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SEPT. 8, 2016 | TWEET!


OSU vs BGSU, New Faculty at game

New Faculty and Staff at Buckeye Football Home-Opener

Winners of our new faculty and staff football lottery attended the football game last Saturday versus BGSU, where they witnessed Ohio State break its record for most yards in a game — 776 total! Thanks to Eric Katz, Scott Swearingen, Yune Lee, Ashley Perez, Matt Anderson, Tawana Woods and Francois Le Cor for the photos.


 Tackling Hearing Loss Outside Clinic Walls

SIARCOhio State’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is the first in Ohio to introduce a social-based hearing loss program into its curriculum. This allows adults with hearing loss, and their communication partners, to experiment with new digital hearing aids and assistive-listening device technology beyond the clinic setting. The Specialized Intensive Audiologic Revitalization Conference (SIARC) launched in July.

Anthropologist’s New Book Explores Teeth and Evolution

Debbie Guatelli SteingbergDebbie Guatelli-Steinberg, professor, anthropology, is the author of a new book, What Teeth Reveal about Human Evolution (Cambridge University Press, 2016). The book highlights many insights into human evolution gleaned from fossil teeth: from our diverse diets to our long childhoods and lifespans. Guatelli-Steinberg has conducted extensive research on fossil hominin teeth across Africa, Europe and Asia, and published widely in the fields of dental palaeoanthropology and dental primatology.

Chemist Awarded NIH MIRA Grant for Radical Approach to Drug Discovery

David NagibDavid Nagib, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, received a Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The five-year, $1,749,619 grant funds his work on synthesizing medicinal candidates via a new strategy called, Chaperones for Radical Relays: Enabling Directed C-H Functionalizations. These grants encourage promising new and early-stage investigators to tackle ambitious, far-reaching projects that impact health.  

Field to Fuel: USDA-DOE Funds Ohio State Investigation of Plant’s Biofuel Potential

Ana Alonso, associate professor, molecular genetics; director of CAPS Targeted Metabolomics Laboratory, is PI on a new, three-year $1,165,226 USDA-DOE grant investigating the bioenergy potential of the plant, pennycress. Project co-PI’s looking at Development of Resources and Tools to Improve Oil Content and Quality in Pennycress are: Erich Grotewold, professor, molecular genetics; and agriculture and crop sciences, director of ABRC and CAPS; and Ajay Shah, assistant professor, food agricultural & biological engineering. Funding began Sept. 1, 2016.

Ohio State STEM Education/Faculty Training Partnership with India Continues

The United States–India Educational Foundation (USIEF) has extended funding for Ohio State’s STEM Faculty Training partnership with India’s Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), led by Anil Pradhan and Sultana Nahar, astronomy; and Karen Irving, EHE. Four new AMU fellows began work on their MEd degree: Pervez Alam (biotechnology), Sabiha Parveen (chemistry), Swaleha Naseen (nanotechnology), Taqseer Khan (mathematics) with Ohio State advisors Christopher Jaroniec, Jimmy Cowan, Roland Kawakami and J. Lang.


Edwards, President-Elect, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Korie EdwardsKorie Edwards, associate professor, sociology, was elected president-elect of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, an international organization fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration among scholars from sociology, religious studies, psychology, political science, economics, international studies, gender studies and many other fields. Edwards is PI of the Religious Leadership and Diversity Project, a national study of multiracial church pastors. 

Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas Wins Nonfiction Award

Lina MariaVisiting Assistant Professor Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, English, received the 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, a major literary award for nonfiction. Her book, Don’t Come Back, will be published next spring by Mad River Books, an imprint of The Ohio State University Press. Rona Jaffe Awards are given annually to six women writers demonstrating excellence and promise early in their careers. The $30,000 awards are presented Sept. 15 in New York City.

Biochemistry Professor's Award Supports Undergraduate Research

Edward BehrmanEdward Behrman, professor emeritus, chemistry and biochemistry, is one of just five senior scientists across the country receiving a 2016 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Senior Scientist Mentor Program Award. The award provides a $20,000 grant to emeritus faculty in the chemical sciences to support undergraduate research conducted under their guidance. Behrman studies the synthesis of sugar-amino acid conjugates known as Amadori rearrangement products.


Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter – September Issue

As classes get underway, the September undergraduate e-newsletter is always packed with information. This month’s issue includes information on: The Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures; a new education abroad program, Understanding the Impact of HIV On Health and Society; the 2016 Education Abroad Expo and funding opportunities; and much more.

To submit content suggestions or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Ann Rottersman.

2017 Guggenheim Competition: Applications Due Sept. 19

Applications for the 2017 Guggenheim Foundation United States fellowship competition are due Sept. 19. The fellowship supports mid-career faculty research across a range of fields, including natural, physical and social sciences, humanities, and creative arts. Faculty interested in applying are encouraged to contact Susan Williams.


Arts and Sciences Alumni Garner Awards

Five Arts and Sciences alumni are among the just-announced 2016 Alumni Award honorees. A total of 11 recipients will be recognized Oct. 7. From ASC:
  • Dan L. Heinlen Award: Dan D. Sandman (BA, Social and Behavioral Sciences, 1970; Juris Doctor, 1973)
  • William Oxley Thompson Award: Hilary N. Tomeny (BA, International Studies, 2006)
  • Ralph Davenport Mershon Award: Jeffrey D. Logan (BA, Journalism, 1978)
  • Robert M. Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award: Bol B. Aweng (BA, Arts, 2009); Peter A. Cline (BA, English, 1991)

Call for Nominations: ASC Alumni Awards

The college is accepting nominations for the 2017 Arts and Sciences Alumni Awards to be presented at the annual awards dinner on April 21, 2017.
  • The Distinguished Achievement Award honors arts and sciences alumni whose work and contributions have been nationally or internationally recognized as outstanding in their fields.
  • The Young Alumni Achievement Award recognizes an alumnus/a, 35 years old and younger, who has demonstrated distinctive achievement in a career, civic involvement, or both.
  • The Distinguished Service Award honors exemplary service to the College of Arts and Sciences, its faculty, students, prospective students or programs.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, Sept.16. Contact Madeline Khurma.


2016-17 Inequality COMPAS: Fall Preview

The Center for Ethics and Human Values 2016-17 COMPAS program on Inequality kicks off with a major interdisciplinary conference, Sept. 22-23, focusing on four policy issues at the heart of debate about inequality today: mass incarceration; neighborhoods and inequality; health disparities; and economic inequality and democracy. The conference is free, open to the public. No registration required.

Cloud Computing and the Future of Agriculture

In support of Ohio State’s Discovery Themes, Amazon Web Services presents a full day of demonstrations showing how the cloud, big data and the Internet of Things are shaping the future of agriculture, Sept. 19, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Students, professors, researchers are invited to attend. The event is free, but registration required.

Trump vs. Clinton – What 2016 Means for the World

Debaters Randall Schweller, professor, political science and editor-in-chief, Security Studies; and Nick Dowling, president, IDS International; former director of European affairs, National Security Council, take the stage Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6-8 p.m., Moritz College of Law. Peter Mansoor, General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair in Military History, will moderate the debate. Hosted by The Alexander Hamilton Society at Ohio State.

Revolution in Transportation

Sam SchwartzSam Schwartz, one of the nation’s leading transportation experts and author of Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars, will be on campus to discuss urban transportation planning and engineering. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 4-5 p.m., Wexner Center Film/Video Theater. Hosted by CURA (Center for Urban and Regional Analysis).


Erik Nisbet, associate professor, communication, “Why Russians Support Putin’s Foreign Policy,” The Conversation, Sept. 7

Mimi Lamantia (dance, 2016), on how Argentine tango helps neuropathy patients, Columbus Dispatch, Sept. 4

Brianne Szymanski, undergraduate, history, on her idea to dedicate a special POW-MIA chair in the Horseshoe,, Sept. 1



Sept. 9

Graduate Workshop on Transnational and Transhistorical Poetics with Roland Greene
311 Denney Hall
9-11 a.m.

From Literacy to Literacies: Which Literacies Matter Most?
311 Denney Hall
12-1:30 p.m.

The Concept of Baroque in Literature – and the World
090 18th Ave. Library
4 p.m.

Sept. 12

The Lab Series: Friday Night Lights, Camera, Action
Drake Performance and Event Center
7 p.m.

Faculty Collage Concert
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.



Sept. 13

The Lab Series: Romance
Drake Performance and Event Center
7 p.m.

Sept. 14

Environmental Humanities Program, Citizenship Mobile Coffee
Research Commons, 3rd Floor, 18th Ave. Library
4-5:30 p.m.

Trump vs. Clinton “Debate” - What 2016 Means for the World
Sax Auditorium, Moritz College of Law
6-8 p.m.

Sept. 15

22nd Annual Carl C. Schlam Memorial Lecture: Stephen Harrison
Barbie Tootle Room, Ohio Union
3:30 p.m.

Through Sept. 24

Ceramics as Deception
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

Department of Design 2016 Faculty Exhibition: Research through Making
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

Through Oct. 1

Across the Pond
Urban Arts Space, City Center Gallery; 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

Through Oct. 21

Land●Mark: Alternative Views of the Landscape
Hopkins Hall Gallery
Gallery Hours

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