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JANUARY 6, 2016 | TWEET!




Photo of Ellen PetersDecision-making across the life span: What are good moods good for? 

Ellen Peters, director, Decision Sciences Collaborative; professor, psychology  discusses how the way we process information in making decisions changes as we get older; good moods have a surprising power that can help older adults make better decisions.

Jan 10, Lecture: 3-4 p.m.; Reception: 4-5 p.m.

for live tweets from the event.


Interdisciplinary Study’s Surprise Find: Microbes Make Methane 

An NSF-funded interdisciplinary team discovered that some gas produced by hydraulic fracturing is due to microbes making methane adding to output. Researchers Thomas Darrah and David Cole, Earth sciences; Michael Wilkins, Earth sciences and microbiology; Kelly Wrighton, microbiology and biophysics; and Paula Mouser, civil, environmental and geodetic engineering, reported their results at the December American Geophysical Union meeting

Graphic Warnings on Cigarette Packs May Help Smokers Quit

Photo of Abigail EvansAbigail Evans, postdoctoral researcher, psychology, is lead author of a the first study to look at the impact of graphic warning labels on smokers outside of a laboratory and over a long period of time. Evans and co-author Ellen Peters found that smokers who saw graphic warning labels for four weeks had more negative feelings about smoking compared to those who saw just text. The study appears in PLOS ONE.

New Book on Black Women’s Civil Rights Organization

Photo of Tiyi MorrisTiyi Morris, associate professor, African American and African studies (Newark), is the author of the new book, Womanpower Unlimited and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi (University of Georgia Press, 2015), a history of Womanpower Unlimited, a black women’s civil rights organization founded in 1961 in Jackson, Mississippi. Morris is a native of Jackson and the daughter of civil rights activists.

Geography Professor Publishes Report on Drug Policy and Environment

Photo of Kendra McSweeneyKendra McSweeney, professor, geography, is the author of a new report, The Impact of Drug Policy on the Environment (Open Society Foundations, December 2015). The report responds to recent calls by both the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the Global Commission on Drug Policy for drug policy debates to be based on the latest and best empirical evidence. 

Cigarette Bans and High Taxes May Both Reduce Smoking Rates

Photo of Michael VuoloMichael Vuolo, assistant professor, sociology, is lead author of a first-of-its-kind national study finding that smoking bans work best at limiting smoking among more casual users. Heavy taxes work best with those who smoke more than a pack a day. The study was published online in the American Journal of Public Health. Data on smokers came from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997, conducted by the Center for Human Resource Research.

Doctoral Student Designs Drones to Study Melting Glaciers in Peru

Photo of Oliver WigmoreOliver Wigmore, doctoral student, geography, has designed aerial drones to collect data and create 3-D maps of glacier changes and water resources in the Cordillera Blanca mountain of Peru. With Bryan Mark, associate professor, geography, Wigmore creates highly detailed maps of glaciers and wetlands in Peru, providing valuable knowledge for water resource planning for communities. 


Staff Professional Development Grants

College of Arts and Sciences staff members are encouraged to apply for professional development funding through an ASC Staff Professional Development Grant. Deadline is Jan. 22 by 4 p.m. The next deadline is May 6.

Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award

This award recognizes full professors who have truly exceptional records in teaching, research, and service. Department Chairs may submit nominations of one of their faculty members. Nomination deadline: Jan. 29, 2016.

Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award

This award recognizes an individual within the College of Arts and Sciences (student, staff or faculty), irrespective of gender, rank and status, who has generously and unselfishly served others to promote equity, fairness and equal opportunities for all members of the university community. Arts and sciences students, faculty and staff may submit a nomination. Nomination deadline: Jan. 29.

Honors Faculty Service Award

This award recognizes excellence in honors advising, instruction, committee work and other honors initiatives and responsibilities that have enhanced the quality of education available to honors students in the liberal arts. Department chairs may submit nominations of one of their faculty members. Nomination deadline: Jan. 29.

Research Development and Grant Writing News

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Anthropology Professor Appointed AAAS Council Delegate

Photo of Clark Spencer LarsonClark Spencer Larsen, professor and chair, anthropology, has been elected to serve as council delegate to the Section on Anthropology of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He will begin his three-year term February 2016.

Psychology Professor Appointed to NASEM Committee

Ellen Peters, professor, psychology and director, Decision Sciences Collaborative, has been appointed to the Committee on the Science of Science Communication of the Division of Behavioral and Social Science and Education, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, to produce a consensus report that synthesizes what is known about effective science communication and describes a comprehensive research agenda to improve the communication of science to inform decisions relating to topics that often are contentious. She will serve on the committee through Dec. 30, 2016.

Student Life Career Clothing Drive for Students in Need

Student Life Career Counseling and Support Services is collecting professional clothing and shoes for students in need. Donations can be dropped off at the Younkin Success Center 2nd floor or at 418 Physical Activity and Education Services through Jan. 31. Contact

Where Women Go Portal

The Office of Student Life and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion announce the launch of the “Where Women Go” portal that serves as a helpful tool to connect female students with resources, services and support.

10-Digit Dialing Becomes Mandatory, Jan. 30

Central Ohio is adding an area code – 380 – requiring a switch to 10-digit dialing. Callers will need to dial the area code (three digits) followed by the phone number (seven digits) for all local calls.


Harvard Ecologist Gives Free Public Lecture Jan. 14

Photo of Aaron LarsonEEOB and Evolution and Ecology graduate students sponsor, Tipping points and regime shifts: fact, fiction or fantasy? by Harvard ecologist Aaron M. Ellison, Thursday, Jan. 14, 8 p.m., 001 Jennings Hall.

Ellison discusses rapid changes, or “tipping points,” in social, political or environmental conditions.

‘Off the Wall’ at Urban Arts Space

The Department of Dance presents Off the Wall, two weekends of MFA and BFA student work at Urban Arts Space in downtown Columbus. This free presentation brings dance into an unconventional setting. Part I performances are Jan. 21-23 and Part II performances are Jan. 28-30.


Noel Aloysius, postdoctoral research fellow, Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, on the risk of increasing destructive algae blooms in freshwater lakes, Washington Post, Dec. 30.

Bradley Okdie, assistant professor, psychology (Newark), on why people with certain political leanings are more prone to sharing on social media, New York Times, Dec. 29.

Ellen Peters, professor; Abigail Evans, postdoctoral researcher, on why graphic warnings may help smokers kick the habit, The Nation, Dec. 28, Science Times, Dec. 30, Daily Mirror, Dec. 23, 2015.

Paul Sciulli, professor emeritus, anthropology, on the mystery of dog domestication, Science, Dec. 28.

Paul Sutter, postdoctoral research fellow, Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics (CCAPP), “Top 5 Space Questions of 2015 … with Answers!”, Dec 24. 

Mike Vuolo, assistant professor, sociology, on how smoking bans and taxes encourage quitting, Columbus Dispatch, Dec. 23. Western Daily Press (UK), Dec. 20.

Angela Brown, professor, psychology, on whether people who grow up in the arctic see better in the dark, Popular Science, Dec. 22.

Paul Beck, professor emeritus, on how Donald Trump could jeopardize Republican races in Ohio, WCPO, Dec. 21.

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, “News coverage is a tough call for parents,” Concord Monitor (NH), Dec. 20.

Harvey Graff, professor, English and history, “Not a Popularity Contest,” Inside Higher Ed, Dec. 18.

James Beacham, post-doc research fellow, physics, on LHC bump: Exotic physics or just noise? Discovery News, Dec 18.

Jim Wirth, assistant professor, psychology (Newark), on eye contact, Scientific American, Jan. 1.

Terrell Morgan, professor, Spanish and Portuguese, on how some Spanish speakers flip English definitions of fruits, PRI, Dec. 2.

Bear Braumoeller, associate professor, political science, grading GOP presidential candidates’ debate on foreign policy, The Conversation, Dec. 16.

Kendra McSweeney, professor, geography, on how the war on drugs is killing the environment, VICE NEWS, Dec. 14.

John Mueller, professor, political science, “The Immense Fear Over a Limited Threat to Americans, New York Times, Dec. 15.

Kristi Williams, professor, sociology, on her study on delaying motherhood and
women’s health, Daily Mail (UK), Dec. 15.

Micha Elsner, assistant professor, linguistics, “Giving Directions: Start with a Landmark,” the New York Times, Dec. 15.

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