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OCT. 28, 2015 | TWEET!


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OSUMB in London


The Ohio State University Marching Band traveled to London, England last weekend to showcase its showmanship in a parade and at the NFL matchup between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars. It was the first time the Marching Band has performed outside the USA.


Jeffrey Daniels

Earth Sciences Experts Lead University’s Key Energy & Environment Research Labs

Jeffrey Daniels, professor, Earth sciences, who pioneered shale gas and hydraulic fracturing efforts of Ohio State’s interdisciplinary Subsurface Energy Research Center (SERC), will serve as director of the Department of Energy-funded Utica Shale Energy and Environmental Lab. David Cole, professor, Earth sciences and Ohio Research Scholar, is serving as SERC interim director. A search begins soon for a new director.
Preschoolers Raising Hands

Speech and Hearing Students Improve Pre-K Literacy Scores

Graduate students and staff from the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic partnered with Hilltop Preschool in a first-of-its-kind, on-site, pre-K literacy intervention program to improve reading/comprehension levels and build a better support system for parents and teachers. The results? After 11 weeks of intense programming, 89 percent of students demonstrated higher literacy scores.


Glenn Martinez

Latino of the Year

Glenn Martinez, professor, Spanish; chair, Spanish and Portuguese, was selected Latino of the Year by the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s Hispanic Latino Network. Martinez was recognized for his dedication to improving the delivery of health services to underrepresented populations, mentoring medical students, research with interpreting services and improving language access, and opening new pathways for underrepresented students and communities. A scholarship for a high school Latino student to attend Ohio State’s summer MD camp will be established in Martinez’ name.
Frederick Aldama

Aldama Recognized as Dedicated Champion of Higher Ed

Frederick Aldama, professor, English and director of LASER (Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research), was selected to receive the Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education Award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). This recognizes his demonstrated excellence in both research and teaching and significant contributions to his academic discipline. He receives the award March 16, 2016, at AAHHE’s National Conference.
Berry Lyons

Earth Scientist Honored by Former Students at National Meeting

Berry Lyons, professor and director, School of Earth Sciences, will be honored next week at the annual Geological Society of America meeting in Baltimore. On Nov. 3, a special session recognizes Lyons’ scientific contributions through the years. Former students and post-docs put together the session: Honoring the Diverse Career of Dr. W. Berry Lyons: Geochemistry from Polar Deserts to Tropical Watersheds, without Lyons’ knowledge.
Glenn Hartz

Philosophy Professor Honored by Leibniz Society of North America

Glenn Hartz, professor, philosophy, Ohio State Mansfield, was honored by the Leibniz Society, Oct. 23, on the Columbus campus for his 25-year tenure as founding editor of The Leibniz Review. This annual refereed journal is devoted to scholarly works on 17th century philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, best known for developing calculus independently of Sir Isaac Newton. 


Search Committee Training for Arts and Sciences DTI Searches

Discovery Themes Initiatives (DTI) search committee training sessions are available for Arts and Sciences search committee members involved in DTI faculty searches. Training is mandatory for all search committee members who have not attended previously.
  • Monday, Nov. 2, 3-4 p.m., 263 Dreese Lab (open to arts and sciences; primarily computer science and engineering)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4, 3-4 p.m., 201 Hale Hall (arts and sciences only)
  • Thursday, Nov. 19, 3-4 p.m., 201 Hale Hall (arts and sciences only)    
Register for any one of the sessions. For more information, contact Patrice Dickerson, assistant dean.

Gateway to Learning

Ohio State’s Office of Human Resources’ Gateway to Learning is a robust new website to support faculty and staff professional growth. Gateway to Learning offers resources for career planning and growth, managing and leading others, handling change, mentoring and many other topics. It also includes descriptions of trainings in BuckeyeLearn and links to learning opportunities across campus. 

Call for Entries: John Fergus Family Scholarship

This scholarship is available to full-time Ohio State undergraduate and graduate students. Eligible students must be enrolled in a degree-granting, studio-based major in art; arts administration, education and policy; history of art; or design. Finalists will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship for supplies, and their work will be included in the annual Fergus Scholarship exhibition at Urban Arts Space.


Save the Date: Dance Downtown

The Department of Dance heads to the Riffe Center’s Capitol Theatre for its annual Dance Downtown production Nov. 13 and 14, 8 p.m., showcasing works by Bebe Miller, Daniel Roberts and Doug Varone, plus a unique new work pairing dancers and large glass orbs.

Symposium Examines Costs of War

“Responsibility, Morality and the Costs of War: PTSD, Moral Injury and Beyond” is a multi-disciplinary symposium examining a defining issue facing our nation – the myriad costs of war. Jonathan Shay, a pioneer in treating combat trauma in veterans and author of the best-selling Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming, is keynote speaker. Nov. 12-14, hosted by the Department of Theatre. Free. Open to all. Registration required.

Mysteries in Ice Exhibit

Mysteries in Ice celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program. The historical collections of the Polar Archives are featured along with contemporary items representing current exploration in ice-covered regions. On view through Jan. 3, 2016 at Thompson Library Gallery.


Oct. 29

Beyond Plagiarism: Teaching Citation Across the Curriculum; 3 p.m., 300 Younkin Success Center

Poetry and Narrative: A Panel Discussion; 3 p.m., 311 Denney Hall

Duvall to discuss state sovereignty under drone warfare; 3:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.

Edward J. Ned Taaffee Colloquium Speaker: Tania Murray Li; 3:30 p.m., 1080 Derby Hall

John C. Burnham Lecture in the History of Medicine/Science: William Summers, Yale University; 4 p.m., 550 Health Sciences Library

Bluegrass Women of Ohio, a discussion with Katie Laur; 4:30 p.m., 165 Thompson Library

The Cultural Politics of Identity; 6:30 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Oct. 29-31

Department of Dance MFA Concert: of existence and ways of being; 8 p.m., Barnett Theatre, Sullivant Hall

Oct. 30

Facilitating Classroom Discussion; 11:30 a.m., 150 Younkin Success Center

Methodological Colloquium; 12 p.m., 136 Ramseyer Hall

HalleBOOia!; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Through Nov. 1

Good Kids; Roy Bowen Theatre

Nov. 2

Creating a Digital Badge System for Your Class; 11:30 a.m., 300 Younkin Success Center

Jason Bivins, The Notes Mean Something: Improvised Music and the Study of Religion; 4 p.m., Humanities Institute, Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave. 

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson; 7 p.m., Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St. 

Nov. 3

Coffee, Cookies and Conversation; 4 p.m., Crane Cafe, Hagerty Hall

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

Nov. 4

Emeritus Academy Lecture: Leona Ayers; 4 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge

Science Café: Chart Savvy - Don't Let 'Em Lie to You; 6:30 p.m., Room 090/070, 18th Ave. Library

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 at 15th Ave. and High St. 

Through Jan. 3

Mysteries in Ice exhibit brings polar research to Thompson Library; Thompson Library Gallery


Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on how the human brain reacts to guns, Mother Jones, Oct. 26, 2015

Museum of Biological Diversity, on digitizing collections, The New York Times, Oct. 25, 2015

Ohio State Marching Band, on taking the show across the pond, New York Daily News, Oct. 24, 2015. Also, 10TV, Oct. 23, 2015

Laura Lopez, assistant professor, astronomy, on how sexual harassment impacts women in science, Los Angeles Times, Oct. 22, 2015

David Huron, professor, music, on why people with “open” personalities are more likely to be gifted musically, Huffington Post, Oct. 20, 2015
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