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2013 Arts and Sciences Alumni Awards 

The College of Arts and Sciences 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner April 26 gave us an opportunity to recognize and honor some of our outstanding alumni. Their accomplishments are tangible evidence of the distinction of arts and sciences alumni:

Distinguished Achievement:

Kimberly JacobsKimberley Jacobs (BA, sociology, 1979) appointed Chief of the Columbus Division of Police, in April, 2012, became the first woman to head the division. She is one of only a handful of women police chiefs in major metropolitan areas and is the first who is an open member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community. {Watch Video}
Dennis LiottaDennis Liotta (postdoctoral research fellow, chemistry, 1974-76), the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Chemistry at Emory University, is co-inventor of several of the world's most successful and commonly used anti-HIV/AIDS drugs. {Watch Video}


Distinguished Service Award:

Jack and Zoe JohnstoneJack (PhD, musicology, 1984) and Zoe (honorary alumna) in 2000 established the Johnstone Award for Excellence in Musicology as an endowment fund for the School of Music. Spurred by a desire to stimulate the long-term health and vitality of the woodwind area, they also established the Johnstone Woodwind Master Series—just two examples of their extraordinary generosity and ongoing support of the School of Music. {Watch Video}

History Professor Part of Four-year, Multi-national Collaborative Project Funded by Leverhulme Trust

Nicholas BreyfogleNicholas Breyfogle, history, is one of six researchers from six institutions in the United States, Great Britain, and Russia to receive funding from the Leverhulme Trust to collaborate on an unprecedented four-year multidisciplinary project at three significant ecological field sites in Russia. Their mission is to rethink how we understand the environmental history of Russia/Eurasia.

Ohio State, Smucker’s Partner at CAPS

Erich GrotewoldOhio State’s Industry Liaison Office and the Technology Commercialization and Knowledge Transfer Office created a sponsored research project with the Orrville, Ohio-based J.M. Smucker Co., whose many brands include Folgers coffee. Looking for a team to conduct innovative research on coffee, they turned to the Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS). "The formation of an Opportunity Team within the Center for Applied Plant Sciences to work with Smucker's scientists to accelerate post-harvest coffee research is at the core of CAPS' mission to find practical solutions to challenging problems," said Erich Grotewold, CAPS’ director and professor, molecular genetics; and horticulture and crop science.

Anthropology Professor Receives Award

Doug CrewsDoug Crews, professor, anthropology, was selected to receive the Grand Prize Award of 2012 from the Japan Society of Physiological Anthropology for his article, Allostatic load among elderly Japanese living on Hizen-Oshima Island, published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology.


Graff Gives Lecture at University of California

Harvey GraffHarvey J. Graff, professor, English and history, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies, gave a lecture, Literacy Myths, Legacies, and Lessons, to the Graduate School of Information Sciences, University of California-Los Angeles, April 25.

New Brand Guidelines: Logo and more

On May 1, via OSUToday, the university will kicked off rollout of comprehensive brand guidelines. They reflect university-wide collaboration and extensive qualitative and quantitative research. These guidelines are the tools we will use to create consistent materials and messaging to further our commitment to One University. Full application of new standards will expected to be phased in over the next 18 months. Please contact ASC Communications Services for help to interpret and apply these new guidelines.

$20 Tickets Available for Julius Caesar on May 1 and 2

Special $20 tickets are offered for the two opening performances of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Julius Caesar, Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 pm, and Thursday, May 2, 8 pm, at the Southern Theatre. The highly praised production of Julius Caesar is presented by Ohio State and CAPA, and is directed with a new twist by RSC artistic director Gregory Doran, who set the political thriller in contemporary Africa. For these tickets, use the password BRUTUS. Supply limited; fees and restrictions apply. Does not apply to previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with other offers.

Carmen Upgrade

Carmen will be offline for updating this weekend, May 3-5. The system goes offline Friday at 7 pm and returns to service Sunday, May 5. Information about the update online. We encourage instructors to complete grading activities in Carmen by 5 pm, Friday. If necessary, instructors can download materials to work offline over the weekend. More information about final grades available online. Questions: or 8-HELP (614-688-43570).

Digital Union Changes This Summer

The Office of Distance Education & eLearning plans several Digital Union changes this summer. The 18th Avenue Library location closes May 3 for upgrades. It and two additional Digital Unions, in Stillman and Prior Hall (new home of the Whisper Room recording studio); and second video studio, audio booth, and video conferencing space, in Denny Hall, open in the fall. Information, contact Liv Gjestvang (614-247-6457).

May 2

Through May 3


Through May 5

Royal Shakespeare Company: Julius Caesar; Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St.

May 6

16th Annual Falkenthal Memorial Graduate Research Lecture; 11:30 am-12:30 pm, 001 Jennings Hall

May 8

NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award Outreach/Education/Diversity Workshop; 1-2 pm, Smith Seminar Room, 1080 Physics Research Building

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May 1, 2013

Tom Pollard

16th Annual Falkenthal Memorial Graduate Research Colloquium, Monday, May 6

Tom Pollard, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Sterling Professor of Molecular Cellular & Developmental Biology; professor of molecular biophysics & biochemistry; and professor of cell biology; Yale University, is the keynote speaker of this year’s Falkenthal Colloquium. His talk, Combining quantitative microscopy with biophysics to understand how actin participates in endocytosis, motility and cytokinesis, 11:30-12:30, 001 Jennings, is open to the public. Pollard is receiving an honorary degree at spring commencement. The colloquium, established in 1997 by molecular genetics faculty member Scott Falkenthal, gives molecular genetics third and fifth-year PhD students an all-day forum to present their research.
In the News
Julius Caesar preview, Columbus Dispatch, April 29, 2013
Matt Lewis, professor, economics, on Ford’s hopes to tap thirst for fuel efficiency with phone app contest, Los Angeles Times, April 25, 2013
Joshua Goldberger, assistant professor, chemistry, on how redesigned material could lead to lighter, faster electronics, NASA Tech Briefs, April 24, 2013

Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, professor, communication, on how scientists are not immune from gender stereotypes, Akron Legal News, April 23, 2013
John Mueller, professor, political science, on what the Boston bombers had in common with most would-be terrorists, Slate, April 23, 2013
Claudia Buchmann, professor, sociology, on why girls are surpassing boys in academic achievement, News Tribune, April 21, 2013
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