News & Notes

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Room with a View

The Ohio State Planetarium

Dome-to-floor renovation complete, the Ohio State Planetarium re-opened to enthusiastic throngs last fall, booking seats weeks in advance. It has been that way ever since. Not surprising. Astronomy graduate students run the shows—imagine the latest in planetarium technology in the hands of a new generation of Neil deGrasse Tysons.


The Ohio State Marching Band performs a tribute to Michael Jackson.

The OHIO STATE MARCHING BAND has always been “The Best Damn Band in the Land,” but after a stellar season last year, now it’s known around the world. Halftime-show videos have gone viral, attracting millions of viewers, and the band was featured in a new Apple commercial that aired internationally in January. Since then, the band has been featured in more than 6,700 news outlets, from the Wall Street Journal and USA Today to the New York Times, Today show and ESPN, potentially reaching billions.


For 135 years, The Ohio State University Marching Band has provided the soundtrack to the Buckeye experience. This endeavor will create a “forever fund” to enable the band to continue its tradition of excellence. To find out more visit

There is No Silence

The Department of Theatre and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) collaboration inspired by Marcel Marceau.

Together, THEATRE and the ADVANCED COMPUTING CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND DESIGN (ACCAD) created a groundbreaking new work inspired by French mime Marcel Marceau, There is No Silence. Marceau’s signature movements were motion captured by ACCAD when he was in residence a decade ago and, for the first time ever, used along with real-time motion-capture technology and digital projections to train actors.

Slavic celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Walls of Dubrovnik

The DEPARTMENT OF SLAVIC AND EAST EUROPEAN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES celebrated its 50th anniversary in March. It is dedicated to researching and teaching the languages, literatures and cultures of the East, Central and Southeast European nations and peoples.