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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!


OSU women named to 2011-2012 U.S. Fulbright Programs
Jan 06, 2012 - 
Portrait of Theresa June Early
Theresa Early
Portrait of Carole K. Fink
Carole Fink
Portrait of Dana Christine Kuchem
Dana Kuchem
Portrait of Darla Karin Munroe
Darla Munroe
Portrait of Elizabeth Hewitt
Elizabeth Hewitt

Three female faculty members and one female staff member from The Ohio State University have been selected as recipients of prestigious Fulbright fellowships, and one female faculty member has been chosen as a member of the Fulbright Specialist Program. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which administers the program for the U.S. Department of State, selects recipients.

Fulbright Scholar Programs offer U.S. faculty, administrators, and professionals grants to lecture, do research, or participate in seminars. The program sends Approximately 1,100 American scholars and professionals to approximately 125 countries every year. The Fulbright Specialist Program is a short-term complement to the Fulbright Scholar Program and sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects at overseas academic institutions for a period of two to six weeks.

2011-2012 Ohio State women selected as U.S. Fulbright Scholars:

  • Theresa June Early, (College of Social Work), for "Youth as Social Actors: Countering Crime and Improving Neighborhoods in Mexico City" at the national Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, August 2011-May 2012.
  • Carole K. Fink, (Department of History), for "The Future Versus the Past: West Germany and Israel, 1966-1974" at the University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel, March 2012-July 2012.
  • Dana Christine Kuchem, (Office of Academic Affairs, Fellowship Advisor, Honors Collegium), Fulbright International Education Administrators Program, Germany.
  • Darla Karin Munroe, (Department of Geography), for "Comparative Forest Transitions in Rural Peripheries" at Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, September 2011-February 2012.

2011-2012 Ohio State woman selected as a U.S. Fulbright Specialist:

  • Elizabeth Hewitt (Department of English), for "American Literature in the Age of Hamilton and Jefferson," at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, June 2011- August 2011.

Mosley-Thompson to receive Benjamin Franklin Medal
Jan 06, 2012 - 

Portrait of Ellen Mosley-Thompson and her husband, Lonnie ThompsonEllen Mosley-Thompson, distinguished university professor of geography and director of the Byrd Polar Research Center, and Lonnie Thompson, distinguished university professor of earth sciences, have been selected to receive this year's Benjamin Franklin Medal from The Franklin Institute. This prestigious honor was previously awarded to scientists such as Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Jane Goodall, and Jacques Cousteau.

This is just the latest honor bestowed on this husband-wife team of researchers. In 2008, they were named winners of the Dan David Prize, and in 2002 were chosen for the respected Common Wealth Award for Science and Invention. Both are members of the National Academy of Sciences and both are Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Thompsons will receive the institute's award for Earth and Environmental Science during ceremonies in April.

At the beginning of their careers, they faced opposition for proposing that the earliest signals of climate change would become apparent within the planet's temperate and tropical zones, not the Polar Regions where most experts of the time assumed. Now, years later, their approach has been proved correct and some of their most vocal former critics are now their staunchest supporters.

To learn more, visit: http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/franklinmedal.htm.

ASTE elects Trundle president
Jan 06, 2012 - 

Portrait of Kathy Cabe TrundlKathy Cabe Trundle, professor in the School of Teaching and Learning, was elected president of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) for 2011-14. ASTE is an international organization that promotes leadership and support for professionals involved in the education and development of teachers of science at all levels.

Trundle has more than 25 years of experience in science education, teaching at every level from grade six through graduate school. Trundle's research focuses on teaching and learning earth and space science concepts. She also is the author of National Geographic Science Program books for grades K-5. She helped advise National Geographic on innovative teaching methods for K-12 students as it developed its first core science program.

Davies selected to lead Kirwan Institute
Jan 06, 2012 - 

Portrait of Sharon DaviesAfter a national search, Professor Sharon Davies has been selected as the next executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, replacing founding executive director john powell, who left at the end of December.

Davies, the John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law at the Moritz College of Law, is a leading scholar in race and criminal law. She was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Notes and Comments editor of the Columbia Law Review while attending Columbia University School of Law. She also served for five years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York, widely thought to be the premier U.S. Attorney's Office in the country.

Davies joined the faculty at Ohio State University in 1995, was awarded tenure in 1999, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2002. She will continue as a member of Moritz college's faculty.

Learn more about Davies: http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/faculty/professor/sharon-l-davies/. Learn more about the Kirwan Institute: http://kirwaninstitute.org.

Belury's work one of most cited in Nutrition Review
Jan 05, 2012 - 

Portrait of Martha Ann BeluryMartha Belury, Carol S. Kennedy Professor in Human Nutrition at Ohio State, will receive a certificate of achievement Sunday (1/22) at the International Life Sciences Institute annual meeting in Phoenix. Belury's article, "Conjugated dienoic linoleate: A polyunsaturated fatty acid with unique chemoprotective properties," published in April 1995, is 17th among the top 20 most highly cited articles in Nutrition Reviews' 70-year history.

Since 2002, Dr. Belury has held the Carol S. Kennedy Professorship of Human Nutrition at the Ohio State University. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed research and scholarly articles. In addition, she has received the E.L.R.Stokstad Award from the American Society for Nutrition and the College of Human Ecology Outstanding Research Award. Dr. Belury serves on numerous scientific advisory boards including the advisory board for Women’s Health magazine and the Council for Women’s Nutrition Solutions for the National Cattleman’s Beef Association.

In January 2012, Dr. Belury was featured on The Dr. Oz Show speaking about the potential benefits of safflower oil. View a video clip of her segment.

Five Ohio State women elected as AAAS Fellows
Dec 28, 2011 - 
Portrait of Anne McCoy
Anne McCoy
Portrait of Kristen Sellgren
Kristen Sellgren
Portrait of Martha Ann Belury
Martha Belury
Portrait of Claudia Turro
Claudia Turro
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Amanda Simcox

Twenty Ohio State faculty, five of which are women, will be welcomed as Fellows in a ceremony at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's (AAAS) annual meeting in February. AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and the Fellow designation is significant because it's based on an evaluation by peers in the same academic discipline.

"The election of these faculty members is yet another example of the profound impact of Ohio State in the greater community," said President E. Gordon Gee.

"This honor recognizes the research, scholarship, and creativity of our faculty across disciplines who are improving our lives now and into the future," said Caroline Whitacre, Ohio State's vice president for research.

"It speaks to our faculty's achievement in their fields as well as their dedication to teaching and their gift for inspiring our students."

This year's Ohio State women elected to the class of AAAS Fellows are:

Anne McCoy, professor of chemistry; for development of theoretical and computational tools for understanding the vibrational motion, spectroscopy, and dynamics of molecules.

Kristen Sellgren, professor emeritus of astronomy; for distinguished contributions to infrared astronomy, particularly for the identification of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons as a major component of interstellar dust.

Martha Ann Belury, professor of human nutrition, of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, and of public health; for distinguished contributions to the field of human nutrition, particularly for elucidating cellular mechanisms of dietary compounds that influence metabolism, inflammation, and carcinogenesis.

Claudia Turro, professor of chemistry; for distinguished contributions to the understanding of photoinduced processes of inorganic complexes, including excited states and reactive intermediates important in solar energy and photodynamic therapy.

Amanda Simcox, professor of molecular genetics; for distinguished contributions to understanding the role of oncogenes and tumor suppressors in growth and development in Drosophila, and for outstanding contributions to undergraduate research.

For more information, visit http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/AAASfellows2011.htm.


Juhas, Herbers invited to White House
Dec 23, 2011 - 
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Mary Juhas
Portrait of Joan Herbers
Joan Herbers

Two Ohio State University leaders of diversity initiatives have been invited to the White House to share innovative ideas about helping to recruit girls and retain women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

Mary Juhas, associate dean for diversity and outreach and a clinical associate professor of materials science and engineering in the College of Engineering and Joan Herbers, professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology in the College of Arts and Sciences attended the Champions of Change event Friday, December 9. (Mary Juhas is also the chair of the President and Provost's Council on Women, which assists The Women's Place in accomplishing its overall mission by providing evaluation and oversight.)

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s, Winning the Future Initiative. Each week, a different issue is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community activists, are recognized for the work they are doing to better their communities. Read more about the Champions of Change program: http://whitehouse.gov/champions.

On December 9, agency representatives and White House Policy Offices participated and hosted several small group discussions between champions and other notable guests from varying sectors and communities around engaging and supporting girls and women in STEM. These breakouts — which focused specifically on changing the stereotypes of girls in the sciences/technology, mentoring, and supporting/retaining women in the STEM workforce — were followed immediately by a larger event focused on amplifying best practices learned in each area.

Learn more about Juhas, Herbers, and this event on the College of Arts and Sciences News page.

Elizabeth Barker named to 2011 Class of Nursing Fellows
Dec 12, 2011 - 

Portrait of Elizabeth BarkerElizabeth Barker, director of the MS program and associate professor of Clinical Nursing at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, was inducted into The American Academy of Nursing's 2011 Class of Fellows during the Academy’s 38th Annual Meeting and Conference on October 15, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

“Selection for membership in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” said Academy President Catherine L. Gilliss, DNSc, RN, FAAN. “Academy Fellows are truly experts. The Academy Fellowship represents the nation’s top nurse researchers, policymakers, scholars, executives, educators and practitioners.”

Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care. Each nominee must be sponsored by two current Academy Fellows. The new Fellows are selected by a panel comprised of elected and appointed Fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent to which nominees’ nursing careers influence health policies and health care delivery for the benefit of all Americans.

Elizabeth Barker's primary research interest is that of spiritual well being in women. She is also interested in looking at the attitudes of graduate advanced practice nursing students in the areas of gerontology and the intricacies of the mentoring relationship.

For further details, visit Elizabeth Barker's faculty profile.

Katherine Borst Jones receives National Service Award
Dec 09, 2011 - 

Katherine Borst Jones receives National Service AwardKatherine Borst Jones was chosen by the National Flute Association (NFA) to receive their National Service Award for 2011. The National Flute Association, founded in 1972, is the largest flute organization in the world. NFA members include leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz, beatbox, and world music flutists, college and university teachers, adult amateurs, and students of all ages.

Borst Jones has been a professor of flute at The Ohio State University since 1985. In addition, she is a Visiting Professor at China’s Shenyang Conservatory and cofounded and taught at the Robert Willoughby Master Classes at the University of New Hampshire. She was awarded the 1995 Distinguished Teacher Award and the 2008 Scholar Award in the School of Music. She performs with the quintet Scarlet Winds and with the Jones/Norton flute and harp duo.

In 1976, she created the annual High School Flute Workshop program at Ohio State. She has taught at Heidelberg College, Denison University, Emporia State University (Kansas), Oberlin Conservatory, and other instutions. Borst Jones thanks teachers Keith Brion, Robert Willoughby, Kyril Magg, Donald McGinnis, and Julius Baker for their mentorship and inspiration.

For more information, visit http://www.nfaonline.org/The-Organization/Achievement-Awards.aspx.

Dwyer, Lobao, and McCorriston's research used for NSF guide for future research
Dec 02, 2011 - 

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) Sciences announced the findings of a year-long study that may chart the course of federally-funded social science research for the near future and beyond.

More than 240 authors and teams of authors from the wider SBE community responded to an open invitation from NSF to contribute white papers that set forth the big questions that are likely to drive next generation research in social, behavioral and economic sciences; drive the kinds of skills and training future scholars will need to undertake this research; and drive the infrastructure of data, services and support required to enable future social research.

Three Ohio State researchers' white papers were chosen to be included in the report, Rebuilding the Mosaic: Fostering Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation in the Next Decade:

  • Rachel Dwyer, Sociology, The Debt Society: College and Beyond
  • Linda Lobao, School of Environmental & Natural Sciences, Spatial Inequality: A Research Agenda for the Social Sciences
  • Joy McCorriston, Anthropology, Future Research in the SBE Sciences: A View from Anthropology

"'Rebuilding the Mosaic' is a commendable outcome of a herculean and very timely effort," said NSF Director Subra Suresh. "The information and thinking within the community--and reflected in the report--promise significant impact on science, NSF, and the nation's wellbeing."

Rachel Dwyer is an assistant professor of sociology. Her areas of research include social inequality, urban sociology, work and occupations, economic sociology.

Linda Lobao is a professor of Rural Sociology, Sociology, and Geography. Her fields of specialization include community development, social well-being and diversity of rural populations, social issues involving agriculture, and the impacts of social change on regions, localities, and individuals.

Joy McCorriston, an archaeologist and associate professor in Ohio State's Department of Anthropology, specializes in origins and development of agricultural societies, development of complex societies and economies, and Near Eastern archaeology and culture history.

For more information about the NSF report, read the NSF press release.

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