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AUG. 5, 2015 | TWEET!


Shawna Hollen, postdoctoral researcher at CEM

ASCENT: On the Very Edge of the Possible

The National Science Foundation’s six-year, $17.9M grant renewal for Ohio State’s Center for Emergent Materials, an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, funds audacious long-term studies of forward-looking new materials.


Scott Levi

Historian Wins Funding for NEH Summer Institute

Scott Levi, associate professor, history, is receiving $186,630 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to hold a 2016 NEH Summer Institute on "Central Asia in World History." Levi wrote the winning proposal and will serve as institute director. Twenty-five enthusiastic, dedicated teachers from across the country will be selected to take part in this intensive three-week program.

2015 Innovator of the Year Awards Nominations: Internal Deadline Aug. 14

The Office of Research has issued a call for nominations for the 2015 Innovator of the Year Awards; Arts and Sciences is permitted two nominations for each of the three categories. If you would like to nominate eligible faculty or students for these awards, please work with your department chair to submit a short nomination by Aug. 14. All submissions will be evaluated and full nominations will be prepared for submission to the Office of Research to meet their Sept. 15 deadline.


Mark Moritz

Anthropology Professor Receives NSF Grant

Mark Moritz, professor, anthropology, received a National Science Foundation EAGER (Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research) grant for “Modeling Coupled Herd and Household Dynamics in Pastoral Systems.” The project will focus on developing an agent-based model to examine the impact of the domestic cycle of households on the demography of family herds, and ultimately on regional livestock populations. 


Sept. 1 Deadline: Interdisciplinary Team-Taught Courses Application

Please encourage your faculty to apply for the next round of ASC grants supporting new interdisciplinary team-taught courses. The full Call for Proposals was sent to chairs and directors in May. Completed course proposals, including all of the required supplementary materials, must reach the ASCCAS (ASC Curriculum and Assessment Services) queue by Sept. 1, with the expectation that approved courses will be first offered during the 2016-17 academic year. Questions should be directed to Bernadette Vankeerbergen, director, ASC Curriculum and Assessment Services; or Associate Executive Dean Steve Fink.

DOE’s 2016 Early Career Research Program Funding Announcement

The Department of Energy (DOE) just released important information on the 2016 application process: Due date for pre-applications: Sept. 10, 5 p.m.; Encourage/Discourage Decisions: Oct. 8; Due date for Proposals: Nov. 19, 5 p.m. New this year: requirement for data management plans; proposals without the plan will be declined.  


Manuel Luis Martinez

English Professor American Book Award Winner

Manuel Luis Martinez, associate professor, English, is author of the new book, Los Duros (Berkeley and Floricanto Presses, 2014), selected for the American Book Award, for outstanding contribution to American literature. Maritnez will receive the award Oct. 25 in San Francisco. 
Michael Bevis

Earth Scientist Elected 2015 American Geophysical Union Fellow

Michael Bevis, professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar, Earth sciences, was elected to the 2015 class of American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fellows. This honor is given to AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and attained acknowledged eminence in the fields of Earth and space sciences. No more than 0.1 percent of AGU’s total membership is elected annually. New fellows will be recognized Dec. 16, during the 2015 AGU fall meeting in San Francisco. 


Aug. 7

Team Buckeye Breakfast; 8 a.m., Brenen's Cafe, in the Biomedical Research Tower

Aug. 11

Arts & Autism Conference; 9 a.m., Ohio Union & Sullivant Hall

Through Oct. 16

Global Gallery: Amadeo Modigliani; Hagerty Hall Lobby


Yiying Wu, professor; Mingzhe Yu, graduate fellow, chemistry and biochemistry, on their prototype of the new aqueous solar flow battery, Nanowerk, August 2, 2015

Dmitri Kudryashov, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, on new study, Science, July, 31, 2015

Data analytics major, on Saama Technologies announcement to participate in program, Columbus Business First, July 27, 2015

John Mueller, professor, political science, on the hidden cost of airport security, Canberra Times (AU), July 25, 2015

Jesse Fox, assistant professor, communication, on how the way women are portrayed in video games damages self-esteem and may trigger eating disorders, Today, July 24, 2015

Mark Hubbe, associate professor, anthropology, on the DNA of living and ancient people, Science, July 24, 2015

John Mueller, “Why the ISIS threat is totally overblown," The Week, July 24, 2015

C.K. Shum, professor, Earth sciences, on his research on the geology beneath the Tibetan Plateau, Live Science, July 24, 2015

Vlad Kogan, assistant professor, political science, on evaluating Ohio charter schools,, July 22, 2015

Eric Healy, professor, speech and hearing science, on hearing damage potentially caused by wind noise during motorcycle riding, NPR’s All Things Considered, July 7, 2015
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