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DEC. 2, 2015 | TWEET!


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Ilhan Dahir

Ilhan Dahir Named Rhodes Scholar

Ilhan Dahir, (political science; English, 2015) has been named a 2016 Rhodes Scholar. Dahir plans to obtain MSc degrees at the University of Oxford (UK) in refugee and forced migration studies and in global governance and diplomacy.


Arts and Sciences Faculty Among 2015 AAAS Fellows

Three ASC faculty have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Founded in 1848, AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. New fellows will be welcomed in a ceremony at the AAAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in February. The newest fellows are:
Irina Artsimovitch, professor, microbiology, for distinguished contributions to the field of microbial gene expression control, particularly for studies of the molecular mechanisms of transcriptional pausing and processivity.
David Bromwich, professor, geography, for distinguished contributions to the field of polar meteorology, particularly for developing improved mesoscale models of high latitude atmospheric circulation, moisture budget and precipitation variability.
Christopher Jaroniec, professor, chemistry and biochemistry, for outstanding contributions to the development of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance methods and their applications in the study of structure and dynamics of biological macromolecules.

Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosley-Thompson Receive NSF Paleoclimate Program Award

Lonnie G. Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, and professor, Earth sciences; and Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, and professor, geography, were awarded a three-year, $1,374,171 grant from NSF for their project, “Climate and Environmental Variability over the Last Glacial Cycle from Ice Cores in the Western Kunlun Mountains (Tibetan Plateau).” This project involves a strong and equal research partnership between scientists from the U.S. and China and the opportunity to obtain one of the oldest ice records in the Northern Hemisphere that could help understand natural climate variability.

Ohio State MFA Acting Graduate to Take the Stage in London

Originally from South Africa, Sifiso Mazibuko, will play the role of Marvin Gaye in, Motown The Musical, as part of its London cast. He will take the stage with his fellow cast members in February 2016 at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London. Mazibuko graduated from Ohio State with an MFA in acting in 2015 and appeared in Department of Theatre productions including, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Fall 2012) and The Tempest (Fall 2013).


John Herbert

Chemist Awarded Humboldt Prize

Professor John Herbert, chemistry and biochemistry, is a recipient of a Humboldt Research Prize from Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, given to internationally known leaders in their fields whose work promises continued leading-edge advancements. Herbert receives a stipend of $3,150 Euro/month, January-August 2016, plus summers of 2017, 2018, to conduct research with colleagues in Germany. Herbert’s group develops and applies new electronic structure models and algorithms improving accuracy and reducing cost of traditional quantum chemistry calculations, which are rapidly made available to practicing chemists.
Christine Ballengee Morris

Christine Ballengee Morris Honored by YWCA

Christine Ballengee Morris, professor, arts administration, education and policy, and founding director of Ohio State’s Multicultural Center, is one of six women to be honored as 2016 Women of Achievement by the Columbus YWCA. The group was announced in November and will be honored at a luncheon at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in April.


ASC SAC Drawing for $100 Giant Eagle Cards

The Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Committee is giving away five $100 Giant Eagle gift cards as a way of saying “thank you” to ASC staff for their support at SAC events this past year. Enter your name in the “Winter Break Drawing,’’ by Dec. 11. Drawing is Dec. 15. Winners will be notified by Dec. 18, via email.

ASC IT Services Reorganizing

The college is restructuring computing services, staffing and support to provide the very best IT environment for faculty, staff and students. Starting January 2016, ASC Technology Services, will assume a much larger role in providing shared computing services and for managing and coordinating local IT support to address unit needs and identify new support opportunities. The college also is forming a new shared faculty governance committee that will provide direction for this college-wide IT effort.
Read the Full Report [pdf]


Innovate 2016 Request for Proposals

The 2016 Innovate conference on technology for teaching, learning and research, is accepting proposals. The RFP is open through Jan. 30, 2016 and the conference takes place May 11 in the Ohio Union.

Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants

The 2016-2017 Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants is now accepting applications. The deadline for this year's submissions is Feb. 16. The Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies administers the grants, which are designed to support research by Ohio State faculty and graduate students that explores women's lives, gender equity and gender, broadly conceptualized.


Scott Schwenter to Discuss Priming and Obsolescence in Grammar Today

As part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Inaugural Lecture Series, Scott Schwenter, professor, Spanish and Portuguese, will discuss, "Would you just die already? Priming and Obsolescence in Grammar”, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 5-6:30 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge. Examples will be drawn from Spanish, Portuguese and English. Free; reception to accompany the event. RSVP.

Jeff Haase Creates Large-Scale Paper Whale

The Whale, a large-scale art installation conceived by Jeff Haase, associate professor, design, was built in a Kinnear Road warehouse and is being reconstructed and featured at the Cultural Arts Center in downtown Columbus as part of the exhibit, The Whiteness of the Whale, along with art pieces and performances by eight other artists. All of the works have been inspired by Melville’s historic novel, the color white, and of course, Moby. The exhibition opens Dec. 4 and continues until Jan. 9. An opening reception is Dec. 4, 6-8 p.m.
Sian Beilock

Science Sundays Continues Sunday (12/6) with Leading Brain Scientist

University of Chicago psychologist Sian Beilock, presents, How to perform your best under stress, Sunday, Dec. 6, 3-4 p.m., Ohio Union. A leading expert on the brain science of “choking under pressure,” she explains what happens in our brain and body when we experience performance anxiety and how to succeed brilliantly when it matters most. Reception to follow, 4-5 p.m.


Dec. 3

Devin Grammon, Language Learning and Volunteer Tourism in Cusco, Peru; 1:30 p.m., 104 E. 15th Ave.

Dec. 3-Dec. 19

Department of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Projects Exhibition; Urban Arts Space

Dec. 4

Graduate Seminar in Literacy Studies: Literacy in the Classroom; 12 p.m., 311 Denney Hall

Florence Eliza Glaze, Bodies, Wounds and Balance in the History of Medieval Health and Disease; 4 p.m., Room 090, 18th Ave. Library

23rd Annual Music Celebration Concert; 8 p.m., Mershon Auditorium

Dec. 6

First-Year Undergraduate String Orchestra and University Community Orchestra; 3 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Dec. 7-8

These Little Wings; 7 p.m., New Works Lab, Drake Performance and Event Center

Dec. 9

Department of Art Open House; 5 p.m., Hopkins Hall and Sherman Studio Art Center

Dec. 9-11

Department of Art: Art and Technology Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through Jan. 3

Mysteries in Ice Exhibit; Thompson Library Gallery


Vera Brunner-Sung, assistant professor, theatre, “Sensuous Ethnography,” Sight & Sound, Dec. 2015

Dorothy Noyes, professor, English, on a centuries-old superstition, Columbus Dispatch, Nov. 30, 2015

Vladimir Kogan, assistant professor, political science, on pro-charter groups’ push to change Ohio’s school grading system, Akron Beacon Journal, Nov. 24, 2015 

Steven Reiss, professor emeritus, psychology, on “Giving thanks, but to whom? Fewer Americans embracing organized religion,” The Conversation, Nov. 24, 2015 

Gleb Tsipursky, assistant professor, history, on pitfalls of overreacting to terrorists,, Nov. 23, 2015

Jeffrey Lewis, senior lecturer, international studies, on the Paris terrorist attacks,, Nov. 23, 2015

Robin Judd, professor, history, on the parallels between the debate on Syrian refuges, and the treatment of Jewish refugees during the Holocaust, WBNS-TV, Nov. 21, 2015

Paul Sutter, CCAPP Postdoctoral Fellow, latest Space In Your Face episode, YouTube, Nov. 19, 2015

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on why sex doesn’t sell, WIRED UK, Nov. 18, 2015

Richard Herrmann, professor and chair, political science, on counter terrorism and foreign policy after Paris attacks, WOSU All Sides, Nov. 18, 2015

Peter Mansoor, professor, history, on whether US troops in Syria would play into Islamic State’s hands, Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 18, 2015

Peter Mansoor, professor, history, on the debate over boots on ground in Syria, Stars and Stripes, Nov. 18, 2015

John Mueller, professor, political science, “To Fight ISIS, Leave Assad in Power,” Time, Nov. 17, 2015

John Mueller, professor, political science, on the debate over surveillance, New York Times, Nov. 17, 2015
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