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OCT. 29, 2014 | TWEET!


Elisabeth Bianco and Josh Goldberger

Research begins at home, then goes everywhere   

Executive Dean David Manderscheid gives a shout-out to ASC faculty researchers who inspire, mentor and support undergraduate research and the next generation of scientists, artists and scholars.


Research Month: Cultural Exploration

ResearchThis October has been designated Research Month at Ohio State, although research is built into the fabric of our Top-10 public research institution yearlong. Each week, Arts and Sciences has focused on a different area of research, inquiry and investigation and shared discoveries, news and events of note. This week, the final week of Research Month, we are focusing on cultural exploration.

Ohio State Becomes First “International Institutional Member” of Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens 

Student researchers in Isthmia Ohio State recently became the first international member of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA), an integral part of the University of Sydney. The two institutions have a strong relationship due to the research of history Professor Timothy Gregory and Lita Tzortzopoulou Gregory on Kythera via the Australian Paliochora Kythera Archaeological Survey, a project of the University of Sydney sponsored by the Australian Institute. The two institutions recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement confirming Ohio State as the first member of the institute in this new category.

Graduate Statistics Program Ranked No. 1 in Nation

Graduate Programs, the grad school guide for students created by students, just released its 2014 rankings of the country’s best graduate programs based on reviews posted by more than 70,000 students enrolled in more than 1,600 graduate programs nationwide on The Top Ten: 1. Ohio State; 2. Carnegie Mellon; 3. University of Michigan; 4, University of Chicago; 5. University of Washington-Seattle; 6. Stanford; 7. University of California-Berkeley; 8. Duke; 9. UNC-Chapel Hill; 10. Purdue.


Political Science Professor Receives Award for Dissertation

PierskallaJan Pierskalla, assistant professor, political science, received the 2014 Mancur Olson Best Dissertation Award for his dissertation "Urban Rural Bias and the Political Geography of Distributive Conflicts." The award is given for the best dissertation in political economy completed in the previous two years.

Morgan Liu Wins Book of the Year Award

LiuMorgan Liu, associate professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, won this year's Central Eurasian Studies Society Book of the Year Award for his research monograph, Under Solomon’s Throne: Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012). Liu received the award at the society’s annual conference, Oct. 24-26, at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies.

Earth Scientist Recipient of CK Ferguson Medal.

Joachim MoortgatJoachim Moortgat, assistant professor, Earth sciences, received the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) CK Ferguson Medal in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on Oct. 28. The award, established in 1954, recognizes significant contributions to the permanent technical literature of the profession by a member younger than 36.

ASC Graduate Students Win at SACNAS Conference

Hampton and Villanueva Two arts and sciences students received awards at the 2014 Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference Oct. 16-18 in Los Angeles. Shaun Hampton, physics, won outstanding poster by a graduate student in physical sciences, and Steven Villanueva, astronomy, won outstanding oral presentation by a graduate student in physical sciences.


Depression Research Lab: Call for Participants

Ohio State’s Depression Research Lab, directed by Daniel Strunk, associate professor, psychology, is offering 16 weeks of free cognitive therapy to adults diagnosed with major depression. Call (614) 688-0968 for more information and complete an initial phone screening.

National Security Simulation

The Democracy Studies Program co-sponsors the Ohio State National Security Simulation, an immersive, real-time exercise simulating interactive legal, policy, intelligence and media environments in which decision-making happens, Nov. 14-15, Ohio Union. 

PechaKucha Night Highlights Graduate Work

PechaKucha Graduate students showcase their research in a mix of “show-and-tell” Japanese presentation style — showing 20 slides for 20 seconds — before a live audience and panel of judges, Thursday, Nov. 6, space adjacent to Strongwater, 400 W. Rich, 7:30 p.m.

Jerry Lewis Visits Barnett Center

Jerry LewisAcclaimed comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director Jerry Lewis visited the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, Oct. 21. He spoke to students, faculty and staff about his career, the business of being in the arts and gave advice for the next generation of arts managers and entrepreneurs. Mary Gray, director, Riffe Gallery, Ohio Arts Council, facilitated.

EEOB Professor’s New Book on Part-time Tenure-Track Positions Published

EEOB Professor Joan Herbers’ new book, Part-time on the Tenure Track, just published by Jossey Bass/Wiley; ASHE Higher Education Report Volume 40, no. 5. San Francisco, 2014, offers the first comprehensive treatment of part-time tenure track positions in academia. Reviewers say the report provides a roadmap for stimulating institutional change.

Memorial Service for Larry Brown

The Department of Geography hosts a memorial service for Larry Brown, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2-4 p.m., 0180 Hagerty Hall. RSVP and program details.

Breakfast of Science Champions

Breakfast of Science ChampionsColumbus middle school students will explore Ohio State laboratories Nov. 13 through Breakfast of Science Champions, a program offering hands-on science, math and engineering experiences.  Hosted by STEM Initiatives. 

Broad and High Features Terry Allen’s Work

Terry Allen artwork WOSU’s Broad and High will air a feature about Terry Allan’s bronze deer sculptures that have been installed on the banks of the Scioto River. The piece airs Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. on WOSU-TV. Allen’s drawings and sketches focused on his public commissions are currently in the exhibition Possible Impossible at the Urban Arts Space.


Oct. 30

Laura Pérez presents: Fashioning Decolonial Optics: Days of the Dead “Walking Altars” and “Calavera Fashion Shows” in Chicana/o-Latina/o L.A.; 2:30 p.m., Ohio Union Multicultural Center

Peace Corps Information Session with Jack Campbell; 4 p.m., 145 Hagerty Hall

Molecular Genetics Seminar: Dr. Stephen Osmani; 4:10 p.m., 155 Jennings Hall

Día de Los Muertos; 6 p.m., Ohio Union Multicultural Center

The Masters of Street Photography; 6 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Oct. 30 - Nov. 9
City of Angels; Thurber Theatre

Through Oct. 31
Faculty Club Alumni Art Exhibition: Maria Alejandra Zanetta; Faculty Club

Oct. 31
CHR Seminar: Chapurukha Kusimba, Maritime Exchange Networks and Urban-Centered States in Ancient East Africa; 2 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall

HalleBOOia!; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Nov. 1
Day of the Dead Community Event 2014, Honoring Friends; 3 p.m., Frida Katrina Café, 3339 N. High St.

Department of History Open House; 5 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall

Nov. 2
Science Sundays: James Sneyd, Mathematics and Music: the Beauties of Pattern; 3 p.m., Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

Nov. 3 - Nov. 4
Theatre Lab Series: Overtones and This Property is Condemned; 7 p.m., New Works Lab, Drake Performance and Event center

Nov. 4
IPR Seminar: Doug Downey; 12:30 p.m., 38 Townshend Hall

Nov. 5
Barnett Center Meet and Greet; 3 p.m., 131 Sullivant Hall

Olivia Gude: Drawing Dirty Pictures; 4:30 p.m., Sulivant Hall Collaboratory

Ohio State Graduate and Professional School Fair; 4:30 p.m., Ohio Union Great Hall Meeting Room 1 and 2

Science Cafe: The Amazing Newark Earthworks—A Wonder of the Ancient World; 6:30 p.m., Room 090, 18th Ave. Library

Through Nov. 8
25 on High: A Photographic Journey; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Possible Impossible: Terry Allen Study Drawings for Public Works; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through Nov. 9
Global Gallery Exhibit: Islamic Empires and their Legacies in Southeastern Europe and South Asia; Global Gallery, Hagerty Hall Lobby

Through Nov. 15
Repetition Isolation: The Abundance Within; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Through Nov. 17
Phi Sigma Iota's 2014 Foreign Language Film Fest; 180 Hagerty Hall

Through Nov. 21
DAIM Recall; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through Dec. 7
Materialized 3D Printed Sculpture Exhibition, featuring Nathaniel Hartman; Wright State University

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Science Sundays, ASC’s Free, Public Lecture Series, Continues Nov. 2

What does Homer have to do with mathematics? University of Auckland Mathematics Professor James Sneyd’s lecture Mathematics and Music: the Beauties in Pattern shows pattern constructions underlying mathematical research is at the heart of musical improvisation and rhythmic patterns, including Homeric poetry. Lecture: 3-4 p.m., Wexner Film/Video Theater; Reception: 4-5 p.m., Wexner Café.

Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith, "A Conversation on 'Race, Writing and Culture'"

Author and critic Zadie Smith, “A Conversation on ‘Race, Writing and Culture,’” Thursday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m., Mershon Auditorium. Presented by the President and Provost's Diversity Lecture and Cultural Art Series and the Humanities Institute. No ticket required.  Book signing and reception.



Urban Arts Space, editorial: “Exhibit captures the life on High,” about photography exhibition, Columbus Dispatch, Oct. 29, 2014

Koritha Mitchell, associate professor, English, quoted in “Midterm Elections: What do Black Women Want?,” The Root, Oct. 28, 2014

Peter Mansoor, associate professor, history, on U.S. advisory mission in Iraq, Army Times, Oct. 26, 2014

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on how violent 3D video games can make players angry,
Economic Times, Oct. 23, 2014

Jesse Fox, assistant professor, communication, on how social media feeds women’s negative views about their bodies, Daily Mail (UK), Oct. 23, 2014

Krzysztof Stanek, professor; and Christopher Kochanek, professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar, astronomy, on star’s escape from black hole, Science, Oct. 23, 2014
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