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An artist's impression of the record-breakingly powerful, superluminous supernova ASASSN-15lh as it would appear from an exoplanet located about 10,000 light years away in the host galaxy of the supernova. (Credit: Beijing Planetarium / Jin Ma)

Astronomers May Have Discovered Brightest Supernova Ever Observed

An international team of astronomers including Ohio State Astronomy Professors  Krzysztof Stanek, Christopher Kochanek and Todd Thompson, may have discovered the largest supernova ever seen from Earth. The exploding massive star is only 10 miles across at its core, yet is much brighter than the entire output of the Milky Way.  “This may be the most powerful supernova ever seen by anybody,” said Stanek. The team of astronomers released their findings this week in the journal Science. Ohio State co-authors on the study include John Beacom, professor, physics and astronomy and director, Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics (CCAPP): astronomy graduate students Thomas Holoien; Jonathan Brown; and Gregory Simonian and physics graduate student A. Bianca Danilet.


Linguistics Professor helps develop MOOC to educate students about India

Brian Joseph, Distinguished University Professor, linguistics, and Nick Booker, co-founder of Delhi-based IndoGenius, have developed a new online course, The Importance of India, covering a broad range of topics, from ancient trade relations to India’s rapidly growing startup ecosystem and its role in solving global problems through technology. The course, developed through a grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Passport to India initiative, is free.  

Ann Hamilton Featured

Distinguished University Professor Ann Hamilton’s projects have long created conversations in the art world and beyond. Follow Ohio State’s interactive journey through three of Hamilton’s favorite commissions

Professor Awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Darla Munroe, professor, geography, has been awarded $439,000 by the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for her project, “Biodiversity, ecosystem services, and the socioeconomic sustainability of rural forest-based communities.” Study sites include rural Ohio counties (Hocking and Perry), New York, New Hampshire and Maine. 

eBook by Alumnus Helps Solve Decades-Old Murder Case

Author and alumnus John Oller (BA, Journalism, 1979), now a retired Manhattan attorney, was a student at Ohio State when the Christine Mullins murder case was in the news. She was a teenager killed near Graceland Shopping Center in Columbus in 1975, but the case remained “cold” for decades. Oller's eBook about the case, titled All-American Murder, was published in 2014. It raised questions about the murder that investigators had never considered and this past November, the Columbus Police were finally able to close the case. You can read more about his book and the case in the January edition of Columbus Monthly.


December Above and Beyond Buckeye Winner

David Sweasey, ASC director, IT risk management, is the December 2015 Above and Beyond Buckeye Winner. David was nominated by Deborah Flower-Smith, administrative associate, Criminal Justice Research Center, and Madey Khurma, program coordinator, special events. 


Ashley Hope Pérez, visiting assistant professor, comparative studies, was recently honored by the American Library Association (ALA) for her third novel, Out of Darkness (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a novel about segregation and the 1937 New London school explosion, the worst school disaster in American history. The book appears on the ALA 2016 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults.

Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards Applications

The University Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards program recognizes faculty, staff, students and community partners in categories of community engagement; international engagement; service-learning; staff, student, student group and community partner categories. Applications are due Feb. 16.


Video Series for Emerging Artists

Thanks to a new video series from the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, emerging artists have a new source of inspiration. The ARTrepreneur Artist Series, launched Jan. 18, helps artists increase their understanding of the arts and business, through video interviews with accomplished local artists. The first video features Barbara Nicholson, Champagne and Grits Studio and Galleria.

Study abroad to become education abroad

The Office of International Affairs has announced that it has changed the term “study abroad” to “education abroad.” Education abroad is the terminology widely used nationally and internationally and is supported by the Forum on Education Abroad, a membership association recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as the Standards Development Organization for the field of education abroad. 

Summer Term 2016 Update

Beginning May 2016, Ohio State will offer multiple sessions and course work options for summer term. Ohio State's 12-week summer term will have multiple (coursework) options, which include:1 twelve-week term; 2 six-week sessions; 3 four-week sessions and 2 eight-week overlapping (1st and 2nd four-week, or 2nd and 3rd four-week) sessions. As in previous years, Ohio State will provide a tuition credit for up to three credit hours of course work for the first 4-week session for students who meet the criteria

January Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter: Study Abroad Issue 

Highlights include the journalism major; interview advice for students preparing for the Summer Internship Fair; ASC merit and need-based scholarships; application for class honoraries; the Afro-Brazil: Culture and Contemporary Society study abroad program; an opportunity to represent ASC as a student ambassador, research-related events credit and more. Read More

Physics Magzine Autumn 2015

The Department of Physics annual magazine for 2015 is now available. Read more online.


Royal Shakespeare Company in town Jan. 30

The Royal Shakespeare Company comes to Columbus with a one-night-only public performance of First Encounters with Shakespeare: Famous Victories of Henry V on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. This 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry V uses Shakespeare's original language and is the perfect first encounter with Shakespeare's work for young people age 8 and up, but entertaining for the whole family. Presented by Ohio State.
Timothy Snyder, author, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, Feb. 1, 4-5 p.m., Mershon Auditorium. Snyder, professor of history at Yale University and member, Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will discuss his new book. Book signing will follow. Humanities Institute Public Humanities Lecture Series and Luebeck Lecture in Germanic Languages and Literatures. Free and open to all.


Jan. 21 - 23
Off the Wall Part I
Thursday, Jan. 21, reception at 6 p.m., performance at
7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 22,
7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 23,
3 p.m.
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.


Jan. 25
Hélène Landemore, Rousseau's Mistake: The Myth of Direct Democracy
2 p.m. in Derby 2130

Jan. 25 - 26
10-Minute Play Festival
Performances begin at 7 p.m. and are free, first-come, first-served.
New Works Lab (Drake 2060).

Jan. 25 - Feb. 23
Department of Art First Year MFA Exhibition: Is this ok with everyone?
Hopkins Hall Gallery
Reception: Thursday, Jan. 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Jan. 13 - Apr. 24
Exhibit: Dancing in the Streets, Carnival from Britain, Brazil, and Beyond
Thompson Library Gallery 


Ohio State Astronomers May Have Discovered Largest Supernova Ever, Los Angeles Times, Jan 14, 2016.
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ALSO: Science in Action - BBC World Service: Super supernova

David Stebenne, professor, history and law, “The Republicans’ Religious Problem,” Huffington Post, Jan. 12, 2016.

Jay Zagorsky, research scientist, Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR), “Odds are $1.5 billion Powerball winner will end up bankrupt,” The Conversation, Jan. 12, 2016.

David Culver, professor emeritus, evolution, ecology and organismal biology, on how nitrogen triggers extra-toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie, Chemical & Engineering News, Jan. 13, 2016.

Linda Mizejewski, professor, women’s gender and sexuality studies, on the film Carol and the Oscar snubs, Hamilton Journal News, Jan. 15, 2016.

Clark Spencer Larsen, professor and chair, anthropology, on the widespread presence of parasites in ancient Rome, Medill News Service, Jan 13, 2016.

Kristi Williams, associate professor, sociology, on the sleep patterns of single mothers, Huffington Post, Jan 6, 2016.

Frederick Aldama, professor, English, discusses the barriers for Mexican filmmakers in the U.S., MSNBC interview, Jan 13, 2016.

John Mueller, professor, political science, on balancing terrorists threats with reality in State of the Union Address, New York Times, Jan. 13, 2016.

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