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College of Arts and Sciences
Joseph Steinmetz
Dear Colleagues,
The annual Bucks for Charity drive is now underway and runs through December 9. This is an opportunity for all of us to step up and support vital community organizations and initiatives through one-time contributions (cash/check) or through payroll deduction pledges. Contributions are tax-deductible. You can download a pledge form online. The Bucks for Charity Resource Guide has more information about these charitable organizations that tirelessly serve our community and could use a hand.
Send your completed pledge form via campus mail to one of the college’s Bucks for Charity coordinators listed below, or contact them directly.
Please join me in helping our neighbors in need throughout Central Ohio.
Joe Steinmetz
Executive Dean and Vice Provost
News & Research

New Study Offers Clues to Why Some Patients Get Infections from Cardiac Implants

Steven LowerSteven Lower, associate professor in the School of Earth Sciences, is co-lead author of a study suggesting that some patients develop a potentially deadly blood infection from their implanted cardiac devices due to bacterial cell gene mutations that allow them to stick to the devices. Lower will give the Science Sundays Public Lecture, A Bacterium’s Sense of Touch, on November 20, 3 pm, Wexner Film/Video Theater.

Chemists Awarded $7.5 Million Grant to Fight Nerve Agents

Thomas J. Magliery and Christopher M. Hadad, chemistry, received a $7.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that will help them find ways to harness the body’s own defenses to counteract nerve agents that might be used in terrorist attacks.

Stroke of Genius Strikes Later in Life

Bruce WeinbergYoung geniuses might have once made nearly all of the significant breakthroughs in science, but today that doesn't seem to be the case, a new study suggests. Bruce Weinberg, professor of economics, is co-author of a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looking at Nobel Prize winners over the last century and casting doubt on the idea that one must be youthful to achieve scientific breakthroughs.


Screening of American Teacher: Wednesday, November 9, 4-6 pm

Please note that the time for the screening was recently updated. The correct time is 4-6 pm.

The Urban Arts Space hosts a screening of American Teacher, a film that "tells the collective story by and about those closest to the issues in our educational system—the 3.2 million teachers who spend every day in classrooms across the country." The showing of the 80-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion with Senator Nina Turner of Cleveland and Dan Moulthrop, co-author of the book, Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers (New Press, 2005), which inspired the film.

Sixth Annual Black Veterans Day Salute: Honoring African American Veterans of the Gulf War

Black Veterans Day SaluteThe African American and African Studies Community Extension Center presents its annual Black Veterans Day Salute to recognize and honor the sacrifices and accomplishments of our nation’s African American servicemen and women, Saturday, November 12 at 1 pm.

Donation Drive to Help Homeless: Monday, November 7 - Friday, November 18

Donation Drive to Help the HomelessGraduate Women in Physics (GWiP) is helping the Columbus YWCA and local homeless shelters provide necessities to those most in need this winter. Donation boxes are set up in the Physics Research Building mailroom, 191 W. Woodruff. For more information, contact Marci Howdyshell.

Art Explorations for Kids at the Urban Arts Space

Gear up for winter on Saturday, November 19, 1-2:30 pm, by making snowflakes at this month's Art Explorations at the Urban Arts Space.  Art Explorations is a day of family-friendly art-making serving children ages 4-8.  Free and open to all. Please RSVP at 614-292-8861.

Arts and Humanities Research Small Grants Deadline

Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness WeekCelebrate Geography Awareness Week, November 14–18, with a Geography and GIS Fair, presentations by internationally acclaimed climatologists and experts in the areas of political science, international law, and economics, and tours of the second largest ice-core collection in the world. 

Annual Goldberg Lecture on Teaching

William BatchelderSpeaker of the Ohio House of Representatives William G. Batchelder will deliver the third annual Goldberg Lecture on Teaching, November 10, 4 pm at the Faculty Club. President Gee will introduce the speaker. Please RSVP to Kristina Ward or 614-292-3001.

Conference on Islam and Rationality: The Impact of al-Ghazali

al-GhazaliThe conference examines the influence of Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (1058-1111), a central figure in the history of Islamic theology, jurisprudence, philosophy and Sufism. The event brings together leading scholars specializing in intellectual history, philosophy, Islamic law and theology, and medieval Christian and Jewish thought. November 10-12,  Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. For more information, contact: Professor Georges Tamer, M.S. Sofia Chair in Arabic Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, 247-8319.

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Visiting and changing your password affects only the password for your Ohio State username (lastname.#). Your Ohio State credentials give access to many systems including Carmen, SIS, BuckeyeLink, PeopleSoft and more. Please be aware that some Arts and Sciences departmental and college resources require you to log in with an Arts and Sciences username and password that is different than your Ohio State username and password. This password is used to log in to your office computer/laptop and your Arts and Sciences email and will not be affected by changes. If you do not know whether a system uses the Ohio State Username and password for its log-in credentials, please contact Arts and Sciences Technology Services.

InterACT: Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Plagiarism is a complex set of behaviors that students and their instructors can have difficulty navigating. The InterACT theatre troupe explores the confusion of student plagiarism and its potential consequences, Thursday, November 17, at 12:30 pm, 150 Younkin Success Center. Performers remain in character after the performance for an audience Q&A. Representatives from CSTW, UCAT, and COAM will be on hand to assist and answer questions. Register at


Wednesday, November 9

Screening of American Teacher, 4 pm, Urban Arts Space

Shawn “Thunder” Wallace Jazz Combo, 7:30 pm, Riedl Hall, Mansfield Campus

Thursday, November 10-Sunday, November 20

Last Days of Judas Iscariot, by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance Center, check for times

Thursday, November 10

Goldberg Lecture on Teaching, 4 pm, Faculty Club

Gospel and Spiritual Choir, Weigel Auditorium. Tickets in advance by calling 292-2295

Thursday, November 10-Saturday, November 12

Islam and Rationality: the Impact of al-Ghazali, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Avenue

Saturday, November 12

Sixth Annual Black Veterans Day Salute: Honoring African American Veterans of the Gulf War, 1 pm, African American and African Studies Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Avenue

Side by Side by Mozart and Sondheim, 8 pm, Thurber Theatre, Drake Performance Center, 1849 Cannon Dr.

Sunday, November 13

OSU Marching Band in Concert, 3 pm, Veterans Memorial, 300 W Broad St.

Monday, November 14

Coexistence and Strife in Context: Iranian Jewry in Late Antiquity, 4 pm, Barbara Tootle Room, Ohio Union

Faculty Concert: Mark Rudoff, cello, and Steven Glaser, piano, 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium, 1866 College Rd.

Chorale and Women’s Glee Club, 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

Tuesday, November 15

Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lectures Series: Defending Art against Its Interpreters, Kai Hammermeister, Germanic Languages and Literatures, 4:30 pm, Grand Lounge, Faculty Club

An Evening with Dr. Koritha Mitchell, 6 pm, African American and African Studies Community Extension Center

Symphonic Band, 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium



Wednesday, November 16

Town and Gown in Gothic Paris, 3:30 pm, Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave

Thursday, November 17

Creative Writing Program Visiting Writers Series: Randall Kenan, 7 pm, 311 Denney Hall

Paging Columbus! Friction and Fiction, 6 pm, Urban Arts Space

Monthly Anime Adventure: Studio Ghibli, 6 pm, Urban Arts Space

World Issues Community Forum: from Egypt’s Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street: What the New Worldwide Protest Movements Mean for America, 7 pm, Beehive Books, 25 N. Sandusky Street, Delaware, Ohio

Friday, November 18-Saturday, November 19

MFA Dance Concert: Amanda Byars/Erik Abbott-Main/Alexis Del Sol, 8 pm, Northland Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd

Friday, November 18

Report on the Duke University Degree Program in Moving Image, 3:30 pm, Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

Book Signing and Interview, Scott Raab, 7 pm, Barnes & Noble-Ohio State University Bookstore


Saturday, November 19

Art Explorations for Kids at the OSU Urban Arts Space, 1:30 pm, Urban Arts Space


Sunday, November 20

Science Sundays presents Steven Lower and A Bacterium’s Sense of Touch, 3-4 pm, Wexner Center Film/VideoTheatre. Reception, 4-5 pm. Free and open to the public.
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On Thursday at 5:30 pm, a few websites, including and, will be unavailable for a few minutes for server maintenance. If you have questions about the maintenance, please contact Arts and Sciences Technology Services.
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