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2015, What a year it has been.

As each year comes to an end, many of us begin to look back to take stock and hopefully we find an inventory of extraordinary milestones and accomplishments. This is certainly true in the College of Arts and Sciences.
See Dean Manderscheid's Memorable Moments of 2015
Due to the holiday season, News & Updates will not be circulated for the next two weeks; publication will resume Jan. 6, 2016.


Williams is Lead Author of Study on First Childbirth and Women’s Health at Midlife

Kristi Williams, professor, sociology, is lead author of a new study finding that women who had their first child in their early 20s didn’t report better health at midlife than those who had their first baby as a teen. “The assumption has been that it is better to wait.” The study appears in the December 2015 issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior

Williams Named Editor of Journal of Marriage and Family

The highly regarded Journal of Marriage and Family will be coming to Ohio State under the editorship of sociology Professor Kristi Williams. The journal is the flagship research journal of the National Council on Family Relations and it is published by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. The editorial transition will begin spring 2016.

Weinberg Co-Authors Study on Economic Benefit of Funding Doctorates 

Bruce Weinberg, associate professor, economics, is a lead author of a new study revealing the economic benefit of providing research funding for science PhD students. The study, published in the Dec. 11 issue of Science, found that recipients of doctorates in all science fields disproportionately gained placements in large and high-wage private businesses, as well as additional business characteristics associated with high productivity.


ASC Alumnus Honored with Joseph Sullivant Medal at Commencement

Alumnus Thomas D. Brock, recognized pioneer in microbiology, acclaimed conservationist and Ohio State triple alumnus will receive the 2015 Joseph Sullivant Medal at Commencement. Brock, a prominent microbiologist and University of Wisconsin-Madison professor emeritus, received his BS,’49; MS, ‘50; PhD, ’52, in botany. Brock’s contributions and discoveries created a solid foundation for the growing field of biotechnology and had significant impact on a wide scope of research areas.

Ratner Awards Presented to Five Faculty Members

Five Arts and Humanities faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences have received Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Awards. These awards recognize faculty for making a difference in students' educations, lives and careers. 2015 Recipients: Wendy Hesford, professor, English; Susan Melsop, associate professor, design; Janet Parrott, associate professor, theatre; Lisa Shabel, associate professor, philosophy; and Maurice Stevens, associate professor, comparative studies.


CSTW Writing Groups for Spring Semester

The Center for the Study of Teaching and Writing (CSTW) is once again offering an array of writing groups for graduate and undergraduate students; post-docs and junior faculty. Writing areas include dissertation writing; grant writing; master's thesis; creative; undergraduate thesis; STEP; personal statement; post-doc and open genre. Each group is facilitated by an experienced writing center consultant and meets once per week for 1-1.5 hours. Applications are now being accepted for all groups.

Call for Proposals: Conference on Excellence in Teaching and Learning

The Ohio State University's Academy of Teaching will be hosting the 10th annual Conference on Excellence in Teaching & Learning on Wednesday, May 4 at the Fawcett Center. This year's conference theme is "Making Teaching Matter at a Research University." All who teach at Ohio State may submit a proposal on any topic related to enhancing the quality and effectiveness of university teaching and student learning. Proposals are due January 15.


Applications: Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards

The Offices of Outreach and Engagement, International Affairs, Service-Learning, Student Life and Undergraduate Education have joined together to recognize faculty, staff, students and community partners with the University Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards program. Awards will be given in the community engagement, international engagement, service-learning, staff, student, student group and community partner categories. Applications are due Feb. 16.

Above and Beyond Buckeye Award: January 2016 Nominations Due Jan. 6

The Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council (SAC) seeks nominations for January’s Above and Beyond Buckeye Award, recognizing arts and sciences staff members who go above the call of duty and do great work each and every day. Recipients receive a $200 cash award. January nominations due Jan. 6.


Science Sundays Continues Sunday Jan. 10 with Decision Sciences Expert

Ellen Peters, professor of psychology and director, Ohio State’s Decision Sciences Collaborative, lectures on “Decision making across the life span: What are good moods good for?”, Sunday, Jan. 10, 3-4 p.m., Ohio Union. Reception to follow, 4-5 p.m. Free. Open to the Public.


Through Dec. 19

Department of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Projects Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through Jan. 3

Mysteries in Ice Exhibit; Thompson Library Gallery

Jan. 5

The Arts Initiative Subject Matter Series - Russia and the emergence of its cultural elite in the late 19th century; 4:30 p.m.; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.


Bruce Weinberg, associate professor, economics, on the economic benefit of funding doctorates, Times Higher Education, Dec. 11.

ALSO: Washington Post: Where new PhD grads find work — and who earns the most with their degree.

Paul M. Sutter, postdoc, CCAPP, latest Space In Your Face podcast.

Jeffrey Lewis, senior lecturer, International Studies Program, on radicalization and the San Bernardino attack investigation, ABC 6, Dec. 4.

Micha Elsner, assistant professor, linguistics, on how to give the best directions, no matter where you are, The Telegraph (UK), Dec. 10.

ALSO: Discovery News: Word Order Matters When Giving Directions.

Harvey Graff, professor, English and history, on faux interdisciplinarity, Chronicle of Higher Education, Dec. 6, 2015.

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