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College of Health Sciences & Professions
More than muscle and bone: Harnessing the brain in concussion medicine by Dustin Grooms

This session will explore the latest in human neuroscience applied to sports-related injuries, specifically concussions and knee anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries with broad implications for any orthopedic condition (e.g. osteoarthritis, ankle sprains, shoulder instability). Typically, ligament or joint injuries have been thought of as only body structural issues that can be fixed with good surgery. However, we have shown that the brain also changes with these injuries and have developed new therapies to treat all manner of sport and orthopedic related injuries. We have been working also to improve the diagnosis, management, and even prevention of sports-related concussion injuries that have become a national concern.
College of Fine Arts
The History of Rock and Roll by Andre Gribou

Full description coming soon.
Russ College of Engineering and Technology
Mercury and Gemini: Why? by Dennis Irwin

Dennis Irwin has been dean of the Russ College since July 2002. His research and teaching since 1987 has focused on the control of vibrations in various satellites and other aerospace applications. Since 1998, Irwin has been a member of the faculty of the International Space University and has participated as engineering department chair in its nine-week summer programs numerous times, all over the world, particularly the one he hosted in Athens in 2015. He is a fellow of NSPE, an associate fellow of AIAA and a senior member of IEEE.

Most don’t question the rationale for the various Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions leading to the first human landing on the moon in July 1969. However, each mission and spacecraft were designed to test the safety and reliability of the operations that would be required to safely land and return a human from the surface of the moon. Participants in this session will learn about what was known—and unknown—about the difficulties of traveling and doing work in space, how those problems were solved, and which spacecraft and missions addressed each of these problems.
College of Arts and Sciences
Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the Future of Jihad by Nukhet Sandal

Nukhet Sandal is associate professor of political science and the director of global studies at the Center for International Studies. She earned her doctorate from the University of Southern California in 2010 and joined OHIO in 2013 after spending three years at Brown University as a postdoctoral fellow. Sandal is the author of Religious Leaders and Conflict Transformation (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and Religion and International Relations Theory (with Jonathan Fox; Routledge, 2013). Sandal is the recipient of the 2017 University Professor Award, 2017 Honors Tutorial College Best Tutor Award, and 2016 Jeanette G. Grasselli Brown Faculty Teaching Award.

This session will review the contemporary jihadi movements, their similarities and their differences. We will talk about the sources and inspirations for radical Islamic movements, their strategies for recruitment, their views on politics, and the issues they disagree about. We will then discuss counterterrorism frameworks and how to deal with the current and future jihadi terrorist organizations.
College of Business
Lifelong Success by Andrew Pueschel

Andrew Pueschel is associate director of the emerging leaders program at the Robert D. Walter Center for Strategic Leadership and a lecturer in the Management Department of the College of Business. He teaches Management in the Integrated Business Cluster, Introduction to Business, and Leadership in Practice. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Ethics and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon, a master's in public Policy and Management from the Heinz School, and a doctorate in Leadership and Instructional Management from Robert Morris University. His research includes well-being, leadership, soft skill development, organizational behavior, culture change, and motivation.

Many students are choosing the hollow promise of a trophy at the expense of learning. At a time when students are expecting the grade of “A” for simply “checking the boxes” required of them, there is a need for an explanation for why this is not a mindset for best-practice in the professional arena. This session replicates an experiential learning module to prime students for achieving a grit through growth mindset that can easily be translated to our own personal and professional success.
Scripps College of Communication
Talking through Tech: Interpersonal Communication Then and Now by Stephanie Tikkanen
Archives and Special Collections
Artists, Authors, Creators: Artists’ Books and Zines at Alden by Michele Jennings

Please join Art Librarian Michele Jennings for an introduction to the Libraries’ collection of artists’ books. These are artworks so diverse in form and content that they can only be defined as “books made by artists”, and includes self-published zines, handmade and bound books, and other book-like objects. We will be showcasing unique and rare materials from the Libraries’ collection of artists’ books and discussing the evolution of the genre, its importance in artmaking since the twentieth century, and its use in classroom settings. Whether you’re interested in exploring the Libraries’ special collections, learning about bookbinding techniques, or dismantling mainstream publication centers, this session will have something for you! Once you’ve finished handling and interacting with these rare works of art, you can try your own hand at self-publishing and book arts with a zinemaking tutorial.


Additional speakers and session times will be added soon so check back often for more information!