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APRIL 8, 2015 | TWEET!



CBEC: Making the Impossible Possible

Executive Dean David Manderscheid talks about why CBEC is not just another research building. CBEC ushers in a new era of interdisciplinary collaborations in a shared setting, accelerating innovation, making the impossible possible.


Eight Awesome Things You Do Not Know About CBEC

CBEC Wave WallIt’s done now. But once it was just a big, deep hole in the ground. Before that, it was only a gleam in the eye of a few visionary researchers. What does it take to make a world-class research facility?

Buckeye Cloggers and Folk Musicians Perform in China

Cloggers and PerformersFour Ohio State students, a staff member and their faculty organizer, took some true down-home Ohio culture halfway around the world to China over spring break. The group, brought together under the U.S. State Department-funded Center for American Culture, consisted of an old-time band — with fiddle, guitar and banjo players — and two cloggers, and included two Arts and Sciences students, Carrie Miller, music education; and Janet Schroeder, dance.

Geography Researchers Author Paper on Environmental Politics

Becky Mansfield, professor; Kendra McSweeney, associate professor; and Darla Munroe, associate professor, geography, are co-authors along with recent geography PhD students Justine Law, Christine Biermann and Caleb Gallemore, of a new paper on “Environmental Politics After Nature: Conflicting Socioecological Futures,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers, March 2015.


ASC Vice-Dean Receives UCAT Founder’s Award

Susan Williams College of Arts and Sciences Vice-Dean Susan Williams received the Founder’s Award from Ohio State’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) on April 3. UCAT supports and advocates for all who teach at Ohio State and creates a community where student-focused teaching principles and practices are valued and teachers feel connected to each other. The Founder’s Award was established in 2008 by the Executive Council of the Academy of Teaching to recognize individuals for meritorious service in promoting teaching excellence at Ohio State. “Susan received the award for all of her many efforts to support outstanding teaching at the university, but especially for championing the recent creation of the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer,” UCAT Director Alan Kalish said. Previous recipients include Brian Joseph, professor, linguistics.

Geographer Selected for National Research Award

MillerHarvey Miller, the Bob and Mary Reusche Chair in Geographic Information Science (GIS) and professor of geography, has been selected for the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) 2015 Research Award. The award is given to the creator of a particularly outstanding research contribution to geographic information science. Miller is widely regarded as the world’s foremost contributor in theory, methods and applications of space-time GIScience. His groundbreaking research paper, “Modeling accessibility using space-time prism concepts within geographical information systems,” was the first work to link time geography with GIScience. Miller will receive his award during the upcoming UCGIS Symposium in Alexandria, Virginia, May 28-30. 

AAAS Professor Receives Presidential Award

Leslie Alexander Leslie Alexander, associate professor and graduate studies chair, African American and African studies, received the Presidential Award for Exemplary Service and Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Africana Studies at the National Council for Black Studies conference in Los Angeles in March. 

Devaney Awarded NEH Grant

DevaneyJohanna Devaney, assistant professor, music theory and cognition, received a $59,843 start-up grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities' Digital Humanities program to support her Automatic Music Performance Analysis and Comparison Toolkit (AMPACT) to work with ensemble performances.

Slavic Studies Professors Awarded Two-Year Grant

Yana Hashamova, professor, Slavic Studies (PI); and Jennifer Suchland, associate professor, Slavic studies and women's, gender and sexuality studies (co-PI), were awarded a two-year collaborative grant from the Slovenian International Integration Agency and the European Science Foundation to work with three Slovene scholars, Oto Luthar, professor of history and director of the Research Center of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts (PI); Simona Zavratnik, assistant professor, Center for Special Sociology, University of Ljubljana (co-PI); and Sanja Cukut Krilić, research fellow, Sociomedical Institute, Research Center of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts (co-PI). Their project, “Gendered migrations and human trafficking: comparative study of the experiences in the USA and Slovenia,” will employ interdisciplinary approaches and generate new data. It has the potential to become an innovative study to combine investigation of gendered migration and human trafficking.


ASC RDS Undergraduate Recruitment Update Day 

ASC Recruitment and Diversity Services Undergraduate Recruitment Update Day is May 28, 8:30-11 a.m. for faculty and staff stakeholders to explore topics and best practices in undergraduate recruitment; recruitment activities and yield results. Executive Dean David Manderscheid, Associate Executive Dean Steve Fink and Chief Administrative Officer John Nisbet kick off the event discussing the role of enrollment revenue on the college's operating budget and the enrollment planning process. Contact Chinwe Okpalaoka with questions.

Week of Events for Fullbright Recipients

The Office of International Affairs, the Graduate School and the Undergraduate Fellowship Office are hosting a week of events, April 13-17, acknowledging past Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays recipients; hosting workshops and information sessions and open houses. All are welcome.

Molecular Genetics Graduate Students Present 39th Annual Adolph E. Waller Memorial Lecture Series

Richard AmasinoRichard Amasino, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will deliver the 39th Annual Waller lectures, April 16 and 17. The technical lecture, “How plants remember winter so they can flower in the spring,” is April 16, 4:10 p.m., 111 Parks. The public lecture, “Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and Public Perception of Science,“ is April 17, 4 p.m., 355 Jennings.

Department of English Presents Shakespeare’s Richard II 

Richard IIThe Department of English and its Lord Denney’s Players give four performances of Shakespeare’s Richard II at the Columbus Performing Arts Center. Performances: 7:30 p.m., April 17 and 18; 7:30 p.m., April 23 and 24. Cast and crew include students from English, theatre, creative writing, philosophy and more; plus faculty and staff. Students: $5; general admission: $10. Call (614) 292-6065 to reserve. 

Tickets Available for Don Giovanni

Don GiovanniOhio State’s Opera and Lyric Theatre program presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19 in Thurber Theatre. The timeless drama has been given a modern, edgy twist by director Scott Parry. It will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. Tickets through the Theatre Box Office (614) 292-2295.

Anthropology Professor Presents Research to Society for American Archaeology

Richard Yerkes, professor, anthropology, presents his research, “Archaeologists discover a ‘False start’ toward Hereditary Inequality during the Neolithic period in Southeast Europe,” at the 80th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, April 17 in San Francisco. 


Charles Massey Jr. Recognized by Former Students

Charles MasseyCharles Massey Jr., emeritus professor, art, was recognized with a portfolio of prints produced by 23 of his former students in printmaking, titled “The Influence of a good teacher can never be erased.” The portfolio commemorates Massey’s years of dedication to his students and was on display at the SPHERE SGC International Printmaking Conference in Knoxville in March. Massey taught printmaking at Ohio State for 39 years. He also was recognized for his professional achievements in art and teaching at the Dear Summer exhibition at Millworks Art Studios in Columbus in February.   

April Above and Beyond Buckeye Nominations Due 

Buckeye LeafThe Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is accepting nominations for the April Above & Beyond Buckeye Award, recognizing arts and sciences staff members who go above and beyond and who are doing great work each and every day. Nominations are due April 9. 

ASC Staff Professional Development Grants: Deadline May 1 

College of Arts and Sciences staff members are encouraged to apply for professional development funding. For additional information, eligibility and the online application, please visit the ASC SAC website.


April 9

Devin Grammon, Andes & Amazonia Working Group; 1 p.m.

Shell Distinguished Woman in Science Lecture; 4 p.m., 100 Mendenhall Laboratory

Kane Lecture featuring D.A. Miller; 4 p.m., 311 Denney Hall 

Artist Conversation with Richard Ross and Sharon Daves; 6:30 p.m., Saxbe Auditorium

38th Annual Jazz Festival: Divas Night; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

April 9-11

Spiritual Values and the Physical World; Various locations

Through April 10

Exhibit: The Photography of Richard Ross, Juvenile in Justice and Girls in Justice; Michael E. Moritz College of Law Library

April 10

CBEC Grand Opening; 1 p.m., CBEC Building, 151 W. Woodruff Ave.

CHR Seminar: Annabel Brett, The Space of Politics and the Space of War in Early Modern Natural Jurisprudence; 2 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall

Nicholas Breyfogle, Russia and the Race for the Arctic; 5:30 p.m., Rosa Ailabouni Room, Ohio Union

CMRS Lecture Series: Graham Parkes, University of College Cork; 7 p.m., 180 Hagerty Hall

38th Annual Jazz Festival: Ohio State Jazz Ensemble; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

April 10-11

Hiphop Literacies Conference; Hale Black Cultural Center, 154 W. 12th Ave.

Through April 11

Department of Design Spring Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

April 11

38th Annual Jazz Festival: College Jazz Band Day; 10 a.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

The STEAM Factory presents Higher-dimensional symmetry with Niles Johnson; 11 a.m., 400 W. Rich St. Market

38th Annual Jazz Festival: Mark Flugge Tribute Concert; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

April 12

38th Annual Jazz Festival: High School Jazz Band Day; 10 a.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Science Sundays: Craig Mello, A Worm's Tale: Secrets of Evolution and Immortality; 3 p.m., Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

38th Annual Jazz Festival: Manner Effect; 7 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

April 13

Musicology Lecture: Lois Rosow; 4:30 p.m., 2nd Floor, 18th Avenue Library, 175 W. 18th Ave.

April 14

Annual Ludden Lecture: Jaś Elsner; 6 p.m., 001 Jennings Hall

April 15

Symphonic Band; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Through April 17

Undergraduate Juried Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through April 19

MFA Acting Solo Festival; Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center

Through May 2

Faculty Club Art Exhibit; Faculty Club, 181 South Oval Dr.

Through May 7

Kimono Exhibit; Hagerty Hall Lobby

Through July 5

Manga Exhibit: World of Shojo Manga: Mirrors of Girls’ Desires!; Billy Ireland Cartoon Library

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CBEC Grand Opening

Celebrating CBEC: Friday, April 10

This unprecedented partnership between two colleges opens new doors to collaborations that accelerate innovation, discovery and inspire new generations of problem-solvers. Celebration kicks off at 1 p.m., reception at 1:30 p.m.

Craig Mello

Science Sundays Concludes April 12

The 2014-2015 season of Science Sundays, ASC’s free, public lecture series concludes April 12, as Nobel Laureate Craig Mello presents, "A Worm's Tale: Secrets of Evolution and Immortality." Lecture: 3-4 p.m., Wexner Film/Video Theater; Reception, 4-5 p.m., Wexner Center Cafe.



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