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Full Steam Ahead: Ohio State’s STEAM Factory Gets Boost 

Roman HolowinskyRoman Holowinsky, assistant professor, math; and colleagues from across campus who formed the STEAM Factory just a few months ago, are making huge strides in their push to have the arts—and humanities—be an integral part of the existing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) equation at Ohio State. The STEAM Factory’s new Impact Grant from the Office of Outreach and Engagement increases momentum already generated around campus and in the Columbus community.

Alumnus Chris Wedge Produces New Film, Epic

Chris WedgeAlumnus and Oscar-winner Chris Wedge, who studied at the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) in the 1980s, is director of the new movie, Epic, a 3D film featuring the voices of Beyoncé, Jason Sudeikis, and Colin Farrell, among others. Epic was produced by Blue Sky Studios, which Wedge co-founded in 1986.

Communication Professor Creates Community Health Forums with Impact Grant 

Erik NisbetErik Nisbet, assistant professor, communication, was awarded a $45,000, 2013 Engagement Impact Grant from Ohio State’s Office of Outreach and Engagement for his project, Health Science Frontiers: Advancing Public Engagement. Nesbit’s project addresses community needs around health science literacy by hosting up to eight televised public engagement forums in the WOSU@COSI studio beginning fall 2013 and continuing through spring 2015.

Arts and Sciences American Council of Learned Societies 2013 Fellowship Recipients

The following arts and sciences faculty were recently awarded ACLS fellowships for excellence in research in the humanities and related social sciences: Michael Swartz, professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, for Ritual Theory and Religious Professionalism in Judaism in Late Antiquity; and Roxann Wheeler, associate professor, Department of English, for Slaves, Servants, and British Literature, 1660-1830. Judith Tonhauser, associate professor, Department of Linguistics, received the Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars 2013, for Content and context in the study of meaning variation.  

Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduate Students Awarded Presidential Fellowships 

Jingwei Li (James Cowan, advisor) received the Graduate School’s Presidential Fellowship. A fourth-year PhD student, he researches the mechanism of cellular regulation of iron concentration and localization. Brian Maxwell, biophysics program graduate student (Zucai Suo, advisor) received both the Presidential Fellowship and a Pelotonia Graduate Research Fellowship. He investigates DNA polymerases to see how the process of copying damaged DNA may contribute to cancer formation. 

Psychology Graduate Student Receives European Award

Dan Schley, psychology graduate student, will receive the 2013 de Finetti PhD Prize from the European Association for Decision Making for his paper, Magnitude representations underlie valuations of riskless and risky prospects. Schley is the first American to win the prize since 1995.

History Professor Writes Acclaimed Book

Geoffrey ParkerGeoffrey Parker, Distinguished University Professor, history, is the author of a new book, Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century (Yale University Press, 2013). Parker is winner of the 2012 Heineken Prize for History.

Animal Use Policies Updated

Recent updates from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) on policies regarding the use of animals at Ohio State, including policies for Rodent Surgery, Documentation of Animal Husbandry and Vertebrate Animal Field Studies are now available. All policies available online. Additional information:

Through June 1

TRANSPLANT by Alexis Schaetzle; Riffe Center Studio One Theatre, 77 S. High St.
Vision Unveiled: Goodwill Columbus and Open Door Art; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Fergus Fellows: Jessika Edgar and Dani Leventhal; Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.

June 1

The Annual History of Black Columbus Conference; 8:30 am-2:30 pm, African American and African Studies Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave.

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May 30, 2013

Woman smelling Maudine the Titan Arum

Something in the Way You Smell

Queen Maudine had a short but stunning reign. A steady stream of corpse flower fans made their way to the Biological Sciences Greenhouse Friday night and again on Saturday to celebrate Memorial Day weekend with Maudine. Neither the public nor the media can get enough of Ohio State’s Titan Arums. Stories about Woody2 reached 4.2+ million people worldwide.
In the News
Joan Leonard, coordinator, BioSci Greenhouse, on the experience of caring for thousands of plants, many of which figure prominently in research projects and biology lectures, Columbus Dispatch, May 28, 2013
Geoffrey Parker, Distinguished University Professor, history, on the inevitable climate catastrophe, The Chronicle Review (Chronicle of Higher Ed), May 28, 2013
Lucia Dunn, professor, economics, on why millennials won’t be debt free until they die, Real Clear Markets, May 25, 2013
Andrea Doseff, associate professor, internal medicine and molecular genetics; and Erich Grotewold, professor, molecular genetics and horticulture and plant science, and director of Ohio State’s Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS), on the anti-cancer fighting power of the Mediterranean diet, SciCasts, Science Daily, and Daily Telegraph, May 24, 2013
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