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Insect Physiologist Finds Way to Kill Crop-Eating Pests

bullwormA recent study by Distinguished University Professor David Denlinger, evolution, ecology, and organismal biology, finds that compounds composed of synthetic molecules mimicking the structure of an insect hormone can disrupt diapause—the hibernation-like sleep that allows insects to survive through the winter. This offers the potential to develop natural and targeted controls against crop-eating insects responsible for an estimated $2 billion a year in crop loss and control costs.

Delays in Video Calls May Not Always Hurt Communication

Stacie Renfro PowersStacie Renfro Powers, assistant professor, communication, is the lead author of a new study revealing how the delay computer users sometimes experience when making video calls over the internet can help communication in some instances.

Chemist Builds a Dust Library to Tackle Respiratory Diseases

James CoeChemistry Professor James Coe was testing a new kind of sensor, and when dust got stuck inside, he discovered he could measure the composition of single dust particles. Now Coe’s team has isolated 63 unique dust particles from their laboratory – and that’s just the beginning.  In a recent issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, they describe how the discovery could aid the study of respiratory diseases caused by airborne particles. 

Your OSU Password's Days Are Numbered

Everyone has their habits for creating passwords, but not all passwords are created equal. Some account holders keep a password for years or use the same credentials in multiple places. These conveniences can have serious consequences, however, if a private account falls into the wrong hands. To keep your identity, your privacy, and your bank account secure, having safe password practices is crucial. Log in to to secure your Ohio State Username account. Please note: changing your Ohio State account's password does not change your username/password for logging into your computer or the Arts and Sciences' network. Please contact Arts and Sciences Technology Services for more information.

Re-register for Buckeye Alert System

Changes are being made to the Buckeye Alert text message system. The Department of Public Safety will begin using the HR database to pull cell phone numbers for Buckeye Alert text messages. Due to this change, faculty and staff who are registered to receive Buckeye Alert text messages will need to re-register by updating their cell phone number in the HR database. (Student cell phone numbers will be pulled similarly from the Student Information System.) Faculty and staff who are not currently registered to receive Buckeye Alert text messages may also register or re-register by closing all Internet browser sessions and visiting:

Guide to Assist Disruptive or Distressed Individuals

Last year’s “Ohio State Faculty and Staff 911 Guide,” now called “Ohio State Guide to Assist Disruptive or Distressed Individuals,” has been revised and is available to download at Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service and the Office of Human Resources’ Employee Assistance Program developed this important information guide to aid faculty and staff as they assist coworkers or students experiencing distress.


Science Sundays - Sunday, October 16

Science SundaysAstronomer and well-known planet-hunter Scott Gaudi will talk about The Search for Other Worlds and Life in the Universe on Sunday, 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.

Fall Manuscripts Workshop

The Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Student Association (MRGSA) is hosting a workshop on researching manuscript collections Thursday, October 20, at 3:30 pm, Rosa M. Ailabouni Room, the Ohio Union. Frank Coulson, Department of Greek and Latin, will speak. RSVP to Rebecca Favorito,

Arts and Sciences Social Media Group

Are you managing a Facebook, Twitter or YouTube account for a center, institute, or department 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 for our first meeting: How to Create a Content Strategy, Thursday, October 20, 11 am.

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

Paula ChambersLearn about the many career paths open to graduate students beyond the tenure track. There will be a presentation by Paula Chambers, founder and director of The Versatile PhD, and a panel of Ohio State PhDs who have found professional success outside the academy. Friday, October 14, 3 - 5:30 pm, Wexner Center Film/Video Theatre, 1871 N. High St. Registration is free.  For information, contact Sebastian Knowles,

New Literacy and Science Working Group

LiteracyStudies@OSU is organizing a Literacy and Science Working Group led by Jonathan Buehl (English: Science and Technical Writing), David Haury (Teaching and Learning: Science Education), Earle Holland (University Research Communication), and Harvey Graff (English and History: Literacy Studies). For information, contact Jonathan Buehl,

New Literacy in Appalachia GradGroup

GradGroup is a new LiteracyStudies@OSU initiative aimed at supporting the academic pursuits of students with a shared research interest. The first such group focuses on literacy in Appalachia. For more information, contact Krista Bryson,
Wednesday, October 12

The Idea of a University in a Time of Crisis: A Book Group: Mark Taylor, Crisis on Campus
, 3:30 - 5 pm, The Goldberg Center, 207 Dulles Hall

Thursday, October 13

Jerome Brillaud, Vanderbilt University, "Fénelon, Rousseau, et la simplicité" (in French)
, 4:30 pm, 351 Hagerty

Friday, October 14

COINTELPRO Minstrelsy: The National Security State Writes Black
, 2 pm, 14 Psychology Building Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) Lecture Series: Richard Kagan, 2:30 pm, 090 Science and Engineering Library
Alternative Career Day for Arts and Humanities Graduate Students: Preparing for Non-Academic Jobs
, 3 - 5 pm, Wexner Center Film/Video Theatre
Center for Historical Research (CHR) Seminar: Susan Klepp (Temple University) Culture, the Revolution, and the Beginnings of the American Fertility Transition
, 3:30 pm, 10 Psychology Building

Saturday, October 15

Gracie Kendal (Kristine Schomaker), new media artist, 7 pm, on Minerva (in Second Life), the online teaching and research space of the Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University.

Saturday, October 15 - Sunday, October 16

Festival of Physics: My Quantum Mom
, COSI, 333 W. Broad Street

Sunday, October 16

Science Sundays: Scott Gaudi
, 3 pm, Wexner Film/Video Theater

Monday, October 17

Faculty Concert: Kia-Hui Tan, Violin
, 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

Tuesday, October 18

Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) Film Series: Merlin, Part II (1998),
7:30 pm, 056 University Hall

Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute
Lecture: Struan Leslie, Head of Movement for the RSC, 4:30 pm, Thompson Library 11th Floor

Tuesday, October 18 - Friday, December 9

Down on Town

Down on Town: Department of Art Faculty Exhibition, OSU Urban Arts Space

Wednesday, October 19

Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lectures Series: How I Got from There to Here: Confessions of a Wayward English Professor (Frank Donoghue, English),
4:30 pm, Grand Lounge, OSU Faculty Club

Thursday, October 20

Alexander Nagel

The Department of History of Art’s 2011 Patrons’ Lecture: “Medieval 1960s” – Lecture by Alexander Nagel, professor of fine arts, NYU. 5:30 pm, 100 Mendenhall Laboratory

Arts and Sciences Town Hall Meeting
, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, 0100 Mendenhall Lab

Friday, October 21

Book History: Richard Green (English), Scriveners’ Company in England
, 3:30 pm, Hagerty Hall 255

Radio Spectrum Auctions and Policy
, 11 am, 140 Pfahl Hall, Blackwell Conference Center

Saturday, October 22

Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics
, 9 am, George Wells Knight House

Sunday, October 23

Men's Glee Club with Men's Glee and OSU Marching Band Alumni
, 3 pm, Weigel Auditorium


Monday, October 24

Harsha Abevaratne

Guest Artist: Harsha Abeyaratne
, 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

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OCTOBER 12, 2011

Festival of Physics: My Quantum Mom

My Quantum Mom, October 15 - 16, COSI, 333 W. Broad Street. Come see why the world of quantum physics is even more magical than Harry Potter’s world. More than 100 undergraduate and graduate physics students and faculty will show you why.
Struan Leslie

Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute Lecture

Struan Leslie, Head of Movement at the Royal Shakespeare Company, will deliver the annual Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute Lecture on October 18, 4:30 pm, 11th floor, Thompson Library. Leslie has performed, directed, and devised work in theatre, opera, dance, and live art. Co-sponsored by the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute, the Department of Theatre, and the Arts Initiative, Leslie's lecture launches the Year of Shakespeare at Ohio State, which celebrates the first three years of the partnership between the university and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

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