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JULY 27, 2016 | TWEET!


Election 2016

ASC Faculty Weigh In on Election 2016

Election 2016 is a new microsite on offering research, analysis and commentary from Ohio State faculty, scholars and students.

This week’s discussion includes Kelly Garrett (communication) on the effects of partisan media and Nathaniel Swigger (political science) on third party candidates. ASC experts to watch include David Stebenne (history) on the role of populism in this election, Koritha Mitchell (English) on the need for honest conversations around race and Paul Beck (political science) on Ohio politics.

Please contact Liz Alcalde with any news (courses, features, research, ideas, etc.) that you'd like to discuss for inclusion.


Pharmaceutical Direct-to-Consumer Advertising on Social Media

David and MeganDavid DeAndrea, assistant professor, communication, and Megan Vendemia, doctoral student, communication, are authors of a new study that examines pharmaceutical advertising on social media. They find that when features of social media obscure (a) that information sources are affiliated with pharmaceutical companies, and (b) that user-generated comments are being strategically removed, people are significantly more likely to trust the pharmaceutical information they view and share the information with others in both their online and offline social networks. Their findings are published, online, in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

In The Conversation - The Internet: Tool for Democracy or Authoritarianism?

Erik NisbetErik Nisbet, associate professor, communication, discusses his research on differential effects of capital-enhancing and recreational internet use on citizens’ demand for democracy in the July 20 issue of The Conversation. The study reveals that the internet, as a tool for democracy, is highly dependent on how citizens choose to use it.

Grant to Folklore Studies Funds Ohio Field Schools

The Center for Folklore Studies received a $100,000 grant from The Columbus Foundation to support two Ohio Field Schools. These credit-bearing, four-to six-week opportunities are in May 2017 and 2018 and engage students in surveying, documenting, collecting and exhibiting Ohio folklore and cultural scenes. The May 2017 class takes place in the Appalachian Ohio region.


Box-Steffensmeier Selected for Mentorship Award

Jan Box SteffensmeierJan Box-Steffensmeier, professor, political science; divisional dean, social and behavioral sciences, was selected to receive the 2016 Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Society for Political Methodology, the Political Methodology Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). The award honors its members who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to mentoring and advising students, particularly those from underrepresented groups. A formal award presentation will be made at the APSA meeting on Sept. 2.

PhD Student Awarded Gilliam Fellowship

Stacy FosuStacy Fosu, PhD student, chemistry and biochemistry, was awarded a Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study from the Howard Hughes Memorial Institute. The fellowships provide full support to promising doctoral students from traditionally underrepresented groups in the sciences. Each fellow receives an annual award totaling $46,000, which includes a stipend, training allowance and an institutional allowance, for up to three years. Fosu’s advisor is Chemistry Assistant Professor David Nagib.


2017 Guggenheim Competition: Deadline, Sept. 19

The applications for the 2017 Guggenheim Foundation United States fellowship competition are now available. The Guggenheim fellowship supports mid-career faculty research across a range of fields, including natural, physical and social sciences, humanities and creative arts.

The Foundation’s online guide explains it solicits reference letters based on names submitted by this deadline (Sept.19). Work examples supporting the application are due by Nov. 15. Faculty interested in applying are encouraged to contact Susan Williams, who with Associate Dean for Research Stephen Petrill, will review application statements and provide general assistance. The college works with Guggenheim recipients to provide a year of research at full salary and benefits and no formal teaching responsibilities. 


Global Gallery: Musical Instruments of India

TutariThe Center for Language, Literature and Culture’s Global Gallery presents “Musical Instruments of India,” showcasing India’s vibrant musical culture. An active participant in the global commerce of music, Indian musicians have combined tradition with foreign influences to create new sounds and instruments that shape the tone and tenor of Indian musical culture. On view until Aug. 31 in the Hagerty Hall lobby.


Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on how watching violence on screen is just as damaging to children as seeing it in real-life, Daily Mail, July 20

Scott Levi, associate professor, history, “Ohio State professor’s cooking brings central Asian culture alive for teachers,” Columbus Dispatch, July 20

Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on Kasich’s boycott of the RNC,, July 18


Through July 29

Exhibition: 9 Minutes
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St. 
Gallery Hours

Exhibition: Still.
Hopkins Hall Gallery
Gallery Hours
Reception: Thursday, July 28, 3-4 p.m.

July 29-30

Marching Band at Picnic with the Pops
Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St.
8 p.m.

Through Sept. 2

Exhibition: Secrets
Ohio State Faculty Club
Gallery Hours

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