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International Chinese Corporation Flies Ohio State Flagship Students to Vegas Trade Show

Students in front of Haier booth at Consumers Electronics Show
Six 2013-15 Chinese Flagship students—Mac Carr, Briun Greene, Tina Li, Mack Lorden, Nick Pochedly, and Joel Ponczgot an unexpected working vacation in early January, as guests of China’s Haier Corporation, the world’s most recognized brand of Chinese consumer electronics. Haier invited the entire Flagship Program to Las Vegas to advise them on marketing to American consumers at the Consumers Electronics Show—one of the major trade shows on the planet.

New Slovene Research Initiative 

The Center for Slavic and East European Studies announces a new Slovene research initiative to support the advancement of research on Slovenia, Central Europe and Southeastern Europe. The initiative will promote lectures and assist in funding the exchange of Ohio State faculty and visiting scholars. The exchange program will begin in May 2014 with a full lineup of events during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Big Ten Theatre Consortium Supports Female Playwrights

Two actors in The TempestThe Big Ten Theatre Consortium, made up of theatre department heads at Big Ten Conference universities, has established a commission program to support female playwrights and provide female theatre students and professional actors with strong roles. The program is the first of its kind, and represents the first time the Big Ten Consortium schools have collaborated on a theatre project.

Denton Author of New Book

Kirk DentonKirk Denton, professor, Chinese, East Asian Languages and Literatures, is the author of a new book Exhibiting the Past: Historical Memory and the Politics of Museums in Postsocialist China (University of Hawaii Press). More information:


Astronomer/Physicist Wins Top Prize for
Young Astronomers

Christopher HirataChristopher Hirata, professor of astronomy and physics, received this year's Helen B. Warner Prize for observational or theoretical research from the American Astronomical Society—the premier award for young astronomers. Hirata is cited for his remarkable cosmological studies, particularly his observational and theoretical work on weak gravitational lensing, one of the most important tools for assessing the distribution of mass in the universe. His work on cosmological recombination, structure formation, and dark energy and cosmic acceleration, and the extraordinary depth of understanding he brings to these subjects is facilitating the next generation of important cosmological experiments.


Student Panel on Peace Activism, Human Rights 

The Student Peace Conference and Peace Awards take place 3-8 p.m., January 24 at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. The awards recognize significant contributions by students to peace and justice. Register online.

Sexuality Studies’ New Faculty Lecture Series Kicks-off, January 27

Tanya Saunders, assistant professor, African American and African Studies, lectures on “Transnational Black Lesbian Politics and Hip Hop.” Saunders’ comparison of three feminist lesbian hip hop groups (one from Cuba, two from Brazil) explores hip hop’s place as a site of contemporary transnational feminist and LGBT activism. Co-sponsored by the Department of African American and African Studies. Monday, January 27, 4-5:30 p.m., 311 Denney.

Postdoc Career Development Series

Join early-career faculty who discuss their journey from postdoc to professorship, Monday, January 27, 11 a.m.-noon, 104 Aronoff Laboratory. Find out what it takes to make the leap from postdoctoral researcher to independent faculty researcher. Register online.

ASC Career Services Hosts Nonprofit Fair 

The 2014 Nonprofit Opportunities Fair will welcome nearly 40 nonprofit organizations to campus, Thursday, January 30, in the Ohio Union’s Performance Hall, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Organizations will be recruiting for full-time and part-time staff, internships and volunteers.

Mershon Center Offers Grants, Scholarships for Faculty, Students: Deadline: Friday, January 31

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies holds an annual competition for Ohio State faculty and students to apply for research grants and scholarship funds for projects related to the study of national security in a global context.

Library Hosts Scanning Event for African American Digital Collection

As a part of Columbus Metropolitan Library's annual Black History Month celebration, the library hosts a scanning event, Tuesday, February 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the main branch, 96 S. Grant Ave., which allows visitors to scan photos, letters and documents to be a part of the library’s Columbus African American Collection. Local musician Arnett Howard and the Tuskegee Airmen will be part of the scanning celebration.

COMPAS Photo Contest

The COMPAS (Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society) program in the OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values is sponsoring a photography contest to explore the interaction between public and private. The contest is open to all university faculty, students, staff and alumni, as well as the Columbus community. Professional photographers will judge submissions and cash prizes will be awarded. Deadline: February 6.


January 23

CURA Roundtable: Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University; 3-4:30 p.m., 1080 Derby Hall

Watch Party: Ohio State Student Tori Boggs on the Ellen Degeneres Show; 4 p.m., first floor Roth Lounge, Ohio Union

In Conversation: Department of Art First Year Graduate Student Exhibition Reception; 4:30-5-30 p.m., Hopkins Hall Gallery


January 24

Summer Camp & Recreation Fair; 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Performance Hall, Ohio Union

Debt Burdens: Who Owes? Who Pays?; 11 a.m., George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Sex and Gender in Pre-Modern History: Still Useful Categories of Analysis?; 1-2:30 p.m., 168 Dulles

Suresh Canagarajah’s Translingual Practice discussion; 2 p.m., George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Geography Colloquium: Dr. Robert Bindschadler, NASA Emeritus Scientist; 3:30 p.m., 1080 Derby Hall

January 24-25

DIGI-EYE: Film/Video Showcase; Thurber Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center

January 25

STEAM Factory presents: Project Color; 11 a.m., 400 West Rich St.

Fergus Fellows: Andres Felipe Castelblanco Olaya and Hannah Walsh Reception; 5-7 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

22nd Annual Fergus Scholarship Award Exhibition Reception; 5-7 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

January 27

Mobilizing Movement: Neoliberalism and the Collectivization of the Dancing Body in Post-Crisis Buenos Aires; 12:30-2 p.m., George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Psychology Colloquia: Brandon Turner, Stanford University; 4 p.m., 035 Psychology Building

Sexuality Studies New Faculty Lecture Series 2014: Tanya Saunders; 4-5:30 p.m., 311 Denney Hall

Musicology Lecture: Pop Music in Contemporary Myanmar; 4:30 p.m., 205 18th Avenue Library

Faculty: Scarlet Winds; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium


January 28

Institute for Population Research Seminar: Dr. Alison Norris, Ohio State; 12:30-1:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lecture: Expanding the Performance Potential of the Xylophone; 5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge

January 29

Microbiology Seminar: Ian Lewis, Princeton University; 4:10 p.m., 001 Jennings Hall

Interdisciplinary Showcase: What's going on in Asian America?; 7 p.m., Traditions Room, Ohio Union

Through January 30

Fergus Fellows: Andres Felipe Castelblanco Olaya and Hannah Walsh; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

22nd Annual Fergus Scholarship Award Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through February 18

In Conversation: Department of Art First Year Graduate Student Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through March 3

Invisible Identity: Mujeres Dominicanas en California; first floor glass cases, Ohio Union

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January 22, 2014
Tori Boggs

Ohio State Design Student to be on ‘Ellen’ Jan. 23; Watch Party Planned

Tori Boggs, a second year Industrial Design, Honors Collegium student and nine-time world jump rope champion, will be featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, January 23. The university did a video in December that went viral.

Boggs will be featured in a segment called “Web Videos Live,” in which Ellen shows interesting online/viral videos. Ellen will introduce a video showcasing Boggs’ jump rope skills, after which Boggs will demonstrate her jump roping prowess live on the show and answer questions. Locally, Ellen airs at 4 p.m. on NBC-4. Here’s a teaser.

Ohio State will host a watch party Thursday at 4 p.m. in the Ohio Union, first floor Ben and Arlene Roth Lounge.


Brad Peterson, chair and professor, astronomy, on possible trip to Mars, Columbus Dispatch, January 20, 2014

Randolph Roth, professor of history and sociology; on 55 years of homicides in Ohio, Columbus Dispatch, January 20, 2014

Peter Mansoor, associate professor, history, on resurgence of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Tempi (Italy), January 17, 2014


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