The Martian Chronicles with Guest Blogger Paul Sutter

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Mars Is Calling. There’s no avoiding the Red Planet. Stories are everywhere, but what is hype and what is real? Arts and Sciences experts come to the rescue, sorting out fact from fiction, tackling serious questions such as: “Can we really colonize Mars?” And less serious questions: “What would football be like?”

Be sure to check out the entire Mars Is Calling feature on the ASC website. First, read my first guest blogger, Paul Sutter. Paul is a visiting postdoctoral fellow with our esteemed Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP).

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What are you going to do with that degree?

Charlie Brown and Snoopy

Think students with a degree in the arts or humanities go from graduation to the unemployment line? Think again.

From the Big Screen to Broadway, offers a look at real-life ASC alumni success stories that prove otherwise.

These are only a few examples of how degrees in the arts and humanities are put to work every day building powerful careers across the globe. Continue reading

Putting Students in Focus

Buckeye-Scarlet Shades, Making Connections and Donuts with the Dean

Putting Students in Focus: Buckeye-Scarlet Shades, Making Connections and Donuts with the Dean

Last Thursday, we kicked off the first Donuts with the Dean of the year, a student-centered tweet up that we host three times each semester to add a little fun and to get to know our students.

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Arts and Sciences is the place to be

Arts and Sciences is the place to be | Blog from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

My first blog, on December 16, 2013, was titled, The Place to be: the Arts and Sciences at Ohio State.

Nearly two years and several posts later, I couldn’t agree more with that early observation.

In fact, time and change does surely show, that this is the place to be. The new academic year is three weeks old and already we are headed to another landmark year. Continue reading

Bright, Shiny, New: another academic year begins

Bright, Shiny, New: another academic year begins | Blog from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Take a deep breath. Look around. Savor the moment.

We’re off on an amazing, annual adventure. Classes began this week and with them, new promise of renewal, growth, discovery and opportunity.

Welcome to a new academic year.

Each year, before the start of term, Ohio State hosts the Student Involvement Fair on the Oval — a fantastic, friendly exhibition and exuberant celebration of what makes Ohio State great. What better way to give our incoming students a warm Buckeye Welcome! Continue reading

Ready to Ride Pelotonia 2015

Ready to Ride Pelotonia 2015 | Blog from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Pelotonia 2015 is almost here and Team ASC is fired-up. This year, Team ASC celebrates its fifth year as a subpeloton: made up of a great cross section of faculty, staff and students across the college, along with more “friends” than ever, which is terrific! We welcome anyone who wants to participate in this remarkable effort to raise money for cancer research.

This is only my second year as a rider, so I would be remiss if I did not give a special shout-out to Terry Bradley, whose involvement goes back to 2009, Pelotonia’s first year. She captains Team ASC, serves on Team Buckeye’s Advisory Council and inspires us all. Continue reading

Scarlet, Gray and Boom: Celebrating Arts and Science’s High-Impact Research

Scarlet, Gray and Boom: Celebrating Arts and Science’s High-Impact Research | Blog from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Let’s raise a glass, ring in the new fiscal year and celebrate Arts and Sciences researchers and scholars.

The numbers are in; in FY15, ASC received 654 awards, totaling $94,543,951 — a 15% increase over FY14. We received funding from a healthy cross section of research partners: major federal agencies, the state of Ohio, private agencies and colleges and universities. It’s no particular surprise that the largest slices were awarded by NSF: 34.66% and NIH, 19.02%. We are grateful for every slice, large and small. They make the wheels of discovery go round. Continue reading

A Leap Forward on the Road to Diversity

A Leap Forward on the Road to Diversity | Blog from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Ohio State, like every educational institution, struggles with issues of diversity, particularly those that plague STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.

The challenges have deep roots and the upward path to equity is steep. Solid initiatives are in place across the university and within the arts and sciences — physics’ Bridge Program, mathematics’ SAMMS (Sampling Advanced Mathematics for Minority Students) program — are but two examples of tackling the problem by expanding the number of under-represented minorities in pathways to careers in STEM.

Being all too familiar with the difficulties of attracting faculty members from underrepresented groups, I am delighted to tell you of a great success story. Continue reading

Off They Go to Do Great Things

Ohio State Commencement, May 10, 2015

Off They Go to Do Great Things | Blog from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

11,037 caps tossed in the air by Ohio State’s largest graduating class.

It’s easy to be transfixed by numbers.

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Phantoms of the Opera

Don Giovanni | Blog from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

I’ve been talking a lot lately about the power of collaboration and the endless possibilities that open up when diverse groups of people work together. It is what drives discovery, creation and powers the arts and sciences. See it in action this week when a dynamic, updated version of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, a collaboration between the School of Music and the Department of Theatre, debuts at Thurber Theatre, April 17 and 19. Few in the audience will realize what it takes for Ohio State’s Opera and Lyric Theatre to present such a dazzling performance.

It takes, in fact, a village, as its director, A. Scott Parry, often says. He was kind enough to supply me with the following numbers to share with you. They nearly blew me away — and I’m a numbers guy! Continue reading