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Aug. 22, 2018

Weekly News from the College of Arts and Sciences
Why zebrafish (almost) always have stripes
One of the most remarkable things about the iconic yellow and blue stripes of zebrafish is that they reliably appear at all. Zebrafish begin life as transparent embryos, with three types of pigment cells on their skin. As they develop, the pigment cells somehow manage to organize themselves almost without fail into the stripes we all know. Now researchers have developed a mathematical model that may explain the key role that one of those pigment cells plays in making sure each stripe ends up exactly where it belongs on the fish. “It’s amazing that you have these individual cells that can sort themselves into these reliable patterns,” said Alexandria Volkening, lead author of the study and a postdoctoral fellow at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute. The study was published in the journal Nature Communications.
Jean-François Lafont named interim chair of Department of Mathematics
Mathematics professor Jean-François Lafont was named interim chair of the Department of Mathematics, effective Aug. 1, 2018, through July 31, 2019. Lafont received his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2002 and was a postdoctoral researcher at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is a member of the London Mathematical Society Student Texts’ editorial board and was a guest editor for Pure and Applied Mathematics Quarterly, among other editorial credits.
Harald Vaessin named chair of Department of Molecular Genetics
Molecular genetics professor Harald Vaessin was named chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics, effective June 1, 2018, through May 31, 2022. Vaessin earned his doctorate in developmental physiology from the University of Cologne in Germany. In March 2018, he won the President and Provost’s Award for Distinguished Faculty Service, an accolade that recognizes faculty members who have been at Ohio State for at least five years and have served in major leadership roles.
Cynthia Clopper named interim chair of the Department of Linguistics
Linguistics professor Cynthia Clopper was named interim chair of the Department of Linguistics, effective Aug. 15, 2018, through June 30, 2019. Clopper received her BA from Duke University and MA and PhD from Indiana University. She spent one year as a postdoctoral researcher at Indiana and one year as a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University before becoming a faculty member at Ohio State in 2006.
Carlisle Kletchka publishes professional development anthology
Dana Carlisle Kletchka, assistant professor in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy, recently published a book entitled Professional Development in Art Museums: Strategies of Engagement Through Contemporary Art, with colleague B. Stephen Carpenter, II, from the School of Visual Arts at Penn State University. In this innovating anthology, Carlisle Kletchka and Carpenter have compiled translations and examinations of theory and practice at the intersection of collaborative professional development, art museums and contemporary art.
Sociology graduate student awarded NSF grant
Laura DeMarco, graduate student in the Department of Sociology, has won a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant to support her research, entitled “Criminal Records and Housing Discrimination: An Audit Study.” DeMarco, along with advisor Ryan King, seeks to identify the prevalence and scope of criminal record use to disqualify applicants at an early stage of the housing application process.
Sept. 4: Education Abroad Expo
The 2018 Education Abroad Expo is the perfect place to learn more about Ohio State’s 200-plus study abroad programs. Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 2-6 p.m. in the Archie Griffin East Ballroom at the Ohio Union. Students can talk one-on-one with the experts and find out about the myriad of ways to study abroad at Ohio State. Visit the Office of International Affairs for all the details.