Profiles OSU Sept 2019

John N. Low, PhD, associate professor at The Ohio State University at Newark, has been appointed as director of the Newark Earthworks Center (NEC). His termwill begin on September 1, 2019, and run through August 31, 2022. “Since arriving at Ohio State, John has put together not only a strong scholarly record, but an equally impressive record of outreach and engagement” saidWilliam L. MacDonald, PhD, dean/director at Ohio State Newark. “I am very happy to announce his new role with the Newark Earthworks Center.” The NEC is an interdisciplinary academic center of The Ohio State University that is focused on advancing the understanding of the cultural and scientific achievements of American Indians through projects and research about the cultures that produced monumental Midwestern earthen architecture. The center started as the Newark Earthworks Initiative in 2005 and became the Newark Earthworks Center in 2006 after receiving official approval fromThe Ohio State University Board of Trustees. Low received the American Society for Ethnohistory’s Robert F. Heizer Award for best article for “Vessels of Recollection – the Canoe Building Renaissance in the Great Lakes,” published in 2015 in Material Culture . His book, Imprints: the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago (Michigan State University Press), was published in 2016. He served on the Ohio State Cemetery Law Task Force and has testified before the Ohio legislature regarding establishing an “Indigenous Peoples Day.” Low is the chair of the Ohio State Newark/Central Ohio Technical College Advisory Council for Diversity and Inclusion and a member of the Program in American Indian Studies Faculty Oversight Committee. He has curated two shows reflecting traditional indigenous knowledge at Ohio State Newark’s LeFevre Art Gallery. In 2015-2016, Low received the COTC/Ohio State Newark President’s and Dean/Director’s Diversity Award. Further, he has served on the oversight committee for the NEC since his arrival at Ohio State. According to Low, who is a member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and also coordinator of the American Studies minor program at the Newark campus, “I am very excited to join a small but passionate team at the NEC, as we build upon the foundations laid by former director Dick Shiels and interim director Marti Chaatsmith. The center will continue to grow and evolve. As a center for The Ohio State University we have a unique opportunity to promote scholarly engagement and research as well as contribute to the efforts ofWorld Heritage Ohio to have the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks designated a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site. In the future we will also expand our focus to include earthworks and mounds throughout Ohio, and reach out to scholars, constituents and stakeholders around the world as we make the NEC at Ohio State Newark a world class research center.” Low, who also teaches in the department of comparative studies, earned a PhD in American culture and a juris doctorate and graduate certificate inmuseum studies at the University of Michigan. He also earned anMA in the social sciences from the University of Chicago. Before coming to Ohio State, he was a visiting professor in history, law andAmerican studies at Northwestern University, a visiting professor inAmerican Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and executive director of the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston, Illinois. University budget cuts in 2015 put the fate of the NEC in question just as the earthworks were on the brink of international fame. Announced in July 2018, the NEC will continue at Ohio State Newark, becoming the regional campus’s only university center. Newark Earthworks Center Welcomes New Director Campus News Central Ohio Technical College Associate Professor of Nursing Lori Peden, MSN, was presented the 2019 Julius S. and Joette Greenstein Award on August 14. The Greenstein award is given annually to a staff member, administrator or faculty member of Ohio State Newark and/ or COTC whose efforts, attitude, deeds and behavior made a major contribution toward the perpetuation of a genuine spirit of mutual respect and cooperation between Ohio State and COTC. Peden was nominated by COTC Dean of Technical Studies SandraWalker, EJD, for her collaboration withThe Ohio State University’s College of Nursing to create the Path2BSN plan of study. The program provides a pathway for students in COTC’s associate degree nursing program to transfer seamlessly into Ohio State’s online RN to BSN program. “COTC has seen students actively enrolling in COTC’s nursing technology program with plans to complete their bachelor’s degrees at Ohio State,” saidWalker. “Lori’s work on the Path2BSN collaboration has been instrumental in the project’s overall success.”The Path2BSN helps boost enrollment at both institutions and increases the level of education of future nurses entering the field. Greenstein Award Recipient Announced