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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...
Prehistoric jaws: Mapes' fossils put new bite in shark evolution Jun 2
The skull of a newly discovered 325-million-year-old shark-like species suggests that early cartilaginous and bony fishes have more to tell us about the early evolution of jawed vertebrates—including humans—than do modern sharks, as was previously thought. The new study, led by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History, shows that living sharks are actually quite advanced in evolutionary terms, despite having retained their basic “sharkiness” over millions of years. The research is published in April in the journal Nature. Full Story...
Three patents involving Ohio University chemists published Jun 2
The World Intellectual Property Organization published three patents involving Ohio University Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty. Full Story...
May 29
From robots to fuel cells: Spotlight on undergraduate engineering student research May 29
Courtney Paul is a chemical engineering major seeking to find an effective way to convert methane emissions from oil wells into new energy sources. Full Story...
May 27
Student playwright explores military issues in new works May 27
Graduate student Bianca Sams received a Student Enhancement Award to conduct research on sexual assault and post-traumatic stress disorder. Full Story...
May 20
Geologist Alycia Stigall uses clam-like brachiopod to learn how species compete, survive, or face extinction May 20
Stigall, an associate professor of geological sciences, investigates patterns of extinction and species formation over time, including during several of the major extinction events that have happened on Earth. Full Story...
May 14
Video series captures the experience of living with chronic illness May 14
After media scholar Jenny Nelson was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2010, she encountered two types of stories about the disorder, and neither of them felt right. Full Story...
May 5
How DNA barcoding can boost quality control for medical plant products May 5
Professor Allan Showalter has worked with a collaborator in Pakistan to sequence specific segments of DNA for 43 plants commonly used in herbal medicines and to create a database of findings. Full Story...
Apr 30
Baker Fund supports six faculty research, scholarship and creative projects this spring Apr 30
During the spring cycle of the Baker Fund awards, the university received 15 proposals requesting $170,805, including a record eight resubmissions. The Baker Fund committee selected six proposals totaling $69,567.  <br /> Full Story...
Apr 29
History student uses unique World War II collection to examine accounts of souvenir hunting, looting Apr 29
Graduate student Seth Givens explores the Ohio University Libraries' Cornelius Ryan Collection Full Story...
Apr 17
Climates past: From greenhouse to hothouse Apr 17
The Earth’s climate has gone from Greenhouse to Hothouse more than dozen times this eon. Each time, researchers say, magma brought the heat. Full Story...
How much appetite does soil have for climate change? Apr 17
Above the soil, trees and crops are dining on carbon dioxide—even grabbing more than scientists originally expected from the atmosphere. They might suck some of that carbon into their roots, or lay it down upon the soil as they wither with winter. Full Story...
Increased time on Facebook may lead to negative body image, new study finds Apr 17
Co-authored by Yusuf Kalyango, the study surveyed 881 college women in the Midwest on their Facebook use, body image and eating and exercise habits. The study is the first to associate time spent on Facebook with poor body image Full Story...
Student Expo 2014 winners announced (PHOTOS) Apr 17
More than 800 students presented at the Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo on April 10, 2014 at the Convocation Center. The winners of each judging category are now available online. Full Story...
Student helps Jeff Lab accelerate toward 12 gigaelectronvolts Apr 17
Physics & Astronomy graduate student Mongi Dlamini was helping April 1 when “the crown jewel of the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility sparkled its way into a new era,” as Science Daily described it. Full Story...
Todd Young named editor of mathematics research journal Apr 17
Dr. Todd Young, Professor of Mathematics at Ohio University, has been named Co-Editor-in-Chief of the research journal Dynamical Systems: An International Journal. Full Story...
Apr 14
What's the big idea? A look at new OHIO inventions Apr 14
A spotlight on seven new technologies under development by Ohio University scientists and engineers. Full Story...
Apr 10
Ohio Third Frontier awards grant to develop Ohio University 3-D visualization suite for aircraft Apr 10
Ohio University has received $50,000 from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission to develop 3-D visualization software that will improve the development and design of new aircraft. The technology was created by current and former students in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology's computer science program and is being commercialized through the university's Technology Transfer Office. Full Story...
Apr 8
Physics Student Finds Way to Differentiate Nanoscale Defects in Graphene Apr 8
Analyzing the motion of electrons, Ohio University researchers have developed a process to discriminate among different impurities in graphene–the strong, light and conductive material only one atom thick being studied for a variety of nanoscale applications. Full Story...
Apr 3
Supercontinents: Earth’s radical story of birth and destruction Apr 3
Gondwana. Rodinia. Nuna. Kenorland. Vaalbara. They sound like other worlds. They likely represent the past of this world. Full Story...
Apr 2
University to showcase student research projects April 10 Apr 2
University will showcase the original work of its students at the Student Research and Creative Activity Expo on Thursday, April 10. This year's Expo will feature more than 800 participants from 56 departments and schools. Full Story...
Mar 31
Kanawha Project Introduces Climate Change to Interdisciplinary Faculty and Students Mar 31
Kanawha Project Introduces Climate Change to Interdisciplinary Faculty and Students Full Story...
Noelker will give arts and aging talk April 3 Mar 31
Noelker will give arts and aging talk April 3 Full Story...
Student Expo offers WOUB students live event broadcast experience Mar 31
WOUB Public Media and the Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo have worked together for eight years to help communications students get live broadcasting experience. They will collaborate again during this year's event on April 10. Full Story...
Mar 25
Student Enhancement Awards provide $115,945 in funding during spring 2014 cycle Mar 25
Student Enhancement Awards provide $115,945 in funding during spring 2014 cycle Full Story...
Thompson invited talk: ‘Peril of African American men in higher education policy’ Mar 25
Dr. Debra Thompson, Assistant Professor of Political Science, gave an invited talk on March 5 as part of the Conversation Series at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. Full Story...
Mar 24
NSF creates industry electrochemical research center at OHIO Mar 24
The Center for Electrochemical Engineering at the Russ College of Engineering and Technology has received a National Science Foundation award to establish a new industry university cooperative research center in Athens. Full Story...
Mar 19
Oldest fossil evidence of modern African venomous snakes found in Tanzania Mar 19
Ohio University scientists have found the oldest definitive fossil evidence of modern, venomous snakes in Africa, according to a new study published March 19 in the journal PLOS ONE. Full Story...
Seven regional entrepreneurs, inventors receive 2013 Innovation Awards Mar 19
The awards, which celebrate creativity and innovation in southeastern Ohio, were announced March 18 at the annual gala. Full Story...
Mar 17
Senior Austin Way wins top honors at Physics Undergrad Research Conference Mar 17
Austin Way HTC Engineering Physics ‘14 received top honors at the recent 6th Annual Society of Physics Student Research Conference at Ohio University. His talk, “Fabrication of Photovoltaics,“ was voted ‘Best Presentation’ by a panel of faculty judges from the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Full Story...
Mar 14
Ohio University Research Committee selects six proposals for spring funding Mar 14
Ohio University Research Committee selects six proposals for spring funding Full Story...
Mar 13
Biologists track the impact of forest habitat change on warbler bird populations Mar 13
Research by Kelly Williams, a visiting professor of biological sciences and alumna of the doctoral program. Full Story...
Student Expo seeks judges for April 10 event Mar 13
Student Expo seeks judges for April 10 event Full Story...
Mar 10
Ross: 'Beyond Fear and Hatred in International Conflict' Mar 10
A new book by Dr. Andrew Ross, Assistant Professor of Political Science, looks at Mixed Emotions: Beyond Fear and Hatred in International Conflict (University of Chicago Press, 2013). Full Story...
Vis names newly discovered red algae after California professor Mar 10
Researchers at Ohio University in collaboration with European colleagues have named a new group of red algae Sheathia after CSUSM professor Dr. Bob Sheath, an aquatic biologist and one of the preeminent experts on North American freshwater algae. Full Story...
Mar 5
Software program can predict blood sugar crashes, spikes for patients with type 1 diabetes Mar 5
Ohio University engineers and endocrinologists seek to improve diabetes management. Full Story...