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At the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment at OHIO, senior undergraduate mechanical engineering major Colton Nissen works on a section of the supercritical water reactor.

Photographer: Ben Siegel, BSVC ’02

Ohio Today Summer 2016

OHIO mechanical engineering major Rachel Schack, now a senior, attaches the rear wheel of a “higher roller” recumbent bicycle in spring 2015; she was on OHIO’s team that competed in the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge that summer in Florida.

Photographer: Rob Hardin, BSC ’08

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“Innovative” Ohio Today Spotlights Bobcat Ingenuity

OHIO abounds with innovations. For example, in transportation, Bobcats have assisted in the debut of a local mass-transit poetry bus, created a bus scheduling app for regional school districts, and hosted the 2016 Human Powered Vehicle Challenge. In eco-friendliness, OHIO faculty, staff, and students utilize state-of-the-art technology, personal storytelling, and citizen scientists to implement wearable air quality sensors, deployable water quality sensors, and unmanned aerial environmental monitoring. And in healthcare, Aggrey Otieno, MA ’11, employs digital-era methods to improve lives in his hometown of Korogocho, a settlement in Nairobi and the fourth-largest slum in Kenya.

Those are just some of the innovations and innovators to appear in the summer edition of Ohio Today in print—arriving now!—and at

Additional topics in the lineup:

  • OHIO’s new Innovation Strategy initiative supports cross-disciplinary teams of faculty and staff in research, scholarship, creativity, and teaching that confront 21st-century challenges.
  • UpGrade Athens County, which has several OHIO ties, encourages energy reduction and renewable energy in the region and wins awards and other kudos along the way.
  • Fish paleontologist Neil Shubin, who spoke at OHIO’s Kennedy Lecture Series a few months ago, argues that an ancient fish fossil links to human ancestry—and posts an audio interview with him.
  • Julie Brown, assistant professor of gerontology in the Department of Social and Public Health at the College of Health Sciences and Professions at OHIO, specializes in older adult use of technologies and stresses the notion of play for this demographic.
  • Nasra Mohamed, who earned a BFA in graphic design from OHIO in the spring, taps into her Somali heritage for her multimedia thesis.
  • A Social Media Analytics Research Team (SMART) Lab, launching this fall in the Scripps College of Communication, analyzes big data.

The summer 2016 edition includes many other innovative examples: 

  • Nadra Tyus, BS ’98, a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, remembers fighting the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia last year.  
  • Humorist Dinty W. Moore, professor of English and director of creative writing at OHIO, sends up 2015 innovations—and himself.
  • Alan Schaaf, BSCS ’10, founder of the image-hosting site, spends part of an afternoon talking to student entrepreneurs from the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology about their projects upon his return to the Athens Campus to receive an award.
  • The Walking and Running Clinic in the Gait Lab in the Grover Center enhances performance and mitigates injury for Bobcat athletes and weekend warriors.
  • Alumni included in “The Big Idea” from the summer 2009 edition update on their diverse careers in technology, writing, education, and transportation.
  • OHIO awards the 2015 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship to Winston Breeden III, BSC ’93, a visionary in product development, and Joseph Jachinowski, BSEE ’79, head of a trendsetting team pursuing cancer therapy, as documented in a photo gallery at

Pick up the edition for those innovations and more!

And go to the website for continuation of the coverage and further original material!!

Ohio Today, the alumni magazine of Ohio University, publishes three times a year. Its digital companion is These publications are free.

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