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Physicist Receives NSF Career Award to Aid Search for "Ghost" Particles

Amy ConnollyAmy Connolly’s recent five-year, $650,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will help support her search for high-energy neutrinos, a type of elementary particle, traveling at the speed of light, which can travel cosmological distances unabated, existing all across the universe. These are sometimes called “ghost particles” because they are very hard to find due to their remote chance of ever interacting with regular matter. Only sophisticated experiments can catch and measure their properties.


Smith-Shank Takes Part in World Summit for Arts Education

Debbie Smith-ShankDebbie Smith-Shank, chair, Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy, was selected to attend the World Summit on Arts Education 2013 – Polylogue II—in May, in Munich and Wildbad Kreuth, Germany. She will chair the Advocacy Committee for the World Alliance for Arts Education, and work with UNESCO to promote the arts in schools worldwide.

More Oscar News!

Matthew DerksenOhio State alumnus Matthew Derksen (1997, BFA, Art; 2004, MFA, Art), who studied at ACCAD, served as rigging supervisor on the Oscar-winning film Life of Pi, which snagged the Academy Award for best visual effects. Derksen works for Rhythm & Hues, which also created special effects for Snow White and the Huntsmen, The Bourne Legacy, The Hunger Games, and Django Unchained.

Science Café Spotlights Forensic Anthropology

OSU Libraries’ March 6 Science Café features anthropology PhD student Adam Kolatorowicz presenting, Forensic Anthropology: How the Science of Anthropology Can Help Solve Crimes, 6:30 pm, 090/070 Science and Engineering Library.


Early-Bird Registration Ends March 8; Wellness Innovation Challenge Announced

Early-bird registration rates for the inaugural Building Healthy Academic Communities Summit, April 22-23 at Ohio State, end March 8. This comprehensive conference on university health and wellness includes faculty and staff wellness; student wellness; and academic medical center health and wellness programming and research. 

Student/faculty teams are encouraged to enter the Wellness Innovation Challenge. Register for the challenge by emailing


Stone Lab Scholarships Available for Summer Classes

Stone LabStudents who want to take classes this summer at Stone Lab can apply for tuition assistance through the Stone Lab scholarship program. Application deadline: March 8.


Your Plan for Health (YP4H) New Incentive Program

The new YP4H website – – is now live. March-April, YP4H representatives give demonstrations during the YP4H Road Show. Full schedule/registration:

College of Public Health Lecture

Richard EllisMonday, March 18, 3 – 4pm, 180 Cunz Hall: Stress: a major component of academic life, yet no one talks about it. Richard Ellis (professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst) does, “Healing the stress of academic life.” 

History of Art Hosts Conference

The Midwest Art History Society will hold its 40th annual conference in Columbus March 21-23, hosted by the Department of History of Art with support from the Wexner Center for the Arts and Columbus Museum of Art. The conference in the Ohio Union features 23 thematic and open sessions, and keynote address by Charles Barber, University of Notre Dame.

Diabetes Prevention Study

Want to lose weight? At risk for diabetes? The OSU Worksite Diabetes Prevention Study is recruiting Ohio State employees ages, 18-65, to participate in a research study that includes 16 weeks of nutrition and exercise education. Please call 292-4772 or e-mail for more information.

CJRC Accepting Research Proposals

The Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC) is accepting proposals relating to research on crime and criminal justice for Faculty Seed Grants for July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. Full-time faculty are eligible for grants, from $10,000-$15,000. Deadline: April 26.

March 7

Through March 7

The Visit, by Friedrich Dürrenmatt; Thurber Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center

March 7-30


March 8

Literacy in the Arts Forum with Mark Shanda and More; 10 am, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.
SBS Diversity Postdoctoral Fellows Lecture; 12:30-1:30 pm, 248 Townshend Hall

Through March 15

COMPAS Call for Proposals; University Hall

Through May 31

Vulnerable Dreamers; Global Gallery, 1st Floor Hagerty Hall

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March 6, 2013

Junot Diaz

Pulitzer Prize Writer Junot Diaz to Speak on March 19

The 2013 President and Provost's Diversity Lecture features Pulitzer Prize author Junot Diaz, 4 pm, Ohio Union performance space. Diaz is professor of writing at MIT and author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. This event is co-sponsored with the Department of English.
In the News
Arts and Sciences undergraduates Balpreet Kaur (neuroscience) and Hana Strickland (political science), on receiving the Peace Award, Columbus Dispatch, February 28, 2013 
John Mueller, professor, political science, on the wasted dollars in homeland security spending, WBNS-10TV, February 28, 2013
STEM Initiatives, Breakfast of Science Champions, WCMH-TV, February 28, 2013
Matthew Stoltzfus, professor, chemistry, on landmark 100,000 iTunes U students enrolled for his chemistry course, Columbus Dispatch, February 28, 2013
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