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Student Loans Help Women More than Men in Reaching Graduation

Rachel DwyerRachel Dwyer, associate professor, sociology, is co-author of a new study revealing that student loans provide more help to women than they do for men in encouraging graduation from college. Dwyer conducted the study with Randy Hodson, professor, sociology, and Laura McCloud, assistant professor, sociology, Pacific Lutheran University. Their results appear in the February 2013 issue of the journal Gender & Society.

The Truth about the Rise of Women

Claudia BuchmannClaudia Buchmann, professor, sociology, is co-author of a new book, The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What it Means for American Schools, on why and how girls are outperforming boys in high school and going on to get a disproportionate share of college degrees. 

Design Students Win Awards

Morgan Perry, Yutong Wu, Yunqi Yuan, and Justin Bechstein
Ohio State industrial design students placed in four of 11 student categories in the 20th Annual National Student Design Competition: Yutong Wu second place; Yunqi Yuan third place; and Morgan Perry and Justin Bechstein honorable mention. The students, all juniors, will attend the 2013 International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago March 2-5 to present their winning designs. (Photo, l-r, Morgan Perry, Yutong Wu, Yunqi Yuan, and Justin Bechstein)

COMPAS Deadline for Proposals:  March 15

The Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society (COMPAS) program for September 2013-April 2014 focuses on the distinction between Public/Private, a theme connecting a wide range of pressing policy questions and scholarly debates. Public/Private consists of two interdisciplinary conferences and up to six stand-alone events exploring public/private-related issues from various disciplinary perspectives. Ohio State faculty and units are invited to submit proposals for stand-alone events to Michael Neblo by March 15.

Brave wins Oscar!

BraveBrave, the animated film from Pixar Animation Studios, won an Oscar for Best Animated Film on Sunday. Steve May, who earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science and studied at the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), is chief technology officer at Pixar and served as Brave’s supervising technical director. Other alumni credited on the film include Fran Kalal (2005, BA, Design; 2008, MFA, Design), Beth Albright (2008, MFA, Design); Kyoung Lee (2004, MFA, Art); Jenny Macy (2000, BFA, Art).

Code Peace - Awareness Dinner

The Pakistani American Students’ Association will host a dinner on Friday, March 1, 6:30 pm, to educate and raise awareness about the consequences of drone attacks in Pakistan. John Quigley, professor, International and Comparative Law, along with Danial Noorani, founder and CEO of The Citizens Foundation USA, will speak. All proceeds collected will be donated to The Citizens Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to building schools to serve underprivileged children in Pakistan. Tickets: Non-PASA members, $15; PASA members, $12.


Spring Career Day

Arts and Sciences Career Services annual Spring Career Day, March 5, 10 am-3 pm, Ohio Union Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom. Representatives from 100 organizations are recruiting current students and recent graduates for internships and entry-level opportunities.

It's a Global Market - Are You a Global Candidate?

In today's competitive job market, refining your international etiquette and interviewing skills can give you a marked advantage and help solidify a job offer. Learning the do's and don'ts of interviewing, social media, email correspondence, and professional networking will help you stand out in any crowd, from Columbus to Warsaw to Shanghai and beyond. Join etiquette consultant and attorney Sharon Schweitzer from Protocol and Etiquette Worldwide for this interactive workshop, March 7, 5:30 pm, 130 Page Hall. Stay for the reception at 6:30 pm for Q&A, light refreshments, and a chance to practice your networking know-how. Dressing in interview attire is encouraged but not mandatory. Seats are limited. RSVP to


SBS Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows Lecture

Cassi PittmanSocial and Behavioral Sciences Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows Lecture Series featuring Cassi Pittman, postdoctoral fellow, sociology, on The Doctor and the Drug Dealer: How Cultural Affinities and Racial Identity Inform Blacks' Racial Residential Preferences, Friday, March 8, 12:30 pm, 248 Townshend Hall.

Science Sundays Continues March 17

John Wenzel, director, Powdermill Nature Reserve, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, talks about something he knows well, How to work as a team when no one knows what she is doing. Wenzel, former director of Ohio State’s Museum of Biological Diversity and entomology professor, studied insect behavior under E.O. Wilson at Harvard. Lecture, 3-4 pm, Ohio Union Conference Theater; reception, 4-5 pm, Ohio Union Ohio Staters’ Room. Free/open to the public.

February 28

MG 7890: 4th Year Student Talk; 4:10 pm, 0111 Parks Hall
University Band; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

February 28-March 2

MFA Dance: Cornering A Hare; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

February 28-March 7

The Visit, by Friedrich Dürrenmatt; Thurber Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center

March 1

Indigenous Literacies; 12 pm, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.
Iberian Studies Working Group Meeting; 3:30 pm, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

March 3

Mozart's Requiem; 3 pm, Mershon Auditorium
The Wandering View: The Jewish Immigrant In World Cinema; 6 pm, Columbus Jewish Community Center, 1125 College Ave.

March 4

Kris Manjapra, The Work of Comparison: Contacts, Relations, Entanglements; 3:30-5:30 pm, University Hall Museum, room 143

March 5

Annual Bourguignon Lecture in Art and Anthropology; 6-7 pm, 300 Journalism Building

March 6

Catalan Working-Class Choirs and Iberian Culture; George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

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February 27, 2013

Earl Smith

African American Men, Wrongful, Convictions, Incarceration… Then Exoneration

The Department of African American and African Studies Community Extension Center presents a lecture with Earl Smith of Wake Forest University. Mass incarceration is one of the most pressing issues facing the African American community today. Inside the issue of mass incarceration lie phenomena of wrongful convictions and exoneration. Thursday, February 28, 6-7:30 pm, African American and African Studies Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave.
In the News
Preview of Department of Theatre's The Visit, Columbus.Broadway World online, Monday, February 25, 2013

Rachel Dwyer, associate professor, sociology, on why student loans help women more than men, Science Daily, February 22, 2013
Jay Zagorsky, research scientist, Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR) on why married couples are richer than singles, Fox Business, February 22, 2013
Claudia Buchmann, professor, sociology, on how and why female students continue to outpace their male counterparts in education yet still can’t seem to earn a comparable paycheck, Inside Higher Ed, February 21, 2013
Tony Mughan, director, International Studies program, on the popularity of the national-security major, Columbus Dispatch, February 19, 2013
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