News from The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences
Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.
MAY 4, 2016 | TWEET!




Molecular Geneticist Leads Research Showing Some Sunscreens Might Delay Melanoma

BurdChristin Burd, assistant professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics, is principal investigator on a team finding application of SPF30 sunscreen prior to exposure to ultraviolet-B (UVB) light delayed melanoma onset in a mouse model. The work suggests the model could be used to identify new, more effective melanoma-preventing agents.

Jennifer Schlueter’s North Broadcast by the BBC

SchlueterJennifer Schlueter, playwright, director and associate professor of theatre, had her play North broadcast by the BBC on BBC Radio 4 as part of its “Afternoon Drama,” April 28; it also is available for download on BBC’s website. North, constructed entirely from the writings of The Little Prince author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and aviators Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, is an off-Broadway hit that tells the story of their meeting and its consequences.


English Professor Elected to African Literature Association

Adélékè Adéẹ̀kọ́Adélékè Adéẹ̀kọ́, Humanities Distinguished Professor, English, was elected vice president of the African Literature Association (ALA) and member of the ALA executive council. The ALA is an independent, nonprofit professional society specializing in worldwide efforts to support African writers and artists. 

OhioDance Honors Van Pelt Petry

Susan PetrySusan Van Pelt Petry, professor and former chair, dance, was honored at the 2016 OhioDance Festival and Conference, April 23, for her outstanding contributions to the advancement of dance education. The organization recognized her teaching contributions at dance programs over the past 30 years.


ASC Staff Advisory Council — Member Applications Deadline: May 30

The ASC Staff Advisory Council is currently accepting applications from ASC staff to serve on the council for the July 2016 to June 2018 term. Members promote a positive and innovative work environment, recognize and reward staff excellence, enhance staff professional development opportunities, and represent the needs and interests of staff. For more information, please email Brandy Williams.  

ASC Summer 2016 Staff Book Circle

Arts and Sciences staff are invited to participate in this summer’s ASC staff book circle. Book circle members will read the 2016 Buckeye Book Community selection The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore. ASC book circles meet twice at a brown bag lunch during July. The college provides the books at no cost; however, copies are limited and distributed on first-come, first-served basis. Registration deadline: May 23. Contact Ann Rottersman.

Undergraduate Recruitment Update Day: May 23

Join ASC Recruitment and Diversity Services (RDS) for its annual Undergraduate Recruitment Update Day, Monday, May 23, 8 a.m. to noon, Psychology Building Room 0002. ASC faculty and staff will explore topics and best practices in undergraduate recruitment and undergraduate recruitment activities and yield-results for the year. Dean Manderscheid and Steve Fink will kick off the event with discussions on the college’s Enrollment Plan, 2015-2020 and the importance of enrollment management for the college. For additional information, contact Chinwe Okpalaoka.

Partner with Ohio State’s Drug Development Institute

The Drug Development Institute (DDI) is a biotech-like institute looking to partner with Ohio State researchers interested in translational development who have novel therapeutics or technologies addressing an unmet medical need. The DDI is a team of industry-experienced scientists who can provide financial resources and strategic advice to help accelerate research from discovery to patient therapy. A pre-proposal questionnaire must be completed by May 16.

2016 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertations Awards

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and ProQuest have announced the 2016 Distinguished Dissertation Award competition. The fields for this year’s awards are: 1) Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering and 2) Social Sciences. Interdisciplinary dissertations are eligible with the stipulation that a major portion of the dissertation must fall into one of the disciplines in the two broad fields. The winner of each award will receive an honorarium of $2,000 plus travel expenses to attend the 2016 CGS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. 

Nomination forms, along with an abstract of the nominee's dissertation; three letters of recommendation; and the nominee's CV, should be emailed to Jennifer Rasor by May 24. 


English Professor Awarded Yale University Fellowship for 2016-17 Academic Year

Wendy HesfordWendy S. Hesford, professor and vice-chair, English, received Yale University’s Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery interdisciplinary fellowship at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, part of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. Hesford will be in residence at Yale during the 2016-2017 academic year where she will research, “Enslaved Girlhoods: Human Trafficking Law, Literature, and Abolitionist Rhetoric,” for her book-in-progress, Exceptional Rhetorics: Regulating Childhood and Children’s Rights. Hesford also will teach an advanced undergraduate seminar on a related theme.

Interdisciplinary Team Awarded NSF CNH Grant

Joy McCorriston, professor, anthropology (PI); Mark Moritz, associate professor, anthropology (co-PI); and Ian Hamilton, associate professor, evolution, ecology and organismal biology (co-PI) have been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the NSF Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Program, for their proposal, Pastoral Territoriality as a Dynamic Coupled System. A multidisciplinary team will recover and study proxy data on ancient environments and human societies in Dhufar, Oman. 

Margaret Newell Book Wins James A. Rawley Prize

Margaret NewellMargaret Ellen Newell, professor and vice chair, history, received the 2016 James A. Rawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians (OAH). The award, presented annually for the best book dealing with the history of race relations in the U.S., was given to Newell for her book, Brethren By Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery (Cornell University Press, 2015).

American Geographical Society 2016 Council Fellowship

Debangana BoseDebangana Bose, PhD scholar, geography, was awarded the AGS Council Fellowship by the American Geographical Society (AGS) for her dissertation research, “Forced Resettlement, Illegality and Everyday Life in Peri-urban Delhi in India.” The Council Fellowship supports AGS student members in their pursuit of geographical knowledge and is worth $1,000. In addition, AGS will promote Bose’s work and results through its activities and publications during 2016.


Biological Sciences Greenhouse Annual Fundraiser, May 5-6

Lack a green thumb? No worries. A variety of vegetables, herbs, foliage and flowers, grown by experts, are available 4-5 p.m., May 5; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 6 in the Biological Sciences Greenhouse, 332 W. 12th Avenue. Cash and personal checks accepted. Sales support greenhouse outreach activities.

View the Transit of Mercury, May 9, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Smith Lab Roof

For the first time in a decade, Earthlings can see Mercury pass across the face of the Sun. Mercury is so small a telescope and solar filter is required to see its black disk against the bright Sun. Ohio State’s Slettebak Planetarium’s telescopes to the rescue. View the transit safely and in style on the Smith Lab roof (174 W 18th Ave) May 9, 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Entire transit visible from Ohio (weather permitting). Don’t miss this rare celestial line-up!


Paul Beck, professor emeritus, on whether Kasich’s presidential campaign is over, WOSU, April 27 

Carter Findley, Humanities Distinguished Professor, history; review and Turkish translation of his book, Turkey, Islam, Nationalism, and Modernity (Yale UP, 2010), Cumhuriyet (Turkish daily), April 26

Treva Lindsey, assistant professor, women’s, gender and sexuality studies; on Beyoncé’s success as a black woman artist and her connections to the experiences of black women and black girls, NPR, April 25

Paul M. Sutter, cosmological research and community outreach coordinator, CCAPP, “Wolf-Rayet Stars: Sounds Like Sci-Fi, But Full of Sci-Fact,”, April 25

Lynn Itagaki, assistant professor, English, on the 1992 L.A. rebellion and racial burnout, Rising Up, April 18, Itagaki’s book, Civil Racism: The 1992 Los Angeles Rebellion and the Crisis of Racial Burnout.


Through May 7

Department of Art Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Projects Exhibition
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Closing Reception - May 7, 5-7 p.m.

May 11

Innovate Excellence Conference
Ohio Union
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

May 11-12

Barnett Symposium on the Arts and Public Policy
Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St.
See event listing for times

Through May 20

Creative Placemaking: Department of Design for the Barnett Symposium
Hopkins Hall Gallery
Closing Reception - May 7, 5-7 p.m.

If you have information or announcements for News & Updates, please submit online, or call (614) 292-8686. News & Updates is published every Wednesday; deadline for content is Monday at noon. Publication Guidelines 
Follow on Twitter   Friend on Facebook   Forward to Friend
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES  186 University Hall   230 North Oval Mall  Columbus, OH 43210
Copyright 2016, The Ohio State University, All rights reserved.
unsubscribe from this list   update subscription preferences