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ASC Alumna Named to “40 Under 40 in NYC”

Posted: November 13, 2017

Sherry Chan, BS, ’01 (Actuarial Science); MBA ’12 and new member of Ohio State’s Mathematics Advisory Board, has been inducted into “40 Under 40 in NYC.”Chan is Chief Actuary-City of New York, charged with safeguarding $180 billion in retirement benefits for about 750,000 New Yorkers – including police officers, firefighters and educators.

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U.S. Department of State Grants Astronomer’s Women in STEM Roadshow

Posted: November 3, 2017

Sultana Nahar, astronomy research professor, received a $75,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Mission India Public Diplomacy Grants Program for the “Women in STEM Roadshow,” 2017-2018. Nahar will hold nine workshops in February 2018 to encourage and provide information to Indian female students from less advantaged colleges/universities. About 300 people will participate, including teachers, who will be mentored and monitored for one year. Astronomy Professor Anil Pradhan, Karen Irving from Ohio State’s Teaching and Learning Center; and Nasreen Haque of the Intelage Organization in Atlanta will join Nahar for the workshop lectures. Additionally, Nahar will hold sessions for high school girls in the U.S consulate districts of Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata, to encourage interest in STEM field professions.

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Olesik Named to the International Analytical Scientist’s 2017 Power List

Posted: November 2, 2017

Susan Olesik, chair and professor, chemistry and biochemistry, has been named to the new Analytical Scientist’s Power List 2017 — Top 10 Top 10s. Olesik, who has been named to the Power List in the past for her research achievements, was #1 on this year’s Top 10 Mentors list.

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Physics Graduate Student Wins 2017 SACNAS Award

Posted: November 2, 2017

Physics graduate student Shaun Hampton won Best Oral Presentation Award by a graduate student in Physics and Astronomy at the 2017 SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) National Diversity in STEM Conference (Oct. 19-21) in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is the fourth year in a row that Ohio State students have won SACNAS awards.

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STEMM Alumnae Gather at the Longaberger Alumni House

Posted: October 30, 2017

On October 26, twenty Ohio State alumnae who hold degrees in the STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) fields gathered for a Women in STEMM Alumni informational meeting.  These women agreed to work towards forming a Women in STEMM Alumni Society at The Ohio State University.  If you are a woman with a degree in a STEMM field from Ohio State and are interested in joining the Society, please contact Katie Musson.7@osu.edu.  Additionally, if you would like to join an informational webinar on creating the society and were not at the October 26 meeting, please join us on November 8, 2017 at noon.  To sign-up email Katie Musson.

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OSU Study: Half of breast cancer patients make poor decisions about reconstruction surgery

Posted: October 17, 2017


October 13, 2017

Featured expert: Clara Lee, plastic surgeon Comprehensive Cancer Center

After receiving a devastating breast cancer diagnosis, women have a lot of tough decisions to make about treatment options. Those who choose to have a mastectomy then face another difficult decision: whether or not to have breast reconstruction surgery.

A new study finds that an surprising number of women aren’t making decisions that balance medical knowledge with personal outcomes preferences. Patients also cannot correctly answer questions about the surgery and possible complications.

“We determined that a patient made a high-quality decision if she met two criteria. She was able to answer at least half of the general knowledge questions about breast reconstruction correctly, and she made a decision that matched her goals,” said Dr. Clara Lee, lead author of the study and plastic surgeon at Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“Surprisingly, we found that 57 percent of women did not make a high-quality decision,” she said.

Dr. Lee and her team issued questionnaires to women before they had surgery and asked general knowledge questions about breast reconstruction.

“Knowledge about complications was shockingly low at an average of 14 percent in the whole group,” said Dr. Lee. “So, women who had reconstruction may have actually been quite concerned about complications, but didn’t have the information to factor that into their decision.”

They also asked women to rate how important things like appearance, recovery time and having fewer surgeries were to them. Dr. Lee was surprised to find that nearly half of the women ultimately made a decision that did not match their personal goals.

“It’s important for women to step back and reflect on what’s truly important to them,” she said. “That can be really tough when you’ve just learned that you have breast cancer and you need major surgery, but I encourage women to seek information from their surgeons and to take their time considering what the best decision is for them.”


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Ohio State gets $3 million to combat drug-related child abuse

Posted: October 17, 2017

Columbus Dispatch

October 16, 2017

After two decades away, Bridget Freisthler returned to her home state and was shocked at how thoroughly the opioid crisis has devastated Ohio families and overwhelmed the county child-protection agencies tasked with keeping kids safe. Her urge to help soon will make a difference in at least two communities. Freisthler, a professor and associate dean at Ohio State University’s College of Social Work, led a team that recently won a $3 million federal grant — one of the largest in the college’s history — to address drug-related child-abuse and neglect cases by working with central Ohio’s Fairfield and Pickaway counties.


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