The College of Arts and Sciences: winning on all fronts

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Competing for and winning top awards drives us forward and creates a positive climate for interdisciplinary collaboration, inquiry, discovery and innovation.

Three new recipients of NSF CAREER Awards, the National Science Foundation’s top award supporting our country’s most promising junior researchers, is not only a great boost to our national research profile, but to the power of research across disciplines: Adriana Dawes, assistant professor, mathematics and molecular genetics; and Chuan Xue, assistant professor, mathematics, work at the intersection of mathematics and biology. Ian Krajbich, assistant professor, economics, is a neuroeconomist, who combines tools from psychology, neuroscience and economics to investigate mechanisms behind decision-making.

Dawes’ $447,447 CAREER Award funds research on critical biological cell processes.

Chuan Xue’s $408,628 CAREER Award supports work on processes related to neurodegenerative diseases, such as ALS.

Ian Krajbich’s five-year, $722,305 CAREER Award funds dynamical modeling of interactions between attention and choice in human decision-making.

Not only large grants have large impact. Smaller awards support significant, dynamic, collaborative projects typically not funded by big federal agencies.

The BETHA (Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs) grants fund projects examining effects of science and technology on societal and cultural issues. The four 2016 ASC winners’ projects clearly illustrate the powerful nature of collaborations among the arts, the humanities and the sciences.

Harmony Bench, dance, assistant professor of history and theory: “Dance in Transit,” explores relationships between touring performers, and transportation networks and infrastructures linking cities, countries and cultures.

Justin D’Arms, professor and chair, philosophy: “The Philosophical Problem for Machine Morality,” addresses a philosophical problem facing engineers designing autonomous machines: how to ensure that machines behave ethically.

Christopher Orban, assistant professor, physics: “The Revolution in Cosmology and Fr. Georges Lemaître’s Hidden God,” an interdisciplinary study of early 20th century astrophysicist-priest, who helped lay groundwork for the Big Bang theory.

Michael Mercil, associate professor, art: “Wind|Farm,” a temporary, experimental, green-energy campus park with 70-ft, gold gilt wind turbine generating electricity for Wexner Center gallery video displays.

Kudos everyone. You keep us at the forefront of advancing knowledge, accelerating research and empowering our students.

Read more about how awards are accelerating scholarship in the arts and sciences.

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