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Ohio State Astronomers Find Distinctly Odd Pair of Planets

Odd Pair of PlanetsAstronomy PhD candidate Thomas Beatty, his advisor Scott Gaudi, astronomy associate professor; and colleagues at the Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-Intensive Astrophysics, recently reported their findings on a pair of planets that, in Gaudi’s words, “resets the bar for weird.”  

New Social Sciences Air Transportation Major

New Air Transportation MajorThe College of Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with Ohio State’s Center for Aviation Studies, has launched the new Social Sciences Air Transportation Major and is enrolling now for autumn semester. The core of the new Bachelor of Arts program includes an introduction to the transportation industry, the science of physical conditions, aircraft and flight, as well as an introduction to the social, economic, and political considerations that help to explain the regulations and other measures of industry structure. For more information, email Rick McClish, undergraduate advisor, Department of Geography, or call 292-3535.

5th Annual GRASP Summer Camp Swings into Week Two

5th Annual GRASP Summer CampGirls Reaching to Achieve in Sports and Physics (GRASP) is a week-long day camp for middle school age girls, hosted by the Physics Undergraduate Studies program with enthusiastic support of physics faculty, staff, and students. It is so popular that an additional week of programming had to be added, but organizers still cannot accommodate the demand. And no wonder—girls experience the fun of physics through hands-on, interactive demonstrations and projects followed by a physical activity illustrating how physics relates to everyday phenomena. GRASP is open to girls entering grades 6-9.

College of Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council Members Announced

The College of Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is pleased to announce its newest members. The applicants selected for the term 2012-2014 diversify the council and will be great assets as the council continues its momentum and success of the past year.

New members for the 2012-2014 term:

  • Ruth Friedman, Undergraduate Studies program manager, English
  • Judy Manley, Graduate Program coordinator, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Ashley Sweaney, academic advisor, Psychology
  • Shu-Wen Tsai, administrative associate, Comparative Studies
  • Kim York, HR manager, Psychology

The following members have volunteered to serve another term on the Staff Advisory Council:

  • Melinda Bogarty, office manager, AAAS
  • Elizabeth Freeman, Graduate Program coordinator, Anthropology
  • Eric Mayer, administrative associate, Theatre

The following members are continuing their 2011-2013 commitment to the Staff Advisory Council:

  • Adam Andrews, course coordinator, Center for Life Sciences
  • Gwyn Dalton, administrative associate, History of Art
  • Stephanie Ford, director, Career Services, ASC Advising
  • Linda Hood, executive assistant, ASC Administration
  • Wayne Lovely, administrative associate, Classics
  • Ginnetta Lucas, ASC Business Services Center
  • Corey Ross, program coordinator, Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology

Weinland Park Walking Tour June 21

The Office of Outreach and Engagement has joined Campus Partners to organize a walking tour in the Weinland Park area for its next bimonthly session on Thursday, June 21, at 8:30 am. Free parking is available at the Schoenbaum Family Center, 175 E. 7th Ave. The tour is approximately 1.4 miles, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Space is limited, so please RSVP. For more information, email Ben Lewis.

Camp Concerts Announced

Jazz CampThe weeklong summer Flute Workshop and Jazz Camp for high school musicians will conclude with concerts on Thursday, June 21. The flute workshop concert will feature performances by campers and college musician counselors at 1:30 pm in Weigel Hall Auditorium. The annual Summer Jazz Camp will present its closing concert at 7 pm in Hughes Hall Auditorium, featuring camp participants and School of Music jazz studies faculty. Both concerts are free.

New Service-Learning Opportunity

The Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing announces a new outreach program that focuses on writing and literacy. The Undergraduate Writing Experience for Social Change (U-WE) is a new pilot Autumn Semester non-credit seminar beginning August 27. Participants must have junior, senior, or graduate student rank and be available to volunteer for one two-hour offsite service time slot, which includes travel time. Registration is limited; deadline is July 2. Visit for more information and to enroll.

Students Raise Money for Orton Geological Museum

The Columbus Dispatch ran an article Wednesday, June 20, about the repairs in the Orton Geological Museum—"The Past, Recast"—after a student intruder caused $11,000 in damages last January. About 175 second- and third-grade students from Hilliard elementary schools raised money to help fund the repairs, and an artist in Ostrander helped repair the prehistoric reproductions. Dale Gnidovec, a geologist, collections manager and curator, was interviewed.

ASC Staff Receive University Distinguished Staff Award

Terry BradleyJane Harper

Two arts and sciences staff members received Ohio State’s 2012 Distinguished Staff Award
, the university’s highest honor for nonteaching employees. Terry Bradley (left), systems manager, Department of Physics, and Jane Harper (right), office associate, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, were selected for their contributions to the quality of life for everyone they encounter at work, including university colleagues, students and members of the community.

ASC Faculty Selected for Diversity Enhancement Award

Joe PonceHelen Chamberlin

Two arts and sciences faculty members have been selected for a 2012 Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award. Helen Chamberlin, associate professor of molecular genetics and associate director of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, and Martin J. (Joe) Ponce, associate professor of English, were selected for their commitment to enhancing diversity at the university and exceeding expectations in implementing the university’s Diversity Action Plan.

Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships Awarded

Keith and Linda MondaSix arts and sciences undergraduate students have been selected to receive Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships to study abroad. Nathan Blackwell (music and Japanese); Meagan Jones (history); Alexandra Larson (Spanish, speech and hearing science); Chase Ledin (English, creative writing, sexuality studies); Melissa Lenz (international studies); and Kurt Schmittgen (English) will be traveling for study abroad over the summer and into 2013.

Ohio State’s AHS Society Receives Chapter of the Year Award

Ohio State’s chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS), a student organization with 35 chapters nationwide that explores current foreign and social policy issues, received the Chapter of the Year Award at the AHS national meeting. Chapter Advisor Peter Mansoor, associate professor, history, said "The Alexander Hamilton Society filled the desire of a number of students to participate in discussions of foreign policy and defense issues on a non-partisan basis. For a student organization in just its first year of existence, there was more participation in the debates at Ohio State than on any other campus nationwide. Its president Will Chou and the other chapter officers were dynamos of energy this year - they are fully deserving of this honor."
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JUNE 20, 2012

Lawrence Barnett
Lawrence R. Barnett, Ohio State alumnus, entertainment industry executive, and long-time supporter of the arts at Ohio State, passed away on June 11 surrounded by his family.
In The News
Jeff Rogers, professor, geography and State of Ohio Climatologist, on the growing drought in Ohio, Columbus Dispatch, June 19, 2012
Thomas Beatty, graduate student, astronomy, on the discovery of two unusual planets orbiting distant stars, New York Times, Huffington Post, Science Now

Department of Astronomy scores top-of-the-line projector, Columbus Dispatch, June 17, 2012
Rick Herrmann, professor and chair, political science, on the tension over an American base in Kyrgyzstan, Columbus Dispatch, June 16, 2012

Bill Angle, professor, political science (Lima), recipient of Meek Award, Lima News, June 14, 2012
Joe Steinmetz, executive dean and vice provost, on Gannett and The Lantern, Inside Higher Ed, June 8, 2012
Biological Sciences Greenhouse, on the blooming of the rare titan arum, Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 7, 2012
Noel Cressie, professor, statistics, coverage of recent global warming research, Big Ten Science, Science News, LiveScience, treehugger, Science Daily
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