News and Updates
The Ohio State University Student Involvement Fair - 2012

Well—it’s finally here.
For those of us who wrangled everything into place to get us here, who may feel disoriented beginning autumn semester in summer, or just by saying the word “semester,” all I can say is: Great job everyone, and we will adjust. Believe me, I
know—I’m a psychologist.
The thousands of eager, enthusiastic students on the Oval at Monday’s Involvement Fair have no such problems. They are here, unencumbered by old academic habits, and raring to go.

I was fortunate to spend time with this newest class of students as I helped out in the College of Arts and Sciences booth. It was far more fun than I could have imagined. I came away feeling reenergized to be in a place that fuels such excitement and hope.
I believe our students keep us young, engaged and on our toes and suspect this is why we love it here.
Welcome Back!
Joseph E. Steinmetz

Perspective Check: First-year "mindset list"

Each year Beloit College creates a list of key life experiences that differentiate our entering freshman from that of faculty and staff.

Born in 1994, new first-year students:
  • Have always lived in cyberspace, addicted to a new generation of “electronic narcotics”
  • For most of their lives, maintaining relations between the U.S. and the rest of the world has been a woman’s job in the State Department
  • Their folks have never gazed with pride on a new set of bound encyclopedias on the bookshelf
  • If they miss "The Daily Show," they can always get their news on YouTube

Astronomy Grad Students Prepare to Wow New Planetarium Visitors

Spitz InstituteKate Grier and Calen Henderson just back from the week-long Spitz Institute Seminar are excited about what they learned about working with their new equipment. Photo courtesy of Scott Huggins, Spitz Institute.


Genetically Engineered Algae For Biofuel Pose Potential Risks

Allison SnowAllison Snow, professor, evolution, ecology and organismal biology, is co-author of a paper urging independent studies of any environmental risks that could be linked to cultivating algae as a potential source for biofuel.


Sociologists Find Divorce Too Costly for America's Poorest

Dmitry TuminDmitry Tumin, doctoral student; and Zhenchao Qian, professor and chair, sociology, are co-authors of a new study finding that long-term separation seems to be the low-cost alternative to divorce for many disadvantaged couples.

New Arts and Culture Webpages

Field Guide to the ArtsThe Arts and Culture section of the college's website has been upgraded to create more visual impact and engagement. Check out the new pages, which went live last week. We’ve also designed a Field Guide to the Arts, which will mail twice a year to our arts friends in our region.

New Course Opportunity

A few spaces are still available for EEOB 8896.09: Environmental Impacts of Energy Development: A risk-based focus on hydrofracking. Professor Roman Lanno introduces graduate students to the US EPA ERA process using timely case studies. Information:

Chemistry and Biochemistry Celebrates New Name, Space, Status
CBC PartySusan Olesik, chair of the now-official Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, threw a party last Friday afternoon for department faculty, staff, students, and friends to celebrate change, welcome new faces, and look forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead. The enthusiastic crowds who overflowed Celeste Courtyard and its labs signaled things are off to a good start!

Study Abroad Expo

The Office of International Affairs invites you to the 2012 Study Abroad Expo, which will be held on Thursday, September 6 from 10 am to 2 pm in the Buckeye Reading Room in the Thompson Library. The expo gives students the opportunity to talk one-on-one with study abroad experts and learn more about the myriad of ways to study abroad at Ohio State. Students will be able to explore programs for all majors in more than 100 countries on all seven continents, as well as learn how to apply for a passport. You won't want to miss this year's Study Abroad Expo — mark your calendar for September 6!

Grand Opening of the Buckeye Language Network Language Pod at COSI

Buckeye Langauge Network

This new lab space engages the public more directly in language research.  Visitors to the science center watch research in progress and have the opportunity to participate in experiments themselves. The lab benefits researchers by providing access to the diverse pool of COSI visitors who can act as research subjects, and the lab's public nature may open doors to new grant funding opportunities. Opening Thursday, August 30, 6-8 pm, at COSI, 333 W. Broad St.


Through October 20

Time and Place: An International Exhibition of Works on Paper, Urban Arts Space, 50 West Town St.

Ohio State is Dancing this Fall

Bebe MillerFrom a world premiere by acclaimed choreographer Bebe Miller to an exhibition of dance in the funny pages, Ohio State has an abundance of dance-related activities coming up. Don’t miss the reception this Thursday (August 23) for Bebe Miller: Tracing History, 6-8 pm at the Urban Arts Space.

Technology Commercialization & Knowledge Transfer Hosts BOR Meeting

The Board of Regents meet on Monday, August 27, at 10:30 am to discuss a recently released report on Advancing Innovation in Ohio’s Economy. President Gee will be on hand to welcome the group. For more information, contact Sara Turner,

September 5-December 30

Theatre Research Institute Exhibit: Dancing Dimensions: Movement through Time and Space, Thompson Library Gallery

September 6-October 11

Department of Art Visiting Artists and Lecturers Exhibition, Swing Space Gallery, 1556 North High St.

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Historian Eric Foner Lectures September 19

Eric FonerThe Department of History, Wexner Center for the Arts, and Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, co-sponsor a lecture by Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. Foner’s lecture, Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation and the Rights of Black Americans, is based on his prize-winning book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. This lecture is a special event for university faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Reservations are required. Please RSVP here

Arts and Sciences Alumni Reunion-Homecoming Tailgate

Arts and Sciences Reunion-Homecoming Weekend LogoJoin arts and sciences alumni at the annual Arts and Sciences Tailgate, Saturday, October 6, 5:00-7:30 pm, Derby Hall Plaza. City BBQ, Silent Auction, Corn hole. Tickets are $45/ person and must be purchased in advance. Deadline to buy tickets is September 21. Contact with questions.

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College of Arts and Sciences
The Ohio State University
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August 22, 2012

Science Sundays

Science Sundays' Second Season Kicks off September 9

Don Saari, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Economics, and director of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, kicks off the second season of Science Sundays, posing the question: We vote; but can we elect someone who we really don't want?  The event is free and open to all. Science Sundays is sponsored by the science centers and institutes of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Lecture: 3-4 pm: Ohio Union US Bank Conference Theatre
Reception: 4-5 pm: Ohio Stater’s Traditions room
In the News
Zhenchao Qian, professor and chair, sociology, on the financial burden of divorce on the poor, Huffington Post, August 20, 2012

Peter Mansoor, associate professor, history, on military tactics and policing city streets, Boston Globe, August 20, 2012

Randy Hodson, professor; Rachel Dwyer, assistant professor, sociology, on student debt, gender, and class, Inside Higher Ed, August 20, 2012

Joan Leonard, coordinator, Biological Sciences Greenhouse, on pollinating Titan Arum, Jesse, Columbus Dispatch, August 19, 2012
New Arts and Sciences Websites

Visit New Arts and Sciences Websites

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Currently, Arts and Sciences Communications Services is supporting the development of over 45 websites. View Portfolio and Current Work to see what sites will be going live soon.
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