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APRIL 27, 2016 | TWEET!




Scientists Pinpoint Where Your Brain Processes Facial Expressions

Julie GolombJulie Golomb, assistant professor of psychology and director of the Vision and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, is co-author of a new study pinpointing the exact region of the brain where facial decoding takes place, a part of the brain just above your right ear. "This work could have a variety of applications, helping us not only understand how the brain processes facial expressions, but ultimately how this process may differ in people with autism, for example," said Golomb. She conducted her research with Aleix Martinez, professor of electrical and computer engineering. Their paper is published in the April 19 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Two Ohio State Astronomers Named to Lead Studies on two NASA Flagship Telescope Candidates

NASA recently announced four potential contenders for its 2030s "flagship astrophysics mission" and selected two chairs to lead scientific studies of each. NASA appointed Brad Peterson, astronomy professor/chair emeritus, to chair the Large UV-Optical-IR Surveyor (LUVOIR); and Astronomy Professor Scott Gaudi to chair the Habitable Exoplanet Surveyor (HabEx). Now, teams head toward 2019’s finish line: submitting final reports to NASA, and ultimately to the National Academy of Sciences’ 2020 Astronomy Decadal Survey, which sets each decade’s priorities for federal investments. Ohio State is the nation’s only institution to have chairs of two of the four teams. Laura Lopez, astronomy assistant professor, is on the X-ray surveyor team.

Book Explores Musicians as Diplomats

Fosler-LussierFrom the mid-1950s to the early '70s, the U.S. sent thousands of musicians around the globe to further American interests. Danielle Fosler-Lussier, associate professor, music, details their work in her bookMusic in America’s Cold War Diplomacy (University of California Press, 2015). Fosler-Lussier created an interactive database detailing the musicians who appeared in countries throughout the world during the Cold War.


ASC Outstanding Staff Awards Announced

The ASC Outstanding Staff Award recognizes staff members in the arts and sciences who have demonstrated sustained excellence in overall job performance and have improved or enhanced work life and services of faculty, staff, students and/or the university.
  • Damian Bowerman
    Graduate Studies Coordinator and Policy Coordinator, Department of Theatre
  • Nicole Cochran
    Fiscal Officer, Department of Psychology
  • Julia McGory
    Program Specialist and Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Department of Linguistics
  • Luciana Musetti
    Curator, Museum of Biological Diversity
  • Nick Spitulski
    Program Coordinator, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Bernadette Vankeerbergen
    Program Director, Curriculum and Assessment, ASC Administration
Nominees for this year’s ASC Outstanding Staff Award included Kristina Dunlap, Program Coordinator, Department of Physics; Lynaya Elliott, Administrative Manager, Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Elizabeth Freeman, Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Anthropology; John Lewis, Assistant TA Coordinator, Department of Mathematics; Debra Lowry, Academic Program Coordinator, Department of English; William Husen, Director of Undergraduate Instruction, Department of Mathematics; Pete Tender, Assistant Director for Operations, School of Music; Meagan Toohey, Director, ASC Honors Advising; and Megan Woodall, HR Associate, Department of Statistics.

Graduate School Announces 2016 GATA Award Winners

The Graduate School annually recognizes 10 of Ohio State’s approximately 3,000 GTAs with the Graduate Associate Teaching Award (GATA) for exceptional teaching. Nominated by faculty, students, staff and peers, the selection committee consists of faculty from diverse disciplines and former GATA winners. Nine of this year’s 10 GATA winners are ASC graduate students: Krista Benson, women’s, gender and sexuality studies; Kaitlin Clinnin, English; Daniel Curzon, history; Insiya Fidai, biophysics; Stephanie Freis, psychology; Osama Khalil, math; Katherine Livingston, women’s, gender and sexuality studies; Sean Meehan, math; and Katherine Ritchey, math. 

Chemist Receives 2016 Morley Medal

Claudia TurroClaudia Turro, professor, chemistry and biochemistry, will receive the 2016 Morley Medal, sponsored by the Cleveland Section of the American Chemical Society, May 18. Turro will deliver the Edward W. Morley Lecture, “Targeting Cancer with Transition Metal Complexes: From Basic Science to Therapy.” The award recognizes significant contributions to chemistry through achievements in research, teaching, engineering, research administration, public service, outstanding service to humanity or industrial progress.


Black Studies Matters Forum Recap

On March 22, the Department of African American and African Studies’ forum, "Black Studies Matters! The Importance of Global Black Studies in the Age of Ferguson," brought together faculty, staff and students for an important conversation on the value of a black-studies education in our current political moment, which has witnessed the rise of anti-racist movements around the world. For information on the presentations, contact David Crawford Jones.

Above and Beyond Buckeye Award: May Nominations Due

Nominations for the Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council May Above and Beyond Buckeye Award are due May 12. The award, which provides a $200 cash prize for the recipient, recognizes arts and sciences staff members who go above the call of duty and do great work each and every day.

Staff Professional Development Grants: Deadline to Apply is May 6

Arts and Sciences staff members are encouraged to apply for professional development funding through an ASC Staff Professional Development Grant. The third and final deadline for the 2015-16 academic year is May 6, by 4 p.m.

Your Plan for Health Rivals Challenge

Ohio State has partnered with the University of Michigan to implement a new challenge that engages faculty and staff from both universities to log physical activity minutes. The challenge encourages healthy competition between participants from each school to achieve the most average daily activity minutes logged May 2 to June 26. Join the challenge!


Psychology Professor Awarded $1,399,542 IES Grant

John OpferJohn Opfer, associate professor, psychology, received a four-year $1,399,542 award from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, for his research project, “Cognitive Support for Learning Fractional Magnitudes.” The aim of Opfer’s research is to help children low in executive functioning to learn as much as children who are high in executive functioning, thereby reducing educational disparities in a major bottleneck for the college track.

Anthropology Graduate Students Receive Dissertation Grants

Colleen Cheverko and Natalia Zotova, graduate students, anthropology, each received a Coca Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grant to further their dissertation work. Cheverko’s project is "The Biological Impact of Developmental Stress in Early Modern Italy,” and Zotova’s dissertation is, “Women's insecurities in the context of male migration: mental health outcomes and risks." Noah Dunham received an Ohio State Presidential Fellowship to support his dissertation, “Feeding Ecology of Black and White Colobus Monkeys.”


ASC Student Entrepreneurs Compete for Top Prize April 28

Join us tomorrow (4/28), 4:30 p.m. at the Technology Commercialization Office,1524 N. High St., to cheer on arts and sciences student entrepreneurs Jay Jackson (neuroscience and French) and Christian Wagner (economics) as they compete in BOSS (Best of Student Startups) Competition. RSVP requested.

Critical Study of Religion and Future of Humanities Conference

The Center for the Study of Religion hosts a conference on, “The Critical Study of Religion and the Future of the Humanities,” April 28-29, Ohio Union. Timothy Renick (Georgia State) delivers Thursday’s keynote lecture, “Why Study Religion? Rethinking the Value of the Religious Studies Major.”

South Asian Dance Retreat May/June

The South Asian Dance Retreat is a two-week workshop exploring the Bharatnatyam and Odissi styles of dance. Facilitators: Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala, Sriradha Paul and Kaustavi Sarkar.

Barnett Symposium on Arts & Public Policy: May 12

The biennial Barnett Symposium on the Arts & Public Policy is May 12 at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. The theme, Planning Creative Cities: Global Trends, Local Action, will be addressed by leaders in public, private and nonprofit fields, foundations, state and city arts councils; corporate, academic policymakers, planners, artists and arts administrators. Registration is $50 for general public, $25 for students, free for current Ohio State students. RSVP requested. Reception and gallery opening, May 11, 4:30 p.m. at Hopkins Hall Gallery.


Samir Mathur, professor, physics, on Black holes’ ‘fuzzy’ surface, Daily Mail, April 25 

Jay Zagorsky, research scientist, Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR), “Could gambling be the secret to saving when rates are so low?” The Conversation, April 21

Julie Golomb, assistant professor, psychology, on how the brain senses a smile, Discover MagazineDaily Mail (UK)Gizmag, April 20

Alumni-founded software company donates $5M to Ohio State data analytics, Business First, April 18


April 28

BOSS (Best of Student Startups) Competition
TCO, 1524 N. High St.
4:30-7 p.m.

April 28-29

Critical Study of Religion and the Future of the Humanities Conference
Ohio Union
Times listed on event

May 2

Statistics' 2016 Rustagi Lecture
209 W. 18th Ave., Room 160
3 p.m.

May 2-20

Creative Placemaking: Department of Design for the Barnett Symposium
Hopkins Hall Gallery
Gallery Hours

May 4

10th Annual Academy of Teaching Conference on Excellence in Teaching & Learning
Fawcett Center
Times listed on event

Emeritus Academy Lecture: Paul Beck
Faculty Club Grand Lounge
4 p.m.

Through May 7

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

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