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Mathematician Elected President of International Professional Society

Barbara KeyfitzBarbara Keyfitz, the Charles Saltzer Professor of Mathematics, will assume leadership of the International Council on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) on October 1. She will be its first woman president. Keyfitz, who has been at Ohio State since 2009, was previously director of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, in Toronto, Canada, and was a faculty member at the University of Houston for 25 years.  Keyfitz, who has been involved as an ICIAM officer since 2003, said, “I am proud of my service to my profession. I have always been willing to do the job, understand the mission of the organization, and get behind it. That is what I plan to continue to do.”

Sudy Finds Increase in Black-White Marriages

Zhenchao Qian, professor and chair, sociology, is lead author of a new study on the state of black-white marriages. Qian’s research on interracial marriages suggests that the racial boundary between blacks and whites continues to break down – but is not yet close to disappearing.

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Earth Scientist Receives PECASE Award

Ian HowatIan Howat, assistant professor, School of Earth Sciences, will receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) at a dinner at the White House in October. The PECASE is the highest award given by the United States government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.  Howat studies the state of the earth’s large ice sheets, using data collected from space satellites as a primary observational tool. This is the second year in a row that a young researcher from earth sciences has received the award. Steven Lower was selected for a PECASE in 2010.

Mussel Facility Receives North American Conservation Award

musselsThomas Watters, senior research associate, Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology (EEOB), is science director of the Columbus Zoo Mussel Facility, which will receive the 2011 North American Conservation Award in October. This award is given annually to the top North American conservation program by the Association of Zoos and Aquaria. The Mussel Facility is run by two fulltime EEOB staff members, research associate Trisha Gibson, and research assistant Jen Cecil. The facility has been in operation since 2002. Watters, who is Curator of Molluscs at Ohio State’s Museum of Biological Diversity, said, “Among our projects was the reintroduction of 3,800 federally-endangered mussels from Pennsylvania to Darby Creek—the largest intro of an endangered species in the state’s history.”
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Virtual Pasture Returns to Campus

Head over to the the Oval side of the Wexner Center on Monday, October 3, when the sheep in The Virtual Pasture will be making an appearance. The Pasture - the brainchild of Michael Mercil, professor in the Department of Art, is an ever-evolving agri/cultural piece and the second installment in his ongoing investigations as part of the department's Living Culture Initiative. There will be two more visits to campus this fall, on the first Mondays in November and December.
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Register for the Society of American Indians Centennial Symposium

The Society of American Indians (SAI) was the first national American Indian rights organization developed and run by American Indians. Join us at the Ohio Union, October 7-9,  as we celebrate the centennial of the formation and first national meeting of the SAI. Welcoming remarks by President E. Gordon Gee, and keynote addresses from Philip Deloria (University of Michigan), K. Tsianina Lomawaima (University of Arizona), and Robert Warrior (University of Illinois).  Visit the SAI webpage for the complete schedule.
Science Sundays

Astronomer and well-known planet-hunter Scott Gaudi will talk about The Search for other Worlds and Life in the Universe at Science Sundays on October 16, 3-4 pm,  in the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater.  Gaudi will provide a guided tour of the golden age of the exploration of extrasolar worlds and the search for extraterrestrial life, focusing on the hunt for the “pale blue dot” —another world just like our own.The Science Sundays’ public lectures is an initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences’ research centers to encourage public awareness of and engagement with timely scientific topics. An informal reception follows immediately.

NEH Chairman to Give Talk on Civility

Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will be giving a talk on Civility in a Troubled Economy, Friday, September 30 at 4 p.m. in the U.S. Bank Theatre, Ohio Union. President Gee will introduce Leach. There will be a reception immediately following the presentation. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations required.           
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