News and Updates
Joseph A. Alutto
Dear Colleagues:
I am pleased to announce the composition of the Search Committee for the Vice Provost for Arts and Sciences and Executive Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School, Patrick S. Osmer, has agreed to serve as chair of the committee. In addition, the other committee members are:
  • Cheryl L. Achterberg, Dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology
  • Niraj J. Antani, Representative of the Undergraduate Student Government; student, Department of Political Science
  • James J. Beatty, Chair, Department of Physics
  • Allyson M. Fry, Graduate Teaching Associate, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Stephen M. Gavazzi, Dean and Director, The Ohio State University at Mansfield
  • E. Kay Halasek, Associate Professor, Department of English
  • Barbara L. Keyfitz, The Dr. Charles Saltzer Professor in Mathematics
  • Trevon D. Logan, Associate Professor, Department of Economics
  • Wayne G. Lovely, Chair, The College of Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council; and Department Manager, Department of Classics
  • Richard E. Petty, Distinguished University Professor; and Chair, Department of Psychology
  • Susan Van Pelt Petry, Chair, Department of Dance
I will meet with and charge the committee soon. The search committee will then develop and share a position description and solicit your nominations for vice provost and executive dean. Many thanks to all who sent suggestions for the members of the search committee and thank you, especially, for your continued support of the College and of the University.
Joseph A. Alutto
Executive Vice President and Provost
News & Research

Professor Publishes Book on Spiders

Richard BradleyRichard  Bradley, associate professor; evolution, ecology, and organismal biology, is author of the new book, Common Spiders of North America (University of California Press, 2012), the first comprehensive guide to all 68 spider families in North America.

Anthropology Professor’s Book Selected for Choice Award

Jeffrey CohenCultures of Migration: The Global Nature of Contemporary Mobility (University of Texas Press, 2011), co-authored by Jeffrey Cohen, professor, anthropology and a leading expert on migration, was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2012. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries is the premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education. 

Emeritus Professor Recipient of Neuroscience Research Award 

Gary BerntsonGary Berntson, professor emeritus, psychology, was named the recipient of the 2013 Paul MacLean Award for Neuroscience Research in Psychosomatic Medicine from the American Psychosomatic Society. The award consists of a $1,500 honorarium, complimentary meeting registration, up to $1,000 in travel expenses, a plaque, and the opportunity to give a talk at the American Psychosomatic Society (APS) Annual Meeting.

Statistics Educator Receives MAA Teaching Excellence Award

Jackie Miller, auxiliary associate professor, statistics, was selected as the first recipient of the Robert V. Hogg Award for Excellence in Teaching Introductory Statistics by the Statistics Education Special Interest Group of the Mathematics Association of America. 

On View at Thompson Library

Black and Yellow spider on webThe Ohio Spider Survey Exhibit, highlighting Professor Richard Bradley’s outreach work and new book, Common Spiders of North America, is on display in Thompson Library, 2nd floor, through spring semester. The exhibit also features information about the spider collection in the Museum of Biological Diversity.

Nominations Sought for Outreach, Engagement and Service Recognition Awards 

New this year, the Offices of Outreach and Engagement, International Affairs, Undergraduate Education, and the Service Learning Initiative, have joined together to recognize faculty, staff and students with the University Outreach, Engagement and Service Recognition Awards. Awards will be given for community engagement, international engagement, service-learning, staff, student, student organization and community-partner categories. Click to submit a nomination. For more information, contact Ben Lewis.

Upcoming Deadlines for 2012-2013 University-Wide Awards

Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award—Deadline: January 14, 2013. This annual awards program recognizes units or individuals demonstrating a significant commitment to enhancing diversity at Ohio State and to exceeding expectations in implementing the Diversity Action Plan. Distinguished Staff Award—Deadline: January 22, 2013. This award honors 12 staff members for outstanding leadership and accomplishments in service to the university.

Mershon Research, Study Abroad Applications Deadline, January 14

The Mershon Center for International Security Studies holds an annual grants competition for Ohio State faculty and students to support research in international security. Applications must be for projects that relate to one or more of the Mershon Center's areas of focus. Click for more information.


January 18 Brown Bag Postponed

Devin FergusThe January 18 Brown Bag Presentation, featuring Devin Fergus, scheduled for January 18, 12:30 pm, in University Hall, has been postponed. The event, "Loan Pushers: The Origins of Today's Financial Aid Crisis, 1980-2008," sponsored by the Department of African American and African Studies, will be rescheduled. New details will be shared as they become available.

On the Changing Nature of Writing

The Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing (CSTW) has recently published a short online magazine to promote conversations across the university and Central Ohio about the changing nature of writing. Program coordinators of seven different writing-related CSTW programs responded to the following questions: Over the last several years, what has changed about the nature of writing? What has stayed the same? Participate in the conversation and register for the free CSTW-sponsored conference, Writing Matters in a Changing World, to be held on February 2, in the Ohio Union.

SBS Undergraduate Research Grants

Undergraduate students with a declared major in social and behavioral sciences whose research projects involve extraordinary costs are eligible to apply for a Social and Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Grant. Click for eligibility specifics and online application. Deadline: February 8. More information, contact Deborah Haddad, assistant dean, Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Merit and Need-Based Scholarships

Undergraduate students majoring in the humanities and natural and mathematical sciences are encouraged to apply for merit and need-based scholarships. Funding applied for 2013-2014. Click for eligibility specifics and online application. Deadline: February 15. More information, contact Ann Rottersman, director of Student Programs.

Kathryn Sullivan Scholarship

The Kathryn Sullivan Scholarship supports undergraduate arts and sciences students, preferably junior or senior women majoring or minoring in the sciences interested in exploration and/or aerospace, in good academic standing. However, this scholarship is open to any arts and sciences major. This fund supports undergraduate research, field work, or attendance/presentation at a significant conference. Deadline: February 15. More information, contact Ann Rottersman, director of Student Programs.

Summer Research Funding

  • Mayers Summer Research Scholarships provide funding for natural and mathematical sciences majors.
  • URO Summer Research Fellowships support independent research conducted with an Ohio State faculty member.
  • Summer Honors Research Scholarships support honors research and thesis projects.
  • Holbrook Research Abroad Fellowships support independent research abroad with the guidance of an Ohio State faculty member.
Students may apply for all of the above via a joint application. Deadline: February 15. Click for more information.

January 10

Mark Beyer: With/Without Text, gallery talk and reception; 5-8 pm, Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

January 11

Constructing James Castle, gallery talk and reception; 4:30-7:30 pm, Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

January 13

Science Sundays: Roland Kawakami; 3-4 pm, Wexner Center Film/Video Theatre

January 14 - February 7


January 16


Through February 23

Constructing James Castle; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Mark Beyer: With/Without Text; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

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January 9, 2013

Roland Kawakami

Science Sundays continues
January 13

Physics Professor Ronald Kawakami, University of California – Riverside, shares the latest advances in work making possible what once was considered science fiction. Two Dimensional Electronics and Spin-Based Computers shows us electronic devices as thin as a single atomic layer and powerful new computer chips that take advantage of a quirky aspect of quantum mechanics that turns electrons into tiny magnets. Lecture: 3-4 pm, Wexner Center Film/Video Theater; Reception: 4-5 pm, Wexner Café.
In the News
Exhibit: Urban Arts Space, work of deaf man speaks volumes, Columbus Dispatch, January 6, 2013
David Bromwich, professor, geography and senior research scientist, Byrd Polar Research Center, on the alarming rate at which West Antarctica is warming, Science Newsline, January 4, 2013
Erik Nisbet, assistant professor, communication, on Al-Jazeera’s purchase of Current TV,  Associated Press, January 4, 2013
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