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Joshua Goldberger, Christopher Otter, Elisabeth Root

Mid-Career Faculty Excellence Award, 2020

Early and Mid-Career Faculty Excellence Awards recognize outstanding performance in all three areas of research, teaching and service of early and mid-career faculty at the time of promotion.


Mid-Career Awards

Goldberger headshotJoshua Goldberger, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Joshua Goldberger received his BS in chemistry from The Ohio State University in 2001. He received his PhD in chemistry from the University of California - Berkeley as a National Science Foundation (NIH) graduate fellow. He then did his postdoctoral research at Northwestern University as part of the Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine as an NIH National Research Service Award fellow from 2007 to 2010. He returned to the Ohio State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in August of 2010 and was promoted to associate professor in 2016 and professor in 2020.  

He has received many awards including an MRS Graduate Student Finalist Award in 2003, an IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists in 2007, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 2015 and a Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award in 2019. His research broadly focuses on the discovery of new kinds of electronic materials, especially layered materials and single atom thick two-dimensional materials, along with their applications in energy, catalysis and electronics.

Christopher Otter headshotChristopher Otter, Professor, Department of History

Chris Otter is a historian of technology and the material world in the Department of History. He is the author of The Victorian Eye: A Political History of Light and Vision in Britain, 1800-1910 and Diet for a Large Planet: Industrial Britain, Food Systems, and World Ecology. He is currently researching and writing a book on the history of earth’s technosphere -- the sum total of all tools, technologies and systems that have shaped human societies and reconfigured planetary environments. This history reaches back into the Paleolithic Era and is as political as it is ecological: it is about control of resources and technologies of subjugation. He teaches courses on the history of science, food history, the history of disease and health, British history and the history of technology.

Otter has received numerous awards and honours. The Victorian Eye was awarded the 2009 Morris D. Forkosch Prize from the American Historical Association and the 2008 Sonia Rudikoff Prize from the Northeast Victorian Studies Association. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He received the 2010 Paul W. Brown Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching in the Departments of English and History.

Elisabeth Root headshotElisabeth Root, Associate Professor, Department of Geography

Elisabeth Root is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and the Division of Epidemiology at The Ohio State University. She also has affiliations with the Translational Data Analytics Program and the Institute for Population Research.

Root is a health geographer, meaning her research and teaching focus on the intersection between geography and public health. She explores geographic patterns of health and disease using quantitative spatial methodologies. She is particularly interested in the complex interactions between demographic, socioeconomic and environmental factors that influence human health and how quantifying these factors and interactions can help us better understand health outcomes.

Her current research focuses on two broad topics: the socio-environmental drivers of communicable disease, like pneumonia and cholera, and evaluating health programs and interventions in the U.S. and in developing countries using spatial methodologies. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she is a member of a recovery team and serves as one of Ohio State’s liaisons to the Ohio Department of Health.

Root teaches courses in health geography, population geography, disease ecology and spatial statistics, many of which use a problem-based learning approach that allows for student collaboration in an active learning environment.