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State, Regional and Urban Development Center Designated Center of Excellence

The Ohio Board of Regents has designated Ohio State’s State, Regional and Urban Development Center a Center for Excellence for addressing critical needs of Ohio’s cities and regions in planning and expanding the infrastructures that support them. Faculty members associated with this center are distributed across the arts and sciences, professional, and health sciences colleges. Daniel Sui, professor and chair, geography, will be leading the interdisciplinary efforts.

Center for Applied Plant Sciences Launched

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS), a new partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences (ASC) and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES); will facilitate the translation, or connection, between basic research and applications in areas such as new bioproducts and enhanced crop performance. CAPS, led by Erich Grotewold, director of the Center and professor of molecular genetics (ASC) and horticulture and crop science (CFAES), will support the work of interdisciplinary scientific teams with members from across the university.

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The Diversity & Identity Studies Collective at OSU 
Currently, Arts and Sciences Communications Services is supporting the development of over 45 websites. View Portfolio and Current Work to see what sites will be going live soon.

Multicultural High School Girls’ Lives Explored in New Book

Multicultural Girlhood book coverMary Thomas, assistant professor, geography and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, is the author of a new book, Multicultural Girlhood (Temple University Press), a look at how high school girls perpetuate racism, misogyny, and gender stereotyping.

Teen Alcohol Consumption: A Tangled Network Leads to a Surprising Conclusion

The drinking habits of a romantic partner's friends are more likely to impact a teenager’s future drinking than are the behaviors of a teenager’s own friends or significant other, according to a new study by Dana Haynie, professor of sociology and director of the Criminal Justice Research Center, in the October issue of the American Sociological Review.

Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter

Beginning this year arts and sciences majors are receiving a monthly college e-newsletter. The second issue will be emailed October 6 and will highlight programs that have an international focus, study abroad and research funding deadlines, and opportunities for students to connect with others in our college. To read the newsletter, please visit the newsletter archives. For additional information or suggestions on content, please contact Ann Rottersman, director of student programs, at

Alternative Career Day for Arts and Humanities Graduate Students: Preparing for Non-Academic Jobs

Paula ChambersThis is an opportunity to learn about the many career paths open to graduate students beyond the tenure track.  Paula Chambers, founder and director of The Versatile PhD, and a panel of OSU PhDs who have found professional success outside the academy will present on Friday, October 14. Registration is free. 

Register for the 3-5 pm slot only, unless you want a one-on-one meeting with Chambers. Faculty, students and staff can register.  For more information, contact Sebastian Knowles. This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate School, which has also provided a subscription for The Versatile PhD resource.
School of Earth Sciences Faculty Receive Top Career Awards

Three earth sciences faculty members were honored at the 2011 Geological Society of America (GSA) meeting in October. Professor Emeritus Stig M. Bergström received the Paleontological Society Medal, the highest career recognition for a paleontologist. Berry Lyons, professor and director School of Earth Sciences, was presented the Israel C. Russell Award from GSA’s Limnological Division. Professor William I. Ausich received the Gilbert Harris Award from the Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, New York, for excellence in systematic paleontology.

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OSU Urban Arts Space Honored

Congratulations to the OSU Urban Arts Space, voted Best Local Gallery at the 2011 Small Business Beanstalk (SBB) Awards Gala, held on September 21. The SBB Awards Gala recognized the best local businesses as voted by the public.

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OCTOBER 5, 2011
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The Builders Association HOUSE / DIVIDED [Oct 6-8]

Join us for the premiere performances of HOUSE / DIVIDED, a multimedia theater project by The Builders Association co-commissioned by the Wexner Center with participation by faculty and students from the College of Arts and Sciences. The performance examines the impact of the current mortgage crisis juxtaposed with passages drawn from Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. 8pm, Thurber Theatre at Drake Center
ASC Social Media Group
Are you managing a Facebook, Twitter or YouTube account for an area within the Arts and Sciences?  Join the Arts and Sciences Social Media Group and discover how social media can increase traffic to your existing site, promote events, share updates, and help you better understand your audience. RSVP today to Shantay Piazza to attend our first meeting: How to Create a Content Strategy with Ted Hattemer, Senior Director, University Communications, Thursday, October 20, 11 am.
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Science Sundays

Astronomer and well-known planet-hunter Scott Gaudi will talk about The Search for Other Worlds and Life in the Universe at Science Sundays on October 16, 3 - 4 pm, in the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater. Gaudi will provide a guided tour of the golden age of the exploration of extrasolar worlds and the search for extraterrestrial life. Science Sundays’ public lectures are an initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences’ research centers to encourage public awareness and engagement. An informal reception follows.
IMPACT – Immigration Projects: Art, Culture, and Tradition is the inaugural exhibition in Ohio State’s Swing Space Gallery in the Gateway. The show, October 6 - 27 contains works of artists and writers addressing their immigration experiences. Special events on opening day 4 - 8 pm; reception October 21. The show is part of a series of exhibitions and events in conjunction with the Center on Ethics and Human Values’ Conversation on Immigration, and the conference Immigration: What's at Stake? October 20-21. Read more

Our apologies for spelling errors in last week’s issue of News & Updates. We are working with a new mailing client and format and it did not undergo our usual levels of editing before being issued.
We work very hard to compile and distribute this vehicle weekly, and errors such as these in no way reflect our overall dedication and commitment to regular communications and updates for our faculty and staff.
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