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News & Research

ASC Unit “Snapshots” Now Online

These profiles provide an information overview and highlight the individual strengths of each of our areas. They will be used primarily as an advancement (development and marketing) tool to help promote and raise awareness of our departments, centers, and programs. Since each snapshot will live online as a webpage and a self-print fact sheet, it can and will be continually updated and refined. Take a look: they are now linked from the unit directory on the ASC website.

Earth Scientist to Receive Top Professional Award

Professor Emeritus Stig M. Bergström, earth sciences, will be awarded the International Commission on Stratigraphy 2012 Digby McLaren Prize and the International Union of Geological Sciences 2012 Scientific Award of Excellence, at the upcoming 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane, Australia. The ICS Digby McLaren Prize is awarded once every four years, recognizing an individual who has sustained a long record of significant internationally-important contributions to stratigraphy.

Economics Summer Institute for Underrepresented Minority Faculty

Trevon Logan, associate professor, economics, is spearheading a national conference at Ohio State designed to support the advancement of mid-career economists from underrepresented groups. The Second Wave: A Research Conference, will take place June 1-3 at the Blackwell Inn.

Botanist Receives Professional Merit Award

Allison Snow, professor; evolution, ecology and organismal biology, is one of four botanists nationally to receive the Botanical Society of America's highest honor, the Merit Award, in 2012.  The awards will be presented at the BSA's annual meeting July 11, Columbus, OH.  Snow is recognized for her outstanding contributions to botanical science in the areas of basic research, education, and professional service.  Snow served as BSA president in 2004-2005.

Sociology Student Awarded Fulbright

Qorsho Hassan, an undergraduate majoring in sociology, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English to high school students in Malaysia beginning December 2012. She will be graduating June 2012.

ASC Students Awarded Boren Scholarships

Sofia Bachman (Spanish and Russian), Zoe Maani (Arabic and African American Studies),Cory Sabet (international relations and Chinese), and Brian Yeh (economics and political science) are recipients of a NSEP Boren Undergraduate Study Abroad Award for 2012-2013. Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

French and Italian Student Awarded Fulbright

Adrianne Barbo, graduate teaching assistant, French and Italian, was recently awarded a 2012-2013 Fulbright Student Fellowship to teach English at a Moroccan university.

Design Faculty Member Receives Award

Interior Design faculty member Susan Melsop has been awarded the inaugural Arts and Humanities Outreach Award, along with the Faculty Award for Excellence in Community-Based Scholarship, at the 2012 Ohio State Service Awards.

Grad Student Elected
Design graduate student Allen Cochran recently was elected president of the Council of Graduate Students for 2012-13.

Tripartite Conference at Ohio State, May 31-June 3

Representatives from Ohio State; Rutgers, Brunswick, NJ; and the University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil; will participate in the 7th Tripartite Workshop of the Americas on Biotechnology and Bioenergy. This long-standing  partnership tackles a wide range of significant global problems.

Eye on the Sky: The Department of Astronomy’s Planetarium Getting Major Overhaul

The Planetarium will shut down on June 4 to be stripped down to bare cement and rebuilt. When it re-opens in late fall 2012, visitors can expect to be wowed by the 

You could have a sandwich named after you!

Apply by June 3 for the 3rd Annual Sloopy’s Sandwich Club.

Conversation on Immigration Continues

Douglas Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University, will give a lecture on The Paradoxical Origins of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in America on Friday, June 8, 3-5 pm at Thompson Library. Massey will be awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Social Science, by President Gee at spring commencement.

Prepare to be Amazed: Ohio State’s 2nd Titan Arum About to Bloom

The blooming of a Titan Arum, aka “Corpse Flower,” is a rare and spectacular event, which few ever get to see—or smell. Now, for the second year in a row, the Biological Sciences Greenhouse will open its doors to the public when its new Titan, “Jesse,” blooms this week. Watch Jesse’s progress, get latest info and updates on blooming and visiting hours at:
Read about Titans in more detail at:

Plant Ecologist Visits the Magnolia Detectives

Andi Wolfe, associate professor, Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, paid a visit to the “Magnolia Detectives” in a North Carolina high school biology class last week. Read Wolfe’s blog and view her photos.


Arts and Sciences Undergraduate e-Newsletter – May Issue

The May undergraduate student e-Newsletter provides links to important graduation information and encourages students to step back from the hectic close of the year by attending any one of many arts related events. To submit content suggestions or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Ann Rottersman. Newsletter Archives

ASC Staff Book Circle

Arts and Sciences staff is invited to participate in this year’s Buckeye Book Community selection, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, through participation in an ASC staff book circle. Book circles will be held every other week as a brown bag over the lunch hour with a total of two meetings during August. Books are provided to participants at no cost. Registration is limited. Deadline June 8. Contact Ann Rottersman for more information


Thursday, May 24

Molecular Genetics Research Seminar Series continues with Rebecca Lamb on The poetry of reproduction: flower development in Arabidopsis thaliana, 4 pm, 001 Jennings Hall.

Thursdays in May Jazz Series presents the Ohio State Jazz Workshop, 7:30 pm, Ohio Union West Plaza

Thursday, May 24-Saturday, May 26

Dance Uptown: DIRT, 8 pm each evening, Plumb Hall Agricultural Arena, 2027 Coffey Rd.

Friday, May 25

Gospel and Spiritual Choir, 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

Tuesday, May 29

University Band Concert, 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

Wednesday, May 30

Wind Symphony, 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

Visit the Arts and Sciences Communications Services website to find information about our services and to connect you with resources and guidelines. The site details how you can request everything from strategic planning and websites to business cards and letterhead. Additionally, we provide college branding, core messages, and visual identity guidelines.
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May 23, 2012

students in classroom with technology, laptops

Digital First

Ohio State recognizes that students, faculty and staff expect to learn and work with relevant tools. Digital First will redesign the campus experience by optimizing technology access, providing opportunities for engaging digital learning content, and by enhancing the student experience. Tell us how you are incorporating technology on campus.
In The News
Paul Beck, professor, political science, on Biden’s appeal, CNN, May 16, 2012.

John Mueller, professor, political science, on balancing the costs and benefits of aviation security, New York Times, May 16, 2012.

Zheng Joyce Wang, assistant professor, communication, on multitasking, NSF Science360 Radio, Discovery Files, May 16, 2012.

The Biological Sciences Greenhouse’s Amorphophallus titanum, or Titan arum, was featured in an article in The Columbus Dispatch, May 17, 2012.

Dale Gnidovec, curator, Orton Geological Museum; and Joan Leonard, coordinator, Biological Sciences Greenhouse, on the Ohio State Fair’s exhibit highlighting Ohio’s geological history, Columbus Dispatch, May 21, 2012.

Visit New Arts and Sciences Websites

Complexity in Human, Natural, and Engineered Systems:

Dance Uptown: DIRT

Internationally acclaimed artists Bebe Miller and Esther Baker-Tarpaga will bring dance back to its roots and break ground with brand new, original dance choreography. Memorial Day weekend. May 24- 26, 8pm, Plumb Hall Agricultural Arena, 2027 Coffey Road, Admission is $10. Advanced tickets OSU Theatre Box Office: (614) 292 -2295. Ticketmaster: (800) 745-3000, and all central Ohio Ticketmaster outlets. Pay & Display Parking available on Coffey Road.
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