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Science Sundays, ASC’s Free, Public Lecture Series, Continues Jan. 11

Clifford Will, distinguished professor of physics at the University of Florida, presents "Black Holes, Waves of Gravity and other Warped Ideas of Dr. Einstein.” Lecture: 3-4 p.m., Wexner Film/Video Theater. Reception: 4-5 p.m., Wexner Café.


Posting More Online Photos of Yourself May Suggest Anti-Social Traits

Jesse Fox Jesse Fox, assistant professor, communication, is lead author of a new study finding that men who posted more online photos of themselves than others scored higher on measures of narcissism and psychopathy. In addition, men who were more likely to edit their selfies before posting scored higher in narcissism and self-objectification, which measures how much they prioritize their appearance. Fox conducted the study with Margaret Rooney, a graduate student in communication. Their results are published online in the journal, Personality and Individual Differences.

Chemistry Graduate Students Named Forbes 30 Under 30 

DaDamian Beauchamp, Xiaodi Ren and Kate Fishermian Beauchamp, chemistry graduate teaching assistant; Xiaodi Ren, chemistry graduate research associate; and Kate Fisher, Fisher School of Business WPMBA program, were named to Forbes’ 2015 30 Under 30 Energy. Beauchamp and Ren are among the co-founders of KAir Battery LLC, commercializing a potassium-air battery offering exceptional energy efficiency with three times the capacity of leading lithium-ion batteries. The expected cost? Less than $90.

English Verification for J-1 Scholars

The Department of State published a final rule revising J Subpart A of 22 CFR Part 62, which governs the Exchange Visitor Program. The new English language proficiency requirement, which went into effect Jan. 5, requires J-1 program sponsors to determine that prospective exchange visitors have sufficient English proficiency to successfully participate in their J-1 programs at Ohio State.

History Professor's Book Selected a Top 10 of 2014

Steven Conn History Professor Steven Conn’s book, Americans Against the City: Anti-Urbanism in the Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press), was selected one of the top 10 books in urban planning, design and development published in 2014 by Planetizen, the premier urban planning website. Conn is director of the history department’s Public History Initiative.


Astronomy Researcher Honored for Ongoing Work in Bangladesh and Egypt 

Sultana Nahar For several years, Sultana Nahar, astronomy research scientist, has collaborated in ongoing initiatives to improve physics research and education at multiple universities and STEM educational institutions in Bangladesh and Egypt. Recently, Nahar was honored for her efforts by Bangladesh’s University of Dhaka and Jagannath University. In Egypt, Nahar received honors for similar engagement in physics education and research from Cairo University and Al-Azhar University.


Ohio State/NCH Host 2nd Genomics Symposium: Registration Deadline Jan. 9

Ohio State’s Division of Human Genetics and Nationwide Children’s Hospital host “Road to Collaboration for the Human Genetics and Genomics Community: Big Data and Big Ideas in Genomic Medicine,” Wednesday, Jan. 14, Biomedical Research Tower (BRT) Room 105. Keynote speakers: Teri Manolio, National Human Genomic Research Institute and Gonçalo Abecasis, chair, Department of Biostatistics, University of Michigan. Contact Tammy Bealer for information.

Poet and Critic Susan Stewart to Present “Life of Ruins”

Susan Stewart The Humanities Institute, in partnership with the American Academy in Berlin, hosts Susan Stewart, Avalon Foundation University Professor of the Humanities and director, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, Princeton University, for a lecture on “The Life of Ruins,” Jan. 15, 4:30-6 p.m., Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater.

George Segal Sculpture Installed

Scaffolding A sculpture by George Segal is being installed this week in Ohio State’s student union. Circus Acrobats, created in 1988, is a gift to the university from the George and Helen Segal Foundation. The piece features two figures, cast in bronze, soaring over the majestic Great Hall in the Ohio Union. The foundation’s interest in Ohio State stems from a 2013 exhibition at the Urban Arts Space: Donald Lokuta: Plato’s Cave Segal’s Studio, which featured large-scale photographs of Segal at work, by alumnus Lokuta.

New Health Classes 

Ohio State’s Center of Integrative Health and Wellness new round of health classes (yoga, tai chi and more) began Jan. 5 and continue through the winter. Complete list of classes, register online.

CEM Highlighted by Senator Sherrod Brown

Senator Sherrod Brown’s latest newsletter highlights the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), its recent NSF award and CEM’s importance for manufacturing, innovation and jobs in Ohio. P. Christopher Hammel is director of CEM, one of an elite group of NSF MRSCEC centers nationally. 


Arts and Sciences Above and Beyond Buckeye Prize

Natascha Miller and Dean ManderscheidNatascha Miller, academic program coordinator for Germanic languages and literatures, is the November winner of the Executive Dean and Staff Advisory Council "Above and Beyond Buckeye" award. She is only the second recipient of this prize and was selected from an extremely competitive pool.

New Accelerator Awards for Inventors: Application Deadline Jan. 23

Ohio State’s Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) has launched the Accelerator Awards, to provide a small amount of fast and flexible capital to Ohio State researchers to further develop and validate their inventions, software and technologies. The awards — to be distributed in amounts up to $50,000 —  are available to all Ohio State researchers for the development of technologies. These awards are granted twice each year.

Staff Professional Development Grants: Application Deadline Jan. 23

College of Arts and Sciences staff members are encouraged to apply for professional development funding through an ASC Staff Professional Development Grant.

ASC Awards Call for Nominations: Deadline Jan. 30

Nominations are being accepted for the college’s Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award, the Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award and the Honors Faculty Service Award.


Jan. 10-29

23rd Annual Fergus Scholarship Award Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Fergus Fellow: Samantha Parker Salazar; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Jan. 11

Science Sundays: Clifford Will, Black Holes, Waves of Gravity and Other Warped Ideas of Dr. Einstein; 3 p.m., Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

Jan. 12

Musicology Lecture: Charles Atkinson; 4:30 p.m., 2nd Floor, 18th Avenue Library

Jan. 12-30

Art Scholars Juried Exhibition 2015; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Jan. 13-Feb. 6

Jean Kirsten: For Laban; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Jan. 13

IPR Seminar: Stephen Petrill; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

RSC's Greg Doran to Speak at Barnett Center; 4:30 p.m., 141 Sullivant Hall

Through Jan. 16

International Exhibition of Contemporary Student Printmaking; Hopkins Hall Gallery

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Above and Beyond Buckeye Prize: Nomination Deadline Extended to Jan. 22

Nominations from faculty and staff are needed for January’s Arts and Sciences Above and Beyond Buckeye Prize, which recognizes arts and sciences staff members who go above and beyond, doing extraordinary work every day. Nominations must be submitted online



Peter Mansoor, associate professor, history, Iraq’s Shiite militias, Christian Science Monitor, Dec. 23, 2014

Wendy Panero, associate professor, Earth sciences, on how ancient Earth made its own water, R&D Magazine, Dec. 17, 2014

Hassan Aly, professor, economics, on economic predictions for 2015, WalletHub, Dec. 16, 2014
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