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JUNE 3, 2015 | TWEET!



A Leap Forward

Every educational institution struggles with issues of diversity, particularly in the STEM disciplines. Being all too familiar with the difficulties of attracting faculty members from underrepresented groups, Executive Dean David Manderscheid shares a great success story on the Road to Diversity.


ASC Student Leads First Mentor-A-Buckeye Program

Buckeye Mentor Program Arts and Sciences student Commodore Williams and fellow Buckeye DaVonti’ Haynes are leading the first class of high school students in the new Ohio State Mentor-A-Buckeye Program. Mentor-A-Buckeye pairs ninth graders from Columbus City Schools — this year’s protege are from Whetstone High School — with an Ohio State undergraduate student mentor and a community leader. Each mentor-protege “family” will remain together throughout the protege's high school career.


College of Arts and Sciences Website Redesign Overview

Last summer, ASC Communications kicked off a web redesign project to update the college website to more effectively attract and engage future and current students and to upgrade to a responsive, mobile-optimized site. We are currently in the final, content development stage and intend to launch this new site before autumn semester. Please attend one of the sessions that we've set up mid-month to provide an overview of how this new site will look and behave. 

Chemistry and Biology Interface Training Program Symposium

The Chemistry and Biology Interface Training Program (CBIP) hosts Professor Benjamin Cravatt, Scripps Research Institute, California campus; as guest speaker for the CBIP Symposium, Thursday, June 4, 12-1 p.m., 115 Biomedical Research Tower. A poster session by trainees, 2-4 p.m., Research Tower Lobby.

Registration Deadline for CAPS Portuguese Travel/Survival Course: June 5

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, offer a new CAPS Portuguese Travel/Survival Course for the research community, covering: Transportation/Travel; Vocabulary; Basic Grammar; Brazilian Culture/Intercultural Competency, in Rightmire Hall. Cost: $250. Register online or contact Joanna Gardner.

“Setting Traps for Antimatter,” Free, Public Lecture, June 9, Hyatt Regency

Gerald Gabrielse Gerald Gabrielse, Leverett Professor of Physics, Harvard University, discusses “Setting Traps for Antimatter,” Tuesday, June 9, 7:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Ballroom. The lecture is part of the 46th annual meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (DAMOP), held in Columbus, June 8-12. Physics Professor Louis DiMauro invites everyone to learn about the latest discoveries in an exciting field.

Workshop for Researchers: GIS for the Rest of Us

GIS A team of instructors will provide an overview of both Google and Esri platforms and showcase examples of how GIS can be used for research and education. This 1-day workshop is designed for university researchers from all disciplines, community members and all educators. Thursday, July 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thompson Library. This program is offered through a partnership among the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, University Libraries and the Department of Geography. Early registration is strongly encouraged.


Ohio State Ranked Number One in Animation

Animation The Ohio State University has been ranked number one among the top 25 animation schools and colleges in the Midwest by Animation Career Review, an online source for aspiring animation, design and gaming professionals. Ranked number 2 last year, Ohio State moved up to the top spot based on criteria that included academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of programs and faculty, value and geographic location.

Philosophy Professor Awarded Best Paper

Neal Tennant Neil Tennant, professor, philosophy, has been awarded the 2014 Ivor Grattan-Guinness Best Paper Prize for his work, “Aristotle’s Syllogistic and Core Logic,” in the journal History and Philosophy of Logic.


June 4

Reception: Parallax Exhibition; 3 p.m., Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through June 5

Parallax Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

June 5

Election Law Stories Conference; 9 a.m., Barbie Tootle Room, Ohio Union

June 9-12

My Blue Hawaii Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through June 11

Urban Arts Space Exhibition: Remnants; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Through July 5

Manga Exhibit: World of Shojo Manga: Mirrors of Girls’ Desires!; Billy Ireland Cartoon Library

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Helen Alkire, professor emerita and founder of the Department of Dance, on the importance of exercise as she turns 100, Columbus Dispatch, June 1, 2015

Zenchao Qian, professor and chair, sociology, on recent "faux trends" toward larger families, Christian Science Monitor, May 29, 2015

Donald Haurin, professor emeritus, economics, on school levies and home values, Columbus Dispatch, May 27, 2015

Treva Lindsey, assistant professor, women’s, gender and sexuality studies, on police brutality against black women, Mashable, May 27, 2015

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