Meeting Times: MWF 11:30 am – 12:25 pm, Zoom (recordings will be available.)
Class Format : Online;  It is suggested that you attend the live zoom meetings.  It is up to you to keep up with new class material.
Calendar and Class notes: Our calendar with a day-by-day list of topics will be regularly updated on the course webpage.
Presentations: Each participant of this class will be assigned 1-2 research articles to present during the semester.   (If possible, I will give you a choice of which paper you would like to be assigned).  You can expect to make two 30 – 40 minute presentations through the course of the semester- one in the the first half of the semester and one in the second half.  Presentations will build on the course material and will accordingly be spaced out.  You will be given at least 3 weeks notice before a date to present is assigned to you.
Text: A list of text and notes is available on the course webpage.
Expectations: This is a graduate course and I expect you to approach it like professionals. This includes the following:
i) I expect the attendance to be at or near %100.  In the case that this is not possible, I expect you to keep up with the material.
(If you cannot be in class, then you are expected to keep up with the videos on a daily basis).
ii) I expect you to be familiar with the material from the previous meetings throughout the semester.
iii) When possible, I encourage you to read more deeply on the material we are covering in class meetings.
iv) I expect you to ask questions in class and suggest alternative approaches to proofs.
v) I expect you to treat each other with respect and wait until others are finished talking.  I encourage you to discuss the material together outside of class.

Important University Announcements:

  • Complete daily health checks and self-isolate if running a fever or in other ways symptomatic
  • Follow the university’s regulations regarding masks and social distancing (including seat assignments) in classrooms.
  • Additional resources for you (students):
  1. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Cornavirus Outbreak site includes the latest information about COVID-19 as well as guidance for you.
  2. The Keep Learning site includes tips and resources to help you make the shift to online learning, addressing strategies for success as well as technology tools.

Disability statement:Students with disabilities that have been certified by Student Life Disabilities Services (SLDS) will be appropriately accommodated and should inform the instructor as soon as possible of their needs. SLDS contact information:; 614-292-3307; 098 Baker Hall, 113 W. 12th Avenue; webpage:

Mental health statement:
As a student you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce a student’s ability to participate in daily activities. The Ohio State University offers services to assist you with addressing these and other concerns you may be experiencing. If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the aforementioned conditions, you can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus via the Office of Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) by visiting or calling 614­-292-­5766. CCS is located on the 4th Floor of the Younkin Success Center and 10th Floor of Lincoln Tower. You can reach an on call counselor when CCS is closed at 614­-292-­5766 and 24 hour emergency help is also available through the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-­800­-273-TALK or at

Sexual misconduct/relationship violence:
Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender are Civil Rights offenses subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories (e.g., race). If you or someone you know has been sexually harassed or assaulted, you may find the appropriate resources at or by contacting the Ohio State Title IX Coordinator, Kellie Brennan, at

The Ohio State University affirms the importance and value of diversity in the student body. Our programs and curricula reflect our multicultural society and global economy and seek to provide opportunities for students to learn more about persons who are different from them. We are committed to maintaining a community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among each member of our community; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.