Erik Nisbet, assistant professor, communication, was awarded a $45,000 2013 Engagement Impact Grant from The Ohio State University Office of Outreach and Engagement for his project, Health Science Frontiers: Advancing Public Engagement. Partners with Nisbet on this project include The Ohio State University College of Medicine; The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital; WOSU@COSI/WOSU Public Media; and COSI (Center for Science and Industry).
Janet Box-Steffensmeier, the Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science and University Distinguished Scholar, has been appointed faculty representative to the Academic Affairs and Student Life Committee of the Ohio State Board of Trustees.
“I care deeply about Ohio State and consider it a privilege to be able to give back to the university that has given me the exciting intellectual environment and supportive mentoring throughout my career,” said Box-Steffensmeier.
Jennifer Kaminski, research scientist in psychology and member, Cognitive Developmental Lab, and Vladimir Sloutsky, professor of psychology and director of the lab, are authors of a new study demonstrating that adding captivating visuals to a textbook lesson to attract children’s interest may sometimes make it harder for them to learn.
Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg, professor of anthropology, is co-author of a new dental study of fossilized remains found in South Africa in 2008 that provides support that this species is one of the closest relatives to early humans. The teeth of this species–an ancient offshoot of the human family tree called Australopithecus sediba indicate that it is also a close relative to the previously identified Australopithecus africanus.
Wendy Smooth, associate professor in the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and senior research fellow with Ohio State’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, has been elected president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS). Smooth has been active with NCOBPS since her first year of graduate school. She will serve as NCOBPS president 2013 through 2015.
Brad Bushman, professor of communication and psychology, has been invited by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council of the National Academies to participate in a workshop of the Committee on Priorities for a Public Health Research Agenda to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-related Violence, in response to President Obama’s recent executive orders addressing gun violence. The workshop is scheduled for April 23 in Washington, DC.
Rachel Dwyer, associate professor of sociology, is co-author of a new study revealing that student loans provide more help to women than they do for men in encouraging graduation from college. Dwyer conducted the study with Ohio State Professor of Sociology Randy Hodson and Laura McCloud, assistant professor of sociology at Pacific Lutheran University. Their results appear in the February 2013 issue of the journal Gender & Society.
Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg, professor of anthropology; Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, professor of communication; and, Gail McKoon, professor of psychology, have been selected as Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellows for 2013 in recognition of their first-rate scholarship.