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McDavis, Gee discuss collaboration, research and development


Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis today welcomed Ohio State University President Gordon Gee to OHIO's Athens campus to discuss ongoing collaboration between the two institutions.

The meeting, which was part of Gee's annual tour of Ohio, took place at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.  

McDavis and Gee engaged in discussions on the role that the institutions play in statewide research and economic development, as well as the potential for further enhancing the ties between the two universities.

The visit also included project briefings on:  

•    Assuring Ohio’s Competitiveness in a Carbon-Constrained World

This collaborative project between Ohio University and Ohio State was recently awarded by the Ohio Department of Development to analyze the impacts of climate change legislation on Ohio’s economy. This project is the latest in a series of programs that have drawn the two universities together around low-carbon energy production, economic development, environmental mitigation and adaptation, and climate policy.

•    Ohio Research Scholars Clean Coal Partnership

Funded by a $10 million Third Frontier award ($5 million for each institution), this program has endowed linked professorships at Ohio University and Ohio State University, which will focus upon coal-to-liquids research (OU) and geologic carbon sequestration (OSU).

•    Centers for Entrepreneurship at Ohio University and OSU

Michael Camp, the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship housed in the Fischer School of Business at Ohio State University, is working with Ohio University toward the roll-out of its own Center for Entrepreneurship, a partnership between Ohio University’s College of Business and Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

The presidents will continue meeting in the coming months to increase collaboration between the two universities.