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April 5, 2017

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Silent Soldiers Memorial on the Oval April 6

The Silent Soldiers Memorial is a "live art" event, to be performed Thursday, April 6, marking the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I. It will feature more than 20 Ohio State students wearing WWI-style uniforms, making their way across campus, stopping at the Oval, Thompson Library, University Hall and the Wexner Center. They will march into position, stand or sit silently, before moving on to the next site. As they march, they will sing "We're here because we're here," a song sung by the British as they entered battle at Somme.


Strategic Planning Update

Many thanks to all who participated and shared perspectives and insights to inform the strategic plan and process. Since the end of February, information has been gathered via a survey (418 responses), five direction-setting focus groups (32 participants), and 16 leadership-hosted workshop sessions focused on 8 key topics (111 participants). Insights gathered were shared, in a condensed form, at today’s Town Hall Meeting. Updates and ongoing planning are being posted on a dedicated webpage. If you have any questions, contact Libby Eckhardt, Chief Communications Officer.

The Aging of the Scientific Workforce

Bruce and DavidEconomics Professors David Blau and Bruce Weinberg are authors of a new study finding that the scientific workforce has aged rapidly in recent years, relative to the workforce as a whole, and that current trends imply a further substantial increase in the age of the scientific workforce in coming years. “The aging of the scientific workforce is not over — not by a longshot,” said Blau. The study appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Blau and Weinberg’s study has garnered extensive media coverage in Science, Inside Higher Ed, Columbus DispatchColumbus Monthly.

Wenk Publishes Second Book on the Brain

Gary WenkGary Wenk, professor of psychology, neuroscience, molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics, is author of the new book, The Brain: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2017). Wenk takes us on a tour of what we know about the brain, showing us how the workings of the human brain produce our thoughts, feelings and fears. Wenk is the author of Your Brain on Food: How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts and Feelings (2014).

Historian’s Scholarship on Native American Slavery

Margaret NewellMargaret Newell, professor, history, discusses her scholarship on Native American slavery during New England’s colonial period, in an interview with Dayton City Paper. Newell is the author of Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery (Cornell University Press, 2016), a research account of almost 150 years of Native American enslavement. Newell’s book won the 2016 James A. Rawley prize for the best book on the history of race relations in the U.S., awarded by the Organization of American Historians. Listen to Newell’s interview on the March 17 edition of Winter Nightwolf, on WFPW.

Greenland’s Melting Ice Raising Global Sea Level approx. 1.5” by 2100

A study in the current issue of the journal Nature Communications reports that glaciers and ice caps dotting edges of Greenland’s coast are not likely to recover from melting occurring now and passed a tipping point 20 years ago. The coast’s smallest glaciers and ice caps are no longer able to regrow lost ice. Ian Howat, associate professor, Earth sciences, was part of an international research team making the discovery.

Howat’s research has been cited by International Business Times, Huffington Post and Daily Mail.

Peace Dividends of Military Alliances

Political science doctoral students Aisha Bradshaw and Caitlin Clary are authors of a new study with Political Science Professor Skyler Cranmer, finding that the impact of the United States’ military alliances extends beyond those countries directly involved. Allies of allies — and allies of allies of allies — are more likely to have peaceful relations. The study, published in ScienceAdvances, finds that neighboring countries separated by up to three degrees in the alliance network are significantly less likely to fight each other than pairs of states less closely connected.

3-Time Fulbright Fellow Reflects on 47-Year Career Studying “Weird” Fish

Tim BerraTim M. Berra, Ohio State Academy Professor and professor emeritus, EEOB; and Charles Darwin University Professorial Fellow, describes his 47-year career studying weird Australian fishes. “Fantastic Water Beasts (and where to find them)” is featured in the March 1, 2017 issue of Minds & Hearts, the Australian-American Fulbright Commission’s flagship publication, p. 12-15.


Turro Named 2017 University Distinguished Scholar

Each year, the university recognizes and honors six faculty members who demonstrate scholarly activity, research or other creative works, which represent exceptional achievements in their fields. Recipients receive a $20,000 research grant and $3,000 honorarium to pursue their scholarly activity.

Claudia TurroClaudia Turro, the Dow Professor in Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is a pioneer in designing new molecules that can be activated with light. Their significant applications to medicine and the environment are wide-ranging, game-changers in the areas of medical therapy and diagnostics, and sustainable energy and the environment.

Aldama, Bean Ellawadi and Cheavens Selected for Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching

This award recognizes a maximum of 10 faculty members for teaching excellence. Nominated by students, faculty and alumni, a committee of students, previous recipients and alumni choose recipients, who receive an honorarium, increase to base salary and are inducted into the Academy of Teaching.

Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor Frederick Aldama has been hailed as a mentor and advocate, not only for his students on campus but for younger individuals in the community. He is widely recognized as the founder and director of LASER on Ohio State’s campus — the Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research.

Allison Bean Ellawadi, assistant professor, speech and hearing science, teaches Autism Spectrum Disorders and Introduction to Communication and Its Disorders and Research Methods. She dedicates her time, experience and expertise to students in and outside of the classroom, at lab meetings, student/department events and continually searches out and encourages the potential she sees in others.

Jennifer Cheavens, associate professor, psychology, has a true passion for the field of psychology and creates an environment that fosters excitement in her students. Her research focus is on the treatment of mood and personality disorders, both in younger and older adults. She teaches courses on personality and positive psychology at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dawson Honored with Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer

This award annually recognizes a maximum of six lecturers, senior lecturers or other auxiliary faculty members for their teaching excellence. Recipients are recognized with a $5,000 honorarium made possible by the Office of Academic Affairs.
Hope DawsonHope Dawson, senior lecturer, linguistics, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in general linguistics, historical linguistics, Sanskrit and linguistics pedagogy. She also supervises the department’s graduate teaching associates and has overseen several revisions of the Language Files, a textbook published by The Ohio State University Press.

Earth Sciences’ MS Candidate Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Melisa DiazEarth Sciences’ MS degree candidate Melisa Diaz received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to fund PhD work at Ohio State. Diaz, who will finish her master's degree this summer, works in advisor Berry Lyons’ research group. Her research is primarily based in Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys.

Three ASC Honors Students Recognized by Barry M. Goldwater Foundation

Juniors Scott Garner, chemistry and biochemistry, advisor: Terry Miller; and Maya Gosztyla, molecular genetics and neuroscience, advisor: Mark Seeger, were named 2017 Goldwater Scholars. Junior Taylor Schaffner, physics, advisor: Richard Furhnstahl, received Honorable Mention. Goldwater Scholars receive up to $7,500 to cover tuition, fees, books and room and board. 240 scholarships were awarded to sophomores and juniors based on academic merit from 1,286 mathematics, science and engineering students nominated by colleges and universities nationwide.

UAS is Best!

UASFor the sixth year in a row, the Arts Initiative’s Urban Arts Space downtown has been named Best Arts Gallery in the Columbus Alive readers’ poll, announced last week. “This Downtown art gallery is a hotbed for up-and-coming talent, straight from OSU. In addition to the eclectic exhibits, the space provides free education programs for kids and myriad events and performances.”  

Battelle Endowment Funds Four ASC Faculty Projects

The Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment annual grant competition supports projects that examine the complex relationship between science and technology on societal and cultural issues. Of 33 proposals submitted for the 2017 competition; five were selected for funding, four from the College of Arts and Sciences: Marie-Catherine de Marneffe, assistant professor, linguistics (Assessing Trustworthiness in Social Media); Allison Bean Ellawadi, assistant professor, speech and hearing science (Using Technology to Support Communication: Training Parent and Teacher Buy-in); Maria Miriti, associate professor, EEOB (Community Gardens as Tools to Promote Science Education); and Derek Sawyer, assistant professor, Earth sciences (Shake the Shoe: Connecting Earthquake Science and Football with the Best Fans in the Land).

Two ASC Researchers Receive Pelotonia Idea Grants 

Two ASC researchers, Craig Burd, assistant professor, molecular genetics; and Zucai Suo, professor, chemistry and biochemistry, were among 11 Ohio State researchers awarded new Pelotonia Idea Grants for Breakthrough Projects. Burd’s, “Understanding Potential Protective Effect of Female Hormones in Melanoma,” assesses an estrogen receptor’s role in melanoma onset and progression to identify estrogen-dependent gene targets to protect against melanoma. Suo’s, “Single-Molecule Studies of DNA Base Excision Repair,” seeks better understanding of the role played by a specific DNA damage-repair pathway in cancer development and progression.


Broadening Participation in STEM through Mentoring: April 18

David Goldberg, director of the National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences will address the lack of participation by underrepresented groups in STEM professions on Tuesday, April 18, at 4 p.m. in Cockins Hall, Room 240. Goldberg will discuss the history, successes and challenges of the alliance, and what its future might hold. Join the discussion on ways Ohio State faculty and administration can join and add to these efforts.

RSVP requested. Questions? Contact Thomas Kerler or Marcela Hernandez.


Music and Spanish in the Andes Language Learning Academy (MÁS ALLÁ) is a performance-based language learning experience held at Ohio State, June 12-16, for high school students interested in the Spanish language and/or music. All levels of Spanish proficiency and music experience are welcome to apply. Deadline is May 1. Registration is $299 for a full-week program. For more information, contact


What’s Wrong with Inequality?

Amartya SenThe Center for Ethics and Human Values Distinguished Lecture in Ethics, featuring Amartya Sen, on “What’s Wrong with Inequality?” Tuesday, April 11, 4-5:30 p.m., in Mershon Auditorium. Sen is the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard and recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1998) for his work in welfare economics. He was formerly honorary president of OXFAM and is now its honorary advisor. This event is part of the year-long COMPAS program on inequality

Eat, Drink & Get Ready for Earth Month 

Roman Lanno, associate professor, EEOB, and associate director of Ohio State’s Subsurface Energy Resource Center, expands Columbus Science Pub patrons’ environmental consciousness, Thursday April 6, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Backstage Bistro (503 S. Front St). Lanno studies chemical exposure effects in so many places, he’s leaving the topic up to the audience. Will it be plastics, fracking or drinking water? Reserve your spot to decide.

March for Science Columbus

March for Science Columbus takes place Saturday, April 22 — Earth Day — beginning at 10 a.m. in downtown Columbus. Columbus March for Science is a nonpartisan group made up of scientists, educators and science enthusiasts who have joined to represent Columbus in the globally coordinated Marches for Science. The march will end at Columbus Commons, where participants can join the Earth Day festivities planned by Green Columbus. Ohio State's Chapter of Sigma Xi is one of several sponsors of the march.

Athletic Activism and Social Change

Ohio State's Sports and Society Initiative hosts a panel discussion on the role of athletic activism in social change. Thursday, April 20, 7:30 p.m. at The Blackwell Inn. This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.
  • Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, former NBA player with the Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings and Vancouver Grizzlies
  • Malcom Jenkins, safety, Philadelphia Eagles and former All-American cornerback for Ohio State
  • Tommie Smith, an American former track and field athlete and gold medal winner at the 1968 Summer Olympics
Panel Moderator: Vince Doria, former senior vice president and director of news, ESPN


Aisha Bradshaw, Caitlin Clary and Skyler Cranmer, “Peace dividends of military alliances go farther than you’d think,” The Conversation, March 31

Bruce Weinberg, professor, economics, “Who feels the pain of science research budget cuts?” The Conversation, March 29

Inés Valdez, assistant professor, political science, on President Trump’s expanding system of immigration enforcement, US Centre Blog, London School of Economics, March 28 (based on Valdez’ paper,Punishment, Race, and the Organization of U.S. Immigration Exclusion’ Political Research Quarterly)

Gary Wenk, professor, psychology, interview on his new book, The Brain: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2017), The Urban Monk, March 28

John Mueller, professor, political science, on terrorism and the London attacks, CGTN America, March 23

Thomas Wood, assistant professor, political science, on whether the mere participation in elaborate rituals makes President Trump appear more presidential, FiveThirtyEight, March 21



April 6

Silent Soldiers Memorial
The Oval
10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Reza Ghadiri, Novel Therapeutics via Remodeling of Gut Microbiome
0111 Parks Hall
11:30 a.m.

Public Lecture: Blackpentecostal Noise and Dark Matter
141 Sullivant Hall
4 p.m.

Visiting Artist Talk: Matthew Kolodziej
250 Knowlton Hall
4 p.m.

DISCO Grad Caucus presents Eric Darnell Pritchard
165 Thompson Library
4:30 p.m.

April 6-8

Spring Dance Concert
Barnett Theatre, Sullivant Hall
Performance times listed on event

April 6-19

As If Traveling Were the Way of the Clouds
Hopkins Hall Gallery
Gallery Hours
Reception: April 6, 4:30 p.m.


April 7

Graduate Student Workshop with Prof. Crawley
386 University Hall
8:30 a.m.

The Family Between Antiquity and the Middle Ages: New Perspectives
168 Dulles Hall
11:30 a.m.

Migration Studies Symposium
070 18th Ave. Library
11:45 a.m.

ACCAD Open House
331 Sullivant Hall
3 p.m.

Visiting Writer Lia Purpura Reading
010 Psychology Building 
5 p.m.

Luebeck Lecture: Ian Buruma
165 Thompson Library
5 p.m.

April 7-8

The Somali Diaspora in the U.S.
Schedule of events available online

Through April 8

Department of Design Spring Exhibition
Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town St.
Gallery Hours

Through April 9

Forbidden Zones: The Great War
Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center
Performance times listed on event

April 10

The Crisis of Liberal Democracy
1501 Neil Ave.
2 p.m.

April 11

Viktor Zhdankin, Hypervalent Iodine Chemistry
2004 Evans Lab
11:30 a.m.

First Annual CEHV Distinguished Lecture in Ethics: Amartya Sen
Mershon Auditorium
4 p.m.

Mary Hufford Public Lecture: The Witness Trees' Revolt: Folklore's Invitation to Narrative Ecology
311 Denney Hall
4:30 p.m.

April 12

Latina/o Studies Colloquium: El Panfletista de Dios: Luis Muñoz Marín, the Godkin Lectures, and the World’s Last Colony
110 Orton Hall
3 p.m.

Guest Artist: Chris Norman, flute
Hughes Auditorium
8 p.m.

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