Don’t Be Caught Short: Complete Your PHA by September 30

Remember, everything changes in 2014! Completing the PHA takes just a few minutes and the money it can save is significant. First, you earn an annual $360 premium credit. More importantly, be aware that if you chose not to do the PHA, you are limited to the basic PPO Plan—a plan with higher premiums, higher out-of-pocket costs, and lower coinsurance. 


Arts and Sciences Part of New Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science

CigaretteThe College of Arts and Sciences is one of six colleges at Ohio State participating in a new university research center devoted to the study of tobacco use patterns, industry marketing practices, and public perceptions. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last week that Ohio State has been awarded an $18.7 million federal grant to establish one of 14 new Centers of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (CERTS) nationally to ensure that the FDA’s regulation of tobacco is based on sound and relevant scientific evidence. Arts and Sciences faculty affiliated with CERTS are Chris Browning, professor, sociology; Ellen Peters, professor, psychology, and director of Ohio State’s Behavioral Decision Making (BDM) Initiative; and Michael Slater, professor, communication. 

New Research Finds Rice Crops Modified to Resist Herbicide Prompts Weedy Neighbors’ Growth Spurt 

Allison SnowAllison Snow, professor; evolution, ecology and organismal biology, finds that rice containing an overactive gene that makes it resistant to a common herbicide can pass that genetic trait to weedy rice, prompting powerful growth even without a weed-killer to trigger the modification benefit. Previous research showed that when a genetically-modified trait passes from a crop plant to a closely-related weed, the weed gains the crop’s engineered benefit only in the presence of the offending insects. This new study is a surprising example of gene flow from crops to weeds that makes weeds more vigorous even without an environmental trigger.

TBDBITL Uses New Technology to Revolutionize Halftime Shows

Ryan Barta and Charlie KingThe Ohio State University Marching Band is going high-tech and going green this season. Thanks to new technology and a cache of iPads, band members can learn complicated formations, visualize drills, and go paperless, allowing them to learn each week’s halftime shows more efficiently and effectively, as well as save money and paper. Two Ohio State student band members—Ryan Barta, a senior majoring in business operations management, and Charlie King, a senior majoring in computer information science and history—came up with the innovative plan to use existing technology and iPads.

Ellen Peters Appointed Director of BDM Initiative 

Ellen PetersEllen Peters, professor, psychology, has been appointed director of Ohio State’s Behavioral Decision Making (BDM) Initiative, an interdisciplinary effort funded by the social and behavioral sciences. Peters has been principal investigator on numerous federal grants; and has worked extensively with the National Cancer Institute and the Food and Drug Administration (current chair of the FDA committee on Risk Communications) to advance the science of human decision making as it applies to health and health policy. Peters’ research focuses on how affective, intuitive, and deliberative processes help people to make decisions in an increasingly complex world.

A Breakthrough for Treating Hearing Loss

Eric Healy and DeLiang Wang
Eric Healy
, professor of speech and hearing science (left), and DeLiang Wang, professor of computer science and engineering, have provided the first demonstration of a processing algorithm capable of improving speech understanding in noise for hearing-impaired listeners. Healy and Wang showed substantial gains in intelligibility, allowing some listeners to improve recognition from near zero to over 70 percent accuracy. The algorithm was so effective that it allowed the hearing-impaired participants to actually outperform listeners with normal hearing. It is hoped that this approach, called "a hearing aid on steroids,” can someday be implemented into hearing aids and cochlear implants to improve quality of life for millions of people. The results are to appear in the October issue of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.


English Professor Awarded Honorary Degree

James PhelanJames Phelan, Distinguished University Professor, English, received an honorary degree from Aarhus University in Denmark last week. Phelan teaches and writes about the English and American novel, particularly modernism to the present, nonfiction narrative, and narrative theory. He edits Narrative, the journal of the International Society for the Study of Narrative. 

Women & Philanthropy Grant to Benefit ACCAD Program for Young Women

Maria PalazziMaria Palazzi, director, Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), received a $28,000 grant from Women & Philanthropy to support the summer program, Digital Animation: A Technology Mentoring Program for Young Women. This support provides funding for ACCAD's summer program for young women in 2014 and 2015, as well as seeding a new social networking community for both mentors and attendees of past and future programs.

Arts and Sciences Students Named Fulbright-Hays Fellows

Three Ohio State graduate students, all from arts and sciences—Gordon Ulmer, anthropology, Kirsten Hildonen, history, and Ian Johnson, history—were selected to participate in the 2013 U.S. Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program. Ulmer will study in Peru, Hildonen in Serbia, and Johnson in Russia. Justin Wilmes, Slavic Languages and Literatures (Russia), was named alternate candidate. This program provides grants to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months.

Slavic Professor Awarded Fellowships

Helena Goscilo, professor, Slavic, received two residential fellowships for the spring 2014 semester to conduct research on her new monograph, “Graphic Ideology: The Soviet Poster from Stalin to Yeltsin.” She will spend two months at the Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki, Finland, and a month at the UCRS Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden.


EYE ON THE SKY: Planetarium Grand Re-Opening

EYE ON THE SKY: Planetarium Grand Re-OpeningWhen Ohio State’s totally renovated—from dome to floor—planetarium re-opens to the public on International Astronomy Day, Saturday, Oct. 12, be prepared to SEE stars. The state-of-the art Spitz SciDome XD extreme definition digital projector and NanoSeam dome, digital surround-sound system, comfortable theater seating, and numerous other improvements, will wow the most jaded star-show goer. Showings begin at 3 pm, and repeat every half hour until 9 pm. All shows are free, but due to limited seating, reservations are strongly recommended. Weather permitting, the grand re-opening includes a star party on the roof of Smith Lab, 174 W. 18th Ave., starting at
7:30 pm.

Homecoming Cookout  

Please join the Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council and Executive Dean David Mandersheid for a homecoming cookout and Cornhole Tournament, Wednesday, October 16, 12-1:30 pm, Browning Amphitheatre, Mirror Lake. Choice of hot dog or hamburger (veggie burgers available), chips, and a drink. RSVP by September 30.


Wellness is Goal of Tobacco-Free Policy

Ohio State has adopted a tobacco-free policy that supports a healthy environment for all members of Buckeye Nation. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the use of all types of tobacco products is prohibited in all university buildings and on all university-owned properties, including parking lots, garages, and all outside areas.

Alumnus’ New Film Receives Warm Sundance Welcome 

Cliff ChenfeldCliff Chenfeld (political science, 1981), co-CEO of Razor & Tie and Kidz Bop, and founder of the progressive group, The Message, is executive producer of a number of films including, Concussion—premiered at Sundance in January—being released in October. Chenfeld returns to Columbus to spend time with students in the Music, Media, and Enterprise program in the School of Music and hosts arts and sciences scholars at his studios in New York as part of his commitment to enrich their student experience. 

MODS2 Is on the Move

MODS2 Is on the MoveMODS2, the last of the matching pair of low- to medium-resolution Multi-Object Double CCD Spectrographs/Imagers Ohio State designed and built for the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory on Mt. Graham in southeastern Arizona, heads to Arizona, Tuesday, Oct. 1. MODS2 is scheduled to be hoisted up out of the basement of McPherson Lab and loaded onto a truck between noon and 1 pm on the 19th Avenue side of McPherson. MODS1 was shipped in May 2010. Rick Pogge, professor, astronomy, and lead PI on the MODS project, said “MODS1 has returned superb scientific data over the past two years and MODS2 will double the LBT's optical spectroscopic capabilities. The MODS team includes project scientist Bruce Atwood and lead project engineer Tom O'Brien

ASC SAC—Here for you!

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September 26 

STEAM and the Future of the University; 11:30 am-1 pm, 100 George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.
Molecular Genetics Seminar: James Hopper; 4:10-5:30 pm, 155 Jennings Hall
Enemies of State: An evening with members of the Revolutionary Action Movement; 6 pm, AAAS Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Wind Symphony; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

September 27

DISCO Meet And Greet; 3:30-5 pm, 165 Thompson Library

September 28

Addition(s): 3+3=6 Reception; 6-8 pm, Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Painting Tableau Stage Reception; 6-8 pm, Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

September 28-November 14

Addition(s): 3+3=6; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

September 30

No Experience Necessary: Modern Mass Spectacle and the Work of Amateur Performers; 4-6 pm, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.
Musicology Lecture: Judith Tick; 4:30 pm, Music/Dance Library, 205 18th Avenue Library

October 1

bell hooks, Beyond White Supremacy; 4-7 pm, 131 Hitchcock

Through October 4

Through November 14

Painting Tableau Stage; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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September 25, 2013

Fall Conference Thursday and Friday, October 3 and 4

The conference will explore several aspects of the tension between what we define as public and what we define as private. Sessions include: Privatization of Public Safety; Privacy and Public Health; Privatization of Public Education; and Privacy, Technology, and Democracy. 

October 4: Keynote address:

Cass Sunstein, professor of law, Harvard University, and former administrator for the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). 

October 3:

Ezekiel Emanuel, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and former special advisor for health policy to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. 


Brad Bushman, professor, communication, and psychology; on the role violent video games play in shootings, CNN, September 19, 2013


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