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JUNE 10, 2015 | TWEET!


Robert Baker

Chemist Receives DOE Early Career Award: Ohio State’s First

Robert Baker, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, is one of 50 young researchers from around the country and the first from Ohio State  receiving 2015 Department of Energy Early Career Research Awards.  


Barbara B. Fazio Memorial Fund for Graduate Research in Language Disorders

FazioRussell Fazio, professor, psychology, has endowed the Barbara B. Fazio Memorial Fund for Graduate Research in Language Disorders. The funds will be used to provide a grant to support the research activity (e.g., research-related supplies and equipment, participant payment, conference travel to disseminate research findings) of a promising or high achieving student doing research in the area of language disorders in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science doctoral program. Barbara Fazio was an associate professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, 2001-2006.

Statistician Elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA)

LeeYoonkyung Lee, associate professor, statistics, has been elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), an honor recognizing preeminent contributors to the field of statistical science. Only one-third of 1 percent of ASA membership is elected annually. Lee is cited for her "fundamental and influential research on the multicategory support vector machine; for work at the edge of statistics and computer science and building a bridge between the statistics and machine learning communities; and for editorial and program committee service to the profession.”  She will receive a certificate at the Aug. 11 Joint Statistical Meetings in Seattle.

CLSE Holds Ohio State’s First National Academies Summer Institute, June 8-12 

CLSEThis week the Center for Life Sciences Education (CLSE) begins redesign of targeted introductory biology courses. The goals: ensure life science majors gain a deep understanding of concepts and skills required for success in their programs; and non-majors get basic information needed to live healthy, productive lives. Michelle Withers, West Virginia University, and Randy Phillis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, lead the first summer institute. “The goal is to facilitate institutional reform of STEM education, focusing initially on biology courses,” said CLSE Director Caroline A. Breitenberger

New Research on Treatment for Depression

Daniel Strunk, associate professor; and Justin Braun, PhD candidate, psychology, are authors of a new study, published in the online edition of Behaviour Research and Therapy, providing the first empirical support for relating therapist use of Socratic questioning and symptom improvement in cognitive therapy (CT) for depression. They are currently recruiting adults ages 18 and older for participation in the Depression Treatment Study. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression and are 18 years of age or older, you may qualify for the study. Call (614) 688-0968 for more information and complete an initial phone screening. If you do not qualify (or would like treatment not provided in the study), study personnel can discuss other appropriate sources of treatment.


Assistant Dance Professor Receives Making a Difference Award

Rodney Brown Rodney A. Brown, assistant professor, dance, was named a 2015 Making A Difference (M.A.D.) award winner by the University of Michigan Black Alumni. The award was created to honor those who have made significant contributions to their community and/or career through their time, actions, talents and dedication. Brown was selected for “making a difference in research” with The Brown Dance Project, of which he is founder and director. The project is a research lab creating intentional connections between art, performance and education. 


The 2015 ASC Faculty Advisory Council: New Members

Buckeye LeafThe following ASC faculty members have been elected to serve a three year term on the ASC Faculty Advisory Council starting September 2015: Jill Galvan, associate professor, English; David Tovey, associate professor, music, Mansfield (Appointed and Regional Campus Representative); Todd Thompson, professor, astronomy; and Mike Edwards, associate professor, psychology. A special thank you to Gordon Aubrecht, Nina Berman, David Brewer, Doug Crews and Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg for their years on the council. They have provided an invaluable service to the college, which is very much appreciated. We also thank those who took the time to cast a ballot.

College of Arts and Sciences Website Redesign Overview

Last summer, ASC Communications kicked off a web redesign project to update the college website to more effectively attract and engage future and current students and to upgrade to a responsive, mobile-optimized site. We are currently in the final, content development stage and intend to launch this new site before autumn semester. Please attend one of the sessions that we've set up mid-month to provide an overview of how this new site will look and behave. 

Center for Integrative Health and Wellness Pilot Grants

Ohio State faculty and students at all levels of training are welcome to apply for pilot grants from the Center for Integrative Health and Wellness. Focus must be on topics related to improving the evidence-base regarding integrative health and wellness. Applications are available from Elizabeth Darr; deadline is Friday, July 31. Awards will be made Friday, Oct. 2. Questions? Contact Mary Fristad.

Medical Care Volunteers Needed for Pelotonia 

Team Buckeye is seeking volunteers to staff medical stations along the Pelotonia route on Aug. 8-9. The scope of care is first aid, so anyone who has Basic Life Support training is qualified. Visit the Pelotonia website to register as a volunteer. Once registered, you can choose the location you want to serve, under Volunteer Activity. Contact Morgan Dominique with questions.


Through June 11

Urban Arts Space Exhibition: Remnants; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

June 11

Reception: My Blue Hawaii Exhibition; 3 p.m., Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through June 12

My Blue Hawaii Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

June 16-19

Remnant: Residual: Reminder Exhibition; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Through July 5

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

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Michael Bevis, professor, and Ohio Eminent Scholar, Earth sciences; Ian Howat, associate professor, Earth sciences, on the secret of Greenland’s vanishing lakes, Reuters, June 3, 2015 

Erik Nisbet, assistant professor, communication, on Russia’s online assault and internet freedom, Voice of America, June 3, 2015

Matthew Sutter, postdoc, physics, “Academic Minute: The End of the Universe,” Inside Higher Ed, June 3, 2015

Patricia Sieber, associate professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures, on Hong Shen (1894-1955) and the pioneering generation of Chinese students at The Ohio State University, Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Guide to Building Trust, Inspiring Respect, and Creating Long-Lasting Business Relationships, April 2015
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