Emeritus Academy

The mission of the Emeritus Academy is to recognize and promote the ongoing engagement of emeritus faculty in research and in scholarly and creative activity for the enhanced reputation of the university and for the benefit of society at large by:

  • Helping to support scholarly activities through small research and travel grants
  • Promoting a sense of community among Academy members
  • Working appropriately with other units across the university

The Emeritus Academy fosters active scholarship among its members and promotes the concept of lifetime scholars, which benefits its members, The Ohio State University, and the various communities with which they interact. For more information about the Emeritus Academy contact emeritusacademy@osu.edu.

Steering Committee

The President and Provost’s Advisory Council brought together a group of dedicated faculty who volunteered to serve as the inaugural members of a Founding Council for the Emeritus Academy. This council (Liang-Shih Fan, Robert C. Holub, Brian D. Joseph, Joan R. Leitzel, Terry A. Miller) shaped the Emeritus Academy, which was founded in the 2014-15 academic year. The Emeritus Academy is now guided by a Steering Committee.

Chair; Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Columbus Campus

Paul A. Beck

Emeritus Professor of Pathology, Columbus campus

Rolf F. Barth

Emeritus Professor of English, Columbus campus

Morris Beja

Emeritus Professor of Environment and Natural Resources, Columbus campus

Joseph F. Donnermeyer

Chair-Elect; Emeritus Professor of Teaching and Learning, Marion campus

Mary Jo Fresch

Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Biosciences, Columbus campus

George Krakowka

Ohio Eminent Scholar and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Columbus campus

Terry A. Miller

Emeritus Professor of Music, Columbus campus

Lois A. Rosow

Emeritus Academy Lecture Series

The Emeritus Academy hosts a monthly lecture series in which members discuss their current research and creative activities. Lectures are free and open to the public, occurring at 4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month during the academic year, and generally held in the Grand Lounge of the Faculty Club.

William Ausich, Earth Sciences

February 7, 2018

4 - 5 p.m.

Grand Lounge, Faculty Club

"Biosphere Collapse and Recovery: Lessons from the Fossil Record"

Earth is in the midst of a biodiversity crisis with extinctions occurring at an alarmingly high rate. However, this is not unique, as major mass extinctions have occurred through the evolutionary history of life on Earth. One avenue of research to address the present-day crisis is to study ancient extinctions and faunal recoveries to help understand their causes and to help reduce the severity of biodiversity crises. The causes of ancient mass extinctions and recoveries are explored using the fossil record of the Crinoidea (sea lilies and feather stars, phylum Echinodermata) marine organisms that dominated ocean floor communities during much of Earth history.

Charles Klopp, French and Italian

March 7, 2018

4 - 5 p.m.

Grand Lounge, Faculty Club

"Language and Dialects in Italy: How Poets Choose"

What’s the difference between a language and a dialect? And if a language is spoken by more people than a dialect, why would anyone—a poet, for example—choose to write in a dialect rather than a language? This lecture will propose some answers to these questions with examples from poetry written in the dialect of Trieste. Though today a part of Italy and culturally Italian for centuries, Trieste was politically and administratively Austrian from as early as 1382 until the end of the First World War. A city that has been proud of its polyglot and multiethnic culture, Trieste has nurtured poets and writers in several languages, among them Virgilio Giotti and Claudio Grisancich, excerpts from whose works will be read in the original Triestine with translations provided into English. 

Mary Jo Fresch, Teaching and Learning

April 4, 2018

4 - 5 p.m.

Grand Lounge, Faculty Club

"The Importance of Study Abroad: Students Outside Their Comfort Zones"

Study abroad opportunities are on the rise at institutions of higher education. The intent of such programs is to provide students with international experiences tied to their major fields of study. This presentation describes the shifts in attitudes of Ohio State pre-service teachers in a one-month home stay while teaching in a bi-lingual school in Concepción, Chile. It examines changing views about family structures, education, and being the outsider in a culture. Study abroad can be life changing as it takes students away from their usual supports and out of their comfort zones.


Jackie Wood, Physiology and Cell Biology

May 2, 2018

4 - 5 p.m.

Grand Lounge, Faculty Club

"Second Brain in the Gut"

I coined the now universally accepted term, brain-in-the-gut, for the enteric nervous system in a review published in the 1981 issue of the Annual Review of Physiology [1]. This was in view of discoveries in my laboratory and others that the main physiological processes in the digestive tract are controlled by an independent integrative nervous system with neural circuitry containing about 100 million neurons, all within the walls of the gut. Neuronal electrical behavior and synaptic neurotransmission in the microcircuits of the second brain are essentially the same as in the “big brain”. The microcircuits in the second brain contain a library of neural programs (think I-phone, I-pad apps) that determine behavior in specialized states including postprandial, interdigestive, emesis and defense against threatening invasions from the outside. My mantra to medical students over 45 years continues to be; “understanding how a system works normally is prerequisite for determination of what is wrong, making a diagnosis and formulating a rational therapeutic plan”.  My talk will explain how the brain-in-the-gut is involved in the pathophysiology of several disorders, such as the irritable bowel syndrome, Hirschsprung Disease, food allergies, enteric infections, constipation, diarrhea, psychogenic stress and opioid drug effects.

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