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How Sweet it is

Dean Manderscheid and Donuts
ASC Executive Dean David Manderscheid held his first TweetupDonuts with the Dean—yesterday in the Physics Research Building. Read more in his recent blog post.


Breast-feeding Benefits Appear to be Overstated

Cynthia ColenCynthia Colen, assistant professor, sociology, is lead author of a new study, published in Social Science & Medicine, suggesting that breast-feeding might be no more beneficial than bottle-feeding for 10 of 11 long-term health and well-being outcomes in children age 4 to 14. The outlier was asthma, which was associated more with breast-feeding than with bottle-feeding.

Endowed Chair Fund in Latin Palaeography

Through a generous gift of her estate, Virginia Brown established the Virginia Brown Endowed Chair Fund in Latin Palaeography at Ohio State. This past fall, her husband James Hankins, professor of history at Harvard University, made a commitment through his estate to complete the fund. The chair fund honors the memory of Virginia Brown, who was a senior fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, and a longtime supporter of manuscript studies at Ohio State. Until the chair endowment is fully realized, revenue will be used to provide programmatic support for Latin palaeography. Support the fund at: (search fund #640849).


Chemist Receives Top Award from American Chemical Society (ACS)

Susan OlesikSusan Olesik, chemistry and biochemistry department chair and Dow Professor of Chemistry, was named this year’s winner of the ACS Award for Chromatography, for innovative, high-impact work. Olesik pioneered the field of enhanced-fluidity liquid chromatography, a technique now commonly used by the pharmaceutical industry for chiral separations. Olesik is the first woman to receive the award to be given during ACS’s national meeting in San Francisco this fall.


Psychology Faculty Member Receives Award

Minjeong JeonMinjeong Jeon, assistant professor, psychology, received the 2014 Brenda Loyd Dissertation Award from the National Council on Measurement in Education, for her thesis, “Estimation of Complex Generalized Linear Mixed Models for Measurement and Growth.” 


Economic Impact Grant

Ida Mirzaie, senior lecturer, economics, received an Impact Grant from Ohio State’s Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) to improve the student experience by introducing the Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) instructional model in Economics 2001.01: Introduction to Microeconomics. The 600-plus students will be given the option to attend either in person or via CarmenConnect. The pilot project begins autumn 2014.


Music Theorist Receives Google Research Award

Johanna DevaneyJohanna Devaney, assistant professor, music theory and cognition, received a Google Faculty Research Award of $39,582 for her project "Developing a language model and representation of symbolic music data for classification and similarity tasks." The award provides funding for a graduate student for one year and gives the awardee the opportunity to work with a Google sponsor. 


Political Science Professor Selected for Book Award

Bear BraumoellerBear Braumoeller, professor, political science, was selected by the International Studies Association (ISA) Midwest for the 2013-2014 J. David Singer Book Award for his work, The Great Powers and the International System: Systemic Theory in Empirical Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2013). This triennial award is given to the author of an outstanding book published in the previous three years.


Titan Arum’s Little Cousins Take over the BioSci Greenhouse, Through Mid-March

Voo-Doo LilyCheck out what may be the largest display—100 blooming specimens—of Amorphallus Konjacs in the world. They have the same bad smell; there is a family resemblance, but the Konjacs, aka Voo-Doo Lily or Devil’s Tongue, have little else in common with their majestic—and very rare—relative. This special display, courtesy of Ohio State alumnus John Lentz and his wife, Marci, may be viewed during regular Biological Sciences Greenhouse visiting hours: M-F: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Can’t visit, watch online.

Brinkley to Discuss Foreign Policy Lessons of Vietnam Era

Douglas BrinkleyDouglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University, bestselling author and presidential historian for CBS News, will speak on "Vietnam, Walter Cronkite, and Today's Foreign Policy Lessons" at noon, Friday, February 28, at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Register online.


Barnett Center Meet and Greet

The new Lawrence & Isabel Barnett Center for Integrated Arts & Enterprise in 131 Sullivant Hall will host an informal gathering Wednesday, March 5, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Stop by for an informal gathering with the center's inaugural director, Sonia BasSheva Manjon, as well as other associated faculty, staff and students. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. 

Yale Law Professor to Present on Science Communication

Dan KahanDan Kahan, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School, will speak on “Democracy and the Science Communication Environment,” Friday March 7, at 2 p.m. in 0035 Psychology Building. Sponsored by the School of Communication and the Behavioral Decision Making Initiative. For more information: or (614) 247-1693.

Physics Hosts Summer Camp for Girls: Application Deadline Monday, April 7 

The 7th Annual GRASP (Girls Reaching to Achieve in Sports and Physics) Summer Camp, hosted by the Physics Undergraduate Studies Office, will offer two separate sessions this year, June 9-13 and June 16-20 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Girls currently in grades 5-8 will see the power and fun in physics through academic and sporting sessions.


February 27

Chemical and Structural Biology RFG Seminar: Hui Wang, University of South Carolina; 11:30 a.m., 111 Parks Hall

CURA Speaker Rachael Woldoff; 3:30 p.m., 1080 Derby Hall

Economics Seminar: Abigail Wozniak, University of Notre Dame; 4 p.m., 437 Arps Hall

The Mirage and the Rainbow: Perspectives of exhibition with history of art graduate students; 6 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.


February 28

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality History Workshop: Leigh Ann Wheeler; 1:30 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall

The world of Greek poleis as an ecology of states: Josiah Ober; 3 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall

Making Human Geography: Kevin R. Cox; 3:30 p.m., 1080 Derby Hall


February 28-March 1

Winter Dance Concert; BalletMet Performance Space, 322 Mount Vernon Ave.


March 2

Women’s Glee Club, Chorale and University Chorus; 3 p.m., Weigel Auditorium

Science Sundays: Mike Reed, Mathematics and Human Physiology; 3 p.m., U.S. Bank Conference Theatre, Ohio Union


March 3

School of Communication Colloquium; 11:30 a.m., 106 Journalism Building

Editing Sir Thomas Browne's Religio Medici; George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Sexuality Studies New Faculty Lecture Series 2014: Same-Sex Families and Health Research Findings, Politics, and Ethics; 4 p.m., 311 Denney Hall

Musicology Lecture: Early 14th-century Controversies on Music: New Sources, New Insights; 4:30 p.m., 205 18th Avenue Library

The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews in the Second World War; 4:30 p.m., Wexner Film/Video Theater

Composer’s Workshop; 8 p.m., Weigel Auditorium


March 4

Institute for Population Research Seminar: Pam Salsberry, Ohio State; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Economics Seminar: Nick Bloom, Stanford University; 3:30 p.m., 437 Arps Hall

Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lecture: Alice Conklin; 5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge

Concert: From Faenza to Buxheim: Keyboard Music of the Fifteenth Century; 6:30 p.m., Hughes Hall Auditorium

University Band; 8 p.m., Weigel Auditorium


March 5

Barnett Center Meet and Greet; 3 p.m., 131 Sullivant Hall

Science Cafe: Are the ice sheets collapsing?; 6:30 p.m., 090/070 18th Avenue Library

Symphony Orchestra; 8 p.m., Weigel Auditorium


Through March 15

The Mirage and the Rainbow: Department of Art Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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February 26, 2014
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Fracking Our Health? 

Join us for a public conversation on hydraulic fracking with a panel of environmental health, media, and risk communication professionals. March 6, 7-8:30 p.m., COSI. Sponsored by Health Sciences Frontiers, a project in the School of Communication and the Behavioral Decision Making Initiative.


Jonathan Waters, director, Ohio State Marching Band, as he helped a Texas band “do over” a marching misstep, Good Morning America, February 24, 2014

Jay Hobgood, professor, atmospheric sciences, on the rare tornadoes in Ohio, Indiana, Columbus Dispatch, February 22, 2014

Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor; and professor, Earth sciences, and Ellen Mosley Thompson, Distinguished University Professor; and professor, geography, on the core of climate change, Charleston Gazette-Mail, February 22, 2014
Preview of Department of Theatre production: "The House of the Spirits" spotlights power of memories, Columbus Dispatch, February 20, 2014


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