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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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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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Get Connected: Attend the 2016 Research Expo

Mon, 1st August, 2016

OR-Save-the-Date-PostTuesday, September 27

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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AAALAC accreditation team on campus June 6-10

Thu, 28th April, 2016

AAALAC International will be on campus June 6-10, 2016, for their triennial accreditation site visit. AAALAC International is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. The team will be visiting all animal housing and animal use areas. Investigators whose labs will be inspected will be notified directly and provided with a tentative day for that visit. If you have questions, please contact iacucinfo@osu.edu or ularvet@osu.edu.

Category : General Information / University Laboratory Animal Resources

Toussant named director of Office of Responsible Research Practices

Tue, 19th January, 2016

Kim Toussant will become the new director of the Office of Responsible Research Practices (ORRP) in February, replacing Karen Hale, who retired in December. Toussant has extensive experience and expertise in the areas of process design and engineering, program tracking and evaluation and regulatory compliance. Since 2008, she has served as the administrative director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). In this role, she has helped to establish operations to facilitate clinically-oriented research across the university. At the CCTS, Toussant managed strategic planning, financial and grants administration, process and outcomes evaluation and communications, and established an operational excellence core that resulted in multiple process improvements.

Prior to her work in the CCTS, Toussant gained strong insights into the investigator side of human subjects research through her work as a clinical research manager for the National Institutes of Health-funded Women’s Health Initiative and the Osteoarthritis Initiative, as well as industry sponsored pharmaceutical clinical trials.

Toussant holds master’s degrees in public administration and business operational excellence from Ohio State University.  She received Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the Fisher College of Business and research administrator certification from the Research Administrators Certification Council.

Category : General Information / Office of Responsible Research Practices

Whitacre to deliver annual state of research address

Wed, 26th August, 2015

Annual State of Research Address

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22
8:30 a.m.
U.S. Bank Conference Theater
Ohio Union

Dr. Caroline Whitacre, vice president for research, will deliver the annual state of research address. This year’s address is titled “From Inputs to Impact: Changing the Conversation.” Too often, the conversation about higher education and research focuses on numbers. The quality of research and teaching is often measured by inputs, like people or grant awards, or outcomes, such as the number of publications or invention disclosures. While these are important, it is the impact of our research that really makes a difference.

It’s time for us to change the national dialogue to one that celebrates the value of research and the impact that it creates on our communities, the state, the nation and the world.

At the conclusion of the address, Dr. Whitacre will present the 2015 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 2015 Innovators 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.

Category : Awards / Celebration of Research / Events / Funding / General Information / Innovator of the Year awards / Research Stories / State of Research address / Student Research / Units

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.

Category : Academic Centers / Celebration of Research / Events / Featured Articles / General Information / Industry Liasion Office / Institute for Materials Research / Office of Research Compliance / Office of Responsible Research Practices / Office of Sponsored Programs / Research Tools / University Laboratory Animal Resources

Rezai, Sertel and Maung named 2014 Innovators of the Year

Fri, 31st October, 2014

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 October 31, 2014, to Ohio State’s most successful faculty, staff and student entrepreneurs.

Innovator of the Year: Ali Rezai

innovator-of-the-year_trancsendThe 2014 Innovator of the Year is Ali Rezai, MD, Stanley D. and Joan H. Ross Chair in Neuromodulation, director and CEO of the Ohio State Neurological Institute, and director of the Ohio State Center for Neuromodulation. Dr. Rezai is a world-renowned neurosurgeon who is in constant pursuit of new ways to end pain and suffering for patients living with disabilities. He has spent his career developing technologies that regulate specific targets in the central nervous system to treat and alleviate the symptoms of a host of neurological disorders.

Dr. Rezai’s research focuses on neural circuitry, neurological sensors and monitors, and development of surgical tools and new neuromodulation approaches. Working with investigators from the Colleges of Medicine, Engineering and Arts and Sciences, Dr. Rezai initiated the first U.S. trials for deep brain stimulation to treat traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, alcoholism and obesity. In collaboration with engineers and scientists from Ohio State and Battelle, Dr. Rezai, along with a team led by Battelle research leader Chad Bouton,  implanted a microchip (Neurobridge) into a patient’s brain that was linked to an external prosthetic sleeve. The procedure allowed the quadriplegic man to move his hand for the first time in four years using his thoughts.

Dr. Rezai holds 35 issued U.S. patents and has more than 50 pending for medical devices and technologies. Three spin-off companies are based on his technology and scientific work – IntElect Medical, Autonomic Technologies and Cardionomics. He was named Cleveland Clinic Innovator of the Year in 2007 and Columbus Business First Innovator of the Year in 2011. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and 40 book chapters, and serves on the editorial board of five scientific journals.

Dr. Rezai has been the principal investigator and co-investigator on eight National Institutes of Health grants and is the force behind the partnership between the Cleveland Clinic and Ohio State University to fast-track the commercialization of health care technology.

Early Career Innovator of the Year: Kubilay Sertel

Early-Career_Innovator_Sertel_transcendThe 2014 Early Career Innovator of the Year is Kubilay Sertel, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. His research focuses on Terahertz-frequency sensing, imaging and communications. He developed and commercialized the first real-time, high sensitivity terahertz camera used for medical, communication and security applications.

Dr. Sertel’s video camera “sees” in THz wavelengths. Unlike commercial optical cameras that capture light photons using semiconductor-based sensors, the much longer THz wavelengths use microscopic-scale antennas to capture THz power for detection.

Terahertz offers the capability to not only image through materials, but also to determine their composition. Unlike X-rays, THz waves are safe because of their low-energy, non-ionizing nature. THz waves contain a wealth of information that allow for immediate applications such as security screening through clothing, identification of explosive compounds and life-changing applications such as breast cancer detection.

Dr. Sertel’s camera has been commercialized by Traycer Systems Inc. Traycer has attracted over $7.5 million in venture-backed private equity and $3.5 million in supporting infrastructure.

Dr. Sertel has one issued U.S. patent and two U.S. patents pending, two books and over 250 peer-reviewed journal articles, proceedings and book chapters. He is principal investigator on a $6 million Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant from the Office of Naval Research.

Dr. Sertel’s company, TeraProbes Inc., an Ohio State spin-off founded in 2014, recently received $100,000 in funding from the Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation Start-up Fund to enable commercialization of an efficient method of testing next generation electronic chips.

Student Innovator of the Year: David Maung

Student_innovator_Maung_transcendThe 2014 Student Innovator of the Year is David Maung, a doctoral student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He was the chief architect and software developer for an at-home gaming program for stroke patients who experience motor weakness from hemiparesis – an inability to move one side of the body. Hemiparesis, which can be debilitating, affects 325,000 individuals each year. Yet, less than one percent of those affected receive constraint-induced movement therapy (CI therapy), the most common form of therapy to improve motor function.

Recognizing the need for a low-cost, accessible therapy to improve arm function, David led the software development for “Recovery Rapids,” an innovative 3D computer-gaming version of CI that provides in home, high repetition motor exercise that targets the affected hand, arm and shoulder and encourages use of the weaker arm to perform routine daily activities.

The software was developed in collaboration with a team of clinicians, computer scientists, an electrical engineer and a biochemist from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Next steps will be the formation of a corporation called “Games That Move You” to disseminate this therapy.

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. This year’s Student Innovator of the Year award is sponsored by Sigma Xi, the scientific research society honoring excellence in scientific investigation.

 

Category : Awards / Celebration of Research / Commercialization / Events / General Information / Innovator of the Year awards / Office of Research Compliance / State of Research address

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