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Box-Steffensmeier Joins BOT Academic
Affairs Committee

Janet Box-SteffensmeierJanet Box-Steffensmeier, the Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science, has been appointed faculty representative to the Academic Affairs and Student Life Committee of the Ohio State University Board of Trustees. “I care deeply about Ohio State and consider it a privilege to be able to give back,” said Box-Steffensmeier.

Molecular Geneticists Show How Popular Diet Fights Cancer  

Andrea Doseff, associate professor, internal medicine and molecular genetics; and Erich Grotewold, professor, molecular genetics and horticulture and plant science, and director of Ohio State’s Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) have published new research suggesting that a compound abundant in the Mediterranean diet deflects cancer cells’ ability to escape death, by altering a very specific step in gene regulation.

Department of Linguistics Takes Top Honors

The Department of Linguistics ranks 7th in the U.S. and 17th in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. The department was ranked for excellence in the following areas: research, teaching, internationalization, engagement, innovation, facilities, employability, and specialist criteria.

Mathematician Receives Simons Fellowship

Yuval FlickerProfessor Yuval Flicker, mathematics, received the Simons Fellowship for his project, Studies in Automorphic Forms. The Fellowship allows Flicker to spend a sabbatical year on this research.

Memorial Service for William Edward Nelson, Jr.

Professor Emeritus William Edward Nelson, Jr., died on May 16, 2013. He was professor in both the Department of African American and African Studies and the Department of Political Science. Nelson was chair of African American and African Studies. He retired from Ohio State in 2009 after 40 years of distinguished service. A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, May 25, 1-2:30 pm, Archie M. Griffin Ballroom, Ohio Union.

2013 Campus Campaign Update

Campus CampaignThe 2013 Campus Campaign wrap-up celebration, May 15, saw the College of Arts and Sciences ranked #1 in participation by units of 1,500+ employees, finishing at 47% participation, an increase over 2012 participation. ASC staff members recognized for outstanding volunteer service: Lauren Bennett, Foreign Language Center, Volunteer Award; and Eric Drake, statistics, Kelli Fickle, English, and Brittany Poast, chemistry and biochemistry received Volunteer Leadership Awards.

Boots on the Ground in Europe: Normandy

History Study Tour students at Normandy
Students in the history department’s WWII Study-Tour Program hit the beaches in Normandy. Next stop: Paris. Follow them following their dreams: along the way, they are posting updates about their adventures to the ASC Tumblr site.

Staff Needed

ASC SAC needs staff input on a topic that could impact staff lives for years to come. Please RSVP for our World Café session on workplace environment by Friday.

May 29


May 30-June 1

TRANSPLANT by Alexis Schaetzle; Riffe Center Studio One Theatre, 77 S. High St.

Through June 1

Vision Unveiled: Goodwill Columbus and Open Door Art; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Fergus Fellows: Jessika Edgar and Dani Leventhal; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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May 22, 2013

Next week, News & Updates will be published on Thursday, May 30 because of Memorial Day.
Joan Leonard with Maudine the Titan Arum

Don’t Breathe Yet: Titan #4 is on the Way

Hot on the heels of Woody2, another Titan Arum is about to leave us breathless. Celebrate Memorial Day weekend in the Biological Sciences Greenhouse with Maudine, steadily on course to bloom as early as Friday, May 24.
In the News
Gary Berntson, professor, psychology, on how a glitch in polygraphs can skew results, Stars and Stripes, May 21, 2013

Joan Leonard, manager, Biological Sciences Greenhouse, on the smell of the ‘Corpse flower,’ PRI's The World, May 20, 2013
Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, earth sciences, on the shrinking of the Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru—the world’s largest tropical glacier, Discovery, May 20, 2013
Claudia Buchmann, professor, sociology, on the higher education gender gap, Inside Higher Ed, May 16, 2013
Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, associate professor, communication, on gender bias in scholarly review of scientific studies, onCampus, May 1, 2013 
Allison Snow, professor; evolution, ecology, and organismal biology, on genetically modified crops, Nature, May 1, 2013
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Recent Newsletters

Department of Linguistics: 2013 Newsletter
Department of Linguistics: 2013 Spring Newsletter
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