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APRIL 29, 2015 | TWEET!


Chase Ledin

Gender-Inclusive Housing Initiative Inspired by Undergraduate Research

Chase Ledin (BA, English, 2014) has been instrumental in Ohio State’s process of implementing gender-inclusive housing, which allows people of many genders — specifically students who identify as LGBTQ — to have safe and supportive residential spaces.


Arts and Sciences CIO Appointed

Timothy Smith Timothy Smith has been appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the College of Arts and Sciences; he has been serving as interim CIO since July 2014. He will be responsible for the technology services, support and operations that support the strategic goals of the college. Smith began his career in 1994, providing technical support for the College of Humanities. Prior to his appointment as interim CIO, Smith was director, Infrastructure, Operations and Application Development for Arts and Sciences.

Researchers from Ohio State/UK Study How Music Brings People Together

Music Ohio State Cognitive ethnomusicologists Udo Will, Ira Wertheim and Eric Berg, music; collaborated with Martin Clayton and Laura Leante, Durham University, UK, to study the social power of music, or how music brings people together. Their findings were published in early April in the international, peer-reviewed online journal Plos One.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects 2015 Members

AAAS Some of the world's most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities and the arts have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among those elected this year are Tin-Lun Ho, Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and Roger Ratcliff, Distinguished Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 10, 2015, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Ohio State Astronomer Appointed to NASA Advisory Council

Bradley Peterson Bradley Peterson, professor and chair, astronomy, has been appointed to serve a two-year term as member of the NASA Advisory Council and chair of its Science Committee, effective May 1, 2015. The council reports directly to the NASA administrator and is the senior advisory body assisting in addressing important program and policy matters related to the U.S. space program.

Psychology Professor Identifies Strong Predictors of Obesity

Charles Emery Charles Emery, professor of psychology, is lead author of a new study identifying two strong predictors of obesity: having low self-esteem related to one’s weight and keeping food visibly available around the house, outside the kitchen. The study is published in the International Journal of Obesity. Study co-authors include KayLoni Olson, Victoria Lee and Andrew Bodine of the Department of Psychology.

Autism and Prodigy Share a Common Link 

Joanne RuthsatzJoanne Ruthsatz, assistant professor, psychology, Ohio State Mansfield, is lead author of a new study revealing the first evidence of a genetic link between prodigy and autism. Study co-authors are Stephen Petrill, professor, psychology; and Ning Li and Samuel Wolock of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The study appears online in the journal Human Heredity.


Physics Doctoral Candidate Receives AAAS Mass Media Fellowship

Andrew Berger Andrew Berger, who receives his PhD in physics at May Commencement, has been selected a 2015 AAAS Mass Media Fellow. Berger, a member of the Center for Emergent Materials where he conducted his graduate work with Physics Professor P. Christopher Hammel, joins the staff at Discover Magazine this summer. These fellowships, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, are highly competitive and provide real-world training for scientists who want to learn how to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. 

2015 ASC SAC Staff Award Recipients

ASC Blue Ribbon On April 21, six arts and sciences staff members were recognized for demonstrated, sustained excellence in overall job performance and for improving or enhancing work life and services of faculty, staff, students and/or the university. Each award recipient receives a $1,000, one-time cash award and a $500 increase to his/her base salary:  Stephanie Fowler, fMRI business manager, Department of Psychology; Michael Kaylor, director, Arts and Sciences Technology Services; Tiffany Quattlebaum, fiscal manager, Department of Psychology; Karen Royce, academic advisor and staff assistant, ASC Advising and Academic Services and School of Earth Sciences; Eddie Singleton, director, First Year Writing Program, Department of English; and Kris Wethington, academic advisor and staff assistant, ASC Advising and Academic Services.

Physics Professor Named 2015 Simons Fellow

Nandini Trivedi Nandini Trivedi, professor, physics, has been named a 2015 Simons Fellow. She is one of only 14 nationwide. The Simons Foundation’s Simons Fellows Program in Theoretical Physics was initiated in 2012 to fund outstanding research faculty for up to a semester of research leave. The fellowships make it easier to take such leaves, or to extend sabbatical leaves by an extra half year, enhancing opportunities for increased creativity and discovery.

History Department Books Win Top Prize in French History Two Years Running

The Society for French Historical Studies awarded the 2015 Pinkney Prize for the best book in French history to A World of Paper: Louis XIV, Colbert de Torcy and the Information State (McGill-Queen’s University Press), by the late John C. Rule, professor, history; and Ben S. Trotter, who periodically lectures in history. In 2014, the Pinkney Prize was awarded to History Professor Alice Conklin’s book, In the Museum of Man:  Race, Anthropology, and Empire in France, 1850-1950 (Cornell University Press).


New Drum Majors Named

2015 Drum Majors The Ohio State University Marching Band has named a new head drum major, Nathan MacMaster, and new assistant drum major, John LaVange, for the 2015 season. Tryouts were held Saturday, April 25, in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The event was held for the first time alongside tryouts for the popular Brutus Buckeye mascot.

University Sustainability Goal Development 

President Michael V. Drake and Provost Joseph E. Steinmetz have charged the President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability to develop strategic sustainability goals to make Ohio State a global model of sustainable operations and practices. Four workgroups of the council are seeking input from faculty, staff and students to recommend sustainability goals in each of the university’s overarching core goals: teaching and learning, research and innovation, outreach and engagement and resource stewardship.

Byram Publishes Book

Katra Byram Katra Byram, assistant professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures, has published a new book, Ethics and the Dynamic Observer Narrator: Reckoning with Past and Present in German Literature (Ohio State University Press).This innovative study examines narratives in which a narrator tells a story about another individual in order to come to terms with his/her own past. 

Donations for Victims of Nepal’s Earthquake

The Nepalese Student Organization will be collecting donations for victims of Saturday's massive earthquake. Members will be in Hagerty Café all day Wednesday, April 29. Contact Sweta Shrestha.

Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) Poster Symposium, May 7 

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) invites Ohio State’s plant community to a Poster Symposium, Thursday, May 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m., 11th Floor, Thompson Library. Refreshments and display of current research conducted by CAPS’s Scientific Teams and Graduate Program. More information, contact Joanna Gardner

ASC Staff Advisory Council — Call for Applications, Deadline: Friday, May 8

The ASC Staff Advisory Council is accepting applications from ASC staff to serve on the council for the July 2015 to June 2017 term. Council highlights this past year: homecoming cookout and corn hole tournament, Operation Brownie and Above and Beyond Buckeye monthly awards. Members promote a positive, innovative work environment; recognize and reward staff excellence; enhance staff professional development opportunities; and represent the needs and interests of staff. 

ASC Summer 2015 Staff Book Circle Registration Deadline: Friday, May 8

Arts and Sciences staff is invited to participate in this summer’s ASC staff book circle. Book circle members will read the 2015 Buckeye Book Community selection, The Good Food Revolution by Will Allen. ASC book circles meet twice during July. Participating ASC staff members receive books provided by the college at no cost. Questions: contact Ann Rottersman.


School of Music Earns Leadership Award

Ohio State is the winner of the 2015 ASTA Institutional Leadership Award of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). 2015 marks the award’s first year, which recognizes institutions offering exceptional instruction in string education. The School of Music's program was selected from a group of extremely qualified nominees. In addition to current ASTA membership, programs must have an active ASTA student chapter; K-12 teacher education and studio pedagogy classes taught by string specialists; demonstrated community outreach; an impact on education and performance of recent graduates; and string-related research published by faculty. 


April 30

Nicholas Kawa, Envisioning Sustainable Agriculture in Uncertain Times: Perspectives from Amazonia and the American Midwest; 10:30 a.m., 0125 Scott Laboratory

Hal Brands, Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order; 3:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave.

Clio Society Presents: Dr. Scott Levi, Caravans: Indian Merchants on the Silk Road; 5:30 p.m., Cartoon Room 2, Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St.

Confronting the Childhood Bullying Epidemic in Ohio; 7 p.m., WOSU@COSI, 333 W. Broad St.

April 30 to May 2

Non-Coding RNAs: A New Frontier in Biomedical Research; Various locations

Through May 1

Pilot Wave: Department of Art, Art + Technology Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

May 1

Preventing Suicide in Ohio; 8 a.m., Ohio Union Performance Hall

Through May 2

Faculty Club Art Exhibit; Faculty Club

May 6

12th Annual James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture; Archie Griffin West Ballroom, Ohio Union

Through May 7

Kimono Exhibit; Hagerty Hall Lobby

Through May 9

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

Through July 5

Manga Exhibit: "World of Shojo Manga: Mirrors of Girls’ Desires!”; Billy Ireland Cartoon Library

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Bio Sci Greenhouse Plant Sale Fundraiser

The annual Biological Sciences Greenhouse Plant Sale Fundraiser makes it easy for those lacking green thumbs or the time to start their own veggies, herbs, flowers. Swing by the Biological Sciences Greenhouse at 332 W. 12th Ave., May 7, 3-5 p.m. or May 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get a head start on your garden and support this amazing facility.



John Guilmartin, professor, history, on what, if any lessons, the U.S. learned from Vietnam, Columbus Dispatch, April 26, 2015

Joanne Ruthsatz, assistant professor, psychology (Mansfield), on the genetic link between prodigy and autism, Columbus Dispatch, April 26, 2015

Kristi Williams, associate professor, sociology, on the decline in marriage rates and poverty, Boston Globe, April 24, 2015

Lilia Fernandez, associate professor, history, on Chicago’s early Mexican settlements, Curbed Chicago, April 22, 2015

Luc Lecavalier, professor, psychology and psychiatry, on how parents who teach coping techniques to autistic children see improvements, Columbus Dispatch, April 21, 2015
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