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Spring Forward

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Executive Dean David Manderscheid welcomes students back—“Campus is never the same without them; they bring everything to life."—and shares some of what they missed. Read more in his recent blog post.

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Libby Eckhardt: The Story of our ASCENT

ASCENTA recent submission to the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards inspires Libby Eckhardt, Chief Communications Officer, to share circulation and readership information about the college's magazine.


Geography Professor Named National Distinguished Scholar 

Daniel SuiDaniel Sui, professor and chair, Department of Geography and Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been selected for the Distinguished Scholar Award in Regional Development and Planning by the Association of American Geographers (AAG). The award recognizes Sui’s longstanding contributions to the applied or theoretical understanding of development, planning and/or policy issues.

Center for Historical Research (CHR) Faculty Fellow Publishes Book on Iraq’s Kurdistan Region 

Diane E. KingDiane E. King, CHR junior faculty fellow and assistant professor of anthropology, University of Kentucky, is the author of a new book, Kurdistan on the Global Stage: Kinship, Land, and Community in Iraq.



Zenchao Qian Reappointed Chair

Zenchao QianZhenchao Qian has been appointed another four-year term as chair of the Department of Sociology, beginning June 1, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.



The 2014 Elizabeth D. Gee Distinguished Lecture in Ethics Features Rosemarie Tong

Rosemarie TongRosemarie Tong, Distinguished Professor of Health Care Ethics, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, will speak on, “Making Perfect People: Limiting our Reproductive, Genetic and Cosmetics Powers” April 9, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Davis Heart and Lung Research Auditorium. Sponsored by Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.


NSF Faculty Early CAREER Award Panel Discussion, March 25, 1080 Physics Research Building

The NSF Faculty Early CAREER Award discussion, March 25, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., features Ohio State recipients of the NSF Career Award and former NSF program directors. Participants learn how to prepare a successful proposal and how to access Ohio State resources to help develop proposals. Lunch will be provided.


Take Your Pick of Arts Events

The next couple of weeks are busy ones for the arts at Ohio State, whether you want to view an exhibition, take in some theatre, or listen to some cool jazz. Among your choices, the Department of Design’s annual spring exhibition opens at the Urban Arts Space, the School of Music hosts its 37th Jazz Festival, the Department of Theatre presents the world premiere of a work based on Marcel Marceau, and the popular Drums Downtown heads back to the Riffe Center.


How to Write a Competitive NSF CAREER Proposal, March 27, 1080 Physics Research Building

STEM Initiatives hosts an Ohio State viewing site for Academic Research Funding Strategies' webinar, 2-4 p.m. on writing proposals for NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development program for junior faculty. Register online.


Explore Student Research at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

The Denman Undergraduate Research Forum is the largest student research presentation event at Ohio State. This year more than 600 students—including more than 300 Arts and Sciences students—will present 560 projects in diverse fields. RPAC, Wednesday, March 26, 12-3 p.m.


Arts and Sciences Undergraduate e-Newsletter, March Issue

The March undergraduate student e-Newsletter highlights the geography major, the Collegiate Council on World Affairs, a student organization-sponsored Severe Weather Symposium, Public Relations Society conference, the planetarium and scholarships in the arts and humanities. To submit content suggestions or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Ann Rottersman, director of student programs. Newsletter Archives.

Molecular Genetics Graduate Students Present the 38th Annual Waller Lectures 

Peggy Lemaux, cooperative extension specialist, University of California- Berkeley, will deliver the 38th Annual Waller lectures, April 3 and 4. The public lecture on April 3, “Feast, Famine and the Future of Food," is in 355 Jennings Hall, 4 p.m. The April 4 technical lecture, "From Basic to Applied Research: How Modifying Expression of Thioredoxin in Cereals Led to Unexpected Improvements in Grain Properties - So, Where Are They?," 4:10 p.m., 001 Jennings Hall.


ASCTech Talk: Using Video on a Tablet

Looking to engage students? Our ASCTech experts say consider suggestions from Professor Michael Lisa, physics, on using video with a tablet computer.


AAAS Lecture Series Features Jesse W. Shipley

The Department of African American and African Studies Distinguished Lecture Series Event features Jesse W. Shipley, associate professor of anthropology, Haverford College, who lectures on "Celebrity Rapture: Parody and Digital Mediation in West African Popular Music,” March 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 165 Thompson Library. Shipley also presents his film “Living the Hiplife," 5:15-7 p.m., 48 Scott Laboratory.


UC Academy: Creating Accessible PDFs by Use of InDesign and Acrobat

Learn the process of accessible document setup using InDesign CS6 and remediation using Acrobat Pro to create a PDF with valid reading order, correctly tagged content, alternative text, interactive features and bookmarks. Discussion of how to make forms accessible will be included. April 22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd. Register Online.


OCIO Begins Rollout of New Wireless Network This Week, WiFi@OSU

WiFi@OSU will allow current Ohio State students, faculty and staff to configure their devices to use the encrypted “osuwireless” network. WiFi@OSU is not to be used as a replacement for osuwireless.


Celebrate Earth Day with Jack Hanna 

Ohio State’s Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast, Thursday, April 10, features Jack Hanna and animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Ohio State students get in free. Post your own sustainability actions online. Participation provides funds for Columbus Zoo animals and conservation and habitat programs worldwide.


March 20

Dance@30FPS; Gateway Film Center, 1550 N. High St.

Chemical and Structural Biology RFG Seminar; 11:30 a.m., 111 Parks Hall

Economics Seminar: Robert Town, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School; 4 p.m., 437 Arps Hall

Behavioral Neuroscience Guest Speaker: Catherine S. Woolley; 4 p.m., 170 Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, 473 W. 12th Ave.

Critical Regionalism, Popular Culture, and the Uses of Literacies: José E. Limón, University of Notre Dame; 4:30 p.m., 165 Thompson Library

Bling Rings: Objects, Texts, and Images in the Iberian Empires; 5:30 p.m., 180 Hagerty Hall

Omnivore's Dilemma: Eating Jewishly in the 21st Century; 6 p.m., OSU Hillel, 46 E 16th Ave.

March 21

Bling Rings: Objects, Texts, and Images in the Iberian Empires; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Ohio Union, Barbie Tootle Room, 3rd Floor

Sociology Forum-Huber Colloquia Series Features Josipa Roksa; 12:30 p.m., 238 Townshend Hall

The Hungry Courtier: Gourmets and Ascetics in Early Modern Drama; 3 p.m., 090 18th Avenue Library

Economics Seminar: Huseyin Yildirim, Duke University; 3:30 p.m., 437 Arps Hall

The Development of NGOs and Environmental Activism in China; 3:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies


March 22

STEAM Factory presents Project Color: Viscosity Printing and the Monotype; 11 a.m., 400 West Rich St.

What's Funny About That?: A Discussion of Humor Writing; 3 p.m., WCBE (90.5 FM) radio


March 22-23

ASPB Midwest Section Meeting; The Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd.


March 24

Economics Seminar: Nazgul Jenish, New York University; 3:30 p.m., 437 Arps Hall

The 2014 Donald and Barbara Davis Lecture in Christianity Studies; 7 p.m., 100 Stillman Hall


March 24-29

Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures 50th Anniversary Celebration


March 25

Yiddish Radio: Jason Payne: Klezmer Is So Nice, We're Doing It Twice; 10 a.m., online

NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award Panel Discussion; 11:30 a.m., 1080 Physics Research Building

Institute for Population Research Seminar: Randi Foraker; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Economics Seminar: Joseph Kaboski, University of Notre Dame; 3:30 p.m., 437 Arps Hall

Business for Peace Collaborative: Panel Discussion; 4:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms; 8 p.m., Weigel Auditorium


March 26

Con Co Ngua, the oldest (5,500-6,000 BP) Hunter-Gatherer Cemetery in Southeast Asia; 10:30 a.m., 4012 Smith Lab

Aspirates and Ejectives: Foreign Sounds in Cruceno Valley Spanish, Bolivia; 12 p.m., George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Denman Undergraduate Research Forum; 12 p.m., RPAC


March 26-April 3

Department of Design Spring Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.


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March 19, 2014
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Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures Celebrates 50th Anniversary 

The Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of special events the week of March 24. The Midwest Slavic Conference features alumnus and Grinnell College Professor Todd Armstrong, Ohio House Representative Michael Stinziano and Senator Sherrod Brown.


Michael Bevis, professor, Earth sciences, on Greenland’s ice loss, USA Today, March 17, 2014

Hui Zheng, professor, sociology, on the income/longevity gap, The New York Times, March 15, 2014

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, featured in Chicago Tribune, March 13, 2014

Peter Mansoor, associate professor, history, featured in The New York Times (At War blog), March 8, 2014


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