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Gearing up for Pelotonia 2014

BicycleASC Executive Dean David Manderscheid joins the ride. Read his thoughts about gearing-up for Pelotonia:

"I have been an ardent cyclist pretty much my whole life, moving up to a beautiful Masi in 1976, which I restored a few years ago and still own. Beyond the way I feel about biking, I am riding in Pelotonia for other compelling reasons—and I encourage members of our arts and sciences family to join me.

Cancer still has the upper hand and affects nearly all of us. Riding in Pelotonia is our chance to strike a blow here and now. I am myself a cancer survivor—diagnosed with melanoma in the fall of 2013. Fortunately for me, it was detected early; surgery was all that was necessary; and I had the benefit of world-class cancer surgeons and patient care at the James Cancer Hospital."

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Statistics PhD Student Wins Data Science for Social Good Fellowship 

Andrew LandgrafAndrew Landgraf, statistics doctoral candidate, is one of 48 fellows chosen from around the country to participate in the Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Fellowship Summer Program at the University of Chicago. Students work in small teams, taking on real-world problems, mentored by and learning from decision-makers on the front lines of public policy. The program is led by Rayid Ghani from the Computation Institute & Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and former chief data scientist of the 2012 Obama campaign.


Kraft Featured in iTunes Faculty Speaker Series

Nicole KraftNicole Kraft, clinical assistant professor, multimedia journalism, communication, is featured in the Apple iTunes Faculty Speaker Series, discussing how iTunesU and iPad in the classroom have revolutionized her teaching and her students’ learning.


History Professor to Deliver Lecture for U.S. Department of Labor 

David StebenneDavid Stebenne, professor, history and law, has been invited by the U.S. Department of Labor to deliver the 2014 Donald S. Shire Lecture on May 30 in Washington, D.C. He will present “Arthur J. Goldberg: A Labor Secretary Who Was Part of the President’s Inner Circle.” Contact Patricia Morgan at


Phillips Profiled in Law 360

Carter PhillipsAlumnus Carter Phillips (BA, political science, 1973) is profiled in Law 360, in the article, “Sidley Austin’s Steady Hand at the High Court: Carter Phillips,” May 27, 2014.


Faculty Receive Diversity Enhancement Award

Christine Ballengee Morris, professor, arts Administration, Education and Policy; and Amy Shuman, professor, Department of English, received a 2014 Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award. Ballengee Morris, founding director of Ohio State’s Multicultural Center in 2000, later became the first coordinator for American Indian Studies. Shuman, director of Disability Studies, is a nationally recognized scholar who advises Abilities, a disability-awareness student organization. For more than 30 years, Shuman has served a wide range of populations across campus and in the community and led diversity initiatives at Ohio State.


Craig Awarded NSF Grant

Alison Craig, PhD candidate, political science, was awarded a three-year NSF grant to complete her dissertation research. Craig’s work uses a unique dataset of Congressional “Dear Colleague” letters sent among members of Congress over a period of 13 years to study how the social network of Congress affects policy.


History Department Commemorates 70th Anniversary of D-Day, June 5 and 6

Friday’s Veteran Panel, chaired by former Columbus mayor and Ohio State football player Greg Lashutka, Ohio Union, 3:30-5 p.m. caps the two-day commemoration. Speakers Jim Baize, Donald Dunn, Wendell Ellenwood and John Williams, veterans of the European and Pacific theaters, share their World War II experiences. A reception for the veterans and the public follows. Registration required.


June 13 Anitafest Celebration Honors Molecular Genetics Department Chair

Anitafest, a scientific symposium, Friday, June 13, in the Ohio Union, honors Professor and Molecular Genetics Department Chair Anita Hopper’s pioneering work on RNA assembly and processing. The symposium, which is free and includes coffee breaks and lunch provided by the Center for RNA Biology and the College of Arts and Sciences, features presentations by friends, colleagues and former students from around the world. Register online.


May 30

2014 Donald S. Shire Lecture: David Stebenne; U.S. Department of Labor’s César Chávez Memorial Auditorium, Washington, D.C.


May 31

Concert: Electric Violinist Mark Wood; 8 p.m., Weigel Auditorium

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May 29, 2014

Learn Chinese this Summer for Free!

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures hosts a seven-week workshop for individuals 18 years and older who want to learn Chinese, June 16-August 1, 11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. on the Columbus campus. No instructional fee. Non-credit.


Cynthia Colen, assistant professor, sociology, “Most Women Can’t Afford to Breastfeed,” New York Times, May 22, 2014

Adam Kolatorwicz, doctoral student, anthropology, “Mock murder scene challenges Ohio State anthropology, forensics students," Columbus Dispatch (video story), May 22, 2014

David Bromwich, professor, geography, “Global Warming: Fact or Fiction,” TEDx weekly editor’s picks, May 18, 2014


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