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Highlighting Accomplishments

As we become aware of honors and promotions received by Ohio State women, we have added news articles about them to our Highlighting Accomplishments feature to share their success and to showcase it as an example to inspire other women. In addition, as the collection of articles grows, we're creating a repository of Ohio State's women's accomplishments. The Women's Place would like to congratulate the following women for the recognition they have received.

If you know of an Ohio State woman, faculty or staff, who has received national or international recognition, nominate her to be included in our Highlighting Accomplishments feature. Email your suggestions to womensplace@osu.edu — self nominations are welcome!


Three female professors among new AAAS Fellows
Nov 30, 2012 - 

Maura Gillison, professor of medical oncology, epidemiology, and otolaryngology; Heather Allen, professor of chemistry and pathology; and Susan Olesik, professor and chair of chemistry and biochemistry, were among 18 Ohio State University faculty elected to the newest class of Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Fellows are recognized for their contributions to science and technology.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson, and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books, and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.

Portrait of Maura Gillison
Maura Gillison

Maura Gillison was elected for distinguished contributions to the fields of tumor virology, cancer biology, and epidemiology, particularly in defining human papillomavirus as the etiologic agent for head and neck cancers. She's the recipient of the 36th Annual AACR Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Memorial Award and the Gillison laboratory has several ongoing collaborations with the Centers for Disease Control, USA, the National Cancer Institute, USA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Dr. Gillison is also a member of the head and neck steering committees of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group and the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group.

Portrait of Heather Allen
Heather Allen

Heather Allen was elected for outstanding contributions to the development of vibrational spectroscopic probes of interfaces and their creative application to problems in environmental chemistry, geochemistry, and physiology. Her research deals with lung surfactant and model biological membranes. Dr. Allen has been recognized for her research accomplishments with a Research Innovation Award from Research Corp. in 2001, an NSF CAREER Award in 2002, a Beckman Young Investigator Award in 2003, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow Award in 2005, and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 2006.

Portrait of Susan Olesik
Susan Olesik

Susan Olesik was elected for her distinguished contributions to the field of analytical chemistry as well as excellence in communicating science to the public. The central goal of her research program is to develop novel methods for the separation and analysis of complex mixtures of large molecules. In 1987, she received the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award; in 1990 she received the Eli Lilly Research Award; in 1998 she received a Commendation from NASA for work on Cassini-Huygen's Probe; and in 2000 she received the AWISCO Woman in Science Award.

To learn about the other 15 Ohio State fellows and more information on the women fellows, visit http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/AAASfellows2012.htm.

Anderson receives award for work to advance nursing education
Nov 16, 2012 - 

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) awarded the Sister Bernadette Armiger Award to Carole Anderson, former dean and professor emeritus at Ohio State's College of Nursing, at the association's fall semiannual meeting in Washington, DC. AACN is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education that establishes quality standards; assists deans and directors to implement those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.

Portrait of Carole AndersonThe Sister Bernadette Armiger Award was established in 1982 to honor Sr. Bernadette Armiger's distinguished service to AACN. This award recognizes individuals who significantly advance nursing education and practice.

Anderson is the past editor of Nursing Outlook and has served on the board of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Columbus Board of Health, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was a charter member and two-term chair of the Scientific Review Group of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH), has served on and chaired the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, and was a board member and past president of the AACN.

During her career in nursing, Anderson has played an active role in changing and shaping baccalaureate and graduate nursing education with particular emphasis on the desired linkages between nursing education and nursing practice. In addition, Anderson has written and spoken of the need for academic nursing programs and their faculty to become solidly embedded in the academic fiber of colleges and universities.

Keyfitz named to inaugural class of American Mathematical Society
Nov 02, 2012 - 

Portrait of Barbara KeyfitzBarbara Keyfitz, the Dr. Charles Saltzer Professor of Mathematics, was named to the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). AMS is the world's largest and most influential society dedicated to mathematical research, scholarship, and education. Fellows were selected from more than 600 institutions worldwide, averaging less than two AMS fellows per institution; Ohio State leads the world with 12 Fellows (other Ohio State professors named Fellows are Vitaly Bergelson, Jim Cogdell, Avner Friedman, Marty Golubitsky, David Goss, Steve Milne, Boris Mityagin, Henri Moscovici, Dijen Ray-Chaudhuri, Neil Robertson, and Ron Solomon).

Keyfitz is the winner of the 2005 Krieger–Nelson Prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society, 2011 Noether Lecturer of the Association for Women in Mathematics, 2012 SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession, and 2012 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer. She is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Dr. Keyfitz was president of the Association for Women in Mathematics from 2005 to 2006, and in 2011 she became president of the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

She received her undergraduate education at the University of Toronto and her MS and PhD from the Courant Institute at New York University. She has served on the faculty of Columbia and Princeton universities, among other institutions, and was part of the faculty at the University of Houston for over two decades before joining the Ohio State University in 2009. Her research interests are in the field of nonlinear partial differential equations with emphasis on hyperbolic conservation laws and evolution equations that change type from hyperbolic to elliptic.

Noda receives $3.2 million per year from U.S. Department of State
Oct 31, 2012 - 

Portrait of Mari NodaMari Noda, professor and chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (DEALL), successfully competed for a new three-year U.S. Department of State grant providing more than $3.2 million per year to administer and implement the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in East Asia. (Galal Walker also received this grant.) Ohio State is the only university in the country to receive this award.

DEALL, in cooperation with the National East Asian Languages Center, will establish four intensive language institutes in partner universities in China and one each in universities in Japan, Korea, and Indonesia.

DEALL faculty will supervise the institutes in three countries: Xiaobin Jian in China, Mari Noda in Japan, and Ouyoong Pyun in Korea.

A specialist in East Asian language pedagogy, Mari Noda is primarily interested in curriculum, material development, and assessment. She directs and teaches in SPEAC (Summer Programs East Asian Concentration), which offers training in teaching of Japanese and Chinese and intensive Japanese and Chinese languages.

Her recent publications include A Performance-based Pedagogy for Communicating in Cultures (co-author, Matthew B. Christensen, National East Asian Language Resource Center at The Ohio State University, 2002); Acts of Reading (co-author, Hiroshi Nara, University of Hawaii Press, 2003); Interactive DVD Program Japanese: The Spoken Language Parts 2/3 (co-author, Masayuki Itomitsu, Yale University Press, 2008) and CD-ROM Program for Japanese: The Spoken Language Part 1 (Yale University Press, 1998). She serves as the faculty advisor and coach for the OSU Aikido Club and advisor for the Nihongo Osyaberi-kai.

For more information, see The College of Arts and Sciences article.

Vreeburg Izzo receives $2.5 million Department of Education grant
Oct 25, 2012 - 

Portrait of Dr. Margaretha Vreeburg IzzoMargaretha Vreeburg Izzo, associate director of the Nisonger Center, has been awarded a $2.5 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will allow Vreeburg Izzo to continue research at the Wexner Medical Center's Nisonger Center to refine and test a web-based curriculum called EnvisionIT for students with disabilities in high-risk urban, suburban, and rural schools. Vreeburg Izzo will strive, through her research, to teach those with disabilities the skills necessary to attain sustainable careers.

Dr. Vreeburg Izzo is a recipient of a Mary E. Switzer Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and is also a past president of the Division of Career Development and Transition within the Council for Exceptional Children.

Currently, Dr. Vreeburg Izzo is the principal investigator of two federally funded education grants designed to improve the academic outcomes of students with disabilities at both the secondary and postsecondary levels.

Mitchell's book awarded SSAWW Book Award for 2012
Oct 11, 2012 - 

Portrait of Koritha MitchellKoritha Mitchell, associate professor, Department of English, has won the SSAWW Book Award for 2012 for her book, Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship.

The SSAWW Book Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers' conference to recognize excellence in the field. The Society for the Study of American Women Writers was established to promote the study of American women writers through research, teaching, and publication.

Koritha Mitchell specializes in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American literature, racial violence throughout American literature and culture, and black drama and performance. She has won fellowships from the David Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora, the Ford Foundation, and the AAUW, and her book Living with Lynching (University of Illinois Press, 2011) focuses on black-authored lynching drama written before 1930. She earned her PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Benson promoted to APA Fellow
Sep 28, 2012 - 

Portrait of Betsy BensonBetsey Benson, director of the Adult Behavior Support Services Program at the Nisonger Center and associate professor of clinical psychiatry and clinical psychology, has been elected as Fellow of the American Psychological Association, recognizing her outstanding contribution in the field of psychology. In addition, Benson provides psychological services in Ohio State's Adult Down Syndrome Clinic and Nisongers Dual Diagnosis (MI/DD) Clinic.

Dr. Benson is also a Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She received her PhD from Northern Illinois University, clinical psychology concentration, and her BA from the University of Rochester. Her Research includes:

  • Dual Diagnosis (mental retardation and mental illness) in adolescents and adults
  • Aggression, social cognitive variables, and anger management training
  • Mood disorders
  • Integration of behavioral and psychiatric interventions

Whitacre receives $1 million NSF grant
Sep 25, 2012 - 

Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research, received a $1 million NSF grant to fund the construction of a unique computer network devoted to helping scientists collaborate over the Internet with minimal interference from security measures. Headquartered at Ohio State University, the two-year project is charged with creating a safe and resilient network architecture dubbed the "Science DMZ" — a play on the term "demilitarized zone." Whitacre is principal investigator of the project. For more information on the initiative, visit this OSU Research and Innovation Communications posting.

Portrait of Caroline WhitacreDr. Whitacre is a professor of microbial infection and immunity and former chair of the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology, and Medical Genetics. Prior to joining the Office of Research in August 2008, she served as the associate vice president for health sciences research and vice dean for research in the College of Medicine (2001-2008). From the time of her appointment as vice dean in 2001, total research awards at the Ohio State University Medical Center increased from $97.3 million to $171.8 million in 2007.

Dr. Whitacre has published extensively, is a member of various professional groups, and has many professional honors. In 2004, she was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Most recently, she was inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's 2009 Volunteer Hall of Fame for Researchers. She was one of three researchers selected for this national honor in recognition of her outstanding volunteer support, for making a difference in the community, and for advancing awareness of the Society's mission to create a world free of multiple sclerosis.

Clark awarded National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant
Aug 27, 2012 - 

Portrait of Jill ClarkJill Clark, assistant professor at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, will take part in a $3.96 million project that aims to enhance food security by reconnecting farmers with consumers living in food deserts of the United States. The grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will allow Clark along with primary-investigator Samina Raja, University at Buffalo, State University Of New York and co-investigators Julia Freedgood, American Farmland Trust, and Kimberley Hodgson of Cultivating Healthy Places to create and provide policy tools and training to help local governments alleviate food deserts. Clark will receive more than $270,000 for her part of the project.

Clark has a PhD in geography from The Ohio State University and a master's degree from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin. Her research centers on food and agricultural system policy, planning and economic development, along with sustainable food markets and infrastructure. She is interested in the dynamics between urban and rural, producer and consumer, alternative and conventional, and global and local aspects of food systems.

Dr. Clark provides statewide leadership for the newly forming Ohio Network of Food Policy Councils and national leadership as a member of the eXtension Food Systems Community of Practice team, a partnership of over two dozen universities.

Snow lead author of biofuel research paper
Aug 23, 2012 - 

Portrait of Allison SnowAllison Snow, professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology, is lead author of the paper concerning potential risks of genetically engineered algae used for biofuel. Snow and co-author Val Smith assert that algae are high on the genetic engineering agenda as a potential source for biofuel, and they should be subjected to independent studies of any environmental risks that could be linked to cultivating algae for this purpose.

Writing in the August 2012 issue of the journal BioScience, the researchers argue that ecology experts should be among scientists given independent authority and adequate funding to explore any potential unintended consequences of this technological pursuit.

In addition to directing the Undergraduate Research Office, Dr. Snow teaches courses, supervises graduate students, obtains grants, and studies invasive plants and genetically engineered crops in the U.S. and abroad. She received her BA from Hampshire College and her PhD from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr Snow's honors and title include the 2012 Merit Award, Botanical Society of America; 2008 Fellow, Academic Leadership Program, Committee in Institutional Cooperation of the Big Ten Research Universities and the University of Chicago; 2006 Centennial Award, Botanical Society of America; president of the Botanical Society of America 2004-05; 2002 Scientific American, recognized as one of 50 Leaders in Science and Technology; 2000 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, Ecological Society of America; and 1992 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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