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AUG. 17, 2016 | TWEET!



Call for Nominations

We are now seeking nominations for the 2017 Arts and Sciences Alumni Awards: Distinguished Alumni Achievement, Young Alumni Achievement and Distinguished Service. Awards will presented at the annual alumni dinner on April 21, 2017. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Contact: Madeline Khurma


Sergio Soave Appointed Associate Executive Dean, Space and Infrastructure

Sergio SoaveSergio Soave has been appointed associate executive dean for space and infrastructure, effective Sept. 1, 2016. Since January 2016, Soave, former chair of the Department of Art (2005-13), has served as an administrative faculty fellow in the college, as special assistant for facilities and planning. 

In this new role, Soave will provide guidance to the executive dean and the divisional deans regarding effective and efficient use of space for research and teaching across the college. He also will work with department chairs, center directors and ASC offices to assess space needs, including developing a broader space-utilization collaboration between chairs and the college. This replaces the role previously held by Rich Hall.

Soave will oversee logistics and strategic planning for three major projects: the renovations of Oxley/Pomerene, the development of the Materials Corridor and the Arts District.

Soave’s appointment continues through Aug. 20, 2020.

Psychology Student Defeats No. 1 Fencer at Olympics

Eleanor HarveyEleanor Harvey, a fourth-year student-athlete studying psychology, is having an experience of a lifetime. Harvey, from Canada, is at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to compete in fencing. She made history last week at the Olympics when she defeated world No. 1 Arriana Errigo of Italy.

Astrophysicist Helps Measure the Universe’s Empty Spaces

Paul SutterPaul Sutter, cosmological research and community outreach coordinator, CCAPP, is study co-author of a paper to appear in an upcoming issue of Physical Review Letters. "Constraints on cosmology and gravity from the dynamics of voids,” shows the way an international team of astronomers measured how the universe’s visible matter clusters together by studying the empty spaces in between.

AFOSR Award Supports Young Mathematician’s Collaborative Connections 

KrishnanSanjeevi Krishnan, assistant professor, mathematics, who joined Ohio State a year ago, just garnered a three-year, $509,998 Air Force Office of Science Research (AFOSR) Award. Krishnan, an algebraic topologist, studies when different geometric shapes can or cannot deform into one another, which has applications in computer science and engineering. The award advances Krishnan’s goal to develop promising connections among topology, logic and dynamics. AFOSR invests in basic research at more than 200 leading academic institutions worldwide.

American Religious Sounds Project Awarded Luce Grant

Weiner and DeRogatisThe Henry Luce Foundation awarded a two-year, $200,000 grant to The Ohio State University Foundation for support of the American Religious Sounds Project, a collaborative multidisciplinary project of Ohio State and Michigan State University. The project is housed in Ohio State’s Center for the Study of Religion. Co-directors are Isaac Weiner, Ohio State associate professor, comparative studies, and associate director, Center for the Study of Religion; and Amy DeRogatis, professor in Michigan State’s Department of Religious Studies.

The American Religious Sounds Project leverages opportunities afforded by the new digital environment to consider what religion sounds like in the United States, as well as how understanding religion’s place in American life might be transformed by using auditory perception as a new tool.


Anthropology Professor Shares Emmy for ‘Active Shooter’ Video

Jeff McKeeJeff McKee, professor, anthropology, along with WOSU Public Media, Ohio State’s Department of Public Safety, and Student Life, were awarded the Emmy for Short Format Program – Informational, from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for their video, “Surviving an Active Shooter.” 

Ohio State Physicist appointed to NIH Center for Scientific Review Section

PoirierMichael Poirier, professor, physics, was appointed to the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review’s Molecular Genetics A Study Section, July 2016 - June 2020. Selection is based on quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and significant honors, along with objectivity and ability to work effectively in groups. This gives Poirier, a biophysicist, a unique opportunity to contribute to national biomedical research efforts.

Statistics Professor to Serve as President for CWS

Shili LinShili Lin, professor, statistics, was elected to serve a four-year term as president of the Caucus for Women in Statistics (CWS), a non-profit organization that fosters opportunities for the education, employment and advancement of women in statistics.


Be Secure: Learn about BuckeyePass with ASCTech's Duo Days

BuckeyePass is The Ohio State University's installation of DuoPass, software that increases data security. ASCTech will host 16 DuoDays for training on DuoPass.


2017 Guggenheim Competition: Deadline, Sept. 19

Applications for the 2017 Guggenheim Foundation United States fellowship competition are now available. The Guggenheim fellowship supports mid-career faculty research across a range of fields, including natural, physical and social sciences, humanities and creative arts. The foundation’s online guide explains that reference letters are solicited based on names submitted by this deadline (Sept.19). Work examples supporting the application are due by Nov. 15. Faculty interested in applying are encouraged to contact Susan Williams.

ACLS Fellowship and Grant Programs Now Open

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) 2016-17 competitions are now open. The ACLS offers fellowship and grant programs that promote the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social sciences research and support scholars at the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career. Fellowship and grant programs and their respective applications deadlines vary by program. Click through to specific programs for details and eligibility criteria. The first deadline is Sept. 28: ACLS Fellowships (the central program).


Global Humanities Careers Roundtable Planned

The area studies centers of the Office of International Affairs hosts a forum for undergraduate students, Sept. 1 on strengths of humanities degrees for the job market. The forum is 4-6 p.m. in 165 Thompson Library, led by Harvey Graff, professor, English and history.


David Stebenne, professor, history and law, on Hillary Clinton's religious background, The Conversation, Aug. 16

Christopher Gelpi, professor, political science, on the impact of veterans in the election, Duck of Minerva, Aug. 12

Jay Zagorsky, research scientist, CHRR, on Trump's economic policy speech, The Conversation, Aug. 11

Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on Gary Johnson's third party impacts, WSYX-TV, Aug. 11

Audrey Sawyer, assistant professor, Earth sciences, on how the U.S. coast is at risk of hidden contamination, USA Today
Gizmodo and Science, Aug. 5


Aug. 18-24


Aug. 18

Public Forum: Should We Edit the Genome? When, Why and How Much?
Franklin Park Conservatory, The Wells Barn, 1777 E. Broad Street 
7-9 p.m.

Aug. 21

Student Involvement Fair
The Oval
4-7 p.m.

Aug. 23 to Sept. 24

Exhibition: Ceramics as Deception
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

Aug. 23 to Sept. 24

Department of Design 2016 Faculty Exhibition: Research through Making
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

Through Aug. 27

Exhibit: Transformations: Fusion, Assimilation, Clash
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

Through Sept. 2

Exhibition: Secrets
Ohio State Faculty Club
Gallery Hours

Through Oct. 21

Land●Mark: Alternative Views of the Landscape
Hopkins Hall Gallery
Gallery Hours

Reception: Thursday, Aug. 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

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