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David Steigerwald: The Buckeye Thirteen

Buckeye Thirteen
Considered one of the most important stops on the WWII Study Abroad tour, History Professor David Steigerwald describes the experience of visiting the cemetery where 13 Buckeyes are buried. The place: The American Cemetery at Normandy where Saving Private Ryan opens, and where the film finishes.


ASC Divisional Leadership Changes Announced

Executive Dean David C. Manderscheid announces two changes in divisional leadership within the College of Arts and Sciences. Christopher Hadad, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been appointed divisional dean of the natural and mathematical sciences (NMS). He will assume the duties of outgoing NMS Divisional Dean Peter March on July 1. Hadad has served as arts and sciences NMS associate dean since September 2011. Janet Box-Steffensmeier, the Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science, has been appointed divisional dean of the social and behavioral sciences (SBS), effective August 1. She will assume the duties of SBS Divisional Dean Gifford Weary, upon her retirement July 31.


Political Science Professor on Aljazeera America

Irfan NooruddinIrfan Nooruddin, associate professor, political science, was asked to provide commentary on the recent election of Narendra Modi as India’s 15th prime minister. His opinion piece, “The Promise and Challenge of Narendra Modi,” appears online in Aljazeera America. Since 2007, Nooruddin has been a lead instructor at the annual Summer School on Quantitative Methods in Political Science organized by Lokniti-Centre for Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, India. He is the author of the book, Coalition Politics and Economic Development


Astronomy Researchers Promote Obama-Singh Project in India

Sultana Nahar and Anil PradhanAnil Pradhan, professor, astronomy, spent two months in late spring visiting Indian educational institutions where he met with university representatives and alumni of Ohio State and Aligarh University. Pradhan was there to build awareness of Ohio State’s new MEd-STEM degree program offering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and research training for faculty at Indian institutions and to help select students for the program. The program is sponsored by the U.S. India Education Foundation’s Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Award and is a partnership between Ohio State and India’s Aligarh Muslim University. The first group of PhD students starts the program this June. While in India, Pradhan and Sultana Nahar, astronomy research scientist, also taught and co-sponsored an international scientific conference.


Show You KAir: Beat Michigan and Vote for Grad Students’ KAir Team Video

KAir Battery students with BIG check
The KAir Battery team won a $100,000 Clean Energy Prize from the Department of Energy (DOE) in a national entrepreneurship competition back in early April. Now they head to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national DOE Clean Energy Competition June 10-11, where the stakes are even higher. Plus, there is a viewers’ choice prize category, which goes to the video with the most likes. Help our team beat: Michigan, Georgia Tech, MIT, CU Boulder, and University of Houston by "liking" their video online.


Physics Hosts Two Opportunities for Young Women This June

The seventh annual GRASP (Girls Reaching to Achieve in Sports and Physics) Camp will be held in two identical sessions, June 9-13 and June 16-20. These five-day camps for middle-school girls feature hands-on interactive physics demonstrations along with physical activity illustrating how physics relates to everyday life. Aiming to bridge the gap between GRASP camp and college, on June 5 and 6, physics offers its first ASPIRE (Achieving in Science through Physics Instrumentation, Research, and Exploration) Workshop for young women entering grades 10 and 11 this fall.

CAPS Hosts 2014 Practical Summer Workshop in Functional Genomics, June 9-20

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) hosts the 2014 Practical Summer Workshop in Functional Genomics, Monday, June 9 - Friday, June 20. Lectures by distinguished speakers, covering critical problems in molecular and cellular plant biology, will be held daily, 10 a.m. – noon, in 102 Rightmire Hall. Open to Ohio State plant community—faculty, staff and students. More information:
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June 4, 2014

Tomorrow: History Department Launches Commemoration of
D-Day’s 70th Anniversary, June 5 and 6

Friday’s Veterans Panel, chaired by former Columbus mayor, Ohio State football player and Vietnam Veteran Greg Lashutka, Ohio Union, 3:30-5 p.m. caps the two-day commemoration. Highly-decorated veterans of European and Pacific theaters Jim Baize (Guam, Saipan, Tinian, Iwo Jima); Donald Dunn (Italy: Iola; Rocca di Roffeno); and Ohio State’s own Wendell Ellenwood (France: D-Day—Utah Beach, Battle of the Bulge) share World War II stories. A reception for veterans and the public follows. Registration required.


Stephen Petrill, professor, psychology, participated on a panel on math anxiety, “All Sides with Ann Fisher,” WOSU 89.7, June 2, 2014


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