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The Bryant Arts Center at Denison University has won an award from the Ohio chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Ohio).

The arts center, a reconstruction and renovation of historic Cleveland Hall, received the Honor Award for Newly Completed Buildings, Additions, Remodelings, Renovations and Restorations at an Oct. 1 ceremony at the Toledo Museum of Art.

The three-year project transformed the former men's gymnasium into a facility for Denison's studio art and art history programs. It features studios for ceramics, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and digital media, and also has fully electronic classrooms, open gallery spaces, an art history resource room, outdoor performance spaces and studios for faculty.

The center, named in honor of its lead donor, Donald L. Bryant Jr., a 1964 Denison graduate, also has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council with its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

The principal design architect was Jack Beyer of the New York firm Beyer, Blinder and Bell. Beyer is a 1954 Denison graduate.

Sangeet Kumar, assistant professor of communication at Denison University, will give the lecture "Google and the Sovereign: New Media's Challenge to the Nation State," at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25 in the Shephardson Room of Slayter Hall, 200 Ridge Road.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Kumar will discuss recent conflict between Google's software Google Earth and nations around the world.

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Author and journalist Annalee Newitz will discuss "Women in Science and Technology" at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26, in Denison University's Higley Hall auditorium, 100 Ridge Road.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Newitz is the editor-in-chief of "io9," a science fiction blog, which this year was named by The Times in London as one of the top science blogs on the Internet.