Course Spotlight: CHEM 5240 – Intro to Protein Modeling

Offered in Spring 2022.
MWF 1:50 – 2:45pm
Dr. Richard Spinney

Students will have an opportunity to explore the theories and methods of molecular modeling and computational chemistry in CHEM 5240: Introduction to Protein Modeling.

The course allows students to get hands-on experience with computational chemistry software, using molecular mechanics, and modeling dynamic systems (molecular dynamics) as applied to large biological molecules such as proteins. The course focuses on the application of modern modeling techniques, rather than the mathematical formulation, used to solve current problems in biochemistry and pharmacology. The course runs like a workshop with extensive computer time using modern protein modeling software.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of CHEM 2520 (Organic Chemistry II)

Spring 2021 Readiness Competencies Certificate

Employers are looking for ASC students to be “career ready,” which means that they are looking to recruit and hire students who can articulate their skills, talents, interests, and strengths. Are you interested in developing a new skill or receiving a professional certification? Career Success is excited to announce the Spring 2021 Readiness Competencies Certificate, designed to develop your professional skills!

ASC Career Success has partnered with New Horizons Computer Learning Centers and Kolena Exchange to offer students free professional certifications for the following hard and soft skills:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Teamwork and Team Building
  • Business Writing
  • Communication Strategies
  • Presentation Skills
  • Civility in the Workplace
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Delivering Constructive Criticism

These courses are flexible. The average completion time is 6-8 hours. You will receive a formal certification after one live, day-long class or through self-guided modules, depending on the course you select.

Submit a registration application here: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ksKqCJyDNrRftb

The deadline to submit an application is Sunday, February 21st at 12am midnight. Applicants will be reviewed, considered, and granted a communication on the status of their application during the week of February 22nd.

For questions about the registration process, please contact Sarah Bach (bach.81s@osu.edu).

2021 Pharmacy Scholars Program at UMich

Join UM Pharmacy TOMORROW, February 10th from 4:30-5pm for a Zoom info session to learn more about the Interdisciplinary REU Program and the Pharmacy Scholars ProgramRSVP here.


The Pharmacy Scholars Program (PSP) is a unique summer pre-pharmacy program open to college juniors, seniors, recent graduates, and individuals thinking about a career transition to pharmacy school.

The PSP is a four week virtual boot camp that provides coursework and activities that prepare students to be confident in the interview process, and first year pharmacy school courses. It also introduces them to faculty and administrators in the College, and exposes participants to the variety of career options one has with a PharmD degree. During the program you will have an opportunity to:

  • Attend admission information sessions
  • Receive one-on-one academic advising
  • Hear from a variety of faculty and student guest speakers
  • Explore various careers in pharmacy
  • Be mentored by current students
  • Review coursework in topics such as chemistry, math, and calculations
  • Be exposed to first year pharmacy school courses and more
  • Receive advice on writing a CV and personal statement
  • Receive a stipend!

The February 22 application deadline is approaching quickly! Visit the website to learn more and apply.

Nuclear & Radiochemistry Undergraduate Summer School

The U.S. Department of Energy and the American Chemical Society, Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, sponsor an INTENSIVE 6-week course (June 14, 2021 – July 23, 2021) in Nuclear and Radiochemistry for undergraduates held in San Jose, CA or Long Island, NY with 12 students each.

The course consists of lectures on the fundamentals of nuclear science, radiochemistry, and their applications in related fields. Laboratory work introduces state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation used in basic and applied nuclear science. Also included are a Guest Lecture Series and tours of nearby research centers at universities, National Laboratories, and other nuclear facilities. Students meet and interact with prominent faculty and scientists who are working in nuclear and radiochemistry, nuclear medicine, nuclear forensics, and related fields.

Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy. Provided are a stipend of $4000, all tuition and fees, housing, transportation to and from the Summer School location, books, and laboratory supplies. Transferable college credit is awarded through the ACS accredited chemistry programs at San Jose State University (7 units) or the State University of New York at Stony Brook (6 units).

For additional information, view the program flyer or email questions to Dr. Lynn Francesconi (lfrances@hunter.cuny.edu).

The application deadline is February 1, 2021.

Academic Success Courses for First- and Second-Year Students

As we begin a new semester, we hope that you have found time to recharge over winter break. In doing so, you may have reflected on your autumn semester and had one or more of the following thoughts:

  • College has been more difficult than I expected.
  • I need to find a more effective study strategy.
  • I have trouble with procrastination, time management and motivation.
  • I could use an academic confidence boost.
  • My autumn semester did not go as planned.

If these sentiments sound familiar to you, you may be interested in one of these classes:

Students who enroll in these courses consistently report feeling more supported, motivated, and better connected to Ohio State. If you are interested in enrolling, please email springforward@osu.edu or your academic advisor.

Course Spotlight – The Marriage of Opera and Public Health

Figaro Meets Florence Nightingale: The Marriage of Opera & Public Health
Cross-listed PUBHLTH 3194 and MUSIC 3194

Faculty from Public Health and Music are teaching a class next semester (Spring 2021) about the representation of public health issues in opera. It will be taught online via Zoom. It is a four-hour class with two lectures per week and a one-hour, asynchronous lab. Content will be split equally between public health and music.

  • Introduces students to important public health problems with a long history of causing morbidity and mortality in populations and explores their portrayal in opera.
  • Identifies six public health themes and introduces students to the public health aspects of the conditions and then how they have been represented in multiple operas ranging from the 1700’s to current day.
  • Examines original source texts, librettos, and staging (lighting, set design, costume, direction, and, of course, music composition) as to the ways and means by which disease and death are dramatized in the “great art form” of opera.

Course Spotlight: ARTSSCI 5194 – Personal Wellness and Mental Health

Developed in conversation with the College of Arts and Sciences Committee on Student Mental Health and Wellness, ARTSSCI 5194: Personal Wellness and Mental Health is a new one-credit, distance learning course being offered in the spring for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Taught by Professors Jennifer Cheavens and Daniel Strunk from the Department of Psychology, the course will introduce students to a variety of evidence-based strategies for managing stress, combatting anxiety and depression, and promoting personal wellness. The course aims to provide students a psychological toolkit that they can rely on in facing a wide variety of challenges as they progress through their university experience and into the years that follow

Fall 2019 Entrepreneurship Academy

The Fall 2019 Entrepreneurship Academy is a series of workshops exclusively for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. This non-credit series of workshops is presented by Career Success and  taught by successful Arts and Sciences alumni as well as local members of the entrepreneurship community. The program provides a foundation for understanding what is required to develop an idea into an entrepreneurial venture. Those that complete the program have the option to deliver a final pitch and be considered for cash awards for best presentation.

The Academy will meet weekly from 7-9pm on the following dates:

September 10, 2019 : Ideation
September 17, 2019 : Value Proposition and Customer Validation
September 24, 2019 : Target Markets and Marketing Essentials
October 1, 2019 : Business Plan
October 8, 2019 : Financials and Funding
October 15, 2019 : Building Your Pitch
November 8, 2019 : Final pitch presentation

A unique feature of this program is that each participant will have access to an alumni mentor to assist them with developing their idea and business plan!

Program goals:

  • Understand the challenges of becoming a successful entrepreneur and how this career path relates to your personal goals and values
  • Refine and further develop your concept
  • Understand the types of business models and determine what model is best suited to your concept
  • Identify your target market and how you can test your ideas
  • Develop the basics on how to construct a business plan
  • Discover what goes in to financing a concept and the resources available
  • Understand and apply what makes an effective pitch
  • Gain familiarity with internal and external resources
  • Understand the basics of creating a marketing plan

Registration is open and space is limited. Please register through Handshake  or contact Scott Kustis at kustis.1@osu.edu

Course Spotlight: Chemistry 2990

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Chemistry 2990 at The Ohio State University is a seminar course targeting chemistry majors focusing on the development of professional skills, conducting literature searches, writing research papers, and exploring careers and research options. Offered by Dr. Nicole Karn on Monday’s at 3:00 PM, this course will help students hone their writing skills and understanding, while having the opportunity to attend research presentations given by faculty conducting research. Sign up for the Spring 2019 semester! Take a look at the tentative syllabus for an in-depth course description and schedule.

Course Spotlight: Biology 4798

Scientific Roots in the UK and EU

 Looking to study abroad? Next spring semester Biology 4798: Scientific Roots in the UK and EU will be offered in coordination with studying abroad in London, England and Paris, France. This course will focus on scientific discoveries that changed the world and changed paradigms, and the study abroad trip will allow students to tour the sites of these discoveries in person.

If interested, there will be information sessions in the fall semester. Scholarship opportunities are available, however deadlines may approach sooner than the study abroad deadline. If you have any questions or would like to show your interest in the course now, you can contact the professors of the course, Dr. John Cogan or Dr. Caroline Breitenberger, or checking the Ohio State Office of International Affairs website.

Dr. John Cogan: cogan.1@osu.edu
Dr. Caroline Breitenberger: breitenberger.1@osu.edu

Application deadline: October 31, 2018