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OCT. 12, 2016 | TWEET!


Voxel Bay

Voxel Bay: ACCAD Students Partner with Hospital to Create Virtual Reality Game

A pilot is underway for the virtual reality game, Voxel Bay, at the comprehensive hemophilia treatment center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The game was specifically created for the young patients to fully engage – and distract – them during infusions and other procedures. The partnership between the hospital and Ohio State’s Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) has resulted in a first-of-its kind virtual reality experience that creates a world of penguins, pirates and hermit crabs for young patients.


Election 2016

OhioWe’re just a few weeks away from one of the most historic presidential elections in our lifetime. Arts and Sciences faculty weigh in: Wendy Smooth, associate professor, women’s gender and sexuality studies, discusses the power of black women voters; David Stebenne, professor of history and law, examines which two groups of Christians seem likely to decide this presidential election; Brian McHale, professor of English and author of several books on postmodernism, reflects on the Donald Trump image.

Join us for A Change Election? Perspectives on the 2016 Contests, Thursday, Oct. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Saxbe Auditorium, Moritz College of Law. Paula Baker (history), Paul Beck (political science), David Stebenne (history and law) and Thomas Wood (political science) will lead the panel discussion. RSVP required by Oct. 13. Free and open to all.

Geographer Develops Go-To, Power-Outage Forecasts

Steve QuiringSteve Quiring, professor of atmospheric sciences in the Department of Geography, and colleagues from the University of Michigan and Texas A&M, have been developing power-outage forecasts for a decade. They’re the ones that Homeland Security, the Department of Energy and emergency management agencies call when putting together preparation plans for massive outages. Their model accurately predicted that Superstorm Sandy would knock out power for nearly 10 million people in 2012.

AAAS Professor: “Birth of Nation” Historically Inaccurate

Leslie AlexanderLeslie Alexander, associate professor, African American and African studies, analyzes the film, “The Birth of a Nation,” for The Nation. Alexander, who specializes in 19th century black culture, political consciousness and historical accuracy in film, describes the film as a deeply problematic movie that misrepresents Turner and his rebellion, and sends insidious messages about slavery and the multifaceted roles of black women in the battle for freedom.

Earth Scientist Awarded National Academies’ Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowship

Ann CookAnn Cook, assistant professor, Earth sciences, is one of 10 outstanding junior scientists around the country recognized by the National Academies for exceptional leadership, past performance and potential for future contributions to improving oil system safety, human health and well-being, or environmental protection. To foster their development as leaders, fellows will receive professional guidance from a senior faculty mentor at their home institution. Earth Sciences Professor Steven K. Lower is Cook’s mentor. Fellows receive $76,000, paid to their institution in the form of a two-year grant, for research expenses and professional development.

ASC Students Share Debate Impressions with Wall Street Journal

PSL Debate WatchMore than 100 Ohio State Politics Society and Law (PSL) scholars and students, with the John Glenn Civic Leadership Council, watched Sunday night’s second presidential debate with reporters from the Wall Street Journal. Arts and Sciences students interviewed by the Journal included Emily Akins (political science) and Zen Taylor (economics).


ASC Alumni Society Honors Student Scholarship Recipients

ASC Alumni Society Honors Student Scholarship Recipients

At the annual meeting of the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Society, arts and sciences students received society scholarships: Joanna Kilbane Myers, a fourth-year honors student majoring in biology, and Maya Gosztyla, a third-year student majoring in neuroscience and molecular genetics.

Left to right: Scott Gale (president) Kevin Humphries, Nancy Lashutka, Dennis Baer, student recipient Joanna Kilbane Myers, Bonnie Daneker, student recipient Maya Gosztyla, George Kalbouss, Leslie Becker, Susan Munthe (past president) and Craig Friedman (vice president).

Ohio State Astronomer Receives Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award

Bradley PetersonBradley Peterson, professor emeritus, astronomy, was one of four College of Science and Engineering alumni receiving the Board of Regents 2016 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award, from the University of Minnesota. Peterson was recognized for, “developing and using the technique of ‘reverberation mapping’ to determine the structure of the inner regions of quasars and their supermassive black holes; demonstrating important leadership throughout his career at Ohio State and in the nation’s astrophysics community.”

Earth Scientist Elected Fellow, Mineralogical Society of America

Wendy PaneroWendy Panero, associate professor, Earth sciences, is one of 10 newly elected 2017 fellows of the Mineralogical Society of America. Panero is part of Ohio State’s Mineral Physics Research Group studying material behavior under the high-pressure, high-temperature conditions of the Earth's interior. Panero received a 2016 Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum; and teaches the very popular course for non-majors, "The Planets."


Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter: October Issue

The October undergraduate e-newsletter highlights the geographic and information science (GIS) major; zoology major Antonia Tribuzzo’s internship at the Ohio Wildlife Center Hospital; Trevon Logan, professor and chair, economics; FutureLink; Free Princeton Review practice tests; Graduate and Professional School Fair; the college’s Education Abroad Fair and the France Beyond Borders program.

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The Universe Is Full of Surprises: Get a Friendly, Expert View, Oct. 15

TelescopeOhio State astronomers and astrophysicists invite you to a special event for Friends of Ohio State Astronomy and Astrophysics, Saturday, Oct. 15 beginning at 10:30 a.m., Telescopes: Small, Large, and Gigantic. Experience an out-of-this-world Star Show in Slettebak Planetarium; The All Sky Automated Search for Supernovae (ASAS-SN); Large Binocular Telescope and Antarctica as a Neutrino Telescope. Learn more and register (by Oct. 13).

Decision Sciences Forum on Patient Control of Health Care

The Decision Sciences Collaborative hosts Judith Hibbard, professor, health policy, University of Oregon, for a presentation on how consumers and patients can have more control over their health and health care. How Important is Patient Activation to Meeting Health Care Reform Goals?, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m., Room 165, Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute.


Nathan Swigger, professor, political science (Newark), on local tax initiatives and when they might work, Newark Advocate, Oct. 9

Nandini Trivedi, professor, physics, “Physicists explore exotic states of matter inspired by Nobel-winning research,” The Conversation, Oct. 8

Mike Vuolo, professor, sociology, on whether smoking bans work, USA Today, Oct. 8
Steve Quiring, professor, atmospheric studies, on predicting power outages in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, USA Today, Oct. 5
Nicholas Kawa, professor, anthropology, “The irony of the Anthropocene: People dominate a planet beyond our control,” The Conversation, Oct. 4
Paul Sutter, astrophysicist, as the new face of COSI, Columbus Monthly, Oct. 2016



Oct. 13

Climate Change, the Anthropocene and the Deep History of the Earth
Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E Broad St.
7-9 p.m.

Oct. 14

Mighty SÕL-CON: The Brown and Black Comics Expo
Hale Hall
9 a.m.

Oct. 17

Robert Ross, The East Asian Power Transition: Prospects for Peace
1501 Neil Ave., Room 120
3:30 p.m.

Pitzer Lecture, Emily Carter
2004 Evans Lab
4 p.m.

For the Bible Tells Me So: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
014 University Hall
5:30 p.m.

DEALL/EASC Talk & Performance: Voice of Burmese Poetry: ko ko thett
1184 Postle Hall
6 p.m.



Oct. 18

IPR Seminar, Stephanie Moulton, John Glenn College
038 Townshend Hall
12:30 p.m.

ICS & NCUSCR Event: CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections with Henry A. Kissinger (via webcast)
1501 Neil Ave.
7 p.m.

University Band
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

Oct. 19

Judy Hibbard, How Important is Patient Activation to Meeting Health Care Reform Goals?
Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, Room 165 
4 p.m.

Barnett Speaker Series: Women who Dare to be Heard
141 Sullivant Hall
4:30 p.m.

Angus Fletcher, The Hollywood Hack: How Story Science Can Reprogram Studio Movies and TV
Faculty Club, Grand Lounge
5 p.m.

An Evening of Korean Music, Dance and Storytelling
Bronwynn Theatre, McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening Street
7 p.m.

Oct. 19-30

Romeo and Juliet
Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center
See event listing for times

Through Oct. 21

Land●Mark: Alternative Views of the Landscape
Hopkins Hall Gallery
Gallery Hours

Through Oct. 31

The Hidden Life of Things: Andean and Amazonian Cultural Artifacts and the Stories They Tell
Global Gallery, Hagerty Hall Lobby
Building Hours

Through Nov. 12

Wish You Were Here: Department of Art 2016 Faculty Exhibition
Urban Arts Space, 50. W Town St.
Gallery Hours
Reception: Saturday, Oct. 15, 5-7 p.m.

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