Arts and Sciences Faculty Selected for U.S. Fulbright Honors
, faculty emerita, Department of History, Darla Munroe
, associate professor, Department of Geography and Barry Shank
, professor, Department of Comparative Studies, were named 2011-2012 U.S. Fulbright Scholars
. Elizabeth Hewitt
, associate professor, Department of English, was designated a 2011-2012 U.S. Fulbright Specialist.
Mudrak Curates Exhibition in NYC
, professor in the Department of Art History, is curator of the first comprehensive exhibition of avant-garde artist Borys Kosarev
, on view at the Ukrainian Museum in New York City. The show, Borys Kosarev: Modernist Kharkiv, 1915-1931
, includes 82 works on paper by Kosarev, an outsider of the Eastern European Modernist movement and a survivor of Stalin's intellectual purges in 1930s Ukraine. The exhibition runs December 4 through May 2, 2012
. Mudrak also authored an accompanying catalogue.
Image: Borys Kosarev, Eiffel Tower, 1922. Paper, watercolor, gouache. 22 x 18 cm
Film Professionals Return to Campus
Charles Newirth and John Rhode
– Ohio State alumni who are prominent in the US film industry – recently returned to campus to offer advice and insight into prospects for an undergraduate major in moving-image production at Ohio State. Newirth (on right in photo) is an independent film producer and has worked on films such as Black Hawk Down
and Iron Man 3
. Rhode is a photography director and camera operator who has worked on many films and series including Perfect Storm
. Newirth and Rhode were on campus in November to visit classes, meet with faculty, and talk extensively with the Arts and Humanities’ “moving-image production” committee, which is writing the proposal for the major.
Health Gap Growing Among Young, Study Finds
, assistant professor of sociology, is lead author of a study revealing levels of health disparity have increased substantially
for people born in the United States after 1980. The study also found that health disparity tends to increase as people move into middle age, before declining as people reach old age.
Paul Nini Receives Award
Department of Design Professor and Chair Paul Nini received the Ed Grauer Award
at this year's Columbus Society of Communicating Arts (CSCA) meeting. Named for one of the founders of CSCA, the award is the organization's highest recognition of ongoing commitment to serve and support CSCA, its mission, and its members. Nini is also recognized for his role as a leader in the education of communicating arts, and his involvement in many organizations, such AIGA at Ohio State, and the Stir Symposium. Nini has many published essays and writings, and ventures such as Graphic Design Heroes.
Statistics Professor Co-authors New Book
, professor of statistics and director of the Program in Spatial Statistics and Environmental Statistics, has co-authored the book, Statistics for Spatio-Temporal Data
. The book is a state-of the-art presentation that bridges classical ideas with modern hierarchical statistical modeling concepts and the latest computational methods. It will be a valuable reference for researchers and practitioners in the fields of applied mathematics, engineering, and the environmental and health sciences.
Astronomers Hunt for Dying Stars
(left photo), professor of astronomy and Ohio Eminent Scholar in Observational Cosmology, and astronomy professor Krzystof Stanek
(bottom right photo), are co-authors of a paper published in the Astrophysical Journal
, providing their latest findings from the first galaxy survey of its kind. For the past three years, they have been working at the Large Binocular Telescope
scanning 25 nearby galaxies for stars that brighten and dim in unusual ways, hoping to catch a few that are about to meet their end. An unnamed binary system in the Whirlpool Galaxy was the first among the stars they’ve cataloged to produce a supernova. Read more about their research