Autumn 2013 Issue of College of Arts and Sciences’ ASCENT Now Online

ASCENT: Autumn 2013Twice each year, we are pleased to offer our friends and alumni a selection of images and stories that capture the excitement and relevance of the arts and sciences at Ohio State. Highlights of this issue of ASCENT: "Ahead of the Class," educators redefining the traditional classroom; "Full Steam Ahead," researchers transforming our Land-Grant legacy; "A Force for Change," A PhD candidate working with students in the South Linden area of Columbus to create positive change in their community; "About the Cover," an alumnus on a 10-year mission to make people smile.


David Clampitt Wins Publication Award

David ClampittEarlier this month, the Society for Music Theory presented the Outstanding Publication Award to David Clampitt, associate professor and area head, theory and composition, and his co-author Thomas Noll, who teaches in Barcelona. The award recognized their article, "Modes, the Height-Width Duality, and Handschin's Tone Character," published in Music Theory Online.

Geologist Wins Distinguished Service Award

Scott BairScott Bair, professor, School of Earth Sciences, received the 2013 George Burke Maxey Distinguished Service Award for his contributions and service to hydrogeology and to the Geological Society of America. The award was presented at the Hydrogeology Division of the Geological Society of America's annual meeting in late October.


The Sawyer Seminar

Chandra MallampalliThe Sawyer Seminar is a series of events and activities through October 2014, centered around the theme, CrossRoads: Culture, Politics, and Belief in the Balkans and South Asia. On December 2, Chandra Mallampalli, associate professor of history at Westmont University will present "Religion, Law, and Identity in Colonial India: The Role of Court Cases in Defining Religious Boundaries."

Science Sundays Continues December 8

Paul KwiatPaul Kwiat, Bardeen Chair in Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America, will discuss how quantum randomness, superposition, and entanglement can be used to realize perfectly secure cryptography, ultra-fast computation, and completely non-invasive "photography." Time/appetites permitting, Kwiat may also give a brief lesson in Quantum Cooking. Lecture: 3-4 pm, Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Theater. Reception: 4-5 pm, Ohio Union Ohio Staters Traditions Room. Both free/open to the public. 

Research Development and Grant Writing News

The November issue of Research Development and Grant Writing News, from the Office of Research, is now available (OSU login required). Topics include: Searching the Foundation Form 990 for Funding; Your Grant-Writing Elevator Speech; Backgrounding the National Robotics Initiative; NSF's Research Coordination Networks; Agency Reports, News, and Updates; New Funding Opportunities.

Changes to BuckeyeMail

Microsoft is making a change to BuckeyeMail on December 18 that will require users to take a few steps in preparation. If these steps are not taken, users may have problems logging into BuckeyeMail after the upgrade is complete. The upgrade affects students only but anyone who interacts with students on a regular basis could benefit from being informed about the change. Details are posted on OCIO’s home page. Questions regarding the BuckeyeMail upgrade should be directed to the IT Service Desk at 688-HELP (4357) or

2014 North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO): Plan Ahead

NACLO is an academic competition in linguistics designed for middle and high school students (6th-12th grade). The Department of Linguistics will host an information session for all interested middle and high school students January 14; email if you plan to attend. The Open Competition will be held on Thursday, January 30. Register online.


November 21

Molecular Genetics Seminar: Anya Dobritsa; 4:10 pm, 155 Jennings Hall
Jazz Ensemble; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

November 22

Feasting and Fun in Langland; 3 pm, 090 18th Avenue Library
Gene Regulation: the Surprising Story of a Ribozyme in Flies; 3 pm, 170 Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, 473 W. 12th Ave.
Symphony Orchestra; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

November 22-23

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

Through November 23


November 23


November 25

The Pitzer Lecture in Theoretical Chemistry; 4:10 pm, 2015 McPherson Lab
University Chorus and Symphonic Choir; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

December 2


December 2-3

Far Away; 7 pm, New Works Lab, 2060 Drake Performance and Event Center

December 3

21st Annual Music Celebration Concert; 8 pm, Mershon Auditorium

December 3-6


December 3-14


December 4

Presentation Skills: The Art of Scientific Storytelling; 2-3 pm, Smith Seminar Room, Physics Research Building

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November 20, 2013
News & Updates will not be published next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Publication will resume Wednesday, December 4.
Michele Parrinello

The Pitzer Lecture in Theoretical Chemistry

Michele Parrinello, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, lectures on “Atomistic Computer Simulations: Past, Present, and Future,” Monday, November 25, 4:30 pm, 2015 McPherson Lab. Reception to follow at 2136 Newman and Wolfrom Lab, 100 W. 18th Ave. Parrinello invented the field of "ab initio molecular dynamics," and is a world leader in the development and application of simulation techniques.


Mary Tarantino, professor, theatre, on a one-of-a-kind digital lighting project on the façade of the Chiller Plant, Columbus Dispatch, November 19, 2013
Eric Healy, professor, speech and hearing science, on how a new algorithm could revolutionize hearing aids, Gizmag, November 18, 2013
The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, Columbus Dispatch, November 14, 2013


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