Office of Research News

Get connected to research at Ohio State: Attend the annual expo Oct. 17

Posted: August 8, 2017

October 17, 2017
Noon to 2 p.m.*Get Connected at the Research Expo
Research Commons
18th Avenue Library (3rd floor)
175 W. 18th Avenue

Fifty exhibitors–research centers, institutes, core laboratories, community partners and campus vendors–will be on hand to help you navigate your way through the research enterprise. Network with fellow researchers and find collaborators for future endeavors.

Demonstrations and short talks will be offered to help you learn how to find funding, build a data management plan, use the Buck-IRB system and PI Portal, engage with iThenticate, and more.

*Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for early career investigators. Enjoy exclusive access to the exhibitors.

RSVP today.

If you have any questions, contact Jeff Agnoli at 614-292-6269 or

Talk/Demonstration Schedule:

  • 12:15 p.m.: SPIN Funding Opportunities Database
  • 12:25 p.m.: Buck IRB
  • 12:35 p.m.: Data Management Plans
  • 12:45 p.m.: Purchasing Tools (managing start-up funds)
  • 12:55 p.m.: PI Portal (administrative and financial information)
  • 1:05 p.m.:   iThenticate (anti-plagiarism software)
  • 1:15 p.m.:    ORCID (researcher ID)
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Nominations sought for 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award

Posted: August 7, 2017

The Office of Research is requesting nominations for the 2018 University Distinguished Scholar Award (DSA). Each year, through the DSA program, the university recognizes and honors six faculty members who demonstrate scholarly activity, research or other creative works which represent exceptional achievements in their fields. Recipients of the award receive a $20,000 research grant and a $3,000 honorarium to pursue their scholarly activity.

The deadline for submission of nominations is Monday, October 16, 2017 at 5 p.m.

2018 DSA Nomination Packet (Fillable PDF)
(Note: You must download/save the packet before it can be used as a fillable PDF).

Read about past Distinguished Scholar Award recipients.

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Stoodley named director of the Campus Microscopy and Imaging Facility

Posted: August 1, 2017

Dr. Paul Stoodley, professor of microbial infection and immunity in the College of Medicine, has been appointed director of Ohio State’s Center for Campus Microscopy and Imaging Facility (CMIF), effective July 17, 2017. The CMIF, a university-wide core facility, provides confocal, light and electron microscopy services, as well as live cell and multiphoton imaging capabilities for a broad range of biological samples. The center also offers microscopy advice, education and instrument training, and provides the research community with publication-quality, high-resolution images for use in manuscripts and grant applications.

In this role, Stoodley will work with key partners across the university to coordinate investments for and efficient utilization of specialized equipment, aid in the development of specialized research themes, and enhance Ohio State’s research competitiveness and expansion of extramural funding in the area of advanced microscopy and imaging for biological applications. He will also oversee and manage the overall operations of the CMIF, providing vision and leadership to CMIF staff in establishing goals, objectives and priorities and developing short-term and long-range plans.

Stoodley brings a wealth of expertise to the position, with over 25 years of experience in biofilm research. He served as professor of microbial tribology with the National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton University in the UK. While there, he conducted industrially funded collaborations with Southampton General Hospital and the National Oceanographic Centre on developing medical imaging techniques to detect bacterial biofilms in central venous catheters, orthopaedic and dental implants, as well as the early detection of marine biofouling on ship hulls. He also served as associate professor of microbiology and immunology with Drexel University, and vice-director of imaging at the Center for Genomic Sciences at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He joined Ohio State in 2013.

Stoodley received his undergraduate degree in environmental sciences from Lancaster University and his PhD in biological sciences from Exeter University.

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Weisleder to lead Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Posted: July 17, 2017

Noah Weisleder, associate professor of physiology and cell biology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, has been named director of Ohio State’s newly created Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, effective July 17, 2017. The office, a partnership between the Graduate School and the Office of Research, will serve as a central resource for Ohio State’s postdoctoral researchers.

Weisleder will shape the strategic vision for the office and be an advocate for the more than 675 postdoctoral researchers at Ohio State. He will work to advance postdoctoral training and will maintain close relationships with college deans, department chairs and faculty to enhance that training. He will implement programs and events to enrich the postdoctoral experience at Ohio State and will help prepare Ohio State postdocs for successful research careers in academia, industry, government and other employment sectors.

Weisleder is extremely well qualified to take on this new role. He conducted his postdoctoral studies at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and then joined the faculty there as an assistant professor of physiology and biophysics. He began his career at Ohio State in 2012 as an associate professor of physiology and cell biology. In 2015, he was named director of graduate studies at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center where he was responsible for developing engagement activities for graduate students in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology. In 2016, he received the inaugural Mentor of the Year Award from the university. He has had numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and is an inventor on nine U.S. patents and several international patents.

Weisleder received his BS in biotechnology and molecular biology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his PhD in cell biology from Baylor College of Medicine.

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Six receive Distinguished Scholar Award

Posted: April 4, 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.

Previous Winners

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More than 140 researchers honored at faculty recognition program

Posted: March 27, 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.

2016 Honorees
2013-2015 Honorees


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Battelle Endowment funds five science/technology projects

Posted: March 24, 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.

Descriptions of Past BETHA Projects

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