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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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Battelle Endowment funds five science/technology projects

Fri, 24th March, 2017

The Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment annual grant competition supports projects that examine the complex relationship between science and technology on society and cultural issues. Thirty-three proposals were submitted for the 2017 competition, of which five projects were selected for funding.

Assessing Trustworthiness in Social Media
Marie-Catherine de Marneffe, PhD
Department of Linguistics
College of Arts and Sciences

The rise of social media has created an information flood, but which information can be trusted?  Factors including exact language used and the credibility of the source impact the veridicality of a statement. This project uses the analysis of veridicality and trustworthiness in social media as a gateway to engage students in linguistics and computer science. A course module will be developed to include introductory linguistics and programming assignments, culminating in an interactive demo that assesses the credibility of social media accounts and rates the veridicality of claims in social media.

Using Technology to Support Communication: Training Parent and Teacher Buy-in
Allison Bean Ellawadi, PhD
Department of Speech and Hearing Science
College of Arts and Sciences

Approximately one percent of the population in the United States is unable to communicate effectively using spoken language. Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices enable these individuals to communicate. Smart phone and tablet apps enable those devices to function as AAC devices, acting as the “voice” of an individual. Although the use of smart phones and tablets as AAC devices has increased awareness of and access to AAC, these devices continue to be abandoned/rejected. This project will investigate the impact of teacher and parent buy-in training on AAC use in school-age AAC users.

MAJI MARWA: Sustainable and Resilient Tanzania Community
Michael Hagenberger, PhD
Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering
College of Engineering

The Village of Marwa in rural Tanzania, with an estimated population of 5,000 – 7,000, is located approximately ten kilometers from the Pangani River, a permanent water supply with its source running off Mt. Kilimanjaro. Marwa lacks the technical ability and financial capacity to sustainably access and treat this water source. The Sustainable and Resilient Tanzanian Community (SRTC) program is an interdisciplinary, international development service learning initiative that brings together students from Ohio State University and the University of Dodoma, Tanzania’s largest public university, in leading-edge civil engineering and community development practice and local indigenous resource management systems. Maji Marwa, or “Water for Marwa,” focuses on bringing clean, safe and accessible water to the village, while training the next generation of engineers, scientists and development workers in providing real-world solutions to real-world needs.

Community Gardens as Tools to Promote Science Education
Maria Miriti, PhD
Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
College of Arts and Sciences

Efforts to recruit students from underrepresented backgrounds into careers in evolution, ecology and organismal biology (EEOB) and other STEM disciplines commonly target undergraduates by providing research opportunities. However, these efforts have not appreciably increased the diversity profile of EEOB professionals over the past 20 years. This project applies Participatory Action Research (PAR) to engage youth at an earlier age in community gardening, a growing national movement that promotes healthy eating in food deserts while also empowering youth and promoting social change. Students interact with science professionals and youth from other communities to design and plan garden space, becoming immersed in science to explore human impacts on the environment and discovering pathways to STEM careers.

Shake the Shoe: Connecting Earthquake Science and Football with the Best Fans in the Land
Derek Sawyer, PhD
School of Earth Sciences
Division of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Vibrations created by the 100,000+ fans during Ohio State football games can be recorded and analyzed just as an actual earthquake. The Shake the Shoe project will use seismometers to measure these “FanQuakes” at the Shoe. The data obtained will be used as an education and outreach tool about the science, technology and hazards associated with earthquakes. Classroom exercises, a publicly accessible website and interactive exhibits at COSI and other locations will engage and inspire current and future students and leaders.

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Moses joins the Office of Research

Tue, 14th March, 2017

Randy Moses

Randy Moses

Randy Moses will be joining the Office of Research as senior associate vice president for research, effective March 15, 2017. In this role, he will assist in providing strategic oversight for the university’s expanding research enterprise. Moses will work to broaden major research initiatives, including playing a role in coordinating Discovery Themes strategies, and strengthen partnerships across the university with college deans, college research officers and other university offices. Moses will also work to enhance the university’s corporate and industrial research portfolio and strengthen defense and security related research. His position represents an expansion of the capability of the Office of Research and will enable growth of the university’s research institutes and core laboratories.

Moses brings to this position considerable experience in strategic organizational leadership, a successful track record in securing funding and a national perspective on key issues related to research. He is currently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and has served as the associate dean for research in the College of Engineering since 2008. In that role, he led the research endeavors of over 950 faculty and staff, oversaw the college’s research operations totaling more than $128 million in annual research expenditures and grew strategic industry partnerships with companies such as Battelle, Honda and GE Aviation. He also led the IP and commercialization strategy for the college.

Moses received his BS, MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech. He joined Ohio State in 1985.

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Oglesbee named interim director of the infectious Diseases Institute

Tue, 7th March, 2017

oglesbeeMichael Oglesbee, professor of veterinary biosciences and faculty lead of the Infectious Diseases Discovery Theme, has been appointed interim director of the newly-established Infectious Diseases Institute. He replaces Larry Schlesinger who was recently named president and CEO of Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. Oglesbee will continue to move forward plans to create a more streamlined and transparent structure for infectious diseases research at the university.

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Winslow to lead Center for Lake Erie Area Research

Wed, 8th February, 2017

Christopher Winslow

Christopher Winslow

Christopher Winslow has been appointed director of the Center for Lake Erie Area Research (CLEAR), the multidisciplinary initiative supporting the university’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program. CLEAR is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s nationwide network of 33 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. Winslow will also oversee the operations of F.T. Stone Laboratory, Ohio State’s island campus located on Gibraltar Island.

Winslow brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position in the areas of strategic planning, Ohio Sea Grant administration, grant management, research, outreach and teaching. He has served as the interim director of CLEAR since April 1, 2015. In this role, he has worked to develop research priorities and facilitated the submission of many interdisciplinary proposals to sponsors. He has also developed strong partnerships with universities, the scientific community, state and federal agencies and local communities, as well as many other key stakeholders. Winslow joined the Ohio Sea Grant Program as an assistant director in December 2011 and moved into the associate director position in June 2014. Prior to joining Ohio State, he spent eight years as a Stone Laboratory faculty member, teaching aquatic ecology classes to high school and college students and mentoring students in the lab’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

Winslow holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a master’s and PhD in biology from Bowling Green State University.

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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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Join the campus-wide conversation about infectious disease research

Tue, 18th October, 2016

Infectious Disease Research

Help transform Ohio State into a world leader in infectious disease research and education. Share your thoughts about the challenges and opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in the infectious diseases arena.

Questions to be addressed include:

  • How can we build multidisciplinary networks in thematic areas?
  • How do we secure large, multi-investigator/center awards?
  • What’s the best way to develop training programs, improve patient care and inform public policy?

Select the date that works best for you:

November 17, 2016, from 3-5 p.m.
November 21, 2016, from 3-5 p.m.
Biomedical Research Tower (Room 115)
460 West 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210

RSVP

The conversations will be moderated by Paul Reeder, executive director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Fisher College of Business.

Contact id@osu.edu for additional information.

 

BACKGROUND

The Center for Microbial Interface Biology (CMIB) is transitioning from a university level center to a more comprehensive institute. With the momentum created by programs such as the Infectious Disease Discovery Theme, Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases and numerous other centers and groups, the expanded institute will provide infectious disease researchers across campus with the ability to construct a more cohesive, robust infrastructure. The infrastructure will support existing strengths, seek new opportunities and facilitate synergistic interactions among researchers in the clinical, basic and social sciences.

Learn more about the strategic plan that is being developed and help build an environment where Ohio State faculty, staff and students can work in innovative ways to address critical issues in infectious disease global health.

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