Center for Emergent Materials (CEM) Researchers Develop New Tool for Imaging Spin Properties

Rendering of new tool
Physics Professors Chris Hammel and David Stroud; Post-doctoral researcher Vidya Bhallamudi; Graduate research associates Chris Wolfe and Andrew Berger; and undergraduate research assistant Dominic Labanowski developed a new technique for imaging spin properties at the nanoscale. Scanned Spin-Precession Microscopy works by incorporating a scannable micromagnetic tip in conjunction with any of a variety of established spin detection tools—electrical or optical, and improves their limited or non-existent imaging capabilities. The pioneering technique, published in Physical Review Letters, was a collaboration between Ohio State and Texas A&M experimentalists and theorists, funded by CEM.

Sociology Professor: Say ‘Goodbye’ to American Traditional Family

Zhenchao QianZhenchao Qian, professor and chair, sociology, is the author of a new study finding that the modern American family no longer resembles the old vision of a "traditional family;" marriages are in decline, divorces on the rise, and adult kids are returning home bringing some big shifts in the makeup of U.S. households. According to Qian, the great recession of the late 2000's accounts for many of the changes; across the board, regardless of race, young people born in the United States have delayed getting married, moved back in with their parents, and those who do marry get divorced at a higher rate.

Department of Geography and CURA Team up with
U-Haul for Sustainability Study 

The Department of Geography and the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) are studying sustainable community redevelopment in Columbus’ greater Hilltop area in partnership with U-Haul International Inc. Daniel Sui, professor and chair, geography and Maria Manta Conroy, associate director of CURA and professor, city and regional planning; focus on the potential role that different development strategies can have in contributing to the economic, social and environmental sustainability of the greater Hilltop community. "This project is an excellent example of a university-industry partnership helping local communities to achieve the goals of urban sustainable development,” said Sui.


Geography Professor and Team Awarded Interdisciplinary NSF Grant To Study Game-Based e-Learning

Ola AhlqvistOla Ahlqvist, associate professor, geography and principal investigator, along with co-principal investigators Andrew Heckler, associate professor, physics, and Rajiv Ramnath, associate professor, computer science and engineering, were awarded $249,999 from NSF’s Cyberlearning Program for, GeoGames—online map games for teaching and learning through a real-world spatial perspective.

Communication Professor Awarded Digital First Impact Grant

Nicole Kraft, assistant professor, communication, received a Digital First Impact Grant from the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE), to redesign her section of COMM 2221, Writing and Editing for News, to incorporate the use of iPads in all aspects of the course. Kraft will “flip” her classroom by providing digital resources to students via iTunes U and iBooks.


Discovery Themes Inaugural Funding Opportunity

The provost’s office announces the first discovery themes’ funding opportunity: an RFP to support the hiring of tenured and tenure/track faculty in data analytics, identified by the themes’ faculty advisory boards for its potential to help Ohio State address today’s global challenges. Statement of intent is due November 1. Following notification on November 15, full proposals due on December 18. Awards announced January 17, 2014.

Writing Center Has New Locations

The Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing’s Writing Center has several new satellite locations: Thompson Library (1st floor behind the reference desk), 114 Smith-Steeb Residence Hall (80 W. 11th Ave.), and 4120 Smith Labs, 175 W. 18th Ave. Students can visit a site, or sign up at: CSTW website for an online, virtual session on Carmen. More information, contact Dickie Selfe:,
(614) 546-6854. 

Hale Hall Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Gala

The Frank W. Hale, Jr. Black Cultural Center and its administrative home, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, moved to the new Hale Hall in July. Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Friday, September 20, for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 pm.

Faculty and Staff Participate in NSF and AAAS Conference on Undergraduate Biology Education

Caroline Breitenberger, associate professor, chemistry and biochemistry and director of the Center for Life Sciences Education (CLSE); Judy Ridgway, CLSE assistant director; and Roman Lanno, associate professor, evolution, ecology and organismal biology; participated in the NSF and AAAS co-sponsored conference, “Vision and Change in Biology Undergraduate Education: Chronicling Change, Inspiring the Future,” in Washington, DC, August 28-30. 

Germanic Launches New Course
Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Sigmund Freud were the most important theorists of the late 19th and early 20th century writing in German. This spring, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures offers a new course to acquaint students with these scholars: German Intellectual History: Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud (German 3353).


September 19


September 20

Politics and Efficiency in an Age of Security; 10 am-12 pm, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Ave.

Fall Undergraduate Student Poster Forum; 12-3 pm, Buckeye Reading Room and Multipurpose Room, Thompson Library
Symphony Orchestra; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

September 23

An Overview of Mathematica for Education and Research; 1:30-2:30 pm, 1080 Physics Research Building

September 24-November 14

Painting/Tableau/Stage; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through October 4


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September 18, 2013
Heather Allen

Ohio State Chemist’s Work to Benefit from $20 Million NSF CAICE Grant

While most of the world is busy calculating C0impacts on global climate change, a growing group of scientists focus elsewhere—on aerosols—miniscule particles suspended in gas, smoke, mist, or fog—that are major drivers of climate change. Heather Allen, professor, chemistry and biochemistry, is one of a group of researchers from nine universities around the country affiliated with the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment (CAICE), led by UC-San Diego. CAICE just received a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support its innovative, interdisciplinary aerosol research.


Tim Berra, professor emeritus; evolution, ecology and organismal biology (Mansfield), discusses his new book, Darwin and His Children: His Other Legacy, on WOSU All Sides with Ann Fisher, September 17, 2013
Harvey Miller, professor, geography, finds that people drive more on bad air alert days, Associated Press, September 11, 2013
Zhenchao Qian, professor and chair, sociology, on how the traditional U.S. family is getting hard to find, Wall Street Journal, September 11, 2013
David Stebenne, professor, history, on how unions are opening their membership, NPR, September 11, 2013 
Dave Steigerwald, professor, history, on how 9/11, JFK, each shook the nation differently, The Columbus Dispatch, September 11, 2013


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