Read the Latest Issue of ASCENT Magazine
Should there remain any doubt about the value, the power and the necessity of an arts and sciences education, our latest issue of ASCENT should put it to rest. Meet the students, faculty and alumni whose stories show the unique, diverse ways they are using their arts and sciences education to create, innovate and contribute to positive change locally and globally. Now more than ever, the College of Arts and Sciences is a powerful engine that drives meaningful change across the world.
Arts and Sciences Faculty Named Distinguished University Professors
Clark Spencer Larsen, distinguished professor of social and behavioral sciences; professor and chair, Department of Anthropology, and David Weinberg, distinguished professor of mathematical and physical sciences; the Henry L. Cox Professor of Astronomy; and chair, Department of Astronomy, have been designated Distinguished University Professors.
In Memoriam: A Pioneer of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
Gary Steigman, professor emeritus of astronomy and physics, who died April 9, 2017, was a leader in cosmology at a time when astronomy and particle physics were merging. His pioneering studies of the Big Bang helped overturn the idea that most of the universe’s matter was made of atoms, leading to today’s view of a universe filled with dark matter driven by dark energy. In 1986, Ohio State recruited him to found a cosmology center.
General Education Review Open Forum
Arts and Sciences faculty and staff are are invited to participate in an open session to discuss the review of the General Education program. Randy Smith, vice provost for Academic Affairs; Faculty Fellows Larry Krissek, School of Earth Sciences; and Catherine Montalto, Department of Human Sciences, as well as members of the GE Review Committee look forward to your ideas and input.
Arts and Sciences Faculty, Alumnus Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
This year, three Arts and Sciences faculty and an alumnus were elected to the 237th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Those elected include Janet Box-Steffensmeier, political science; Russell Fazio, psychology; Geoffrey Parker, history; and alumnus Carter Phillips, law. The 228 new members include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers and artists, along with civic, business and philanthropic leaders.
Athletic Activism and Social Change Panel Discussion
Ohio State's Sports and Society Initiative hosts a panel discussion on the role of athletic activism in social change. Panelists include: Tommie Smith, an American former track and field athlete and gold medal winner at the 1968 Summer Olympics (pictured above); Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, former NBA Most Improved Player winner and two-time SEC Player of the Year; Malcom Jenkins, safety, Philadelphia Eagles, and former All-American Ohio State cornerback.
Silent Soldiers Memorial on the Oval
The Silent Soldiers Memorial is a "live art" event, to be performed Thursday, April 6, marking the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I. It will feature more than 20 Ohio State students wearing WWI-style uniforms, making their way across campus, stopping at the Oval, Thompson Library, University Hall and the Wexner Center. They will march into position, stand or sit silently, before moving on to the next site. As they march, they will sing "We're here because we're here," a song sung by the British as they entered battle at Somme.
Strategic Planning Town Hall Meeting: April 5
Executive Dean David Manderscheid will be hosting a Town Hall-style meeting on Wednesday, April 5 at 1:30 p.m. in Saxbe Auditorium, to talk about our path forward, share insights gathered from the ASC community and answer questions.
Looking for ways to better market our classes, ASC Communications is testing a new approach with an online bulletin board featuring nearly 100 key courses from across the college. Driven by submissions by departments, this board will be live and marketed throughout the scheduling window for autumn quarter. We will be driving traffic to the listing with direct email; social media; high-traffic, student-oriented webpages on the ASC website; and on-campus digital posters.
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