Three upcoming science events near you!

There are three big science events coming up over the next few weeks that we wanted to make sure you were thinking about:

1) COSI Science Festival

Just as s reminder, the 2019 COSI Science Festival is coming up over the next few days. With more than 100 events taking place over the first three days of the COSI Science Festival, there are sure to be a few that spark your curiosity! Whether you want to attend a “Stuffed Animal Vet Clinic” as a family, have a date night at “Why Roasted Foods Taste So Good,” or check out one (or more) of the 15 Citywide Star Parties, there are plenty of options for you to be an element of the fun! You can search the event listings here.

The 2019 COSI Science Festival culminates in an exciting and fun celebration of science along the Peninsula surrounding COSI, including Washington Blvd., Genoa Park, Town St., and Dorrian Green Park! This FREE event is something you won’t want to miss – with dynamic experiments, incredible demonstrations, and engaging hands-on activities hosted by Franklin County’s own science, technology, engineering and mathematics focused organizations, the Big Science Celebration is sure to provide entertainment and learning opportunities for the whole family. More information can be found here.

 

2) Ohio Academy of Science State Science Day

The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi is looking for judges to evaluate projects at Ohio Academy of Science State Science Day. This will be at 8 am on May 11, 2019 at the French Field House (460 Woody Hayes Dr. Columbus, OH 43210) at The Ohio State University. Each year, thousands of students from all over Ohio complete independent research projects. These students present their research at the local and the District level, and the highest-rated projects go on to compete at State Science Day. This event is the high-point of student-based scientific-research, and in 2019 it will be entering its 71st year.

Our Sigma Xi chapter sponsors three special awards; 1) the Interdisciplinary Research Award, 2) the Science of Evolution Award and 3) the American Physiological Society Award. If you can assist with the judging projects at State Science Day please RSVP online (go.osu.edu/CwUX) by May 7. You will receive additional information on judging by email on May 9. If you have any questions please contact Noah Weisleder (noah.weisleder@osumc.edu).

 

WestFest Science and Sustainability Fair

Ohio State’s West Campus is hosting a festival May 18 that showcases science, sustainability and beyond. Experience the technology, discoveries and resources across central Ohio at this free event, which explores what Ohio State researchers and community partners are discovering to protect our environment, improve how we use natural resources and enhance our daily lives. More information can be found here.

Judges Needed for Ohio Academy of Sciences State Science Day

The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi is looking for judges to evaluate projects at Ohio Academy of Science State Science Day. This will be at 8 am on May 11, 2019 at the French Field House (460 Woody Hayes Dr. Columbus, OH 43210) at The Ohio State University. Each year, thousands of students from all over Ohio complete independent research projects. These students present their research at the local and the District level, and the highest-rated projects go on to compete at State Science Day. This event is the high-point of student-based scientific-research, and in 2019 it will be entering its 71st year.

Our Sigma Xi chapter sponsors three special awards; 1) the Interdisciplinary Research Award, 2) the Science of Evolution Award and 3) the American Physiological Society Award. If you can assist with the judging projects at State Science Day please RSVP online (go.osu.edu/CwUX) by May 7. You will receive additional information on judging by email on May 9.
If you have any questions please contact Noah Weisleder (noah.weisleder@osumc.edu).

 

sigma xi ohio state university chapter state science day

Reminder: Suds n Science Tour of Orton Museum

Join us for the next Sigma Xi Suds and Science event to be held on Tuesday, April 30th at 5 pm at the Orton Geological Museum (155 Oval Dr S, Columbus, OH 43210) where we will explore rocks, minerals and fossils from Ohio and around the world!

The Orton Geological Museum was founded in 1893 by Edward Orton, Sr., a geologist and the first President of The Ohio State University. Originally the Museum contained about 10,000 specimens from Dr. Orton’s teaching collection. Today the Orton Geological Museum holds more than 54,000 numbered specimens and is visited by scholars from around the world. The displays and collections are an important part of many Ohio State University courses and the Museum is also open to the public (https://ortongeologicalmuseum.osu.edu/).

As a reminder, Suds n’ Science is a free, biannual Sigma Xi program in which a host scientific group presents their research, and/or guides a tour of their facilities for other science and research professionals within the Ohio State community. The tour group and host group then generally adjourn to a campus pub for further discussions. These events provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about key research groups on campus, and establish interdisciplinary collaborations. Following this session, the tour group will then adjourn to Ethyl & Tank (19 E 13th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201) for further discussion.

This event is free to attend but space is limited, so please RSVP by email to Bailey Dye (bailey.dye@nationwidechildrens.org) by April 26. Please contact her with any additional questions you might have.

The Annual Banquet and Research Symposium

The Annual Banquet and Research Symposium for our Ohio State chapter of Sigma Xi is THIS week! Our banquet will be on Thursday, April 18 from 5-9 pm in room 115 of the Biomedical Research Tower (460 W. 12th Ave). Our keynote speaker for this year will be Dr. Omowunmi (Wunmi) Sadik from the State University of New York. The cost for tickets will be $30 and student tickets will be available at a discount price of $10. Tickets can be purchased by credit card on Eventbrite (go.osu.edu/Cr55). Please contact Dr. Lynette Rogers (Lynette.Rogers@nationwidechildrens.org) for information or to purchase your ticket by check.

The research symposium will include a poster session that will be judged and poster prizes will be provided. If you are interested in presenting please register for a poster board by the end of the day on Friday, April 13 at go.osu.edu/Cukg. Boards are limited so apply now. More details on presenting your poster will be provided by email on April 13.

Please let me (noah.weisleder@osumc.edu) know if you have any questions.

Suds n’ Science: Orton Museum Tour

Join us for the next Sigma Xi Suds and Science event to be held on Tuesday, April 30th at 5 pm at the Orton Geological Museum (155 Oval Dr S, Columbus, OH 43210) where we will explore rocks, minerals and fossils from Ohio and around the world! The Orton Geological Museum was founded in 1893 by Edward Orton, Sr., a geologist and the first President of The Ohio State University. Originally the Museum contained about 10,000 specimens from Dr. Orton’s teaching collection. Today the Orton Geological Museum holds more than 54,000 numbered specimens and is visited by scholars from around the world. The displays and collections are an important part of many Ohio State University courses and the Museum is also open to the public (https://ortongeologicalmuseum.osu.edu/).

 

As a reminder, Suds n’ Science is a free, biannual Sigma Xi program in which a host scientific group presents their research, and/or guides a tour of their facilities for other science and research professionals within the Ohio State community. The tour group and host group then generally adjourn to a campus pub for further discussions. These events provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about key research groups on campus and establish interdisciplinary collaborations.

Following this session, the tour group will then adjourn to a location TBA for further discussion.

This event is free to attend but space is limited, so please RSVP by email to Bailey Dye (bailey.dye@nationwidechildrens.org) by April 23rd. Please contact her with any additional questions you might have.

Two Great Sigma Xi Events!

There will be two great events from our Ohio State Sigma Xi chapter on Wednesday. April 3:

First, at 5:30pm on April 3 we will have a general members meeting in room 352 of the Research Commons on the third floor of the 18th Avenue Library (175 W 18th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210). Please plan on attending to talk the chapter leadership about goals for the chapter, learn about our activities and see about ways you can be more involved in the chapter. There will be cookies provided!

Second, at 6:30 pm (after the general meeting) one of our own Sigma Xi members will present the Science Café lecture in the Research Commons. Professor McKee got his BA degree from Miami University and his MA and PhD from Washington University (St. Louis). He then spent a decade teaching at the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School (Johannesburg,South Africa) and leading excavations at the early hominin fossil sites of Taung and Makapansgat. He returned to Ohio State’s Department of Anthropology in 1996, conducting research on paleoecology, modeling of evolutionary processes, and contemporary biodiversity and demography. Dr. McKee will present on “Surviving South African Apartheid”. His presentation is an anthropological look at apartheid, told through personal experience.

Please plan on attending these two great events!

The Next Science Cafe is April 3rd

Surviving South African Apartheid

April 3, 2019  –  6:30 PM

Research Commons – 3rd Floor, 18th Avenue Library

 

Professor McKee lived in South Africa from 1986 to 1996, a time period spanning a ‘state of emergency’ to the end of apartheid and the beginning of a true democracy. His paleoanthropological research led him to ‘homelands’ created by ‘grand apartheid,’ where he got to know local customs and ways of life. There he witnessed the true costs of racism and bigotry, but also learned the resilience of the human spirit. This presentation is an anthropological look at apartheid, told through personal experience.

About our speaker:

Jeffrey K McKee, Department of Anthropology, The Ohio State University

Professor McKee got his BA degree from Miami University and his MA and PhD from Washington University (St. Louis). He then spent a decade teaching at the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School (Johannesburg,South Africa) and leading excavations at the early hominin fossil sites of Taung and Makapansgat. He returned to Ohio in 1996, conducting research on paleoecology, modeling of evolutionary processes, and contemporary biodiversity and demography. He is now learning to play bass guitar.

Sponsors:

Sigma Xi – The Ohio State University Chapter
The Ohio State University Libraries

 

Judges Needed for the Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair

Dear Colleagues:

The Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair (BSEF) is Ohio’s premier STEM competition for students in grades 9-12. More than 120 students will compete for the opportunity to represent the BSEF at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The BSEF will advance a total of six (6) student projects to the ISEF, where they will be joined by 1,700 students from nearly 70 different countries. ISEF students will compete for nearly $4,000,000 in scholarships and awards. The 2019 ISEF will be held in Phoenix from May 12-16.

For the BSEF to operate effectively, we need approximately 60 judges from among a variety of disciplines. Historically, there seems to be a shortage of professionals to represent Biomedical & Health Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and Translational Medical Science.

The Ohio Academy of Science needs you! Please consider lending your expertise by volunteering as a judge for BSEF 2019. You will be challenged by these high-level projects. But you will also enjoy a great day of fellowship with colleagues from across the state as you evaluate and help develop Ohio’s pipeline of STEM talent. I think you will have fun, be inspired, and leave with a positive outlook on the future.

The BSEF is on April 6, 2019 at the CAS complex (2540 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43202). You can register as a judge at this site

 

Annual Banquet and Research Symposium

The Annual Banquet and Research Symposium for our Ohio State chapter of Sigma Xi will be on Thursday, April 18 from 5-9 pm in room 115 of the Biomedical Research Tower (460 W. 12th Ave). Our keynote speaker for this year will be Dr. Omowunmi (Wunmi) Sadik from the State University of New York. The cost for tickets will be $30, with early-bird dinner tickets available until April 1, 2019 for a reduced price of $25. A cash bar will also be available.
Tickets can be purchased by credit card here on Eventbrite (http://go.osu.edu/Cr55). Please contact Dr. Lynette Rogers (Lynette.Rogers@nationwidechildrens.org) for information or to purchase your ticket by check. Additional details on the research symposium will follow separately and all members are welcome to present a research poster. To reserve a poster board or for more information please contact Dr. Noah Weisleder (noah.weisleder@osumc.edu).

E-cigarettes: Not a lucky Strike

Ohio State Sigma Xi and the Ohio State University Libraries sponsor our OSU Science Cafe. These events represent a grassroots movement that exist all over the world. They take place in casual settings, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. More infortmation is at: go.osu.edu/osusciencecafe

Our next science cafe is on “E-cigarettes: Not a lucky strike” on Feb 6th at 6:30pm in the Research Commons, 18th Avenue Library
Despite having been introduced ten years ago, little is known of the impact of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) on human health. ENDS usage is rapidly rising among adolescents and young adults, partially due to a perception that ENDS are safer than cigarettes. The CDC recently reported that 20.4 million individuals have tried ENDS at least once, and that 2.5 million children have used the products as well. This talk will focus on the effects of e-cigarettes on oral health.

The speaker is: Purnima Kumar, Professor of Periodontology, College of Dentistry About our speaker:

Dr. Purnima Kumar is a Professor of Periodontology at The Ohio State University. She received her dental degree from Annamalai University in India and Masters in Periodontology and PhD in Molecular Microbiology from The Ohio State University. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Kumar has practiced and taught periodontology in India, United Arab Emirates and the USA. She maintains an active research that is funded through the NIH, NCI and industry.