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Research & Innovation News

Dec 16
Kieliszewski named National Academy of Inventors fellow for drug delivery innovation Dec 16
Ohio University Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Marcia Kieliszewski has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for her development of an innovative suite of drug delivery technologies based on the glycoproteins in plants. Full Story...
Dec 12
NIH-funded Heritage College study examines how nerve damage affects eating Dec 12
A $445,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund an Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine study to more closely examine the effects of nerve damage that sometimes occurs during routine dental procedures. The lingual nerve, which runs in the floor of the mouth to enter the tongue, can be crushed or severed during dental work, particularly when molars are removed, causing intense pain, burning or numbness. Full Story...
Dec 10
Blast off: T-Minus and counting for Team Gravitron launch Dec 10
After more than a year of preparation, Ohio University's Team Gravitron plants-and-gravity experiment launches for the International Space Station on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 2:31 p.m. EDT aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Full Story...
Dec 9
New Kopchick awards support OHIO scientific and medical research Dec 9
Ten Ohio University students and one faculty member have received funding from three new research awards programs supported by a gift from John and Char Kopchick and contributions from five academic colleges and administrative units. Full Story...
Dec 8
Drug developed at the Heritage College offers potential hope for patients with type 2 diabetes Dec 8
A drug developed at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine shows promise in halting the onset of obesity-related type 2 diabetes. Lab results from preclinical studies found the drug made treatment groups, which were on a high fat diet, more insulin sensitive, halted an increase in fat mass, and prevented the onset of type 2 diabetes. Full Story...
Dec 2
Ryan Felice explores how bird tails evolved and aided hunting Dec 2
Forty-nine million years ago, a freshwater bird known as Limnofregata azygosternon lived in the ancient lakes of what is now Wyoming. Leaving behind only a few skeletons, it is hard to imagine how this extinct bird once looked and lived.<br />Thanks to the research of Ryan Felice, a doctoral student in biological sciences at Ohio University, we can now envision the tailbones and feathers of this ancient bird, revealing important information about how Limnofregata flew, hunted and lived. Full Story...
Dec 1
Justin Holub to discuss nature’s impact on innovation at Dec. 3 Science Cafe Dec 1
Nature's form and function have inspired countless innovations throughout recorded history, from architecture and engineering, to art and sculpture and even therapeutics and medicines. Justin Holub, an Ohio University assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, looks for inspiration from nature at the macro-, micro- and nanoscale levels. Full Story...
New evidence shows link between brain function and muscle strength Dec 1
Researchers at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine have found that mental imagery exercises can prevent muscles from getting weaker after not being used for extended periods of time. This finding has potential implications for patients undergoing neurorehabilitation, such as those who have suffered a stroke. It is also a major breakthrough for scientists and clinicians because it offers encouraging, new evidence about the role of the nervous system in muscle weakness. Full Story...
Postdoc Xilin Zhang advances nuclear theory    Nov 21
Xilin Zhang, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Physics & Astronomy,  recently completed an Intensity Frontier Fellowship co-sponsored by Fermilab, a U.S. Department of Energy particle physics and accelerator laboratory in Illinois. Full Story...
Nov 24
Discovery of twisted spins in nanoscale flatland merits accelerated publish date Nov 21
Diego Mastrogiuseppe, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, and faculty members Dr. Nancy Sandler and Dr. Sergio Ulloa, have discovered a new way to control the interaction of magnetic impurities at the nanoscale level. Full Story...
Nov 21
Physics & Astronomy interns learn by doing Nov 21
This summer, 21 majors participated in internships administered through the Department of Physics & Astronomy’s undergraduate summer research program. Full Story...
Nov 20
Why OHIO students should think about summer research internships now Nov 20
How do students find out about these internships and apply? The Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity is sponsoring two workshops Dec. 2 and 3 to guide students through the process. Full Story...
Nov 18
OHIO scientists contribute to analysis of new fossil mammal found in Madagascar Nov 18
Ohio University scientist Patrick O'Connor and graduate fellow Waymon Holloway are part of a research team that described the skull and neuroanatomy of a new species of fossil mammal found in Madagascar. The finding was published in the journal Nature earlier this month and received international media coverage in publications such as The New York Times. Full Story...
Nov 17
Dina Lopez to discuss pesticides and health at Nov. 19 Science Café Nov 17
The faculty member will present “Reflection of use of Agrochemicals: Illness vs. Food Supply,” at 5 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 19, in the Baker Center Front Room. Full Story...
OHIO faculty, students can get free memberships to Ohio Academy of Science Nov 17
Ohio University now has an institutional membership with The Ohio Academy of Science, which allows faculty and students to join at no cost. Full Story...
Nov 11
Veterans Story: 'I didn't have to go into the military to get shot at' Nov 11
"I didn't have to go into the military to get shot at," says Chris Derr, a veteran telling his story to help other veterans. Full Story...
Nov 7
Geoff Dabelko to discuss link between environmental issues and security Nov. 12 Nov 7
What is the connection between the environment and security? Geoff Dabelko, professor and director of environmental studies in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, will answer that question Nov. 12 at the next Ohio University Café Conversations event. Full Story...
Nov 5
Geology rocks the GSA in Vancouver Nov 5
Faculty, alumni, graduate students, and undergraduate students from Geological Sciences made a splash in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America's annual conference in October. Full Story...
How to get funding from OURC, Baker awards programs: Nov. 13 and 14 Nov 5
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Creativity Activity will host two workshops this month to help Ohio University faculty and staff learn how to access funding from the Ohio University Research Committee (OURC) and Baker Fund Awards Committee internal awards programs. Full Story...
Ohio University co-hosts third international conference on perpetual pavement Nov 5
Pavement experts from around the world convened in Columbus, Ohio, last week at the third International Conference on Perpetual Pavement, hosted by Ohio University’s Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment, part of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, and the Ohio Department of Transportation. Full Story...
Nov 4
November workshops offer tips on accessing Student Enhancement Award funding Nov 4
November workshops offer tips on accessing Student Enhancement Award funding Full Story...
Researchers pair math with microbiology expertise to prevent pneumonia in hospitals Nov 4
Todd Young and Erin Murphy received a $10,000 seed grant from the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine to study how to identify strains of bacteria growing on hospital ventilator filters. Full Story...
Nov 3
NIH funds Heritage College study examining Chagas disease transmission routes Nov 3
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has received a $407,558 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the geographic transmission patterns of the parasite that causes Chagas, a potentially fatal disease infecting about 11 million people in Mexico, Central America and South America. Mario Grijalva, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and director of the Tropical Disease Institute, is working with a collection of universities around the world to better understand how this deadly disease is disseminated in southern Ecuador and northern Peru. Full Story...
Oct 30
Astrophysicist Doug Clowe presents “The Dark Side of the Universe” at Nov. 5 Science Café Oct 30
Clowe, Ohio University associate professor of physics and astronomy, will discuss the various ways that scientists are seeking to detect dark matter at his Science Café presentation, "The Dark Side of the Universe," at 5 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 5 in the Baker Center Front Room. Full Story...
Marciniak's book explores injustice faced by 'illegal' and displaced people Oct 30
Dr. Katarzyna Marciniak's new book "Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent" explores how political activism, art, and popular culture challenge the discrimination and injustice faced by “illegal” and displaced peoples.<br /><br />The Ohio University Women's Center hosts an International Women's Coffee Hour and Book Party featuring Marciniak on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Women's Center in Baker Center 430. Full Story...
Oct 27
EBI founder Thomas Wagner returns Nov. 12 for talk on OHIO’s groundbreaking transgenic animal discovery Oct 27
Thomas Wagner, a retired distinguished professor of molecular and cellular biology at Ohio University, will present "The Path to and from the Discovery of Transgenic Animals" at 4 p.m., Wed., Nov. 12, at the Konneker Research Center, Building 25, The Ridges. Full Story...
Oct 22
Voinovich School Researchers Submit Study to Department of Energy Oct 22
After months of hard work, a research team from the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs submitted a Primary Headwater Stream and Wetland Mitigation Conceptual Design report to the U.S. Department of Energy earlier this month.<br /><br />This report is a part of the School’s work related to the ongoing cleanup activities at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) in Piketon, Ohio.<br /><br />This mitigation report provides information that the DOE, its contractors, and the public can use as decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of the site progresses. It’s possible that the cleanup process may affect natural water features in the area like streams and wetlands, and under the Clean Water Act, the DOE must find ways to offset any potential destruction.<br /> Full Story...
Oct 17
NIH awards $1.4 million to Heritage College to study muscle strength loss in seniors Oct 17
Weakened muscles in people over the age of 65 may not be caused by a loss of muscle mass. Provocative results from several studies suggest that reduced muscle function may be tied to brain and nervous system activity. Now, a $1,376,867 grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health to the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will allow researchers to more closely examine that connection.<br /> Full Story...
Oct 16
Jason Trembly to discuss hydraulic fracturing at Oct. 22 Science Café Oct 16
As the number of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," operations continues to grow in the United States, so does concern for the amount of water used in the mining process and the need for cleaning the wastewater byproduct. Full Story...
Oct 14
Dinosaur breathing study shows that noses enhanced smelling and cooled brain Oct 14
It's been millions of years since T. rex took its last breath, but a team led by Ohio University scientists is breathing life back into dinosaurs using high-powered computer simulations to model airflow through dinosaur snouts. The research has important implications for how dinosaurs used their noses to not only breathe but to enhance the sense of smell and cool their brains.<br /> Full Story...
Loreen Giese discusses “Courtship and Cruelty” at Oct. 15 Café Conversations Oct 14
Loreen Giese, professor of English, will offer a new look at early modern courtship and marriage in daily life and in famous scenes in two Shakespeare plays during her Café Conversation, "Courtship and Cruelty," 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15 in the Baker Center Front Room.<br /> Full Story...
Registration opens for Startup Weekend Athens Nov. 14-16 Oct 14
This 54-hour program brings together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, engineers and business experts to pitch an idea and turn it into a viable startup company. Full Story...
Oct 7
Anatomy of a Bobcat: Scientists reveal new images of the famed feline behind the OHIO mascot Oct 7
In honor of Homecoming, Lawrence Witmer, a professor of anatomy in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and biological sciences doctoral student Don Cerio have launched the Visible Interactive Bobcat website. Full Story...
Oct 1
Science Café Oct. 8: Brooke Hallowell to discuss assessing comprehension in adults with neurological disorders Oct 1
Brooke Hallowell, Ohio University professor of communication sciences and disorders, has been developing novel eye tracking methods to assess comprehension in adults who have a variety of neurological disorders. Full Story...
Sep 29
NIH awards more than $3 million to fund Heritage College health research Sep 29
In the past two months, the National Institutes of Health have awarded more than $3 million to researchers at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. The funding will support the health-related studies of five college scientists. Full Story...
Sep 25
Innovation Center announces fall open house dates for 3D printer Sep 25
OHIO students, faculty and staff, as well as community members, can learn about how to use the 3D printer for research, creative work and entrepreneurial activities. Full Story...
Sep 22
Science Café presents a climate change conversation with Ryan Fogt Sept. 24 Sep 22
During the café, Fogt will discuss the differences between climate modeling and weather forecasting, the human influence on the climate and how climate models are wrong but still useful. Full Story...
Sep 18
Workshops: How to access funding from 1804 Fund, Konneker Fund Sept. 23 and 24 Sep 18
Workshops: How to access funding from 1804 Fund, Konneker Fund Sept. 23 and 24 Full Story...
Sep 15
Postdoc Spotlight: Meet Vasily Eremenko of the Department of Physics and Astronomy Sep 15
In honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week Sept. 15-19, the Office of Research Communications is spotlighting Ohio University postdoctoral fellows across campus. Full Story...
Sep 12
Postdoc Spotlight: Meet Lana Oweidat of the Department of English Sep 12
In honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week Sept. 15-19, the Office of Research Communications is spotlighting Ohio University postdoctoral fellows across campus. Full Story...
Sep 11
Paschal Younge launches 2014-15 Café Conversations with African music presentation Sep 11
Younge will launch the 2014-15 Café Conversation series with "African Music, A Big Bowl of Salad: The Interdisciplinarity of the Musical Art of Ghana" at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17 in the Ohio University Baker Center Front Room. Full Story...
Postdoc Spotlight: Meet Omar Movil of the Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research Sep 11
In honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week Sept. 15-19, the Office of Research Communications is spotlighting Ohio University postdoctoral fellows across campus. Full Story...
Sep 8
Monica Burdick kicks off 2014-15 Science Café series with stem cell discussion Sep 8
Monica Burdick kicks off 2014-15 Science Café series with stem cell discussion Full Story...
OHIO paleontologists discover new species of titanosaurian dinosaur in Tanzania Sep 8
Graduate student Eric Gorscak is lead author on a study describing the rare find of a sauropod dinosaur skeleton from Africa Full Story...
Sep 4
How to find fellowships, grants and internships with Pivot, Sept. 10 and 11 Sep 4
How to find fellowships, grants and internships with Pivot, Sept. 10 and 11 Full Story...
Aug 26
'Ready for the science'—Destiny awaits Aug 26
Dr. Sarah Wyatt waited for it—the simple phrase that would signal one small step for Arabidopsis, one big step for mankind's knowledge of how plants respond to gravity. Full Story...
Houser describes new rapid-scanning Doppler radar system Aug 26
Dr. Jana Houser, Assistant Professor of Geography, co-authored an article on "A Mobile Rapid-Scanning X-band Polarimetric (RaXPol) Doppler Radar System" in the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. Full Story...
Li edits book on 'Environment and Sustainable Development in Asia' Aug 26
Dr. Jieli Li, Professor of Sociology at Ohio University, is the editor of a new book on "Environment and Sustainable Development in Asia, Volume 4," a series of Globalization, Development and Security in Asia. Singapore and London: World Scientific Publishing, 2014. Full Story...
Undergrads present 'Microhabitat Use of the Big Levels Salamander' Aug 26
Two Biological Sciences undergraduate students presented a paper at the 2014 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists July 30 to Aug. 4 in Chattanooga, TN. Full Story...
Aug 21
Stacy Strauss named associate director of Innovation Center Aug 21
Strauss will assist with facilities management, fundraising efforts, budget analysis, grant writing and other Innovation Center operations.<br /> Full Story...