Science Sundays- Richard Petty @ Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
Oct 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Richard Petty

How Confidence Affects Decision Making and Action

Although some people are more confident than others, nearly everyone wants to be more confident.  But why?  What good is confidence?   Petty explains where confidence comes from and the polarizing impact that it can have on our important judgments and behaviors.

Richard E. Petty, Distinguished University Professor of psychology at Ohio State, an expert on the impacts of social influence on judgment and behavior.


Science Sundays- Sian Beilock, University of Chicago @ Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theater
Nov 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sian Beilock

How to perform your best under stress

In an energetic tour of the latest brain science, Sian Beilock explains why we all too often blunder when the stakes are high. She reveals what happens in our brain and body when we experience performance anxiety and shows us how to succeed brilliantly when it matters most.

Sian Beilock, psychology professor and director, Human performance Lab, University of Chicago, is author of the bestseller, Choke.


Science Sundays- Paul McEuen, Cornell University @ Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
Dec 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Paul McEuen

The Future of Small

Small is—put simply—big. Miniaturized electronics has placed incredible computational power literally in the palms of our hands. But a different type of miniaturization, the miniaturization of machines, is now getting underway. McEuen gives us a peek at what’s coming, including ways to construct micro and nano scale machines and how they will affect our lives.

Paul L. McEuen, John A. Newman Professor of Physical Science, Cornell University and director of the Kavli Institute for Nanoscale Science, also pens thrillers; his scientific thriller, SPIRAL, was named debut of the year by International Thriller Writers Assn.


Science Sundays- Laura Cadonati, Georgia Tech @ Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
Jan 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Laura Cadonati

Listening to the Universe with Gravitational Waves

Einstein predicted gravitational waves as ripples in space-time produced by violent astrophysical events. One hundred years later, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) observed gravitational waves from the collision of two black holes. This groundbreaking discovery marks the beginning of a new astrophysics, providing new ways to probe the universe.

Laura Cadonati researches gravitational waves and particle astrophysics. She is associate professor of physics and member of Georgia Tech’s Center for Relativistic Astrophysics.


Transatlantic Cluster Conference on Lightweighting Technologies & Materials @ 140 Pfahl Hall, Blackwell Inn and Conference Center
Feb 15 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Transatlantic Cluster Conference on Lightweighting Technologies & Materials

February 15, 2017
140 Pfahl Hall, Blackwell Inn and Conference Center
2110 Tuttle Park Pl, Columbus, OH 43210

The German American Chambers of Commerce will bring their Transatlantic Cluster Roadshow to Columbus, Ohio, focusing on advances in lightweight materials. German and American cluster organizations will discuss best practices and share insights on: technology & materials; research & innovation; and international collaboration opportunities. The half-day conference will include brief presentations and panel discussions by US and German lightweighting experts:

  • David Williams, PhD, Dean of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University
  • Ned Hill, PhD, Professor of Public Affairs and City and Regional Planning, Faculty Associate, Ohio Manufacturing Institute, The Ohio State University
  • Brian Rice, Head, Multi-Scale Composites & Polymers Division, University of Dayton Research Institute
  • Paula Watt, PhD, Director of Outreach, College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
  • Alan Luo, PhD, Professor, Materials Science Engineering and Director, Light Metals and Manufacturing Research Laboratory, The Ohio State University
  • Wolfgang Schwarz, Project Manager “TraCLight”, Leichtbau-BW
  • Dr. Tjark von Reden, Active Director of the Leading-Edge Cluster, MAI Carbon
  • Tino Wollmann, Research Associate at the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology, Technical University Dresden

Attend the event and learn where the lightweighting industry is going in Germany and the US, and how cluster organizations can support your business. Register here.

Following the conference, attendees can participate in tour of the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, the Center for Electron Microscopy and AnalysisEdison Welding Institute, and the Center for Automotive Research.

Please join us for a reception on February 14, 5-7 pm at the Blackwell Inn, Pfahl Hall 2nd Floor. RSVPs for the reception only to Jessica Verklass at “> .

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Science Sundays- Matthew Sullivan @ Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
Feb 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Matthew Sullivan

Understanding ocean viruses may just save the earth and help cure your next ailment

Microbes are now recognized to impact human health, weight, even behavior. However, viruses that infect microbes are everywhere, and those in your body may play particularly important roles, yet remain virtually undiscovered. Sullivan shares the state of the art in studying ocean viruses and relates how that helps us understand viruses in humans, agriculture and industry.

Matthew Sullivan, Ohio State microbiology assistant professor, studies co-evolution of microbe and virus in environmental populations and impact of marine phages on microbe-mediated global biogeochemistry. Sullivan was part of the international Tara Oceans Expedition.


Science Sundays- John Beacom @ Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
Mar 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
John Beacom

Neutrino Astronomy Made Easy

Neutrinos barely exist: They have almost no mass or interactions.  Yet they are blazing forth from the hot, dense centers of nuclear reactors, the Sun, supernova explosions and who knows what else?  If only we could see them!  With new detectors, now we can, but faintly, opening up new vistas, questions and possibilities.

John Beacom is Ohio State professor of physics and astronomy; director, Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (CCAPP); and frequent public speaker and contributor to online publications.


Science Sundays- Cara Malek @ Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
Apr 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cara Malek

How Would A Dragon Fly? The Science & Art of Rigging Animated Characters

Before an animated dragon can fly or a panda can execute a kung fu kick, a character rigger must design and create the digital puppet to bring the character to life. Part anatomy, part computer science, part sculpture, character rigging is a challenging, interesting blend of aesthetics and usability. Malek has 10-years rigging experience and shares how it’s done.

Cara Malek supervises DreamWorks’s Character Technology team, directing rigging on all studio productions. Credits include, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda 2 & 3. She trained at ACCAD, earning an MFA in digital animation from Ohio State’s design department.


PyOhio @ Ohio Union
Jul 29 – Jul 30 all-day

A FREE annual conference at the Ohio Union in Columbus, Ohio for Python programmers in and around Ohio, the entire Midwest, maybe even the whole world! There will be many Talks and Tutorials! Please be sure to bring your notebook and laptops and prepare to learn!

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Women Inspire @ Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center
Sep 21 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

Presented by the Construction Systems Management Industry Advisory Council

Women Inspire Construction presented by The Ohio State University Construction Systems Management Industry Advisory Council is an event to gather the construction industry to focus on retention and community. Come to be empowered and join a conversation that leaves you inspired. The construction industry fosters long lasting relationships that lead to professional success. Both men and women are welcome to JOIN THE CONVERSATION!

Register Here


Meet the panelists:

Nissa Beasley currently works as a Project Manager at TriVersity Construction with 24 years of experience in the construction industry. Nissa specializes in major renovation projects, lab construction and multi-story buildings and schools. She is also TriVersity’s subject matter expert with Phoenix Scheduling Program software and helps train project engineers on the program. Before joining TriVersity, Nissa worked for other high profile construction companies in the region.

Nissa received her B.S. in construction management from the University of Cincinnati. She serves as secretary on the board of NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) as well as a participating in its membership committee. Nissa was named NAWIC’s Cincinnati Chapter New Leader in 2017. Through NAWIC, she also volunteers for community events for children including Block Kids and the YWCA’s Rosie’s Girls

Heather Cassady currently work as a Project Manager on the $32M Canopy by Hilton hotel project located in Columbus, Ohio. She has been in the construction industry and with Turner Construction for 16 years. Throughout her years at Turner, Heather’s career has evolved in various management roles, including superintendent, sustainability manager, recruiting leader, and estimating engineer. Heather’s projects in Central Ohio have been in the healthcare, hotel, civic, and educational sectors.

Heather received her B.S. in Construction Engineering from the University of Akron. She is a LEED AP and serves as a community leader by dedicating her time and talent to support the National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC), Women for Economic Leadership and Development (WELD) and the OSU CSM Industry Advisory Council.

Audra Smith currently works as a Project Executive for Pepper Construction and has extensive experience in construction management on large scale projects throughout central and northeastern Ohio. She has worked in the healthcare, higher education, mixed-use, and corporate office markets and has been involved in $578M worth of construction during her 15 year career. Her expertise is in client relationships and developing the appropriate processes, communication, and expectations to allow her project teams to be successful and meet the needs of the clients and owners. Prior to joining Pepper, she worked for Whiting-Turner Contracting and was responsible for all project interface, shutdown, and management of impactful construction to clients.

Audra earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and holds LEED AP BD+C credentials. She resides in Galena, Ohio with her sons Max and Vin. They share a passion for sports and her sons’ involvement in the Olentangy Local School District athletic programs afford her the opportunity to mentor, coach, and support their programs through fundraising and classroom academic activities.