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JAN. 28, 2015 | TWEET!



ASC is Online, Onstage, On-Point

Dean Manderscheid shares a few examples of how the College of Arts and Sciences is taking full advantage of diverse platforms to engage and educate the public.

(pictured left, Paul Sutter, #AskASpaceman)


The First Ever ASC/Campus Campaign Talent Show

Showcase your talent at the First Ever Arts and Sciences/Campus Campaign Talent Show, Thursday, March 19, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Weigel Hall Auditorium. Food served after performances. Entries can be musical, artistic, serious, hilarious…The committee will discuss logistics/special needs with each participant. Interested? Fill out a form by Feb. 20. Contact Eric DrakeJill Klimpel or Lisby Roberson.


Two ASC Researchers Receive 2015 AFOSR Young Investigator Awards

Robert Baker, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry; and Cosmin Blaga, research scientist in Physics Professor Louis DiMauro’s laboratory; have been named AFOSR 2015 Young Investigators. The program, sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, supports scientists and engineers with PhD or equivalent degrees earned in the last five years whose work illustrates exceptional research ability. The program fosters creative research in basic science and engineering and enhances the early career development of promising young investigators. This year, AFOSR funds the winning research proposals of 57 scientists and engineers from 43 research institutions and small businesses with approximately $16.6M in grants.

Anthropology Professor Receives Fulbright Scholarship

Piperata Barbara Piperata, professor, anthropology, received a J. William Fulbright Scholarship for research in Brazil in autumn 2015. The research aims to advance understanding of how economic change, including the injection of cash from the Bolsa Família Program — the world’s largest conditional cash transfer program — is influencing the livelihood strategies of rural Amazonian households. Piperata will work with colleagues at the University of São Paulo, the Federal University of Pará and staff at the newly opened Ohio State Gateway in São Paulo.

Humanities Without Walls Summer Fellows Selected

Liseli Fitzpatrick, doctoral candidate, African American and African studies; and Leticia Wiggins, history graduate student and LASER/ Humanities Institute graduate fellow, were selected 2015 Humanities Without Walls pre-doctoral summer fellows. 


Greenhouse Cover Girl

LeonardJoan Leonard, ASC greenhouse coordinator, is one of five Ohio State greenhouse managers featured in Greenhouse Manager’s Dec. 14, 2014 cover story on a design-build process at OARDC; Leonard was interviewed about work on upgrades/repairs at the Biological Sciences Greenhouse. 

The Women’s Place Winter Women’s Reception

Women's Reception Celebrate Ohio State women’s accomplishments and contributions to the university, Feb. 3, 4-6 p.m., Longaberger Alumni House. Special guests President Michael Drake and Provost Joseph Steinmetz.


College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Staff Awards Nominations

The College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Staff Awards recognize staff members whose performance demonstrates sustained excellence in overall job performance and has improved or enhanced work life and services of faculty, staff, students and/or the university. Special consideration will be given to staff who have enhanced the visibility of the college through interdisciplinary connections and/or university community service.  Funding for this program supports up to six awards with each recipient receiving a $1,000 one-time cash award and an increase of $500 to his or her base salary. Eligibility and nomination information may be found online. Deadline: Feb. 20.


Through Jan. 29

23rd Annual Fergus Scholarship Award Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Fergus Fellow: Samantha Parker Salazar; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Jan. 29

Ferguson in Context: A Talk by Richard Rosenfeld, University of Missouri-St. Louis; 12 p.m., Hale Center, 154 W. 12th Avenue

István Povedák, Vernacular Religious Wars: The Battle of Sükösd; 4 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.

The Institutional Life of Intersectionality, or Notes on Feminist Fatigue; 4 p.m., McPherson Chemical Lab 1015

Reception, You Are Here: First Year MFA Exhibition; 4:30 p.m., Hopkins Hall Gallery

Film Screening: Very Young Girls; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Jan. 29 - Jan. 31

Department of Dance Winter Concert: Inflecting Space; Barnett Theatre, Sullivant Hall

Through Jan. 30

Art Scholars Juried Exhibition 2015; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

You Make Me Do This: Performance Art from the 2015 Theatre MFA Acting Cohort; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Jan. 30

Workshop on Peer Review of Teaching, 11:30 a.m., 035 Psychology Building

Modern U.S. History Seminar: Pippa Holloway, Felon Disfranchisement and the History of American Citizenship; 12:30 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall

ICS Lecture: Wenqing Kang, Male Same-Sex Relations in Socialist China; 3 p.m., 140 Jennings Hall

Women's Glee Club - CONCEPT: Freedom; 7:30 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Jan. 31

Honor Choir Invitational Concert and Art Fashion Show; 4 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Feb. 3

IPR Seminar: Jennifer Syvertsen; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Why was Pharaoh's Baker 'Crucified’?; 4 p.m., 206 Denney Hall

Peter van der Veer, Urban Religion in Asia: A Comparative Perspective; 4:30 p.m., 165 Thompson Library

Feb. 4

Arts and Humanities Lecture: Lucy Eldersveld Murphy, Imagine Them to be a White People: Fur Trade Families Resisting Racialization in the Era of American Indian Removal; 5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge

Science Cafe: Your Pharmacist: The Key to Improving Your Health; 6:30 p.m., 18th Avenue Library, Room 090/070

Through Feb. 6

Jean Kirsten: For Laban; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through Feb. 20

You Are Here: First Year MFA Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

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Celebrate a Weekend of Free Science Fun and Info, Open to the Public

Explore nature indoors: Museum of Biological Diversity's Annual Open House, Saturday, Feb. 7. Learn about venoms, poisons, and the organisms that make them. Hands-on activities for kids and adults. Live animals. Treasure hunt. Special displays. Tours. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 1315 Kinnear Rd. Free parking. 

Science Sundays, ASC’s free, public lecture series continues Feb. 8, as Joel Cohen - Professor of populations and director of Laboratory of Populations, Rockefeller and Columbia Universities, presents, The Human Population: Its Past and Its Prospects. Lecture: 3-4 p.m., Wexner Film/Video Theater; Reception, 4-5 p.m., Wexner Center Cafe.



Ian Howat, associate professor, Earth sciences; Michael Bevins, professor, Earth sciences; on Greenland’s disappearing lakes, TIME, Jan. 22, 2015 

Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on President Obama’s address, U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 21, 2015 

Michael Lisa, professor, physics, on the Patriots-Colts Deflategate, CBS Sports, Jan 21, 2015

Anil Pradhan, professor, astronomy; Chris Orban, assistant professor, physics, Marion campus; and Sultana Nahar, research scientist, astronomy; on a higher-than-predicted measurement of iron opacity at solar interior temperatures, Nature, January 2015 
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