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DEC. 17, 2014 | TWEET!


BFA Reception

BFA Senior Projects Exhibition

Saturday, Dec. 20, exhibition reception planned 3-5 p.m. at Urban Arts Space to celebrate works by graduating seniors in Department of Art BFA program. The art on display was developed from a range of media and approaches during the students' course of study at Ohio State.
NOTE: For the next two weeks, because of the holiday season, News & Updates will not be published. Regular publication will resume January 7.


NSF Awards $17.9 Million Renewal of Ohio State’s Center for Emergent Materials

P. Chris Hammel This $17.9 million dollar award funds broad-impact science at Ohio State’s Center for Emergent Materials: an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). After a rigorous review process, only 12 MRSECs were funded. These NSF Flagship institutions form an elite national network of top materials research programs at top research institutions — Princeton, Harvard, MIT, Ohio State — capable of performing complex, ambitious, multi-disciplinary sciences. P. Christopher Hammel, Ohio Eminent Scholar and physics professor is director.

$2 Million Mellon Foundation Grant Funds Ohio State/The Five Colleges of Ohio Collaboration

Diane Birckbichler A new $2 million dollar Mellon Foundation award to The Five Colleges of Ohio, in collaboration with Ohio State, establishes The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Languages. The program provides recent Ohio State language PhD recipients a two-year liberal arts teaching and research experience at one of The Five Colleges of Ohio. Diane W. Birckbichler, director, Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures, led involvement in the grant process.

It Pays to Think You’re Good at Math, Even If You Aren’t

Ellen Peters Ellen Peters, professor, psychology, is lead author of a new study finding that people who score high in subjective numeracy (those who think they’re good at math, even if they’re not, and enjoy working with numbers) are more likely than others to stick with a difficult numeric memory task. People who were low in subjective numeracy were more likely to simply skip questions in the same numeric task. Peters’ research was published recently in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Mindfulness-based Weight Loss Programs Questioned

Charles Emery Charles Emery, professor, psychology, is senior author of a new study suggesting that no evidence-based data exists that mindfulness intervention helps weight loss. Emery and KayLoni Olson, a graduate student in clinical health psychology, reviewed 19 previous studies on the effectiveness of mindfulness-based programs for weight loss. “Our review of the research shows we have a long way to go to provide convincing evidence of the benefits of mindfulness for weight loss and, especially, how it may work," said Emery. The study is published online in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.

Interdisciplinary Faculty Team Receives $498,935 NIH Award

Brian Ahmer An interdisciplinary research team led by Brian Ahmer, associate professor, microbiology; and microbial, infection and immunity, received a five-year, $498,935 NIH grant for their project, Salmonella, colonization resistance, and fructose-asparagine. Team members include Venkat Gopalan, professor, chemistry and biochemistry; Edward Behrman, professor emeritus, chemistry and biochemistry; Kelly Wrighton, assistant professor, molecular genetics; and Vicki Wysocki, Ohio Eminent Scholar and professor, chemistry and biochemistry.

Political Scientist Discusses Buckeye Voices: Centralizing Authority in China

Jeremy Wallace, assistant professor, political science, discusses the Chinese Communist Party shift to a governance model and how this is playing out across the country and party lines.


ASC Alumni Garner GCAC Film Awards

GCAC Three Arts and Sciences alumni — Michael Polk, Matthew Swift and Nicolette Swiftwere honored with 2014 Media Arts Fellowship awards from the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC), announced Nov. 22 during an event hosted by the Columbus International Film & Video Festival. Media Arts Fellowship finalists were Robert Derr, associate professor, art; Phil Garrett, MFA, theatre; Eric Homan; Celeste Irving, BFA, art/Matt Irving; and Janet Parrott, associate professor, theatre.


ASC Undergraduate Student e-Newsletter 

The December issue highlights the molecular genetics major, a biology major’s internship at the Zoo of Puerto Rico, CLLC Radio, the Psychology Research Colloquium and a study abroad program in Berlin. Submit content to Ann Rottersman, director of student programs.


Dec. 18

Molecular Genetics Seminar: Christin Burd; 4:10 p.m., 155 Jennings Hall

Through Dec. 20

Department of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Senior Projects Exhibition; Urban Arts Space: 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Dec. 20

Reception: Department of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Senior Projects Exhibition; Urban Arts Space: 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Jan. 5-16

International Exhibition of Contemporary Student Printmaking; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Jan. 11

Science Sundays: Clifford Will, Black Holes, Waves of Gravity, and Other Warped Ideas of Dr. Einstein; 3 p.m., Wexner Film/Video Theater

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Charles Emery, professor, psychology, on mindfulness-based weight loss programs, CBS News, Dec. 15, 2014

Brian Joseph, professor, linguistics, Google adds Irish to Gmail options, Al Jazeera America, Dec. 15, 2014

Berry Lyons, professor and chair, Earth sciences, peering deep into hailstones, Columbus Dispatch, Dec. 14, 2014

Treva Lindsey, assistant professor; women’s, gender and sexuality studies, March on Washington Twitter chatter, Pacific Standard, Dec. 13, 2014

Jeremey Wallace, assistant professor, political science, on the protests in Hong Kong,, Dec. 11, 2014

Ellen Peters, professor, psychology, on numeric competency, SciGuru Science News, Dec. 10, 2014
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