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NOV. 12, 2015 | TWEET!


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Stefano Mancuso

Science Sundays Continues Nov. 15

Stefano Mancuso, director and founder of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology, presents “Brilliant green ­– from plant intelligence to a new model of modernity.” 3-4 p.m., U.S. Bank Conference Theater, Ohio Union.


Jeffrey Cohen

Anthropology Professor Authors Book on Ethnographic Research

Jeffrey Cohen, professor, anthropology, is the author of a new book, Eating Soup without a Spoon: Anthropological Theory and Method in the Real World (University of Texas Press, 2015), a compelling narrative of fieldwork and the intellectual processes behind ethnographic research.
Dean Manderscheid

ASC Executive Dean Chosen President-Elect, Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS)

David C. Manderscheid, executive dean and vice provost, was elected to serve three consecutive one-year terms, 2015-18 (president elect, president and past president) for the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS). This national association of deans of arts and sciences, founded in 1965, promotes the arts and sciences as a leading influence in higher education and provides leadership mentoring and development. Its 517 member institutions, public and private, educate approximately four million students.


2015-16 Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme Block Grants

These grants support collaborative projects that recognize and contribute to the humanities and arts at Ohio State.
  • Mobile Coffee Grants: For faculty and staff to host “mobile coffee” sessions that bring interdisciplinary groups together to discuss national trends in higher education and how they are impacting Ohio State. Up to $1,000. 
  • Public Celebrations Grants: For arts and humanities departments for public celebrations in coordination with the 50 year anniversaries of the NEH and the NEA. Up to $10,000. 
  • Best Practices Travel Grants: For groups of faculty, staff and/or students, to travel to conferences and other universities to learn best practices from other humanities and arts institutions and connect with others. Up to $10,000. 
See full RFPs, submission deadlines and proposal templates online.

Accelerator Award submissions due Nov. 16

The Accelerator Awards provide Ohio State researchers with a small amount of capital to further develop and validate inventions, software and technologies. Available to all Ohio State researchers who have disclosed their inventions to the TCO, awards are distributed in amounts up to $50,000. Applications for this round of funding due Nov. 16.


Remembering Reuben Ahroni

Reuben Ahroni, emeritus professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, died Oct. 28, at 83. Ahroni was a professor of Jewish Biblical studies from 1975 until 2008. He published extensively on the Bible and Yemenite Jewry. He was born in Aden. You can find the obituary online.

Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter: November Issue

The November undergraduate newsletter highlights the arts management major, the Career Cluster framework used by ASC Career Services; Emily Schueller, an anthropological sciences major; research funding opportunities; and a May study abroad program in Turkey and Greece. To submit content for the newsletter, contact Ann Rottersman.


Diana Widmaier Picasso

Lecture Features Picasso's Granddaughter

The Lambert Family Lecture, Friday, Nov. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium features Jack Cowart and Diana Widmaier Picasso. Cowart is executive director of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. Widmaier Picasso, a French art historian, is the artist’s granddaughter and co-curator of Picasso.mania in Paris. Hosted by the Wexner Center for the Arts. 
Peri Freilich

Film Director Discusses The Kibbutz Experiment

The Melton Center for Jewish Studies presents the documentary film, Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment, about the 100-year history of the kibbutz movement, Nov. 16, 7 p.m., 014 Psychology Building. Film director Toby Perl Freilich will lead a discussion following the screening.
Margaret Newell

ASC Inaugural Lecture Series features Margaret Newell

Margaret Newell, professor, history, discusses “A Tale of Two Kidnappings,” Wednesday, Nov. 18, 5-6:30 p.m., at the Faculty Club Grand Lounge. Newell reveals the hidden history on Indian slavery in early America, telling the stories of two New England Indian families that experienced the horror of being sold into Atlantic slavery in 1676. Free, open to all; reception accompanies event. RSVP requested. View the Inaugural Lecture Series schedule.

GIS Day 2015

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day at Ohio State is an annual event for faculty, staff and students to learn about the power of geovisualization techniques. This year's program features a "Lightning Lecture Lunch" with 10-minute talks on a wide variety of topics related to GIS. Food and beverages provided. Wednesday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m to 4 p.m.., Thompson Library, First Floor.


Nov. 13-14

Dance Downtown; 8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St.

Through Nov. 14

Symposium: Responsibility, Morality, and the Costs of War; Drake Performance and Event Center

Nov. 14

13th Annual Graduate Colloquium in Classics; 10 a.m., University Museum University Hall

Ohio State professors discuss refugee crisis; 3 p.m, WCBE, 90.5FM

Through Nov. 15

An Enemy of the People; Thurber Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center

Nov. 15

Film Documentary: Winter on Fire; 1:30 p.m., 180 Hagerty Hall

Law and Emotion: Maimonides on Mourning; 3 p.m., Columbus Jewish Community Center, 1125 College Ave.

Science Sundays: Stefano Mancuso, Brilliant green ­– from plant intelligence to a new model of modernity; 3 p.m., Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theater

Women's Glee Club and University Chorus; 3 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Guest Artists: The Blakemore Trio; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Nov. 16

Ashutosh to speak on South Asian diaspora; 2 p.m., 2130 Derby Hall

Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz Experiment; 7 p.m., 014 Psychology Building

Nov. 16-17

30 Plays in 30 Minutes: Inspired by the Chicago Neo-Futurists; New Works Lab, Drake Performance and Event Center

Nov. 17

Yuan Ren, Migration, Urbanization and Migrants' Social Integration in China; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

InterACT: Cultivating Empathy in the Classroom; 3 p.m., 150 Younkin Success Center

Collegiate Winds and University Band; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Nov. 18

GIS Day 2015; 11 a.m., First floor Thompson Library

Edelstein to speak on rise of China as a great power; 3:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. 

Margaret Newell, A Tale of Two Kidnappings; 5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge

Joy McCorriston, Inter-Cultural Pilgrimage and Identity in the Axial Age; 7 p.m., 180 Hagerty Hall

Kip Thorne presents the 53rd Annual Smith Lecture; 8 p.m., 131 Hitchcock Hall

Symphonic Band; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Through Jan. 3

Mysteries in Ice exhibit; Thompson Library Gallery


Richard Gunther, professor emeritus, political science, on gerrymandering in Ohio, The Conversation, Nov. 4, 2015

Kelly Wrighton and Mike Wilkins, assistant professors, microbiology, on pushing the limits of life, NOVA Next/PBS, Nov. 4, 2015
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