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Operation Feed

The 2012 Operation Feed Campaign continues through May 18. This program has become a staple within our community and its need has become greater than ever before. Please help by donating cans of food, non-perishable food items and monetary donations. Contact your divisional coordinator to arrange for a donations box to be delivered to your department or center: Arts/Humanities coordinator: Sonya Vanarsdale, 292-4063/; NMS coordinator: Beth Van Gundy, 292-8908 /;SBS coordinator: Diana Camella, 292-2880 /

Joe Ponce Awarded Ohio State Distinguished Diversity Award

Martin Joseph Ponce, associate professor, Department of English, has been awarded a University Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award. This annual award recognizes individuals or groups who have demonstrated a significant commitment to enhancing diversity at Ohio State and to exceeding expectations in implementing the Diversity Action Plan.

Astrophysicist Elected to Office in American Physical Society Division of Astrophysics

John Beacom, professor, Departments of Physics and Astronomy and director of the Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP), has been elected to a four-year term in the Chair line of the Division of Astrophysics of the American Physical Society.

Linguist Selected NHC Fellow

Craige Roberts, professor, Department of Linguistics, has been selected a 2012-2013 Fellow at the National Humanities Center (NHC). She will join 32 other distinguished scholars from across the globe working on a wide array of projects.

Immigration Conference Keynote Address Features Journalist

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas (My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant) is the keynote speaker at the spring 2012 COMPAS Immigration Conference, Thursday, May 10.

Geographer on Global Urbanization

Darla Munroe, associate professor, geography, is co-author of a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on Urban Land Teleconnections and Sustainability.

College-Educated Women Opting for Children, Bucking Trends

Bruce Weinberg, professor, economics, is the author of a new study finding that a significantly greater number of highly-educated women in their late 30s and 40s are deciding to have children - a dramatic turnaround from recent history.

Art Ed Graduate Student Named Schweitzer Fellow

Ruth Smith, graduate student in art education, has been selected a 2012-13 Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellow. She is one of 16 graduate students from across Ohio who will spend the next year working with a local community-based organization to develop and implement service projects.

Undergraduate Student Tapped for LBJ Award

Ross Butters, a third year student majoring in political science and history, has been awarded a grant from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation to support his research, The Secret to Secret Senate Holds: Historical Analysis and Quantification of the Impact of Holds.


Berliner Invited to Deliver Distinguished Speaker Lecture at MIT

Mark Berliner, professor and chair, Department of Statistics, was invited to give a presentation in the MIT Distinguished Speaker Series in Computational Science and Engineering, Wednesday May 9.
Berliner will talk about Statistical Approaches to Combining Models and Observations.

Ohio State STEM, Get To Know Metro

Learn more about how to be involved with Metro High School during this spring's Get To Know Metro event on Thursday, May 17 from 9 - 11 am at the Metro Early College High School. Contact Chris Andersen, at

SBS Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow Lecture

Nzinga Broussard, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Economics, will be giving a lecture on, Immigration and the Labor Market Outcomes of Natives in Developing Countries: A Case Study of South Africa, May 15.

Clio Society Lecture

Clio Society Lecture, Saturday May 19, 10 am, Ohio Union, Creative Arts Room. Theodora Dragostinova, assistant professor, history, presents Capital Cities in the Aftermath of Empire: Athens and Sofia Compared. Please RSVP to by Thursday May 17.

Staff Advisory Council Membership Applications

The ASC SAC is accepting applications for council membership. Get involved and lend your voice on critical initiatives and make a difference for all staff. Visit Deadline to apply is Friday, May 18.

Alma Powell to Deliver Patterson Lecture

Alma J. Powell, board chair of America's Promise Alliance, is the keynote speaker for the ninth annual James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture, presented by the Office of Outreach and Engagement, 11:30 am Wednesday, May 16, Ohio Union, Archie Griffin Ballroom. RSVP by May 9 at

Rinaldo Sculptures Featured in Spain

Associate Professor Ken Rinaldo, Art and Technology, will be part of a retrospective exhibition, VIDA Art & Artificial Life Art, at the Fundacion Telephonica Museum in Madrid, Spain.

Being a PI at Ohio State, Roles and Responsibilities

The Office of Research is hosting a two-hour workshop for researchers (faculty and research scientists) Friday, May 11 from 10 am to noon in 200 Bricker Hall.

NMS Undergraduate Research Forum Poster Award Winners

The Annual NMS Undergraduate Research Forum is a showcase for student work in the natural, mathematical and physical sciences. A complete list of winners is available online.


Thursday, May 10

  • COMPAS Conference Keynote Address, 7:30 - 9 pm, Saxbe Auditorium, Ohio State Moritz College of Law
  • 50th Annual Smith Lecture, 8 pm, Independence Hall

Monday, May 14

Tuesday, May 15

Wednesday, May 16

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May 9, 2012

In The News
Dmitry Tumin, graduate research associate and Zhenchao Qian, professor and chair, sociology, on separation and divorce, USA Today, May 7, 2012

Lucia Dunn, professor, economics, on credit-reporting agencies’ errors, Columbus Dispatch, May 6, 2012

Koritha Mitchell, associate professor, English, on the Black Girls RUN! Club, Columbus Dispatch, May 4, 2012

Bruce Weinberg, professor, economics, on the increase in highly- educated women having children, The Atlantic May 4, 2012

Joan Cashin, professor, history, on the fight against slavery, C-SPAN, May 2, 2012

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on how video games turn players into more accurate shooters,, May 2, 2012

Rick Herrmann, professor and chair, political science, on the political climate in Iran, WOSU, May 3, 2012

Visit New Arts and Sciences Websites

School of Music:

Disease Ecology and Computer Modeling Laboratory (DECML):

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures:

Currently, Arts and Sciences Communications Services is supporting the development of over 45 websites. View Portfolio and Current Work to see what sites will be going live soon.
Evalyn Gates, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, presents Einstein’s Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy, May 20, 3-4 pm, Ohio Union, US Bank Conference Theatre. 

Physics Annual Smith Lecture

Adam G. Riess, 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics; Krieger Eisenhower Professor of Astronomy and Physics, Johns Hopkins University; Senior Member of the Science Staff at the Space Telescope Science Institute, will deliver the 50th Annual Smith Lecture on Thursday, May 10 at 8 pm in 100 Independence Hall. The lecture will be signed by an ASL interpreter.

Outstanding Staff Awards Nominations Due May 21

Recognize staff members whose performance demonstrates sustained excellence in overall job performance and has improved or enhanced work life and services of faculty, staff, students, and/or the university. Contact Ann Rottersman at or Adam Andrews at
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