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DEC. 10, 2014 | TWEET!



The Holidays — memories, reflection, celebration, renewal

The winding down of each year calls us to look back, celebrate, wrap up and remember those moments, great and small, that are important to carry with us. Executive Dean David Manderscheid reflects on 2014.


Lisa Florman: Busy Semester Centered on ‘Transfigurations’ Exhibition 

Lisa FlormanLisa Florman has spent much of fall semester focusing on a rich collection of world-class paintings and sculptures by Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti and Jean Dubuffet in an exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts. The collection of works of art from the “modern masters” of post-war Europe is the first-ever public exhibition of Leslie and Abigail Wexner’s personal art collection.

“It is really amazing to have 60 works from this period in one collection, in one room,” said Florman, professor and chair of the Department of History of Art, who specializes in early-20th century European art. “In terms of number and quality, there are very few collections of this caliber – anywhere.”

Executive Dean Call for Proposals for Team Teaching: Deadline Jan. 15

The deadline to submit proposals for new, interdisciplinary undergraduate team-taught courses in the College of Arts and Sciences is Jan. 15, 2015. A team-taught course is defined as collaborative teaching: teaching partners are expected to collaborate on defining the objectives for the course, putting together the course materials, conducting the formal instruction of students and evaluating student performance. Proposed courses should be undergraduate (2000-4000 level) or dual career (5000-level) courses. Completed course proposals, including all of the required supplementary materials, must be submitted by Jan. 15, 2015 to Sonya Vanarsdale.


Graduate Student Receives $150,000 Fellowship

Silvia Duarte Silvia Duarte, a first year graduate student, conducting her work with Andrea Doseff, associate professor, molecular genetics, has been awarded a four-year, $150,000 fellowship from Coliciencias (Colombian equivalent to NSF) covering full tuition, fees and salary.

Alumnus Wins Distinguished Dissertation Award

KertzerJoshua Kertzer (PhD, political science, 2013) was awarded the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, the nation’s highest honor for doctoral dissertations. Kertzer’s dissertation, “Resolve in International Politics,” was one of two selected from 71 nominees representing 25 disciplines in the social sciences. Kertzer currently is assistant professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University.


Memorial Celebration for Allen Tuazon

An informal memorial celebration of the life of Allen Tuazon, ABD student in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, is today, Wednesday Dec. 10, 4-6 p.m. at the Humanities Institute, Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave. All friends and colleagues are welcome. For more information contact Sabra Webber.

Graff Invited to Join Committee

Harvey J. Graff, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies and professor of English and history, has been invited to join the Scientific Committee of the I CONBAlf - Brazilian Congress on Literacy, promoted by ABALF Associação Brasileira de Alfabetização (Brazilian Association of Literacy).


Brain Imaging Research Awards Available: Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2015

The H. Dean and Susan Regis Gibson Research Award provides $1,250-$2,500 to students, with particular attention but not limited to female students, to conduct brain imaging research in Ohio State’s Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging (CCBBI). Award funds can be used to cover research expenses including scanner time, subject fees and research supplies. Undergraduate and graduate students may apply. Information on eligibility and application requirements online or contact Stephanie Fowler.


Through Dec. 12

Department of Art, Art + Technology: Algorithmic Sequitur; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Dec. 12

Roxann Wheeler, Performing Black Characters from the Americas on the Eighteenth-Century British Comedic Stage; 1 p.m., Room 100, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Dec. 13

STEAM Factory presents, Lisa Hall and John Brown; 11 a.m., 400 W. Rich St. Market

STEAM Factory presents, James Carlson; 11 a.m., 400 W. Rich St. Market

Dec. 17

Tolkien Bash Planned; Gateway Film Center

Dec. 18

Molecular Genetics Seminar: Christin Burd; 4:10 p.m., 155 Jennings Hall

Through Dec. 20

Department of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Senior Projects Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St. Suite 130

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Alvaro Montenegro, assistant professor, geography, on the dwindling South African tribe, once the most common humans on earth, The Daily Mail, Dec. 5, 2014
Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on how the brain uses glucose to fuel self-control The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 4, 2014

Daniel Sui, professor and chair, geography, on how China businesses hijack environmental issues, Yahoo News, December 4, 2014

Todd Thompson, professor, astronomy, on getting the image of a century, Business Insider, Dec. 4, 2014
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