Vision and Hearing Work Together to Help Catch a Moving Target

Dennis ShafferChasing down a moving object is not only a matter of sight and sound, but as a new study led by Psychology Professor Dennis Shaffer (Mansfield) says, it is also a matter of mind. The study, published in the journal Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, showed that regardless of the participants’ ability to see, they seemed to aim ahead of the ball carrier’s trajectory.


Astronomy Professor Awarded Obama-Singh Grant to Implement Pilot Program in India

Anil PradhanOhio State is one of four U.S. universities to receive the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative award for its project, "Training the Next Generation of STEM Faculty at Higher Education Institutions in India." Anil Pradhan, professor, astronomy, and a co-director at Aligarh Muslim University in India, will lead the project. The goal is to strengthen teaching and research at both institutions to meet the growing need of developing world class STEM faculty in India. Ohio State will receive approximately $250,000 over a three-year period to implement the program.


Arts and Sciences Alumna's Art Work on View in Paris 

Jan DilenschneiderJan Dilenschneider (Fine Arts Education, 1965) is travelling to Paris this summer to launch the opening of an exhibition of her oil paintings at Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier, in Paris’ historic Le Marais district, beginning July 9. The exposition includes 28 paintings, filling the first two floors of the gallery.

Folklorists @ ComFest

Katey Borland, associate professor, comparative studies; Martha Sims, senior lecturer, English; Cristina Benedetti, PhD student, comparative studies; and Cassie Patterson, director, folklore archives; gave presentations at last weekend’s Community Festival Museum (ComFest) as part of a growing partnership between the festival and the Center for Folklore Studies. Presentations included, FolkOhio: Images, artifacts, and stories from the Center for Folklore Studies Archives; ComFest Magic: Storytelling; and ComFest Romance.

Buckeye Alert: Updates for Faster Service, Weather Alerts for all Columbus Campus Users

The university’s emergency notification system has been updated to deliver messages faster. The university community will now receive Severe Weather alerts for tornado warnings. Additionally, the five-digit code currently appearing on cell phones when text messages are sent will change (no action required). The university will test the Buckeye Alert system, July 8 at 10 am. All faculty, staff and students on the Columbus campus will receive a text message clearly identified as a test. More information online: or


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July 3, 2013
Admiral Byrd 1930's Antarctica Film

Byrd Polar Program Receives National Film Preservation Grant

The Byrd Polar Research Center Archival Program (BPRCAP) received a $32,160 grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) for the preservation of a unique film series used by Antarctic explorer Richard Byrd. The grant will allow BPRCAP to preserve and show unique footage shot in Antarctica during the early to mid-1930s. The BPRCAP is a collaborative effort of the Byrd Polar Research Center and The Ohio State University Libraries.


Peter Curtis, professor and chair; evolution, ecology, and organismal biology, on biodiversity within decomposing trees, Columbus Dispatch, July 1, 2013
Libby Eckhardt, chief communications officer, ASC Communication Services, on marching band funding increase, Columbus Dispatch, June 30, 2013


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