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Research & Innovation News

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 13
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...
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...
Jan 21
Science Café speaker to discuss nuclear reactions on Jan. 21 Jan 21
Carl R. Brune, professor of physics and astronomy and director of Ohio University's Accelerator Lab, will explain nuclear reactions during his Wednesday, Jan. 21, Science Café discussion titled, "Cosmic Cooking: the Origin of Elements," Full Story...
Jan 14
Registration for 2015 Student Expo now open Jan 14
Students can sign up for the annual showcase of research, scholarship and creative activity until Feb. 27 Full Story...
Jan 13
OURC, Baker awards offer more than $95,000 in funding to 10 faculty members Jan 13
The John C. Baker Fund and the Ohio University Research Committee awarded $95,175 total to 10 faculty proposals for research, scholarship and creative work during fall semester. Both internal awards programs now are accepting proposals for the spring cycle of funding in January and February. <br /><br /> Full Story...
Jan 12
Plant Biology Experiment Docking with Space Station Today Jan 12
Before dawn on Saturday, the SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying an Ohio University experiment finally headed to space after several weeks of launch delay. Ohio University’s Team Gravitron plants-and-gravity experiment launched Jan. 10 for the International Space Station. Full Story...
Jan 8
2015 Russ Prize awarded to cochlear implants innovators Jan 8
The 2015 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, the bioengineering profession's highest honor, has been awarded to five people for engineering cochlear implants that enable the deaf to hear. Full Story...
Jan 6
Nearly half-million dollar NIH grant awarded to study widespread virus affecting infants Jan 6
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $445,500 to Bonita Biegalke, Ph.D., associate professor of virology with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, to study a virus considered to be the main viral cause of mental retardation in infants. Full Story...
Winter 2015 research funding opportunities and workshops available for faculty, staff and students Jan 6
Winter 2015 research funding opportunities and workshops available for faculty, staff and students Full Story...
Dec 16
Kieliszewski named National Academy of Inventors fellow for drug delivery innovation Dec 16
Ohio University Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Marcia Kieliszewski has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for her development of an innovative suite of drug delivery technologies based on the glycoproteins in plants. Full Story...
Dec 12
NIH-funded Heritage College study examines how nerve damage affects eating Dec 12
A $445,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund an Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine study to more closely examine the effects of nerve damage that sometimes occurs during routine dental procedures. The lingual nerve, which runs in the floor of the mouth to enter the tongue, can be crushed or severed during dental work, particularly when molars are removed, causing intense pain, burning or numbness. Full Story...
Dec 10
Blast off: T-Minus and counting for Team Gravitron launch Dec 10
After more than a year of preparation, Ohio University's Team Gravitron plants-and-gravity experiment launches for the International Space Station on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 2:31 p.m. EDT aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Full Story...
Dec 9
New Kopchick awards support OHIO scientific and medical research Dec 9
Ten Ohio University students and one faculty member have received funding from three new research awards programs supported by a gift from John and Char Kopchick and contributions from five academic colleges and administrative units. Full Story...
Dec 8
Drug developed at the Heritage College offers potential hope for patients with type 2 diabetes Dec 8
A drug developed at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine shows promise in halting the onset of obesity-related type 2 diabetes. Lab results from preclinical studies found the drug made treatment groups, which were on a high fat diet, more insulin sensitive, halted an increase in fat mass, and prevented the onset of type 2 diabetes. Full Story...
Dec 2
Ryan Felice explores how bird tails evolved and aided hunting Dec 2
Forty-nine million years ago, a freshwater bird known as Limnofregata azygosternon lived in the ancient lakes of what is now Wyoming. Leaving behind only a few skeletons, it is hard to imagine how this extinct bird once looked and lived.<br />Thanks to the research of Ryan Felice, a doctoral student in biological sciences at Ohio University, we can now envision the tailbones and feathers of this ancient bird, revealing important information about how Limnofregata flew, hunted and lived. Full Story...
Dec 1
Justin Holub to discuss nature’s impact on innovation at Dec. 3 Science Cafe Dec 1
Nature's form and function have inspired countless innovations throughout recorded history, from architecture and engineering, to art and sculpture and even therapeutics and medicines. Justin Holub, an Ohio University assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, looks for inspiration from nature at the macro-, micro- and nanoscale levels. Full Story...
New evidence shows link between brain function and muscle strength Dec 1
Researchers at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine have found that mental imagery exercises can prevent muscles from getting weaker after not being used for extended periods of time. This finding has potential implications for patients undergoing neurorehabilitation, such as those who have suffered a stroke. It is also a major breakthrough for scientists and clinicians because it offers encouraging, new evidence about the role of the nervous system in muscle weakness. Full Story...
Postdoc Xilin Zhang advances nuclear theory    Nov 21
Xilin Zhang, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Physics & Astronomy,  recently completed an Intensity Frontier Fellowship co-sponsored by Fermilab, a U.S. Department of Energy particle physics and accelerator laboratory in Illinois. Full Story...
Nov 24
Discovery of twisted spins in nanoscale flatland merits accelerated publish date Nov 21
Diego Mastrogiuseppe, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, and faculty members Dr. Nancy Sandler and Dr. Sergio Ulloa, have discovered a new way to control the interaction of magnetic impurities at the nanoscale level. Full Story...
Nov 21
Physics & Astronomy interns learn by doing Nov 21
This summer, 21 majors participated in internships administered through the Department of Physics & Astronomy’s undergraduate summer research program. Full Story...
Nov 20
Why OHIO students should think about summer research internships now Nov 20
How do students find out about these internships and apply? The Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity is sponsoring two workshops Dec. 2 and 3 to guide students through the process. Full Story...
Nov 18
OHIO scientists contribute to analysis of new fossil mammal found in Madagascar Nov 18
Ohio University scientist Patrick O'Connor and graduate fellow Waymon Holloway are part of a research team that described the skull and neuroanatomy of a new species of fossil mammal found in Madagascar. The finding was published in the journal Nature earlier this month and received international media coverage in publications such as The New York Times. Full Story...
Nov 17
Dina Lopez to discuss pesticides and health at Nov. 19 Science Café Nov 17
The faculty member will present “Reflection of use of Agrochemicals: Illness vs. Food Supply,” at 5 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 19, in the Baker Center Front Room. Full Story...
OHIO faculty, students can get free memberships to Ohio Academy of Science Nov 17
Ohio University now has an institutional membership with The Ohio Academy of Science, which allows faculty and students to join at no cost. Full Story...
Nov 11
Veterans Story: 'I didn't have to go into the military to get shot at' Nov 11
"I didn't have to go into the military to get shot at," says Chris Derr, a veteran telling his story to help other veterans. Full Story...
Nov 7
Geoff Dabelko to discuss link between environmental issues and security Nov. 12 Nov 7
What is the connection between the environment and security? Geoff Dabelko, professor and director of environmental studies in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, will answer that question Nov. 12 at the next Ohio University Café Conversations event. Full Story...
Nov 5
Geology rocks the GSA in Vancouver Nov 5
Faculty, alumni, graduate students, and undergraduate students from Geological Sciences made a splash in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America's annual conference in October. Full Story...
How to get funding from OURC, Baker awards programs: Nov. 13 and 14 Nov 5
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Creativity Activity will host two workshops this month to help Ohio University faculty and staff learn how to access funding from the Ohio University Research Committee (OURC) and Baker Fund Awards Committee internal awards programs. Full Story...
Ohio University co-hosts third international conference on perpetual pavement Nov 5
Pavement experts from around the world convened in Columbus, Ohio, last week at the third International Conference on Perpetual Pavement, hosted by Ohio University’s Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment, part of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, and the Ohio Department of Transportation. Full Story...
Nov 4
November workshops offer tips on accessing Student Enhancement Award funding Nov 4
November workshops offer tips on accessing Student Enhancement Award funding Full Story...
Researchers pair math with microbiology expertise to prevent pneumonia in hospitals Nov 4
Todd Young and Erin Murphy received a $10,000 seed grant from the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine to study how to identify strains of bacteria growing on hospital ventilator filters. Full Story...
Nov 3
NIH funds Heritage College study examining Chagas disease transmission routes Nov 3
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has received a $407,558 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the geographic transmission patterns of the parasite that causes Chagas, a potentially fatal disease infecting about 11 million people in Mexico, Central America and South America. Mario Grijalva, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and director of the Tropical Disease Institute, is working with a collection of universities around the world to better understand how this deadly disease is disseminated in southern Ecuador and northern Peru. Full Story...
Oct 30
Astrophysicist Doug Clowe presents “The Dark Side of the Universe” at Nov. 5 Science Café Oct 30
Clowe, Ohio University associate professor of physics and astronomy, will discuss the various ways that scientists are seeking to detect dark matter at his Science Café presentation, "The Dark Side of the Universe," at 5 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 5 in the Baker Center Front Room. Full Story...