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   NOVEMBER 2017

Major Highlight - Astronomy and Astrophysics
Astronomy and astrophysics is the study of planets, stars, galaxies and the universe as a whole, including how these originate and how they evolve in time. The principal pursuits of the astronomer are to extend our understanding of the physical nature of the universe and to convey this understanding to students and the general public. Astronomers use the tools of modern physics to interpret observations of celestial objects from earth-based and space telescopes, including visible light, radio waves, X-rays, and more exotic messengers such as neutrinos and gravitational waves. Astronomy and Astrophysics majors get a solid background in undergraduate physics and training in the techniques and discoveries of contemporary astronomy. Some majors become engaged in astronomical research, become presenters at the Ohio State Planetarium, or serve as instructional assistants in undergraduate classes.  
The BS degree in astronomy and astrophysics is excellent preparation for graduate study in astronomy and other physical sciences, as well as a solid grounding for becoming a teacher in the physical sciences at the primary and secondary levels. Graduates are also employed at observatories, planetariums and science museums, and in industry where they may assist in computational and observational research programs or participate in public education programs. Most professional astronomers have faculty positions or are affiliated with universities through observatories and laboratories.
For additional information about the major, please contact the director of undergraduate studies, Professor Donald Terndrup, via his blog at http://u.osu.edu/terndrup/.  
Photo - Members of the OSU Astronomy Club form O-H-I-O with the 140-foot telescope at Greenbank Radio Observatory, during a February 2017 field trip in which they used the telescope to observe nearby galaxies.
Student Profile - Becky Anderson and Geology Field Camp 2017
This past summer, earth science major Becky Anderson attended a six-week geology field camp in central Utah.  While there she applied what she learned in the classroom to real-world geological problems.  In addition to learning how to interpret the Earth's features, she learned to take her own measurements for geologic mapping, explored national parks, hiked many miles, joined alumni in a 70th reunion celebration and made lasting friendships.  She shared her experiences and advice through a weekly blog.   Read more about the School of Earth Sciences .
Career Corner
Career clusters are groupings of occupations that appeal to people with similar interests and skills. For instance, those interested in the Human Services cluster tend to enjoy work that involves making a positive impact on the lives of others. When employers post their jobs and internships in FutureLink they are required to select the career cluster that best categorizes their opportunities. Once you know which career cluster(s) appeal to you, you will have an easier time finding internship postings in FutureLink because the system matches opportunities with your career cluster interests. Click here to learn more about how the various career clusters are defined. Click here for a searchable database of the occupations affiliated with each career cluster.
Consider meeting with a Career Prep Advisor to obtain assistance with finding internships and other types of resume builders. For information about this service see Career Prep Advising .
Resume Reboot Event
Paper and Pencil
Want to polish your resume? Need help starting a resume?  Join us for walk-in resume reviews. No appointment necessary! Simply bring a hard copy of your document for review. This is a great opportunity to have your document critiqued by a staff member before the upcoming Arts and Sciences sponsored career fairs in Spring 2018! This event is open to all undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences. 
Tuesday, Nov 14 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Room 100, Denney Hall.
Take Your Professor to Lunch - On Us!
Invite a professor to lunch - compliments of the College of Arts and Sciences!
Sharing lunch and an informal conversation is a great way to explore educational and research opportunities, to identify or confirm your career direction, as well as to build an educational relationship - an important factor when requesting a future letter of reference.  As an arts and sciences major, you're eligible to participate once each semester.  Read more.

"Meet the Prof" - David Steigerwald, Department of History

David Steigerwald

Join other arts and sciences students for free pizza and informal conversation with Dr. David Steigerwald, professor, Department of History.  Dr. Steigerwald teaches courses in 20th Century America, ranging from WWI through the 1960s and is the director of the department's World War II Study Abroad program.  He received the university's highest recognition for teaching excellence, the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award and was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award for 2016 - 2017.   Presented by the College of Arts and Sciences Student Council.

Wednesday, November. 8 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.Maudine Cow Room, Ohio Union (lower level)

"Meet the Prof" - Anita Bucknam, International Studies Program
Join arts and sciences students for free pizza and informal conversation with Anita Bucknam, senior lecturer, International Studies Program. Bucknam has worked on counterterrorism issues, particularly related to homeland security, and has served in the National Security Agency, the State Department, and the White House, as well as overseas in Moscow. She has also been the CIA Officer in Residence at Ohio State's Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Her areas of expertise include Russia and the Soviet Union, counter-terrorism and microeconomics. Bucknam teaches two courses on intelligence, plus one on critical thinking and writing. Presented by the College of Arts and Sciences Student Council.
Wednesday, November 15 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Maudine Cow Room, Ohio Union (lower level)
English Courses for Spring 2018
From comics to climate change and everything between! The Department of English's spring 2018 course offerings are as vibrant and diverse as ever. Need a little Smaug in your schedule? We've got Merrill Kaplan's English 3372: Tolkien's Monsters. Want to get credit for reading comics? Take Jared Gardner's English 3364: American Comic Books. The literature of End Times? We've got that, too. The reign of Henry VIII? Sure! Shakespeare and film? Of course! Our 1000- to 3000-level classes are designed for students of any background. So, whether you are looking to fulfill a GE requirement or are simply curious about taking an English course for the first time-we've got you covered.  Read more about these exciting courses and how they can fulfill your GE requirements here.
Education Abroad Program Highlight
Population and Health in Sub-Saharan Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa Village
This month-long experiential learning program in South Africa provides students with a broad understanding of health and population issues affecting Africa, with a specific emphasis on South Africa.  The curriculum includes a formal introduction to the demography and epidemiology of Africa, an introduction to the data and analytical methods used to investigate population and health issues, an overview of the rural health system and healthcare delivery, field-based experiences, and a group project. Open to all majors, but preference given to majors in Sociology, African American and African Studies and Public Health.   Read more.  Contact: Rebecca McMunn ( mcmunn.8@osu.edu).
Info session - Wednesday, November 15 from 5 - 6 p.m., Room 100, Enarson Classroom Bldg.
Application deadline - January 3, 2018.
Geography Awareness Week 2017
It's that time again - your chance to win up to $1,000 in a Geography Bowl. The Department of Geography is celebrating GeoWeek 2017.  Lots to do and a great opportunity to network. All majors welcome. Questions?  Contact Caitlin Naber at Naber.10@osu.edu or Nancy Coscia, at Coscia.4@osu.edu.
November 13 - 17.
Journalism Class Launches New Podcast: Student Slant
Student Slant Podcast Image
Ohio State journalism students have launched a new podcast, Student Slant, to discuss the media and academic issues that matter most.  Listen to the first episode, " Freedom of Speech on Campus," hosted by journalism students Jake Rahe and Zach Varda, along with Nicole Kraft, assistant professor, Department of Communication.
A Special Look at Veterans Day
Gretchen Klingler
Kendal Searer
Spotlight on arts and sciences majors Gretchen Klingler and Kendal Searer.  Gretchen, a double-major in anthropology and Arabic, was selected by the Student Veterans of America to join an elite group from across the country.  Kendal, a biology major, is president of Ohio State's Pets for Vets.  
Related e vents include Beyond All Recognition performed by actors in the MFA program, Vets 4 Vets Flag Ceremony on the South Oval, and a free concert by the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus.
2018 Summer Undergraduate Research Funding Bazaar
Learn about summer research funding opportunities for undergraduates.  Presented by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry ( OUR&CI).  Read more.
Wednesday, November 15 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in 105 Biomedical Research Tower.
Counseling and Consultation Service - Groups
Numerous groups are offered through Counseling and Consultation Service that address student concerns in a variety of areas.  Some of the groups are population and/or issue specific, while other groups consist of skill building and experiential learning.  The needs of the students determine the types and numbers of groups available. These groups are free and open to all university enrolled students. A screening is typically required for participation. Most groups are 90 minutes long and they consist of 5 to 8 members.  Please see their  group listing for a current list of all offerings.  Also, check out their drop-in workshops, which are weekly, free, and open to all students; no screening necessary, low commitment.
Arts and Sciences Events
Science Sundays -  Mindfulness for the Aging Brain
Ruchika Prakash
Ruchika Prakash, associate professor of psychology, is an expert in neuropsychological rehabilitation.
Mindfulness meditation has been practiced for centuries, but is now finding its place in Western discourse.  Prakash discusses research examining the effect of training in practices of mindfulness meditation for brain and cognitive health, with a special emphasis on the aging brain.  Read more.
Sunday, November 12 from 3 - 4 p.m. in the Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre.
The Hunt for Other Worlds and Life in the Universe
Scott Gaudi
Scott Gaudi, professor of astronomy and Thomas Jefferson Professor for Discovery and Space Exploration.
For the first time in human history, we are beginning to glimpse answers to some of our oldest questions:  Are there other worlds out there?  Are there other solar systems like ours?  Do those systems contain Earthlike planets that harbor life?  Dr. Gaudi will provide a guided tour of extrasolar worlds and the search for extraterrestrial life.   Read more.
Thursday, November 30 from 8 - 9 p.m., Room 1153, Smith Laboratory.
MFA Acting Outreach and Engagement Project: Beyond All Recognition
Helmet Graphic
The nine actors of the Department of Theatre's Master of Fine Arts program will perform a new work that they created.  The piece is inspired by their experiences working with local veterans, active military personnel and their family members, and professional caregivers.  Read more.
November 8 - 19 shown at various times at the Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center.
Ramala: an American "Indianist" Opera
Native American
Charles Wakefield Cadman's unperformed 1939 opera gets a special lecture/concert presentation.  Musicologist Katie Graber will present her research into this fascinating work based on Native American melodies, alternating with performances of scenes and songs from the opera.  Admission is free.  Read more.
Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Weigel Auditorium.
Marching Band Hometown Concert
Marching Band
The Best Damn Band in the Land (TBDBITL) will perform selections from popular halftime shows, fan favorites and traditional Oho State tunes.  Tickets are reserved seating and are $15 for Ohio State students.  Read more.
Sunday, November 19 at 3 p.m. at Mershon Auditorium.
Campus Life Tips
Flicks for Free
The Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB) presents free movies! Your BuckID admits two.  Free popcorn and beverages.  All shows are at 6 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m. Take a study break and attend one of the Flicks for Free.
November movies:
Dunkirk - Wednesday, November 8
It - Wednesday, November 15 and Friday, November 17
American Assassin,  - Wednesday, November 29
Free OSU Night at COSI
The Center of Science and Industry ( COSI) is a hands-on science center in downtown Columbus loaded with exhibits and fun, educational activities. Students and their families are invited to A Night at COSI. Admission is free with your BuckID or Parent and Family Weekend wristband. $5 COSI Bucks will go to the first 1,000 guests. Limited onsite parking is $5/vehicle, and a continuous loop bus service is available. The loop will start at 6:15 p.m. with the last bus departing COSI around 10:30 p.m. Buses will pick up and drop off at the bus stops at Neil and 10th, the Union (College Road), Blackburn, Buckeye Village and the Drake Union.
Friday, November 3 from 6 - 10 p.m. at COSI, 333 W. Broad St., Columbus.
Feel Healthy?  Stay Healthy!  Get Your Flu Shot!
No time for the flu?  Walk into Student Life's Wilce Student Health Center and walk out with a flu shot. The Wilce Student Health Center is located between the RPAC and the Thompson Library.  Walk-ins are welcome, Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., or make an appointment by calling 614-292-4321.  Flu shots are covered by most insurance plans.
Strategic Programming Grant Funding 2017 - 2018
The Council on Student Affairs (CSA) is opening a one-time, Strategic Programming Grant (SPG) application for Student Activity Fee (SAF) funding. Programs supported by SAF dollars should be primarily facilitated by students for the benefit of students. The SAF should support the diverse interests and backgrounds of its student community, and this grant is meant for programs and events that initiate or continue opportunities for student growth. Ultimately, SAF funded programs and events should enhance and help create the student experience at Ohio State.  More info.
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