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Hines, Students ID Potential Achilles Heel of COVID-19 Virus

A&S Research — Meet Our Stars

Ask the Experts about Coronavirus Vaccine, Herd Immunity, Work from Home—Ohio University faculty experts Dr. Jennifer Hines, Dr. Winfried Just, and Dr. Glenn Dutcher discuss the scientific research around the virus at OHIO, mathematical modeling of the virus spread, and the economic results of Covid-19.

 

Dr. Shiyong Wu meets with students in 2019.
Dr. Shiyong Wu was among several Ohio University researchers who received permission for an early return to their labs to conduct research on potential treatments for COVID-19.
Dr. Daniel Phillips, portrait
Dr. Daniel Phillips leads a $3.7 million project to advance nuclear physics experiments.
Dr. Julie Owens and Dr. Steve Evans have received a $3.2 million grant from the federal Institute of Education Sciences to study the effectiveness of a new professional development program for elementary schoolteachers.
Dr. Julie Owens and Dr. Steve Evans have received a $3.2 million grant from the federal Institute of Education Sciences to study

Explore Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

College of Arts & Sciences faculty and students ask a lot questions in their pursuit of new knowledge.

Ohio University is a research-intensive institution, and each year College of Arts & Sciences faculty and students produce dozens of books, hundreds of peer-reviewed articles, and hundreds of conference presentations.

Dr. Winfried Just discusses the ways in which mathematical models can predict the spread of infectious diseases like coronavirus.

Dr. Jana Houser recently provided new observational evidence for one of the two main theories of tornado formation: tornadoes can develop from the bottom up. The traditional explanation is that tornadoes form from the clouds down.

"The No. 1 thing about doing research—it’s fun," says Dr. Sarah Wyatt. "We do this because we’re curious. We want to know how something works. It’s a lot of hard work. But you have to keep reminding yourself: This is the information we’re looking for. And when you find it, you’re the first person to ever have seen it. You’re the first person to know this. That’s the coolest part."

 

“I accept the honor tonight and we celebrate it together, for all of the women, all of the gay people, all of the LGBT people who have worked so hard to produce important research here at OHIO,” said Dr. Susan Burgess, the first woman in the College of Arts & Sciences to be named a distinguished professor. “And for everyone who has worked to make OHIO a more welcoming and inclusive place over the years.”

Recent A&S Research News:

Madappa Prakash awarded most prestigious prize in nuclear astrophysics

Dr. Madappa Prakash, portraitThe American Physical Society awarded Dr. Madappa Prakash the 2022 Hans A. Bethe Prize, the most prestigious prize in the field of nuclear astrophysics, for his research about neutron stars and black holes. Prakash, professor in the Physics & Astronomy Department at Ohio University, was recognized “for fundamental contributions to […]

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Posted on 10/20/2021

Geology students, faculty showcase their work on paleontology and environmental issues

Ian Forsythe with fossils collected in the field displayed back in the lab in Clippinger.From Ohio University News Six graduate students and four faculty members from the Ohio University Geological Sciences Department shared their research at the recent Geological Society of America annual meeting Oct. 10-13. Five of the graduate students traveled to Portland, Arizona, to present their research in person, while another student […]

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Posted on 10/19/2021

Barr-Melej examines Chile’s path amid violent upheavals of the ‘Global 1968’

Patrick Barr-Melej, portrait with map of ChileFrom Ohio University News From Mexico City to Paris and beyond, 1968 saw massive protests, political violence, the assertion of new values, and explosions of artistic expression that together challenged dominant structures, ideologies, and sensibilities amid the Cold War. Even Ohio University would find itself closing amid riots in May […]

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Posted on 10/14/2021

Schenk to use desert flowers to pursue an unanswered question about macroevolution

Dr. John Schenk, portraitFrom Ohio University News What can researchers learn about evolution from a family of flowering desert plants common to North America? Quite a lot, especially if they can get a nearly complete picture of an entire genus and observe not just changes in form, but also changes in function. Scientists […]

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Posted on 08/16/2021

Sandal investigates Turkey’s political ambitions, religious populism in new publications

Dr. Nukhet Sandal, portrait in Baker Center atriumFrom Ohio University News Looking forward to vibrant discussions this fall with students Dr. Nukhet Sandal, teaching a course on Middle Eastern politics this fall, brings some fresh-off-the-presses perspective from two publications this summer about her research on Turkey’s politics. “While our news cycle here in the United States has […]

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Posted on 08/09/2021

Brian Collins dives into ancient Sanskrit poem and comes up with—a modern plotline?

Brian Collins, portraitFrom Ohio University News How does a non-traditional college student end up a preeminent scholar decoding an ancient Indian myth about a Hindu god with a resemblance to Oedipus? And why was he drawn to a dark character who could have been the model for Star Wars’ Kylo Ren? Dr. […]

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Posted on 07/15/2021

Ghirmai Negash talks about censorship and liberation, the life of an African writer

One of the prominent intellectuals and writers in his country, Ghirmai Negash had a leading role at the "Against all Odds Conference on African languages and literatures" in 2001 at Asmara, From right, Ghirmai Negash, Abdellatif Abdalla (Kenyan poet and professor at the University of Leipzing); Sheriff Hatata (Egyptian writer and writer; Nawal El Sadawi's spouse); Charles Cantalupo (poet and professor at Pennsylvania State University and organizer of the conference).From Ohio University News For many African writers, censorship can entail a lived experience as well as a current threat, even for those who emigrated to the United States. Ghirmai Negash danced close to the flame of censorship several times before arriving at Ohio University. So re-examining the impact of censorship on the […]

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Posted on 07/06/2021

Snell gets NSF grant to transform the model for examining climate change and forests

Rebecca Snell, portraitFrom Ohio University News Dr. Rebecca Snell will construct a new way to predict how forests might respond to climate change—filling in some big gaps in scientists’ methods and knowledge—thanks to a National Science Foundation grant designed for potentially transformative research. Her study will bridge the space between empirical studies where […]

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Posted on 07/06/2021

Curran searches for clues to human dispersal into Europe along the Danube River

Sabrina Curran, left, in lab in Romania with Claire Terhune (University of Arkansas).From Ohio University News Early human ancestors (hominins) dispersing from Africa into Eurasia 2 million years ago would have found a hospitable environment to enter Europe through southern Romania along the Danube River and its tributaries, says an Ohio University anthropologist. An international research team is working to find evidence […]

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Posted on 06/28/2021

OHIO physicists are getting even closer to the Big Bang, thanks to a new way to examine light from the past

Dr. Hee-Jong Seo, portraitFrom Ohio University News Ohio University physicists are using data from 20 years of ground-based observations of the night sky from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to tackle a fundamental physics question: “What are the initial conditions of the universe?” By initial, they are referring to the universe’s primordial growth […]

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Posted on 06/28/2021