OSU Engages October Newsletter

OSU Engages October 2021 Newsletter

Office of Outreach and Engagement

October 2021

OSU Engages

Stories and Opportunities for Ohio State's Outreach and Engagement Community

Engaged Scholar Q&A: Michael Stamatikos

Michael Stamatikos long-standing strategic collaboration in fast-paced astrophysical research with the National Science Foundations IceCube Observatory and NASAs Swift/Fermi satellite missions has allowed him to participate in major scientific discoveries, while providing undergraduate students access to advanced research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This aligns well with his efforts toward improving the professional development of educators, K-16 student success, science advocacy and community engagement.

A large part of my scholarship is connected to sharing research with the public, he says. I really get a kick out of helping others see the beauty of nature and our everlasting struggle to understand phenomena ranging from sub-atomic processes all the way up through and included the entire Cosmos.

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Virtual Lab School Momentum boosts childcare professional development

A faculty-led program at Ohio State is partnering with the community to raise the level of childcare in central Ohio. Virtual Lab School (VLS) Momentum is a pilot project focused on providing high-quality, accessible professional development to the Columbus early childhood workforce. By participating in VLS Momentum, childcare professionals can learn research-based, developmentally appropriate practices for working with young children and earn professional development hours toward a credential.

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Community Connector Q&A: Ladun Olateru-Olagbegi

Ladun Olateru-Olagbegi is a program assistant in the College of Nursing's Office of Community Outreach and Engagement. "Our office works to connect faculty, staff, and student organizations in the College of Nursing with community partners such as community agencies, professional organizations, health care providers, and schools," she says. "We also make it a point to focus on providing members of the college with project development skills and tools, financial assistance, and support to future and active community focused projects."

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Broader Impacts Workshop Series

This series of workshops is a part of Ohio State s participation in the Center for Advancing Research Impact in Societys new Program to Enhance Organizational Research Impact Capacity (ORIC). The workshops will be facilitated by Courtney Price, who serves as Ohio States research impact professional in the ORIC program with support from Interim Senior Vice Provost Ryan Schmiesing.

Broader Impacts 101 Workshop
Nov. 3 10:30 a.m.- noon
This workshop is designed to increase understanding of the history and importance of developing robust and thoughtful broader impacts plans for federal funding proposals.

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Broader Impacts Partnerships
Dec. 8 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Attendees will gain valuable insights into the process of finding the right BI partner, building relationships and developing equitable partnerships. Potential BI partners within Ohio State and the Central Ohio community will be highlighted. This workshop is meant to build on concepts covered in BI 101, however, prior attendance at a BI 101 workshop is not required.

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Social Work establishes Age-Friendly Innovation Center

The mission of Age-Friendly Innovation Center is to innovate with older adults through research, education and engagement to ensure inclusion and build resiliency to make communities more age-friendly. Building off five years of progress, the AFIC will continue to prioritize the contributions of older residents to improve social, built, and health environments that support livability for people of all ages and abilities.

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Mural installations on Columbus campus explore art and activism

Colorful murals that deliver a powerful message stand in popular destinations on campus this fall. The murals, installed in the plaza south of the Wexner Center for the Arts, Thompson Library and Hale Black Cultural Center, are part of a collaboration with the Greater Columbus Arts Council to bring #ArtUnitesCbus, a Black Lives Matter public art initiative, to the Columbus campus.

The long-standing partnership Ohio State has with the Greater Columbus Arts Council helped make this project possible, said Ryan Schmiesing, interim senior vice provost. These partnerships provide great opportunities for our faculty, staff and students.

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Don't miss WestFest Oct. 11-16

WestFest is an annual public engagement event that highlights STEM research, sustainability initiatives and outreach programs at Ohio State and beyond. WestFest brings together STEM units from across the university and select community partners to present family-friendly activities. The event is funded by the Ohio State Energy Partners, and is organized through the volunteer efforts of the WestFest Planning Committee.

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2021 SciAccess Conference: Nov. 12-13

This annual conference promotes best practices for accessible STEM research, education, and outreach. You will hear from scientists with disabilities who are leaders in the fields, professors who specialize in accessible STEM, disability advocates, and students with ideas, innovations, and first-hand lived experiences to share.

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CCTS announces new RFP

The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Pilot and Collaborative Studies Program is pleased to announce a multi-track pilot RFP offered through the CCTS Community Engagement and Integrating Special Populations Programs. This initiative aims to facilitate projects that include collaborative teams of researchers and stakeholders. Up to six projects will be funded with a maximum of $20,000 per project. Submission deadline is Nov. 30.

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Campus Compact now accepting proposals for Compact22 national conference

Proposals are sought that explore the theme: A Better Way Forward: Innovation with equity at the center. The conference will explore how we can imagine a better way forward, mobilizing the power of higher education to drive innovation, build connections, and create a new normal centered in equity and justice. Proposals due Oct. 15.

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CUMU Learning & Sharing Virtual Series

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) Learning & Sharing Virtual Series is a free, CUMU members-only program focused on critical dialogue with practical takeaways that create action. This virtual series brings together CUMU administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community partners to learn from one another and share challenges and successes on a set of discrete issue areas. This virtual series is offered at no-cost to CUMU members and their partners. Ohio State is a CUMU member.

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