Public/PrivateThe Center for Ethics and Human Values' Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society (COMPAS) will focus its 2013-14 program on the distinction between Public/Private. This year-long program will reach across a range of academic disciplines at Ohio State and will include conferences, seminars, colloquia, and community events.
Cass SunsteinThe Public/Private Fall Conference takes place October 3 and 4 and features keynote speaker Cass Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor and the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and former administrator for the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Ezekiel EmanuelAs part of the autumn conference, the Humanities Institute is presenting Ezekiel Emanuel, vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and former special advisor on health policy and the Affordable Care Act for the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, for a discussion on health care reform and the future of American medicine. 

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ASC Scientists and COSI Bring Science to Life

ASC Scientists and COSI Bring Science to LifeArts and sciences researchers teamed up with Columbus’ COSI (Center of Science and Industry) to introduce current scientific research and its applications to general audiences as part of COSI’s new Portal to the Public Initiative. COSI’s inaugural Portal to the Public event August 24 featured three ASC scientists: John Beacom, professor; physics, and astronomy, and director, Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP); Kathryn Campbell-Kibler, assistant professor, linguistics; and Cheng Zhang, design graduate student and student affiliate at the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD).

New Professional Websites for ASC Faculty
and Staff

U.OSU.EDUWe are proud to announce that the College of Arts and Sciences will be the pilot group for the university's new, easy-to-use professional website and blog platform U.OSU.EDU. Your use and feedback will be critical to the ongoing development of this new professional resource prior to full university release. Sign up for your site todayThere are workshops you can sign up for to learn more and set up your professional site: September 17, 9:30-11 am and September 23, 11:30 am-1 pm.


Psychology Professor Receives NFS Award

Vladimir SloutskyVladimir Sloutsky, professor, psychology, is the recipient of a $704,613 National Science Foundation (NSF) award for his research, The Role of Language in Infant Category Learning. Sloutsky’s research focuses on conceptual development, and on interrelationships between cognition and language. He is the director of the department’s Cognitive Development Lab.

Criminal Justice Research Center Graduate Student Travel Grant Competition

Open to all Ohio State graduate students who have submitted an abstract and are presenting at the 2013 American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 20-23. Selected applicants receive $500 for conference and travel-related costs. Deadline: Friday, September 27. Contact: Amanda Kennedy.

The Lantern Wins Five Awards

The Lantern won five awards in the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists contest: first place in news writing; first place in opinion writing; first place in sports writing; second place in news writing; and first place / best daily college newspaper in the state. This is the second time in three years that The Lantern was named Best Daily College Newspaper.


Earth Sciences Students Publish Mirror Lake Jump Research Study

Earth Sciences Students Publish Mirror Lake Jump Research Study
The work of Earth Science Professor Anne Carey’s students is featured in a newly-published article in the Journal of Geoscience Education. Carey’s students: Steven Goldsmith, Annette Trierweiler, Susan Welch, Alyssa Bancroft, and Justin Von Bargen wrote about their study of the iconic “Mirror Lake Jump” in their Earth Sciences 1100 labs. Since 2008, Carey’s research group has been studying the chemistry of Mirror Lake water before, during, and after the annual jump. Their paper describes their use of the data in teaching labs and how, as a result of studying the jump chemistry, attitudes of students enrolled in Earth Sciences 1100 were changed about water quality issues in Ohio.

John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures

Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, Global Distinguished Professor of English at New York University, presents Zeitgeist and the Literary Text: India, 1947, in Qurratulain Hyder’s My Temples, Too, and Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, September 6, 4 pm, Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Room, Ohio Union.

Microbiology Seminar

Bob Kranz, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, presents Engineering and purification of cytochrome c biosynthetic pathways: heme trafficking, redox, and modification, September 11, 4:10 pm, 001 Jennings Hall.

COMPAS Public/Private

Graham Hubbs, assistant professor, philosophy, University of Idaho, presents Transparency, Corruption, and Democratic Institutions, September 13, 3:30-5:30 pm, 347 University Hall.

2013 Civil War Symposium

Vicksburg and Gettysburg—battles or game-changers? The Fairfield Heritage Association’s third annual Civil War Symposium, September 27-29 presents lectures by nationally-known Civil War scholars, including Jean Edward Smith, the John Marshall Professor of Political Science at Marshall University. Registration deadline: September 13.


September 8


September 9

Musicology Lecture: Matt Sakakeeny; 4:30 pm, 205 Music/Dance Library
Theatre Lab Series: Pulling a Tom Sawyer; 7 pm, New Works Lab, Drake Performance and Event Center
Faculty Collage Concert; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

September 10

Theatre Lab Series: Emma Dante Reading; 7 pm, New Works Lab, Drake Performance and Event Center

September 11

Annual TRI Lecture with Chicago Tribune Chief Theatre Critic Chris Jones; 4 pm, Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center
Science Cafe: Pluto is (still) not a planet; 6:30 pm, 090 18th Avenue Library

Through September 12

Donald Lokuta: Plato's Cave-Segal's Studio; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through September 14

In League; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through October 4


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Aydogan Ozcan


Season Three kicks off on September 8 with UC-Los Angeles Professor of Electrical Engineering/ Bioengineering Aydogan Ozcan discussing Computational Imaging and Diagnosis for Telemedicine and Global Health. SCIENCE SUNDAYS, a free, public lecture series, offered by the College of Arts and Sciences and its sponsoring science centers, brings leading experts to campus to share the latest discoveries in their fields.


The Ohio State Marching Band, adopts new technology with iPads, Bloomberg Buisnessweek, September 4, 2013
Jeff McKee, professor, anthropology, explores the connection between human population growth and the rising rate of species extinction, WAMC, September 2, 2013

Zhenchao Qian, professor and chair, sociology, on the increase in the numbers of interracial couples, Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2013
Peter Mansoor, associate professor, history, on how a strike on Syria might look, BBC, August 29, 2013


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