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Research & Innovation News

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...
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...