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MAY 18, 2016 | TWEET!



Spring 2016 ASCENT

ASC faculty, students and alumni are going all kinds of places, crossing disciplines, breaking boundaries, forging collaborations, solving problems and advancing knowledge in all corners of the globe. Read more in the spring 2016 issue of ASCENT, the College of Arts and Sciences magazine.


New Third Pole Environment (TPE) Program: First in the Western Hemisphere

Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, professor of Earth sciences and research scientist, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, is co-founder of the Third Pole Environment (TPE) Program, a new research program office at Ohio State — and the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere — focusing on studying ice repositories on the Tibetan Plateau and surrounding mountains, a region referred to by scientists as the Third Pole. The TPE program currently has offices in Nepal and Beijing. Opening of the new TPE office (May 16) corresponds with the 6th Third Pole Environment (TPE) Workshop, organized by the TPE Program in Beijing and Ohio State’s new TPE Program.

The TPE program will provide a critical boost to the number of researchers with expertise in the Tibetan Plateau and will further strengthen Ohio State’s connections to its counterparts in Asia. The program’s sponsors include NSF; the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Women PhDs in Science and Engineering Earn Less than Men One Year Out

Bruce Weinberg, professor, economics, is co-author of a new study finding that one year after they graduate, women with PhDs in science and engineering fields earn 31 percent less than men. The pay gap dropped to 11 percent when researchers took into account that women tended to graduate with degrees in fields that generally pay less than fields in which men got their degrees. The rest of the pay gap disappeared when the researchers controlled for whether women were married and had children. The study appears in the May 2016 issue of the American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings.

Acetaminophen May Reduce Your Ability to Feel Empathy

Baldwin Way, assistant professor of psychology and member of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research; and Jennifer Crocker, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Social Psychology and professor of psychology, are co-authors of a new study finding that acetaminophen — the main ingredient in the painkiller Tylenol — can reduce empathy as well as serve as a painkiller. They conducted the study with Dominik Mischkowski, former Ohio State psychology PhD student, now at NIH. Their results were published online in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

What is Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s Real Crime?

Jay Zagorsky, research scientist, Center for Human Resource Research, examines Brazil President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment hearings and Brazil’s debt problem in The Conversation, May 13, 2016. The Conversation is an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, that’s free to read and republish.

Young Alumnus Spotlight: JM Rayburn

Alumnus JM Rayburn (BA; Portuguese, international studies; 2009) is co-founder of Forge Columbus, a local organization focused on civic innovation, urban planning and community development. He also is involved with sustainability initiatives, as well as Forge Ahead, a crowd-sourced transportation plan. He recently spoke with ASC about his involvement in Columbus and gave advice to others looking to have a meaningful impact in their city.

Earth Scientist Receives Mid-Career Award from International Professional Society, ISRS 

Andrea Grottoli, professor, Earth sciences, won the Mid-Career Scientist Award from the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS). Only one is awarded annually recognizing the research excellence of a mid-career scientist during the previous decade. Recipients automatically receive ISRS Fellow status. Grottoli will give an invited talk at the next International Coral Reef Symposium.


May Issue of Right Click Now Available

The May issue of Right Click, web news from ASC communications, is now available. Learn more about our new project to make sites more responsive; how to use Google Analytics; updates on U.OSU; website training and online resources. For questions and to submit topics for future newsletters, contact Eva Dale.

Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellowship Call for Submissions

The Whiting Foundation has invited Ohio State to participate in the Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship program. Successful applicants will outline a project that embraces public engagement and contributes to public understanding. A fellowship of $40,000 will be provided to fund six consecutive months of leave, and an additional stipend of up to $10,000 made available to cover costs, such as travel, collaboration, technology and training. Projects must have direct and significant impact on a specific public outside the academy. Preliminary proposals are due June 20. Contact Jeff Agnoli

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 read the 2016 Buckeye Book Community selection The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore.  ASC book circles meet twice during July over a brown bag lunch. Books provided by the college at no cost; however, copies are limited and distributed on first-come, first-served basis. Registration deadline: Monday, May 23, ASC Staff Book Circle. Questions? Contact Ann Rottersman.


Mobile Coffee Series: Burnt Into Memory, with Jo Radner

Join the Center for Folklore Studies and the Midwest Folklorists Retreat for a performance and talk-back by folklorist and storyteller, Jo Radner, who will present Burnt into Memory, a story based on oral history research into the devastating 1947 fire in Brownfield, Maine.

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.,
Ohio Union Traditions Room
RSVP to Afsane Rezaeisahraei.
This event is free and open to the public. 


Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, Earth sciences, on the global climate conference at Ohio State, NBC4i, May 16.
Bruce Weinberg, professor, economics, on women PhDs losing to men in the competition over salary, The Street, May 13.
Baldwin Way, assistant professor, psychology, on how popular painkiller may dull empathy, Washington Post, May 12; Discovery News.

Paul M. Sutter, cosmological research and community outreach coordinator, CCAPP, talking about NASA's exoplanet treasure-haul, May 11, WBNS10TV.



May 2 - 20

Creative Placemaking: The Heart of a Healthy City
Hopkins Hall Gallery, 128 N. Oval Mall
Gallery Hours

May 19 - 22

The Midwest Folklorists Retreat
Barnett Collaboratory, 141 Sullivant Hall
Various times

May 24 - July 9

Novas Històries, Ohio Art League 2016 Spring Juried Exhibition
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

May 24 - 25

ARTrepreneur Workshop: Create a Brand that Sells
The Steam Factory, 400 W. Rich St. 
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