Institute for Materials Research News

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.

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If you have questions, please contact Beth Haas.

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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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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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Get connected: Attend the 2015 Research Expo

Wed, 26th August, 2015

Don’t miss the 2015 annual Research Expo.

Thursday, September 24
9:30 a.m. – noon
Ohio Union, Great Hall Meeting Room

More than 60 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.

RSVP to attend the event.

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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.

Category : Academic Centers / Byrd Polar Research Center / Celebration of Research / Events / General Information / Industry Liasion Office / Institute for Energy and the Environment / Institute for Materials Research / Office of Research Compliance / Office of Responsible Research Practices / Office of Sponsored Programs / Student Research / University Laboratory Animal Resources

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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IMR/Nanotech West awarded $2.54 M to establish OSSIP

Thu, 11th July, 2013

Ohio State’s Institute for Materials Research (IMR) has been awarded $2.54 million from the Ohio Third Frontier to establish the Ohio Sensor and Semiconductor Innovation Platform (OSSIP) Program, to be centered at Nanotech West Lab. The OSSIP builds on current and past successes in enabling technology advancement and capitalizes on existing best practices, one-of-a-kind infrastructure in Ohio, and already-trained staff engineers and technicians to enable new partner companies to advance near term product development in the area of infrared sensors and semiconductor-based devices and materials.

Robert J. Davis, associate director of the IMR and director of Nanotech West, is the principal investigator for the study.

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