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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!

 

Ozkan earns ACS distinguished researcher award
Jun 13, 2012 - 

Portrait of Umit OzkanThe American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Energy and Fuels has awarded Umit Ozkan, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, its Distinguished Researcher Award for her research in energy and the environment, as well as her longtime leadership roles in chemical societies throughout North America.

An engineering faculty member since 1985, Ozkan leads the Heterogeneous Catalysis Research Group at Ohio State and has served as the college's associate dean for research. She serves on the Academic Advisory Boards of the Departments of Chemical Engineering for Iowa State University and Middle East Technical University.

Her other recent honors include an Iowa State University Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering; the John van Geuns Lectureship Award at the Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences at the University of Amsterdam; and being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, plus receiving that organization's Mentorship Excellence Award.

For more details of the ACS Distinguished Researcher Award, see the OnCampus article.


Rikihisa and Henkin elected to National Academy of Sciences
May 25, 2012 - 
Portrait of Yasuko Rikihisa
Yasuko Rikihisa
Portrait of Tina Henkin
Tina Henkin

Yasuko Rikihisa, a professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, and Tina Henkin, professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and the Robert W. and Estelle S. Bingham Professor of Biological Sciences, were elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the most prestigious honors an American scholar can receive.

Members are elected to NAS in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. NAS is a private, nonprofit society engaged in scientific and engineering research and dedicated to the use of science and technology for the public good.

Rikihisa specializes in the study of tick-borne diseases that infect food and fiber-producing animals, companion animals and humans. Henkin's work focuses on analyzing the mechanisms behind the ability of cells to sense changes in their environment and transmit that information in ways that influence gene expression.

Rikihisa was named the university’s 2011 Innovator of the Year by the Office of Research in recognition of her record of translational research and commercialization activities. She also is a fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology, received the Ohio State Distinguished Scholar Award in 1999, and is an investigator in Ohio State’s Center for Microbial Interface Biology, the PHPID program, the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology program, and the Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Henkin is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and received the NAS Pfizer Award in Molecular Biology in 2006.

At Ohio State, she has been on the faculty since 1995, and received a Distinguished Scholar award in 2004. She is a member of the Center for RNA Biology; the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology program; and the Ohio State Biochemistry Program; and an investigator in the Public Health Preparedness in Infectious Diseases program.


Delagrange garners two major awards
May 25, 2012 - 

Portrait of Susan DelagrangeDr. Susan Delagrange, associate professor of English in the Rhetoric, Composition, & Literacy program on the Ohio State-Mansfield campus, has won two major awards in her field for her groundbreaking digital media project "Technologies of Wonder: Rhetorical Practice in a Digital World": the journal Computers and Composition's 2011 Distinguished Book Award and The Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award, presented by The Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition.

Dr. Delagrange's approach to research is an interactive format. In her book, she uses small videos, slideshows, and pictures to present theories for the art of persuasion. Dr. Delagrange states, "In digital media, we have the option of creating different kinds of digital arrangements that we don't have with words. It isn't true that a picture is worth a thousand words. A thousand words is a thousand words, and a picture is a picture."

Delagrange has published articles on the rhetoric and design of digital media in the journal "Kairos" and is an associate editor of "Rhetorical Visions" (eds. Hesford and Brueggemann), a visual culture textbook (Prentice Hall, 2007).

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Snow receives Merit Award from Botanical Society of America
May 16, 2012 - 

Portrait of Allison SnowAllison Snow, professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, is one of four botanists nationally to receive the Botanical Society of America's (BSA) highest honor, the Merit Award, in 2012. BSA promotes botany by providing education, encouraging research, providing expertise, and fostering communication. Awardees are chosen based on their excellence in basic research, education, public policy, or exceptional service to the professional botanical community. Snow served as president of the BSA in 2004-2005.

Dr. Snow directs the Undergraduate Research Office, 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.

Her honors include the 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; 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.


Saif's team receives $8M Gates Foundation research grant
May 15, 2012 - 

Portrait of Linda SaifLinda Saif, a Distinguished University Professor at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, is part of a national research team that received $8.3 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation towards their research project. The grant will fund an international team of scientists focused on finding new ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent a critical global health problem: malnutrition in infants and children.

Saif's role in the project includes the evaluation of new ways to improve the effectiveness of vaccines against rotavirus — the leading cause of childhood diarrhea. For unexplained reasons, she said, current rotavirus vaccines fail in children in impoverished countries where malnutrition and diarrhea mortality are highest. Led by Saif, Ohio State researchers Anastasia Vlasova, Gireesh Rajashekara, and Kuldeep Chattha will use a germ-free piglet model to complement the studies in mice.

Dr. Saif's titles and awards include: the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, Honorary Diplomate, 1990; Fulbright Research Scholarship, Institute of Virology, CICV-INTA, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1992; invited lecturer, Utrecht Institute for Infection and Immunity (Master Class), The Netherlands, 1993; elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1995; Distinguished Veterinary Immunologist Award, The American Association of Veterinary Immunologists, 1995; Honorary Doctorate, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, 2003; Charles C. Capen Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Education, College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, 2003; and elected member, US National Academy of Science, 2003.


Oncology nurse practitioners receive Oncology Nursing Society awards
May 03, 2012 - 
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Joanne Lester
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Gail Davidson

Joanne Lester, a research scientist and clinical professor, and Gail Davidson, disease management coordinator, both in the College of Nursing, received awards from the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). ONS is a professional organization of registered nurses and other healthcare providers dedicated to excellence in patient care, education, research, and administration in oncology nursing.

Lester received the 2012 Excellence in Survivor Advocacy Award. She holds a doctorate in philosophy of nursing and is also an advanced oncology certified nurse. Lester is the lead editor for a recent ONS book entitled Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Personalized Care.

She has received the 2010 New Investigator Award, Seed Grant, from the Midwest Nursing Research Society, a Congress Scholarship from the Columbus Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society in 2010, a 2009 New Investigator Grant Award from the Rehabilitation Nurses Foundation, and the 2008 Excellence in Surgical Oncology Award from ONS.

Davidson received the 2012 Excellence in Surgical Oncology Award. She is an oncology certified nurse who holds a bachelor’s of science in nursing from The Ohio State University, and practices as a registered nurse. She manages regional liver therapy, neuroendocrine cancers, and gastrointestinal cancers with a focus on improving the quality of life for gastrointestinal cancer patients.


Carpenter-Hubin named president of Association for Institutional Research board
May 01, 2012 - 

Portrait of Julie Carpenter-HubinJulie Carpenter-Hubin, assistant vice president for Institutional Research and Planning, was named president of the Association for Institutional Research Board of Directors for the 2012-13 term.

Carpenter-Hubin holds a BA in German and an MA in public policy and administration, both from Ohio State. Her research interests include performance measurement in higher education and using performance measurement to develop improvement strategies. She has presented her work in this area at meetings of AIR and has been an invited speaker by the American Strategic Management Institute.

Her publications include "The Balanced Scorecard: Beyond Reports and Rankings," co-authored with Alice Stewart, in the Winter 2000-01 edition of "Planning for Higher Education" and "Making Measurement Meaningful," co-authored with Eunice Hornsby, in the "Association for Institutional Research's Fall 2005 Professional File." Forthcoming co-authored book chapters address higher education administrative structures ("Organization and Administration in Higher Education," Routledge, 2012) and higher education data exchanges ("The Handbook of Institutional Research," Jossey-Bass, 2012).

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Melnyk named a 2012 MNRS Senior Scientist
Apr 24, 2012 - 

Portrait of Bernadette MelnykBernadette Melnyk, dean of the College of Nursing, associate VP for health promotion, and chief wellness officer, was recognized as a 2012 Senior Scientist by the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS). MNRS presents awards to selected members of the society who have made significant and notable contributions to the field of nursing through research.

Melnyk was chosen for her accomplishments as an internationally recognized expert in intervention research, evidence-based practice, and child and adolescent mental health. She is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences on these topics and has consulted with hundreds of healthcare systems and colleges throughout the nation and globe on how to improve quality of care and patient outcomes through sustaining evidence-based practice.

Her record includes over 11 million dollars of sponsored funding from federal agencies as principal investigator and more than 180 publications. Melnyk is editor of four books, including the well-known Evidence-based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare and a new book entitled Intervention Research: Designing, Conducting, Analyzing and Funding.

Dr. Melnyk is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the National Academies of Practice. She also serves as one of only two nurse practitioners on the 16-member United States Preventive Services Task Force. Among dozens of other prestigious honors, she received the 2011 Distinguished Research Lecturer Award from the Western Institute of Nursing, as well as the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) first NINR Director's Lectureship Award in 2010. In addition, she has twice been recognized as an Edge Runner by the American Academy of Nursing, once for founding the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners' KySS mental health initiative and the second time for her COPE Program for parents of premature infants.

For further information, see the College of Nursing's news item.


Miller named Doris Duke artist
Apr 20, 2012 - 

Portrait of Bebe MillerBebe Miller, Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor in the Department of Dance and artistic director of the Bebe Miller Company, is one of 21 of America's most vital and productive performing artists announced as the first class of Doris Duke Artists, sharing a total of $5.775 million awarded in a new initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF).

The mission of DDCF is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research, and the prevention of child abuse. Miller and the other artists will receive an unrestricted, multi-year cash grant of $225,000, plus as much as $50,000 more in targeted support.

Miller received her MA in dance from Ohio State in 1975. In 1985, she formed the Bebe Miller Company. Her work, Landing/Place (2005), received a NY Dance and Performance Award ("Bessie") in 2006. A four-time "Bessies" winner, Miller has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Miller has created works for Boston Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Philadanco. She teaches modern technique, improvisation, repertory, creative practice and choreography, and a graduate seminar in dance.

For more information, read the College of Arts and Sciences news article.


Roberts awarded National Humanities Center Fellowship
Apr 12, 2012 - 

Portrait of Craige RobertsCraige Roberts, professor in the Department of Linguistics, has been awarded a National Humanities Center Fellowship. The National Humanities Center is a private, nonprofit institution for advanced study in the humanities. It awards fellowship grants to enable scholars to take leave from their normal academic duties and pursue research at the center.

These leading scholars represent humanistic scholarship in history, literature, philosophy, anthropology, art history, classics, linguistics, musicology, religion, and Scandinavian studies. Each Fellow will work on an individual research project and will have the opportunity to share ideas in seminars, lectures, and conferences at the Center.

Craige Roberts' main areas of specialization within linguistics are formal semantics and pragmatics. Part of her motivation in studying human language is a compelling interest in the nature of the human mind. Her work on pragmatics is driven by that orientation and has resulted in a deepening dialogue with colleagues in computer science, logic, philosophy, and psychology. In this vein, she is involved in an interdisciplinary Pragmatics Initiative, involving not only scholars and graduate students from the relevant disciplines at Ohio State, but also other scholars from the U.S. and Europe.

Roberts is an associate editor of the journal Linguistics and Philosophy and a member of the editorial board of Semantics and Pragmatics.

See the National Humanities Center news release for a complete list of the Fellows for the academic year 2012-13.


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