Through podcasts, departments across the College of Arts and Sciences are opening their research and scholarship to the public — for free. By producing media grounded in current events, looking toward the future while being mindful of the past, these departments transport an Ohio State education beyond campus to communities, classrooms and mobile devices around the world.
The college recently launched a new podcast highlighting the research of its faculty and staff: Voices of Excellence from the College of Arts and Sciences, hosted by David Staley, associate professor of history. “Voices” will take listeners into the research labs, classrooms and studios of Ohio State researchers, from the laser hum of Department of Energy Award winner Hannah Shafaat’s lab to the quiet solitude of Frederick Aldama’s writing space.
Want to know what the universe is made of? How to describe astronomy to the blind? How the sun gets spots?
Astrophysicist Paul Sutter’s Ask a Spaceman! podcast answers all of these stellar questions and more in its biweekly episodes, which bring the mysteries of space down to Earth for nonscience kids (and adults).
“Podcasts give an amazing venue to dig into topics without having to break for commercials or fit into a predetermined time slot,” said Sutter, cosmological research and community outreach coordinator for Ohio State’s Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP) and chief science o cer for COSI in downtown Columbus.
“When someone asks me a question about how the universe works, I want to give them the answer that they deserve and the time needed for them to understand it,” said Sutter.
“A Story of Us not only covers interesting and relevant topics,” said graduate student Frances Sutton, “but allows us to share our field with anyone who has ever asked, ‘What do you do with a degree in anthropology?’”
Sutton and fellow anthropology graduate student Mackie O’Hara launched A Story of Us podcast last fall. Sutton, O’Hara and a team of graduate students tackle timely themes, drawing on the four subfields of anthropology at Ohio State: cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology and linguistics.
Season 1 began in September 2016. The twice-a-month podcast explored migration, past and present, from an anthropological point of view. Each episode featured conversations with graduate students and faculty in the department, who oered their own insights and analyses.
Season 2, which runs through the spring, explores childhood mortality, growth and development, motherhood, pathologies and childhood in the archaeological record.