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GREETINGS FROM THE OVAL! I am continually inspired by the remarkable work and achievements happening in the College of Arts and Sciences, and I am excited to share some of that inspiration with you in this brochure. The College of Arts and Sciences is a community of excellence that equips the next generation of artists, scholars and scientists for career and professional success. The college also serves as a hub for the whole of Ohio State. We are charting the course for groundbreaking research, innovative teaching and general education — as world-class faculty prepare our talented students from colleges and majors across campus to find success in their fields. We often call the College of Arts and Sciences the academic heart of Ohio State. This isn’t just because of our size. It’s because this is where arts, humanities, and natural, mathematical, social and behavioral sciences can converge in unique and unexpected ways. When we combine different perspectives and expertise, we can better investigate critical problems through creative and scholarly inquiry, engage 2 | COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
COLLEGE LEADERSHIP (l-r): Peter Hahn, Divisional Dean for Arts and Humanities; Morton O’Kelly, Divisional Dean for Social and Behavioral Sciences; Janet BoxSteffensmeier, Interim Executive Dean and Vice Provost; Luis Casian, Divisional Dean for Natural and Mathematical Sciences; Trevon Logan, Faculty Fellow for Special Priorities
the public in reciprocal community collaborations, and deliver an exceptional education for Ohio State students. Please join me in celebrating our excellence, because our faculty, staff and students are generating knowledge that changes the world — with the steadfast support of alumni and friends around the globe. With gratitude,
Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier Interim Executive Dean and Vice Provost Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES STRATEGIC FOCUS AREAS EXCELLENT FACULTY AND PROGRAMS Outstanding and well-supported faculty, staff and academic programs are essential to achieving toptier education and research throughout the university.
ACCESS, AFFORDABILITY AND STUDENT SUCCESS We must be leaders in finding ways to help make that education affordable and accessible while promoting value-added opportunities to ensure undergraduate and graduate student success.
OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT We have a long legacy and steadfast commitment to facilitating partnerships and collaborations and recognize the important role our community plays in improving our programs and student success.
LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCACY We must be leaders in advocating for and articulating the enduring and practical value of a liberal arts education and majors and minors in the arts and sciences, on campus and beyond.
RESOURCE STEWARDSHIP AND GROWTH We are dedicated to achieving greater effectiveness and efficiency and to growing revenue, with a commitment to direct as many resources as possible toward our academic mission.
GIVE BACK. CHANGE LIVES. Todayâ€™s graduates will spend their careers in a global environment that demands the ability to be nimble and responsive. The College of Arts and Sciences is in the position, with your support, to provide the ideal education to take on such a future: asc.osu.edu/giving ASC.OSU.EDU | 3
THE COLLEGE AT A GLANCE 38 Departments and Schools 20+ Centers and Institutes
16,564 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS*
2,655 GRADUATE STUDENTS*
80+ Majors 100+ Minors
Composition: Female: 54% Male: 46% Underrepresented Minorities: 19% First Generation: 24% Honors & Scholars: 20% In State: 75% Out of State: 15% International: 10% Double Majors: 9% Major + Minor: 24%
Composition: Female: 49% Male: 51% Underrepresented Minorities: 12% In State: 28% Out of State 44% International: 28%
Instruction in 30 Languages
IN THE 2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR, 989 ARTS AND SCIENCES STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN STUDY ABROAD 4 | COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
1,400 Faculty Members 1,000 Staff Members
60% Male 40% Female
22 Endowed Professorships
20% Underrepresented Minorities
22 Endowed Chairs 205,000+ Living Alumni
938 Tenure-track Faculty *AU2017 NUMBERS
INCOMING 2018-2019 ACADEMIC PROFILE:
$105M Research Awards 712 Total Research Awards
63% Top 10% of their high school class 94% Top 25% of their high school class Average ACT: 29 Average SAT new: 1332 old: 1167
ARTS AND SCIENCES DELIVERS 48% OF ALL CREDIT HOURS ON CAMPUS, UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE
86% OF ALL CLASSES HAVE FEWER THAN 50 STUDENTS
The college has a footprint of 1.5+ million square feet, including labs and innovative learning spaces, in 56 buildings across campus
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OUR STUDENTS At Ohio State’s College of Arts and Sciences, knowledge is not the means to an end. It’s the start of whatever comes next. You’d never guess you’re at one of the nation’s largest research universities; it’s like a liberal arts college tucked into a leading public university. Today’s graduates will spend their careers moving forward in a global environment that demands the ability to be responsive and versatile. Our student-centered environment challenges and supports our students to follow any path and achieve success.
TONY LEFELD, a doctoral student in the Department of Physics, recently returned from a 15-month stay at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, where he worked with the Large Hadron Collider — the massive particle accelerator that in 2012 helped discover a mysterious new particle called the Higgs boson. Lefeld was stationed at CERN as part of a research group led by Brian Winer, professor and chair of the Department of Physics, that has been looking for further clues about the Higgs boson and how it interacts with other particles.
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There is new physics out there just waiting to be discovered.
I consider myself to be a musical activist. Musicians have this unique ability to reach out, to transcend barriers or boundaries or divides within different groups of people.
ARMOND WIMBERLY is a music education major, and Michele Meeker Scholarship in Music recipient, set to graduate in December 2018. He received the Outstanding Achievement in Musicology Award from the School of Music last May, has twice conducted the Toledo Symphony, directs the Urban Strings Columbus youth orchestra, and gave a TEDx Talk. He plays violin, viola and piano, and he hopes to use his musical abilities to promote social change, educate youth and lift up underrepresented musicians.
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STUDENT EXCELLENCE Our students are consistently recognized, nationally and internationally, for their excellence in research and scholarship and are recipients of distinguished awards including the Goldwater, Beinecke, Churchill and Rhodes Scholarships and the Fulbright-Hays, Fulbright, NSF Predoctoral Fellowship and Schweitzer Awards.
OUR PRESIDENTIAL FELLOWS Each semester, Ohio State graduate students of outstanding scholarship are selected to receive a Presidential Fellowship — the most prestigious award given by the Graduate School. 15 of the 23 Presidential Fellows selected in spring 2018 are Arts and Sciences students, who were each granted one year of full-time financial support to complete their terminal-degree projects unimpeded by other duties. See all: go.osu.edu/pres-fellows
Through the Personalized Study Program, ANNA VOELKER designed her own major — science communication and accessibility — and was one of two Ohio State graduates to earn the President’s Prize. The award is given annually to recognize exceptional students committed to social change. Voelker will be using her award to implement AstroAccess, an outreach program dedicated to promoting and furthering science education inclusion for those with disabilities.
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SPOTLIGHT ON THE FULBRIGHT U.S. STUDENT PROGRAM This year, eight of our students received Fulbright grants to conduct research outside of the United States. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. RACHEL BEERY (International Studies, Spanish) will be traveling to Malaysia as an English Teaching Assistant. As an ambassador of the United States, she will continue to explore and learn about the world by building relationships that will last a lifetime. In 2017, Beery was also a recipient of funds from the Gary L. Sharpe Scholarship Fund in Geography (Gary Sharpe Geography Scholars). ALEJANDRA TIMMINS (English, Psychology) will travel to Spain where she will assist with grammar and conversation exercises in the classroom. She will also interview African writers who immigrated to Spain, and hopes to bring immigrant and refugee literature into the classroom. Timmins was supported by the Everett Laybourne Scholarship Fund in English in 2017 and The Aida Cannarsa Snow Endowment Fund and the Gertrude Lucille Robinson Memorial Prize Fund in 2018. HANNAH YOUNG (Linguistics, Romance Languages) will assist English teachers in Romania with lessons in grammar and culture, while exploring the country’s Latin language education program. Young’s interest in historical linguistics has inspired her to explore how the country’s compulsory Latin language education has impacted contemporary Romanian language and national identity. ANDREW CARRINGER (German, Communication), will be assisting with grammar, culture and history lessons at the Franz-Stock-Gymnasium in Arnsberg,
Germany. An alumnus of The Ohio State University Marching Band and supported by The Margaret E. Snider Marching Band Scholarship Fund in both 2017 and 2018, Carringer hopes to apply his musical expertise to teach cultural history though music or assist with the school’s band program. CHRISTOPHER KINLEY (History) will research the experience of the First World War in the Greek-Albanian borderlands. A graduate student in the Department of History, Kinley researches identity, independence movements, state-building and nationalism and conflict in the southern Balkans. Kinley has received major support from The Retrieving the American Past II Fund and The Allan and Helga Wildman Memorial Fund. JOSHUA TRUETT (Theatre) will conduct dissertation research in Oaxaca, Mexico. Truett, a PhD candidate in the Department of Theatre, will research the festival performances of the muxes, a queer identity within the indigenous Zapotec society of Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Truett is also a recipient of the Dana Greenblatt Award for Advancement of Research in Feminist Media Studies and The Aida Cannarsa Snow Endowment Fund. JONATHAN CAPPS (Art) will study glassmaking in Nuutajärvi, Finland. He will assist the Nuutajärvi Glass Village Cultural Foundation, explore and study Finnish glass tradition and transition, and make collaborative works of art with Finnish glass artists. ASC.OSU.EDU | 9
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM While Ohio Stateâ€™s campus is teeming with knowledge and education opportunities, itâ€™s no secret there are endless avenues to learning outside of the traditional classroom. Our students study abroad and conduct field work on every continent, have access to internship experiences at any scale, contribute to leading-edge research and scholarship, and participate in service-learning that makes a difference in our communities.
#ASCINTHEFIELD This past summer, Arts and Sciences students went around the world, conducting research, interning and volunteering. They were immersed in politics, knee-deep in research and data analysis, underwater studying coral reefs and everywhere in between.
INSIDE THE CENTER FOR CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS The College of Arts and Sciences empowers students to actively prepare for and engage with their future careers through the reimagined Arts and Sciences Center for Career and Professional Success. The center (formerly known as the Office of Career Services) has been designed to continually meet the evolving needs of students, ensuring they have every opportunity to gain career clarity and connections within an ever-changing employment landscape. As a student enters the Arts and Sciences, they are invited to join various Career Communities, each of which offers unique resources based around a particular industry. An expanded staff is dedicated to establishing industry partners, recruitment activity and micro-learning experiences, while a Match 50 Mentorship Program connects current students with Arts and Sciences alumni. What will the impact of the new Center for Career and Professional Success be? The college believes it will emerge as a national model in liberal arts career education, building stronger relationships throughout The Ohio State University ecosystem and beyond. 10 | COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
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I learned and retained more while studying abroad than I have in any other course. Having experienced how much I can learn from educated travel, I hope to stray from the path and make time for travel throughout my life.
This summer, data analytics major and Veeam Software Endowed Scholarship in Data Analytics recipient HANNAH GOEBEL traveled the east coast of Queensland, Australia, while gaining academic credit from the Global May Program â€œAustralia: Human Impacts on the Natural Environment,â€? which uses the theme of sustainable development to explore the relationship between people and their surrounding environment. ASC.OSU.EDU | 11
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION The College of Arts and Sciences remains committed to excellence, which includes building a diverse community. When entering our classrooms and learning spaces, students expect a world-class educational experience inclusive of a broad range of ideas, backgrounds and experiences, and we must deliver. Universities are central places where people of all backgrounds, experiences and circumstances come together to learn and grow from deliberating, discussing and sharing ideas. We occupy a unique space in society by preparing students to learn and engage with one another to address and solve complex problems through shared knowledge. Our diversity is our strength. The College of Arts and Sciences remains steadfast to recruiting and retaining diverse, world-class scholars who enrich our classrooms and learning spaces, and the college will continue to pursue inclusive excellence, which simply makes us better. Our students, faculty and staff should understand that we are committed to our diversity and inclusion priorities, and we will continue to institute and uphold practices and programs that increase and enrich our academic community. The college, in partnership with advocates across the university, will lead in devising solutions that make us stronger as an inclusive institution.
SPOTLIGHT ON THE PASS PROGRAM As a selective academic learning community, the Program for Advancing Scholarship and Service (PASS) was designed with a specific and vital purpose in mind: bringing together first-year College of Arts and Sciences students who have a shared interest in the academic, cultural, career and community benefits of diversity. The program offers key academic offerings such as priority scheduling, academic travel and weekly meetings that promote leadership development, health and wellness, and academic and personal success, allowing its students to benefit from the knowledge of faculty by engaging in learning and critical intellectual pursuit. This, combined with a focus on community and service through engaging students, staff and others in mutually supportive and challenging collaborations and offering numerous opportunities to give back to the community, ensures that PASS students are provided the benefits of a small college experience within the environment of a large university. 12 | COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
WENDY SMOOTH, associate professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, has been appointed to the new position of Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In this vital role, she will work closely with college leadership, administrative staff, and academic departments and schools to develop, promote, coordinate and advise on diversity and inclusion initiatives across the college. She will act as a thought partner and accountability advocate to ensure that diversity and inclusion objectives are articulated and implemented in our ongoing work and planning.
Wendy Smooth’s research and teaching focus on women’s experiences in political institutions and on the impact of public policies on women’s lives. She leads Ohio State’s participation in the Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research, a national initiative created by the Obama administration’s White House Council on Women and Girls to close the gaps in research on women and girls of color.
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OUR FACULTY Arts and Sciences faculty perform at the highest levels in teaching, research and service â€” the three tenets of the great land-grant institutions. They engage in multidimensional, collaborative research, scholarship and creative activity that drive discovery and innovation locally, nationally and worldwide.
Associate professor of microbiology JESSE KWIEK and associate professor of history THOMAS MCDOW co-teach HIV: From Microbiology to Macrohistory, which enters its fifth year this spring semester.
Photo by Paul Woo, Wandering Woo Photography
The course, which is cross-listed between history and microbiology, examines HIV through an interdisciplinary lens, studying its global, historical expansion, as well as its evolution at the molecular level. At the end of the course, students present on what theyâ€™ve learned from the class at the STEAM Factory in downtown Columbus.
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HIV: From Microbiology to Macrohistory inspired a study abroad course, History 3798.05. In summer 2017, 15 students traveled to the Tanzanian Southern Highlands, a region with one of the highest rates of HIV in the country. The course will commence again in summer 2019.
For me, the technology enables my students to be in the real world. Every assignment that they do has a real-world component to it.
As the university launches its Digital Flagship initiative, faculty across campus are preparing to implement new â€œiPad requiredâ€? courses into their curriculum. But back in 2013, NICOLE KRAFT, assistant professor (clinical) in the School of Communication, had already recognized the value of incorporating technology in her journalism classes. Citing the fact that the device has all the tools a reporter needs to develop a story on the scene, Kraft made iPads a critical tool in her classroom activities.
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FACULTY EXCELLENCE Since 1960 34 Distinguished University Professors
38 Guggenheim Fellows
268 Academy of Teaching & Alumni Awards for Distinguished Teaching
9 National Academy of Sciences Members
155 Distinguished Scholar Awards 40 President and Provost's Awards for Distinguished Faculty Service 15 Provost's Awards for Teaching by a Lecturer 21 University Distinguished Lecturers
22 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Members 2 Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize Recipients 1 MacArthur Fellow 44 NSF Early Career Development Award winners 1 National Medal of Sciences 1 National Medal of Arts 1 American Academy of Arts and Letters Fellow 6 Department of Energy Early Career Awards
BARBARA ANDERSEN was named a Distinguished University Professor in Psychology in 2018 for her work in the biobehavioral aspects of cancer. This includes conducting basic research on stress and immunity and applied research including intervention trials to reduce cancer patients’ stress, enhance coping and improve their disease outcomes. Andersen is a member of the clinical psychology area in the Department of Psychology and of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. 16 | COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
This honor shows my young students that they can actually make a difference and help solve even the most difficult scientific problems.
DEHUA PEI, Charles H. Kimberly Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was named the university’s 2017 Innovator of the Year. The Innovator of the Year award is given to an Ohio State researcher who is “actively working to promote commercialization of intellectual property.” Pei’s research largely focuses on protein-protein interactions, which play a role in a multitude of human diseases, but are extremely difficult to target with drugs. He has helped develop several breakthrough technologies that are poised to transform the drug discovery process.
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SPOTLIGHT ON ENDOWED FACULTY POSITIONS Our 1,400+ faculty members are leaders in their respective fields, garnering major awards and recognition from national and international academies and associations — including the National Medal of Science, the National Medal of Arts, the Heineken Prize, the MacArthur Fellowship and the Sloan Fellowship, as well as selection for membership in the country’s top academic societies. Campus-wide, Arts and Sciences faculty are responsible for delivering nearly 50 percent of all credit hours offered at the university each year, preparing our talented students from all colleges and majors across the campus to find success in their chosen fields. It is paramount that the college continue to recruit and retain the best and the brightest faculty. One way to do this is through endowed chairs and professorships. These positions provide a consistent annual revenue source for the holder and bring an added layer of prestige and name recognition. Endowed chairs and professorships also illustrate the powerful partnership between faculty and philanthropists in supporting dreams of discovery and bringing them to fruition. Currently, the College of Arts and Sciences has 22 endowed chairs and 22 endowed professorships. This past year, four stellar faculty members were appointed to positions for the first time. JOHN BROOKE, HISTORY, The Warner Woodring Chair in History SIMONE DRAKE, AFRICAN AMERICAN AND AFRICAN STUDIES, Youngberg Distinguished Professor IGOR JOULINE, MICRBIOLOGY, The Rod Sharp Professorship in Microbiology ZHENGYU LIU, GEOGRAPHY, Robert Max Thomas Professorship Our college is committed to building and maintaining an exceptional and diverse faculty, and these investments — whether through the creation of a new endowed position, research and program support, or faculty awards — are critical to realize our mission of excellence.
Interested in learning more about supporting our faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences? Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (614) 292-9200 or visit go.osu.edu/ASCFaculty.
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2017 RATNER DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARDS The Ronald and Deborah Ratner Awards recognize faculty for making a difference in students' educations, lives and careers. Candidates are chosen for creative teaching and exemplary records of engaging, motivating and inspiring students. This year, five arts and humanities faculty members received these distinguished awards. ALISON BEACH, associate professor, history KRIS PAULSEN, associate professor, history of art LAUREN SQUIRES, associate professor, English MYTHELI SREENIVAS, associate professor, history/women’s, gender and sexuality studies BRIAN STONE, associate professor, design
This year, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities and director of the Latinx Space for Enrichment and Research (LASER) FREDERICK LUIS ALDAMA received the Eisner Award for Best Academic/Scholarly Work for his book Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics (University of Arizona Press, 2017). The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, presented annually at the San Diego Comic-Con International convention, are often referred to as the “Oscars of the comics industry.”
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RESEARCH & CREATIVE INQUIRY In every area of the Arts and Sciences, our innovative faculty, students and collaborators worldwide are exploring existing and emerging global challenges. Their game-changing discoveries profoundly affect our lives and are funded by all major federal and state granting agencies, with additional support from business, industry and private foundations. The college champions creative scholarship and performance, and promotes an environment for students and faculty to inspire, discover and create on campus and beyond.
712 AWARDS TOTALING $105M IN FY18 41% Departments of Energy, Labor, Defense and Other Federal Agencies 28% National Institutes of Health 25% National Science Foundation 5% Industry, Private and Other Non-Federal Agencies 1% State of Ohio
ANDREA GROTTOLI, professor in the Department of Earth Sciences and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is conducting some of the world’s leading research on what drives coral reef resilience amid rising sea temperatures and ocean acidification.
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Iâ€™m a criminologist, and thinking about how we could use social networks to start studying these dark markets seemed to be a really pressing issue.
DANA HAYNIE, professor of sociology and director of the Criminal Justice Research Center, is fighting the opioid epidemic through her groundbreaking research on online criminal drug markets. Haynie and sociology PhD candidate SCOTT DUXBURY are tracking and analyzing the social networks that sustain these markets, which have seen a significant growing demand for opioids. The teamâ€™s research suggests that new law enforcement strategies targeting vendor-buyer trust could be critical in curbing the growth of online drug trafficking.
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Market forces are pushing for smaller and smaller devices, but magnetic information storage tends to become less efficient as it decreases in size. To meet the intensifying need for a solution, a team of researchers based at Ohio State’s CENTER FOR EMERGENT MATERIALS has received a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). With the award, the team will develop novel magnetic materials for highperformance information storage by unlocking the power of skyrmions, which are nanoscale spin textures with great promise for smaller magnetic storage that is still stable and efficient.
LABANLENS is an augmented reality software that allows the Department of Dance to revolutionize the way faculty and students create and analyze dances in historical, contemporary, documentary and generative contexts. The dancer uses a drag-and-drop system to manipulate Labanotation symbols — a notation system for recording, describing and analyzing human movement — onto a vertical bar in an augmented reality realm. LabanLens’ benefits and applications range from research to creative, and the software will be available in limited capacities for use in the department this year.
THE HERODOTOS PROJECT brings together faculty members from the Departments of Linguistics and Classics to develop an enthohistory of the ancient world. With the help of a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Advancement Grant, researchers are creating a catalog of groups and individuals mentioned in ancient sources, focusing on the historical role played by those other than “great actors” (the important individuals, states or empires singled out in historic texts).
More than 40 Ohio State faculty and staff members across all disciplines honed their singing skills to join the School of Music and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) in a multimedia performance of “CARMINA BURANA,” the iconic cantata composed by Carl Orff in 1935-1936. The unique, first-of-its-kind collaboration incorporated an unforgettable digital-visual design that was projected onto the ceiling during the musical production.
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The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded another grant to support the AMERICAN RELIGIOUS SOUNDS PROJECT, a collaborative, multidisciplinary project housed in the Center for the Study of Religion that documents religious expression in the U.S. The project will create a digital archive of religious sounds and an interactive website that will allow people to listen to clips from the collection.
Associate Professor of Anthropology Sean Downey is in the midst of a five-year, National Science Foundation-backed research project ANALYZING THE EMERGENCE OF A COMPLEX SWIDDEN MANAGEMENT SYSTEM in the Toledo District, Belize. By studying the relationship between human populations and swidden — or slash-andburn — agriculture, he hopes to develop a better understanding of the dynamic between rural communities, the ecological and environmental impacts of their subsistence farming techniques, and how that applies to contemporary cultures and environmental sustainability. Downey acquires data via field experiments, household surveys and aerial landscape analysis provided by drone photography.
There is a lack of existing history and scholarship on how Latinx (a gender-neutral alternative to Latino or Latina) communities are formed and sustained in the Midwest. So, a handful of academics from across the region are delving into how, why and when Latinx communities become a part of the story in a collaborative research project titled “BUILDING SUSTAINABLE WORLDS: LATINX PLACEMAKING IN THE MIDWEST.” The Ohio State team is analyzing data on Latinx participation in and leadership of cultural festivals throughout the state of Ohio, which they collected through field interviews and observation, as well as reviewing media coverage.
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Image courtesy of the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Ohio State University
One of the largest black art collections in the United States and recognized by the Association of Black Cultural Centers as one of the top collections in the country, the HALE BLACK CULTURAL CENTER’S ART COLLECTION features work by hundreds of artists in a wide variety of media, offering an unparalleled look at the black experience.
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OUTREACH & ENGAGEMENT The College of Arts and Sciences values its role within the community as a leader in addressing major societal challenges and debates. The college leverages its expertise and perspective to facilitate partnerships and collaborations to bolster its programs and cultivate student success. The college’s goals include expanding and coordinating community support and involvement, enhancing connections with alumni, donors and friends, and increasing collaboration with employers and corporate and government partners.
For more than 60 years, the ROSS MATHEMATICS PROGRAM — an intensive, six-week summer program focusing on mathematical thinking — has inspired high school students around the world and promoted the notion of pursing math and related fields of study. The program was founded by renowned mathematician and former chair of Ohio State’s Department of Mathematics, Arnold Ross. Held annually in Columbus, as well as in Asia since 2016, the Ross Mathematics Program demonstrates how to work with abstract concepts, teaches number theory and nurtures independent thought.
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Photo courtesy of Victor M. Espinosa
There is something extraordinary about taking your own experiences, stories and feelings and crafting them into a combination of word, song, music and physical movement that gives others a glimpse into your reality.
BE THE STREET, a Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme project, brings residents of one of Columbusâ€™ most diverse neighborhoods together with faculty and students from theatre, dance, folklore studies and Spanish and Portuguese. By collaborating with immigrant communities in the Hilltop area, the Be the Street team creates performances that tell stories of connectedness and belonging. Partnering with local nonprofits and organizations, Be the Street hosts workshops and after-school programs designed to engage with community members and highlight their life stories.
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Working toward a better future through partnership is all part of the plan of the COLLABORATION FOR HUMANE TECHNOLOGIES, a network of artists, scholars and researchers exploring the interplay between physical and virtual experience. A crossdisciplinary roster of some of the innovative thinkers in their respective fields, Humane Technologies draws from the Departments of Design, Dance and ACCAD (Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design), the Champion Intergenerational Center and are joined by students, alumni and contributing faculty from Music, Theatre, Engineering, Architecture, Spanish and Portuguese, English, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Nursing, Medicine and Social Work. Together they create cutting-edge games, virtual reality experiences, interactive installations, animations, data visualizations, objects, performances and more. Setting their sights on projects as wide-ranging as robotics for assisted living; simulations to improve empathy in dementia care; games for wellbeing; stress reduction through mindfulness in virtual reality; and data humanism. The projects are powered by collaboration and innovation designed to help build a more livable future for us all.
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We’re bringing together multiple collaborators, scientists and artists to make discoveries we can only make together. — Norah Zuniga Shaw, professor and director for Dance and Technology and the principal investigator for the Humane Technologies research
INSIDE THE APHASIA INITIATIVE The Ohio State Aphasia Initiative, in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, is a free program for those in the community living with aphasia, a language disorder that hinders a person’s ability to process language and communicate verbally. Through the Aphasia Initiative, those afflicted with aphasia have a space to come together and participate in structured group sessions that encourage and progress functional communication skills. Sessions are coordinated and guided by both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in speech and hearing science, and are supervised by a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist.
MICHAEL SHIRZADIAN, graduate student in the Department of English, was recognized for his work in the community with the University Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Service. Shirzadian launched The Writer’s Studio at Karl Road, a program that brings university writers and teachers from the Department of English to the Karl Road Library, and The Writer’s Studio at Columbus Global Academy, a collaboration between The Ohio State University Writing Center and Columbus Global Academy — a local public school focusing exclusively on teaching recent middle and high school immigrants. By bringing young writers to campus, Michael hopes to show university students and teachers what it means to write and teach within our community. Image from Michael Shirzadian’s TEDxOhioStateUniversity talk, “There’s No “I” in Human: Toward a Posthuman Ethics.”
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SPACES & PLACES The College of Arts and Sciences is home to some of the most remarkable learning, scientific and performance spaces in the nation. Our classrooms, museums, laboratories, studios and stages support advanced research, expression, discovery and innovation.
The development of a new ARTS DISTRICT includes long-term plans to open Ohio Stateâ€™s front door to the heart of the University District at 15th Avenue and High Street. The project, encompassing areas of campus between 15th and 18th Avenues, envisions high-quality, modern learning environments for interaction across arts disciplines. Included are new facilities for the School of Music and Department of Theatre (see pg. 35), which will feature a home for the new Moving Image Production program. The Arts District is part of Framework 2.0, a plan for the physical environment of the Columbus campus guided and informed by Ohio Stateâ€™s Time and Change strategic plan.
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The beloved ORTON GEOLOGICAL MUSEUM is making way for a massive new exhibit this fall. A 24-foot dinosaur skeleton, molded from a fossil discovered by Ohio State professor David Elliot, now stands guard in the museumâ€™s lobby. Staff positioned the dino, known as Cryolophosaurus, so it is staring down at visitors hungrily. The dinosaur provides valuable evolutionary insight to scientists and will increase enthusiasm and support for the museum exponentially, according to curators. To bring Cryolophosaurus to campus, the team at Orton raised the necessary funds through a crowdfunding campaign that drew donors from all over the world. The installation will be part of a larger renovation that plans to incorporate technology into the museumâ€™s other exciting exhibits.
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Located at the corner of 12th and Neil Ave. in the revived Mirror Lake District, POMERENE HALL has long been a storied and iconic feature of campus. Built in 1922, the hall originally served as a women’s student union, complete with a gymnasium and a swimming pool. In recent years the building saw little use for its size, but a major $60 million, state-funded renovation has revived Pomerene’s history and integrity, as well as provided a home for the Department of History of Art, the Undergraduate Data Analytics Major and Ohio State’s Translational Data Analytics Institute.
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One of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s primary facilities, CELESTE LABORATORY, is set to undergo a proposed $30 million renovation. As a facility that provides instructional and research space for approximately 10,000 students per year, Celeste’s upgrade will have a significant impact on all students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The labs provide hands-on experience to complement classroom instruction, creating more wellrounded students who will go on to be leaders in science, health and medicine and engineering.
The GARY AND CONNIE SHARPE INNOVATION COMMONS is a space dedicated to exploration, innovation and collaboration within the Department of Geography. Located in Derby Hall, the Innovation Commons includes state-of-the-art technology for broadcast recording, breakout space for collaboration and integrated equipment to engage with colleagues across universities. The commons’ next phase of development will implement dedicated processors, 3D printers and a collaboration space to bring different areas of geography together. The Innovation Commons is made possible thanks to a generous donation from Gary (BA, geography, 1970) and Connie (BS, nursing, 1969) Sharpe. ASC.OSU.EDU | 33
With 38 departments and 20+ world-class research centers, the College of Arts and Sciences is the ACADEMIC HEART OF THE UNIVERSITY. The college has 1.5+ million assignable square feet in 56 buildings across main and west campus. The college also has partnerships with galleries, theaters and research facilities across the city of Columbus, allowing collaboration and innovation to thrive beyond the university.
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DRAKE PERFORMANCE AND EVENT CENTER
ASC ON CAMPUS
As development of the Arts District (pg. 30) continues, new facilities for the School of Music and Department of Theatre are planned on College Road.
JOHN HERR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES BUILDING
PHYSICS RESEARCH BUILDING
ENARSON CLASSROOM BUILDING
NEWMAN AND WOLFROM LAB SMITH LAB
18TH AVE. SITE OF NEW THEATRE BUILDING
MATH TOWER DENNEY HALL
ANNIE & JOHN GLENN AVE. HOPKINS HALL
SITE OF WEIGEL HALL EXTENSION WEIGEL HALL
DERBY HALL HAYES HALL
TOWNSHEND HALL THOMPSON LIBRARY
LAZENBY HALL PSYCHOLOGY BUILDING
HAGERTY HALL ORTON HALL
RICK DRIVE POMERENE HALL ARONOFF LAB
JENNINGS HALL HALE HALL
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