Morning briefing – Dec. 20

Staff report

* “The Night World,” a children’s book written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein that celebrates the secrets of nighttime and the beauty of sunrise, was selected as the mock Caldecott Award winner by Mazza Museum docents during an enrichment event featuring an annual Caldecott Contenders session.

Mazza’s docents receive monthly training on six consecutive Tuesdays at the beginning of each school year so that they can learn about the new artwork that is hung in the museum each summer. A December date is chosen for the mock Caldecott voting prior to the American Library Association’s (ALA) actual award announcement in January.

According to Terry Olthouse, the Mazza Museum’s education coordinator, there are mock Caldecott activities conducted all over the United States, usually by librarians, teachers and picture book enthusiast.

* Katrina Cornish, a researcher in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Cornish, who holds the university’s Endowed Chair in Bio-based Emergent Materials and is an Ohio Research Scholar, is one of two inductees — along with Vice President for Research Caroline Whitacre — from Ohio State this year.

NAI Fellows are nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation.

“We at Ohio State are extremely proud of the accomplishments of Drs. Whitacre and Cornish. Their contributions to innovation are superb examples of the positive impact that the university has on society,” said Bruce McPheron, interim executive vice president and provost. Before being named to his current position, which began Dec. 2, McPheron was dean of CFAES and vice president for agricultural administration.

Staff report