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Spring 2023

Three faculty recognized with 2022-23 Marion Campus Teaching award

Ohio State Marion faculty, Senior Biology Lecturer, Melissa Petreaca; Senior English Lecturer, Peter Dully; and Assistant Professor of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Jonathan Calede were formally recognized with the 2023 Marion Campus Teaching Excellence Award during the campus's annual Academic Recognition Ceremony, Friday, April 21, in Morrill Hall Auditorium.

Students and faculty were encouraged during the academic year to nominate faculty members they felt worthy of recognition in both the category of associated faculty, who are primarily charged with teaching and tenure track faculty, whose work includes research and university governance in addition to teaching.

The Marion Campus Teaching Excellence Award recognizes faculty who challenge students to articulate connections between their coursework and their lives outside of the classroom; who foster high-level critical and analytical thinking skills; who create inclusive and equitable cultures of learning for students; and who develop strong mentoring relationships with students, encouraging students to reach their full potential.

PALS named one of fourteen Engagement Grant recipients 

The Office of Outreach and Engagement has awarded more than $250,000 to 14 recipients of 2023 Engagement Grants, including Dr. Nikole Patson and Dr. Ben McCorkle of Ohio State Marion, who were awarded a grant to expand the Pride and Life Skills mentoring program. Grants were awarded at a maximum of $20,000 to support development of impact reports for programs, performances, or exhibits; development of a public policy document or impact report; development or implementation of a program, performance, exhibition, or initiative based upon previous research, assessment, or public input; or enhancement or expansion of a program that extends community access to the university.

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Rhizobia biology and isolation techniques workshop hosted 
Assistant Professor of Biology, Frances Sivakoff hosted a workshop, sponsored by the Ohio State Marion Honors and Research committee. For the three Fridays in May (May 12, 19, and 26), Dr. Sivakoff hosts Dr. Paul “Skip” Price, Senior Microbiologist at Corteva Agriscience and Visiting Professor at Eastern Michigan University to lead a workshop on rhizobia biology and isolation techniques.  On May 12, Dr. Price will present a lecture on rhizobia at 9:30 a.m. in 210A MSE. He and Dr. Jonathan Calede will also participate in a CURE (Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience) panel for several biology and chemistry faculty at 1 p.m. in the same room.

Autumn 2022

Dr. Aina Appova, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, awarded $100k grant for new partnership in Columbus City Schools

Ohio State Marion Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, Dr. Aina K. Appova was recently awarded $100,000 for a new partnership grant with Columbus City Schools (CCS). This is a 2-year project that is focused on Developing Elementary Students’ Early Algebra Skills and Algebraic Reasoning. 
The purpose of this partnership between College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) and Columbus City Schools (CCS), said Dr. Appova, is to support the school district in addressing educational issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, while also advancing the work of Ohio State's College of Education and Human Ecology faculty research for two years in the school district.

Dr. Jim Genova, Professor of History, publishes third monograph with Michigan State University Press 
Making New people: Politics, Cinema, and Liberation in Burkina Faso (1983-1987)

Spring 2022

Dr. Margaret Sumner wins College wide Teaching Excellence Award

The Paul W. Brown Excellence in Teaching Award in English and History recognizes a faculty member in the Department of English and a faculty member in the Department of History for teaching excellence.

Dr. Ruben Petreaca wins College-wide Early Career Faculty Excellence Award

At the point when Dr. Petreaca was promoted to Associate professor with tenure, he was also selected as one of three faculty to receive the Early and Mid-Career Faculty Excellence Awards recognize outstanding performance in all three areas of research, teaching and service of early and mid-career faculty at the time of promotion.

Autumn 2021

Orban receives Grant for High Energy Laser Research OSU and Wright Patterson AFB

Associate Professor of Physics Chris Orban is the principal investigator of a National Science Foundation and Department of Energy project "Enhancing Laser Based Ion Sources with High Data Rate Techniques". The project involves applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to control laser interactions on some of the most intense laser systems in the world. A key partner on the project is an intense laser research group at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton Ohio. Orban often collaborates with other researchers on OSU and Wright Patterson.

Spring 2021

Newly identified American saber-toothed cat species was larger than a tiger and hunted rhinos 
Species is believed to be one of the largest felines ever to have lived

"Quantitative Analyses of Feliform Humeri Reveal the Existence of a Very Large Cat in North America During the Miocene" May 2021 
Journal of Mammalian Evolution 
Authors: John Orcutt Gonzaga University 
Jonathan Calede The Ohio State University at Marion

Summer 2020

Ohio State Marion stats professor lends expertise in Australia

In his sabbatical year, Ohio State Marion Professor of Statistics, Omer Ozturk spent September 2019 through April 2020 conducting agricultural statistical research with a team of scientists at the Biometry Hub from The University of Adelaide, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine in Australia. The goal of Ozturk’s research centered on field sampling from vineyards and other agricultural fields to reduce the sampling cost of data collection. Despite having his trip cut short due to the coronavirus epidemic, Ozturk felt he was able to accomplish a number of goals.

Calede discovers now extinct species of horned rodent

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 
Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Dr. Jonathan Calede has uncovered a now extinct new species of rodent with horns that lived in Nebraska during the Miocene epoch. 
“The new species is part of a genus called Ceratogaulus. The only genus of rodents to ever evolve horns,” said Calede. 
The extinct rodent is most-closely related to the sewellel, also known as the mountain beaver, a rodent alive today in the Pacific Northwest. The group it belongs to (the mylagaulids) is completely extinct. The sewellel is the last surviving relative.

Spring 2020

Intuitive Eating: What It Is, And Why It Could Work For You 
This effective eating plan is a happier, healthier approach to food.

By Lynne Curry of HuffPost 
Published 01/06/2020 05:45am EST

Ohio State Marion Professor of Psychology, Dr. Tracy Tylka is featured in a January 6, 2020 published article by The Huff Post (Huffington Post) entitled, "Intuitive Eating: What It Is, And Why It Could Work For You." The body image and eating behavior researcher concludes from her research that intuitive eaters “are aware of and trust their body’s internal hunger and satiety cues and use these cues to determine when and how much to eat.” 


Spring 2019

Ohio State Marion Associate Professor of English, Sara Crosby was among five Ohio State arts and humanities faculty awarded this year’s Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award during a surprise presentation in front of her spring semester English 4597.02 course, American Regional Cultures in Transition - Strange Louisiana.

The Ratner Award recognizes faculty for making a difference in students' educations, lives, and careers. Candidates are chosen for creative teaching and exemplary records of engaging, motivating, and inspiring students. Each Ratner Award includes a $10,000 cash prize, as well as a $10,000 teaching account to fund future projects.

Spring 2018

Dr. Tylka recognized as one of six "Glass Breakers" university-wide

An important part of President Michael Drake’s 2020 Vision for Ohio State is a diversity and inclusion component that says the university will be a welcoming place for people “regardless of race, class, culture, gender, orientation or identity.” These six “Glass Breakers” embody the spirit of that mission through their actions both on and off campus.

Spring 2017

Prof. Chris Orban 
Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Physics, Chris Orban is featured in the College of Arts & Sciences News in an article, "It All Goes Back to the Big Bang" 

Prof. Golrokh Mirzaei 
Ohio State Marion Clinical Assistant Professor of Computer Science Engineering, Golrokh Mirzaei recently published two manuscripts in Reviews in the Neurosciences, as follows: 
• Imaging and Machine Learning Techniques for Diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease 
• Resting State Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Processing Techniques in Stroke Studies 

 Lecturer, Stewart Jobrack 
Ohio State Marion Anthropology Lecturer, Stewart Jobrack successfully defended his dissertation, "Being Lao: An Ethnographic Study of a Lao-American Buddhist Temple," Wednesday, February 8th, and is slated to receive his doctorate from The Ohio State University at spring commencement.

Prof. Ben McCorkle 
Ohio State Marion Associate Professor of English, Ben McCorkle recently had a chapter in an edited collection, and a foreword to an edited collection published. 

McCorkle, Ben. “Resisting the ‘Natural’: Rhetorical Delivery and the Natural User Interface.” Emerging Genres in New Media Environments. Eds. Carolyn R. Miller and Ashley R. Kelly. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 99-115. Print.

McCorkle, Ben. Foreword. “The Honeymoon’s Over, Now What? Contemplating the Next-Generation MOOC.” Handbook of Research on Writing and Composing in the Age of MOOCs. Eds. Elizabeth A. Monske and Kristine L. Blair. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2016. xvii-xx. Print.

Prof. Chris Orban 
Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Physics, Chris Orban's research work was highlighted as part of the State of Research Address, held Wednesday, January 25th at 8:30 a.m. in the Ohio Union, US Bank Conference Theater. The address was delivered by Caroline C. Whitacre, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Research at The Ohio State University.

Whitacre speech excerpt..."Physics, philosophy and astronomy go hand-in-hand in a project spearheaded by Christopher Orban, assistant professor of physics at Ohio State Marion. The Revolution in Cosmology and Fr. Georges Lemaître’s Hidden God” examined Lemaître’s work as an astrophysicist and priest in the early 20th century. His research helped lay the groundwork for the Big Bang Theory and also produced some of the most fascinating interactions between science and faith in the last century. Support from the Battelle Engineering, Technology, and Human Affairs Endowment enabled Chris to develop new coursework and public lectures exploring not only Lemaître’s scientific accomplishments, but also the religious dimension of his work."

Prof. Tracy Tylka 
Ohio State Marion Professor of Psychology, Tracy Tylka received a book contract with Oxford University Press. She is editing the book along with her colleague from the University of Toronto, Niva Piran. The first full draft will be submitted by December 1. In addition Dr. Tylka has had a number of recent noteworthy publications, including: 
 Tylka, T. L., & Piran, N. (Eds.). (under contract). Handbook of positive body image: Constructs, protective factors, and interventions. New York: Oxford University Press.

Karazsia, B. T., Murnen, S. K., & Tylka, T. L. (in press). Is body dissatisfaction changing across time? A cross-temporal meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin.

Tylka, T. L., Calogero, R. M., & Daníelsdóttir, S. (2015). Is intuitive eating the same as flexible dietary control? Their links to each other and well-being could provide an answer. Appetite, 95, 166-175.

Tylka, T. L. & Wood-Barcalow, N. L. (2015). The Body Appreciation Scale-2: Item refinement and psychometric evaluation. Body Image, 12, 53-67.

Autumn 2016

Prof. Chris Orban 
Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Physics, Chris Orban was named to be part of the Ohio Department of Education Standards Revision working committee, serving in the physics and astronomy work groups. The task of the group is to update the state's learning standards in science. 

Prof. Chris Orban 
Ohio State Marion Associate Professor of Physics, Christopher Orban, was recently highlighted in the U.S. Department of Defense High Performance Computing Magazine’s autumn 2016 issue for his work in recruiting and mentoring undergraduate student involvement in supercomputer research. 
READ THE STORY >>> Ohio State Marion Professor featured in DOD publication

Lecturer, Amy Tibbals 
Ohio State Marion students kicked off the season of giving by collecting, packaging, and distributing over 1,000 articles of winter accessories to help less fortunate Marion area families stay warm this winter. Students from Amy Tibbals's English 2367.01S were able to assemble and distribute over 455 “Loving Scarves” bags to the local community, through partnerships with a number of Marion and Central Ohio non-profit organizations. 
READ THE STORY >>> Buckeyes help provide warmth to Marion area families

Prof. Sara Crosby 
Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of English, Sara Crosby recently took part in a recent interview discussing her new book "Poisonous Muse, The Female Poisoner and the Framing of Popular Authorship in Jacksonian America." During the podcast, Crosby discusses how the trope of the female poisoner permeated popular literature in the mid-nineteenth century. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST >>> The podcast audio was published on the scholarly H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences Online by Charles Zelden on Monday, October 24, 2016

Prof. Emeritus Mary Jo Fresch 
Ohio State Marion, Professor Emeritus, Dr. Mary Jo Fresch (College of Education and Human Ecology) was recently selected to serve as a faculty fellow for Ohio State’s newly formed University Institute for Teaching and Learning. The University Institute for Teaching and Learning was developed as part of Ohio State President, Dr. Michael V. Drake’s 2020 vision for the university. The Institute challenges and charges faculty to ensure that the university is as highly regarded for world-class teaching as it is for research. In response, a university-wide planning committee, an advisory committee, and extensive dialogue with approximately 200 faculty, staff, and students led to the development of a proposal to establish the Institute, which was officially adopted by the University Senate in April 2016. Fresch is not the only Ohio State Marion faculty member involved in formation of the institute. Ohio State Marion Associate Professor of English, Ben McCorkle served on the initial committee that launched the innovative teaching and learning initiative. READ THE STORY >>> Marion professor helps launch university teaching institute

Prof. Aina Appova 
Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Education, Aina Appova will be presented the Kenneth Cummins Award for exemplary mathematics teaching at a college level, during the 66th Annual Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) Conference in Sandusky, Ohio, October 27 & 28. To be considered for this statewide award, the teacher must have been nominated by a member of Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics and completed an application.This award is named after Kenneth Cummins. Dr. Cummins was well known in the mathematics community for his outstanding teaching. He was on the mathematics faculty at Kent State University and made numerous presentations at OCTM, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America meetings. He was widely known for conducting numerous summer and academic year institutes for high school mathematics teachers in which he reached a large number of teachers of mathematics throughout the state.

Prof. Joel Barker 
Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences, Dr. Joel Barker was recently part of a collaboration between the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and the Division of Hydro-meteorological Services in Bhutan to examine the mass balance and hydrology of Thana Glacier, Bhutan. Thana Glacier is a so-called "benchmark glacier" that is monitored every year to provide an idea of how glaciers are behaving in the region. Barker's particular interest in Thana Glacier is to determine how much soot (black carbon) is deposited on the glacier surface and exported to rivers and lakes in glacier melt water. According to Barker, black carbon can promote glacier melt by darkening the glacier surface, and may affect downstream ecological processes as well.

Spring 2016

Lecturer, Mike Lohre 
The Griffin Society Teaching Award for an associated faculty member was awarded to English Lecturer, Mike Lohre during Ohio State Marion's 45th Annual Academic Recognition Ceremony held at the Marion Palace Theatre in downtown Marion, Ohio, Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Lecturer, Adam Matthews 
The Marion Campus Teaching Award for an associated faculty member was awarded to Mathematics Lecturer, Adam Matthews during Ohio State Marion's 45th Annual Academic Recognition Ceremony held at the Marion Palace Theatre in downtown Marion, Ohio, Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Prof. Sara Crosby 
The Marion Campus Teaching Award for a regular faculty member went to Sara Crosby during Ohio State Marion's 45th Annual Academic Recognition Ceremony held at the Marion Palace Theatre in downtown Marion, Ohio, Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Prof. Chris Orban 
Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Physics, Chris Orban was recently chosen for funding in the 2016 Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment annual grant competition. BETHA grants support projects that examine the complex relationship between science and technology on society and cultural issues. In total, 19 proposals were submitted for consideration. Orban was selected to receive one of only six Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs Endowment (BETHA) grants. His proposal "The Revolution in Cosmology and Fr. Georges Lemaitre's Hidden God" was chosen to receive funding in the amount of $25,000 for 2016-2018. Recipients and their guest were recognized at a luncheon on April 19 at the Faculty Club. Chris Orban is a 2011 Ph.D. graduate of The Ohio State University. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Department of Physics serving at the Marion campus.

Prof. Joel Barker 
Published by NBC 4 Columbus, Thursday, March 3, 2016 

WCMH NBC 4 Columbus Meteorologist Ben Gelber filed this recent news story on Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Earth Science, Dr. Joel Barker's research and the graduate student who will be visiting Ellesmere Island in the arctic this summer. Ohio State graduate student George Grant will continue the study of an ancient mummified Arctic forest now being revealed to scientists as the ice in earth's most northerly region retreats.

Autumn 2015

Prof. Nathan Wallace 
Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of English, Nathan Wallace recently published his 296 page hard cover book, Reconciliation in Ireland from Yeats to Field Day, by Cork University Press (Ireland).

(Description of the book from 
This book is a genealogy of reconciliation in modern Ireland. As Seamus Deane has written, reconciliation stands at a nexus between politics and aesthetics in Irish writing, and has therefore often been a vehicle of colonial ideology. This book shows that the term often fits into a pattern that the author calls the "iconography of reconciliation".

This iconography began in the 1810s when Samuel Taylor Coleridge synthesized Edmund Burke’s thoughts about Ciceronian conciliatio and Aristotelian ethos with Schlegelian literary organicism. That is, Coleridge identified what Aristotle called "ethical music" with the "balanced" personality of Romantic literary genius itself. Wallace then shows that Matthew Arnold and Edward Dowden adopted this Coleridgean synthesis and used it to make their writings about Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Sophocles (now icons of reconciliation) chime with their writings in favor of the Anglo-Irish Union.

Moving on to the twentieth century, Wallace shows first that Yeats and Joyce contested the Unionist icons and, later, that Conor Cruise O’Brien revived them in his writings about Northern Ireland. Wallace finishes by arguing that Field Day countered O’Brien’s "Sophoclean" reading of the Troubles with their own, more ethically responsive icons of Sophoclean reconciliation between 1980 and 1990.

Prof. Donna Bobbitt-Zeher

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees officially approved the promotion of Ohio State Marion's Dr. Donna Bobbitt-Zeher to associate professor with tenure during the June 2015 Board meeting. Dr. Bobbitt-Zeher has taught sociology courses at Ohio State Marion since October 2008.

Prof. Anna Willow

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees officially approved the promotion of Ohio State Marion's Dr. Anna Willow to associate professor with tenure during their June 2015 Board meeting. Dr. Willow has taught anthropology courses at Ohio State Marion since September 2009.

Spring 2015 

Long-serving associated English faculty, Pete Dully and Sue Oakes, were among the 40 nominees university wide for the 2015 Provost's Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer. The Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer annually recognizes a maximum of three lecturers, senior lecturers, or other auxiliary faculty members for their teaching excellence. Students, faculty, and alumni may put forward nominees, and a committee of students, other award winning faculty, and alumni will choose the recipients.

Prof. Tracy Tylka -Ohio State Marion Professor of Psychology, Tracy Tylka edited a 6-article special issue, entitled "Positive Body Image: Avenues for Assessment, Application, and Advancement," that will appear in the June 2015 issue of Body Image: An International Journal of Research. Within the issue, Tylka also authored two articles, "What is and what is not positive body image?" and "Assessing positive body image: Contemporary approaches and future directions."

Prof. Linda Parsons - Ohio State Marion Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning, says of the modern version of Cinderella. In “Voices: It’s time for a modern Cinderella,” USA Today, March 15, 2015, she explains that the studio borrowed from a French version that was less progressive and feminist than the Grimm fairytale.

“What [Disney] kept alive is the Perrault version of Cinderella … you have other versions like the Grimm version which are actually much more progressive and much more feminist, if you will, than the version Disney has kept alive,” says Ohio State University professor Linda Parsons.

Prof. Elisabeth Boyer - Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Education, Elisabeth Boyer, Ph.D. was recently interviewed for a news segment on standardized testing in schools by Columbus, ABC 6, specifically the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test (PARCC).

"Overwhelmingly they're saying that's not an accurate evaluation of their ability to teach," said Elisabeth Boyer, an OSU professor who provides advanced education to teachers.

She worries that teachers are "teaching to the test," spending too much class time teaching what kids will be tested on and not focusing on other subjects. Boyer urged teachers to talk to their unions -- and urged parents to support teachers.

>>> Click to read the full story and video interview

Prof. Joel Barker - Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences, Joel D. Barker, Ph.D. was recently interviewed by the Columbus Dispatch in an article entitled, “2014 sets record as Earth keeps heating up,” and published Saturday, January 17, 2015. 

Prof. Sara Crosby -Ohio State Marion Associate Professor of English, Sara Crosby is featured in the critically acclaimed, award winning documentary film, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. Crosby was featured because of her research work referenced in "The Cruelest Season: Female Heroes Snapped into Sacrificial Heroines." In Action Chicks: New Images of Tough Women in Popular Culture . Edited by Inness, Sherrie. 153-178. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2004.

WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation. WONDER WOMEN! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Shelby Knox and others who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male dominated superhero genre.

Prof. Chris Orban - Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Physics, Chris Orban, Ph.D. contributed to a highly-awaited scientific study on stellar plasmas entitled “A higher-than-predicted measurement of iron opacity at solar interior temperatures” that was recently published in the journal Nature. The study was led by staff scientist Dr. Jim Bailey of Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The study is available from the journal Nature (please visit OSU Marion library for access to Nature articles)