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Blog of the Executive Dean

Welcome Back: Buttons, Bags and Donuts with the Dean

Dean Manderscheid with students
Students, students everywhere — read how Executive Dean David Manderscheid helped welcome them back with ASC buttons and bags at the Student Involvement Fair on Sunday.

Featured Blog

Harvey J. Miller: sustainable transportation, livable cities. And more bikes, please.

How is crime bad for your health? Harvey J. Miller discusses this new study in his latest blog post.

Each week we would like to feature a new blog post from our ASC community — please send links to your posts to


Leadership Announcement

Susan Williams will be joining the college as vice dean, effective Oct. 1. Williams will work with college leadership to create and articulate an ongoing vision that advances faculty collaboration; enhances college-wide policies governing faculty affairs with an emphasis on faculty development, college and unit reward structures; and provides leadership for our academic human resources mission.

US-India STEM Faculty Training Project Kicks-off Autumn Semester

Four pre-doctoral fellows from Egypt’s Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have begun a novel two-year dual-degree program for STEM teachers’ training and advanced research at Ohio State. Malik Azeem Anwar, Hala Noman, Nida Rehmani and Asim Rizvi are enrolled concurrently in PhD programs at AMU and an India-specific MEd (STEM) program at Ohio State. Anil Pradhan, professor, astronomy, is director of the pilot project, under the auspices of the Obama-Singh 21st Knowledge Initiative, a joint partnership between Ohio State and AMU. The project is sponsored by the Office of Global Affairs and the Graduate School; and the colleges of Education, Arts and Sciences, and Engineering.


Call for Proposals: 2015 Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Grants

The BETHA Endowment invites full-time assistant, associate and full professors (with a minimum 75 percent appointment for a nine or 12-month period) to submit proposals for projects that examine the relationship between science and technology and its impact on broader social and cultural issues. Deadline: Nov. 25.

Scholar Spends Three Weeks as Visiting Professor in Brazil

Harvey GraffHarvey J. Graff, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies and professor of English and history, spent three weeks in August as visiting professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) under the auspices of these universities and the ministry of research and education of the government of Brazil. He presented several public lectures, one inaugural lecture, met with various research groups and spoke at the Fifth International Conference on Literacy and Written Culture.

Origins August Podcast

Origins Summer 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. Three Ohio State historians report its commemorations across the globe: Brenna Miller, Sarajevo (Bosnia), where Gavrilo Princip assassinated the Archduke, sparking the war. Kirsten Hildonen; Belgrade (Serbia), its epicenter, feeling aftershocks of wars of the past 25 years. Keshia Lai, Singapore — then: important British colony — now: economic powerhouse.


Romance and Reality in the Mythical Mission Past

The Department of Anthropology presents “How We Found the Lost Spanish Mission on St. Catherines Island,” a lecture by David Hurst Thomas, curator of the American Museum of Natural History and professor at the Richard Gilder Graduate School, Sept. 5, 10:30 a.m., 4012 Smith Lab.


Aug. 28

Reception: PULL LEFT; 5 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Aug. 28

Tim Berra: Darwin & His Children: His Other Legacy; 1 p.m., 001 Jennings Hall

Aug. 29

Barnett Speaker Series: Been Here, Learned That: The Do's and Don'ts of Building a Career in Music; 3:30 p.m., 141 Sullivant Hall

Sept. 3 - 5

Operetta Burlesque; Thurber Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center

Through Sept. 6

PULL LEFT: Contemporary Chinese Art; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through Oct. 3

Tracers Takes Over; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through Oct. 31

Faculty Club Alumni Art Exhibition: Maria Alejandra Zanetta; Faculty Club, 181 South Oval Dr.

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August 27, 2014
Next week, because of the Labor Day holiday, News & Updates will be published on Thursday, Sept. 4.

Save the Date!

Sullivant Hall Grand Opening Celebration
Saturday, Sept. 20
12:30-5 p.m.
1813 N. High St.

Join us for an afternoon of festivities celebrating the transformation of historic Sullivant Hall. Ribbon-cutting, site-specific dance performances, open houses. FREE and open to everyone!


Peter Mansoor, associate professor, history, on the crisis in Iraq, USA Today, Aug. 20, 2014 AND
Bloomberg, The Guardian


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