to introduce desirable traits into crops and animals in her talk, "Genetically Modified Organisms: Debunking the Myths." Lecture: 3-4 p.m., Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theater; Reception: 4-5 p.m., Ohio Union Staters Traditions Room.

Doctoral Students Present on Literacy Campaigns

Doctoral students Di Luo, history; Nora McCook, English; and David Bwire, education and human ecology, presented at the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, in Toronto, Nov. 6-9, on the "Varieties of Literacy Campaigns in Historical and Comparative Perspective: New Approaches." Literacy studies doctoral students also attended meetings of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Society for the History of Children and Youth and the Social Science History Association.

EEOB Undergraduate Research Lab Newsletter

The inaugural issue of the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology Undergraduate Research Lab UResearch Newsletterhighlighting its undergraduate research, outreach and engagement activities, is now available online. The lab provides opportunities for undergraduates to conduct supervised independent research in behavioral ecology and participate in outreach activities, internships and work study.


Nov. 20

Literacy Studies: Bengt Sandin on Definitions of Reading; 4 p.m., Humanities Institute, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Marco Jacquemet, The Structuration of Asylum Narratives; 4 p.m., Tanya Rutner Room, Ohio Union 3rd Floor

Molecular Genetics Seminar: Adriana Dawes; 4:10 p.m., 155 Jennings Hall

Ana López Presents: Latinas Made to Serve? Feeling Brown, Glam …and a Maid; 4:30 p.m., Ohio Union Multicultural Center

Sherry Turkle: The Flight from Conversation; 6 p.m., Archie Griffin East Ballroom, Ohio Union

Collegiate Winds and University Band; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Through Nov. 21

DAIM Recall; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Nov. 21

Modern U.S. History Seminar: Edward B. Foley, Ballot Battles in the Middle of Twentieth Century America; 3 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall

CMRS Lecture Series: Joel Kaye, Barnard College; 4 p.m., 090 18th Ave. Library

Pedagogy Lecture Series: Michael Flynn, Undergraduate Linguistics and the Field; 4:10 p.m., 40 Jennings Hall

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

Through Nov. 23

In Here Out There; Roy Bowen Theatre

Nov. 23

Women's Glee Club, Symphonic Choir and University Chorus; 3 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Nov. 24

Haagen Klaus, Bodies and Blood: A Bioarchaeological Synthesis of Human Sacrifice on the Ancient North Coast of Peru; 9 a.m., 3082 Smith Lab

Lab Series Script Club: Awake and Sing; 7 p.m., New Works Lab, Drake Performance and Event Center

Through Nov. 25

Columbus International Film + Video Festival Volunteer Opportunity; Various

Nov. 25

IPR Seminar: Marcel Yotebieng; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Dec. 1-2

Lab Series Ten Minute Play Festival; New Works Lab, 2060 Drake Performance and Event Center

Dec. 2

IPR Seminar: Lynda Hartel; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Arts and Humanities Lecture: Laura Lisbon, Some Notes on Painting; 5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge

Wind Symphony; 8 p.m., Weigel Auditorium

Dec. 2-20

Department of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Senior Projects Exhibition; Urban Arts Space: 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Dec. 3

Tom Kasulis, Zen Buddhism as Creativity; 7 p.m., 010 Page Hall

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Max Tegmark

8th Annual R. Jack and Forest Lynn Biard Cosmology and Astrophysics Lecture Tonight

MIT Physics Professor Max Tegmark presents, Our Mathematical Universe: From Primordial Gravity Waves to Precision Cosmology, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7:15 - 8:15 p.m., 105 Schoenbaum Hall. Known as "Mad Max" for his unorthodox ideas and passion for adventure, his interests range from precision cosmology to the ultimate nature of reality, explored in his book, Our Mathematical Universe. Free. Open to all. ASL interpreter.



James Beacham, postdoctoral researcher, physics, helps separate fact from fiction in Interstellar, Columbus Dispatch, Nov. 17, 2014
Ted Clark, professor, chemistry, on how scientists are more creative than you might imagine, The Atlantic, Nov. 13, 2014

Thomas Darrah, assistant professor, earth sciences, on fracking chemicals found in toothpaste and ice cream, Washington Post, Nov. 13, 2014

David Stebenne, professor of history and law, on the origins of the term ‘lame-duck,’ Cleveland Plain Dealer, Nov. 13, 2014

Herb Weisberg, professor emeritus, political science, on whether Democrats are losing the Jewish vote, The Atlantic, Nov. 13, 2014

Brad Bushman, professor of communication and psychology, on whether playing video games can make you smarter, CBS News, Nov. 12, 2014
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