Credit CardsEconomist Says Young Consumers’ Debt Worse than Thought

Lucia Dunn, professor of economics, has found that young adults between 18 and 30 are taking on high amounts of credit card debt and are not paying it off as fast as previous generations. Consequently, many young adults are projected to not be able to pay off the debt in their lifetime and ultimately die in bankruptcy.

Irina ArtsimovitchMicrobiologist Finds That Protein Transforms Itself

Irina Artsimovitch, professor of microbiology, is lead author of a new study finding that the protein, called RfaH, unfolds itself and refolds into a completely new shape, acquiring a new function altogether. The finding has significant implications for studies of gene expression control and protein structure.

Astronomers Receive Top Presidential Award

Scott Gaudi, astronomy, and Christopher Hirata, astronomy and physics, are two of 96 researchers President Obama named this week as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)—the highest honor given by the U.S. Government to young science and engineering professionals. Hirata joins the departments of astronomy and physics as visiting professor fall semester, 2012 and will assume a regular faculty appointment in 2013. This is the third year in a row that ASC researchers have been selected for this award.

Wil Cunningham

Psychology Researcher Recognized for Excellence

Wil Cunningham, psychology research associate professor, is the recipient of the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) Young Investigator Award (Basic Science) 2012. The award is given in recognition of young post-doctoral scientists who have already made a significant contribution to psychological science through excellent research, refereed publications, and success in securing research grants and visibility.

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ASC Staff Helps Create GEO WALK

Dale Gnidoveck, curator, Orton Geological Museum; and Joan Leonard, coordinator, Biological Sciences Greenhouse, helped create a large scale geological exhibit that shows Ohioans what’s under their feet. Ribbon-cutting for “the Geological Walk through Time,” a 286-foot-long walkway in a park-like setting is July 25, opening day of the Ohio State Fair.

Emily Nosse-Leirer and Hudson McFannGeography Student and Ohio State Alumnus Delegates to U.N. Earth Summit

Emily Nosse-Leirer, an undergraduate majoring in geography, and Hudson McFann, an Ohio State alumnus (BA, geography, 2010) were part of a youth delegation attending the United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the Rio+20 Conference on June 22, 2012.

ASC Outstanding Staff Award Nominees

Did you see the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) balloon teams around campus last week?  SAC members were notifying nominees for the ASC Outstanding Staff Award!  Winners will be announced by Dean Steinmetz at a special luncheon on August 3. Click here to see the list of 2012 Outstanding Staff Award Nominees.

ASC Student News from Ufa, Moscow, Yokohama

Undergraduates Eric D’Angelo and Peter Marzalik, both double-majors in Russian and International Studies, blog about their summer language studies in Russia; meanwhile history graduate student Will Chou blogs from Japan, where he is enrolled in a year-long intensive Japanese language program. All are learning way more than how to better speak the language.

Urban Arts Space GalleryUrban Arts Space Opens Call for Proposals

Urban Arts Space is opening its annual call for proposals and invites local, regional, national, and international artists and artist groups to submit ideas for open exhibition time-slots for spring and summer 2013. Urban Arts Space welcomes proposals for exhibitions, collections, installations, residencies, and performances. Deadline is September 14.
SAC hosts Staff CornHole Toss Tournament

Have you heard about the Arts & Sciences Cornhole Tournament this fall? Come out to play during your lunch hour! Please register (with or without partner) by August 6 for Wednesdays during Autumn Semester. Games will begin on Wednesday, September 5 with the final game being played on October 2, 2012! For questions, contact Elizabeth Freeman.

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July 25, 2012

Pelotonia: One Goal, End Cancer

Pelotonia Fellowships

Michael Dworkin, an undergraduate majoring in mathematics, is studying statistical methods using pair correlations (how strongly two variables are related) to analyze computational models of biochemical networks associated with tumor growth, with the support of a Pelotonia fellowship.
“Mechanistic and input-output insight into EGFR networks may lead to the prediction of key agents behind tumor growth, leading to further research and discoveries, and thus helping the fight against cancer,” said Dworkin.
Pelotonia Fellowships are funded directly by donations to riders in Pelotonia, which this year will be August 10-12. Support this year’s Team ASC and Team Buckeye. Contact Terry Bradley at
In the News
Frank Donoghue, professor, English, on digital publishing, Columbia Missourian, July 21, 2012
Irina Artsimovitch, professor, microbiology, on ‘the transformer’ protein, The Scientist, July 20, 2012
Lucia Dunn, professor, economics, on the crisis of young adult credit card debt, NerdWallet, July 18, 2012. ALSO: Economic Inquiry, March 12, 2012
Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on the impact of violence in the media on school bullying, Medical News Today, July 18, 2012
Paul Beck, professor, political science, on whether Obama has done enough to win over Ohio, CBS News, July 18, 2012

Jason Box, professor, geography, on the Greenland glacier break, Washington Post, July 18, 2012

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