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ASC Students
Dear Colleagues—
I wish each and every one of you the happiest of holidays and the brightest of New Years. I hope that you draw inspiration—as I do—from the joy that shines on our students’ faces.

David Manderscheid

David C. Manderscheid, PhD
Executive Dean and Vice Provost


Researchers Find Coastal Regions Important Component of Global Carbon Cycle 

James BauerJames Bauer, professor; evolution, ecology and organismal biology, is lead author of a new paper published in the December 5, 2013, issue of the journal, Nature, that finds coastal portions of the world’s oceans may absorb as much as two-thirds more carbon than they emitted in the preindustrial age. These coastal areas now appear to operate as one of several types of carbon “sinks,” and may help moderate global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide.


Anthropologists Talk Secrets of the Grave on Science LIVE

Clark Spencer Larsen, Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and professor and chair, anthropology; and Giuseppe Vercellotti, adjunct assistant professor, anthropology, will discuss their research on centuries of health and disease in Europe, from the Black Death of the 14th century to a cholera epidemic in the 19th, at the Abbey of St. Peter in Lucca, Italy, on Science LIVE, Thursday, December 12, at 3 pm. Join the discussion and submit questions on Thursday at 3 pm EST. Vercellotti and Larsen are leading an ambitious project to study 1,000 years of sickness and health in people buried since the year 1039 in one graveyard in Italy.


Evolution & Ecology Major Wins Semester at Sea Presidential Fellowship 

Dawn MusilDawn Musil, an undergraduate student in evolution, ecology and organismal biology, received a $30,000 Presidential Fellowship sponsored by the University of Virginia and Institute for Shipboard Education. As part of the fellowship, Musil will extend her research class project on women in STEM fields. She will spend a semester on board traveling around the world, participating in classes, and studying how culture and biology affect the choice of academic fields across nations. 


History of Art Professor Wins Book Award

Vision and the Visionary in Raphael bookcoverChristian Kleinbub, associate professor, history of art, was awarded the 2013 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities from the Council of Graduate Schools for his book, Vision and the Visionary in Raphael (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013). Kleinbub was nominated by Ohio State for the award in the Division of Arts, which encompasses art history, criticism, conservation, and music.


Outreach and Engagement Grant Info Session

Interested in submitting a proposal for a 2014 Engagement Impact Grant, OSU CARES/OSU Extension Seed Grant, or Service-Learning Grant? Attend an information session, December 16, noon to 1 pm, 110B Hale Hall, 154 W. 12th Ave. RSVP to Session also available live via webinar.


New SBS Finance Manager 

Maggie Merry, fiscal officer in the psychology department, will become finance manager for the social and behavioral sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean’s Office on January 6, 2014. Her office is 113C University Hall (292-5999). She replaces Tom Conrad who retired October 31. 


STEM Initiatives Launches New Website

Ohio State’s STEM Initiatives, a university-wide resource aimed at connecting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-based faculty, programs and departments with resources and support, has a new website that highlights its services, such as workshops and panel discussions centered on helping faculty write a winning NSF CAREER proposal.

Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award

This award recognizes full professors who have exceptional records in teaching, research, and service. Department Chairs may submit nominations of one of their faculty members. Nomination deadline: Friday, January 24, 2014.


Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award (New Award)

This award recognizes an individual in the College of Arts and Sciences (student, staff, or faculty) who has generously and unselfishly served others to promote equity, fairness, and equal opportunities for all members of the university community. ASC students, staff and faculty may submit a nomination. Nomination deadline: Friday, January 24, 2014.

Honors Faculty Service Award

This award recognizes excellence in honors advising, instruction, committee work, and other honors initiatives and responsibilities, which have enhanced the quality of education available to honors students in the liberal arts. Department Chairs may nominate one of their faculty members. Nomination deadline: Friday, January 24, 2014.


Human Nutrition Looking for Study Subjects

Dr. Richard Bruno, Department of Human Nutrition, is studying how dairy fat affects vitamin E absorption. He is looking for men and women between the ages of 18-40 years old of healthy body weight—and those who are at least 20 pounds overweight—to participate in a study. Participants must not be allergic or have any aversions to cow’s milk and soy milk. Participants completing the study can receive up to $400. More information:, or call (614) 292-0951.


Spring Writing Groups

The OSU Writing Center is forming Dissertation and Master’s Thesis Writing Groups (WG) for the spring 2014 semester. Because of their popularity last term, they will offer three dissertation groups and one master’s thesis group, held on the following days/times once per week starting the second week:
  • Dissertation WG 1: Tuesday 11-12 in 4108 Smith Labs;
  • Dissertation WG 2: Tuesday 1-2 in 4108 Smith Labs;
  • Dissertation WG 3: Wednesday 11-12 in 4108 Smith Labs;
  • Master’s Thesis WG: Friday 12-1 in 4108 Smith Labs.
Sign up online.


Sexuality Studies New Faculty Lecture Series 2014

Sexuality Studies will host a spring lecture series featuring new faculty working in the field of sexuality studies. Topics include Black lesbian politics and Hip Hop; the history of sexuality, same-sex families and health research; and the face of the ex-gay movement in the U.S.


Through December 14

Department of Art Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Projects Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.


December 14

MOOCulus and XiMeRA, Transforming Online Education; 11 am, 400 W. Rich St.

Data Sculpture, Visualizing "BIG DATA;" 11 am, 400 W. Rich St.

Department of Art Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Projects Exhibition Reception; 6-8 pm, Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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December 11, 2013
Ellen and Lonnie Thompson

Distinguished University Professors Awarded Joseph Sullivant Medal

Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, professor of geography and director of Ohio State’s Byrd Polar Research Center; and Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, professor of Earth sciences and senior research scientist, Byrd Polar Research Center, will be honored with the Joseph Sullivant Medal during Ohio State’s autumn 2013 commencement on Sunday, December 15, for their scholarship and dedication to the university. The Joseph Sullivant Medal was established in 1920 with a fund endowed by Thomas C. Mendenhall, an Ohio State professor of physics. The Sullivant Medal is awarded every five years and recognizes individuals for notable achievement.


Jenny Robb, curator, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, on how supersized cartoon library welcomes ‘all geeks and dorks,’ NPR, December 10, 2013

Barry Shank, professor and chair, comparative studies, on holiday card giving, Washington Post Opinions, December 6, 2013

Jocelyn Smallwood, senior, international studies, the first African-American woman in history to dot the “i” for the Ohio State University Marching Band and the first woman to dot the “i” during a Michigan game, Columbus Dispatch, December 6, 2013


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