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Physicist Awarded $1.5 Million AFOSR Grant

Enam ChowdhuryEnam Chowdhury, senior research scientist, physics, received $1.5 million from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to lead a team of researchers at Ohio State, the University of Texas at Austin, and Plymouth Grating Laboratory in Massachusetts to develop fundamental understanding of femtosecond (fs) laser-matter interaction with solids. Chowdhury will build a dedicated laser experimental station in the Physics Research Building capable of generating multiple short pulse beams from UV to mid IR, and pulse widths ranging from 5 – 1000 fs.

Associate Professor Elected Fellow

Eric HealyEric Healy, associate professor, speech and hearing science, has been elected a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). Healy was recognized for contributions to spectral-temporal analysis in speech perception.

Sociology Professor Elected President

Elizabeth CookseyElizabeth Cooksey, professor of sociology and associate director, Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR), was elected president of the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies at their annual meeting in Paris, October 2012.  The Society has members from 26 countries worldwide.

Physics Graduate Student Receives Award

Aaron ChenAaron Chen, physics graduate student and Ohio State Presidential Fellow, has been awarded the PhD Dissertation Research Award by the American Physical Society Topical Group on Magnetism and its applications.  Chen’s research involves developing new methods to use carefully designed patterns of magnetic films on surfaces to remotely manipulate and transport tiny magnetic particles along desired trajectories. Chen will present his research at the Society’s meeting in March.

Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week 2012 - Globe ThumbprintThe Department of Geography has a host of events for national Geography Awareness Week (through November 17) including the Undergraduate Geography Bowl and a presentation by Derek Gregory, professor of geography at the University of British Columbia, on the geography of war. Much of Gregory’s work focuses on the war on terror and the "global war prison" in Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Afghanistan/Pakistan, and East Africa. For more information contact Brooke Raake.

Arts and Sciences Undergraduate
e-Newsletter – November Issue

The November undergraduate student e-Newsletter highlights the School of Communication, the Undergraduate Economics Society, Outstanding Teaching Awards overseen by the college’s Student Council, an upcoming student/faculty dinner, autumn graduation information, and mock interview guidance.  To submit content suggestions or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Ann Rottersman, director of student programs. Newsletter Archives.

Associate Professor to Present in Puerto Rico

Koritha Mitchell, associate professor, English, will present at the American Studies Association convention in Puerto Rico, November 15-18 on Mentoring from the Pipeline Through to Tenure Track, and Dimensions of Empire and Resistance: A Conversation on the Past, Present, and Future of U.S. (Un)Equal Rights.

Year End Writing Contest

Writers Talk, OSU’s television, Internet, and radio show about writers and writing, and Barnes & Noble The OSU Bookstore announce the 2012 Year End Writing Contest. Submit your fiction or nonfiction stories, personal essays, or poetry about the end of the year: holidays, New Year’s resolutions, passage of time, etc. Prizes range from a book to a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card. OSU students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to submit stories. Deadline is November 20.

North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad

NACLO 2012 logoThe North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO), an educational competition in linguistics for high school students, takes place at Ohio State on January 31, 2013. Practice sessions begin in early January. High school students are encouraged to sign up by early December.

OCIO and University Libraries Collaborate on NBC Learn

NBC Learn, a collection of over 10,000 primary source streaming videos, newsreels, documents, and images that can be used in lectures, online assignments, digital projects, and presentations, is now available to Ohio State faculty, staff, and students. Browse these resources, link to them, or download them for viewing in an offline player. Full transcripts and citations are provided for each resource.  Access NBC Learn videos in a wide range of disciplines.

Through November 16


November 16

Derek Gregory on the Geography of War; 4:30-6 pm, 0100 Mendenhall Lab
Symphony Orchestra; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

November 16-17

Dance Uptown; 8 pm, Mershon Auditorium

November 18

Chorale and Men's Glee Club; 3 pm, Weigel Auditorium

November 19

MFA Lecture/Demonstration: Ellie Escosa Carter; 316 Pomerene Hall

Screening & Discussion: Austin Unbound; 6-8 pm, Conference Theatre, Ohio Union
Symphonic Choir and Women's Glee Club; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

November 27

Wind Symphony; 8 pm, Weigel Auditorium

November 28

Designing Service-Learning Into Your Course; 2-3:30 pm, 150 Younkin Success Center

Through November 29

VSA Ohio's Accessible Expressions Ohio 2012; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

Through December 14


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November 15, 2012

News & Updates will not be published next week because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Publication will resume Wednesday, November 28.
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How Do Cells Tell Time? Molecular Geneticist Develops Single-Cell Imaging to Watch the Cell Clock

Sharon Amacher, professor, molecular genetics, and her colleagues have developed a new way to visualize single-cell activity in living zebrafish embryos. The imaging tool fuses a protein defining the cells’ cyclical behavior to a yellow fluorescent protein that allows for visualization. This clarifies how cells line up in the right place at the right time to receive signals about the next phase of their life. The imaging shows that cell division, called mitosis, is not a random event as was once believed. Instead, division tends to occur when neighboring cells are at a low point of gene activation for signal reception – suggesting mitosis is not as “noisy,” or potentially disruptive, as it was previously assumed.
In the News
Peter Mansoor, associate professor, history, on Petraeus’ resignation, Washington Post, November 13, 2012
Joanne Ruthsatz, assistant professor, psychology, Mansfield, on the link between autism and genius, Growing Your Baby, November 12, 2012
Matthew Lewis, professor, economics, on the high cost of natural-gas deregulation, Columbus Dispatch, November 11, 2012
Joseph Steinmetz, executive dean and vice provost, on Ohio State’s new Town and Gown Advisory Committee for the Arts, Columbus Dispatch, November 11, 2012
Paul Beck, professor emeritus, political science, on the Obama ground game in Ohio, Boston Globe, November 9, 2012
David Stebenne, professor, history, on how Obama won, Alternet, November 7, 2012

Mari Noda and Galal Walker, professors, East Asian languages and literatures, on $9.6M State Department grant, Columbus Business First, November 1, 2012
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