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Donuts with the Dean
Executive Dean David Manderscheid reflects on what he loves about his job—and shares donuts with students. Read more in his recent blog post.

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Gabe Tippery: Hacking the Thesis

In August 2012 Gabe Tippery successfully completed his MFA thesis. His blog focuses on a workflow and system repeatable by others to make their journey a little smoother.


New Data Analytics Major Addresses Strongly Articulated Workforce Need

DataOhio State’s new interdisciplinary undergraduate major in data analytics premiering autumn semester—designed to address a growing need for data analytics professionals—is the first of its kind in the country offered by a major research institution. The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering are partnering to deliver the core courses in computer sciences, mathematics and statistics. Program requirements include an area of specialization to learn how data analytics is applied in a particular field and a capstone learning experience. The BS degree in data analytics is granted by the College of Arts and Sciences. Christopher Hans, associate professor, statistics; and Srinivasan Parthasarathy, professor, computer and engineering science, are program co-directors. 


Ann Hamilton to Create Art Installation in Seattle

Ann HamiltonAnn Hamilton, professor, Department of Art, and Distinguished University Professor, has been commissioned to create a large public art installation on a new waterfront development in Seattle. A report in the Seattle Times said the project has a $1 million total budget, and the exact nature of what Hamilton will build is still to be determined.


Mathematician Wins NSF CAREER Award

Matthew KahleMatthew Kahle, assistant professor, mathematics, will receive a five-year $450,000 grant for his project, "Random spaces and groups," funded by two NSF mathematics programs:  "Geometric analysis and topology" and "Probability and combinatorics." The NSF-CAREER AWARD is the National Science Foundation’s top award given to the nation’s junior faculty members whose early work shows promise for having a significant, ongoing impact in their fields. This is Kahle’s second major early-career award in two years. In 2012, he received the Sloan Fellowship.


Arts and Sciences Faculty and Graduate Students Selected for Research Mentor Awards

The Undergraduate Research Office announced the winners of the 2014 Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor (DURM) and Outstanding Research Mentor (ORM) awards at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum on March 26. Mentors are nominated by undergraduates participating in the Denman and must demonstrate excellence in teaching and mentorship. DURM winners are Justin Clay Harris, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry; Jennifer Schlueter, assistant professor, theatre and Richard Yerkes, professor, anthropology. ORM winners are Krista Bryson, graduate teaching associate, English, and Andrew Luttrell, graduate research associate, psychology.


42 Arts and Sciences Undergraduates Take Top Prizes in 2014 Denman

42 arts and sciences undergraduates took first, second and third prizes in the 2014 annual Denman Research Forum. First Place: Brooke Anderson, biochemistry; Lucas Beaufore, physics; Lauren Bedal, dance; Kristen Belesky, chemistry;  John Conlon, economics; Gwendolyn Donley, anthropology; Robert Demoret, biochemistry; Andrew Huntsman, chemistry; Anne Kim, chemistry; Tamar Kodish, psychology; Jacob Miller, mathematics; Andrew Serger, neuroscience; Andrew Zywiec, biology. Second Place: Zachary Cotter, geological sciences; Dmitry Grinevich, biochemistry; Mario Gutierrez, geological sciences; Nathan Hanna, psychology; Alisha Kamboj, microbiology; Chase Ledin, English; Lindsay Milich, neuroscience; Rebecca Monteleone, personalized study program; Connor Nealer, neuroscience; Brianne Pragg, sociology; Kathryn Sauma, dance; Samantha Streuli, anthropology. Third Place: Khalid Abdulla, psychology; Jacob Bogart, international studies; Malcolm Cole, biochemistry; Kelsey Franklin, neuroscience; Jason Ford, chemistry; Andrei Jipa, chemistry; Taylor Kantor, biology; Malori Lankenau, molecular genetics; Tomas Moreno-Vasquez, psychology; Thara Nagarajan, anthropology; Tyisha Nedd, dance; Adam Royer, linguistics; Morgan Sherer, neuroscience; David Sweet, neuroscience; Reed Walter, microbiology; Rachel Welch, microbiology; Christina Zerda, geological sciences; Edward Zitnik, molecular genetics.


Arts and Sciences Post-Doc Receives Two Early Career Awards

Julian Koenig, post-doctoral researcher, psychology, received two early career awards: the American Psychosomatic Society 2014 Rising Star Young Investigator award and the German College for Psychosomatic Medicine (DKPM) 2014 Adolf-Ernst-Meyer Award for research on psychotherapy within the field of psychosomatic medicine. 

Statistics Graduate Students Win ASA Student Paper Competition Awards

Robert Ashmead, biostatistics; Survey Research Methods, Government Statistics, and Social Statistics; Elizabeth Petraglia, statistics; Survey Research Methods; and Agniva Som, statistics; Bayesian Statistical Science, won student paper competitions sponsored by their sections of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and will receive funding to attend and present their research at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Boston, August 2-7, 2014.


Statistics Professor Receives Alumni Recognition Award

Elizabeth Stasny, professor, statistics, received the 2014 Eberly College of Arts & Sciences’ Departmental Alumni Recognition Award from her alma mater, West Virginia University's Department of Statistics.


Vote for Ohio State Students’ "Moon Rush" Game

Moon RushOhio State graduate students Cheng Zhang (Design/Computer Science Engineering) and Sherri Larrimer (Design) are among three finalists in a “Shoot the Moon game design challenge” sponsored by Games for Change and the Schusterman Philanthropic Network. Their project, "Moon Rush," is a web-based 3D computer game that features a virtual moon race, spacecraft landing and lunar buggy. The finalists will present their concepts next month at the Games for Change Festival in New York City with a chance for the $25,000 grand prize. You also can vote for the Ohio State team for a People’s Choice Award, which also will be announced at the festival.

GOLD RUSH April 1-3

Gold Rush TicketHappening right now ONLY in the arts and sciences. Students follow ASCatOSU on Facebook to get clues, find tickets around campus and claim [Au]some prizes. Featured so far in this ASC scavenger hunt: psychology, CCAPP, art, music and the planetarium.


Ohio State’s First BDM Research Forum 

Laura SchererOhio State's Behavioral Decision Making (BDM) Initiative is hosting its first research forum on Friday, April 11, featuring keynote speaker, psychology Professor Laura Scherer, University of Missouri, followed by presentations from Ohio State graduate students involved in behavioral decision making research.


Urban Arts Space Voted BEST!

Ohio State’s Urban Arts Space in the historic Lazarus building downtown has been voted best art gallery in Columbus in Columbus Alive’s 2014 Best of Columbus poll.


"There is No Silence" Uses Groundbreaking Technology

Flying BipMarcel Marceau’s alter-ego “Bip” will come to life on stage when Ohio State presents the technologically groundbreaking, collaborative production of “There is No Silence,” a devised new work inspired by the great French mime artist. The series of sketches will be staged April 3-13 in Thurber Theatre.


SBS Diversity Postdoctoral Lecture 

Deborah S. HoloienSBS Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows Lecture features Deborah S. Holoien, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in psychology, to speak on “Do You Really Understand? When Desire to Affiliate Backfires in Interracial Interactions,” April 10, 4 pm in 035 Psychology.


Fulbright Week at Ohio State: April 7-11

The Office of International Affairs, Graduate School and Undergraduate Fellowship Office are combining efforts to provide a full week of events—hosting workshops, information sessions and open houses to inform faculty, graduate and undergraduate students about opportunities available through the Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays programs. Faculty, professionals and students can participate in any of the sessions.


Tech Talk

News from Arts and Sciences Technology Services: Ever wonder what powers many Arts and Sciences websites? It's your pal, Drupal. Check out how it's making ASC websites easier to build and maintain.


First Dance Concert in New Barnett Theatre

Sneak PeekThe Department of Dance presents Sneak Peek, its spring dance concert featuring works by undergraduate and graduate student choreographers Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 12, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. It will be the first dance concert in the new Barnett Theatre, a 180-seat theatre, in the newly renovated Sullivant Hall.


Eye Candy

Take a look at the new Scarlette on our updated website. For non-fashionistas, Scarlette is Ohio State’s very own fashion magazine, produced solely by undergraduate students. Every issue is a knockout—this one, especially. The Arts and Sciences issue of Scarlette puts VOGUE on notice. 


Science Sundays Concludes the 2013-14 Season: Sunday, April 13

Jane WangJane Wang, professor of physics and mechanical engineering at Cornell University, caps Science Sundays’ third season with, Falling Paper and Insect Flight, a look at the puzzles and mathematics involved in the dynamics of falling paper and the tricks insects use to fly. Lecture: Ohio Union’s U.S. Bank Conference Theater, 3-4 p.m. Reception: Ohio Staters Traditions Room, 4-5 p.m. Both are free and open to the public. SCIENCE SUNDAYS is presented by the College of Arts and Sciences and its sponsoring science centers and institutes.


VooDoo on WOSU

Joan Leonard, ASC plant growth facilities manager, takes us inside the BioSci Greenhouse and the strange world of VooDoo Lilies, on WOSU’s Broad & High, Wednesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.


Discovery Themes Yammer Account

In response to requests for a RFP2 networking platform, a new Discovery Themes networking page has been added to Ohio State’s Yammer account. Faculty and staff can interact and discuss the second Discovery Themes Request for Proposals.


Through April 3

Department of Design Spring Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.


April 3

Chemical and Molecular/Structural Biology & Biophysics RFG Seminar; 11:30 a.m., 111 Parks Hall
Latinos and Narrative Media: Participation and Portrayal; 12 p.m., Multicultural Center, Ohio Union

Making the Personal Political: Women in the Anti-Slavery Movement; 1 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall

Annual Lecture in the History of the Book: Christopher Hager; 4 p.m., 311 Denney Hall

Frances Aparicio Keynote: Marc Anthony 3.0: Toward a Critical Salsa Romantica; 4:30 p.m., Multicultural Center, Ohio Union

Jazz at Mirror Lake; 5:30 p.m., Browning Amphitheater, Mirror Lake

April 3-4

38th Adolph E. Waller Memorial Lecture Series; Jennings Hall


April 3-13

There is No Silence: A Fantasia Inspired by the Great French Mime Artist Marcel Marceau; Thurber Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center


April 4

3rd Annual Latino Role Models Day Featuring Keynote Speaker Alvaro Rodriguez; 8 a.m., Hale Hall

Seminar in History of the Book: Robert E. Hegel (Washington University in St. Louis); 10 a.m., 70/90, 18th Avenue Library

Development and Disintegration of Maya Political Systems in Response to Climate Change; 10:30 a.m., 4012 Smith Lab

The Road of Empire: Covering the Distance between Mexico City and Santa Fe, 1540 – 1850; 2:30 p.m., George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Jeffrey Sachs to Give COMPAS Keynote Address; 3 p.m., Mershon Auditorium

Psychology Lecture: Understanding Audition Via Sound Analysis and Synthesis; 3:30 p.m., 035 Psychology Building

Economics Seminar: Rahul Deb, University of Toronto; 3:30 p.m., 437 Arps Hall

Geography Colloquium: Mark Friedl, Boston University; 3:30 p.m., 1080 Derby Hall

James Shapiro Lecture Honors Shakespeare's 450th Birthday; 5 p.m., U.S. Bank Conference Center, Ohio Union

CMRS Public Lecture: Flaumpens, Chewitts and Bakemetes: Pastry as a Sculptural Medium in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe; 7:30 p.m., 180 Hagerty Hall


April 4-5

Drums Downtown X; 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St.


April 4-7

Afro-Swedish Public Culture Symposium with guest artists Sousou and Maher Cissoko; 205 18th Avenue Library


April 4-11

First Encounter: The Taming of the Shrew; Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center


April 5

31st Annual Flute Festival; Weigel Auditorium


April 6

First Year Undergraduate Symphony Orchestra and Community Orchestra; 3 p.m., Weigel Auditorium


April 7

Economics Seminar: Victor Aguirregabiria, University of Toronto; 5 p.m., 437 Arps Hall

The Logic of Connective Action: Public Engagement in the Digital Age; 3:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Percussion Ensemble; 8 p.m., Weigel Auditorium

Communication Colloquium; 11:30 p.m., 106 Journalism Building


April 8

Institute for Population Research Seminar: Scott Lynch, Princeton University; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Economics Seminar: Enrique Mendoza, University of Pennsylvania; 3:30 p.m., 437 Arps Hall

Gospel and Spiritual Choir; 8 p.m., Weigel Auditorium

April 9

Cholinergic Control of Attention in Rodents and Humans; 12 p.m., 035 Psychology Building

Elizabeth D. Gee Distinguished Lecture in Ethics; 4:30 p.m., Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Auditorium

Symphonic Band; 8 p.m., Weigel Auditorium

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Marie Gottschalk

Criminal Justice Research Center Annual Walter C. Reckless-Simon Dinitz Memorial Lecture

Marie Gottschalk, professor of political science, the University of Pennsylvania will speak on “Bring It On: the Future of Penal Reform, the Carceral State and American Politics,” Friday, April 11, at the Barrister Club, 25 W. 11th Ave.


Kendra McSweeney, professor, geography, on how Central American forests are losing ground to the growing drug trade, Columbus Dispatch, March 30, 2014

Yana Hashamova, professor and chair, Slavic and East European languages and cultures and Richard Herrmann, professor and chair, political science, on Crimea and the flux in Russia studies, The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 24, 2014


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