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DEC. 14, 2016 | TWEET!


Kyle Nappi with John and Annie Glenn

History Alumnus & John Glenn Fellow Shares Glenn Tribute

Inspiring Citizenship. Developing Leadership. These are the traits embodied by the late Senator John Glenn at his namesake public affairs college. While his decades-long resume of worldly and otherworldly achievements will forever be enshrined in history, it was his humble, down-to-earth character that stood out during the handful of occasions I met him.

One event in particular I thought I'd share was a roundtable dinner discussion near Capitol Hill during which time I was a Glenn Fellow at the Pentagon. I was amazed by Senator Glenn's humor, lexicon and wit for 90 years of age and his ability to recall every person's name in the room and have a conversation as if he had known them for years.

Needless to say, he was a role model who inspired countless individuals over the years (myself included) and is the epitome of the right stuff, whose namesake college propelled me to DC and the Pentagon. I can only hope to live up to his call of inspiring citizenship and developing leadership.

Godspeed, John Glenn.

Kyle Nappi (BA, history, 20I2)


Economics Professor Featured in Debate on Slavery and Capitalism

Trevon LoganTrevon Logan, professor and chair, economics, is featured in the cover story of the Dec. 8 Chronicle of Higher Education. The story, “Shackles and Dollars,” analyzes the controversy surrounding how historians and economists view the connection between slavery and capitalism and highlights the public debate that took place at Dartmouth College, Oct. 20, “Was Slavery Essential to American Capitalism?” pitting historians Sven Beckert (Harvard) and Caitlin Rosenthal (UC-Berkley) against Trevon Logan and fellow economist Alan Olmstead (UC-Davis).

Astronomer Joins Ranks of ASC NSF CAREER Award Winners

Adam LeroyAdam Leroy, assistant professor, astronomy, is ASC’s latest NSF CAREER Award recipient. His five-year grant of $582,635 allows Leroy and his graduate students to use latest-generation radio telescopes to study how stars are born in galaxies. Taking pictures of interstellar clouds of gas and dust about to give birth to new stars in the nearest galaxies and carefully analyzing these new data, they can see how these clouds, stellar nurseries, form and what makes a galaxy good or bad at forming stars.

ASC Professors Testify on Concealed-Carry Legislation

Molly Farrell, assistant professor, English; and Marilee Martens, associate professor, psychology (Newark), testified Tuesday, Dec. 6, before the Ohio Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee, on legislation to potentially expand where concealed-carry permit holders can pack guns, including on college campuses.

ASC Researchers Testify on Clean-Energy Standards

Jason Cervenec, director of education and outreach, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center; Bryan Mark, professor, geography; and Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, Earth sciences, testified Wednesday, Dec. 7, before the Ohio Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in opposition to HB 554, making clean-energy standards optional for the next two years.

Fourth Graders Make Worry Dolls for Ohio State Community

Worry dollPatrick Callicotte, Dublin City Schools art teacher and Ohio State alumnus (Arts Administration, Education and Policy), and his elementary school students are reaching out to Ohio State. The recent attack at the university left his students fearful, anxious and wanting to be part of the solution. As a way to process tragedy through art making, Patrick’s fourth-grade students at Chapman Elementary are creating worry dolls for Ohio State students and faculty. Worry dolls, originating in Guatemala, are small handmade dolls made of wires, strings and fabrics. If you are interested in receiving a worry doll, send your name and address.


Bartow Elmore Earns Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities

Bartow ElmoreHistory Professor Bartow Elmore has received the 2016 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities. This award is given from the Council of Graduate Schools for exemplary research by early-career faculty. He was recognized for his book Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism. “Bart’s book is a great example of the power of storytelling at the intersection of the environment and history," said Scott Herness, interim vice provost of graduate studies and dean of Ohio State's Graduate School.

ASC Graduate Students Awarded 11 of 17 Grad School Presidential Fellowships

The Presidential Fellowship, the Graduate School’s top award, recognizes outstanding scholarly accomplishments and the potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal-degree project. We congratulate our exceptional students, their advisors and departments on the 2016-2017 fellowships: Anthropology, Ashley Edes (Douglas Crews); Chemistry and Biochemistry, Austin Raper (Zucai Suo); Meng Huang (Terry A. Miller); English, Suzannah Showler (Angus Fletcher); Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, Stephen Murphy (Peter S. Curtis); Benjamin Titus (Marymegan Daly); Mathematics, Irfan Glogic (Ovidiu Costin); Han Baek Yu (David Sivakoff); Molecular Genetics, Kaushik Panda (Richard Keith Slotkin); Physics, Zhou Wang (Lou DiMauro); Sociology, Jonathan Dirlam (Ryan King).

Apple Names Astronomer’s Course One of 2016’s Best on iTunes U

Apple named Astronomy Professor Richard Pogge’s course, From Planets to the Cosmos, one of the “Best of 2016” courses on iTunes U. The iTunesU course is an online version of an innovative in-person GE course introduced autumn 2014, a one-semester mash-up of two-quarter GE sequences and an added lab section satisfying the GE lab requirement. Labs begin with brief planetarium presentations, followed by a 90-minute hands-on lab with active learning/cooperative problem-solving exercises based on the planetarium subject.


Writing Center Open House Jan. 11

The Writing Center, at the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing in 4120 Smith Lab, is hosting an Open House for all faculty, staff and students, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2-5 p.m. Learn about the center’s new WCOnline scheduling and data analytics software and meet with center consultants. The Writing Center offers free help with writing at any stage of the writing process, from research papers to lab reports, dissertations, resumes, proposals, application materials and more. Enjoy snacks/refreshments in the center’s newly renovated space.


History of Art Professor Receives Grant for Contemporary Japanese Art

Namiko KunimotoNamiko Kunimoto, assistant professor, history of art, received a grant from the Association for Asian Studies Northeast Asia Council Grant, for her project, “The Art of Conversion in Japanese Postwar Photography.” Kunimoto is a specialist in modern and contemporary Japanese art, with research interests in gender, urbanization, photography, visual culture, performance art, transnationalism and nation-formation.

Innovate 2017 Request for Proposals

Innovate, hosted by the Office of Distance Education and eLearning, is Ohio State’s annual conference that explores recent advancements, best practices and provocative theories on teaching and learning with technology. The RFP for Innovate 2017 is open through Jan. 30. Faculty and staff interested in hosting breakout sessions should apply online.

Distinguished Staff Award Nominations

The Distinguished Staff Awards recognize staff for their significant achievements, leadership, dedication and service to the university. It is the highest honor for Ohio State staff members; 12 recipients are awarded annually. Each recipient receives a $1,500 cash award, an increase of $700 to his or her base salary and a commemorative trophy, along with being honored at a spring luncheon, and on the field during an Ohio State football game. Deadline to nominate is Friday, Jan. 13, at 5 p.m. 

Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Awards Nominations

The Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award celebrates diversity efforts at Ohio State and rewards individuals and groups for their commitment to diversity. Faculty, staff, students, student organizations and alumni can nominate their colleagues and peers to receive a commemorative award and $1,200 cash award, along with being recognized during a spring event and on the field during an Ohio State football game. Honorees are recognized for their impact in making diversity and inclusiveness a part of university best practices by changing daily operations, program components or cultural awareness on the basis of any diversity qualities. Nomination deadline is Friday, Jan. 13, at 5 p.m.

Arts and Humanities Larger Grant Award Recipients 2016-17

The Office of Research has awarded the following arts and humanities faculty grant awards for new projects and awards for conference support:

New Projects: Monika Brodnicka (African American and African Studies), “Mystical Perception of the World in Sereer Traditions, ”$7,500; Danielle Fosler-Lussier (Music), “The United States Information Agency Sponsoring America’s Musical Diversity,” $10,000; Namiko Kunimoto (History of Art), “The Art of Conversion in Japanese Postwar Photography,” $8,694; Robert Levine (Linguistics), “Ellipsis Without Structure,” $6,500; George Rush (Art), “Bodies/Images/Spaces,” $5,000; Steven Thurston (Art), “Lost in Translation: The Subversive Act of Replication,” $10,000.

Conference Support: Karen Eliot with Harmony Bench, Hannah Kosstrin and Susan Petry (Dance), “Transmissions and Traces: Rendering Dance,” $20,000; Lynn Kaye (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures) with Tamar Rudavsky (Philosophy), “Metaphors of Time: An Interdisciplinary Conversation across Sciences, Arts and the Human,” $5,000; Wendy Smooth (Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies), “The New American Electorate Beyond the Voting Booth:  Building and Inclusive Democracy,” $20,000; Birgitte Søland (History), “Family, Kinship and Household: New Perspectives,” $20,000; Brian Stone (Design), “MODE Summit: Motion Design Educators Conference,” $19,440, Carmen Taleghani-Nikazm (Germanic) with Wynne Wong (French and Italian) and Glenn Martinez (Spanish and Portuguese), “The Second Language Research Forum 2017,” $17,980.


Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, Earth sciences, on how climate warming contributed to the deadly 2016 avalanche in Tibet, Washington Post and Daily Mail, Dec. 12 

Rebecca McCauley, professor, speech and hearing science, on John and Annie Glenn’s legacy, Washington Post, Dec. 9 

Gleb Tsipursky, professor, history, “Fear and anger over OSU attack risk distorting our reactions, Cleveland Plain Dealer (Op-Ed), Dec. 7

Kristi Williams, professor and vice chair, sociology, on the links between marriage and health, “All Sides with Ann Fisher,” WOSU, Dec. 6


Through Dec. 17

Exhibition: CYA L8R
City Center Gallery
50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours
Reception: Dec. 17, 5-7 p.m.

Department of Art Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Projects Exhibition
Urban Arts Space
50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours
Reception: Dec. 17, 5-7 p.m.

Through Dec. 31

Exquisite Corps
Wexner Center for the Arts
Gallery Hours

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