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Education for citizenship

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Executive Dean David Manderscheid – just back from France – shares his thoughts on study-abroad programs, providing our students life-changing experiences and education for citizenship. Read more in his recent blog post.

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First Things First: 35 Adjectives to Describe My First Year

Moving InIt's hard to believe autumn semester classes begin in just over a month. With a new school year comes a new first-year class. Mark Hiller, majoring in English and marketing, shares 35 adjectives to describe his first year.

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Scholar’s New Book Explores Roots of Filipino Literature

Martin Joseph PonceMartin Joseph Ponce, associate professor, English, is the author of the book, Beyond the Nation: Diasporic Filipino Literature and Queer Reading (NYU Press, 2012), tracing the roots of Filipino literature to examine how it was shaped by forces of colonialism, imperialism and migration. Rather than focusing on race and nation as main categories of analysis, Ponce uses a queer diasporic reading to consider the multiple audiences for Filipino literature. 


Ohio State Graduate Student Brings Whimsy to Columbus Park with Elf Door

Abel HernandezAbel Hernandez, an industrial design graduate student at Ohio State, was selected by Keebler and the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department to design and construct a tiny elf door in the base of a tree at Whetstone Park in Clintonville. His door was one of four created in Columbus for a Keebler national tiny-door campaign promoting the idea that the Keebler elves are real and are baking cookies in the trees.

Quantum Theory Used to Identify and Describe Human Behavior

Zheng Joyce WangZheng Joyce Wang, associate professor, communication, is lead author of a new study using quantum theory to predict a surprising regularity in human behavior, with unusual accuracy for the social sciences, in a large set of different surveys. Wang collaborated with Tyler Solloway, a PhD candidate in communication, on the research. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Humanities Scholars Participate in Innovative International Computational Humanities Seminar

Christopher Brown, lecturer, classics; and Brian Joseph, Naylor Professor of Linguistics, are in Germany this week (July 20-25) participating in the “Dagstuhl Seminar in Computational Humanities - bridging the gap between Computer Science and Digital Humanities.” Schloss Dagstuhl, the Leibniz Center for Informatics, is the leading conference venue for computer science. Their participation is funded jointly by the Office of Research and the College of Arts and Sciences.


Chemistry/Biochemistry Professor Elected Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh

James CowanJames Cowan, the Melvin S. Newman Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, one of the world’s oldest – created in 1783 – and most respected academic societies, Scotland's equivalent of the National Academy of Sciences. Cowan was cited as an outstanding scientist whose work spans the interface between chemistry and biology. He attended the award ceremonies in Edinburgh in May. 

Americans for the Arts Honors Public Arts Projects

Goodale Park FountainAmericans for the Arts has honored 37 outstanding public arts projects created in 2013 through its Public Art Network Year in Review program, including two in Columbus: Goodale Park Fountain by Malcolm Cochran and The Time and the Temperature by Jon Rubin. Both were honored in June at the Americans for the Arts annual convention in Nashville.


‘Globe Trot’ on Broad and High Tonight

Globe TrotTune in tonight at 7:30 p.m. to the WOSU-TV weekly magazine show Broad and High to see a feature about the global dance, Globe Trot, created by Department of Dance faculty, Mitchell Rose and Bebe Miller. The show will be re-aired on Sunday at 5 p.m. 

PULL LEFT: Exhibition of Chinese Artwork Opens at Urban Arts Space

PULL LEFT opens at Urban Arts Space Saturday, July 26, and runs through Saturday, September 6. A reception is planned for August 28, 5-8 p.m. PULL LEFT features contemporary Chinese art by 15 artists collected by Taiking Space gallery in Beijing, China, and organized in collaboration with Ohio State Professor Sergio Soave. PULL LEFT opens a window from Beijing to Columbus welcoming a cultural dialogue of an emerging generation of artists who have become global art makers. 


Department of Physics Blood Drive July 29: Only Campus Gold Level Sponsor 

Physics Research Building Atrium, 191 W. Woodruff, Tuesday, July 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sign up: 1-800-REDCROSS or, sponsor code: buckeye. If you donated before June 3, you may be eligible. Get Columbus Zoo BOGO entry offer/enter to win free Marathon gas & four Zoombezi Bay passes. 

Updated Campus Maps and Visitors Guides

2014-2015 Columbus Campus Maps and Visitors Guides (packaged 50/pack) are available now at no cost. Departments and centers interested in ordering a package of each should contact Molly Kime. If you have already placed an order, expect them to be delivered sometime next week.


Save the Date! ASC Staff Advisory Council's 3rd Annual Cornhole Tournament

The ASC Staff Advisory Council's Cornhole Tournament begins Wednesday, September 10, and runs through Wednesday, October 15. Games will be played each Wednesday, 12-1 p.m. on the Oval (northwest side). Tournament finals will be Wednesday, October 15. 


July 24

Dissertation defense, Sudip Goswami; 10 a.m., 684 Biological Sciences Building

Reception: Unfolding the Periphery; 4 p.m., Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through July 25

Unfolding the Periphery; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through July 26

Jan Dilenschneider to Exhibit Works in Paris; Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier, Paris, France

July 26 - September 6

PULL LEFT: Contemporary Chinese Art; Urban Arts Space: 50 W. Town St., Suite 130 

Through August 1

An Educated Guess: Cosmic Slop; Urban Arts Space: 50 W. Town St., Suite 130


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July 23, 2014
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Arts and Sciences Staff Appreciation Day

The ASC Staff Advisory Council’s Staff Appreciation Day is Friday, August 1, 1-4:30 p.m. Games, ice cream social and campus tours. 

Ohio State Staff Appreciation Week, July 28 – August 1. A week of special activities to recognize Ohio State staff members for their valuable contributions to the university.


Martin Joseph Ponce, associate professor, English, on his new book, Beyond the Nation, Asian American Studies, July 22, 2014

Allison Snow, professor, EEOB, on how dangerous it can be to use gene drives to control unwanted species, New York Times, July 17, 2014


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