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OHIO Alumni: Washington, D.C. Newsletter

Get highlights of OHIO-related activities in our nation’s capital, including the achievements of fellow Bobcats in this D.C.-focused edition of the OHIO Alumni newsletter produced by the Ohio University Alumni Association.

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The National Academy of Engineering Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize

OHIO, in conjunction with the National Academy of Engineering, presents the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize, the largest bioengineering prize in the world, biennially every February at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Equivalent to the Nobel Prize, it has honored the creators of the implantable heart pacemaker, the cochlear implant, the automated DNA sequencer, and kidney dialysis, among other inventions that improve the human condition. The 2019 prize recognized Julio Palmaz, Leonard Pinchuk, John Simpson, Richard Schatz, and Paul Yock for innovations leading to the widespread adoption of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), previously known as angioplasty with stent or coronary angioplasty.


Federal Government Alumni Luncheon 

In 2011, the Voinovich School held the first Federal Government Alumni Luncheon in Washington D.C. Each year, attendees gather to share a meal, listen to distinguished speakers and honor the individual selected to receive Ohio University’s Outstanding Federal Government Alumnus award. Those honored include:


  • Margaret Hutzel, You Want Us to Do What? Using Evaluation Cases to Explore Developing Appropriate and Actionable Program Recommendations, American Evaluation Association conference, November 2017, Washington D.C.
  • G. Jason Jolley, Leveraging the EDA University Centers Program and Innovation & Economic Prosperities Universities Designation, Association of University Centers Annual Conference. March 2017. Washington, D.C.
  • Derek Kauneckis, Water Supplies, Human Decisions and Policy Institutions, American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting on Global Science Engagement on Climate, Water and the American Farmer. Sat., Feb. 13, 2016. Washington, D.C.
  • Marsha Lewis, Conducting Teacher-Labor Market Analyses, US Dept. of Education National Center for Education Statistics’ State Longitudinal Data Systems webinar, 2017.
  • OHIO and Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) co-sponsored the first annual Senator Voinovich Public Innovation Challenge at the NASPAA conference, October 2017, in Washington D.C. Faculty from New York University, University of Maryland and University of Texas at Austin were selected as finalists out of a strong pool of applicants. Each school had 15 minutes to present their innovative idea and respond to questions posed by a panel of national experts. The winner was the University of Maryland for their Do Good Campus initiative.
  • Mike Zimmer, Executive in Residence and Senior Fellow for the Voinovich School and Russ College of Engineering and Technology, presented jointly at the IDEA conference with Tom Stanton, who is associated with the National Regulatory Research Institute in Lansing, MI. The meeting had over 150 attendees, and Zimmer spoke in his capacity as Washington Counsel to the Microgrid Institute since 2013. International District Energy Association (IDEA) Annual Conference. October 30, 2018. Baltimore, MD
  • Mike Zimmer, Executive in Residence and Senior Fellow for the Voinovich School and Russ College of Engineering and Technology, invited guest lecturer to discuss the theme of smart energy as the foundation for smart city development. Local case studies were integrated as part of the presentation based upon experiences in Arlington and Alexandria Virginia, and the new emerging development opportunity with Amazon headquarters announced in Crystal City/Arlington, Virginia. George Washington University Master of Sustainable Urban Planning Program. November 13, 2018, Washington, D.C.
  • Geoff Dabelko, Senior Advisor, Environmental Change & Security Program, Wilson Center and Associate Dean / Professor of Environmental Studies at the Voinovich School, presented during a special full-day event highlighting innovative approaches to water, health and security as the Wilson Center celebrates its 50th anniversary. Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict, and Cooperation. November 28, 2018. Washington, D.C.