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JUNE 15, 2016 | TWEET!


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Save the Date: Annual Staff Appreciation Day

Staff and their families are invited to the Annual Arts and Sciences Staff Appreciation Day. Friday, July 29, 2-4:30 p.m. on the South Oval. Invitation to follow.


Microbiology Lab Publishes Virus and Bacteria Research

The Sullivan Lab, under the direction of Matthew Sullivan, assistant professor, microbiology, sets a fast pace in publishing research to improve knowledge of how viruses and bacteria interact to shape our environment. Two recent publications: “Regulation of infection efficiency in a globally abundant marine Bacteriodetes virus,” The ISME Journal, and “Large-scale maps of variable infection efficiencies in aquatic Bacteroidetes phage-host model systems,” environmental microbiology.

Historian Analyzes Trump’s “America First 2.0”

David StebenneDavid Stebenne, professor, history and law, discusses the historical significance and history of “America First” as a political slogan and bellwether of the mood of the country, in the June 9 issue of The Conversation. What are we to make of Donald Trump’s decision to revive a controversial slogan, “America First?”

ASC Researcher One of First Recipients of New NIH MIRA Pilot Program Grant

DongPing ZhongDongping Zhong, the Robert Smith Professor of Physics, and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is one of an elite group of the nation’s top researchers receiving the MIRA (Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award). This new National Institutes of Health award is designed to boost the research of well-established researchers. Zhong’s five-year grant of $2,143,295 is funded through 2021. 

Speech and Hearing Science Professor Receives $2.4 Million NIH Grant

Rachael HoltRachael Frush Holt, associate professor, speech and hearing science, was awarded a $2.4 million NIH grant. She will team with experts from Indiana University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital to examine communication development in children fitted with cochlear implants and hearing aids. Holt's work is among the first to examine formally the powerful influence that family environment has on the outcomes of these children.


PhD Graduate Receives Two Dissertation Awards

Eun Bin ChungEun Bin Chung (PhD, political science, 2015) has been awarded the Best Dissertation Award from the Political Psychology section of the APSA and honorable mention for this year’s ISPP dissertation award. Chung is currently an assistant professor of political science at the University of Utah.


Office of Human Resources Workshop: Identifying and Addressing Implicit Bias

Build foundational knowledge and skills to understand, identify and address implicit bias in the workplace. This two-hour in-person workshop includes interactive activities and discussion to learn about the science behind implicit bias, how minds work and how to make small changes to align good intentions and behavior. Register in BuckeyeLearn for this workshop to be held on Friday, June 24, 9-11 a.m. at the Office of Human Resources, 1590 N. High St.

Tech Talk: Planning for the New Carmen Engine

The switch is on! Ohio State is transitioning to the Canvas Learning Management System and you can start learning about it now by creating a Master Course. More information is available online or by contacting

Request for Information (RFI): Strategies for Modernizing Biomedical Graduate Education

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) seeks input on how to catalyze the modernization of biomedical graduate education through NIGMS’s institutional predoctoral training grants program. The RFI will assist NIGMS in identifying, developing and potentially implementing strategies at the national level to ensure that trainees gain the skills, abilities and knowledge required to be successful in the biomedical research workforce. Responses will be accepted through Aug. 5.


Hernandez Selected for Leadership Training Program

Marcela HernandezMarcela Hernandez, arts and sciences graduate and STEM diversity director, was selected to participate in the inaugural SACNAS – HHMI Advanced Leadership Institute, June 8-10, hosted by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The aim of the leadership institute is to increase STEM leaders of color.


Apply to Attend Special Event with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The famous humanitarian and international peacebuilder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will be at Ohio State on June 27 for a special dialogue and reception about peacebuilding, conflict resolution, mediation and leadership. Seating is limited. Request an invitation. Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Tickets Available for “Get Happy Columbus” with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri SriTickets are available to purchase for “Get Happy Columbus,” a two-day wellness workshop focused on stress relief, increased concentration, and breathing techniques, featuring Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. June 27 and 28, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Ohio Union. Purchase tickets online.


Jeffrey Lewis, senior lecturer, international studies, on radicalization, Fox 28, June 12

Greg Caldeira, Distinguished University Professor; professor, political science, on the legal themes permeating the presidential campaign, Roll Call, June 11

Mitch Masters, professor emeritus; evolution, ecology and organismal biology, on the bat boxes around Columbus, Columbus Dispatch, June 10

John Mueller, professor, political science, “ISIS Isn't an Existential Threat to America,”, June 9

Clark Spencer Larsen, professor and chair, anthropology, on the work of the international team of archaeologists, of which he is a member, at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in ancient Anatolia (modern Turkey), Forbes Magazine, June 9; citing Larsen’s research, “A bioarchaeological and forensic re-assessment of vulture defleshing and mortuary practices at Neolithic Çatalhöyük,” Forbes MagazineMay 2016
Nathaniel Swigger, associate professor, political science (Newark), discusses the historical significance of the Clinton victory, Fox 28, June 8

Scott Gaudi, professor, astronomy, on how Columbus native Timothy Morton helped verify NASA’s largest batch of exoplanets, Columbus Dispatch, June 7


Through June 17

Exhibit: At A Time
Hopkins Hall Gallery
Gallery Hours

June 18

South Asian Dance Performance: NistAra
Barnett Theatre, Sullivant Hall
6-8 p.m.

Through June 23

ARTrepreneur Workshop Series
STEAM Factory, 400 W. Rich St. 
Times listed on event

Through June 24

Exhibit: Natural Worlds
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

Through July 9

Noves Històries, Ohio Art League 2016 Spring Juried Exhibition
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

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