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Arts and Sciences Faculty Selected AAAS Fellows

Seventeen faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. They will be welcomed in a ceremony at AAAS’ annual meeting in February 2012. This year’s class of AAAS Fellows from the College of Arts and Sciences includes:

David Bisaro, professor of molecular genetics; plant pathology; and molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics
Peter Culicover, professor of linguistics
Joseph Heremans, professor of physics and Ohio Eminent Scholar in Engineering
Tin-Lun (Jason) Ho, professor of physics
Anne McCoy, professor of chemistry
T.V. RajanBabu, professor of chemistry
Randolph Roth, professor of history
Kristen Sellgren, professor emerita of astronomy
C.K. Shum, professor of earth sciences
Amanda Simcox, professor of molecular genetics
Krzysztof Stanek, professor of astronomy
Richard Steckel, professor of economics, anthropology and history
Joseph Steinmetz, executive dean and vice provost of arts and sciences and professor of psychology and neuroscience
Robert Tabita, Ohio Eminent Scholar and professor of microbiology
Claudia Turro, professor of chemistry
Joseph Williams, professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology
Dongping Zhong, professor of chemistry and physics

Earth Scientists Present Findings at the American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting

Greenlift Panorama

Michael Bevis
, professor of earth sciences and Ohio Eminent Scholar in Geodynamics, reported on findings from a network of nearly 50 GPS stations planted along the Greenland coast to measure the bedrock’s natural response to the ever-diminishing weight of ice above it.

C.K. Shum, professor of earth sciences and Distinguished University Scholar, and colleagues, discovered that the destructive tsunami generated by the March 2011 Tōhoku-Oki earthquake was a long-hypothesized “merging tsunami” that doubled in intensity over rugged ocean ridges, amplifying its destructive power before reaching shore.

A new study by associate professor Wendy Panero, and doctoral student Cayman Unterborn, suggests that some stars in the Milky Way could harbor “carbon super-Earths”– giant terrestrial planets that contain up to 50 percent diamond.

History Professors Receive NEH Fellowships

Robert Davis, professor, Daniel Hobbins, associate professor, and Christopher Otter, associate professor, Department of History, secured NEH Research Fellowships for 2012-13. This is an impressive accomplishment given the rarity of having three NEH fellows within the same academic department.

Reynoldsburg Students Join Play

Several Reynoldsburg High School students joined the cast of the recent production of Pan Pan: The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Pan Pan – a theatre troupe from Dublin, Ireland -- put out a call for a handful of students to join the production, a dramatic take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which was presented in November in Columbus. Students included Isaac Khan, Ahmad Abdellatif, Neil Feldman, Kyle Feldman, Sebastian Brosious, and Michael Cuva. Ohio State student Kevin Tate was also part of the group. The Reynoldsburg young people were students in Harry Gee’s class last year; Gee is involved in the Ohio State/Royal Shakespeare Company partnership.


Call for Nominations – Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award

Department Chairs are invited to nominate a faculty member for the Harlan Hatcher Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award. This award recognizes full professors who have truly exceptional records in teaching, research, and service. In keeping with the university’s ongoing commitment to diversity, nominations of women and minority faculty members are strongly encouraged. The recipient is awarded a $3,000 one-time grant in support of academic work.  Chairs should send an electronic copy of the nominee’s packet no later than Friday, January 13 to Ann Rottersman.

Mershon Center for International Security Studies Research Grants

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies is holding a competition for faculty and students for research grant funds for projects related to one of its focus areas within the study of national security in a global context: use of force and diplomacy; ideas, identities, and decisional processes that affect security; and institutions that manage violent conflict. Deadline is January 27, 2012.

Outreach and Engagement Award

Are you involved in an exceptional outreach and engagement program? The Office of Outreach and Engagement encourages you to submit a partnership to serve as the university's nominee for the national C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award, which recognizes outstanding outreach and engagement partnerships between universities and community partners. National award winners receive a cash prize of $20,000. Nominations must be submitted online by December 20. For more information, call 247-7795 or email

Call for Writers Talk Submissions

Did you have a student essay this quarter that you think would make a great audio piece? Have you written something you’d like to record and have broadcast? The Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing would like to capture digital artifacts for educational or broadcast use on their internet and radio show, Writers Talk. Please contact Doug Dangler for more information.

Thursday, December 15 - Friday, December 16

The Empty Red Frame, 9 am - 5 pm, Department of Art Education, 1st floor of Stadium/Gate 19

Thursday, December 15 - Monday, Janurary 2

Religions of India - Photo Exhibition, Global Gallery, Hagerty Hall

Thursday, December 15

Monthly Anime Adventure: Japan and Religion, 6-8 pm, Urban Arts Space

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DECEMBER 14, 2011

White House

White House Invites Ohio State Diversity Leaders to Champions of Change Event

Joan Herbers, professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology, and Mary Juhas, associate dean for diversity and outreach and a clinical associate professor of materials science and engineering, attended the Champions of Change event, Friday, December 9. The event is part of President Obama’s Winning the Future Initiative.
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Arts and Sciences Faculty and Staff Honored for Years of Service

Each year, Ohio State faculty and staff who celebrate 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 or 50+ years of employment service credit to the university are honored at a brunch. This year, the annual Faculty and Staff Service Recognition Brunch on December 6 honored over 50 ASC faculty and staff for their years of service.  

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Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies

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