Advancing A Culture of Research Excellence
On April 24, 2019, over 150 attendees gathered to celebrate research and creative inquiry. We honored our most innovative researchers, recognized key milestones reached in commercialization and engaged in meaningful conversations after inspiring spotlight talks.
Watch the videos below to be inspired all over again, see what others are saying and help us continue advancing a culture of research excellence across Ohio State and beyond.
Research and Creative Inquiry Spotlight Talks
Harmony Bench, PhD
Harmony Bench is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dance. Her research centers on encounters between bodies and machine or media technologies. She particularly focuses on how human bodies and technological devices are imagined in relation to each other, and how technologies facilitate the circulation and transmission of movements, gestures and even bodily schema.
B. Scott Gaudi, PhD
B. Scott Gaudi is the Thomas Jefferson Professor for Discovery and Space Exploration, and Professor and Vice Chair of The Ohio State University Department of Astronomy. His research focuses on the search for and characterization of planets orbiting other stars (exoplanets). He has been involved with the discovery of roughly 50 exoplanets.
Shahid Nimjee, MD, PhD
Shahid Nimjee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery with appointments in the Departments of Radiology and Neuroscience, and at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. His research focuses on exploiting the properties of RNA biology to better diagnose and treat thromboembolic disease as it pertains to cerebrovascular neurosurgery.
Forrest Schoessow is pursuing a doctorate in geography at The Ohio State University and directs the Mountain Drone Team at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. His research focus is on advancing scientific understanding of glaciers as water resources and hazards in a rapidly changing world through the development of custom sensors and unmanned aerial systems.
Matthew Sullivan, PhD
Matthew Sullivan is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering. He has pioneered viral ecogenomics as a means to study viruses in complex communities.
Anna Voelker received her BS in science communication and accessibility from Ohio State in 2018. She is currently the Coordinator of Ohio State’s Astronomy Accessibility Program and Chair of the Astronomers Without Borders Accessibility and Inclusion Working Group. She is the Director of SciAccess, a conference dedicated to promoting disability inclusion and diversity in STEAM.
2018 Innovators of the Year
Innovator of the Year
Katrina Cornish, PhD
Ohio Research Scholar/Endowed Chair, Bioemergent Materials
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Early Career Innovator of the Year
Tim Raderstorf, MSN, RN
Chief Innovation Officer
College of Nursing
Next Generation Innovator of the Year
Department of Geography
College of Arts And Sciences
Sankar Renu, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Food Animal Health Research Program, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Karen Dannemiller, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, College of Engineering
Katelyn Swindle-Reilly, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
C. Emre Koksal, PhD, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
Susan Mallery, DDS, PhD, Professor and Chair, Division of Oral Maxillofacial Pathology and Radiology, College of Dentistry
Yi Zhao, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering