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APRIL 22, 2015 | TWEET!


Henry Tran, Lucas Beaufore and Alexis Crockett

2015 Ohio State Goldwater Scholars All ASC Students

Three Arts and Sciences students were recognized by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Alexis Crockett and Henry Tran were named 2015 Goldwater Scholars. Lucas Beaufore received an Honorable Mention.


Psychology Professor Part of Largest Behavioral Treatment Study Ever Done in the Field of Autism

LecavalierLuc Lecavalier, professor, psychology and psychiatry, is part of a team of research scientists who have published a new study finding that for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 24-week parent training program is superior to parent education for reducing disruptive behavior. This is the largest randomized control trial ever done in the field of autism when it comes to a behavioral intervention. The study, published in the April 21, 2015 JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), included central Ohio families.

We Honor Our Own: ASC Annual Spring Recognition Reception

AwardOn April 13, ASC faculty members and graduate students were recognized for exceptional mentoring, service, teaching and scholarship during 2014. Dean David Manderscheid presented the Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award to Terri Fisher, professor, psychology, and Mansfield campus assistant dean; the Honors Faculty Service Award to Professor Olli Tuovinen, microbiology; and the Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award to Professor Allison Snow, EEOB. Wendy Hesford, English, received the Outstanding Teaching Award (Finalist: Kenneth Koenig, mathematics); and Krista Cunningham, chemistry and biochemistry, the Outstanding Graduate Associate Teaching Award (Finalist: Mary Rhollans, mathematics). The teaching awards are administered by the Arts and Sciences Student Council and were presented by Student Council officers Ginamarie Shrader and Leila Khamees


ASC Student Selected Beinecke Scholar

Nima DahirNima Dahir, a junior honors student majoring in economics and mathematics, has been named a 2015 Beinecke Scholar. The Beinecke Scholarship is awarded to 20 students nationwide who have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise. The award provides $34,000 to support graduate studies.

Microbiology Honors Student Awarded Truman Scholarship

DaneshDavid Danesh, a junior majoring in microbiology, has been awarded a Harry S.Truman Scholarship, which provides up to $30,000 for graduate study. The Truman Foundation awards scholarships to students who have demonstrated commitment to a career in public policy or public service. Danesh was one of 58 selected for the scholarship from a pool of 688 nominated applicants. 

History Professor Receives Top French History Prize

Alice Conklin Alice Conklin, professor, history, received the 2014 David Pinkney Prize of the Society for French Historical Studies, for her book, In the Museum of Man: Race, Anthropology, and Empire in France, 1850-1950 (Cornell University Press). This is the second year in a row that the Department of History has been recognized with the leading prize in French history.  

2015 University Outreach and Engagement Recognition Awards

Angela Bryant, assistant professor, sociology (Newark), earned the Distinguished Service-Learning Award and is one of three finalists for the University Outreach and Engagement Award, for her work in designing the course, Corrections: An Inside Out Course, an experiential learning class that includes Ohio State and incarcerated individuals in classes at the Southeastern Correctional Complex. Lainie Rini, an undergraduate majoring in geography and women’s, gender and sexuality studies, received the Undergraduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Service. Rini has been involved with community organizing since her first year at Ohio State, working on matters related to labor rights, equal educational opportunity, environmental justice and more. 


Pelotonia Undergraduate Fellow Presenting in Washington

Rashmi BorahRashmi Borah, a Pelotonia Undergraduate Fellow majoring in microbiology and philosophy, represents Ohio State undergraduate research at the19th Annual Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C., April 23. Borah — the only student selected from Ohio State to attend — will present her research work, “Prophylactic Organ Removal as a Means of Cancer Prevention: A Programmatic Analysis of Relevant Ethical Considerations,” before members of Congress.

Caravans: Indian Merchants on the Silk Road

Scott LeviScott Levi, associate professor, history, gives a presentation based on more than 15 years of work, culminating in his new book, Caravans: Indian Merchants on the Silk Road (Penguin, 2015), Thursday, April 30, 5:30-7 p.m. Ohio Union, Cartoon Room 2. More than a century ago, Russian Orientalists advanced a number of erroneous assumptions about Central Asian history that even today remain embedded within the “Silk Road” paradigm.  Levi shows how recent work in Indian history demonstrates the need to rethink longstanding ideas and approach historical work on the Silk Road with a critical perspective. The history department’s Clio Society promotes life-long learning of history.

Book Looks at Music in the Cold War

Fossler-LussierDanielle Fosler-Lussier, associate professor, music, has written a new book about the thousands of musicians from the U.S. who traveled the world during the Cold War, sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Cultural Presentations program. Their performances – from classical and folk to blues and rock ‘n’ roll – competed with those of traveling Soviet and Chinese artists, enhancing the prestige of American culture. The official release date of Fosler-Lussier’s book, Music in America’s Cold War Diplomacy (University of California Press), is May 1.

Registration Open for Undergraduate Recruitment Update Event 

ASC Recruitment and Diversity Services hosts the annual Undergraduate Recruitment Update Day, May 28, 8:30-11 a.m. for faculty and staff to explore topics and best practices in undergraduate recruitment and learn about undergraduate recruitment activities and yield results for the year. Registration is required


ASC Regional Campus Faculty Awarded Grants 

Ten ASC regional campus faculty members received grants up to $2,000 in the spring 2015 Regional Campus Faculty Research/Creative Activity grant competition: Jacqueline Augustine, EEOB, Lima; Meiyu Hsieh, history, Marion; Mark Kleffner, Earth sciences, Lima; Jan Lang, mathematics, Marion; Marilee Martens, psychology, Newark; Daniel Matthews, theatre, Lima; Michael Reagon, EEOB, Lima; Syed Rizvi, mathematics, Lima; Aurel Stan, mathematics, Marion; Ryan Yoder, chemistry and biochemistry, Marion.

ASC Staff Professional Development Grants: Deadline May 1 

College of Arts and Sciences staff members are encouraged to apply for professional development funding. For additional information, eligibility and the online application, please visit: Staff Professional Development Grants.


April 23

Maximilian Schich, A Network Framework of Cultural History; 12:30 p.m., 168 Dulles Hall

Andrew Zimmerman, The American Civil War as an International Revolution: A radical trip down the Mississippi River; 4 p.m., George Wells Knight House, Humanities Institute, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Wind Symphony; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

April 23-26

Ann Hamilton and SITI Company: the theater is a blank page; Mershon Auditorium

Through April 24

Shakespeare's Richard II; Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave.

April 24

Cristina Adams, Moving towards or away from sustainability?: Traditional food production systems in transition in Brazil's Atlantic Coast Forests; 10:30 a.m., 4012 Smith Laboratory

ASCTech Showcase; 11:30 a.m., 142/160 Hagerty Hall

Americas Before 1900 Working Group; 4 p.m., George Wells Knight House, 104 East 15th Ave.

Symphony Orchestra: Concerto Concert; 8 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

April 24-27

Spring Holofest Exhibition; 0006 Smith Lab

April 25

Marching Band Drum Major, Brutus Buckeye Tryouts Open to Public; 1 p.m., Lincoln Tower Turf Field

ASC 2.0: Rediscover the Arts and Sciences; 8:30 a.m., CBEC Building, 151 W. Woodruff Ave.

April 26

First-Year Undergraduate String Orchestra and University Community Orchestra; 3 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

April 27

Michael Lynch: “Who Wants to Know?” Privacy and Autonomy in the Age of Big Data; 12 p.m., Collaboratory, Barnett Center, 131 Sullivant Hall

English Awards Ceremony; 4 p.m., Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Rd.

April 27 to May 1

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

Through May 2

Faculty Club Art Exhibit; Faculty Club, 181 S. Oval Drive

Through May 7

Kimono Exhibit; Hagerty Hall Lobby

Through May 9

Department of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Projects Exhibition; Urban Arts Space

Through July 5

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

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Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch: “Who Wants to Know?” Privacy and Autonomy in the Age of Big Data

Lynch is professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, where he directs the Humanities Institute. He will speak on Monday, April 27, 12-1:30 p.m., in the Barnett Center Collaboratory, 141 Sullivant Hall. 



Michael Neblo, associate professor, political science, “Can Members of Congress Change Your Mind?, Politico Magazine, April 19, 2015 

Koritha Mitchell, associate professor, English, on how the deaths of unarmed Black men revive ‘anti-lynching’ plays, NPR, April 17, 2015 

Erik Nisbet, associate professor, communication, on media freedom and government censorship in Turkey, Today’s Zaman, April 17, 2015 

Andrew Gould, professor, astronomy, on microlensing experiments detecting planets, Christian Science Monitor, April 16, 2015 

Lee Martin, professor, English, on the value of a creative writing degree, The Guardian, April 16, 2015 

Geoffrey Durso, doctoral student, psychology, on how Acetaminophen reduces not only pain, but pleasure, too, CNN, April 15, 2015 

Peter Hahn, professor and chair, history, on mission in Iraq far from accomplished, Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune, April 14, 2015 

Hollie Brehm, associate professor, sociology, on how to deal with a million suspects in the Rwanda genocide, The Conversation, April 7, 2015
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