A Message From Dean Steinmetz

In this issue of ASCENT, it’s all about the sciences.

Last fall, I appointed Peter March as the interim divisional dean of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. Peter takes the place of Matt Platz who has temporarily left Ohio State to take a position at the National Science Foundation (NSF). We essentially made a trade; Peter March returned here to campus after a term in the NSF administration, at the same time that Matt Platz left. While we miss the talents of these scientists/administrators when they take positions in Washington with the NSF, it’s great to have outstanding Ohio State scientists like Matt and Peter directly involved in the operation of this important agency.

In other news, I am also pleased that we have created a new position in the College of Arts and Sciences that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, outreach, and engagement. I am delighted to introduce you to Christopher Andersen, its first director. You will read more about these two extraordinary people in this issue.

I hope you enjoy this issue of ASCENT and that you are as inspired by the exciting things making news in the arts and sciences as I am.

Enjoy! And please let us hear from you.

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Joseph E. Steinmetz, Phd
Executive Dean and Vice Provost,
College of Arts and Sciences
The Ohio State University

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