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FEB. 18, 2015 | TWEET!



February #DonutsWithTheDean

Braving the Ohio winter, students filled the first floor hallway of McPherson yesterday to say hello to Dean Manderscheid, grab a Buckeye Donut and new ASC t-shirt.


Mathematician/Computer Scientist Granted Five-year, $500,921 NSF CAREER Award

Anastasios (Tasos) SidiropoulosMathematician/computer scientist Anastasios (Tasos) Sidiropoulos’s new NSF CAREER Award funds “Geometric frontiers in algorithm design,” a project looking at the use of diverse mathematical tools in the setting of geometric data analysis that will forge new connections between mathematics and computer science. The CAREER Award is the top award given by the National Science Foundation supporting work of the nation’s most promising junior researchers. This is the third CAREER Award for ASC researchers in 2015 — a remarkable achievement considering the highly competitive nature of these national awards.

Chemist Wins 2015 ACS Physical Chemistry Early-Career Award

Chris JaroniecChristopher Jaroniec, professor, chemistry and biochemistry, has won the 2015 ACS Physical Division Early-Career Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in physical chemistry by young investigators. Jaroniec was recognized “for the development and application of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance methods in the study of structure and mechanism in complex biological assemblies." Jaroniec will receive up to $1,500 to support travel to ACS’s 250th National Meeting this fall, in Boston, where he will receive the award and present a lecture on his work.


Political Science Professors Among Authors on Federal Education Study

No Child Left Behind Vladimir Kogan and Zachary Peskowitz, assistant professors, political science, along with Stéphane Lavertu, assistant professor, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, are authors of a new study finding that a major overhaul of federal education policy enacted with the goal of improving public education and closing the achievement gap between student subgroups may have backfired — undermining public support for a large number of local schools instead. The study is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science.

COMPAS 2015-16 to focus on Sustainability

CompassThe Center for Ethics and Human Values selected the theme of Sustainability for its 2015-2016 COMPAS program. Fall 2015 will focus on Thinking Globally, addressing the meaning of sustainability and the means for achieving it; spring 2016 on Acting Locally, addressing ways we can promote sustainability in our own lives and as a community. Faculty, administrators and program officers interested in participating in the Sustainability COMPAS should contact Don Hubin.


Special Three-week Voodoo Lily Display in BioSci Greenhouse

Voo-Doo LilySee 106 specimens of the Voodoo Lily, aka devil’s tongue — possibly the world’s largest public display of the common relatives of the rare Titan Arum, aka corpse flower. On loan to the Biological Sciences Greenhouse, the corpse flower’s smelly cousins will be in bloom for the next three weeks. Visiting hours: 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday; Biological Sciences Greenhouse, 340 W. 12th Avenue. Can't make it to the greenhouse? Check in with the live webcam.

‘Trouble in Mind’ Presented

Trouble in MindDepartment of Theatre presents Trouble in Mind, by Alice Childress and guest-directed by Melissa Maxwell, March 4-12 in Roy Bowen Theatre. On Broadway in 1957, an integrated theatre company begins rehearsals on a drama dealing with controversial current events, which they hope will be Broadway’s next hit. When prejudices and stereotypes emerge, talented African-American actress Wiletta Mayer faces a difficult choice.

Historian Elected to Executive Board of Flagship Organization

ShawStephanie Shaw, professor, history, was elected to the executive board of the Organization of American Historians, the largest academic membership association devoted to the study of American history, for a two-year term beginning in April 2015. The 15-member board sets policy, charts a course for the future and oversees the organization’s financial and legal matters. 

Sociology Professors Inducted into Emeritus Academy

David Jacobs and Laurel Richardson, sociology professors emeriti, were inducted into Ohio State’s Emeritus Academy, recognizing their ongoing engagement in scholarly and creative activity enhancing the reputation of the university and benefitting society at large. Jacobs’ research interests intersect criminology, political sociology and race relations with an emphasis on racial politics and social control. Richardson is an international leader in qualitative research, gender and the sociology of knowledge, and has published widely in those areas.

NSF NRT Planning Session Feb. 25

The National Science Foundation's Research Traineeship (NRT) program provides funding for graduate education in STEM fields. Ohio State STEM Initiatives is hosting a planning session will be held Feb. 25, 1:45-2:30 p.m., 156 University Hall. Please RSVP.


Feb. 19

Todd Clear, The Beginning of the End of the Great Punishment Experiment (and what that means for mass incarceration); 9 a.m., 035 Psychology Building

Edward Maibach, TV Weathercasters as Climate Educators: Making the Climate Local; 11 a.m., 360 Journalism Building

Molecular Genetics Seminar: Craig Burd; 4:10 p.m., 111 Parks Hall

Taking Ohio's Temperature: Assessing Local Health Impacts of Climate Change; 7 p.m., WOSU@COSI, 333 West Broad St.

Symphonic Band; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Feb. 19 - Feb. 21

MFA Concert: Watch From Here (Sullivant Hall); Barnett Theatre

Through Feb. 20

You Are Here: First Year MFA Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery 

Feb. 20

CHR Seminar: Rita Wright, The Indus Valley and the Rise of the Early State; 2 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall

STEAM Presentation: How can the elements of story support science learning?; 5 p.m., College Commons, 260 Ramseyer Hall

John H. Glenn Lecture on the Future of Space Policy and Exploration; 7 p.m., Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Rd.

Feb 20. - Feb. 21

Popular Culture and the ‘Deep Past,’ Words of J.R.R. Tolkien; Ohio Union and Hagerty Hall

Feb. 21

STEAM Workshop: Using the Secrets of Playwriting to Teach Science; 9:30 a.m., College Commons, 260 Ramseyer Hall

Middle School Honor Band Festival Concert; 4 p.m., Mershon Auditorium

Reception, Phase Shift: Department of Art Master of Fine Arts Exhibition; 5 p.m., Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Feb. 23

Chinese New Year 2015; 10 a.m., Hagerty Hall lobby area

Communication Colloquium features Jan Van den Bulck; 11:30 a.m., 106 Journalism Building

Musicology Lecture: Emily Erken, Ohio State; 4:30 p.m., 2nd Floor, 18th Avenue Library

Faculty: Caroline Hartig, clarinet; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Through Feb. 24

Black History Month Challenge; African American and African Studies Community Extension Center, 905 Mt Vernon Ave.

Feb. 24

IPR Seminar: Jason Reece and David Norris; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Collegiate Winds; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Feb. 25

Arts and Humanities Lecture: Kevin Scharp, Philosophy and Defective Concepts; 5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge

Through March 21

Phase Shift: Department of Art Master of Fine Arts Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through May 7

Kimono Exhibit; Hagerty Hall lobby area

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Clark Spencer Larsen, professor and chair, anthropology, on unearthing the best-preserved remains of cholera victims in the 1850s in Tuscany, National Geographic, Feb. 17, 2015

Erik Nisbet, associate professor, and Sarah Mikati, undergraduate, communication, on Russia’s appetite for internet control, Center for Global Communication Studies, Feb. 17, 2015

Paolo Gabrielli, research scientist, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center; Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, Earth sciences and Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, geography, on finding the earliest proof of man-made air pollution, Columbus Dispatch, Feb. 15, 2015

Darla Munroe, associate professor, geography, on land use and sustainability in a global context, Science Codex, Feb. 14, 2015

Erik Nisbet, associate professor, communication, conservatives and liberals alike discount scientific theories that run counter to their worldview, The National Journal, Feb. 13, 2015 

Paul Bellair, professor, sociology, on how the U.S. criminal justice system discriminates against the poor, Sputnik News, Feb. 12, 2015 

Jay Hobgood, professor, geography, on why Ohio’s dodging the snow bullet, Columbus Dispatch, Feb. 12, 2015

Mitchell Rose, assistant professor, dance, on dance film festival, Dance@30FPS, Columbus Dispatch, Feb. 12, 2015

Treva Lindsey, assistant professor, women’s, gender and sexuality studies, on the forgotten heroines of Black history, Huffington Post, Feb. 10, 2015
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