News and Updates
News & Research

Geneticist Discovers How Fruit Flies Got Their Wings

Amanda SimcoxAmanda Simcox, professor, molecular genetics, is lead author of a study that analyzed a cluster of cells present in the fruit fly’s first day of larval life. These connect to a gene known to be active in the embryo and the gene that triggers the growth of wings. The research appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Tiny Piece of RNA Keeps Embryonic Tissue Formation on Track 

Susan ColeSusan Cole, associate professor, molecular genetics, is lead author of a study showing the essential role a tiny piece of RNA plays in embryonic tissue segment formation. This piece of RNA regulates cyclical gene activity in the tissue segments that later become muscle
and vertebrae.

Historian Named “Top Professor” in Online Website 

Geoffrey ParkerGeoffrey Parker, Distinguished University Professor, Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History, and associate, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, was named a “top professor at affordable large public colleges” by Affordable Colleges Online.

English Alumna Wins Literary Prizes

Claire Vaye WatkinsAlumna Claire Vaye Watkins (MFA, English, 2011), assistant professor at Bucknell University, received The Story Prize, a $20,000 annual award for best short story collection; and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, for her debut short story collection, Battleborn (Riverhead Books, 2012).

Faculty Member to Have Busy Year

Harvey Graff, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies and professor of English and history, has been invited to present a keynote address at the 4th International Conference of Literacy and Written Culture, in Brazil, August 2014, and also speak at the Federal University of Minas Gerais and Federal Fluminense University, at Rio de Janeiro. Graff also has been named a Fellow of the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle, North Carolina, and a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, for 2013-2014.

Theatre Faculty Member Selected as Fulbright Scholar

Ana Elena PugaAna Elena Puga, assistant professor, theatre, was selected a 2013-2014 Fulbright Scholar. The award allows Puga to continue research in Mexico for a project that explores reliance on dramatic strategies in late 20th and early 21st century artistic and social performances featuring undocumented migrants—especially women and children—from Latin America.

Dance Alumna Named Hodder Fellow at Princeton

Pam TanowitzPam Tanowitz (BFA, dance, 1991) was awarded one of four Mary MacKall Gwinn Hodder Fellowships for the 2013-2014 academic year by Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. The fellowship is given annually to writers, composers, choreographers, visual artists and other artists who show exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton.

2012-2013 Arts and Sciences Faculty/GTA Awards

Ann McCoyAnne McCoy, professor, chemistry and biochemistry, received the 2012–2013 Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award for exceptional teaching, research, and service.  

Andrew MartinAndrew Martin, professor, sociology, received the 2012–2013 Honors Faculty Service Award for excellence in honors advising, instruction, committee work, and other honors initiatives and responsibilities enhancing the quality of education for ASC
honors students.  
Randolph RothRandolph Roth, professor, history, received the 2012–2013 Outstanding Teaching Award. Osei Appiah, professor, communication, was award finalist. This is the only faculty teaching award administered entirely by students from nomination to selection.
George ChowGeorge Chow, design, received the 2012–2013 Outstanding Graduate Associate Teaching Award. Jason Keiber, political science, was award finalist. This award is administered by the Arts and Sciences Student Council.

Reiner Rommel Receives Honorary Degree 

Professor Reiner Rummel will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree at Ohio State’s Commencement Ceremonies in May. Rummel is a world-renowned geodesist, scholar, and scientist, who conducted post-doctoral research (1974-1976) in the Department of Geodetic Science.

Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lecture Canceled

The 2012-2013 Arts and Humanities Inaugural Lecture with Lúcia Costigan on Wednesday, March 27, at 5 pm in the Faculty Club has been canceled.


SEL Gets a New Name

Beginning Monday, March 18, the Science and Engineering Library gets a new name—the 18th Avenue Library. The name change for the library, at 175 West 18th Avenue, was approved by the Board of Trustees late last year and is being implemented now. There are no service changes at the facility as a result of the name change, but customers using the Libraries’ catalog will now see “18th Ave” in the location information.

Office of Equity and Diversity Forum is
March 29

A. Wade Boykin, professor and director of the graduate program in the Department of Psychology at Howard University is the keynote speaker at this year’s forum, March 29, 11:30 am, 260 Ramseyer Hall. Boykin will speak on academic achievement, at-risk students, culturally responsive pedagogy and other important topics. RSVP required.

Leading Energy Scholar Visits Campus

Learn more about the world’s energy future from internationally recognized speaker and scholar, Daniel Yergin, April 2, 4 pm, Ohio Union. Reception follows. Yergin will sign his books, The Quest, a history of energy—from oil and gas to solar and wind—that animate the modern world; and his Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Prize, a dramatic story of oil and geopolitics. The College of Arts and Sciences is an event co-sponsor.

Ludden Lecture Welcomes Margaret Iversen

Margaret IversenThe Department of History of Art presents the 12th Franklin M. Ludden Lecture in Art History and Criticism, 4:30 pm Thursday, April 4. Margaret Iversen, professor, School of Philosophy and Art History, University of Essex, will talk on, Rubbing, Casting, Making Strange, 0001 Jennings Hall. Reception follows, 214 Pomerene Hall. Both free and open to the public.

CEOS Award for Women in STEMM

Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State (CEOS) Connect Award for Networking supports women scientists, mathematicians, and engineers in establishing professional networks. The CEOS-Connect Award offers grants of up to $5,000 to individual faculty members who are assistant or associate professors. The grant is designed to bring to campus a senior scholar of international reputation in the faculty member’s discipline, with a complementary visit of the faculty member to the senior scholar’s institution. Application deadline:
April 15.

March 21

Diversity Talk: Changing the Discourse, Changing Course; 1-6 pm, 11th Floor, Thompson Library

In Other Words: Foreign Language Center Poetry Day; 2-4:30 pm, Crane Cafe, Hagerty Hall
Achieving and Assessing Global Studies GE Learning Outcomes; 3-4:30 pm, 300 Younkin Success Center
Department of Design Hosts Lecture: Paul Benson; 5:45-6:45 pm, 014 University Hall
Career Night for History Majors; 7-9 pm, 168 Dulles Hall

March 21-23


March 21-24

The Society for 17th Century Music: 21st Annual Conference; Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St.

March 21-April 4

Undergraduate Juried Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

March 22

The Newberry Consort; Saint Joseph’s Cathedral, 212 E. Broad St.
17th Annual Severe Weather Symposium; 8 am-5 pm, 1050 Mount Hall on West Campus
Grading to Learn; 11:30 am-1 pm, 150 Younkin Success Center, 1640 Neil Ave.

March 24


March 25


March 26

Conversation About Faye Driscoll's "You're Me," 4 pm, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

March 27

Fair and Efficient Grading; 3-4:30 pm, 150 Younkin Success Center
Lavapies and Iberian Performative Spaces; 4 pm, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Rising Power: Cidade de Deus (City of God); 7-10 pm, 180 Hagerty Hall

Through March 30


See more events at

Red dotted line divider
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.
Communications Services
College of Arts and Sciences
The Ohio State University
1010 Derby Hall
(614) 292-8686

If you have information or announcements for News & Updates, please send an e-mail to News & Updates is published every Wednesday; deadline for content is Monday at noon.

March 20, 2013

David Saperstein and Marc Saperstein

The 25th Annual Pearl and Troy Feibel Lecture on Judaism and the Law

This year’s event features Rabbi David Saperstein, JD, and director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Rabbi and Professor Marc Saperstein, principal, Leo Baeck College, London, England to speak on Jewish Law and Changing Times, Sunday, March 24, 7 pm at the JCC of Greater Columbus, 1125 College Ave.
In the News
Peter Mansoor, associate professor, history; and Richard Herrmann, professor and chair, political science, on the costs of the Iraq invasion and occupation, Columbus Dispatch, March 17, 2013
Jeff Rogers, professor, geography, on the impact of global warming on storm systems, Chillicothe Gazette, March 17, 2013
Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on how violent videogames can cause stress in kids, PBS MediaShift, March 15, 2013
Ann Cook, professor, earth sciences, on the potential for undersea methane to create a new gas boom, NPR Morning Edition, March 15, 2013
Charles Emery, professor, psychology, on the science of snacking, Tri-Village Magazine, March 14, 2013
Hui Zheng, assistant professor, sociology, on why marriage may not always be good for your health, Healthland, March 14, 2013

Peter Hahn, professor and chair, history, on U.S.-Egyptian relations, Sanlian Lifeweek, a news magazine in China, March 13, 2013.
White dotted line divider with red globe

Visit New Arts and Sciences Websites

Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society:

Currently, Arts and Sciences Communications Services is supporting the development of over 100 websites.

View Portfolio and Current Work to see what sites will be going live soon.

The Ohio State University logoCopyright © 2013 Ohio State College of Arts and Sciences, All rights reserved.