David Manderscheid at 2013 Student Involvement Fair
Welcome Back—
It begins with the Student Involvement Fair, which gives our new students the chance to learn about resources and begin to feel at home on the nation’s largest campus. More importantly, it is an introduction to the involvement ethic at Ohio State and an invitation to become engaged—in the campus community and far beyond the borders of the Oval.
The enthusiasm, energy and exuberance of the Student Involvement Fair is a chance for us to connect with what it means to be a Buckeye and remind ourselves of Ohio State’s motto—Education for Citizenship—which is foundational to everything we do at this great land-grant institution.
As I handed out our tote bags on Sunday at the arts and sciences booth, I felt very proud to be the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University where folks do get involved, 24/7. Staffing the booth was—as every successful venture is—a team effort.
I especially want to thank the faculty members who offered to help us out: Scott Gaudi, astronomy; Josh Goldberger, chemistry/biochemistry; Wendy Panero, earth sciences; George Rush, art; Keith Slotkin, molecular genetics; and Dave Steigerwald, history. They not only showed up, they fully engaged with our students and put a friendly face on academics in the arts and sciences.
Yesterday, it was my pleasure to welcome 80 new faculty members to the ranks of talented, dedicated arts and sciences faculty who make this college such a powerhouse.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made me feel so at home here. Now, let’s get started; the new academic year has begun.

David Manderscheid


Corpse Flower Watch Continues in the Biological Sciences Greenhouse

New Titan Arum flower in BioSci GreenhouseThe two big questions now are: When will it bloom? What will it be named? Ohio State’s next great Buckeye Corpse Flower may unfurl Thursday, August 22. All have been named for Buckeye legends. Bloom will be named on opening day and you can help name it: Carmen? Scarlet? Orton? Sloopy? Check for updates, watch its progress, AND choose its name.


Susan Petry Receives Raymond J. Hanley Award

Susan PetryColumbus dancer and choreographer Susan Van Pelt Petry, professor and chair, Department of Dance, will receive the $10,000 fellowship named in memory of former GCAC President Raymond J. Hanley, according to the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Arts Endowment.

Statistician Receives Young Investigator Award

Kate CalderKate Calder, associate professor, statistics, recently received the Young Investigator Award from the American Statistical Association’s Section on Statistics and the Environment at the 2013 Joint Statistical meeting in Montreal, Canada. Calder was cited for her work on space-time modeling and novel computational methods for complex high-dimension models with important environmental applications; and for providing an important role model for young environmental statisticians.


ACCAD Researcher’s Work Featured at COSI

Cheng ZhangCheng Zhang, PhD candidate, computer science, studies at the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), where she’s developed an immersive, virtual reality program that lets people “go” to the moon and “drive” a lunar buggy. Her research will be one of 12 science projects showcased with interactive, hands-on activities at Science Career Day, Saturday, August 24, 11 am-3 pm, at COSI, 333 West Broad St.

Molecular Genetics Open House for Incoming Students

Red cell on green backgroundThe Department of Molecular Genetics invites undergraduate students to its Open House, Tuesday, August 27, 3-6 pm, 9th floor foyer, Biological Sciences Building. This is an opportunity for first-year students and those undecided on a major to learn more about studies in molecular genetics and future career options. 

Film Studies Program Fall Reception

Film Studies Program Fall ReceptionThe Film Studies Program’s annual Fall Reception is Tuesday, August 27, 5:30-7 pm, Heirloom Café, Wexner Center for the Arts. Everyone is welcome. Meet new and returning film studies faculty, students, and staff and learn about upcoming events in the Film Studies Program. Refreshments provided. Kurosawa’s High and Low screens at 7 pm. Contact for more information.

Forum on Research Addressing Global Water Crisis 

Forum on Research Addressing Global Water Crisis The Middle East Studies Center (MESC) hosts a forum for faculty to learn about funding opportunities for current and potential interdisciplinary research projects addressing the global water crisis and local water issues impacting the global crisis, Wednesday, September 4, 3:30-6:30 pm, 120 Mershon Center for International Security Studies. For more information/RSVP, contact Melinda McClimans, assistant director, MESC.

Food For Billions: September 12

White globe over image of produceFood for Billions: Feeding Nine Billion People by 2050, a forum hosted by Ohio State’s Food Innovation Center, Thursday, September 12, 10:45 am-6 pm, Ohio Union. Researchers, policy makers, community organizers, industry leaders, and food enthusiasts can brainstorm, innovate, and invent a healthy and sustainable food system to feed our planet's growing population. Keynote speaker Michael Specter is author of Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives

News from Qingdao Center

Last fall, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL) Professors Mari Noda and Galal Walker won a $9.6 million U.S. Department of State grant to administer Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Programs in East Asia—setting up seven intensive summer languages institutes at partner universities in China, Japan, and Indonesia. CLS students in Qingdao, China produced a newsletter to share experiences. Ohio State students, Bruin Greene, Ben Reitz, and Mack Lorden, received CLS scholarships to study at Qingdao; Xin Zhang, program resident director, is a DEALL PhD student.

ASC Majors Buttons and ASC Tote Bags: Popular Items at the 2013 Student Involvement Fair

2013 College of Arts and Sciences bags/buttonsDid you see the buttons we designed to highlight ASC’s 20 most popular majors? How about our snazzy ASC tote bags? Like to have some to give out to your undergraduate majors? Submit a project request to ASC Communications Services; we can order them for you.


August 24


Through September 14

In League; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Donald Lokuta: Plato's Cave-Segal's Studio; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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August 21, 2013
Aydogan Ozcan


SCIENCE SUNDAYS, a free, public lecture series, offered by the College of Arts and Sciences and its sponsoring science centers brings leading experts to campus to share the latest discoveries in their fields. Lectures are accessible for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Season Three kicks off on September 8 with UC—Los Angeles Professor of Electrical Engineering/
Bioengineering Aydogan Ozcan discussing Computational Imaging and Diagnosis for Telemedicine and Global Health.


Claudia Buchmann, professor, sociology, on gender, jobs and GPA, Inside Higher Education, August 20, 2013
Doug Downey, professor; and Donna Bobbitt-Zeher, assistant professor, sociology (Marion), on how growing up with more siblings could reduce divorce risk, U.S. News & World Report, August 13, 2013
Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, earth sciences, radio profile on CBCradio, August 11, 2013


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