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AUG. 19, 2015 | TWEET!



First Look at Brain's Memory Bank

Per Sederberg, assistant professor, psychology, is author of a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finding, for the first time, evidence of where the brain records the time and place of real-life memories.

New Arts and Sciences Website Goes Live

Yesterday morning the new Arts and Sciences website went live! The site is live but no announcements outside of the college are being made until the beginning of classes; this is considered the “soft launch” phase while link and content review and optimization continues. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to share with ASC Communications.

The new site shifts more focus to student-centered content to support student communications and recruitment, while also, working to more fully engage all of our key audiences; has been developed based on user analytics sight and insights learned through focus groups; and, is fully responsive for mobile viewing. Some key new additions on the site include: Explore our Programs; Facilities; Honors & Recognition; ASC Spotlights; Social Media Directory.



Call for Applications: ASC Associate Deans

As part of the ongoing, redefining of the leadership roles and structure in the college, divisional, associate and assistant deans are taking on college-wide roles that support particular areas of our academic mission. As a result, three recently-vacated associate deanships will be redefined and faculty appointed to new positions providing support to all of our academic departments and schools as part of a cross-functional team.

Executive Dean Manderscheid is now calling for applications from full professors in the college interested in serving as an associate dean. There are two positions open: Associate Dean for Research and Infrastructure (100% appointment) and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs (75% appointment). Please consult the full position descriptions (linked above) for further details.

Interested candidates should submit a CV and letter of interest to Linda Keith by Tuesday, Sept. 1.
Christopher Hill

Physicist Appointed Co-Manager of New, 10-Year CMS Project at CERN’s LHC 

In June, Physics Professor Christopher Hill was appointed co-manager of the U.S. CMS Phase 2 Tracker project, a critical component of a major upgrade to the CMS (one of two detectors discovering the Higgs boson) experiment, planned to take place over the next 10 years. The tracker project Hill manages is the largest single part of this effort. He will oversee scientific direction, work with funding agencies (DOE/NSF) and allocate funds to university/government laboratory collaborators.
Daniel Strunk

Study First to Confirm Value of Socratic Questioning in Treating Depression

Daniel Strunk, associate professor; and Justin Braun, doctoral student, psychology, are authors of a new — and the first — study to show that depressed patients see substantial improvements in symptoms when their therapists use a technique called, “Socratic questioning.” The study appears in an issue of the journal, Behaviour Research and Therapy. Strunk and Braun conduct their research with new patients in the department’s Depression Treatment and Research Clinic


Zhong Lin Lu

Psychology Professor to Share in $13.1 M, NSF BRAIN Initiative

Zhong-Lin Lu, professor, psychology, and director of the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging and the Center for Cognitive Science, is one of just a few research scientists across the U.S. selected to share $13.1 million for 16 new awards, part of NSF’s support for integrative, fundamental brain research and the BRAIN initiative. Lu and colleague, Mark Steyvers, professor of cognitive sciences, University of California, Irvine; will focus on “Understanding individual differences in cognitive performance: Joint hierarchical Bayesian modeling of behavioral and neuroimaging data.” 
John Olesik

Earth Sciences Senior Scientist Named Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow

Senior Scientist John Olesik, who directs the Trace Element Research Laboratory (TERL) in the School of Earth Sciences, was elected a 2015 fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for outstanding contributions to the advancement of chemical sciences. Established in London in 1841, the RSC has more than 51,000 members around the world. New RSC Fellows were announced in The London Times on July 24, 2015. 


Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) Announcement on Emails

As part of the Data Loss Prevention program, the OCIO will be implementing a new feature for emails sent from the Ohio State email service. Starting Aug. 24, 2015, emails will be scanned by pattern-matching software for sensitive data such as Social Security, credit card and BuckID numbers. Analysts will review emails identified by the software only to determine if a significant loss of restricted data has occurred and whether this loss was accidental or malicious. Questions may be sent to

Above and Beyond Buckeye Awards Enter Year Two 

The Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is launching year two of the Above & Beyond Buckeye Award, recognizing arts and sciences staff members who go above the call of duty and do great work each and every day. This year, award recipients will receive a $200 cash award. September nominations due Sept. 10. 

News and Updates Deadline and Guidelines

With the school year starting next week, we want to remind you that submissions for News and Updates are due each Monday, by noon. You can now send submissions via an online form on the new website, located at the bottom of the Faculty & Staff page, where you can also find our updated guidelines for the publication and other communications resources.

Michael Snyder

CAPS Computational Biology Laboratory Hosts Lecture, 8/28 

Michael Snyder, professor and chair, Department of Genetics, and director, Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine; presents, Personalized Medicine: Analysis of Complex Disease Using Integrative Omics, Aug. 28, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 170 Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute, 473 W 12th Ave. Lecture hosted by the Center for Applied Plant Sciences’ Computational Biology Laboratory.

Medieval and Renaissance Grad Association Call for Conference Abstracts

Ohio State’s Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Student Association is accepting abstracts for the third annual graduate conference, “Metamorphosis in Medieval and Renaissance Studies,” Oct. 23-24, 2015. Abstracts due Sept. 4.


Aug. 24-26

Department of Art Second Year MFA Exhibition: Everywhere is Here; Various locations

Aug. 25 to Nov. 7

Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Aug. 26

Microbiology Seminar: Matthew Sullivan; 4:10 p.m., 001 Jennings Hall

Through Oct. 16

Global Gallery Exhibit: Amadeo Modigliani; Hagerty Hall Lobby


Richard Gunther, professor emeritus, political science, on congressional gerrymandering, Miami Herald, Aug. 15, 2015

Matthew Sullivan, assistant professor, microbiology, on microbiota research, UPI, Aug. 15, 2015 

John Beacom, professor, physics and astronomy, on how astronomers confirmed the universe is dying, NPR, Aug. 10, 2015
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.
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