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Pelotonia: From Starting Line to Finish Line, a most exhilarating experience

You're the "MAN"derscheid!
Executive Dean David Manderscheid rides his first Pelotonia. Will he do it again? Read what the newly named “Dean of Pelotonia” has to say about it in his recent blog post.

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Humanities & Cognitive Summer Institute 2014

This week, 38 high school students from across Ohio are gathering for the Humanities and Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute, a weeklong summer program providing a critical thinking forum for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors matriculated in Columbus schools to explore the big questions at the intersection of the humanities and cognitive sciences. Co-sponsored by the Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and Ohio State’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Each week we would like to feature a new blog post from our ASC community – please send links to your posts to


Editor's Note:

Two innovative, cross-disciplinary research projects. More than $5 million. Two major granting agencies: NIH, NSF. In these days of shrinking support for research funding, ASC researchers can still bring home the grants.

$3 Million + NIH Grant Funds Earth Scientist’s Work on Medical Implants

Steven LowerEarth Sciences Professor Steven Lower’s new five-year grant of just over $3 million dollars ($3,002,203) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will allow him to continue his innovative, cross-disciplinary research on the potentially deadly blood infection caused by bacterial cells that attach to implanted cardiac devices. This affects approximately 4 percent of the one million patients receiving these implants each year.

$2 Million NSF Grant Funds New Materials Research Collaboration

Joshua GoldbergerJoshua Goldberger, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, is principal investigator (PI) on a $2 million, four-year study funded by the National Science Foundation to look at thermal conductance and thermoelectric properties of germanium and tin by manipulating the materials’ thermal properties on the atomic level. Joseph Heremans, professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering; and physics, is co-PI.

New Book on African (American) Identities

Chinwe Okpalaoka, director, Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Recruitment and Diversity Services, is author of a new book, (Im)migrations, Relations, and Identities: Negotiating Cultural Memory, Diaspora, and African(American) Identities (Peter Lang Publishers). In the book, Okpalaoka documents the movement and dispersion of African ascendant peoples around the globe and the issues that arise about which groups have the most legitimate claim to the continent of Africa.

EEOB Researcher Finds Antarctic Insect’s Genome Smallest to Date

David DenlingerDavid Denlinger, Distinguished University Professor; professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology, is senior author of research published in the journal Nature Communications. Denlinger’s team, who sequenced the genome of the Antarctic midge, suspect the genome’s small size – the smallest in insects described to date – probably can be explained by the midge’s adaptation to its extreme living environment.


NSF IUSE Planning Session

The National Science Foundation has announced the next round of its Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) funding undergraduate STEM education reform. STEM Initiatives will hold a planning meeting Tuesday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. for those interested in discussing the new IUSE RFP and to share ideas for Ohio State proposals.

Remembering History Professor Emeritus John C. Rule

John RuleThe Department of History will pay tribute to John C. Rule Aug. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in 168 Dulles Hall. A reception and celebration of the publication of Professor Rule’s last book (co-authored by Ben S. Trotter), A World of Paper: Louis XIV, Colbert de Torcy and the Rise of the Information State, will follow the memorial. RSVP requested.


Staff Professional Grants

Arts and Sciences staff are encouraged to apply for professional development funding through an ASC Staff Professional Development Grant. Deadline: Sept. 12 by 4 p.m.

The Mershon Research Network in Cultural Resilience Weekend Colloquium

Sustainable Pluralism: Linguistic and cultural resilience in multiethnic societiesThe Mershon Research Network in Cultural Resilience, a collaboration of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, the Center for Folklore Studies and the Department of Linguistics, presents the colloquium "Sustainable Pluralism: Linguistic and Cultural Resilience in Multiethnic Societies," Thursday, Sept. 4 - Saturday, Sept. 6. Keynote speakers include Lenore Grenoble (University of Chicago), Camiel Hamans (European Union) and Salikoko Mukfwene (University of Chicago). Faculty and students from comparative studies, East Asian languages and literatures, geography, linguistics, and Near Eastern languages and cultures will present their field studies.


Through August 15

Humanities and Cognitive Sciences Summer Institute for High School Students

August 19

"What's the Biggest Thing in the Universe?"; COSI's Atrium Room: 333 W. Broad St.

Through September 6

PULL LEFT: Contemporary Chinese Art; Urban Arts Space: 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

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August 13, 2014
Columbus Metropolitan Club

Political Science Professors Present at Columbus Metropolitan Club 

Richard Herrmann, chair and professor, political science, and Randall Schweller, professor, political science, will give a presentation on the crisis in Ukraine and its international implications at the Columbus Metropolitan Club Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 12 p.m. Herrmann, author of the book, Perceptions and Behavior in Soviet Foreign Policy, and former Council on Foreign Relations Fellow for the Secretary of State, is an expert on Soviet foreign policy, international security and political psychology. Schweller is author of Maxwell’s Demon and the Golden Apple: Global Discord in the New Millennium and editor-in-chief of Security Studies.


David Denlinger, professor; evolution, ecology and organismal biology, on smallest genome found to-date, Columbus Dispatch, Aug. 12, 2014

Peter Mansoor, associate professor, history, on the U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, KQED-FM, Aug. 11, 2014

Urban Arts Space exhibit “Pull Left: Not Always Right,” reviewed, Columbus Dispatch, Aug. 10, 2014

Richard Gunther, professor emeritus, political science, on Ohio’s redistricting plan, WCBE FM, Aug. 7, 2014

Randall Schweller, professor, political science, on whether we are entering an age of global disorder, Public Radio International, Aug. 6, 2014

Brad Bushman, professor, communication, on how to identify a narcissist, LA Times, Aug. 6, 2014


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