News and Updates

Ohio State Designers Help Create Safer Spray Bottle

Thorton Lothrop, Carolina Gill, and Scott Shim with spray bottleDepartment of Design Professors Carolina Gill and Scott Shim, graduate student Thorton Lothrop, and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor Blaine Lilly worked with Nationwide Children’s Hospital researchers to design a safer spray bottle for household products and cleansers. Many children are injured yearly by pointing spray bottles at their faces. The newly designed bottle includes a mechanism that locks the spray trigger, making it difficult for children to use.

Media Coverage Influences Value of U.S. Presidential Debates for Viewers

Ray PingreeThe U.S. presidential debates offer viewers a lot of substance about the issues of the campaign – but post-debate media coverage can undermine the value they have for voters, according to a new study by Ray Pingree, assistant professor of communication.

Common Mapping Software May Help Forensic Scientists Solve Crimes

BonesDavid Rose, doctoral student, anthropology (and captain, Ohio State University Police Division); his advisor Sam Stout, professor, anthropology; and Julie Field, associate professor, anthropology; are first to use GIS software to map bone microstructure. Their research, published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, could provide forensic scientists with a new tool to help identify bodies and solve crimes.

Presidential Symposium Friday

Presidential Symposium - William Oxley Thompson statue facePresident E. Gordon Gee and a panel of university presidents discuss challenges facing the modern university. Moderated by Fred Andrle. Hosted by the Department of History and Harvey Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching. October 5, 3:30 pm, Wexner Center Film/Video Theater. Free and open to the public. RSVP to

Designing Effective Educational Environments

UCAT and the Council of Graduate Students present Carney Strange, professor of higher education and student affairs, Bowling Green State University, Designing Effective Educational Environments, Monday, October 29, 11:30 am–1 pm. Cartoon Room, Ohio Union. Information and registration.

October is Audiology Awareness Month

Cartoon Man with hand to earFree hearing screenings in the Ohio Union every Friday during October, 11 am-3 pm. Provided by the Ohio State Student Academy of Audiology.


Physics Professor to Give TEDxColumbus Talk

Gordon AubrechtGordon Aubrecht, professor of physics, will give a TEDxColumbus presentation Friday, October 5. Aubrecht will talk about how, though controversial, nuclear energy may be the only choice for a fully renewable energy system for our future. Watch it via a livestream on the day of the event.

The 2012 Davis Lecture in Christianity Studies

Jan ShippsThe Department of Comparative Studies hosts Jan Shipps, professor emerita of religious studies and history, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, discussing, Those “Amazing Mormons” and Their Increasing Political Conservatism since 1950. Thursday, October 11, 4-6 pm, Thompson Library, 165. Reception follows. Information: (614) 292-2559.


Art Educator of the Year

Monte GarrabrantMonte Garrabrant, lecturer, Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy; student teacher supervisor, and alumnus; named 2012 Art Educator of the Year by the Ohio Art Education Association.

October 3

History and Future of Fairy-Tale Studies; 4 pm, 311 Denney Hall, 164 W. 17th Ave.
The 2012 Presidential Debates: Conversations in the Humanities with Fred Andrle; 9 pm, Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law, 55 W. 12th Ave.

October 4

Female Involvement and Gender Gap in Enron-Era Corporate Financial Frauds; 12 pm, 217 Journalism Building, 242 W. 18th Ave.
Molecular Genetics Seminar: Dr. Rebecca Lamb; 4:10 pm, 155 Jennings Hall, 1735 Neil Ave.
Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp through MIT’s Male Math Maze; 7 pm, Drake Performance & Event Center, 1849 Cannon Dr.
Symphonic Band; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium, 1866 College Rd.

October 4-5

Building the Louvre: Architectures of Politics and Art; Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St.

October 5

Literacy and Social Justice; 12 pm, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.
UCAT Event: Teaching at Mid-Semester: A Brown Bag Discussion; 12 pm, 150 Younkin Success Center, 1640 Neil Ave.
Presidential Symposium: The Idea of a University in a Time of Crisis; 3:30 pm, Wexner Center Film/Video Theatre, 1871 N. High St.
Steve Martino: Studio Animation Behind the Scenes; 7:30 pm, Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St.

October 7

Choral Collage; 3 pm, Weigel Auditorium, 1866 College Rd.

October 8


October 9

UCAT: Planning a Class Session; 2:30 pm, 150 Younkin Success Center, 1640 Neil Ave.

October 10

Workshop: “Hidden Treasure: The Use of Medieval Manuscript Fragments in Early-Modern Bindings”; 3 pm, 150 Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall

October 10-11

ACS on Campus; The Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St.

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October 3, 2012

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Jewish Voting Patterns and the 2012 Presidential Election

Steve Cohen and Ira Sheskin, America’s top Jewish demographers, lead a panel discussion on the political attitudes and voting behavior of American Jews. Sunday, October 14, 7 pm at the Fawcett Center. Free and open to the public.
Hugh Urban, professor, comparative studies, on his book, The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion, Wisconsin Public Radio, September 30, 2012.
Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on Ohio’s role in the presidential election, New York Times op-ed, September 26, 2012
Sam Stout, professor, anthropology, on how common mapping software may help forensic scientists solve crimes, Red Orbit, September 26, 2012
John Wright, professor, political science, finds that Democrat politicians benefit during times of high unemployment, Columbus Dispatch op-ed via Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2012
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