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Ohio State University News Tips - 09/30/14

U.S. Department of State Diaspora Tour at Ohio State – Oct. 1. Andrew O’Brien, U.S. Department of State Special Representative, brings the Diaspora Tour to Ohio State on from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1. The event will be held in the U.S. Bank Conference Theater in the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St.

O’Brien will moderate a panel discussion with those from Ohio State and the central Ohio community who have been involved in diaspora initiatives. Panelists include: Kevin Passino, professor in the College of Engineering, will discuss his involvement in service learning programs with students in Guatemala and Honduras; Hannah Bonacci, a graduate student, will share her passion for improving the lives of at-risk youth and women in Western Africa; Barbara Pratzner, president of Columbus Sister Cities International, will provide insight into the capital city's growing international interests; and Jibril Mohamed, executive director of SomaliCAN, will address the role of the Somali diaspora community in Columbus and its impact on local society and in the Horn of Africa. The Diaspora Tour is geared toward recognizing the contributions that U.S. diaspora communities make toward development of their country’s heritage as well as those individuals who focus on improving the lives of others internationally. CONTACT: Maureen Miller, 614-307-0062 (cell); miller.4468@osu.edu.

3rd Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education – Oct. 1- 4. The Todd Anthony Bell Resource Center on the African American Male will co-convene the 3rd Annual International Colloquium on Black Males in Education with Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Lab at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The colloquium seeks to share exemplary practices and strategies for improving academic outcomes for Black males at every juncture of their education (e.g., elementary, secondary, postsecondary level). SEE:http://globalcolloquium.org/.CONTACT: Dr. James L. Moore, moore.1408@osu.edu.

Expert to discuss role of health professionals in preventing violence and helping abuse victims – Oct. 1. Phil Arkow, co-founder of the Link Coalition, the national resource center on the link between animal abuse and domestic violence, will offer a free public lecture from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1 in the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) auditorium, 601 Vernon Tharp St., “Breaking the Chain of Violence: Animal abuse, intimate partner violence and the role of the veterinarian.” The VMC entrance on Coffey Road is open during construction. In addition to the public talk, Arkow will also participate in a number of veterinary student classes including a forensics science course. SEE:http://vet.osu.edu/. CONTACT: Melissa Weber, 614-292-3752.

Georgian ambassador to United States to speak at Ohio State – Oct. 2. Archil Gegeshidze, ambassador from Georgia to the United States, will speak on “Why Georgia Matters” at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2. at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave. Prior to his appointment as ambassador in 2013, Gegeshidze was a senior fellow at The Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies, with expertise in regional security and co-operation in the South Caucasus and Euro-Atlantic integration. He is the author of numerous publications on Georgia's foreign and security policy and transformation of regional conflicts. Gegeshidze has also lectured on globalization and development and provided training in policy analysis for young professionals and future leaders. He holds a Ph.D. from Tbilisi State University in economic and social geography, and has achieved the diplomatic rank of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary. SEE: http://mershoncenter.osu.edu/eventcalendar/icalrepeat.detail/2014/10/02/436/-/archil-gegeshidze.html.

Then There Was Mass – from the Higgs to the Unknown – Oct. 2. Renowned physicist Joseph Incandela presents The Ohio State University Department of Physics’ 52nd Annual Alpheus Smith Lecture, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, in 100 Independence Hall, 1923 Neil Ave. The event is free and open to all.

As spokesperson for one of the two experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) that discovered a new particle resembling the long-sought Higgs boson in 2012, Joseph Incandela’s announcement of this epic discovery rocked the world. Now, he gives a unique insiders’ view of the LHC; the quest for the Higgs, its profound role in defining the structure and evolution of our universe, what recent data has shown and future implications. Incandela is Yzurdiaga Chair in Experimental Science and professor of physics, University of California–Santa Barbara; and winner of the 2013 Special Breakthrough (Milner) Prize in Fundamental Physics. CONTACT: Sandi Rutkowski, communications director, The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences, 614-292-4759, rutkowksi.1@osu.edu.

Ohio State holds 2nd annual Hackathon computer coding competition – Oct. 3 -5. More than 200 students from Ohio State and other universities will compete at the second annualOHI/Ocoding competition Oct. 3 – 5 at the 18th Ave. Library, 175 E. 18th Ave. Teams of two to four students will create cool software projects on a short timeline. Teams may choose from a list of suggested projects or dream up something completely on their own.

After 36 hours of work, each team will have an hour to present their project in a "science-fair style" presentation. Projects will be judged on creativity, technical depth, level of difficulty and real-world usefulness. SEE: www.hack.osu.edu. CONTACT:Matt Schutte, director of communications, College of Engineering 614-247-6445 (office) or 614-905-0166 (mobile), schutte.9@osu.edu.

Sociologist Studies Mass Murder to Predict and Prevent Genocide. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the beginning of devastating 100-day genocide in which upwards of one million people, mostly ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus, died at the hands of Hutu extremists.

Hollie Nyseth Brehm, assistant professor of sociology, is the lead author of a new study finding that perpetrators of the genocide in Rwanda were most likely to be males in their mid-thirties. While working with Rwanda’s national genocide prevention commission, Brehm and researchers obtained access to the country’s court records —the only team in the world to do so—and analyzed almost two million Rwandan convictions. Brehm has studied genocide in Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Darfur. http://artsandsciences.osu.edu/news/sociologist-studies-mass-murder-to-predict-and-prevent-genocide. CONTACT: Elizabeth Tarpy Alcalde, alcalde.1@osu.edu, 614 247-4462.

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