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Ohio State Physicist Leads Team in Developing World’s Most Powerful Digital Camera

Klaus HonscheidKlaus Honscheid, professor, physics, led a team that developed the software to run a powerful new camera designed to answer one of the biggest mysteries in physics. The Dark Energy Camera (DECam), located on a mountaintop in Chile, took its first photos of the night sky this week. The camera will help researchers involved in the Dark Energy Survey (DES) to explore why the expansion of the universe is speeding up. Honscheid’s team also designed a web-based user interface allowing astronomers to operate DECam from around the world, along with the instrument control system that monitors and records every operating parameter of the camera. Read more.

Early Voting in Franklin County Begins
October 2

VOTEFranklin County residents can begin casting ballots on Tuesday, October 2, at the former Kohl’s department store, 1700 Morse Road – the site chosen by the Franklin County Board of Elections as the location for in-person absentee voting for this year’s general election. Early voting continues through Friday, November 2. For directions and hours of voting, go to the Franklin County Board of Elections website.

Honoring African American Servicemen and Women

The Department of African American and African Studies’ Community Extension Center will honor African American servicemen and women who served during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom at its annual Black Veteran’s Day Salute on November 10. If you know an African American serviceman or woman who should be honored, contact Sarah Twitty at (614) 292-3922. 

CCBBI Accepting Student Award Applications

Computer screen with brain scan imagesThe Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging (CCBBI) announces the H. Dean and Susan Regis Gibson award for graduate and undergraduate students interested in conducting brain imaging research in the Center. The $1,250 - $2,500 award is given based on scholastic achievement, completed and/or intended research achievement, and the successful completion of a research proposal for conducting brain imaging research at CCBBI. Application deadline is December 21. For more information, visit Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging website.

Psychology Professor to Give TEDxColumbus Talk

Gary WenkGary Wenk, professor of psychology; neuroscience; and molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics, will explore the intersection of food and drugs and challenge biases on what makes a long life in a TEDxColumbus presentation Friday, October 5. Wenk will talk about why what we eat, and how much we eat, is the single most important daily decision we make. Watch it via a livestream on the day of the event.  

CSTW Program for Faculty and Staff

The Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing’s Communication Technology Consultant program (CTC) offers assistance to teachers and administrators learning new communication technologies. The center offers specialized, free, one-on-one help in the following areas: course-management software (Carmen), video capturing, editing, publishing, audio capturing, editing, publishing, image-editing software, web-development, animation, digital assets management, and web 2.0 technologies. Contact Dickie Selfe or Tim Jensen or learn more about the program on the CSTW website

CSTW Offers Graduate Students Scholarly Support  

The Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing (CSTW) offers awards of up to $2,500 to support dissertation research about the teaching of writing or the study of writing. Research and scholarship can be historical, empirical, or theoretical in nature. Applicants must be Ohio State graduate students with an approved dissertation prospectus. Application deadline: November 14, noon.

Female Involvement and Gender Gap in Enron-Era Corporate Financial Frauds

Dr. Darrell SteffensmeierThe Criminal Justice Research Center presents Darrell Steffensmeier, professor of sociology and crime, law and justice, Pennsylvania State University. Thursday, October 4, 12 pm-1:30 pm, 217 Journalism Building. Refreshments will be served.

Truth Values: One Girl's Romp through MIT's Male Math Maze

Gioia De CariSponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, and Office of Research, Truth Values is a humorous, scathing, insightful and ultimately uplifting look at the challenges of being a professional woman in a male-dominant fieldThursday, October 4, 7 pm, Drake Performance & Event Center, Thurber Theatre. $5 faculty/staff/general public. Free to students with BuckID.

Studio Animation Behind the Scenes

Steve MartinoSteve Martino, Ohio State alumnus and co-director of this summer’s Ice Age: Continental Drift, gives a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at studio animation at the Wexner Center for the Arts on Friday, October 5, at 7:30 pm.

Science Sundays Continues October 14

Science Sundays - illustration of beaker and bubblesInternationally recognized expert on climate change Lonnie G. Thompson, Distinguished University Professor of Earth Sciences and senior research scientist, Byrd Polar Research Center, lectures on Glaciers, People and Global Climate Change (An Inconvenient Truth Meets an Inconvenient Mind). Lecture, 3-4 pm, October 14, Ohio Union Conference Theatre; reception, 4-5 pm, Ohio Staters Traditions Room. Free and open to the public.

September 27

Wind Symphony, 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium, 1866 College Rd.

September 27-29

Bebe Miller Company: A History, Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St.

September 28


September 29

Family Weekend Concert, 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium, 1866 College Rd.

October 1

"Thinking Beyond Race" with bell hooks, 4:30 pm, Ohio Union US Bank Theater
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September 26, 2012

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The Idea of a University in Time of Crisis

Fred Andrle moderates a panel including Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee; Joan Leitzel, former president, University of New Hampshire; James B. Milliken, president, University of Nebraska; and Harvey Perlman, chancellor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. October 5, 3:30 pm, Wexner Center Film/Video Theater. RSVP to
Steven Conn, professor, history, on his new book, To Promote the General Welfare: The Case for Big Government, CBS radio, Pittsburgh, the Chris Moore Show, September 23, 2012

Steve Rissing, professor, evolution, ecology, and organismal biology, on the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE), Columbus Dispatch, September 23, 2012
Herb Weisberg, professor, political science, on the power of the incumbent, The New Republic, September 6, 2012
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