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Six receive Distinguished Scholar Award

Tue, 4th April, 2017

The Distinguished Scholar Award, established in 1978, recognizes exceptional scholarly accomplishments by senior professors who have compiled a substantial body of research, as well as younger faculty members who have demonstrated great scholarly potential. The 2017 honorees are:

  • Leonard J. Brillson, professor and Center for Materials Research Scholar, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, and Department of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Laura M. Justice, Education and Human Ecology Distinguished Professor, Department of Educational Studies, College of Education and Human Ecology
  • Michael V. Knopp, The Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Chair for Clinical Research, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine
  • William S. Marras, The Honda Chair in Transportation, Professor in Integrated Systems Engineering, Department of Integrated Systems Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Marc H. Pinsonneault, professor, Department of Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Claudia Turro, Dow Professorship in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Recipients are nominated by their departments and chosen by a committee of senior faculty, including past award recipients. Distinguished Scholars receive an honorarium and a research grant to be used over the next three years. The award is supported by the Office of Research.

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More than 140 researchers honored at faculty recognition program

Mon, 27th March, 2017

President Michael Drake and Senior Vice President for Research Caroline Whitacre hosted a Faculty Recognition Program on March 27, 2017, honoring Ohio State faculty members who received national or international awards during the period 2016-2017. Faculty members whose achievements reached outside or across academic disciplines were also recognized.

Among the honorees were winners of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, Fulbright Scholars, Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

See the full list of honorees.

View photos from the event.

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Yuan Zheng, Lise Worthen-Chaudhari and Jacob Mendlovic named 2016 Innovators of the Year

Wed, 25th January, 2017

As Ohio State continues to expand its role in the commercialization of research, it is important to create an environment that facilitates and rewards research creativity and entrepreneurship. To support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity among Ohio State researchers, three university-wide awards were presented on January 25, 2017, to Ohio State’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Innovator of the Year: Yuan Zheng

Yuan Zheng, Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons

Yuan Zheng
Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons

The 2016 Innovator of the Year is Yuan Zheng, professor of electrical and computer engineering. He has been a leader in robotics research for more than 35 years, creating innovative structures and mechanisms for robotics in industrial, defense and service applications.

In 2014, Zheng developed the Circular Wave Drive (CWD), a compact and co-axial gear head that allows for speed reduction in rotational motions. Speed reducers represent 36% of the total cost of an industrial robot. Yuan’s CWD was developed as a replacement for the traditional Harmonic Drive Gear (HDG) technology used widely in the robotics industry. The HDG technology uses a special metal alloy that has to be replaced every two years and requires expensive high precision machining.

Zheng’s CWD technology overcomes the shortcomings of the HDG. He developed a low-cost, compact, highly-efficient, ruggedized speed reducing gear system. He increased torque capacity and the life span of the gear by eliminating the use of flexible materials in the design. This invention could mean the formation of a new market of ultra-fast, high-precision steering and automation beyond robotic joints.

IKOVE, a local venture capital company, licensed his technology from the university in 2015 and founded a start-up company called CWD LLC. One U.S. patent and one international patent have been filed. Funding from the Ohio Third Frontier’s Technology Validation and Start-up Fund was used to design and fabricate a prototype CWD.

Early Career Innovator of the Year: Lise Worthen-Chaudhari

Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, research asst. prof. in College of Medicine Dance MFA Photo by Jo McCulty

Lise Worthen-Chaudhari
Photo by Jo McCulty

The 2016 Early Career Innovator of the Year is Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, research assistant professor in physical medicine and rehabilitation and associate director of the Human Motion Analysis and Recovery Laboratory. She uses the art, math and science of movement to integrate the creative arts with rehabilitation science.

Worthen-Chaudhari applies new creative paradigms and emerging technologies–from arts, gaming or other disciplines in the creative sector–to improve human recovery and health by making it more engaging and more data-driven. A biomechanist and former professional dancer, Lise combined her passion for biomechanics and dance to develop a revolutionary new therapy that inspires physical rehabilitation via movement that creates art.

She and her team developed an interactive computer program called Embedded Arts for patients receiving occupational, recreational or physical therapy to recover from traumatic brain injuries, strokes and spinal cord injuries. The program uses motion caption technology to highlight the personal nature of prescribed rehabilitative movement and to document the recovery process. Movement detected by lightweight sensors is translated on a computer screen as an abstract painting.

Worthen-Chaudhari’s technology has been licensed to Columbus-based Rekovo–a company whose mission is to “bring innovative ideas to the health care market that are both affordable and create tremendous positive impact.” The ultimate goal is for patients to be able to use this program at home to continue their therapy.

Student Innovator of the Year: Jacob Mendlovic

Jacob Mendlovic, Mechanical Engineering Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons

Jacob Mendlovic
Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons

The 2016 Student Innovator of the Year is Jacob Mendlovic, a recent Ohio State honors graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in nuclear engineering. He is passionate about using innovative engineering solutions to solve real-world problems.

Mendlovic is the primary inventor of a patent-pending technology that does electrochemical imaging of below ground biomasses and fuel. He developed a microscale platinum wire probe that uses intrinsic electrochemical properties to create images of subsurface biomass structures.

The probe could provide farmers with information about soil conditions that would help them select crops resistant to drought and make adjustments to planting and irrigation techniques. National Park monitors could use the probe to analyze tree and biomass health, helping to mitigate wild fires. The Office of Energy and Environment sees potential for this technology to identify trace chemicals from fracking applications in water. Jacob worked with Shaurya Prakash, associate professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering, on his research.

Spurred by the success of leading a student group to develop cost-cutting methods for small-scale coffee farmers in Honduras, Mendlovic founded “Students for a Sustainable Honduras.” This club brings together teams of undergraduate students to share ideas and expand the impact of student projects across the country. Following graduation, he aided in the creation of a framework for universal metrics in the energy-water-food-social nexus, allowing for a better understanding of the interactions of these resources with the ever-increasing population.

The Innovator of the Year and Early Career Innovator of the Year awards recognize Ohio State researchers who are working actively to promote commercialization of university intellectual property, through invention disclosures filed, patents applied for and/or received, technologies licensed or spin-off companies formed. These activities support economic development in the Central Ohio region, and serve to attract companies that create a base of operations within the state. The creation of separate categories for more established researchers and for early career researchers allows cultivation of an entrepreneurial spirit among all of our investigators.

The Student Innovator of the Year award recognizes innovation and entrepreneurship among our students that has contributed to the development or commercialization of a new technology.

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Watch the State of Research address and Innovator of the Year presentation

Tue, 24th January, 2017

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Dr. Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research, delivered the annual state of research address on January 25, 2017. This year’s address was titled “Creative Partnerships, Meaningful Impact.”

When mathematics meets biology, dance meets science or astronomy meets philosophy–researchers can begin to look at the world in a different way. And sometimes, the most amazing results come from unexpected partnerships. Learn more about the surprising collaborations taking place at the university that don’t involve the “usual suspects.”

At the end of the address, the 2016 Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year and Student Innovator of the Year were named.

Watch the presentation

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State of Research January 25, 2017

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If you have questions, please contact Beth Haas.

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Save the date: Whitacre to deliver state of research address Jan. 25

Mon, 31st October, 2016

Annual State of Research Address

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2017
8:30 a.m.
U.S. Bank Conference Theater
Ohio Union

Dr. Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research, will deliver the annual state of research address and present the 2016 Innovator of the Year awards. Learn more about the breadth, scope and excellence of Ohio State’s research programs. Be one of the first to find out who will be this year’s Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year and Student Innovator of the Year.

Join us for a reception honoring the 2016 Innovators in Woody’s Tavern immediately following the announcement.

RSVP.

Contact Beth Haas at haas.23@osu.edu or 614-688-4725 with questions.

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Call for Nominations: 2016 Innovator of the Year

Mon, 3rd October, 2016

As Ohio State continues to expand its role in the commercialization of research, it is important that we create an environment that facilitates and rewards research creativity and entrepreneurship. To support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity, Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research, and Matt McNair, vice president of economic and corporate engagement, will be presenting three university-wide awards to Ohio State’s most successful entrepreneurs in January 2017.  Nominations are sought in the following categories: Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year and Student Innovator of the Year. One award will be given in each category.

The Innovator of the Year and Early Career Innovator of the Year awards are intended to recognize an Ohio State researcher who is working actively to promote commercialization of university intellectual property through invention disclosures filed, patents applied for and/or received, technologies licensed or spinoff companies formed. These activities support economic development in the central Ohio region, and serve to attract companies that create a base of operations within the state. The creation of separate award categories for more established researchers and for early career researchers allows cultivation of an entrepreneurial spirit among all of our investigators.

The Student Innovator of the Year award is intended to recognize innovation and entrepreneurship that has contributed to the development or commercialization of a new technology. This award, which is open to undergraduate or graduate students, may recognize a student start-up company whose success is a result of entrepreneurial talent, creativity and energy.

We are requesting a maximum of TWO nominations from each college for each category (a total of six nominations per college). A nomination should consist of a letter from the college dean and a summary of the relevant commercialization activities from the nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume. These activities include invention disclosures, patents (applied for and/or awarded), licenses generated and companies formed.

The nominees for the Innovator or Early Career Innovator need not be faculty members, allowing for the recognition of commercialization activities by staff members as well as faculty. For the Early Career Innovator category, a candidate must be either an assistant or early associate professor (if a faculty member), or have been at Ohio State no more than 10 years (if a staff member). For the Student Innovator category, nominees must be undergraduate or graduate students who are currently registered or recent Ohio State graduates (within the last year).

Nominations, and questions prior to nomination, should be submitted to:

Caroline Whitacre
Senior Vice President for Research
Office of Research
208 Bricker Hall
190 North Oval Mall
whitacre.3@osu.edu

Nominations must be received by November 21, 2016. They will be reviewed by a committee composed of individuals both internal and external to the university.

The awards for Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year, and Student Innovator of the Year will be presented as part of the State of Research address on January 25, 2017, at the U.S. Bank Conference Theater in the Ohio Union.

2016 Innovator Call for Nominations

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Nominations sought for 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award

Fri, 29th July, 2016

The Office of Research is requesting nominations for the 2017 University Distinguished Scholar Award (DSA). Each year, through the DSA program, the university recognizes and honors six faculty members who demonstrate scholarly activity, research or other creative works which represent exceptional achievements in their fields. Recipients of the award receive a $20,000 research grant and a $3,000 honorarium to pursue their scholarly activity.

The deadline for submission of nominations is Monday, October 17, 2016 at 5 p.m.

2017 Nomination Packet (Fillable PDF)
(Note: You must download/save the packet before it can be used as a fillable PDF).

Read about the 2016 Distinguished Scholar Award recipients.

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More than 115 Ohio State researchers honored at faculty recognition program

Mon, 4th April, 2016

President Michael Drake and Vice President for Research Caroline Whitacre hosted a Faculty Recognition Program on April 4, 2016, honoring Ohio State faculty members who received national or international awards during the period 2015-2016. Faculty members whose achievements reached outside or across academic disciplines were also recognized.

Among the honorees were winners of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award, Fulbright Scholars, Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

Award recipients received a block “O” lapel pin in recognition of their achievement, provided by The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

See the full list of honorees.

View photos from the event.

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Recognizing Excellence: 2016 Distinguished Scholar Award winners announced

Fri, 26th February, 2016

The Distinguished Scholar Award (DSA), established in 1978, recognizes exceptional scholarly accomplishments by senior professors who have compiled a substantial body of research, as well as the work of younger faculty members who have demonstrated great scholarly potential.

The 2016 honorees are:

  • Alice Conklin, professor, Departments of History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • B. Scott Gaudi, The Thomas Jefferson Chair for Discovery and Space Exploration, Department of Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • A. Douglas Kinghorn, The Jack L. Beal Chair in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy, College of Pharmacy
  • Brian McHale, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, Department of English; College of Arts and Sciences
  • René Stulz, Everett D. Reese Chair of Banking and Monetary Economics, Department of Finance
  • John Volakis, The Roy and Lois Chope Chair in Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering

Recipients are nominated by their departments and chosen by a committee of senior faculty, including past recipients of the award. Distinguished Scholars receive an honorarium and a research grant to be used over the next three years. The award is supported by the Office of Research.

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FAPESP Week Symposium at Ohio State

Tue, 23rd February, 2016

March 31-April 1, 2016
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ohio State University Faculty Club
181 South Oval Drive

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Register to attend all or any sessions of interest

Join researchers and representatives from Ohio State and Brazil’s São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) for a two-day symposium to celebrate the success of the remarkable research collaborations already taking place and explore new areas of expansion for Ohio State-Brazil partnerships.

Key topics will include:

  • FAPESP international strategy
  • Decision making and decision sciences
  • Agriculture and water
  • Bioinformatics and data analytics
  • Materials and manufacturing
  • Brazil, Latin America and the U.S.
  • Medicine and health
  • Funding research and innovation

For more than 50 years the university has maintained research and teaching collaborations with the University of São Paulo’s Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ/USP) in Piracicaba. In 2013, Ohio State and FAPESP strengthened their partnership by entering into a joint funding agreement to support research and innovation. To date, $1.4 million has been invested to strengthen existing collaborations and seed exciting new research partnerships between researchers from Ohio State and FAPESP that help citizens in both countries and people around the world.

How do we maintain the momentum? Attend the symposium to learn more about the innovative and creative research projects taking place and explore possibilities for new collaborations through this unique partnership.

Ohio State faculty and students who currently collaborate with FAPESP-funded researchers in Brazil, or have interest in doing so, are encouraged to attend.

Learn more about FAPESP Week 2016.

To receive additional materials about the symposium, please send an email to research@osu.edu to be added to the mailing list.

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