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APRIL 13, 2016 | TWEET!




Five-year, $1,636,250 NIH Grant Supports Biochemist’s Work 

Marcos Sotomayor, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, just received a huge research boost: a five-year, $1,636,250 R01 grant from NIH/NIDCD (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders). This new grant funds his research group’s work on, “the Nano mechanics of Inner-Ear Hair-Cell Transduction,” and will allow them to focus on the molecular mechanics of inner-ear tip link proteins essential for hearing and balance.

Divisional Dean Recognized with Outstanding Professional Award

Janet Box-Steffensmeier, Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science and divisional dean, SBS, received the Outstanding Professional Achievement award from the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Women’s Caucus. The MPSA hosted a roundtable to honor and celebrate her important contributions to the discipline and profession. From 2011 to 2013, Box-Steffensmeier served as president-elect, president and immediate past-president of the MPSA.

Statistics and Microbiology Recognized for Efforts Toward Gender Equality

The Department of Statistics and the Department of Microbiology were recognized as top performers in the effort toward gender equality among faculty in the 2016 Status Report on Women at Ohio State (The Women’s Place). Statistics increased gender equity 27 percent between 2000 and 2015; microbiology experienced a 20 percent increase over the same period.

Faculty Advocate for Social and Behavioral Science on Capitol Hill

Julie Field (anthropology) and Darla Munroe (geography) participated in Social and Behavioral Science Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. Along with Linda Trautman (Ohio University) and Dan Newlon (former director, economics program, NSF), they met with staff from the offices of Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH). They discussed Ohio State research, NSF’s peer review process and the importance of maintaining social and behavioral science research in Ohio and at the national level. 

PhD Candidate to Attend World Congress in China

History of Art PhD candidate Elise David was selected from graduate students across the country nominated by their departments to receive a National Committee of the History of Art award. She will attend the 34th World Congress of the Comité international d'Histoire de l'Art (CIHA) in Beijing in September 2016, where art and cultural historians from all over the world will discuss ways of seeing, describing, analyzing and classifying art works.


April Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter

Highlights include a student’s internship experience at AEP Ohio; how to become Buckeye Certified, an incentive program to help students organize their career-prep activities and learn about Ohio State’s career and internship resources; the Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI); Counseling and Consultation Service’s support and workshops; and a new interdisciplinary team-taught course on climate change. Contact Ann Rottersman.

Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Meeting 

Jay Dahlman, a representative from Ohio State's Technology Commercialization Office (TCO), will hold open appointments Thursday, April 14, 8 a.m. to noon in 215 CBEC for faculty, staff, post-docs and students interested in innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship. Feel free to stop by or schedule an appointment with a TCO representative outside of the designated standing appointment time frame, by contacting


40 Under 40: Angus Fletcher

Angus Fletcher, associate professor, English, is among the “latest class of up-and-coming professionals and community leaders” chosen by Columbus Business First for its annual Forty Under 40 awards. Nominated by Debra Moddelmog, chair and professor of English, Fletcher and other honorees will be celebrated at a gala May 24 at Hollywood Casino Columbus and profiled in Columbus Business First’s May 27 issue. Ohio State’s Bernie Savarese, director of First Year Experience and a political science alumnus, also will be honored.

‘History of Rock ‘n Roll’ Named Best GE Course

In The Lantern’s recent “Best of OSU” online poll, students chose the three-credit-hour School of Music course, History of Rock ’N’ Roll, as Ohio State’s best general education course. In the entertainment category, students chose the “Back to the Future” show as the Best Ohio State Marching Band Halftime Show.


HIV Pecha Kucha: From Microbiology to Macro History

Join the STEAM Factory for an evening of HIV-themed Pecha Kuchas, Tuesday, April 19, 7-10 p.m., the STEAM Factory, 2nd floor, 400 W. Rich St. Pecha Kucha is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each, keeping presentations concise and fast-paced. Presentations will explore the HIV epidemic from both a historical and scientific perspective. Event is open to all. Refreshments will be provided.

Microsoft's Director of Data Science Initiative Here April 19

The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) hosts Kristin Tolle, director of the Data Science Initiative at Microsoft, for a presentation on “Collaborative analytics: Meeting global challenges through shared research and development," Tuesday, April 19, 4 p.m., Wexner Center Film/Video Theater. Tolle will discuss research collaborations that cut across industry, government and academia. Free/open to all. RSVP required.

27th Annual Walter C. Reckless-Simon Dinitz Memorial Lecture

On April 22 at 4 p.m., the Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC) and The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law will host Nancy Rodriguez, director of the National Institute of Justice — the Federal Government’s lead agency for criminal justice research and development — who will discuss how science can support the fair administration of justice and how researchers can be an instrumental part of criminal justice reform efforts. Find out more about the upcoming event.


Drum Major Tryouts

Drum major tryouts for The Ohio State University Marching Band’s 2016-2017 season will take place Sunday, April 24, at 1 p.m. The tryouts are open to the public and held at Harmon Family Football Park, adjacent to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center (2491 Olentangy River Rd.). Six candidates will vie for the positions of drum major and assistant drum major. The successful candidates will be announced at the conclusion of tryouts.

Fletcher Ponders Myths of the Academy

Richard Fletcher, professor, classics, is pondering deep questions as part of his multifaceted research project centered around the myths of Plato and supported by a Ronald and Deborah Ratner Teaching Award. He’s wondered, how do mythology and philosophy shape contemporary art? How can antiquities' ideas, symbols and myths be regenerated through the ages? Do Plato’s myths offer us a novel way to appreciate the role of the contemporary artist in the research university? Fletcher set out to explore answers to those questions by engaging local artists and 700 of his students in an evolving project and exhibition, Myths of the Academy, on view in Hopkins Hall Gallery through April 18.


Ohio State’s Sweeney Todd, a Demonic Dive into Thrilling Theater, Broadway World, April 11.
Paul Sutter, cosmological research and community outreach coordinator, Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics (CCAPP), on his partnership with local dance troupe, Columbus Dispatch, April 11.
Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR), is featured in the April 8 Columbus Dispatch.
Angus Fletcher, associate professor, English, on being named one of the Forty Under 40 Class of 2016, Business First, April 8.

Ryan King, associate professor, sociology, on why Americans are worrying more about crime, TIME, April 8.

Marilee Martens, associate professor, psychology (Newark), on her research on Williams-syndrome, Columbus Dispatch, April 8.

Christine Ballengee Morris, professor, arts administration, education and policy; on being inducted into the YWCA Women of Achievement, Columbus Dispatch, April 7.

To those involved in OSU show, ‘Sweeney Todd’ stands a cut above, Columbus Dispatch, April 7, 2016.
Jesse Fox, assistant professor, communication, on how female gamers face negative stereotypes which affect performance, Headlines & Global News, April 5.

Vittorio Merola, PhD candidate, political science, on whether data literacy can protect us from misleading political ads, Harvard Business Review, April 5.
Joanne Ruthsatz, assistant professor, psychology (Mansfield), on autism and prodigy, Headlines & Global News, April 5.

Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor, earth sciences, on his 61 expeditions to glaciers around the world - the Himalayas, the Andes and the mountains of East Africa, among other places, The New Yorker, April 4.


Through April 18

Exhibition: Myths of the Academy;
Hopkins Hall Gallery, 128 N. Oval Mall 
Gallery Hours

April, 12 - 14

16th Annual Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion & Disability;
See event for times and locations

April 14

University Band;
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

David Kastan, Shakespeare's Will;
Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
5 p.m.

April 14 - 21

Outdoor Jazz;
Browning Ampitheater
5:30 p.m.

The Coast of Illyria;
Thurber Theatre (Drake Performance and Event Center)
See show times in event

April 15

Philip Lutgendorf, Chai Why? The Making of the Indian National Drink;
168 Dulles Hall
10 a.m.

Festival of the Finest;
Wexner Center Plaza
12 p.m.

The Ohio State Sports and Society Initiative
Paying College Athletes
The Faculty Club 181,
South Oval Drive
8:30 a.m.

ACCAD Open House
3rd Floor of Sullivant Hall, 
1813 N. High St.
3-6 p.m.

2016 Huber Lecture: Anne Case;
140 Pfahl Hall
3 p.m.

2016 Shore Lecture featuring
Professor Clifford P. Kubiak
130 CBEC/CBEC Lobby
4 p.m.

April 16

Athletic Band Performs at Spring Game;
Ohio Stadium
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Men's Glee Club;
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

April 17

Women's Glee Club and University Chorus;
Weigel Auditorium
3 p.m.

Science Sundays: Sean B. Carroll, The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Nature Works & Why It Matters;
Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
3-4 p.m.

April 18

Moral Algorithms and Self-Driving Cars;
Wexner Center for the Arts, Film/Video Theatre
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Mary Hunter, Metronome Marks, the Composer’s Intention, and the Sense of the Work;
Room 205, 18th Ave. Library
4 p.m.

Gandhi, Yogic Self-Control and Food Justice;
Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 
1501 Neil Ave.
12 p.m.

Carol Padden, Discovering New Sign Languages Around the World;
220 Sullivant Hall
6 p.m.

April 19

HIV Pecha Kucha: From Microbiology to Macro History;
The STEAM Factory, 2nd floor, 
400 W Rich St.
7-10 p.m.

Project Narrative presents Andrew Piper on Of Topics and Topoi: Close Reading Distant Reading;
Hays Cape Room, Ohio Union (3rd floor) 
OR Senate Chamber Room, Ohio Union (2nd Floor)
4 p.m.

Microsoft's Kristin Tolle to Talk Collaborative Analytics;
Wexner Center Film/Video Theatre
4 p.m.

Gospel and Spiritual Choir;
Weigel Auditorium
8 p.m.

April 19 - May 7

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

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