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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...
Aug 20
Research funding and workshops available for faculty, staff and students Aug 20
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Creativity Activity offers several internal awards programs throughout the year to support the research, scholarship and creative activity of faculty, staff and students. Full Story...
Aug 15
Nominations open for 2014 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Aug 15
The Ohio University Foundation established the award to recognize current and former faculty members, students and alumni who have demonstrated excellence in innovation, invention, commercialization and entrepreneurship. Full Story...
Aug 6
Christopher Hayhow named director of Office of Research Compliance Aug 6
The office ensures that all Ohio University research meets university, state and federal regulations and policies. Full Story...
Graduate College announces 2014-15 Named Fellows Aug 6
Graduate College announces 2014-15 Named Fellows Full Story...
Aug 4
O'Keefe's 'The Visitors' is exploration of love, Emerald Island style Aug 4
A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review of Patrick O'Keeffe's novel The Visitors describes " the story of two contemporary Irish immigrants. Graduate student Jimmy Dwyer and real estate investor Kevin Lyons were never friends, but their families were linked by the friendship between their two fathers in rural Ireland. All four men’s lives were intertwined by friendship and their love of the sisters and daughters of the two patriarchs." Full Story...
Physics alum, professor explore optical constraints of semiconductor zinc oxide for first time Aug 4
"Recently, an extraordinary effort has been directed toward group II–VI semiconductors such as zinc oxide (ZnO) material ... because of its potential applications in the fields of electronic and optoelectronics," including solar cells and renewable energy storage, write an Ohio University alum and Physics & Astronomy professor who co-authored an Applied Surface Science journal article on "Multiple oscillator models for the optical constants of polycrystalline zinc oxide thin films over a wide wavelength range." Full Story...
Psychologists rank best talk therapies for ADHD in children and Teens? Aug 4
A careful review of talk therapies for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by Dr. Steve Evans, Dr. Julie Sarno Owens, and graduate student Nora Bunford from Ohio University's Psychology Department concluded that, among talk therapies, behavioral approaches and organizational interventions have the strongest scientific evidence supporting their use. Full Story...
Aug 1
Inside Out: Artist Rajorshi Ghosh shares his vantage point Aug 1
With photos, mixed media, video, and installations, the artist explores our relationship to place. Full Story...
Jul 17
Ohio University electrochemical engineering research center receives $379,000 NIST grant Jul 17
The Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research (CEER) at Ohio University has been granted $378,928 by the U.S. Department of Commerce and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to establish a consortium to support, sustain, and enhance U.S. manufacturing capacity in the nation's chemical industry and allied sectors through innovative electrochemical processes. Full Story...
Jul 7
How OHIO physicists unravel fundamental mysteries Jul 7
For people who study such tiny objects as protons, neutrons, quarks, and gluons, particle physicists do things big. Full Story...
Jun 25
Political scientist explores the role of fear, hatred, and anxiety in international conflicts Jun 25
Andrew Ross is the author of a recent book that explores the complex ways emotion impacts the political process in areas such as public responses to terrorism, ethnic conflict and nationalism, and international justice. Full Story...
Jun 19
Feature film to spotlight issue of sex trafficking Jun 19
Using locations in Athens County and West Virginia, filmmaker Pearl Gluck will begin shooting a drama about sex trafficking in early July. The film is based on her extensive research on the problem. Full Story...
Jun 18
Climate change in Athens County—been there, anthropologists find Jun 18
Picture Athens County today. Dense forests and rolling hills. But it hasn’t always looked like this. Climate change and human activity have combined, research suggests, to alter the hills of Southeastern Ohio many times over the past 3,000 years. Full Story...
Physics alum gets Jefferson Science Associates Thesis Prize Jun 18
A young researcher who worked on software development and data analysis for a major physics experiment conducted at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility has received an award for the thesis he wrote about his efforts. Full Story...
Jun 16
Trying to quit? Grant award allows the Voinovich School to try new approach to smoking cessation Jun 16
With help from researchers at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the Ohio Department of Health is trying out a new approach to smoking cessation that it hopes will help the estimated 70 percent of smokers who say they want to quit, but don’t know how.<br /><br />In April, a team led by Barry Oches, senior research associate at the Voinovoich School, won a $280,000 grant from ODH to implement the program in four Appalachian counties in southeastern Ohio. Over the next year, the team will train healthcare providers in Lawrence, Scioto, Gallia, and Ross counties to talk with their patients about smoking and connect them with resources that will help them kick the habit.<br /><br />“We’re hoping to tap into that 70 percent who want to quit but feel there’s nothing out there to help them or think they will be mocked by fellow smokers,” Oches said.<br /><br />Specifically, the Smoke-Free Families of Southeast Ohio Project targets women of child-bearing age, between the ages of 18 and 44, in hopes of addressing the harm smoking presents to developing fetuses and to children.<br /> Full Story...
Jun 13
Air Travel Support Program expands to cover conference trips for faculty, staff Jun 13
Ohio University has expanded its Air Travel Support Program to include conference trips and other venues where faculty and staff can disseminate research results and creative work. Full Story...
Jun 11
Biology student travels Appalachia to examine how climate change impacts amphibians Jun 11
Hiking through the trails of Appalachia, Ohio University graduate student Vincent Farallo focuses his attention on the ground, under the leaf litter, in search of small, colorful lungless salamanders. Full Story...
Jun 6
The Expert View: Alan Silver on trends in casino management Jun 6
Should the United States gamble on adding more casinos to boost the economy? It's a question that media have been asking faculty member Alan Silver. Full Story...
Jun 3
AMVETS and Ohio University student researchers celebrate a heartfelt connection over diabetes Jun 3
The AMVETS organization and Edison Biotechnology Institute recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of a unique collaboration that has propelled Ohio University students into the world of medical research on diabetes-related projects, led by John Kopchick, a longtime faculty member at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Full Story...
Jun 2
Brobst: 'Great Game' maneuvers continue on chessboard of Afghanistan Jun 2
Proxies, puppets, pawns. From the "Great Game" of British imperialism in the 19th century through the Cold War in the 20th century—conflict in Central Asia could still be looked at today as a continuation of hundreds of years of "proxy warfare" between the world's great powers.<br /><br />Dr. John Brobst, Associate Professor of History at Ohio University, authored an article on "Multiplayer Great Game: Nineteenth Century Maneuvers on the Chessboard of Afghanistan" in The<br />Fletcher Society Review. Full Story...
Collins writes book on sacrifice—The Head Beneath the Altar Jun 2
In his new book, The Head Beneath the Altar: Hindu Mythology and the Critique of Sacrifice, Dr. Brian Collins studies sacrifice in the origin of religion and culture, as portrayed in Hindu texts. Collins is the Drs. Ram and Sushila Gawande Chair in Indian Religion and Philosophy at Ohio University. Full Story...
Many states fail to improve rural education, study finds Jun 2
Many states have fallen behind in providing funding, implementing policies, and placing a high priority on improving rural and small-town schools—led by Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and Arizona—according to the new biennial Why Rural Matters 2013-14 report from the nonprofit Rural School and Community Trust. Full Story...
Phillips organizes Institute for Nuclear Theory Workshop; Elster & alum present Jun 2
Dr. Daniel Phillips, Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Ohio University, organized a five-day workshop at the national Institute for Nuclear Theory on "Few-body Universality in Atomic and Nuclear Physics: Recent Experimental and Theoretical Advances. Full Story...