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2018 High Points

The College of Arts and Sciences is home to extraordinary artists, scholars, scientists and spaces. We are excited to share some of this year’s high points as we look forward to another year of innovation and excellence. 

Legally BlondeMeet the Asian American star of Legally Blonde, the Musical
Cindy Tran Nguyen, a theatre and marketing double major, brings her own charm to the character of Elle Woods, which will appeal to old and new “Legally Blonde” fans alike. Read more >

Wow! SignalDid Ohio State really detect an alien signal?
One strange discovery recorded by an Ohio State astronomer in 1977 continues to baffle scientists and stoke imaginations that maybe we aren't alone in the universe: the "Wow! signal." Read more >

Daniel RiversQ&A with Daniel Rivers, director of American Indian Studies Program
As Ohio State observed both Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day on Oct. 8, 2018, Daniel Rivers offered insight about Native American history in Ohio and the origins of Indigenous Peoples' Day. Read more >

Rob GastTBDBITL alumnus with aphasia marches in reunion
A stroke took away Rob Gast's ability to speak, read and write. It also affected his ability to play music. With help from the Ohio State Aphasia Initiative, Gast marched in the TBDBITL reunion this year. Read more >

DinosaurA Dinosaur for Orton
With the recent addition of a dinosaur skeleton, molded from a fossil discovered by an Ohio State professor, enthusiasm and support for the Orton Geological Museum is sure to increase exponentially. Read more >

Mike BettesAtmospheric sciences alumnus describes whirlwind career
Broadcast meteorologist Mike Bettes has been with The Weather Channel for 15 years, covering some of the most intense weather-related events in history. Read more >

Jesse Kwiek and Thomas McDowHistory and microbiology professors co-teach course examining HIV
"HIV: From Microbiology to Macrohistory," co-taught by professors Jesse Kwiek and Thomas McDow, examines HIV's evolution at a molecular level, as well as its global and historical expansion. Read more >

Paul NiniDesign professor proposes The People's Flag of Columbus
Paul Nini, professor of design, hopes The People's Flag of Columbus, a flag he designed, will one day be something the community can unite under and identify with. Read more >

Dana Haynie and Scott DuxburyThe sociology of online criminal drug markets
Ohio State sociologists Dana Haynie and Scott Duxbury are understanding how darknet drug markets operate on a sociological level, which could help improve law enforcement strategies. Read more >

Yona HarveyEnglish alumna writes for Black Panther comics
Yona Harvey is the mastermind behind Zenzi, a character in the "Black Panther" spinoff “World of Wakanda.” She is also the first African American woman to write for the Marvel character Storm. Read more >

Coral ReefExploring approaches to save coral reefs — right here in Ohio
Coral reefs are threatened by climate change. But researchers, including Earth Sciences professor Andrea Grottoli, are narrowing in on what keeps corals healthy. Read more >

Young alumna lands dream job at Cincinnati Zoo
Arts and Sciences alumna Angela Hatke is a communications coordinator at the Cincinnati Zoo, where hanging out with Fiona the baby hippo is just another day on the job. Read more >