Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Columbus State to be part of NSF computational science grantLed by two faculty at Capital University, 35 professors from 14 colleges in Ohio and California will use $480,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create educational materials in the field of computational science.

Drs. Terry Lahm and Andrea Karkowski will direct the grant. Capital, the first liberal arts institution to offer a comprehensive computational studies curriculum to undergraduates, will serve as the host institution. Other co-principal investigators include Dr. Sheryl Hemkin of Kenyon College, Professor Gerald Mueller of Columbus State Community College and Dr. Ignatios Vakalis of California State Polytechnic Institute. Also working on the grant-funded project at Columbus State will be Dr. Kent Fisher, Physics, and Dr. Mort Javadi, Biology.

Computational studies blends computer science and visualization with mathematical modeling to solve real-world problems. Computing technology has infiltrated many aspects of natural and social science disciplines allowing faculty to address ever more complex problems and situations.   For example, the spread of an infectious disease through a population can be modeled using mathematical equations, knowledge of how a disease spreads, and computing technology.

The grant also provides funding for 10 workshops for faculty development and two national conferences to disseminate the educational materials developed through the grant.

This project builds on the success of previous grants from the National Science Foundation, the W.M. Keck Foundation, and Battelle. The project also aligns with the Ohio Board of Regents and Ohio Supercomputer Center Statewide Initiative in Computational Science, of which Columbus State is also a part.


Blood drive to be held Jan. 30Columbus State will host a blood drive on Tuesday, January 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Lobby. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.givelife.org and use the sponsor code: cougars. Every donor will receive a free ticket to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. For more information, contact Heather Borland at ext. 5348.


Aviation Maintenance students awarded scholarships

Scholarship recipients are, from left: Kristina Triner, Rhoan Wallace, Jeff Stiles, Kevin O'Sullivan, Jim VanDyke, Jeromy Menner, Rich Brown, Steve Lahr, Sean Wise, and Jeremy McMullen. Not pictured are Dean Hamel, Chris Hohm, Javan Bylaw, Nick Johnson, Zach Ludi, and Josh Westhoven.

Sixteen students from Columbus State's Aviation Maintenance Technology were awarded scholarships totaling $7,400 by the Central Ohio Professional Aviation Maintenance Association at its January meeting. The scholarships are awarded to help defray the cost for each student to take the FAA certification tests. Each student must take nine examinations at a cost of $700 to become FAA Certificated Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics.

Several campus projects full steam aheadThe Business and Administrative Services Division has a number of projects under way with other departments. Some of those are as follows:

New campus signage:   To help students and visitors better navigate the downtown campus, a signage program has been established with clear design standards for exterior and interior signage.   You'll be seeing new signs pop up across campus later this year.   The new interior signage format is used in the Center for Workforce Development and will be adopted in all spaces as they are renovated over time.

Renovations and re-assigned spaces: Earlier in 2006 the Columbus Campus Planning Committee made many recommendations for a variety of facilities needs for the downtown campus.   In September, the Board of Trustees authorized budgets for several of the projects, and funding was recently approved in the State of Ohio's capital improvements legislation for the renovation of the space recently vacated in Delaware Hall when the Discovery Exchange opened.   An architect for the Delaware Hall renovation is currently under selection. Other work recommended by the committee is under way, including some efficiency changes in the Records and Registration area, and the renovation of 339 Cleveland Ave., which will house the Teaching Excellence Center.

Proposals for food services:   Columbus State's food service contract with the current vendor has drawn to a close, and a campus committee has been working on establishing standards for vending, catering and cafeteria services.   The college is required by law to consult with a State of Ohio office regarding vending, and proposals are being sought through an RFP process. New vendors for cafeteria, catering and vending are expected by summer.

Designing the Delaware Campus:   A campus committee is working with an architect to design the first building on the Delaware Campus.

New art for the neighborhood:   The Streetscape Partnership with the City of Columbus and the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) will result in a beautification of the sidewalks along Cleveland Avenue between Columbus State and CCAD. Work on the streetscape is in progress.   Columbus State gave an easement to the city and CCAD to place artistic poles along one of our parking lots.  

New place for money:   A new ATM machine will be added on campus at the Discovery Exchange for spring quarter.  





This Month in the ERC Gallery During January, the ERC will host a sculpture by artist Tom Pope.   According to the artist, the work entitled "Urbanecho," "began as a notion in November 2006.   Urbanecho is no specific idea, but a general motion in the round of living."