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Amy Shuman

Mershon affiliate Amy Shuman, professor of English, is one of the winners of the 2014 Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award.

For more than 30 years, Shuman enthusiastically has served a range of populations across campus and in the wider community — from international students and faculty of color to individuals with disabilities on campus and beyond — and has been a leader in some of Ohio State’s most significant diversity initiatives in that time.

"Amy has been a tireless, passionate and productive proponent of diversity, and her contributions represent the gamut of 'diversity' categories: gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, class, sexuality, immigration status and disability," a nominator wrote.

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Bruce Weinberg

Mershon affiliate Bruce Weinberg, professor of economics, is the lead author of a new study published in the journal Science that finds university research is a key component to the U.S. economy, returning the investment through enormous public value and impact on employment, business and manufacturing nationwide.

"The main purpose of science funding isn’t as a jobs program or a stimulus program, but this study provides the first detailed information about the short-term economic impacts of federal research," Weinberg said.

Weinberg and his colleagues tracked investments at nine large, Midwestern universities. In total, the schools received $7 billion in research and development funding in 2012, about half of which came from the federal government. The economists found that $1 billion of that investment was spent on equipment and services from U.S. vendors. Of those expenditures, 16 percent stayed in the university’s home county; another 16 percent remained within the state.

Weinberg's results also shed light on a diverse workforce. Most of the workers supported by federal research funding are not university faculty members. In fact, fewer than one in five workers supported by federal funding is a faculty researcher. Using a new data set, the researchers also found that each university that receives funding spends those dollars throughout the United States -- about 70 percent spent outside their home states -- supporting companies both large and small.

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Daniel Sui

Daniel Sui, professor and chair, Department of Geography, and Distinguished Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been selected by the Association of American Geographers (AAG) for its Distinguished Scholar Award in Regional Development and Planning. 

The award is in recognition of Sui’s more than two decades of contributions to the applied or theoretical understanding of development, planning and/or policy issues. In addition to research, this award also recognizes Sui’s contributions to mentoring/teaching and leadership/service roles at local, national, and international levels. 

A Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Sui is a widely respected scholar in many aspects of technology, geographic information science (GIScience), urban, and regional research. 

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Alger

Chadwick Alger, professor emeritus of political science and public policy at the Mershon Center, passed away on February 15, 2014, at the age of 89.

Alger, an authority on peacebuilding and the United Nations system, joined the political science faculty of The Ohio State University in 1971, where he did teaching and research for more than 40 years.

Alger’s areas of expertise included:

  • global problem-solving by international governmental and non-governmental organizations, primarily focused on the United Nations System;
  • the world relations of local people, governments and organizations;
  • inventory and evaluation of available "tools" and strategies for peace building.

Subjects of his research included decision-making in the U.N. General Assembly, the role of non-governmental organizations in the struggle for human rights and economic well-being, evolving roles of NGOs in U.N. decision-making, potential roles of the U.N. System in the 21st century, religion as a peace tool, the expanding tool chest for peace builders, and why the United States needs the U.N. System.

Alger was director of the Mershon Program in Transnational Intellectual Cooperation in the Policy Sciences (1971-81) and director of the Mershon Program in World Relations (1982-91).

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