The Ohio State University at Newark Associate Professor of History Mitchell Lerner, Ph.D., received the 2018 Teaching Award from the Ohio Academy of History (OAH). The award, which recognizes excellence in teaching, was presented to Lerner at the OAH annual conference, held at the University of Dayton inMarch. A nationally recognized expert on North Korea, the Granville resident is also director of Ohio State’s Institute for Korean Studies and a regular contributor to the national discussion on U.S. foreign policy. His research and teaching focus is onmodernAmerican diplomatic and political history during the ColdWar, with an emphasis on United States-East Asian relations. Lerner’s recent media appearances include: C-SPAN, “American History TV”; North Korea commentary, NPR,WOSU 89.7 heard on “AllThings Considered”; andThe NewYork Times, “Remember the Pueblo”. “Mitch is not only a nationally known historian, he’s also a dedicated teacher who is passionate about helping students understand our complex world,” said Ohio State Newark Dean/ DirectorWilliam L. MacDonald. Lerner’s historical research has been widely published. His first book, The Pueblo Incident: A Spy Ship and the Failure of American Foreign Policy , won the 2002 John Lyman Book Award for the best work of U.S. Naval History, and was named by the American Library Association as one of fifty “historically significant works” that would not have been published after the passage of Executive Order 13233. It was also nominated for the Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes. He is also the editor of Looking Back at LBJ and A Companion to the Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson . He has published articles about modern American politics and foreign policy in numerous anthologies and journals, including Diplomatic History, Diplomacy & Statecraft, The Journal of East Asian Affairs, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Southwestern Historical Quarterly and the Journal of Cold War Studies. He is currently at work on a policy history of the Johnson Administration, as well as a broad study of U.S.-Korean relations during the ColdWar. Lerner was elected to the governing council of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in 2008, and is on the advisory board of the North Korea International Documentation Project. In 2005, he wonThe Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. Lerner received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin and his B.A. from Brandeis University. For the first time in college history, a student from one of The Ohio State University’s regional campuses was named a Newcomb Scholar by the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Ohio State Newark sophomore Joshua Flickinger of Junction City was recognized during the Celebration of Students Banquet held on April 12, 2018, at the Ohio Union in Columbus. Flickinger, a double major in community leadership and environmental science, is one of five sophomores in the entire college named a Rank 2 Newcomb Scholar. The Newcomb Scholar award recognizes the five students in each class rank (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior) that have the highest cumulative grade point averages within CFAES. “Receiving this award has been a great experience. It’s a nice feeling knowing the college gives recognition to all the hard work I and lots of other students have put in,” said Flickinger. “The ceremony was beautiful and very well put together, and I’m really glad I got to have my parents there. They got to see some of the things I’ve been spending my time on in college.” In addition to his academic achievement, Flickinger is active on campus as the president of the Collegiate 4-H Club, a student ambassador in the Office of Student Life and student representative on the Ohio State Newark board. A first-generation college student, he participated in the Buckeye Generation Learning Community as a freshman and is now an academic peer coach in the program. “In a way it was especially meaningful because, as a CFAES student on the Newark campus, I don’t always get to see all the things my college does, and at the ceremony I got to check out a lot of the great opportunities that will be waiting for me when I go to the Columbus campus.” Flickinger is Top of the Class Lerner Receives Ohio Academy of History Teaching Award May 2018 The Ohio State University at Newark