Byrd Polar Research Center News

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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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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If you have questions, please contact Beth Haas.

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Get Connected: Attend the 2016 Research Expo

Mon, 1st August, 2016

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Opening Reception
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Expo
9:30 a.m. – noon

Research Commons
18th Avenue Library (3rd floor)
175 W. 18th Avenue

Attend the opening reception and meet representatives from the Office of Research, the colleges, research centers, etc. This is a great opportunity to have all of your research-related questions answered. Hear remarks from Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research, and Alison Armstrong, associate director for research and education, University Libraries.

Then plan to spend some time at the Research Expo. More than 65 exhibitors – research centers, institutes, core laboratories, shared resource providers and campus vendors – will be on hand to help you navigate your way through the research enterprise. The Expo provides a great opportunity to network with fellow researchers and find collaborators for future endeavors.

The event is open to the entire research community.

Register to attend.

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Whitacre to deliver annual state of research address

Tue, 9th September, 2014

New Approaches to Discovery

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31
8:30 a.m.
U.S. Bank Conference Theater
Ohio Union

The world is changing rapidly and the environment within which Ohio State research will operate in the future will be very different from the current system. How can the university continue to advance discovery and innovation? Our future will depend on new approaches to discovery – new funding models, new collaborations, new ways of communicating the value of research to the public, new approaches to globalization and more.

Dr. Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research, will explore Ohio State’s new approaches to discovery and take a look at what’s on the horizon during the annual state of research address. Learn more about the breadth, scope and excellence of Ohio State’s research programs.

At the conclusion of the address, Dr. Whitacre will present the 2014 Innovator of the Year awards. 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 winners in Woody’s Tavern immediately following the announcement.

The event is open to the entire research community. RSVP today.

For more information contact Beth Haas at haas.23@osu.edu.

Unable to attend? Watch the State of Research Address live.

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Get connected: Attend the 2014 Research Expo

Wed, 27th August, 2014

Don’t miss the 2014 annual Research Expo.

Tuesday, September 23
9:30 a.m. – noon
Ohio Union, Great Hall Meeting Room

More than 50 exhibitors – research centers, institutes, core laboratories, shared resource providers, and campus vendors – will be on hand to help you navigate your way through the research enterprise.

The Expo provides a great opportunity to network with fellow researchers and find collaborators for future endeavors.

The event is open to the entire research community.

View the list of exhibitors.

Register to attend the event.

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Inaugural funding opportunity: Discovery Themes Initiative

Mon, 16th September, 2013

The Discovery Themes Initiative (DTI) is a ten-year, multi-million dollar investment program that will accelerate the university’s responses to the global challenges of the 21st century by attracting new tenured and tenure-track faculty in the areas of Energy and Environment, Food Production and Security, and Health and Wellness. The addition of new faculty will accelerate innovation and move the university towards eminence in research and innovation, teaching and learning, and outreach and engagement.

The Request for Proposals (RFP), issued on September 16, 2013, is aimed at building the university’s data analytics capacity, an area that applies to all disciplines and overlaps and cuts across the three DTI areas. Proposals must demonstrate that hiring of new faculty to fill critical gaps will accelerate innovation and create transformational solutions to complex issues. Teams of faculty are invited to apply.

Letters of intent are due November 1, 2013. Full proposals are due December 18, 2013. Awards will be announced on January 17, 2014.

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Ice core research and preservation (watch the video)

Tue, 7th December, 2010

Crack open the secrets of ice core research. See how these vital historical records are preserved for the future. Featuring Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosley-Thompson of the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State.

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Ellen Mosley-Thompson named director of the Byrd Polar Research Center

Tue, 22nd September, 2009

Ellen Mosley-Thompson, an acclaimed polar scientist and University Distinguished Scholar in geography at Ohio State has been named the next director of the institution’s Byrd Polar Research Center. Mosley-Thompson, who along with her husband and research partner Lonnie Thompson, is considered one of the world’s leading experts on paleoclimatology, the study of ancient climates. Their work on ice cores retrieved from glaciers and ice caps on at least five continents has provided the clearest evidence to date of global climate change and the effects humans have had on it.

Read the full announcement.

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Ellen Mosley-Thompson elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Fri, 24th July, 2009

Ellen Mosley-Thompson, a world-renowned expert in global climate change and its effects leading to the loss of the world’s glaciers, has been named to the National Academy of Sciences.

Mosley-Thompson is a Distinguished University Scholar in geography and a senior research scientist with the Byrd Polar Research Center. Her election to the country’s most prestigious scientific body was announced early Tuesday.

“I was shocked when I got the call, and by all the congratulatory messages I’ve received,” she said, adding that in one case, the phone was being passed among other Academy members all expressing their good wishes.

“Dr. Mosley-Thompson’s groundbreaking research on ancient climate conditions in the polar regions not only advances our understanding of global climate systems but also furthers many related fields of scientific inquiry,” President Gordon Gee said. “She is a remarkable scientist, a stellar alumna and a wonderful colleague.”

Mosley-Thompson has spent more than three decades doing research at Ohio State, beginning in 1973 as a graduate student and later as a research associate at the former Institute for Polar Studies. She became a research scientist with the Byrd Polar Research Center and later an associate professor and finally a professor in the Department of Geography.

Mosley-Thompson leads a highly respected research team focusing on paleoclimatology, the study of ancient climates. Along with her husband and research partner Lonnie Thompson, a Distinguished University Professor in earth sciences and a member of the National Academy, her work in retrieving and then analyzing ice cores drilled from glaciers in some of the world’s most remote sites has shown some of the clearest evidence to date of serious climate change around the world.

An experienced field researcher, Mosley-Thompson has led eight expeditions to Antarctica and six to Greenland to drill cores from ice sheets there, retrieving a record of ancient climate for thousands of years.

“This award recognizes Ellen’s outstanding career in climate change,” explained Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research at Ohio State. “She has brought world-class distinction to her department, her college and the university.”

This year, she was elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, one of that organization’s highest honors, and received the David R. Brower Award for Outstanding Service in Mountain Conservation from the American Alpine Club.

In 2008, she and her husband were named as recipients of the Dan David Prize in Israel honoring their work in the geosciences. Former Vice President Al Gore received a Dan David Prize that same year.

In 2003, she was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in 2002, she and Lonnie Thompson received the Common Wealth Award for Science and Invention, recognizing distinguished service to the world community.

She is an associate editor of the journal Polar Geography and is a member of the National Research Council’s National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Strategic Advice on the US Climate Change Science Program. In 2009, she was named to the Science Advisory Board Climate Working Group for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

She is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, the American Quaternary Association, the Antarctican Society, the Association of American Geographers, the International Glaciological Society and the science honorary Sigma Xi. She has published at least 115 peer-reviewed scientific papers in her career.

Mosley-Thompson’s election brings to 24 the number of Ohio State faculty who have been selected for membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine.

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