A Message from Dean Manderscheid

Perhaps we should call this issue of ASCENT, “The Power Issue.”

Certainly, none has better illustrated the power of the arts and sciences.  

On the front cover, photographed in the lobby of CBEC — our new, powerhouse research building where some of the world’s greatest problems will be addressed — we feature four powerhouse problem solvers:

NSF CAREER Award winners, chemist Hannah Shafaat and mathematician Daniel Thompson; Christopher Hammel, physics professor and director of Ohio State’s Center for Emergent Materials, an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center; and alumna/empire-builder Tanisha Robinson.

Inside — more people and places driving change, discovery, innovation, entrepreneurship, philanthropy. A few highlights:

  • World-acclaimed historian Geoffrey Parker explains HOW to study history, he said, “You can’t ask ‘why?’ until you know how”
  • Statistician Eloise Kaizar shows how a relatively small, targeted grant can make a real difference in a critical area
  • Music professor David Huron travels the world studying how people react to music
  • Donald Dunn, WWII veteran, Silver Star recipient and friend of the history department, tells why he funds students’ studies of military history
  • Honors undergraduate, economics major Gabe Englander “just wants to do research that matters”

Don’t we all?   

Please let us hear from you. Our alumni remain our best friends, most powerful advocates and our ultimate legacy.

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Executive Dean and Vice Provost
College of Arts and Sciences, The Ohio State University