O.A.R. Establishes Scholarship

O.A.R.The band O.A.R. credits Ohio State with helping them achieve success. Four high school friends from Rockville, Maryland—Marc Roberge (English, 2001), Chris Culos (political science, 2001), Benj Gershman, and Richard On—chose Ohio State to further their education and music careers. They met fellow Buckeye, Jerry DePizzo, and began making their mark in the music industry, touring the country and selling countless records. As a tribute to their collegiate experience, the group has established a $50,000 undergraduate scholarship to benefit prospective students from DePizzo’s hometown of Youngstown, Ohio.


Political Science Professor Tapped for Career Award

Janet Box-SteffensmeierJanet Box-Steffensmeier, the Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science and University Distinguished Scholar, is the recipient of the 2013 Political Methodology Career Achievement Award from the Political Methodology Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). Box-Steffensmeier is one of the leading scholars in the study of political behavior and political methodology, a field that cuts across disciplinary boundaries. 

Bridging the Gap: Ohio State Physics Department Receives New APS Bridge Program Award  

Jon Pelz and Michelle McCombsPhysics Professor Jon Pelz will direct the physics department’s new Bridge Program, funded by the American Physical Society, with matching funds from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Emergent Materials, and the Department of Physics. The program provides enhanced academics and mentoring for talented underrepresented minorities with bachelor’s degrees in physics to successfully transition into physics PhD programs. Three students have been selected for the inaugural program that begins fall semester. Michelle McCombs, program manager, Center for Emergent Materials, is program coordinator. Pelz, and physics faculty members Chris Hammel, Jay Gupta, Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, and Michael Poirier, spearheaded the effort to establish a Bridge Program at Ohio State. Pictured: Jon Pelz and Michelle McCombs


Physicist Reelected Executive Secretary of the InterAmerican Council on Physics Education

Gordon AubrechtPhysics Professor Gordon Aubrecht, Marion campus, was reelected executive secretary of the InterAmerican Council on Physics Education at their recent conference in Guayaquil, Ecuador, which marked their 50th anniversary. The council organizes conferences that bring physics educators together to discuss techniques and ideas to improve physics teaching in the western hemisphere. The council has representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Changes to Ohio State's 2014 Health Plan Design

Faculty and staff must complete a Personal Health & Well-Being Assessment (PHA) by September 30 to have access to all available medical plans for 2014. For more information, visit The 2014 Health Plan Changes Tool Kit has information about plan changes and a list of resources. Questions, contact Ohio State Human Resources.


July 18

Special Spectroscopy RFG Seminar; 4:10 pm, 2015 McPherson Lab

July 19

ASC SAC Staff Appreciation Ice Cream Social; 2:30-4 pm, Hansford Quadrangle (north side, Denney Hall)

July 19-21


Through July 20

Now You SEE Me; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
I Forgot to Forget; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
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Ann Hamilton to Speak at Summer Commencement

Ann Hamilton, Distinguished University Professor, art, will give the commencement address at Ohio State’s summer term commencement. Approximately 1,750 students will receive degrees during the ceremony August 4 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Hamilton is internationally known for her large-scale multimedia, multi-sensory installations.


Pranav Jani, associate professor, English, on downtown protesters' response to Zimmerman verdict, Columbus Dispatch, July 15, 2013 
John Mueller, professor, political science, evaluating the risks, costs, and benefits of Homeland Security spending, Bloomberg Business Week, July 15, 2013

Yue Qian, PhD candidate, sociology, on marrying a person of higher social station in China, The Economist, July 14, 2013  
Gerald Newsom, professor emeritus, astronomy, on whether Byrd made it to the Pole, WAMC radio, July 12, 2013
Hasan Kwame Jeffries, associate professor, history, on the Zimmerman case, BET, July 10, 2013


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