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JAN. 14, 2015 | TWEET!


National Champions!

Ringing in the New Semester

Dean Mandersheid reflects on lessons learned from the epic Buckeye victories. Everywhere you look there is evidence that Ohio State is a force to be reckoned with — in research, in academia, in scholarship, in the arts, in paying forward and giving back, and yes — in athletics!
NOTE: Next week, because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, News & Updates will be published on Thursday, Jan. 22.


Five-year $2,608,207 NIH Grant Funds Interdisciplinary Research on Salmonella

Brian AhmerThis new, five-year $2,608,207 NIH Grant allows Brian Ahmer, associate professor, microbiology; and microbial, infection and immunity, and a team of researchers to continue promising work on salmonella. Joining Ahmer on the project, "Salmonella colonization resistance, and fructose-asparagine," are Venkat GopalanEdward Behrman and Vicki Wysocki, chemistry and biochemistry; and Kelly Wrighton, molecular genetics. 

Chemistry Professor Receives Five-Year $520,000 NSF CAREER Award

Hannah Shafaat Hannah Shafaat, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, has been granted a five-year, $520,000 NSF CAREER award for her project, “Metalloenzyme mechanisms probed by resonance Raman spectroscopy.” Her research centers on studying metalloenzymes that carry out valuable reactions important to alternative energy sources and clean energy storage. The NSF CAREER award is the top award given by the National Science Foundation to support the work of junior faculty members. 

New Study Shows Small Proteins That Can Disable Bacterial Toxins

Dmitri KudryashovDmitri Kudryashov, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, is senior author of a study showing that small proteins called defensins — peptides made up of about 30 amino acids active in the human immune response — can disable bacterial toxins. Elena Kudryashova, research scientist, chemistry and biochemistry, is lead author. Co-authors include Royston Quintyn and Vicki Wysocki, chemistry and biochemistry; Stephanie Seveau, microbiology and microbial infection and immunity; and Wuyuan Lu, University of Maryland School of Medicine. The research is published in a recent issue of the journal Immunity.


Ohio State Astronomer Wins Lancelot M. Berkeley Prize

David H. WeinbergThe American Astronomical Society (AAS) awarded David H. Weinberg, the Henry L. Cox Professor in Astronomy and Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, the Lancelot M. Berkeley New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy. It recognizes “highly meritorious work in advancing the science of astronomy during the previous year.” Weinberg studies the large-scale structure of the universe, dark energy and dark matter, the formation and evolution of galaxies and quasars and the intergalactic medium. Weinberg was honored for leading contributions to SDSS-III, the third phase of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which has made dramatic advances in measuring the structure of the Milky Way galaxy and the history of the accelerating expansion of the universe.


TEDx OhioStateUniversity

The Human NarrativeRegistration is open for the next TEDx OhioStateUniversity, “The Human Narrative,” Feb. 14, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mershon Auditorium.  ASC speakers include Rich Petty, professor and chair, psychology; David Ewoldsen, professor, communication and psychology;  Andrea Grottoli, professor, Earth sciences; Lisa Cravens-Brown, senior lecturer, psychology; John Beacom, professor, physics and astronomy; Damian Beauchamp, graduate teaching associate, chemistry and biochemistry; undergraduate students Emmanuel Dzotsi, political science and communications and Marisa McGrath, international relations and women’s, gender and sexuality studies.

A Look at Ferguson in the Wake of the Michael Brown Killing

Richard RosenfeldThe Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC) hosts Richard Rosenfeld, Founders Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri-St. Louis, to discuss the Michael Brown killing and the environment in Ferguson, Missouri. The talk is Jan. 29 at noon, MLK Jr. Auditorium, Hale Center.


Origins January Milestone: "The Magna Carta and Its Legacy."

"Top Ten Origins: The Common Core Curriculum" historical context for Common Core reform.

Out next month: "Erdoğan’s Presidential Dreams, Turkey’s Constitutional Politics" on political controversies in Turkey, a key strategic partner to the European Union.


ASC Grad/STEM Diversity Director Appointed to National Board

J. Marcela HernandezJ. Marcela Hernandez, graduate and STEM diversity director, Arts and Sciences Recruitment and Diversity Services, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Postdoctoral Association for 2015.

Study Abroad Scholarships

Students may apply for the following via one online applications:
  • Keith and Linda Monda International Experience Scholarships (all arts and sciences students) 
  • International Study Abroad Fund (International Studies majors)
  • Roth Family Endowment (students active in Diversity Services Office Program for Advising in Scholarship and Service (PASS) or PASS Beyond)
  • Humanities Scholarships (some funds designated for particular majors). 
Apply by Jan. 22.  Contact Ann Rottersman.

Merit and Need-Based Scholarships

For undergraduate students majoring in the humanities or the natural and mathematical sciences. Apply by Feb. 4. Contact Ann Rottersman.

SBS Undergraduate Research Grants

For undergraduate students majoring in the social and behavioral sciences whose research projects involve extraordinary costs. Apply by Feb. 13. Contact Deborah Haddad.

2015-2016 Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants Due: Feb. 16

Now accepting applications. Apply online. Contact Tess Pugsley.

Summer Research Funding Awards

Mayers Summer Research Scholarships (natural and mathematical sciences majors); URO Summer Research Fellowships (independent research conducted with a university faculty member); Honors Summer Research Scholarships and the Holbrook Research Abroad Fellowships (independent research abroad) open to students via joint application. Apply by Feb. 16 at noon. Visit the Undergraduate Research Office website for more information.

Kathryn Sullivan Scholarship

Supports undergraduate arts and sciences students, preference for junior or senior women majoring or minoring in the sciences, with a passion for exploration and/or aerospace in good academic standing. Apply by Feb. 20. Contact Ann Rottersman.


Jan. 15

Psychology Colloquium: Negative stereotypes make Christians underperform in science; 4 p.m., 035 Psychology Building

Reception: International Exhibition of Contemporary Student Printmaking; 4:30 p.m., Hopkins Hall Gallery

Susan Stewart, The Life of Ruins; 4:30 p.m., Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

Through Jan. 16

International Exhibition of Contemporary Student Printmaking; Hopkins Hall Gallery

Jan. 16

Peter Mucha Talk: Communities in Multilayer Networks; 12 p.m., 2130 Derby Hall

Jan. 17

Annual MLK Day Linguistic Symposium, Historical Germanic Linguistics; 8:30 a.m., 122 Oxley Hall

Jan. 17-30

You Make Me Do This: Performance Art from the 2015 Theatre MFA Acting Cohort; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Jan. 18

High School Honor Band Weekend Concert; 2 p.m., Weigel Hall Auditorium

Jan. 20

IPR Seminar: Kerry Ard; 12:30 p.m., 038 Townshend Hall

Leonard Smith, The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and the History of Sovereignty; 3:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Jan. 21

Sara Mitchell, Cross Border Troubles? Interstate River Conflicts and Intrastate Violence; 3:30 p.m., Mershon Center for International Security Studies

A Reading and Conversation with Marla Berkowitz; 4 p.m., Crane Cafe, Hagerty Hall

Arts and Humanities Lecture: Paul Reitter, Bambi's Jewish Roots; 5 p.m., Faculty Club Grand Lounge

Isaac Weiner, Evolution v. Creationism: A Short History; 7 p.m., 010 Page Hall

Jan. 22

Climate Change: Life and Death; 12 p.m., Reading Room, 11th Floor, Thompson Library

Through Jan. 29

23rd Annual Fergus Scholarship Award Exhibition; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Fergus Fellow: Samantha Parker Salazar; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Through Jan. 30

Art Scholars Juried Exhibition 2015; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

Through Feb. 6

Jean Kirsten: For Laban; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St., Suite 130

See more events at
Henri Cole, professor, English, “Paris Sirens,” The New Yorker, Jan. 11, 2014

Jesse Fox, assistant professor, communication, on how men who share selfies online show signs of psychopathy, TIME, Jan 11, 2015

Wendy Panero, associate professor, Earth sciences, on how the Earth made its own water — out of rocks, NPR-Science Friday, Jan. 10, 2015

Dmitri Kudryashov, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, on combating bacterial toxins, R & D magazine, Jan. 8, 2015

Geoffrey Parker, Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History and Distinguished University Professor, on climate change’s instructive past, Washington Post, Jan. 7, 2015

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