Office of Research News

Winslow to lead Center for Lake Erie Area Research

Posted: February 8, 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

Posted: January 25, 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

Posted: January 24, 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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View/download the presentation slides

State of Research January 25, 2017

View/download the text from the address

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View/download photos from the event

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Innovator of the Year photos

If you have questions, please contact Beth Haas.

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

Posted: October 31, 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

Posted: October 18, 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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Call for Nominations: 2016 Innovator of the Year

Posted: October 3, 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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Updates to the Buck-IRB system

Posted: August 19, 2016

Several updates to the Buck-IRB system went into effect on August 18, 2016. A number of the updates address requests made by investigators and research staff to enhance the Buck-IRB Work experience.

The updates are described below:

  • in order to prevent errors on the Informed Consent page, whenever a verbal or online script is selected, the request for waiver of consent documentation (or parental permission documentation, as appropriate) will automatically be made by the system
  • an alert has been added to the personal workspace for all Buck-IRB users to indicate if a study is pending signature(s)
  • a Final Study Report form and submission instructions are now available
  • an upload box is now available for studies requesting an Alteration of HIPAA Authorization
  • all personnel listings now have consistent displays of investigator financial conflict of interest (COI) information across all areas and access levels
  • a new action of ‘No Review Required’ was added to Buck-IRB for projects that either do not represent research involving human subjects or where Ohio State is not engaged in the research

Additional updates were made to satisfy regulatory or policy requirements. They are outlined below:

  • investigators studying investigational or FDA-approved drugs will be asked to confirm whether the pending research includes botulinum toxin in any form
  • continuing review expiration letters will state that study reactivation can only occur within 60 days of expiration or a new study must be submitted
  • new instructions are provided for investigators submitting a continuing review after the study has expired and has been terminated in the system

Many other changes will occur with this Buck-IRB update to improve workflow for ORRP staff and IRB members, though the majority will occur behind the scenes with little or no direct impact on investigators.

Log in to Buck-IRB at go.osu.edu/Buck-IRB.

For additional information about this Buck-IRB update, please contact Susan Ebert at ebert.55@osu.edu.

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