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NOV. 13, 2014 | TWEET!



Dance Downtown: Solace and Mirth This Weekend

At Riffe Center’s Capitol Theatre Nov. 14-15. The soulful, playful dances are a reflection of the four featured choreographers.

Tickets: (614) 292-2295. 


Historian’s Ground-Breaking Biography of Spain’s Most Famous Monarch Published This Week

Geoffrey Parker History Professor Geoffrey Parker’s new biography of King Phillip II, Imprudent King: A New Life of Phillip II, published this week by Yale University Press, is the first biography to take advantage of a treasure trove of unidentified documents that Parker discovered in 2011 and authenticated in 2012. Parker is the world’s leading authority on King Phillip II.

New Degree Established

Graph The Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a Master of Quantitative Risk Management degree in the Department of Mathematics. The new program responds to an increasing demand by employers for graduates with knowledge and skills in actuarial and quantitative risk management, and the need for both academic research and industrial practice.  


Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Recipient of Top Professional Society Award

Claudia Turro Claudia Turro, professor, chemistry and biochemistry, is the recipient of the 2014 Inter-American Photochemical Society Award in Photochemistry. The highest award bestowed by the society, it recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of the photochemical and photophysical sciences. Turro is the first woman to receive this award.

Freeman to Serve as President-Elect

Kevin Freeman Kevin Freeman, program manager, Politics, Society and Law Scholars, was elected president-elect for the Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors. He will serve as president-elect 2014-2016, and president 2016-2018.

Comparative Studies Scholar Elected to Ohio Humanities Council

TherTheresa Delgadilloesa Delgadillo, associate professor, comparative studies, was elected to serve as a board member of the Ohio Humanities Council. Delgadillo will serve a three year term, ending October 31, 2017. 


Origins Publishes Series on Berlin Wall

Origins: Current Events in Historic Perspective offers various perspectives on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989. Check out the podcast, 1989: The Year that Changed it All, the feature, “Remember, Remember the 7th of November,” The Fall of the Wall 25 Years On commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall and a blog post, Empty Fountains: Communist-Era Monuments Revisited.

Outreach and Engagement Grants: Proposals due Feb. 16, 2015

Information and application materials are now available for the 2015 Service-Learning, OSU CARES/OSU Extension and Engagement Impact Grants. Proposals for the following grants are due Feb. 16, 2015:
  • Service-Learning/Undergraduate Studies – Total of $40,000 with a maximum individual award of $4,000 for course development with an emphasis on community partnership.
  • OSU CARES/OSU Extension – Total of $100,000 with a maximum individual award of $25,000 per partnership; provides Extension engagement opportunities across Ohio.
  • Engagement Impact Grant/Outreach and Engagement – Total of $200,000 with maximum individual award of $60,000 to support programs focusing on the scholarship of engagement across teaching and research.

Geographical Analysis now all-Digital Format 

The journal, Geographical Analysis, is moving to an all-digital format – both for receipt of manuscripts and publication of the issues. It is part of the Wiley Online Library; Ohio State will retain the copyright. Geography faculty have held numerous editorial positions and currently represent several members of the journal’s editorial board.

NCATE Accreditation Invites 3rd-Party Testimony

The Ohio State University is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in April 2015. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments about the university’s 47 educator preparation programs in the colleges of Education and Human Ecology, Arts and Sciences, Social Work and Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Comments must be submitted, in writing, by Jan. 15, 2015.

Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter – November Issue

The November issue highlights the comparative studies major, an opportunity for students to connect with faculty outside the classroom, study abroad and funding opportunities, and two new interdisciplinary team-taught courses. Contact: Ann Rottersman.

Graff Participates in Sessions at Annual Meeting

Harvey Graff, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies and professor of English and history, participated in two sessions at the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association, Nov. 6-9; the first focused on the book In Defense of Disciplines: Interdisciplinarity and Specialization in the Research University and the second addressed "Varieties of Literacy Campaigns in Historical and Comparative Perspective: New Approaches."

Community Engagement Fellowship Opportunity for Graduate and Professional Students

Graduate and professional students interested in making a difference in local communities are encouraged to apply for the Columbus-Athens chapter of the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. 


Nov. 14

Conservation Ecology in an African Biodiversity Hotspot; 10:30 a.m., 4012 Smith Lab

Scientific Literacy: Preparing for Citizenship; 12 p.m., 311 Denney Hall

Stephanie Kirk, Conceptualizing the Early Modern Americas; 1 p.m., 100 George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Mark Lawrence, The Uses of Vietnam War: U.S. Policy and the Vietnam Analogy; 1:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies

CHR Seminar: John Clark, Poison in the Garden of England: Pesticides, Pollution, and the Modern State in the 1960s; 2 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall

Jazz Ensemble; 8 p.m., Weigel Auditorium

Nov. 14-15

Dance Downtown; Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St.

Texts and Contexts Conference; Ohio Stater's Tradition Room, Ohio Union

Through Nov. 15

Repetition Isolation: The Abundance Within; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

International Comics Forum; Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum

Nov. 15

Crafternoons! Recycled Winter Ornaments; 1 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Larry Brown Memorial Service and Symposium; 4 p.m., 180 Hagerty Hall

An Evening with Congressman John Lewis; 7 p.m., Archie Griffin Ballroom, Ohio Union

ICA Mid-American Festival Gala Concert with Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; 8 p.m., Weigel Auditorium

Through Nov. 17

Phi Sigma Iota's 2014 Foreign Language Film Fest; 180 Hagerty Hall

Nov. 17

Undocumented Vicariousness: The Collateral Consequences of 'Illegality' on Mexican-origin Women’s Depressive Symptoms; 4 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall

Nov. 17-18

Theatre Lab Series: Speech and Debate; 2060 Drake Performance and Event Center

Nov. 18

Mara Telles, Presidential Elections in Brazil: Campaigns and Voting Decisions; 12 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies

IPR Seminar: Clancy Blair; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

In Conversation: Active Learning with iPADs; 1 p.m., Maudine Cow Room, Ohio Union

Arts and Humanities Lecture: Sabra Webber, Retrospective Light; 5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge

Gospel and Spiritual Choir; 8 p.m., Weigel Auditorium

Nov. 19

Zoe Pearson, Challenging Drug War Orthodoxy in Bolivia: An Investigation of Coca-Based Livelihoods, the Legacy of International Drug Control Policy, and the Promises and Pitfalls of Social Control; 12 p.m., 100 George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

ASC Study Abroad Fair; 6 p.m., 11th floor, Thompson Library

J. Albert Harrill, Jesus Stills the Storm, from Different Perspectives; 7 p.m., 010 Page Hall

8th Annual R. Jack and Forest Lynn Biard Cosmology and Astrophysics Lecture; 7:15 p.m., 105 Schoenbaum Hall

Symphonic Band; 8 p.m., Weigel Auditorium

Through Nov. 21

DAIM Recall; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through Nov. 23

In Here Out There; Roy Bowen Theatre

Through Nov. 25

Columbus International Film + Video Festival Volunteer Opportunity

Through Dec. 7

Materialized 3D Printed Sculpture Exhibition, featuring Nathaniel Hartman; Wright State University

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Sherry Turkle

Discovery Themes Lecturer Program to feature Sherry Turkle

The Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program will feature Sherry Turkle, “The Flight from Conversation,” on Thursday, Nov. 20, 6-7:15 p.m., Ohio Union East Ballroom. Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and founder and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.


Public Lecture on Watergate by John Dean and James Robenalt

John Dean, White House counsel for President Richard Nixon (1970-73) and James Robenalt, attorney and Moritz Law School alumnus, lecture on Watergate, Dec. 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Moritz College of Law. RSVP suggested.



Steven Conn, professor, history, and director of the Public History Program, interview about his book Americans Against the City: Anti-Urbanism in the Twentieth Century (Oxford University Press, 2014), New Books Network, Nov. 12, 2014

R. Kelly Garrett, associate professor, communication, on partisan and mainstream media: who watches what, Harvard Political Review, Nov. 10, 2014
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