Ohio State’s Acarology Summer Program Kicks Off 62nd Year, June 24

Hans KlompenOhio State’s three-week Acarology Summer Program, the world’s best and longest-running program of its kind, hosts approximately 26 people from 12 countries around the globe, June 24-July 12. Intensive workshops are taught by Hans Klompen, associate professor, evolution, ecology and organismal biology (EEOB), and director, Ohio State’s Acarology Laboratory; along with guest lecturers from the USDA and universities in Florida, Brazil, West Virginia, Washington, Michigan, and Russia.


Chinese Linguist Wins Young Scholar Award

Zhiguo XieZhiguo Xie, assistant professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, received the Young Scholar Award (YSA) for Best Paper in Chinese Linguistics from the International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL) at its 21st annual conference in Taipei, Taiwan. This award recognizes Xie's theoretical research on the interaction of possessive verbs and degree constructions. Xie is the first and only recipient of this award since 2010; he was shortlisted for the same award in 2009, while a PhD candidate at Cornell.

The Science of Language Impact Grant

The Science of Language Impact Grant
Shari Speer
, professor and chair, linguistics, along with Laura Wagner, associate professor, psychology, and Kathryn Campbell-Kibler, assistant professor, linguistics, received a $60,000, Impact Grant from Ohio State’s Office of Outreach and Engagement for their project, The Science of Language: Using Language Sciences to Promote Science Education at COSI. Project partners include the College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Science and Industry (COSI).

Geography Student Tapped for NSEP Boren Undergraduate Study Abroad Award 

Nathaniel HenryNathaniel Henry, a double major in geographic information systems and urban studies with minors in Chinese and economics, was selected for the 2013-2014 National Security Education Program (NSEP) Boren Undergraduate Study Abroad Award. Henry will study Mandarin Chinese at Peking University in Beijing, China. Boren Scholarships are funded by the NSEP, which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security.


Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureate 
Kenneth G. Wilson—1936-2013

Kenneth G. WilsonNobel Laureate Kenneth G. Wilson, who helped revolutionize the field of physics, then went on to transform the way physics is taught, died June 15, at his home in Maine. He was 77 years old. Wilson joined Ohio State’s Department of Physics in 1988 and retired in 2008. He had served as a member of Cornell University’s physics department since 1963. In the early 1960s and 1970s, Wilson resolved some of the most fundamental problems in theoretical physics, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1982. Then, Wilson turned his attention to revolutionizing K-12 math and physics teaching and believed Ohio State would be the best place in the country to build programs to do it.

Noted Entomologist/Ecologist Rodger Mitchell—1926-2013

Emeritus Professor Rodger Mitchell died Tuesday, June 11. He was 86. Mitchell was an entomologist, ecologist, and evolutionary biologist who made significant contributions to many diverse areas. Mitchell served in WWII and was awarded a purple heart for injuries sustained in the Battle of the Bulge. He joined Ohio State’s Department of Zoology (now a part of evolution, ecology and organismal biology) in 1969 and received two Fulbright scholarships for collaborative research and lecturing abroad. Following retirement in 1991, Mitchell continued to work in the Museum of Biological Diversity’s Acarology Laboratory. Contributions in his memory can be made to


Writers Talk features iTunes U bootcamp participants

Arts and Sciences faculty who attended the iTunes U bootcamp discuss their experiences on Writers Talk. Writers Talk, produced by the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing, interviews a wide variety of authors, faculty, and staff, focusing on how they produce text and communicate in a variety of genres. 

Being a PI at Ohio State - Roles and Responsibilities

A two-hour workshop, 10 am-noon, Thursday, June 20, in 200 Bricker Hall for researchers (faculty, research scientists, and postdocs) gives an overview of Office of Research educational programs, administrative services, and electronic tools to support researchers. Register online.

Grant Writing: An Introduction

An interactive workshop on grant writing, 10 am-noon, Wednesday, June 26, in 1080 Physics Research Building addresses similarities and differences between federal/state agencies and private foundations funding processes. Presenters include Dinessa Solomon, director, Foundation Relations, and Jeff Agnoli, Office of Research. Register online.

Postdoc Association: Career Development Series

Learn about non-traditional PhD careers and what it takes to transition from laboratory research to administration. Guest speakers: J. Marcela Hernandez, PhD, grad/STEM diversity director, and La’Tonia Stiner-Jones, PhD, MBA, graduate program manager, College of Engineering. Wednesday, June 26,  9-10 am, 105 Biomedical Research Tower.

Your Plan for Health’s Faculty/Staff Video Contest

Show your Buckeye pride and tell what you’re doing to be a Healthy Buckeye. Whatever your story, submit it in video format and inspire other Buckeyes. Deadline: July 19, 11:59 pm. Questions: or (614) 247-7120.


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2013 Pelotonia

Pelotonia 2013

As Pelotonia 2013 approaches, please remember the many ways funds raised by this annual event help researchers battle cancer. Read more about where the money goes and ways Pelotonia contributed to 11 new cancer research grants.


Richard Herrmann, professor and chair, political science, on the causes and ramifications of the protests in Turkey, WOSU 89.7 NPR News, June 17, 2013

Matthew Stoltzfus, lecturer, chemistry and biochemisty, on his iPad app-based course, Columbus Dispatch, June 15, 2013
Claudia Buchmann, professor, sociology, on how to bridge the male education gap, South Bend Tribune (Op-Ed), June 13, 2013
John Mueller, professor, political science, and Woody Hayes Chair Emeritus of National Security Studies; Mershon Center for International Security Studies, on the NSA and the terrorism threat, Foreign Policy, June 6, 2013


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