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APRIL 1, 2015 | TWEET!



Celebrating CBEC: April 10

Join us for the Grand Opening Celebration of CBEC. This unprecedented partnership between two colleges opens new doors to collaborations that accelerate innovation, discovery and inspire new generations of problem-solvers. Celebration kicks off at 1 p.m., reception at 1:30 p.m.


Chocolate is Driving Monkeys to Extinction

W. Scott McGrawW. Scott McGraw, professor of anthropology, is co-author of a new study finding that endangered primates in national parks and forest reserves of Ivory Coast are facing extinction because of illegal cocoa farms. The study appears in the March 2015 issue of the journal Tropical Conservation Science. The impact of illegal cocoa farming on primates has been devastating; 13 of the protected areas have lost their entire primate populations, while another five had lost half of their species.

Sociology Team Develops Mobile Technology-Based Service Learning Class

Andrew Martin, associate professor, and Lindsey Chamberlain, assistant director, sociology honors and scholars, developed a service-learning course using mobile technology to maximize student interactions with local businesses and organizations. Results of the inaugural implementation are detailed in their article, “Technology-Driven Service Learning: The Instructor’s Role and the Student’s Experience,” published Feb. 25, 2015, in EDUCAUSEreview.

Arts and Sciences Recruitment and Diversity Services on the Road 

BrooklynAs the May 1 national college commitment day fast approaches, most universities are in the final stages of recruiting this autumn’s incoming class. The staff of ASC Recruitment and Diversity Services (RDS) recently traveled to New York and New Jersey to meet with admitted students and their families.


New $758,208 NSF Grant Tests Adaptive Radiation Theory in Penstemon 

Laura Kubatko and Andi WolfeAndrea Wolfe (right), associate professor; evolution, ecology and organismal biology, PI; and Laura Kubatko, professor, statistics, co-PI; have been awarded a three-year, $758,208 National Science Foundation grant for “Testing adaptive radiation theory in Penstemon.” They will use next-generation sequencing approaches to estimate phylogeny for up to 90 percent of Penstemon’s 280-plus described species to investigate why this species-rich genus diversified so rapidly across North America. Kubatko’s group developed new analyses methods for phylogeny reconstruction to handle such an enormous amount of data. The researchers believe Penstemon has the potential to become an iconic model system for studying adaptive radiation theory.

Faculty Members Honored by Medieval Academy

Two ASC faculty members — Charles Atkinson and Leslie Locketthave been honored with awards by the Medieval Academy of America, the world’s oldest and largest organization of medievalists. Atkinson, Distinguished University Professor, and Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Music, was awarded the Charles Homer Haskins Medal for his book, The Critical Nexus: Tone-system, Mode, and Notation in Early Medieval Music. Lockett, associate professor, English, was awarded the John Nicholas Brown Prize for her book, Anglo-Saxon Psychologies in the Vernacular and Latin Traditions

Psychology Student Garners NSF Fellowship

Amanda Montoya Amanda Montoya, PhD student, quantitative psychology, has been awarded a 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellowship. Montoya is working to develop and validate statistical models and tests of inference to statistically analyze repeated-measures data with the purpose of answering questions related to the mechanisms through which an effect occurs.

2015 Research Mentor Award Winners

Katie Coffman, assistant professor, economics; Timothy Gregory, professor, history; Jessica Lerch, research assistant professor, neuroscience; Jose Otero, assistant professor, pathology; and Marcos Sotomayor, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, are recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor (DURM) Awards. Julian Koenig, post-doctoral researcher, psychology; and Jason Macrander, graduate research associate, evolution, ecology and organismal biology, are recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Research Mentor (ORM) Awards. The DURM and ORM Awards, selected by a student committee, recognize exceptional faculty, postdoctoral or graduate student mentorship of undergraduate researchers who present at the Denman Forum. Mentors must be nominated by undergraduates participating in the Denman. 

Denman Undergraduate Research Forum Awards

The following ASC students placed first in the various categories of the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum: Agriculture/Environmental Science, Ju Yeon (Jennifer) Park, biology (advisor: Kichoon Lee); Arts/Architecture, Matthew Gaal, music ed (advisor: Daryl Kinney); Biological Sciences, Lahiru Wimalasena, biochemistry (advisor: Marcos Sotomayor); Business/Education/ Speech & Hearing Science, Jordan Vasko, speech and hearing science (advisor: Eric Healy and Sarah Yoho); Health Professions – Laboratory/Cellular, Lindsay Milich, neuroscience (advisor: Dana McTigue); Humanities, Max Stevenson, English (advisors: Leslie Lockett and Eric Johnson); Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Travis Blanton, biology (advisors: Ryan Yoder and Christopher Callam) and Psychology Lindsey Rike (advisors: Julie Hupp and Melissa Jungers). For a complete list of participants and abstracts, visit the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum website.


Special Invitation to ASC Faculty and Staff 

ASC 2.0: Rediscover the Arts and Sciences, Learn, Engage, Discover, Saturday, April 25, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., CBEC, 151 W. Woodruff Ave. Join us for breakfast with Dean Manderscheid and presentations by Vicki Wysocki, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Macromolecular Structure and Function and professor of chemistry; Chris Hammel, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Experimental Physics and director of the Center for Emergent Materials; and the STEAM Factory. RSVP by April 15 online.

STEM Researchers Can Get To Know Metro April 8

Ohio State faculty and staff connect their research to the Metro Early College High School in numerous ways, from mentoring high school students to conducting educational research. The Ohio State community is invited to learn more about how to be involved with Metro during this spring's "Get To Know Metro" tour and discussion Wednesday, April 8, 9-11 a.m. at Metro Early College High School, 1929 Kenny Rd. RSVP online.

Historian Gives Clio Society Presentation on Russia and the Race for the Arctic 

Nicholas BreyfogleNicholas Breyfogle, associate professor, history, discusses “Russia and the Race for the Arctic,” Friday, April 10, 5:30-7 p.m., Ohio Union, Rosa Ailabouni Room. What might unprecedented changes to the Arctic environment and an open Arctic Ocean mean to oil, gas, mining, transportation? Five countries can claim its potential wealth, but Russia and Canada lead in this new race for the Arctic. Breyfogle explores Russia's long history in the Arctic and the roots of its current assertive policies in the region. The Department of History’s Clio Society promotes life-long learning of history.

Nobel Laureate Wraps-up 2014-15 Science Sundays, ASC’s Free, Public Lecture Series, April 12

Craig MelloNobel Laureate Craig Mello sharesA worm’s tale: secrets of evolution and immortality. Everything alive today shares a nearly 4 billion year-old common ancestry. Mello talks about how this is important to medical research, describing the remarkable mechanisms organisms use to program gene expression, and the ways scientists and physicians are learning to use them as tools. Sunday, April 12, Wexner Center Film/Video Theater, 3-4 p.m. Reception: 4-5 p.m., Wexner Café. Both: free/open to the public.

Ludden Lecture is April 14

Jaś ElsnerThe Department of History of Art presents the 2015 Ludden Lecture with Jaś Elsner discussing, “Visual Ontologies: Style, Archaism and the Construction of the Sacred in the Western Tradition,” Tuesday, April 14 at 6 p.m. in 001 Jennings Hall. Reception follows in 214 Pomerene Hall. Free and open to all.

Cincinnati Art Exhibition Features Works by Buckeyes

Richard HarnedAlumna Carolyn Speranza (MFA, Art) is co-curating an art exhibition in Cincinnati, in which she and two other artists with ties to Ohio State are exhibiting works. The show, Too Shallow for Diving: The Weight of Water, opened March 27 at the Weston Art Gallery and continues until June 7. It features art from a group of regional artists and examines the political, social and environmental aspects of water. Along with Speranza, a mixed media artist; the exhibition features installations by Prudence Gill, former curator of Hopkins Hall Gallery, and Richard Harned, professor and head of the glass program in the Department of Art (shown installing his work).


January and February Staff Winners: Above and Beyond Buckeye Prize

Kevin Dill, manager, materials management office, chemistry and biochemistry, is the winner of the January Above and Beyond Buckeye award. Dill was nominated by Chemistry and Biochemistry Chair and Professor Susan Olesik. Sarah Hughes, student services coordinator, communication, is the winner of the February Above and Beyond Buckeye Award. Hughes was nominated by Courtney Anderegg, communication graduate teaching associate.

WGSS Professor Elected to SCMS Executive Council

Linda Mizejewski Linda Mizejewski, professor; women's, gender, and sexuality studies, has been elected to the executive council of the Society for Cinema & Media Studies (SCMS) board of directors. Mizejewski will serve a three-year term on the executive council beginning July 1. SCMS is the world’s largest humanities-based organization devoted to the scholarly study of film and media.

Biology Educator Selected PULSE Fellow

Caroline BreitenbergerCaroline Breitenberger, associate professor, chemistry and biochemistry, and director of the Center for Life Sciences Education, has been selected a Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) Fellow. PULSE was formed by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as a community of scientists working together to implement recommendations of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Vision and Change Report. PULSE Fellows are an elect group working to promote biology education reform on all levels, from individual faculty to systemic initiatives.

SiGuE Fellow Wins Poster Award

Roberto Alers Velazquez, SiGuE (Success in Graduate Education) fellow, received best poster at the American Society of Plant Biology (ASPB) Midwestern conference at St. Louis, Missouri. 


April 2

Zak Tormala (Stanford University); 4 p.m., 035 Psychology Building

Bebe Miller Digital Book Talk; 4 p.m., 220 Sullivant Hall

Julietta Hua, Sex Trafficking, Narrative and the Moral Economies of Human Rights; 4:30 p.m., Alonso Family Room, Multicultural Center, Ohio Union

Reception: Undergraduate Juried Exhibition; 4:30 p.m., Hopkins Hall Gallery

Jared Diamond: The World Until Yesterday; 6:30 p.m., Archie Griffin Ballroom, Ohio Union

Bourguignon Lecture in Art and Anthropology; 7 p.m., Performance Hall, Ohio Union

April 3

Interdisciplinary Seminar in Literacy Studies: Literacy and Dis/Ability; 12 p.m., George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

8th Annual Huber Population Lecture: Dr. Andrew Cherlin, Johns Hopkins University; 12:30 p.m., 140 Pfahl Hall

Americas Before 1900 Working Group; 4 p.m., George Wells Knight House, 104 East 15th Ave.

Korean Wind and Stream; 7:30 p.m., Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theater

April 3-4

Drums Downtown XI: Move; Capitol Theatre, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St.

April 4

Manga at a Crossroads: Development and Globalization of Manga; 1 p.m., 220 Sullivant Hall

April 6

Musicology Lecture: Arved Ashby, The Ohio State University; 4:30 p.m., 2nd Floor, 18th Avenue Library, 175 W. 18th Ave.

April 8

STEM Researchers Can "Get To Know Metro”; 9 a.m., Metro Early College High School, 1929 Kenny Road

Carrie L. Sulosky Weaver, Suppressing and Invoking the Dead: Necrophobia and Necromancy in Greek Sicily; 10:30 a.m., 0048 Scott Laboratory

Lauren Hammond, Diaspora Connections: African American Engagement with U.S. - Dominican Republic Relations; 4 p.m., 232 Cockins Hall

Ana Castillo Public Lecture; 4:30 p.m., 202 Thompson Library

Arts and Humanities Lecture: Caroline Hartig, Solo Clarinet from Classical to Klezmer; 5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge

Michael Swartz, The Art of Jewish Prayer; 7 p.m., 010 Page Hall

April 8-19

MFA Acting Solo Festival; Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center

Through April 11

Department of Design Spring Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through April 17

Undergraduate Juried Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through May 2

Faculty Club Art Exhibit; Faculty Club, 181 South Oval Dr.

Through May 7

Kimono Exhibit; Hagerty Hall Lobby

Through July 5

Manga Exhibit: World of Shojo Manga: Mirrors of Girls’ Desires!; Billy Ireland Cartoon Library, Sullivant Hall

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Buckeye Leaf

April Above and Beyond Buckeye Nominations Due 

The Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is accepting nominations for the April Above & Beyond Buckeye Award, recognizing arts and sciences staff members who go above and beyond and who are doing great work each and every day. Nominations are due April 9. 


Manner Effect
Four Days of Jazz: April 9-12

The School of Music’s 38th Annual Jazz Festival includes a “Divas Night” with local leading ladies of jazz; the Ohio State Jazz Ensemble; high school and college jazz band days; and a Mark Flugge tribute concert; with the weekend culminating in a headliner concert by the young jazz/pop ensemble Manner Effect. Visit the School of Music website.


ASC First Annual Talent Show Recap 

For those of you who missed the Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council’s Campus Campaign/First-Ever Talent Show, the video of all the performances can be viewed online. A special thank you to Scott Sprague in ASC Tech for his work on the video.



Steven Conn, professor, history, “The Lost Generation: The Democrat’s Demographic Problem,” Huffington Post, March 31, 2015 

Ulreich Heinz, professor, physics; Ian Howat, associate professor, Earth science, on issues rights to scholarly work, Inside Higher Ed, March 26, 2015

Jay Zagorsky, research scientist, Center for Human Resource Research, on how getting and staying married increases wealth, USA Today, March 25, 2015 
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