The Ohio State University at Lima

What I did this summer - 2018

The students, faculty and staff at Ohio State Lima had a great summer. You can see some of their activities below. We bet you had some fabulous experiences, too. Tell us more about your summer adventures.

Psychology students Olivia Green (left) and Tori Bradford traveled to San Francisco for the American Psychological Association Conference with Professor Joseph Green.

History major Alexis Butterworth spent the summer as an intern at the Hancock Historical Museum in Findlay. One of her jobs was cataloging and photographing the museum's pressed glass collection for an upcoming book. She and one of the patterns share the name "Alexis."

Junior Rachel Crites lived in Chicago for the summer while working at the Field Museum of Natural History in a 10-week Research Experience for Undergraduates. Her research in the Department of Mammalogy focused on using geometric morphometrics to study the ontogenetic variation within Praomys rostratus, a generalist rodent from Cote d’Ivoire, which is located in West Africa.

"I gained a once in a lifetime experience! I lived in downtown Chicago, which offered me a very different lifestyle from the one that I have back at home. The REU has already opened so many doors for me and my future. I have been given the opportunity to learn from and work side-by-side some of the top scientists in my field. I highly recommend that people who want a future in research apply for an REU program. They expand ideas, hopes, and horizons."

Advancement's Pam Joseph spent the nine days of the Allen County Fair giving wagon rides up and down the midways with two Percheron draft horses named Dolly and Bunny. "The horse named Bunny made people on the rides laugh. They also got a big kick out of the idea that the wagon couldn't go past the tiger show when they were performing because the tigers lost focus. As the person on the back of the wagon, I definitely didn't want the tigers losing concentration."

Brutus Buckeye enjoyed a Kewpee when the Buckeye Bus carrying Ohio State President Michael V. Drake, current students, and members of the marching band rolled into town as part of the first of two annual tours of Ohio by the president.

Biology senior Amanda Weller and Dr. Ryan Norris visited the prairies of Kansas for the 98th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. Amanda presented her poster "Evolutionary relationships among brush-tailed mice, genus Calomyscus (Rodentia: Calomyscidae) based on mitochondrial and nuclear data."

The Honors Program went international with a visit to Toronto. Find out more about student Riley Klaus' experience and see pictures here.

The University Ambassadors led tours and helped new students get oriented to campus at summer orientations. Biology sophomore and future orthodontist Amari Russell (center) gave tours every Thursday at 2 p.m. throughout the summer. "My favorite part of working with the incoming students this summer was getting to meet them, being able to share my love for my school and the activities that I do. It’s rewarding to see the incoming freshmen be excited to get involved and be active on campus because they want to enjoy the college experience as much as I am."

Students in the University Success Program arrived at campus a month early to take part in the program designed to give them a jumpstart on the academic year. Freshman Kirsten Brunswick (fourth from the right) took advantage of the time to make friends, network with professors and scope out the resources and opportunities Ohio State Lima has to offer. "It made my transition to college life much easier because it acclimated us to college coursework before we even started. We are all still close and very supportive of each other."

Dr. David Adams, associate professor of English, traveled to Hong Kong to attend Moderism and Empathy: An International and Interdisciplinary Conference. "Many people are surprised to learn the term 'empathy' did not exist until 1908, coined by a psychologist, with a different initial meaning than it has now. What changed at the start of the 20th century for people to need this new term in addition to 'sympathy'? How has 'empathy' changed in the past century and why is it such a popular term now? Participants at this conference addressed these questions through analyses of cultural artifacts, works of literature in particular. My paper focused on novels in which characters exhibiting the most empathy were also represented with severe disabilities."