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Wilkins Geomicrobiology Laboratory: School of Earth Sciences & Department of Microbiology

Bob Danczak in ColoradoThe members of Wilkins Geomicrobiology Lab have had a busy May. Read all about it in their latests posts: "Taking microbiology to the masses," "Sampling in Colorado" and "Paula braves North Dakota."

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Divisional Dean Named Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean  

Peter MarchPeter March, professor of mathematics and College of Arts and Sciences’ divisional dean for natural and mathematical sciences, has been named executive dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University, effective July 1. His last day at Ohio State is June 30. March has spent most of his career at Ohio State where his impact has been far-reaching. He has served as ASC divisional dean since 2010, chaired the Department of Mathematics from 1998 to 2006 and was an associate director of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute from 2003 to 2005. From 2006 to 2010, he served as director of the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation. A successor will be named shortly. 


Donor Gives Orton Geological Museum Spectacular Specimen

When Dale Gnidovec, curator of Orton Geological Museum, arrived to give a talk for the North Coast Fossil Club in Cleveland a few weeks ago, he never dreamt he would leave with the promise of the gift of a gorgeous specimen of Isotelus maximus, Ohio's official state fossil, worth $15,500. But, sure enough, that promise now resides in a place of prominence in the Orton Museum.


Arts and Humanities Chair Leadership Changes Announced

The following chair changes were announced by Mark Shanda, divisional dean, arts and humanities, pending approval by the Board of Trustees: Art: Rebecca Harvey, one-year interim; English: Debra Moddelmog; Germanic Languages and Literatures: Robert Holub; History of Art: Lisa Florman; Theatre: Lesley Ferris, one-year interim; Philosophy: Justin D’Arms.


Poetry Alums in The New Yorker

Recent MFA poetry alums, Matt Sumpter and Natalie Shapero have back to back poems in the two most recent issues of The New Yorker. Sumpter’s poem, "Against Home," appears in this week's May 26 issue, and Shapero’s poem, "Survive Me," appeared in the May 19 issue.


Twelve Students Receive 2014 Fulbright Grants to Study Abroad 

Layla Banaie, international studies & German (Germany); Eric Connelly, globalization studies & Russian 
(Russia); Jordan Kelsey, comparative studies & Spanish (Mexico); Rose Kramer, Spanish (Peru); Yuchen Lin, speech and hearing science & German (Germany); Jennifer Mayer, political science & Chinese (Taiwan); Erin McAuliffe, political science & German (Thailand); Rebecca Monteleone, ASC Personalized Study Program (United Kingdom); Emily Moore, international studies (Indonesia); Calla Sneller, international studies & Spanish (Brazil); Lauren Stabler, political science & German (Germany); Stephanie Weisfeld, international studies & French (Brazil). Evan Sieradzki, international studies & Russian; and Asha Underiner, English, Russian & marketing, were named Scholar Alternates.


Graduate Students Named Metro Fellows 

Kelsey Fultz (Metro Fellow Biology 2013-14), Ryan Badeau (Metro Fellow Physics 2013-14) and Martin Beres (Metro Fellow Chemistry 2011-14) were named Metro Fellows. The Metro Fellows Program at Ohio State partners graduate students in STEM fields with Metro High School to be role models to these high-school students and help stimulate their interest in STEM disciplines. 


Nine Chinese Language/Culture Students Receive 2014 Scholarships from Chinese Government

Eight graduate students and one undergraduate have been awarded scholarships valued at approximately $25,000 each, to study in China. All seven DEALL China Flagship Program graduate students will receive full tuition, living stipend, medical insurance and housing accommodations to study in their areas of interest at top Chinese universities: William (Mac) Carr, Tsinghua University (Beijing), economics and management; Briun Greene, Peking University, business management; Tina Li, Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou), marketing; Mack Lorden, Zhejiang University (Hangzhou), tea;  Cassandra Olsen, Peking University, international relations; Nicholas Pochedly, Peking University, business management; Joel Poncz, Sun Yat-Sen University, environmental studies. Read more about the program in the latest edition of ASCENT. Two additional students awarded scholarships to study in China: graduate student Alexandra Draggeim, Shanghai International Studies University, interpretation and translation; and undergraduate Vycheslav Dade, Fudan University, Chinese language.

Speech and Hearing Science Professor Honored

Joan McCauleyRebecca McCauley, professor, speech and hearing science, received the inaugural Social and Behavioral Sciences Award for Faculty Excellence in Mentoring, in recognition of her commitment to serving as a role model to junior faculty; promoting professional development of faculty and doctoral students and helping integrate new faculty into the university community. McCauley will receive a cash award of $2,500 and commemorative plaque.


History Department Commemorates 70th Anniversary of D-Day 

The Department of History remembers D-Day with commemorative events on Thursday and Friday, June 5 and 6. These include lectures by leading military historians, Williamson Murray, Peter Hahn, Peter Mansoor and Russell Hart; and a Veteran Panel, led by former Columbus mayor Greg Lashutka. Register online.  


Department of Physics Blood Drive, May 27: Only Campus Gold Level Sponsor 

Physics Research Building Atrium, 191 W. Woodruff, Tuesday, May 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sign up: 1-800-REDCROSS or, sponsor code: buckeye. If you donated before March 31, you may be eligible. Receive Columbus Zoo BOGO entry offer/weekly drawing for 4 Zoombezi Bay passes.


Mark Flugge Tune to be Played Daily Downtown

In remembrance of jazz pianist and composer Mark Flugge, who died on May 11, a composition he wrote for the Trinity Episcopal Church chimes will be played daily at 12:02 p.m. through June 11. Flugge was one of 12 musicians commissioned by Finding Time: ColumbusPublic Art2012, a public art project, to write new works for the chimes at the church at East Broad and 3rd. Musicians in various genres created works played by carillonneur Nick Tepe. Flugge’s six-minute work, Faith, premiered July 2012.


Participants Needed for Research Survey

Hussam Kashou, PhD candidate, educational technology, seeks participants in a survey on students’ use of mobile technology. The survey takes 20 minutes. Participation is greatly needed and appreciated.


Evaluators Needed for Metro School Senior Presentations

The Metro School, a STEM-focused high school, located on west campus, is looking for Ohio State faculty and staff who can serve as evaluators for the Senior Gateway, on May 28 and 29 from 3 to 7 p.m. These final presentations by Metro High School seniors are the end of their secondary school experience. Each Gateway takes an hour. Interested? Contact Metro Assistant Principal Peter DeWitt.

Retirement Celebration for Chris Burton 

The Department of History hosts a retirement celebration for Chris Burton, fiscal/personnel officer, Friday, May 30, 3-5 p.m., Faculty Club. RSVP requested


Statistics Faculty Member Elected Professional Society Section Chair

Chris Holloman, director of the Statistical Consulting Service and auxiliary associate professor, statistics, was elected chair of the American Statistical Association’s Section on Statistical Consulting.


May 22

Reception - The Life's Work of 10,000 Bees; 3 p.m., Hopkins Hall Gallery

Molecular Genetics Seminar; 4:10 p.m., 111 Parks Hall


May 23

Research, Outreach, and Evaluation: the OSU-COSI Connection; 12 p.m., online


May 24

11th Annual History of Black Columbus Conference; 9 a.m., African American and African Studies Community Extension Center, 905 Mount Vernon Ave.


May 27

Summer Youth STEM Programs at the Ohio Supercomputer Center; 12 p.m., online


May 27-29

Practices of the Absence - i.l.o.v.e.y.o.u; Hopkins Hall Gallery


May 28-29

2014 Devon W. Meek Lecture

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May 21, 2014
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Mark Wood

School of Music Hosts Concert with Mark Wood

The School of Music welcomes Grammy Award-winning electric-violinist Mark Wood, who will be featured in a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 31, in Weigel Hall Auditorium. Admission at the door is $12 for adults and $6 for students, cash or check only. Wood – who performed on Beyonce’s latest album and has performed in concerts with Billy Joel and the "Rolling Stones" – is in Columbus to participate in a five-day workshop, “Electrify Your Strings,” for string musicians and teachers.


Harvey Graff, Ohio Eminent Scholar in Literacy Studies and professor of English and history, on "The One-Percent At State U: How University Presidents Profit from Rising Student Debt and Low-Wage Faculty Labor," HuffingtonPostLive, and
The Nation, May 19, 2014

Janet Best, associate professor, mathematics, research that is helping us understand insomnia, medical condition-induced sleep disorders and even jet lag, National Science Foundation, April 30, 2014


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