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ASC Town Hall Meeting Today

The ASC Town Hall Meeting sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council is TODAY from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Drake Performance and Event Center. You have an opportunity to learn about and engage in the life of our college. This is a meeting that is built around you, your ideas, questions and concerns. There will be a few moderated questions based on questions submitted by staff at our Pancake Breakfasts and time open for on-the-spot questions.

College of Arts and Sciences Announces Campaign to Transform School of Music

The College of Arts and Sciences has kicked off a fundraising campaign to vastly improve and revitalize its School of Music facilities, and is committing $20 million of university funds to the endeavor, according to an announcement from Joseph Steinmetz, executive dean and vice provost. The New Day Campaign starts immediately and will raise funds for the school over a three-year period with the goal to bring the facilities in line to complement the school’s outstanding faculty and students. 

Byrd Polar Researchers Awarded NSF Grant

Paolo Gabrielli, research scientist, Byrd Polar Research Center, and Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor of Earth Sciences and senior research scientist, Byrd Polar Research Center, have been awarded a three-year $588,000 grant from the NSF Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences to assess the human impact on the chemical characteristics of the glaciers in the Himalaya and the Tibetan Plateau from the pre-industrial era to present time.

2012 President's and Provost's Award for Distinguished Faculty Service

Kudos to our three Distinguished Faculty Service Award winners, all of whom earlier this year received 2012 Distinguished Scholar Awards: Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science; Anita K. Hopper, professor and chair, Department of Molecular Genetics; Louis Franklin DiMauro, professor and Dr. Edward E. and Sylvia Hagenlocker Chair in Physics, Department of Physics.  The award honors faculty members who have made extensive contributions to the development and implementation of university policies and programs, making an impact on the quality of the university.

Astronomy Graduate Student Receives PEO Scholar Award

Courtney Epstein, a PhD candidate in astronomy, has received the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) Scholar award. The P.E.O. is a sisterhood of “women helping women reach for the stars,” literally in this case. Epstein studies the chemical evolution of the Milky Way Galaxy using a new technique, called asteroseismology, to measure more precise ages of stars.

Honors Faculty Service Award

Professor Dave Stetson, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, is the 2011 – 2012 recipient of the Honors Faculty Service Award.  The award recognizes excellence in honors advising, honors instruction, honors committee work, and other honors initiatives and responsibilities that have enhanced the quality of education available to honors students in the liberal arts.

Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award

Professor Gary Wenk, Department of Psychology; Department of Neuroscience; and Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics, is the 2011 – 2012 recipient of the Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award.  The award recognizes a full professor who has a truly exceptional record in teaching, research, and service.

Arts and Sciences Undergraduate e-Newsletter – April Issue

The April undergraduate student e-Newsletter is now available. To submit content or to be added to the mailing list, contact Ann Rottersman at Newsletter Archives.

Kathryn Sullivan Scholarship –Deadline Extended To April 20

The Kathryn Sullivan scholarship supports undergraduate arts and sciences students with a preference for junior or senior women majoring or minoring in the sciences, with a passion for exploration and/or aerospace, and in good academic standing. Deadline is extended to April 20. Contact: Ann Rottersman,

Graduate Student Funding

The Robert H. Edgerley Environmental Toxicology Fund
supports graduate students conducting thesis or dissertation research in environmental toxicology.  Deadline is May 11, 2012. The request for proposals (RFP) may be found here.

Helen M. and Milton O. Lee Fellowships Fund
Fellowships for graduate students to attend Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory. Open to all NMS graduate students. Deadline is May 11, 2012
The Request for Proposals (RFP) may be found here.


WWII Japanese Resettlement Focus of Bourguignon Lecture

The Ninth Annual Paul H. and Erika Bourguignon Lecture in Art and Anthropology will focus on: Japanese American Resettlement through the Lens, featuring Lane Hirabayashi, professor, UCLA Asian American Studies, and author of Japanese-American Resettlement through the Lens: Hikaru Iwasaki and the WRA's Photographic Section, 1943-1945 and Hijaru Carl Iwasaki, War Relocation Authority (WRA) Photographer. Thursday, May 3, 6:30 pm. Lecture with Book signing and Reception.

The Art of the Medieval Codex

A print exhibition of some of the oldest collections of handwritten medieval books is on display at the Global Gallery of the World Media and Culture Center, first floor, Hagerty Hall, weekdays 8:30 am -5 pm until June 8. View other online exhibitions at For more, contact the Foreign Language Center,, 614-292-4361.

James Cancer Hospital Offers Free Skin Cancer Screening May 7

OSUCCC-James is offering free screenings for skin cancer from 1-4:30 pm on May 7 at the Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza, 2050 Kenny Rd., Tower Building, 4th floor clinic. To schedule an appointment, call: 293-5066. Appointments are first-come, first-served.

Alan Price Helps Set Stage for BalletMet Production

ACCAD’s Alan Price was commissioned to create work for BalletMet’s production, DanceTech, which is at the Capitol Theatre April 20-28. Price worked with choreographer Jimmy Orrante and video game composer Sean Beeson to create an interactive environment affected and influenced by the choreography and audience.

Camouflage Project Preview April 19-20

A revised version of The Camouflage Project, which premiered last May in the Department of Theatre, will be performed June 14-16 at the University of Maryland. The 45-minute touring production will have two free preview performances at 7:30 pm April 19 and 20 at Thurber Theatre in Drake Performance Center.  Call 292-2295 for details.

NMS Undergraduate Research Forum, April 20

The 2012 Natural and Mathematical Sciences Undergraduate Research Forum is Friday, April 20, from 2-5:30 pm in the atrium of the Physics Research Building. Students with majors that range from actuarial science to zoology will present the results of their research. Faculty and staff will evaluate poster presentations and prizes will be awarded to students for outstanding posters.

SSES Conference on Spatial and Environmental Statistics, April 24

Ohio State’s program in Spatial Statistics and Environmental Statistics (SSES) sponsors an all-day conference on timely topics in SSES, including a session on Climate Reconstruction from Cryo Data, on April 24.
Thursday, April 19

NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award Workshop, 9:30- 11am, 4138 Physics Research Building

Molecular Mechanisms of Cytokinesis in Fission Yeast, 4 pm, 001 Jennings Hall

Democracy and Disunion in West Africa: Making Sense of Current Events in Senegal and Mali, 4:30- 6:30 pm, Hale Black Cultural Center

CJRC Annual Lecture, 6:30-8 pm, Barrister Club, 25 West 11th Avenue

Miguel Zenón Quartet, 8 pm, Wexner Center for the Arts

Year of Shakespeare: Film Series, Romeo and Juliet, 7pm, Wexner Center for the Arts

Jazz Festival: El Movimiento "ElMo", 6 pm, Weigel Auditorium

Friday, April 20

Center for Historical Research Seminar: Health, Disease, and Environment in World History, 3:30-5 pm, 140 Dieter Cunz Hall

Ohio State Jazz Ensemble, featuring Dr. E, 8pm, Weigel Auditorium

Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 22

Hamlet’s Fool, Mount Hall Studio, 1050 Carmack Rd.

Saturday, April 21

Jazz Festival Headline Concert: Derrick Gardner and the Jazz Prophets, 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium
Ohio State Jazz Bands, Weigel Auditorium, 9 am- noon

Sunday, April 22

2012 Feibel Lecture on Judaism and the Law with Dr. Haym Soloveitchik, 7-9 pm, Columbus JCC, 1125 College Avenue

Jazz Festival: High School Jazz Bands Day, 9 am - 4 pm, Weigel Auditorium

Monday, April 23

Communication and the Cultural Origins of the Ashkenazic (Franco-German) Community of the Middle Ages, noon-1:30pm, Hillel Center, 46 East 16th
Tuesday, April 24

Combating Holocaust Denial with Deborah Lipstadt,6:30-8:30, OSU Hillel, 46 East 16th
Wednesday, April 25
Goldberg Teaching Colloquium: Electronic submission of student work, 11:30am-1pm, 168 Dulles Hall
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April 18, 2012

2012 Elizabeth D. Gee Distinguished Lecture in Ethics

Deborah L. Rhode is one of the country’s leading scholars in the fields of legal ethics and gender, law, and public policy. Her lecture, From Platitudes to Priorities: Diversity and Gender Equity in the Workplace, is scheduled for Thursday, May 3, at 4:30 pm, Saxbe Auditorium. Reception, 6 pm. For more details visit the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies website.

In The News
Steven Conn, professor of history, on how the growth of high-school athletics has meant fewer resources devoted to academics, Chronicle of Higher Education, April 15, 2012.

Paul Beck, professor of political science, on President Obama’s visit to Michigan, The Detroit News, April 17, 2012.

Nicholas Dekker, lecturer for the Department of Theatre, selected for Columbus Business First's Forty Under 40

2012 Operation Feed Campaign 

The 2012 Operation Feed Campaign begins this week and runs through May 18. This program has become a staple within the community and the need is greater than ever before. Please help by donating cans of food, non-perishable food items, and monetary donations in the main office of your department. 100% of each dollar raised through Operation Feed is used to provide food for central and eastern Ohio residents in need. 

35th Annual Jazz Festival

For a full list of concerts and events, go to see the School of Music's website.
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