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Research & Innovation News

May 5
Graduate College announces 2015-16 Named Fellows May 5
Graduate College announces 2015-16 Named Fellows Full Story...
Instructional technology students explore how video games can trigger emotional responses May 5
Two Ohio University graduate students created “The Things We Carry,” a location-based video game that takes its users on a journey of the protagonist’s last lap around Athens before catching a flight to Australia. Full Story...
May 4
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine opens facility for clinical trials May 4
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has opened a facility for conducting clinical trials and studies involving human subjects. The Clinical & Translational Research Unit (CTRU), which is located in Irwin Hall on the Athens campus, provides support for all stages of clinical research from idea development to final reporting. The Heritage College hopes the CTRU will help take the college’s research program to the next level, putting it on par with other institutions that have high-profile clinical research programs. Full Story...
Apr 29
Spring 2015 Ohio Today Promotes Health Apr 29
The spring 2015 edition of Ohio Today celebrates manifold efforts in wellness by faculty, students, and alumni. Stories, photos, and online extras span physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. Full Story...
Apr 28
When older adults lose strength, the brain may be to blame Apr 28
Declining muscle strength is common as people age, which can lead to falls and affect a person’s ability to move and function independently. It’s often believed that a muscle’s strength is directly tied to its mass. However, researchers at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine have discovered that muscle weakness in aging populations occurs in part due to a breakdown in communication between the motor cortex, the part of the brain that controls voluntary movement, and muscles. Historically, the motor cortex was thought to affect movement and coordination but not muscle strength. Full Story...
Apr 27
Expo Spotlight: Ashley Maupin takes a new view of tornado damage Apr 27
Undergraduate geography student analyzes thermal imagery to understand impact of natural disasters. Full Story...
Apr 23
Expo Spotlight: Music students create compositions with innovative instruments Apr 23
Tired of the limitations of conventional instruments, Turner Matthews and Jake Schlaerth began creating their own. At the 2015 Student Expo, the duo debuted three novel instruments: a motor controlled harp, propane-tank drums and an interactive ceramic tile instrument. Full Story...
Innovation Strategy Letters of Intent due May 11 Apr 23
Ohio University faculty and staff interested in accessing funding from the Innovation Strategy must submit a letter of intent by Monday, May 11, 2015 to the Research Division’s LEO system. Full Story...
Apr 22
Expo Spotlight: Kareem El Damanhoury compares international media coverage Apr 22
Graduate student analyzes Al Jazeera America (AJA) and CNN’s domestic coverage of the 2014 Gaza War. Full Story...
How can students use Wikipedia in the classroom? Apr 22
OHIO's Claude Kantner Fellow Matthew Vetter examines how educators can teach writing and research skills through the free, online encyclopedia. Full Story...
NIH expert offers lessons on successful team-based science Apr 22
Research teams are most effective when they spur the “productive collisions” of scientific ideas while containing individual conflicts in the collaborative process, according to a federal expert on interdisciplinary research. Full Story...
Apr 17
Expo Spotlight: Juneann Garnett explores how communication can advance agricultural innovation in Guyana Apr 17
Juneann Garnett is a second-year graduate student pursuing her master's degree in Latin American studies with a certificate in development practice. She also is the 2014 recipient of Ohio University's John Cady Graduate Fellowship. Garnett currently is working on improving the information stream between researchers and farmers in Guyana, her native country. Full Story...
Expo Spotlight: Trevor Magnotti studies the posture of marching band students Apr 17
Magnotti is a master's student at Ohio University studying athletic training. For his thesis, he is measuring the postural stability of marching band students and how their instruments affect it. He presented his research at the  Ohio University Student Expo on April 9 in the Convocation Center. Full Story...
Apr 15
Help sessions offered for Innovation Strategy RFP process April 21-29 Apr 15
Help sessions offered for Innovation Strategy RFP process April 21-29 Full Story...
2015 Student Expo winners announced (PHOTOS) Apr 15
More than 800 students presented at the Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo on April 9, 2015. View the list of award winners and photos from the event. Full Story...
Apr 8
Student Expo preparation underway Apr 8
134 mini binder clips. 800 white name badges. 268 easels. 349 pizzas. To most people, this is just a standard inventory for a meet-and-greet. To those who have been working day in and day out since October, this inventory is the product of months of hard work. Full Story...
Apr 6
RSVP to April 13-16 Innovation Strategy information, collaboration events Apr 6
RSVP to April 13-16 Innovation Strategy information, collaboration events Full Story...
Student Research and Creative Activity Expo is Thursday Apr 6
The 2015 Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9. Full Story...
Apr 1
Five regional entrepreneurs, inventors receive Innovation Awards at 3rd annual event Apr 1
Five regional entrepreneurs and inventors have been named recipients of the 2014 Innovation Awards, which celebrate creativity and innovation in southeastern Ohio. Full Story...
University provides update on the Innovation Strategy Apr 1
As a part of the Innovation Strategy, a program is being launched to solicit proposal-driven investments to advance the University's innovation agenda. Full Story...
Mar 31
OHIO’s Innovation Center reports job, labor income impact on Athens County Mar 31
Business incubator reports highest economic contributions in a decade Full Story...
Mar 30
Gierlowski-Kordesch to discuss Jurassic landscape April 1 Feb 13
Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch, a professor of geological sciences, will talk about how sedimentology can reconstruct ancient environments during her Science Café discussion at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 1. Full Story...
Mar 26
Student Enhancement Awards provide $128,058 in funding this spring Mar 26
Ohio University Student Enhancement Awards provide $128,058 in funding during spring 2015 Full Story...
Mar 23
OHIO Collaborative on Aging will unite researchers, educators and students Mar 23
Ohio University has launched a new Collaborative on Aging to bring together researchers, educators, service providers and students with aging-related interests. Full Story...
Mar 18
From Athens to Africa: Connect Camps provide tools to affect community change Mar 18
For Faith Knutsen and Dr. Judith Millesen, March brought a nearly 8,000-mile journey to East Africa.<br /><br />Millesen, associate professor for the Voinovich School, and Knutsen, the associate director for TechGROWTH Ohio, traveled to Tanzania to co-facilitate workshops for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). These Connect Camps, which will take place in four different countries over the course of 2015, provide tools for those looking to make a change in their communities.<br /> Full Story...
Startup Weekend Athens awards business memberships and services to local entrepreneurs Mar 18
Entrepreneurs who developed the concept for a new website that connects subleasers to apartments and homes for rent won first place during Startup Weekend Athens March 13-15. The team was awarded a prize package worth $3,635 in Innovation Center and Athens Area Chamber of Commerce memberships as well as other business consulting services.<br /> Full Story...
Mar 16
Christopher France to discuss blood donation on Wednesday Mar 16
Christopher France, Ohio University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, has been studying blood donor recruitment and retention for 25 years and has developed simple strategies that help make the donation experience less intimidating. Full Story...
Mar 13
Communications scholar Devika Chawla explores the concept of home Mar 13
Through firsthand oral histories of three generations affected by Partition, Chawla examines how the idea of home echoes through these individuals' lives and shapes the way they view themselves. Full Story...
NIH awards $2.5 million to fund research on muscle strength, lower back pain Mar 13
James Thomas, director of research for the Division of Physical Therapy in Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences and Professions’ School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences, has received grants from the National Institutes of Health that are funding two randomized clinical trials that examine non-surgical interventions on reducing pain and disability in the lower back. Full Story...
Mar 10
Running: Why Are Men Faster than Women? Mar 10
When it comes to running, there's a gender gap between men and women that even elite training doesn't erase. Expert Chris Schwirian, a Biological Sciences lecturer at Ohio University, explains the differences in body composition and function between men and women. Full Story...
Mar 9
Cochlear implant pioneers, Russ Prize recipients detail invention’s capacity for good Mar 9
Two of the 2015 Russ Prize recipients discussed their development of the first microelectronic multichannel cochlear implant during a special Engineers Week Stocker Lecture on Thursday. Full Story...
Mar 4
Unlocking left-right asymmetry in nuclear systems Mar 4
Dr. Daniel Phillips, Professor of Physics at Ohio University, co-authored a ground-breaking paper describing how patterns of protons scattered in lab experiments can be explained by examining interactions between the quarks that make up the protons. Full Story...
Mar 2
Katherine Jellison to discuss first ladies on March 11 Mar 2
Professor Katherine Jellison will discuss how presidential first ladies have impacted American society on March 11 as part of the Café Conversations series. Full Story...
University mourns death of Assistant Vice President for Research Shane Gilkey Mar 2
The Ohio University community mourns the loss of Assistant Vice President for Research Shane Gilkey, who passed away on Friday, Feb. 27. Full Story...
Feb 26
Cochlear implant developers receive 2015 Russ Prize Feb 26
On Feb. 24, the National Academy of Engineering and Ohio University presented five recipients with the 2015 Russ Prize, the top bioengineering prize in the world. Full Story...
Konneker Medals awarded to OHIO alumni innovators in biotechnology, computer technology Feb 26
Rick Hawkins (BS '74) and Hua-Thye Chua (BSEE '59) will be recognized for their outstanding achievements at the 3rd annual Innovation Awards, to be held March 31. Full Story...
New political science faculty researches Muslims and legal identity in France Feb 26
The faculty affiliated with the Center for Law, Justice & Culture are all interested in connections between law and cultural, political, and social life. Exploring those connections often falls under law and society studies. For Dr. Jennifer Fredette, Assistant Professor of Political Science and one of the newest faculty members of the CLJC, law and society studies are “about going beyond texts themselves.” Full Story...
Seedlings germinated on Space Station arrive in Athens Feb 26
Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor cold—nothing stopped the special FedEx delivery from Kennedy Space Center to Ohio University this morning, Feb. 18. Full Story...
Student wins first place at international research symposium Feb 26
Katie Conlon, a junior majoring in HTC History, was awarded first place in the Creative Arts and Humanities category at the International Student Union’s International Research Symposium on February 20. Full Story...
Feb 23
Registration for 2015 Student Expo to close Friday, Feb. 27 Feb 23
Registration for 2015 Student Expo to close Friday, Feb. 27 Full Story...
Feb 12
Ira Flatow Discusses Science in Popular Culture During Kennedy Lecture Feb 12
Ira Flatow Discusses Science in Popular Culture During Kennedy Lecture Full Story...
Feb 11
Innovation Center announces graduation of Ecolibrium Solar to new Athens location Feb 11
The Innovation Center, Ohio University's technology business incubator, announces the graduation of Ecolibrium Solar. The company has moved to new headquarters at 260 W. Union St. in Athens, Ohio. Ecolibrium Solar, which manufactures mounting products for the PV solar industry, has been an Innovation Center client since 2011. Full Story...
Feb 9
Are you missing critical research materials? Feb 9
The OHIO Libraries is now accepting proposals for the Arts and Humanities Junior Faculty Endowment Fund, available to tenure-track faculty, and the 1804 Special Library Fund, available to faculty and graduate students. Full Story...
Heritage College faculty authors tell researchers how to survive, thrive in foreign lands Feb 9
An engaging new book by two Heritage College faculty members tells researchers how to avoid and cope with fieldwork disasters when working internationally. Full Story...
Feb 6
Pach to discuss Madonna and Reagan in Feb. 11 Café Conversations Feb 6
Pop singer Madonna and U.S. President Ronald Reagan have next to nothing in common it seems, except for one thing -- their influence on the 1980s. Ohio University Associate Professor of History Chester Pach will discuss how these two historical figures defined this time period on Feb. 11. Full Story...
Feb 4
Finalists announced for southeastern Ohio’s 3rd annual Innovation Awards Feb 4
March 31 gala to celebrate regional entrepreneurs, innovators Full Story...
Feb 3
Startup Weekend Athens returns to Ohio University March 13-15 Feb 3
Innovation Center seeks prospective entrepreneurs for event Full Story...
Jan 30
Innovation Center wins prestigious Athens Area Chamber of Commerce award Jan 30
The Athens Area Chamber of Commerce has honored the Ohio University Innovation Center with the 2014 Holzaepfel Award, the top economic development award in the region. Full Story...
Jan 29
Genetic researchers make advances in the fight against diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases Jan 29
When Felicia Nowak, M.D., Ph.D., first discovered Porf-2, a previously unknown gene, she knew she had found an important puzzle piece to understanding the developing brain. What she would later learn is that the gene may also be pivotal in the development of novel approaches to treat tumor growth, neurodegenerative diseases and diabetes complications. Full Story...
Jan 28
Science Café to address global change and agricultural productivity Feb. 4 Jan 28
David Rosenthal will address the need for mankind to produce enough food globally, which has been an ongoing concern in recent years. His talk will take place Feb. 4. 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4 Full Story...