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News Archive // 2015

Kopchick Awards provide $87,795 to OHIO student, faculty and staff researchers

The program offered grants and fellowships to advance research on topics such as obesity, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases. The recipients were recognized during a ceremony Nov. 14 in Nelson Commons. Read More  

How students can find and apply for summer internships: Dec. 1 workshop

The Research Division is hosting a workshop in December to help students learn how to find and apply for summer internships. Read More  

Geologist Alycia Stigall to discuss “Turning into Stone: A tale from life to death to the ultimate fossil” at Dec. 2 Science Café

Professor of geological sciences to discuss how fossils are created. Read More  

Chemist Jennifer Hines to present “Molecules … Museum … ACTION!” at Nov. 18 Science Café

Professor to discuss benefits of combining the arts with the sciences. Read More  

Innovation Center receives Top University Business Incubator in North America award from UBI Global

The Ohio University program was ranked #8 in the North American region and #3 in the United States. Read More  

OHIO student pursues health research, from medical implants to aerobic exercise

Undergraduate Lucas Harrison has participated in research projects that explore innovative approaches to surgery and fitness. Read More  

Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fund provides $56,218 for student projects

The funding program supported 49 Ohio University students this fall. Read More  

Q&A with Julianna Coleman: Shining a light on short stories by Ecuadorian women writers

The undergraduate student recipient of an Ohio University Student Enhancement Award talks about her literature research. Read More  

How OHIO students can apply for research and creative project funding through the Student Enhancement Awards

The Research Division is hosting two workshops in November to help Ohio University undergraduate, graduate and medical students learn how to access funding for their research, scholarship and creative activity. Read More  

Faculty and staff can apply for research and creative project funding through OURC, Baker programs

The Research Division is hosting two workshops in November to help faculty and staff learn how to submit proposals to the Ohio University Research Committee and Baker Fund. Read More  

Physiologist Anne Loucks presents “Fitness, Fatness, Fractures, Fertility and Food” at Nov. 4 Science Café

Loucks, professor of biological sciences, will discuss reproductive and skeletal health issues associated with women athletes. Read More  

Q&A with Yazmin Ahmad Rusli: Understanding how children comprehend spoken language

The graduate student recipient of an Ohio University Student Enhancement Award talks about her communication sciences research. Read More  

Internships take graduate student from Kinshasa to the prairies of South Dakota

Steven Richardson assisted national and international groups with their land conservation efforts. Read More  

Scholarship awards allow chemical engineering student to research oil and gas pipeline corrosion

Kody Wolfe, an undergraduate chemical engineering student in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, has received two scholarship awards from NACE International. Read More  

Chemistry student studies cold tolerance of algae in the search for renewable energy

Undergraduate Jacob Sieg was awarded a research internship at a national laboratory. Read More  

Ohio University ranks first in state for university research licensing revenue for fiscal year 2014

Institution is nationally competitive for research return on investment. Read More  

Photographer Stan Alost to present “‘Nobody wants to see that'—Images that disturb and our freedom to know,” at Oct. 28 Café Conversation

Alost, an Ohio University professor of visual communication, will talk about the ethics and politics of photojournalism at his Baker Center Front Room presentation. Read More  

Theater Delta to offer interactive presentations on graduate student issues Nov. 2 and 3

Ohio University invites graduate students to attend two events designed to spark discussion about student/faculty mentor relationships and research ethics and integrity. Read More  

Graduate College invites students to participate in 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition

How do you summarize an 80,000-word thesis in three minutes—for a general audience? Ohio University graduate students will have a chance to test their public speaking skills during the upcoming 3 Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. Read More  

Ohio University graduate students contribute to state online research center

A student’s thesis recently helped the state of Ohio hit a new milestone. Read More  

Nancy Sandler to present “Physics of New Materials: From Lasagna to Pancakes and Back” at Oct. 21 Science Café

Sandler, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will discuss new materials such as graphene. Read More  

Molecular biologist Sarah Wyatt presents “Anatomy of a Spaceflight” at Oct. 7 Science Café

Wyatt, a professor in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology, will lead a Science Café discussion on seedlings in space at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7 in Baker Center Front Room. Read More  

Economist Richard Vedder presents “America’s Leaders: You’re Harming Our Future” at Sept. 30 Café Conversation

Distinguished Professor to discuss economics and education at Baker Center event. Read More  

Postdoc Spotlight: Zineb Belarbi conducts research on pipeline corrosion

In honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week Sept. 21-25, the Office of Research Communications is spotlighting Ohio University postdoctoral fellows across campus. Read More  

Postdoc Spotlight: Kentaro Oki examines impact of aging on muscle

In honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week Sept. 21-25, the Office of Research Communications is spotlighting Ohio University postdoctoral fellows across campus. Read More  

Entrepreneurs invited to explore new business ideas at Startup Weekend Athens

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Find out Oct. 23-25 during Startup Weekend Athens, where the next great business idea could take flight. Read More  

Two comedies about graduate student life to screen Oct. 5

The Ohio University Graduate College and Student Affairs will host two free screenings of the The PHD Movie, a comedy about graduate student life, and its new sequel, The PHD Movie 2: Still in Grad School, on Monday, Oct. 5. Read More  

IIP Student Spotlight: Using communication to raise awareness of a silent killer

Claudia Nieto is working on a doctoral degree that combines public health and communication through Ohio University’s Individual Interdisciplinary Program (IIP). Read More  

Postdoc Spotlight: Meet Lingying Tong of Edison Biotechnology Institute

In honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week Sept. 21-25, the Office of Research Communications is spotlighting Ohio University postdoctoral fellows across campus. Read More  

Chen and Drabold receive $500K National Science Foundation grant for materials research

Physicists work on perfecting fast, energy-efficient materials for the next generation of flash memory devices. Read More  

Two NSF Graduate Research Fellowships awarded for research on brain anatomy and climate change

Catherine Early and Wesley Parker each have received three-year awards from a national program that recognizes outstanding students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Read More  

University and regional entrepreneurs to be featured on new WOUB series

Ohio entrepreneurship will be the featured topic of a new radio series produced by WOUB Public Media. Read More  

How a graduate student is using engineering and medical skills to help people with Type 1 diabetes

Biomedical engineering student LaDonya Jackson and endocrinologists in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine are testing the effectiveness of a new diagnostic tool. Read More  

Coming Home: Former inmates start a new life in Southeast Ohio with the help of a network of social services

Ohio University faculty members Solveig Spjeldnes and Lesli Johnson studied the impact of the Ohio Rural Recidivism Reduction Project. Read More  

Research Division announces student workshops, funding programs

The Research Division will host workshops throughout fall semester to help Ohio University undergraduate and graduate students learn how to access grants, fellowships and internships to support their research, scholarship and creative activity. Read More  

Nominations open for 2015 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

The Vice President for Research and Creative Activity is soliciting nominations for the 2015 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship. Read More  

PURF announces guideline changes for 2015-16 student research and creative activity funding

Workshops to be held Sept. 1 and 2 in Alden Library. Read More  

Variations on a Rhythm: Profile of percussionist Roger Braun

School of Music professor has traveled the globe with a versatile tool kit of instruments—from a rare boombakini to a rock ‘n’ roll drum set. Read More  

Ayesha Hardison examines the black female writers of the mid-20th century

The Ohio University scholar is the author of the recent book "Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature." Read More  

“Hidden mother” portraits reveal a historic moment in American photography

Laura Larson curates exhibit of late 19th century images of children. Read More  

Innovation Strategy receives 49 pre-proposals

Funding program attracts broad interest from OHIO faculty and staff. Read More  

Jimmy Tong: Four Decades of WISE Guidance

How a chemistry professor provided a pathway to science and engineering careers for local girls. Read More  

How a quest to combat malaria moved from student concept to business plan

Noah Rosenblatt won the 2015 Outstanding Student in Innovation Award for working with a team of entrepreneurs determined to solve a global health challenge. Read More  

Meteorology students move from forecasting to studying Antarctic climate change

How a team of geography researchers is solving a polar puzzle by reconstructing a century of weather data. Read More  

IIP program allows graduate student to merge art history and game design interests

Nathaniel Berger is working on a master’s degree in digital visual culture through Ohio University’s Individual Interdisciplinary Program. Read More  

Baker Fund awards $56,781 to faculty research and creative projects

During the spring cycle of the Baker Fund awards, the university received 10 proposals requesting $99,874. The Baker Fund committee selected six proposals totaling $56,781. Read More  

Liz Doyle explores how businesses can welcome women

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Sky Captains

For 50 years, Ohio University engineers have developed aviation technologies that have improved how we fly—with more innovations to come. Read More  

Ohio University Research Committee awards $47,380 during spring 2015 funding cycle

The Ohio University Research Committee has selected six faculty proposals for funding during its spring 2015 cycle. In total, the committee awarded $47,380. Read More  

Ohio University accepts 60 letters of intent for Innovation Strategy funding

Ohio University has accepted 60 letters of intent for the Innovation Strategy program, which will provide major funding for new research, teaching and operations initiatives this fall. Read More  

What is the environmental impact of cultivating agave as a biofuel?

Voinovich School graduate student Emily Kuzmick traveled to Arizona to study how growing the “century plant” for biofuel affects the wildlife ecosystem. She presented her findings at the 2015 Student Expo. Read More  

Jillian Descoteaux explores connections between athletic training and counseling in unique graduate program

How one student is designing her own doctoral degree through Ohio University’s Individual Interdisciplinary Program (IIP). Read More  

How reading comprehension can boost math scores

High school students who want to ace the math section of the ACT should brush up on their reading skills, according to an Ohio University study. Read More  

Instructional technology students explore how video games can trigger emotional responses

Two Ohio University graduate students created “The Things We Carry,” a location-based videogame that takes its users on a journey of the protagonist’s last lap around Athens before catching a flight to Australia. Read More  

Graduate College announces 2015-16 Named Fellows

Five Ohio University graduate students have received Named Fellowships from the Graduate College for the 2015-16 school year. Read More  

How Pauline Frederick paved the way for female broadcast journalists

A pioneer in journalism, Pauline Frederick broke into broadcasting at a time when few women were in its ranks. Marilyn Greenwald, professor of journalism at Ohio University, spent more than three years researching Frederick’s life and career for her book Pauline Frederick Reporting: A Pioneering Broadcaster Covers the Cold War. Read More  

Finding what’s left unsaid—and not shown—in film

From art house flicks to Saturday afternoon popcorn movies, films can act as a mirror to our collective desires and fears. But cinema scholars such as Ofer Eliaz also are fascinated by what they leave out. Read More  

Expo Spotlight: Music students create compositions with innovative instruments

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. Read More  

Expo Spotlight: Ashley Maupin takes a new view of tornado damage

Undergraduate geography student analyzes thermal imagery to understand impact of natural disasters. Read More  

Innovation Strategy Letters of Intent due May 11

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. Read More  

How can students use Wikipedia in the classroom?

Claude Kantner Fellow Matthew Vetter examines how educators can teach writing and research skills through the free, online encyclopedia. Read More  

Expo Spotlight: Kareem El Damanhoury compares international media coverage

Graduate student analyzes Al Jazeera America (AJA) and CNN’s domestic coverage of the 2014 Gaza War. Read More  

Expo Spotlight: Juneann Garnett explores how communication can advance agricultural innovation in Guyana

The graduate student seeks to ensure that farmers learn about new, more efficient agricultural practices as rapidly as possible. Read More  

Expo Spotlight: Trevor Magnotti studies the posture of marching band students

Athletic training student explores balance, stability in performing artists Read More  

Help sessions offered for Innovation Strategy RFP process April 21-29

The Research Division is offering three help sessions for faculty and staff seeking assistance with preparing proposals for the Innovation Strategy. Read More  

Expo to highlight original student research and creative work April 9

The university hosts the Student Research and Creative Activity Expo annually to demonstrate the results of its student research, scholarship and creative activity inside and outside of the classroom. Read More  

Five regional entrepreneurs, inventors receive Innovation Awards at 3rd annual event

Five regional entrepreneurs and inventors have been named recipients of the 2014 Innovation Awards, which celebrate creativity and innovation in southeastern Ohio. Read More  

Start Your Engines: Spotlight on Ohio University student startups

Entrepreneurs don’t need to wait until graduation to develop their own technologies or launch companies. Read More  

NASA project explores impact of gravity on plants

A team led by scientist Sarah Wyatt received NASA funding to pinpoint the genes that control plant responses to gravity. The information could improve our understanding of how plants can be cultivated on long-term space missions. Read More  

Biologists focus on the role of a key protein in human health and illness

Hearing loss. Birth defects. Cancer. What do these medical problems have in common? Two Ohio University biology researchers think that one tiny protein in the body may play a key role in regulating these issues. Read More  

Communications scholar Devika Chawla explores the concept of home

Through firsthand oral histories of three generations affected by Partition, Chawla explores how the idea of home echoes through these individuals’ lives and shapes the way they view themselves. Read More  

Student Expo seeks judges for April 10 event

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Innovation Center announces graduation of Ecolibrium Solar to new Athens location

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. Read More  

Finalists announced for southeastern Ohio’s 3rd annual Innovation Awards

Forty entrepreneurs and innovators in southeastern Ohio have been named finalists for the 3rd annual Innovation Awards, which celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation in the region. Read More  

Innovation Center wins prestigious Athens Area Chamber of Commerce award

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. Read More