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Geography Professor: West Antarctica Is Warming at an Alarming Rate 

Map of AntarcticaDavid Bromwich, professor of geography and senior research scientist at the Byrd Polar Research Center, is lead author of a new study finding that temperatures in western Antarctica have climbed by 4.4 degrees Fahrenheit since
1958—twice as much as previously thought, making the area one of the fastest-warming in the world.

Who likes bling? The answer relates to social status 

Philip MazzoccoPhilip Mazzocco, assistant professor of psychology (Mansfield), is lead author of a new study finding that a desire for expensive, high-status goods is related to feelings of social status, not social status itself, which helps explain why minorities are attracted to bling.


Writers Talk/Barnes and Noble Year End Writing Competition Winners Announced

Writers Talk Ohio State LogoThe Center of Study and Teaching and Writing’s OSU Writers Talk/Barnes and Noble Year End Writing Competition was a great success. Five winners–Ohio State alumni and current students, were selected as winners of the competition. Winners of the competition are: 
  • First Place: A Christmas for the Birds, by alumnus Judith Rogers
  • Second Place: Miriam Penzeler, by Craig S. Lovelace
  • Third Place: She Felt It, by alumnus Mark Myers
  • Honorable mention: Banana Pancakes, by student Diane Kollman
  • Honorable mention: I'm Not So Jolly, by alumnus John D. Vazquez
The audio for these stories is available on the OSU Writers Talk iTunes U site.

Foreign Language Center Brings Attention to Longtime Mail Carrier

Keith KingStaff of the Foreign Language Center announce that Keith King, U.S. postal employee and carrier for the center for many years, was recently recognized by the National Safety Council (NSC) with the USPS Eastern Area Best Safe Driver of the Year Award. He is now in the running for the 2012 USPS Joseph M. Kaplan Safe Driver of the Year Award. King has been delivering mail in Columbus, Ohio for 34 years and his delivery area for the past 20 years has been The Ohio State University!

Jan Duga: Alumni Spotlight for January, 2013

Jan DugaUnited States Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Jan Duga (music education, 1980) is the arts and sciences Alumni Spotlight for January. As a student at Ohio State, Duga was the first woman to dot the “i” in Script Ohio; she holds the distinction of being the first and only female tubist to hold a position in any of the Washington-based premier military bands (U.S. Air Force Concert Band). 

McGinnis Fund Announced

Donald E. McGinnis and Kay Wolford LoganA group of former students of Donald E. McGinnis, emeritus director of bands, has come together to secure a future named space honoring McGinnis in the soon-to-be-renovated School of Music Facilities. The effort was led by Kay Wolford Logan (BM 1958), pictured here with McGinnis around 1958.

Second Annual Ohio’s Finest Wine Tasting Event

Proceeds from this event are donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital Oncology/Hematology Department to support families dealing with childhood cancer. Wine Tasting is Saturday, January 12, 7-9:30 pm, Longaberger Alumni House. Contact Bryan Takayama, 330-1560.

Collecting and Making Sense of Student Feedback

On Monday, January 14, 3-4:30 pm, 150 Younkin Success Center, UCAT will host Collecting and Making Sense of Student Feedback. Click to register.

Brown Bag Presentation

Devin FergusDepartment of African American and African Studies announces the upcoming Brown Bag Presentation featuring Associate Professor Dr. Devin Fergus. The talk is entitled, Loan Pushers: The Origins of Today's Financial Aid Crisis, 1980-2008 and will take place January 18, 12:30-2 pm, 347 University Hall. For more information, contact Sarah Van Beurden or the Department of African American and African Studies at 292-3700.

Suicide Prevention Training

On Monday, January 28, 3-4:30 pm, 300 Younkin Success Center, a certified instructor from Ohio State’s Campus Suicide Prevention Training Program will teach faculty, GTAs, and advising staff about prevention and early intervention techniques. Click to register.

Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program 

The College of Arts and Sciences is proud to support the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program, a one-year interdisciplinary fellowship program focused on community service and leadership development, open to graduate and professional students. As a charter member of the Columbus chapter, arts and sciences can submit nominees for fellowships. Fellowship applications (self-nominated) are due by February 1. For more information, contact Seb Knowles

Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships

Due to a generous gift from Keith and Linda Monda, the college is able to offer Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships for undergraduate students participating in a planned study abroad. These scholarships are designed to support undergraduate students who would not normally be able to afford an international experience and will be awarded toward costs associated with study abroad excluding tuition. Financial need will be determined by the Financial Aid Office based on information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Preference will be given to students with limited or no international travel experience. Students may apply online. The application deadline is February 1. For more information, contact Ann Rottersman, Director of Student Programs.

Undergraduate Student Study Abroad Scholarships

Undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships by completing one online application: Undergraduate International Experiences Grants, Roth Family Endowment Scholarships, Humanities Study Abroad Scholarships, Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships. Please see Study Abroad and Travel Funds for a listing of funds and eligibility requirements. The application deadline is
February 1. For more information, contact Ann Rottersman, Director of Student Programs.

Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarships support students who have attained junior standing and are a potential candidate for graduation with research distinction or present other evidence of work on a significant research project. Scholarships range from $500 to approximately $9,000. Applicants are required to have a faculty sponsor. The application deadline is February 4. For more information, please visit Undergraduate Research Scholarships.

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January 8 - February 23

Constructing Castle; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Mark Beyer -- With/Without Text; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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January 3, 2013

Dan Kois and Scott Raab

Writers Dan Kois and Scott Raab to Visit 

The Department of English Visiting Writers Program presents Dan Kois, senior editor at Slate magazine and Scott Raab, writer-at-large, Esquire magazine and author of The Whore of Akron: One Man’s Search for the Soul of LeBron James, Thursday, January 17 at 8 pm in 165 Thompson Library. Copies of books will be available for purchase at the reading. This event is free and open to the public.
In the News
Rich Petty, professor and chair, psychology, on how to toss aside negative thoughts, AP, January 2, 2013
Jeff Rogers, professor, geography and atmospheric sciences, on 2012 weather trends, Columbus Dispatch, January 1, 2013
Jay Zagorsky, research scientist, Center for Human Resource Research, on how couples are opting for long-term marital separation because divorce is too costly, Huffington Post, December 31, 2012

The Department of Theatre’s production of Marat/Sade and Bebe Miller’s dance piece Our Town, performed as part of Dance Uptown: Dirt, both named in “Year in Review: Best of Theatre and Dance 2012,” Columbus Alive, December 27, 2012
Jack Wright, professor, political science, on how high unemployment rates may not hurt Democratic incumbents, New York Times, December 10, 2012
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