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FEB. 11, 2015 | TWEET!



All around the Oval, celebrating #BuckeyeLove

Dean Manderscheid celebrates his #BuckeyeLove. It all begins with the Oval where the academic heart of the university beats — every academic building occupied by ASC departments and centers.


Mathematician Receives Five-year, $444,809 NSF CAREER Award

ThompsonDaniel Thompson, assistant professor, mathematics, has received a five-year, $444,809 NSF CAREER Award for his project, Entropy in dynamics: connections with geometry, algebraic numbers, and bioscience. The award will support Thompson’s core research program in pure mathematics, and develop connections to the applied setting of bioinformatics. It also will support his outreach in mathematics and STEM education for K-12 students from under-represented groups. The CAREER award is the top award given by the National Science Foundation to support the work of junior faculty members, who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, teaching and the integrating education and research within the context of their organizations' mission.

Survey Ranks Political Science PhD Program in IR 14th Worldwide 

WendtThe results of the 2014 Ivory Tower survey — a collaboration between Foreign Policy and the Teaching, Research & International Policy (TRIP) project at the College of William & Mary — ranks Ohio State’s Political Science PhD Program in International Relations (IR) 14th worldwide; its undergraduate program in IR is ranked 24th. The TRIP 2014 World Faculty Survey Report (33 countries across six continents) named Alexander Wendt, professor, political science, and Mershon Professor of International Security, as the scholar whose work has had the greatest influence on the IR field in the past 20 years. Wendt is co-editor of International Theory (Cambridge). 

Speech and Hearing Science Professor Investigates Classroom Differences

Mills Monique Mills, assistant professor, speech and hearing science, is the author of a new study, “Narrative Performance of Gifted African American School-Aged Children From Low-Income Backgrounds,” published in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Mills’ study investigated classroom differences in the narrative performance of school-age African American English (AAE)-speaking children in gifted and general education classrooms.

Buckeye Language Network Annual Report

Ohio State Buckeye Language Network (BLN) operates a Language Sciences Research lab at COSI that integrates research, outreach and education to promote cutting-edge science and informal science learning. Read the BLN annual report online. Contact Laura Wagner.


Highley Granted Folger Shakespeare Fellowship

HighlyChris Highley, professor, English, received a Long-Term Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year to support his book project, Blackfriars: Playhouse, Church, and Neighborhood in Early Modern London


Taking Ohio’s Temperature

Thermometer Taking Ohio’s Temperature: Assessing Local Health Impacts of Climate Change presented by Health Science Frontiers, Thursday Feb. 19, 7-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at WOSU@COSI Studios, 333 W. Broad St. 

Tolkien Days

TolkienCenter for Medieval and Renaissance Studies hosts a two-day event (Feb. 20 and 21) to explore and celebrate themes related to The Hobbit and the other works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Academic presentations, arts and crafts, exhibits and more at the Ohio Union. For details and to register. Free and open to all. 

Language Sciences Summer Research Openings for Undergrads

The Buckeye Language Network (BLN) launches a new NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates program this summer. The 10-week paid research program takes place at COSI. Submit applications online

Phase Shift Features MFA Students' Artwork

Phase ShiftThe Arts Initiative presents Phase Shift: Department of Art, Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition Tuesday, Feb. 17 - Saturday, March 21 at Urban Arts Space. Opening reception: Saturday, Feb. 21, 5-7 p.m. The exhibition showcases work of graduate students completing their Master of Fine Arts degree. 

Kevin Scharp Presents Inaugural Lecture

Kevin ScharpThe Arts and Humanities Inaugural lecture series presents Kevin Scharp, philosophy, on “Philosophy and Defective Concepts,” 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, Faculty Club Grand Lounge. Reception. Free. Open to all. RSVP here

Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter — February Issue

The February issue highlights the Islamic Studies major, a student’s internship at the Ohio Statehouse, Verdi’s Requiem, upcoming math and actuarial sciences information sessions, undergraduate research forums in neuroscience and NMS and Stone Lab opportunities. Contact Ann Rottersman.


DOE Representative Visits Campus Feb. 17 to Discuss Funding Opportunities

Ashwin Salvin Ashwin Salvi, a U.S. Dept. of Energy’s ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) Program fellow, visits campus Tuesday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m. E100 Scott Lab. He will discuss the ARPA-E program, its opportunities for faculty, researchers and PhD students, and the ARPA-E Program Director and Fellows Programs. Lunch is provided. Following his presentation, Salvi will meet with those interested in the fellowship. Contact to schedule a one-on-one meeting.

Arts and Sciences Outstanding Staff Awards: Nomination Deadline, Feb. 20

The College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Staff Awards recognize staff members whose performance demonstrates sustained excellence in overall job performance and has improved or enhanced work life and services of faculty, staff, students and/or the university. Special consideration will be given to staff who have enhanced the visibility of the college through interdisciplinary connections and/or university community service. Funding for this program supports up to six awards with each recipient receiving a $1,000 one-time cash award and an increase of $500 to his or her base salary. Eligibility and nomination information may be found online.

NSF Noyce Teacher Scholarship Training Session

NSF's Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program funds scholarships, fellowships, stipends and academic programs for undergraduate/graduate students to pursue K–12 teacher licensure in STEM fields and experienced STEM educators to become master teachers in high-need schools. Proposal planning session, Tuesday, Feb. 24, noon–1 p.m., 156 University Hall. RSVP online.

Submit a Proposal for the Outreach and Engagement Forum

Poster proposals are being accepted for the 3rd Annual Outreach and Engagement Forum. The forum is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to interact with Ohio State’s outreach and engagement community, share their work and make connections with potential collaborators. Those interested in displaying a poster should complete the proposal submission form by Feb. 27.


Feb. 12

István Povedák, The Sacralization of Nation: How Neonationalism Affects Vernacular Culture in Post-Socialist Hungary; 3:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.

Sujey Vega, Borders and Belonging for Latinas/os in the Midwestern U.S.; 4 p.m., Room 110B, Hale Black Cultural Center, 154 W. 12th Ave.

Visiting Artist: Arno Rafael Minkkinen; 4 p.m., Wexner Center for the Arts

Pascal Sheeran, From Health Beliefs to Behavior Change; 4 p.m., 035 Psychology Building

The State of the Senate; 4 p.m., Cartoon Room, Ohio Union (3rd floor)

Dance@30FPS; 7 p.m., Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

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

Feb. 13

Form/Huber Colloquium: Deborah Carr; 12:30 p.m., 248 Townshend Hall

Taste of OSU; 5 p.m., Ohio Union

Jazz Ensemble; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Feb. 13 - Feb. 14

Ohio State Shakespeare Tour: Henry V; Lincoln Theatre, 769 Long St.

Feb. 14

The STEAM Factory presents: Annie Specht; 11 a.m., 400 W. Rich St. Market

TEDxOhioStateUniversity 2015: The Human Narrative; 11 a.m., Mershon Auditorium

Feb. 15

Jazz Lab Ensemble; 3 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Feb. 16

Nils Petter Gleditsch, Climate Change: A Threat to the Waning of War; 3:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.

Musicology Lecture: Michael Maul, Universities of Leipzig and Halle (Germany); 4:30 p.m., 2nd Floor, 18th Avenue Library, 175 W. 18th Ave.

Feb. 17

IPR Seminar: Tod Hamilton; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Graduate Education and Career Horizons in the Humanities; 3:30 p.m., Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater

Jazz Workshop Ensemble; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Feb. 17 - Feb. 24 

Black History Month Challenge; African American and African Studies Community Extension Center, 905 Mt Vernon Ave

Feb. 17 - March 21

Phase Shift: Department of Art Master of Fine Arts Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Feb. 18

Arts and Humanities Lecture: John Davidson, Ecological Visions in Post-WWII Germany; 5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge

Sarah Iles Johnston, There and Back Again: Constructing the Story World of Ancient Greek Myth; 7 p.m., 010 Page Hall

Through Feb. 20

You Are Here: First Year MFA Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

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ASC SAC Pancake Breakfasts

The Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council invites you to attend a pancake breakfast catered by Chris Cakes. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 26 and 27, 9-10:30 a.m., Mershon Auditorium lobby. RSVP by Feb. 24



Paolo Gabrielli, research scientist, Earth sciences, on colonial pollution hidden in Andean Cap, LiveScience, Feb 10, 2015 

Kent Schwirian, professor, sociology, on the debate over vaccinations, ABC News, Feb. 7, 2015

Jay Zagorsky, research scientist, Center for Human Resource Research, on marriage and the economics divide, The New York Times, Feb. 6, 2015

Ian Howat, associate professor, Earth sciences, on Greenland’s hidden meltwater lakes, The Guardian (UK), Feb. 5, 2015 

Peter Mansoor, associate professor, history, on what could tilt the fight against ISIS in the coalition’s favor, CBC News, Feb. 3, 2015 
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