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Earth Sciences Professor Finds Leaky Wells, Not Fracking, Taint Water

Thomas DarrahThomas Darrah, assistant professor, earth sciences, is lead author of a new study finding that contamination of water supplies near U.S. shale gas fields appears to be the result of leaky cement wells and casings and not the controversial production technique of hydraulic fracturing. Darrah’s study, published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that improved well integrity is the key to preventing leaks from hydraulic fracturing.

New Grant Funds Work at Interface of Biological and Mathematical Sciences

Helen Chamberlain and Adriana DawesHelen Chamberlin, professor, molecular genetics; and Adriana Dawes, assistant professor, molecular genetics and mathematics; are co-PI’s on a unique, new, four-year $1,280,030 NSF/NIH (DMS/NIGMS) grant. This NSF/NIH program is an initiative to support research at the interface of the biological and mathematical sciences; it funds Chamberlin's and Dawes’ collaboration on, "Phenotype engineering by a signaling network modification.”

First-ever Look inside a Working Lithium-Ion Battery

Anne CoAnne Co, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry; is working with Raymond Cao, Mechanical/Nuclear Engineering Program, and Marcello Canova, mechanical engineering, on research probing Li transport in batteries in-situ using neutrons during charging and discharging processes. The study is published in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

Remembering Former Biological Sciences Dean and Emeritus Professor  

William August "Bill" JensenWilliam August "Bill" Jensen, dean of the (former) College of Biological Sciences, 1984-89, and molecular genetics professor emeritus, died Sept. 9; he was 87. Jensen was a pioneer in cell differentiation associated with plant embryos and an award-winning teacher. His ability to engage and enchant large general biology classes was legendary. He is survived by wife, Beverly; son, Scott; daughter, Christina; four stepdaughters, Kathy, Ann, Karen and Mary Beth; their spouses and partners; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. His memorial service was Sept.14. Those wishing to make a donation in his memory, may contribute to the Biological Sciences Greenhouse, Fund #640470; or to the Botanical Society of America Endowment Fund.


Political Scientist Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Larry BaumLawrence (Larry) Baum, professor, political science, received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law and Courts section of the American Political Science Association for a lifetime of significant scholarship, teaching and service. Baum was cited for his path-breaking work on judicial behavior, substantive policy and court reform.

Geographer Receives Google Research Award

Daniel SuiDaniel Sui, professor and chair, geography, received a Google Faculty Research Award for his research proposal, “Modeling and Inferring Local Expertise." This project aims to develop new models and inference approaches for assessing local expertise in massive-scale social media. The award is for one year and Sui will be conducting the research with his collaborator, James Caverlee, Texas A&M.


Joe Incandela Presents Department of Physics’ 52nd Annual Alpheus Smith Lecture, Oct. 2 

Joseph IncandelaJoe Incandela, Yzurdiaga Chair in Experimental Science and professor of physics at UC Santa Barbara, presents And Then There Was Mass – from the Higgs to the Unknown, Thursday, Oct. 2, 8 p.m., 100 Independence Hall. In 2012, Incandela rocked the world by announcing the historic discovery of a new particle resembling the long-sought Higgs boson. Now, Incandela offers a unique insider's view of the Large Hadron Collider; the quest for the Higgs, its profound role in defining the structure and evolution of our universe, what recent data has shown and future implications. Lecture is free. Everyone welcome.  


Call for Summer Camp Proposals

The Department of African American and African Studies Community Extension Center is requesting proposals from faculty and advanced graduate students for its 2015 Summer Enrichment Program for rising 9th and 10th graders and for its 2015 Summer Residential Program for rising 11th and 12th graders. The day-program is one week, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the residential-program is two weeks – both programs held during June. Send proposals to Kevin Brooks by Dec. 1, 2014. 



OriginsRight in time for Thursday's (Sept. 18) vote for Scotland's independence, these easy to read, top 10 historical moments bring us up-to-speed on the historical background leading up to this monumental vote.


OSU Battelle Endowment for Technology & Human Affairs (BETHA): Proposals Due Nov. 25

BETHA proposals are due Nov. 25. Cost-sharing is not required but is viewed favorably by the selection committee. The college will provide matching funds equal to the amount provided by the PI’s department, up to a total match of $30,000. Requests for college support must include evidence of departmental support and be sent to Andrea Ward Ross by Nov. 14.

Faculty Research Expo

The Office of Research hosts the 2014 Research Expo, Tuesday, Sept 23, 9:30 a.m. – noon, in the Ohio Union. More than 50 exhibitors – research support services, research centers, institutes, core laboratories, shared resource providers and campus vendors – will be on hand to answer research-related questions and help with navigation of the Ohio State research enterprise. New Faculty Reception, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Chinese Cultural Awareness Workshop: RSVP by Sept. 19

The Office of International Affairs and the China Gateway host a Chinese Cultural Awareness Workshop, Thursday, Sept. 25, 12-3 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge. Learn from experts about ways Ohio State faculty and staff can effectively communicate and interact with people from China, both on campus and while conducting business abroad. Lunch included.

Challenge the Dean, Sept. 24!

CornholeThe ASC Staff Advisory Council Cornhole Tournament runs through Oct. 15 with games each Wednesday at noon on the Oval. Coming up: “Dean’s Challenge” with Dean Manderscheid, Sept. 24.


Assisting Disruptive or Distressed Individuals

The Office of Academic Affairs has revised the Guide to Assist Disruptive or Distressed Individuals. Additional coaching and training opportunities for effective responses are available, including training for helping students in distress and workshops on suicide prevention and dealing with disruptive/distressed individuals.


Sept. 18

Dr. R Keith Slotkin: Understanding the Epigenetic Regulation of Transposable Elements: What have we Learned in the Past Five Years?; 4:10 p.m., 155 Jennings Hall

Tracers Takes Over: Race Panel Discussion; 4:30 p.m., Hopkins Hall Gallery

Jazz at Mirror Lake; 5:30 p.m., Browning Amphitheater

Sept. 18 - Sept. 19

Barnett Symposium: Facets of Arts Entrepreneurship; 131 Sullivant Hall

Sept. 19

NEA Chair to Speak at Barnett Symposium; 10:15 a.m., Sullivant Hall

Dr. Lee Cronk: Generosity without debt: Need-based transfers and risk-pooling in human cooperation; 10:30 a.m., 4012 Smith Laboratory

Wolfram Technology Seminar; 2 p.m., 4138 Physics Research Building

CHR Seminar: Yannis Kotsonis, The State-Society Paradigm in Russia and Soviet Union: How the Modern State Taxed Its Population and in the Process Co-opted It; 2 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall

Tracers Takes Over: Feminist Rock Concert; 4:30 p.m., Ace of Cups, 2619 N. High St.

Sept. 20

Tracers Takes Over: Teen Poetry Workshop; 11 a.m., Hopkins Hall Gallery

Sullivant Hall Grand Opening; 12:30 p.m., Sullivant Hall

Sullivant's Travels, a site-specific journey though the mind of a building; 1 p.m., Sullivant Hall

Sept. 22

Former State Department Official to Speak on Rise of China; 3:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.

Musicology Lecture: Sam Barrett, University of Cambridge; 4:30 p.m., Room 205 18th Ave. Library

Faculty Concert: Kia-Hui Tan, violin; 8 p.m. Weigel Hall Auditorium

Sept. 23

Buckeye Book Community: Jeanette Walls Reading and Discussion; 7:30 p.m., Mershon Auditorium

Through Oct. 3

Tracers Takes Over; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through Oct. 31

Faculty Club Alumni Art Exhibition: Maria Alejandra Zanetta; The Ohio State University Faculty Club

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September 17, 2014
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Sullivant Hall Grand Opening Features Dance, Ribbon-Cutting, Open Houses

From world-premiere dances to motion-capture demos to open houses and remarks from university leaders, the Sullivant Hall Grand Opening on Saturday, Sept. 20, will be an afternoon of non-stop activities.

The ribbon cutting at 12:30 p.m. kicks off an afternoon of site-specific dance events conceived and directed by Stephan Koplowitz and open houses in the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD); the departments of Dance and Arts Administration, Education and Policy; and the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise. It’s all free!


Thomas Darrah, assistant professor, earth sciences, on fracking and tainted water study, Reuters, Sept. 16, 2014

Jim Fowler, assistant professor, mathematics, Fowler's calculus course via Coursera,  Forbes, Sept. 11, 2014

John Mueller, professor, political science, on whether we are spending too much on the fight against terrorism, CNN, Sept. 10, 2014


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