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FEB. 4, 2015 | TWEET!



The World of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Student Recruitment

Chinwe Okpalaoka, director of undergraduate recruitment for the Arts and Sciences, talks about spring recruitment events, faculty involvement in recruitment, upcoming Experience Days and the mindset of the class of 2018 undergraduate student.


ASC 2014 in Review

How can we best tell the story of the college? It’s all in the numbers. We’ve tracked the most clicked news, web pages and social media posts of 2014. This information helps us know our audience, their interests and what to focus on in the coming year. See what was popular in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2014.

Pioneer RNA Researcher to Receive RNA Society’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

HopperAnita Hopper, professor and former chair, Department of Molecular Genetics, will receive the RNA Society’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual meeting in May. For the past 40 years, Hopper has worked to understand tRNA biology in the budding yeast model system. She and her research teams have made some startling, paradigm-shifting discoveries along the way. 

The Decision Sciences Collaborative 

The Behavioral Decision Making group at Ohio State has a new name: The Decision Sciences Collaborative. “This name change more accurately reflects the interdisciplinary nature of our community of scholars,” said Ellen Peters, professor of psychology and director of the collaborative. “Our mission is to foster research partnerships that span traditional academic boundaries and grow an intellectual community focused on the science of decision making to solve critical issues for individuals, companies and society.” The leadership team includes Ellen Deason, (law); Curt Haugtvedt (business); John Kagel (economics); Amanda Robinson (political science); and Robyn Wilson (environment and natural resources). Contact Ellen Peters.


Undergraduate Named 2015 Churchill Scholar

TimcheckJonathan Timcheck, a senior in engineering physics, has been named a 2015 Churchill Scholar. Timcheck conducts high energy physics research with physics Professors Richard Hughes and Brian Winer. A 2013 Goldwater Scholar, Timcheck will work on a master’s degree in applied math at Cambridge University, UK, before beginning a physics PhD program in the United States. The Churchill Foundation awards 14 scholarships annually to support a year of graduate study for exceptional graduating seniors or recent graduates in the sciences, engineering or mathematics. Timcheck hopes to teach and do research at a major university. He is only the fourth Ohio State student to be named a Churchill Scholar.

Melanye White Dixon Honored

DixonMelanye White Dixon, (second from left) associate professor, dance, received the 2015 International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) Educator/Scholar Award at the 27th annual IABD conference and festival in Cleveland on Saturday, Jan. 24. She was honored for contributions to dance through her teaching and mentoring in higher education. Dixon was the first African-American to earn her doctoral degree in dance at Temple University, and the first African-American female faculty member to be hired by Ohio State's College of the Arts in 1986. She also was the first black faculty member in the Department of Dance.

English PhD Student Awarded 2015 CCCC Travel Award

RoundtreeSherita V. Roundtree, a PhD student in English, is the recipient of a 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Dream Travel Award. CCCC sponsors the Scholars for the Dream Awards to encourage scholarship by historically underrepresented groups. Roundtree is one of 10 recipients of this award.

KAir Racks-up Another Award 

BeauchampChemistry doctoral candidate Damian Beauchamp and the KAir solar battery team went up to Ivey Business School at Western University in London, Ontario, on Jan. 24 and returned with a first place win and $20K cash prize.


Graduate Education and Career Horizons in the Humanities

GrossmanJim Grossman, PhD, executive director, American Historical Association and former vice president for research and education, Newberry Library, speaks Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 3:30 p.m. in the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theatre. Grossman will discuss what graduate students can do to prepare for broader careers that honor their graduate training and how graduate programs can prepare students for these broader horizons and maintain what’s required to create first-rate scholars. Register here.

Inaugural Lecture: John Davidson, Germanic Languages and Literatures

John Davidson As part of the Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lecture Series, John Davidson, Germanic languages and literatures, will present, "Ecological Visions in Post-WWII Germany,” 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, Faculty Club Grand Lounge. Increasingly, scholars stress the need for integrating the social sciences and humanities in global environmental-change research to counteract environmental perceptions after WWII. Davidson returns to the art and thought of the “late modernist” period (1946-82) examining the role of aesthetic works — especially moving and still film images — in reorienting ourselves to the environment. A reception follows. Free. RSVP.

Dance Film Festival Feb. 12

Dance@30FPSDance@30FPS — a festival of contemporary dance films — will be screened beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theatre. The film festival includes a series of award-winning international shorts (7 p.m.) and a one-hour documentary (8.30 p.m.). Free. The event is presented by Ohio State’s Department of Dance and the Wexner Center, curated by Mitchell Rose, assistant professor.

Urban Arts Space in 2015 ‘Best of Columbus’ Poll

Columbus Alive’s annual “Best of Columbus” poll is online now. The Urban Arts Space is a candidate for Best Art Gallery (question # 78). The poll closes at noon on Feb. 27.  


Arts and Sciences Above and Beyond Buckeye Prize: Nomination Deadline Feb. 19

Nominations are being accepted for the February 2015 Arts and Sciences Above and Beyond Buckeye Prize, which recognizes arts and sciences staff members who go above and beyond, doing extraordinary work every day. Submit nominations online. 

The 4th Annual ASC Staff Advisory Council Pancake Breakfast

PancakesThe Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council cordially invites you to attend a pancake breakfast catered by Chris Cakes. Breakfasts will be at Mershon Auditorium on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 26 and 27, 9-10:30 a.m. RSVP by Feb. 21 for your best morning option. 

The First-Ever Arts and Sciences/Campus Campaign Talent Show

Showcase your talent at the First-Ever Arts and Sciences/Campus Campaign Talent Show, March 19, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium. Food served after performances. Sign up. Show your talent!  ASC Campus Campaign Committee: Lauren Barrett, Paula Cullen, Eric Drake, Jill Klimpel, Sonya Manjon VanEwyk, Brittany Poast, Lisby Roberson and Liz Volpe. Contact Eric DrakeJill Klimpel, Lisby Roberson, Brittany Poast.

Ohio State Alumni Association Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the Ohio State Alumni Awards. Consider nominating an alumnus, prospect, friend or family member who has given extra time, service and support to students and/or Ohio State. Nominations are due by March 31. For more information or questions, contact Alyssa Grovemiller.

Deadline Feb. 16: Nominations for Outreach and Engagement Awards 

The Offices of Outreach and Engagement, International Affairs, Service-Learning, Student Life and Undergraduate Education have joined together to recognize faculty, staff, students and community partners with the University Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards program. Awards are given in the community engagement, international engagement, service-learning, staff, student, student group and community partner categories.

Arts and Sciences Outstanding Staff Awards: Nomination deadline, Feb. 20

These awards recognize staff members whose performance demonstrates sustained excellence in overall job performance and has improved or enhanced work life and services of faculty, staff, students, and/or the university.  Special consideration will be given to staff who have enhanced the visibility of the college through interdisciplinary connections and/or university community service. Each recipient receives a $1,000 one-time cash award and an increase of $500 to his/her base salary.


Feb. 5

Sander Gilman on American Education; 3 p.m., Maudine Cow Room, Ohio Union

Lecture in Literacy Studies: William Sturkey on Black Youth Literacy and Empowerment; 4 p.m., Humanities Institute, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Firelei Baez: Artist Talk & Conversation; 7 p.m., 262 Hopkins Hall

Feb. 5 - Feb. 7

MFA Dance Concert: Watch From Here; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through Feb. 6

Jean Kirsten: For Laban; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Feb. 6 

Penny Von Eschen, Rebooting the Cold War: Cultural Narratives of Triumphalism and Nostalgia; 12 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.

Interdisciplinary Seminar in Literacy Studies: Literacy Campaigns and Initiatives, with William Sturkey; 12 p.m., Humanities Institute, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Romantic Liberalism in Portugal and Spain, c. 1825-50; 2:20 p.m., Room 100, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

CMRS Lecture Series: Fiona Somerset, University of Connecticut; 4 p.m., 090 18th Avenue Library

Symphony Orchestra; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Visiting Writer Series: Sarah Bynum; 8 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 1598 N. High St.

Feb. 6 - Feb. 7

Digi-EYE: Film/Video Showcase; Thurber Theatre

Feb. 8

Science Sundays: Joel Cohen, The Human Population: Its Past and Prospects; 3 p.m., Wexner Center/Film Video Theater

Jonathan Sterne, Stretching Time: Quantum Sonic Legacies from Denis Gabor to Ableton Live; 4:30 p.m., Ohio Union Senate Chamber Room, 1739 High St

Feb. 9

Brass Faculty; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Feb. 10

IPR Seminar: Joel Cohen; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Radical Objectivity/Radical Subjectivity: Genealogies of Natural Theology in Islam; 4 p.m., 206 Denney Hall

Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin; 6 p.m., African American and African Studies Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave.

Through Feb. 20

You Are Here: First Year MFA Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

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Black History Month

Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin, a documentary about the life of the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington will be screened Tuesday, Feb. 10, 6 p.m. African American and African Studies Community Extension Center, 905 Mount Vernon Ave. Free and open to the public.



Museum of Biological Diversity, Museum's open house on Feb 7 to showcase poisonous population, Columbus Dispatch, Feb.1, 2015

Kristina MacMullen, assistant professor, School of Music, on  CONCEPT: Freedom choral festival, Columbus Dispatch, Jan. 29, 2015

Isaac Weiner, assistant professor, religious studies and author, Religion Out Loud: Religious Sound, Public Space and American Pluralism, on Duke, Muslims and the limits of interfaith unity, Interfaith Voices, Jan. 29, 2015



Department of Anthropology: 2015 Newsletter



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