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FEBRUARY 24, 2016 | TWEET!


Photo Credit: NASA


Our scientific footprint on WFIRST, NASA’s major telescope initiative of the mid-2020’s, is nation’s largest. In his most recent blog post, Executive Dean David Manderscheid explains why the work of our astronomers and astrophysicists could help change what we know about the universe.


Ohio State Has Nation’s Largest Scientific Footprint in NASA’s WFIRST Mission

Last week, NASA announced plans to move forward on the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). Projected to launch in mid-2020, it has two major missions: discovering secrets of dark energy and dark matter; and worlds beyond our solar system.

Three Ohio State researchers: Scott Gaudi, Chris Hirata and David Weinberg were named to teams responsible for the critical final design, giving Ohio State the largest scientific footprint in WFIRST of any other university.


Graduate Student Workshop

To inform students about how to find and apply for graduate fellowships and other funding opportunities. Wednesday, March 2, 4-5:30 p.m., Smith Seminar Room (Room 1080), Physics Research Building. RSVP requested.

February Issue of Research Development and Grant Writing

The Office of Research provides a campus-wide subscription to this newsletter; access current and past issues. The writers and editors are experts in research/proposal development; the recommendations are especially helpful to those new to grant writing or want to enhance their grant-writing skills.

Wind Symphony Releases CD

The School of Music’s Wind Symphony releases its latest international CD, Network, on the Naxos label, March 1. The recording features Steven Bryant’s Concerto for Wind Ensemble (an Ohio State commission), Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts’ Network with guest conductor Scott A. Jones, Britten’s charming music to The Sword in the Stone and Mahler’s Um Mitternacht with mezzo-soprano Katherine Rohrer. Russel C. Mikkelson conducts the Wind Symphony. The CD will be available from the band office or online retailers, such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes. Visit for more information

List of ASC Online Courses Now Available 

Help your students get the most out of their summer with online courses from the College of Arts and Sciences! From Anthropology to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, there are plenty of choices. Contact Doug Dangler with questions.

Ohio State 2016 Summer Camp Guide

The 2016 Summer Camp Guide is available from the P-12 Initiative. For a copy, contact Kate Harkin, P-12 director.


College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Staff Awards

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.  The nomination deadline is Friday, March 4, 2016 by 4 p.m. Eligibility and nomination information may be found at Outstanding Staff Award

March Above and Beyond Buckeye Award Nominations Due March 10

Nominations for the Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council (SAC) March Above and Beyond Buckeye Award are due March 10, 2016. The award, which provides a $200 cash prize for the recipient, recognizes arts and sciences staff members who go above the call of duty and do great work each and every day.  


The Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme Mobile Coffee Tomorrow

The Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme hosts a Mobile Coffee series to foster dialogues on national topics in higher education and the liberal arts. Tomorrow's topic is “Digital Scholarship and Data in the Arts and Humanities," 3 - 4:30 p.m. in the 18th Avenue Library’s newly-opened Research Commons. The Free. Open to all. Light refreshments served. Contact Research Commons with questions. Please RSVP.

Pay to Play Panel

The Sports and Society Initiative hosts a panel on the controversy around pay to play in high school sports, Feb. 26, 9-11:30 a.m., 140 Pfahl Hall. Panelists include: Secretary of State Jon Husted; Ohio Senator Cliff Hite; B. David Ridpath, professor, sports administration, Ohio University; Jerry Snodgrass, assistant commissioner, Ohio High School Athletic Association; and Scott Grant, director, Sport & Event Management, University of Findlay. Moderated by Lucia Dunn, professor, economics, and co-director, Sports and Society Initiative. RSVP required to Jenifer Rasor.

President and Provost’s Diversity Lecture Series and COMPAS Special Event

Featuring Kwame Anthony Appiah, professor of philosophy, law, NYU, on “Education for Global Citizenship.” In 2012, Appiah was one of eight scholars who received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama. Thursday, March 3, 5 p.m., Great Hall, Ohio Union. Free. Open to all. No RSVP required. Sponsored by COMPAS.


Vlad Kogan, assistant professor, political science, on how reapportionment rigs a council race, San Diego Union-Tribune, Feb. 21, 2016.
Carl Tishler, adjunct associate professor, psychology, on the difficulties in tracking and preventing suicides in nursing homes, Columbus Dispatch, Feb. 21, 2016.
Trevon Logan and Lucia Dunn, professors, economics, on establishing the new Sports and Society Initiative, The Lantern, Feb.16, 2016.
George Grant, graduate fellow, Earth sciences, on how a mummified forest may help predict future climate change, Columbus Dispatch, Feb. 21, 2016.
Rebecca McCauley, professor, speech and hearing science, on her testimony before the Ohio House Committee on Aging and Health, in support of the Annie Glenn Communication Awareness Day, Feb. 17, 2016.
Anthony Monaghan (MS, PhD, atmospheric sciences, 2012) on the interaction of global warming and viruses, The New York Times, Feb. 18, 2016.
Ross Mathematics Summer Program, “The Math Revolution,” Atlantic, March 2016.

Vladimir Kogan, assistant professor, political science, “John Kasich’s rhetoric versus his record in Ohio,” The Conversation, Feb. 18, 2016.
Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on how political undercurrents fuel Boehner race, Cincinnati Enquirer, Feb. 18, 2106.
Steve Rissing, professor, evolution, ecology and organismal biology, on the downside to early-college and dual-enrollment programs, Columbus Dispatch, Feb. 16, 2016.
Eric MacGilvray, associate professor, political science, deconstructing socialism, WOSU, Feb. 16, 2016.
Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on the attraction of violence in movies and TV, Health Aim, Feb. 16, 2016.
Laura Crawford, doctoral student, anthropology, Smithsonian, racing to save valuable archaeological sites in the Arctic, Smithsonian, Jan. 26, 2016.


Thursday, Feb. 25

Symphonic Band
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Brazil Repertory Company
Sullivant Hall
7 p.m.

Mobile Coffee Series
Digital Scholarship and Data in the Arts and Humanities
Research Commons, 18th Ave. Library
3 p.m.


Kelly Greenhill, "Better than the Truth: Extra-factual Sources of Threat Conception and Proliferation"
1501 Neil Ave.

Film Screening: Nefertiti's Daughters
165 Thompson Library.
4 p.m.


Friday, Feb. 26

Pay to Play: Who's In, Who's Out and How Much?
140 Pfahl Hall, The Ohio State University campus
9 - 11:30 a.m.

What is the Future of Suburbs?
165 Thompson Library
12 p.m.

Peter Rabinowitz: Truth in Friction: Audiences and the Problem of Fictionality
Hays Cape Room, Ohio Union (3rd Floor)
4 p.m.

Feb. 26 - 27

The Nature of War: American Environments and 
World War II

Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.
All Day

Sunday, Feb. 28

Jewish Art in Medieval Spain;
Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad Street
3 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 29

Contemporary Music Festival: Bang On A Can All-Stars with David Lang
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Jason Parker, Hearts, Minds, Voices: Cold War Public Diplomacy and the Formation of the 'Third World'
1501 Neil Ave.
3:30 p.m.


Charles McGovern, The Sounds of Consensus: American Pop Music in the Cold War Years;
Room 205, 18th Ave. Library
4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 1

Contemporary Music Festival: Music of Central Ohio Composers and David Lang;
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

IPR Seminar
Dr. Kelly Purtell, Human Sciences, at Ohio State
028 Townshend Hall
12:30 p.m.

Graduate Funding Workshop
1080 Physics Research Building
4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 2
REACH Train the Trainer
Education and Human Ecology (OSU Suicide Prevention)
9 a.m.

Emeritus Academy Lecture - Ron Solomon
Grand Lounge, Faculty Club
4 p.m.

Science Cafe: Starting Off on the Right Paw - The Basics of Puppy Behavior and Problem Prevention
Colloquia Space (Room 340) in the Reasearch Commons on the 3rd floor of the 18th Avenue Library
6:30 p.m.

Film Screening with Director: Harlan County USA
Wexner Center for the Arts, Film/Video Theater
6:30-10 p.m.

Wednesday, March 2-10
Stupid F***ing Bird
Roy Bowen Theatre (Drake Performance and Event Center)
Various Times Offered

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