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If Winter Comes, Will it Ever Go Away?

Despite the endless winter, Dean David Manderscheid finds much that warms the spirit on the Ohio State campus, including exciting info for ASC students. Read more in his recent blog post.

Students set to win Dean Manderscheid's money

David C. Manderscheid

So many reasons why our students love the arts and sciences. See what they are posting on Twitter using #ascbucks for a chance to win Dean Manderscheid's money. Next week the winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at our first Donuts with the Dean student engagement event. Follow @ASCatOSU to watch the fun unfold; follow @dmanderscheid to find out what's happening in his world.


Psychology Researcher Garners 2014 Sloan Fellowship

Julie Golomb
Julie Golomb, assistant professor of psychology and director of the Vision and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, has been awarded a 2014 Alfred Sloan Fellowship. She joins 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as the next generation of scientific leaders. Golomb is the only Sloan Fellow chosen from Ohio.

ASC Faculty Selected 2014 Huber Fellows

Dana Haynie, professor, sociology, and director of Ohio State’s Criminal Justice Research Center; and Jay Myung, professor, psychology, have been selected Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellows for 2014 in recognition of their first-rate scholarship. Fellows are nominated by department chairs and receive an annual cash award of $6,000 a year for three years to further their research programs.

Richard Blatti Named President for Ohio Association of Music Schools

Richard BlattiRichard Blatti, director of the School of Music, was elected president for the Ohio Association of Music Schools (OAMS). OAMS includes music deans, directors, and chairpersons of Ohio's state universities and private colleges. The organization meets annually in conjunction with the Ohio Music Educators Association state conference, and plans to meet each summer to explore common interests and challenges. He will serve as president-elect for 2013-14, then serve as president for the next two years.


Linguistics Project Wins Google Research Award

Marie-Catherine de MarneffeMarie-Catherine de Marneffe, assistant professor, linguistics, won $41,869 for her proposal, “Universal dependencies” for a one-year project from the Google Research Awards program. The program supports cutting-edge faculty research in computer science, engineering and related fields. Recipients are assigned a Google sponsor, and encouraged to visit Google to give presentations to relevant research groups.


Maney to Examine Violence to Civilians in Northern Ireland

Gregory ManeyGregory Maney, professor of sociology, Hofstra University, and director of Active Citizenship at the Center for Civic Engagement, will speak on "Explaining Political Violence Against Citizens in Northern Ireland: A Contention-Oriented Approach," noon, Thursday, February 20, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.

Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants: Deadline, February 21

Faculty Grants for Research on Women, Gender, and Gender Equity and Graduate Student Grants for Projects on Women, Gender, and Gender Equity are available for the term July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015. Application/information online.

English Undergraduate Organization (EUO) Video Game Series 

EUO’s new Video Game Series brings together gamers, game creators and scholars to analyze and discuss the potential of video games as a platform to advance culture and society. Events include interactive game play and discussion with game creators. Next event: February 27.

Dance for The James 

The Mirrors Sophomore Class Honorary presents A Worldly Affair, a charity ball with all proceeds donated to the James Cancer Hospital, February 28, 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Wexner Center for the Arts. The event includes special guests from the James, and Dr. J (Javaune Adams-Gaston). Contact: Nathan Turner.

Avoid that Vicious Malware!

ASCTech experts can help you solve a computer problem. They can also help you avoid having problems in the first place, such as having your computer infected with malware (aka, malicious software). In ASCTech’s new YouTube video, Ron Filippelli, director of the ASCTech service desk, describes in easy-to-understand terms the Top 5 Ways to Avoid Malware:
  • Keep your antivirus software up to date
  • Avoid "drive-by downloading"
  • Be wary of website ads
  • Ignore pop-up alerts about your computer being infected
  • Don't download free games or applications.

Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars (SLIYS) Application Deadline, May 30

The Department of Linguistics offers two, week-long language program sessions for high school age and pre-college students—the Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars (SLIYS)—July 6-11; and July 13-18. The session cost of $695 covers instruction, materials, housing and meals. Contact:


February 20

Psychology Colloquia: Allen McConnell, Miami University; 4 p.m., 035 Psychology Building

Economics Seminar: Steven T. Berry, Yale University; 4-5:30 p.m., 437 Arps Hall

Molecular Genetics Seminar: Biao Ding; 4:10 p.m., 111 Parks Hall

“Encore” Performance: Royal Shakespeare Company’s Live Broadcast of Richard II; 7 p.m., Wexner Film/Video Theater

Collegiate Winds; 8 p.m., Weigel Auditorium


February 21

Panel Discussion with Artists: The Mirage and the Rainbow; 1-3 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

AAAS Brown Bag Lecture: Judylyn Ryan; 1:30-3:30 p.m., 386B University Hall

Literacy in Translation Series: Issues of Translation in Research; 2-4 p.m., George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Things That Seemed Incredible: The Starving Time at Jamestown; 3 p.m., 090 18th Avenue Library

Rough Drafts presents Constellations: Mapping Space; 4-5 p.m., 262 Hopkins Hall

7th Annual Huber Population Lecture: Peter Ellison, Harvard University; 4:30 p.m., 1120 Thompson Library


February 21-22

Ohio State High School Percussion Ensemble Festival; Weigel Auditorium


February 22

The Mirage and the Rainbow: Department of Art Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Exhibition Reception; 5-7 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.


February 23

Men’s Glee Club and Symphonic Choir; 3 p.m., Broad Street Presbyterian Church, 760 E. Broad St.

Big Bang Science Day at COSI; 3-5 p.m., COSI, 333 W. Broad Street


February 24

School of Communication Colloquium; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 106 Journalism Building

Eric T. Jennings, Professor of History, University of Toronto, Free French Africa in World War II; 3:30-5 p.m., Mershon Center, 1501 Neil Ave.

Musicology Lecture: Analyzing Musical Performances; 4:30 p.m., 205 18th Avenue Library


February 25

Manuscript Workshop for Lynn Itagaki’s Racial Burnout: The Crisis of Civil Racism at the End of the Millennium with Daniel Kim; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall

Student Lunch with Alumna Rosa Ailabouni; 12-1 p.m., Student-Alumni Council Room, Ohio Union

Nationalist Frames of Memory and The Korean War, talk by Daniel Kim; 4-5:30 p.m., Multicultural Center, Ohio Union

Wind Symphony; 8 p.m., Weigel Auditorium


February 26

Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lecture: It’s About Genre; 5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge


February 26-March 3

The House of the Spirits; Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center


Through March 15

The Mirage and the Rainbow: Department of Art Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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February 19, 2014
Mike Reed

Science Sundays Continues March 2

Mike Reed, professor of mathematics at Duke University, presents Mathematics and Human Physiology. What does mathematics have to do with biology anyway? What are the uses and misuses of statistics? Why is it so hard to understand biological systems? Why does the medical system often change its mind about diagnosis and treatment?  Reed discusses these questions directly and in the context of specific examples drawn from human and animal physiology. Lecture: 3-4 p.m., Ohio Union’s U.S. Bank Conference Theater. Reception: 4-5 p.m., Ohio Staters Traditions Room. Both: free/open to the public.


Hui Zheng, assistant professor, sociology, on why marriage won’t cut your medical bills, MarketWatch, February 14, 2014

Nicole Kraft, assistant professor, communication, turning conventional learning on its head, Washington Post, February 12, 2014 

Kendra McSweeney, associate professor, geography, on how drug trafficking is destroying rainforests in Central America, New York Times, February 12, 2014


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