Otterbein Hosts the 120th Annual Meeting of The Ohio Academy of Science
Otterbein was pleased to host the 120th Annual Meeting of The Ohio Academy of Science in conjunction with our Science Lecture Series program on April 16, 2011. The theme for the OAS meeting was "Science Literacy in the 21st Century." In addition, we were delighted to welcome Dr. Andrea Ghez, professor of physics and astronomy, University of California Los Angeles, as the Science Lecture Series/OAS keynote speaker.
Professor Receives National Science Foundation grant
Dr. Nathaniel Tagg, assistant professor of Physics and Astronomy, received a $113,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for his project, "RUI: Neutrino Experiments with the NuMI Beam." Dr. Tagg and two undergraduate student researchers will study neutrino interactions and oscillations with the NuMI beam at Fermilab, Illinois, using the MINOS and MINERVA experiments. These experiments are large collaborations of over 100 scientists devoted to the study of fundamental particle properties.
Science for the 21st Century grant
Otterbein University recently received a renewable grant of $60,000 from the Merck Institute for Science Education to fund a new program for science students called Student Scholars for the 21st Century.
The grant will fund four undergraduate research experiences annually, as well as ancillary programs designed to engage all summer research students in an enriched experience and expose them to possible career paths.
Faculty Receive Grant Award
Joan Esson, Chemistry, and Brian Sell, Physics and Astronomy, were awarded $482,992 from the National Science Foundation to support scholarships and enhance programming for Otterbein students.
In their proposal, Esson and Sell wrote: "Our objective is to provide a significant scholarship and exceptional academic and co-curricular experience to at least 30 students who are planning on majoring in chemistry, biochemistry or physics. Together with the Office of Admissions, academically talented students demonstrating financial need will be aggressively recruited from Ohio schools with high percentages of women and minorities and/or an emphasis on STEM education.
After selecting the students based on academic performance and an essay about career goals, they will participate in an active learning community with activities including a week-long summer immersion experience, programming at the Center for Career Planning, residence in a living/learning house, a year-long seminar program focusing on career options, and mentoring through a triad consisting of the scholar, an upper-level student, and alum.