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MAY 11, 2016 | TWEET!



Dean's Commencement Blog

11,235 passports to success — Dean Manderscheid reflects on Spring Commencement 2016, the largest in Ohio State history.


Clark Spencer Larsen Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Clark Spencer LarsenClark Spencer Larsen, distinguished professor of social and behavioral sciences and chair of anthropology, was elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors an American researcher can receive. Larsen has dedicated his life and career to deepening our understanding of the human condition. He has not only set new benchmarks for other practicing anthropologists, he has inspired and mentored generations of students — undergraduate to postdoctoral researchers — and encouraged and supported junior faculty, hoping to follow his path.

Chemist Receives DOE Office of Science Early Career Award

Abraham K. Badu‐TawiahAbraham K. Badu-Tawiah, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, is Ohio State’s second DOE Office of Science Early Career Award winner. Last year, Robert Baker, also an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, received the first. The Department of Energy’s Office of Science Early Career Research Program, initiated in 2011, assists exceptional young scientists across the nation — from both DOE national laboratories and U.S. universities — in developing individual research programs in areas supported by DOE’s Office of Sciences. Badu-Tawiah was one of just 27 university researchers selected for the award. His proposal, “Visible Light Photo‐Catalysis in Charged Micro‐Droplets,” will be funded for five years at $150,000 per year.

Children With Autism Learn New Words Much Like Others Do, Study Finds

Allison Bean EllawadiAllison Bean Ellawadi, assistant professor, speech and hearing science and director, Autism & Child Language Learning Lab, is lead author of a new study finding that children with autism are capable of learning new words the same way any child would — by following someone’s gaze as they name an object. They just take longer to pick up the skill. The study appears in the March 2016 issue of the International Journal of Language & Communication. To Bean Ellawadi’s knowledge, this study is the first to use an advanced statistical model of learning to teach children with autism, and shows that these methods could lead to helpful new teaching strategies. 

Sociology Professor Publishes Book

Laurel Richardson, professor emerita, sociology, is the author of the new book, Seven Minutes from Home: An American Daughter’s Story (Sense Publishers, 2016), a collection of linked stories about the author’s Ohio neighborhoods and her life outside the academy.

Students Crunch and Conquer Datasets at Ohio State’s First DataFest

Ninety-three undergraduates, representing 25 different majors and five colleges, competed for prizes during DataFest, April 9-10. Sponsored by the American Statistical Association, this intense event takes mastering data analysis beyond the classroom, emphasizing storytelling with data. Hosted by the statistics department and the data analytics major, teams of students worked to extract insights from a large, rich data set in the three categories, then presented their findings to the judges—professors and data analytics professionals from local and national businesses. The event was made possible by several corporate sponsors.


Arts and Sciences Faculty Receive Ohio Arts Council Awards

The Ohio Arts Council board approved 2016 Individual Excellence Award recommendations. The pool includes 75 award winners – including 10 faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences. Each receives $5,000. Individual Excellence Awards are peer recognition of creative artists for the exceptional merit of a body of their work that advances or exemplifies the discipline and the larger artistic community.

Arts and Sciences recipients include: Lee Martin, professor, English; Memory Risinger, senior lecturer, English; Marc Ainger, associate professor, music; Michael Torres, lecturer, music; Thomas Wells, professor, music; Kathy Fagan Grandinetti, professor, English; Marcus Jackson, visiting assistant professor, English; Doug Ramspeck, associate professor, English (Lima); Maggie Smith, visiting assistant professor, English; and David Winter, senior lecturer, English. 

Box-Steffensmeier Receives Best Article Award

Jan Box-SteffensmeierJan Box-Steffensmeier, divisional dean, social and behavioral sciences; Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science, has been selected to receive the Jewell-Loewenberg Paper Award, from the Legislative Studies Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), for the best article published in Legislative Studies Quarterly in 2015; "Examining Legislative Cue-Taking in the U.S. Senate.” She receives the award at the APSA annual meeting in Philadelphia in September.


ASCTech Offers Support on Canvas, Ohio State’s New Learning Management System

In follow-up to the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) announcement on transition to Canvas, Ohio State’s new learning management system, ASCTech will help coordinate department meetings with ODEE for either custom workshop or roadshow presentation. Also, ASCTech will be available to help with transition of courses to the new system by hosting staffed walk-in hours and virtual walk-in hours via Carmen Connect. They can answer your specific support questions and guide you to resources. Date and time information on open hours is forthcoming. Contact Mike Kaylor to schedule workshop or meeting.

Undergraduate Recruitment Update Day: May 23

All ASC faculty and staff are invited to join the annual Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Recruitment Update Day Monday, May 23, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., 0002 Psychology Building. Learn more about best practices in undergraduate recruitment and the college Enrollment Plan, 2015-2020. RSVP required. Contact Chinwe Okpalaoka.

Arts and Sciences Invention and Commercialization Assistance Available 

On Thursday, May 12, from noon to 4 p.m., Jay Dahlman, from Ohio State's Technology Commercialization Office (TCO), will be available to address questions from faculty, staff, post-docs and students focused on innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship. Stop by 206D Rightmire. To schedule an appointment time with a TCO representative after Thursday, contact Jay Dahlman.

Faculty/Staff Needed to Share Excitement of Science at COSI Summer Camps

Ohio State astrophysicist Paul Sutter and COSI summer camp organizers invite Ohio State researchers to share their excitement of science with kids this summer. Camps are informal. Commitment level is flexible: a morning, afternoon or week; a talk, demo or activity — all welcome and easily dropped into existing programming. Camps mid-June through early August; each enrolls approximately 25 youngsters from kindergarten through fifth grade. Contact Paul Sutter.

Watch out for Construction!

Several construction projects began on Monday that will impact traffic and travel on campus roadways as well as CABS routes. Impacts include closures along Annie and John Glenn Avenue at College Road; Neil Avenue, north of 11th Avenue; 12th Avenue at Neil Avenue; and 11th Avenue between High Street and College Road.  


Jo Radner Presents Burnt into Memory

Jo RadnerJoin the Center for Folklore Studies and the Midwest Folklorists Retreat Thursday, May 19, at 6 p.m. for a performance and talk-back by folklorist and storyteller Jo Radner. She will present Burnt into Memory, a story based on oral-history research into the devastating 1947 fire in Brownfield, Maine. After her performance, Radner will lead a discussion about conveying humanities research to public audiences. Traditions Room, Ohio Union. Free/open to all; RSVP required.


Steve Rissing, professor, biology, “Celebrating the fossil find that rewrote vertebrate history, Columbus Dispatch, May 8

Drew Spacht, doctoral student, evolution, ecology and organismal biology, “Ohio State doctoral student’s photographs show stunning Antarctica,” Columbus Dispatch, May 8

Jay Zagorsky, research scientist, Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR), on the myth of the ‘dumb blonde,’ Inside Higher Ed, May 6

Javier Donna, assistant professor, economics, on why women are savvier travelers than men, Daily Mail, May 5

Simone Drake, associate professor, African American and African Studies, on the history of ‘Becky with the good hair’ from the 1700s to Beyoncé's ‘Lemonade,’ Fusion, May 5

Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on the shift in Clinton campaign, Dayton Daily News, May 4

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on why losing control at work is risky, Fox News, May 3
Ratmir Timashev, CEO, Veeam Software, on his company’s $5 million gift to data analytics and chemistry, The Daily Reporter, May 2


May 11-12

Barnett Symposium on the Arts and Public Policy
Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St.
See event listing for times

May 17

Getting Customers to Buy from You, ARTrepreneur Workshop
STEAM Factory, 400 W. Rich St.
10 a.m. to noon

Through May 20

Creative Placemaking: The Heart of a Healthy City
Hopkins Hall Gallery
Gallery Hours

Through June 23

ARTrepreneur Workshop Series
STEAM Factory, 400 W. Rich St.
See workshop listings for times

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