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June 2014

BY THE NUMBERS

Awards by Sponsor:
May 1, 2014, through May 31, 2014

SPONSOR NO. OF
AWARDS
AWARDS
AMOUNT
National Institutes of Health 71 $15,947,044
National Science Foundation 22 $3,885,508
Department of Defense 25 $4,707,447
Department of Energy 10 $2,796,699
Department of Agriculture 5 $259,571
Department of Labor 2 $2,984,236
Other Federal 20 $5,884,942
Total Federal 155 $36,465,447
Industry 175 $3,991,957
State of Ohio 9 $830,843
Private Agencies 47 $1,853,989
Colleges and Universities 4 $31,500
Total Non-Federal 235 $6,708,289
TOTAL 390 $43,173,736

THIS JUST IN...

$21M Ohio Third Frontier award to create neurotechnology hub

Ali RezaiThe Ohio Third Frontier Commission has approved $21 million in Technology Commercialization Center funds to form the Neurotechnology Innovations Translator (NIT) in collaboration with Ohio State to help create neurotechnology companies and high-tech jobs in Ohio. The NIT will provide a comprehensive concept-to-clinic infrastructure and efficient pathway to validate technologies, optimize their probability for success and accelerate their commercialization for use in patients. Dr. Ali Rezai, director of Ohio State’s Neuroscience Program and an international leader in developing neuromodulation technologies, is the principal investigator. Kevin Wasserstein, a seasoned operational business executive and venture capitalist, is the managing director of NIT.

Student team wins national EcoCAR 2 competition

EcoCAR teamThe Ohio State student team from the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) finished first overall in EcoCAR 2: Plugging into the Future, a three-year competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors and 30 other government and industry leaders. The Ohio State team also earned an award in every individual event category. EcoCAR 2 gave students real-world automotive engineering experience as they worked to improve the environmental impact and energy efficiency of an already highly-efficient vehicle (2013 Chevrolet Malibu). Fifteen competing universities gathered at the General Motors Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan, for rigorous vehicle testing and evaluation on drive quality and environmental impact. From there, the competition moved to Washington, D.C., for a second round of judging by automotive industry experts and vehicle demonstrations for elected officials. The Ohio State team of 15 graduate students and 30 undergraduate students represents a wide range of majors, including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, business and photography. Team advisors are Shawn Midlam-Mohler, assistant clinical professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Giorgio Rizzoni, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of CAR. The team will continue on in the next competition series—EcoCAR 3, a four-year automotive program to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro into a high performance hybrid vehicle.

RESEARCH NEWS

Low-cost mobile eye exam wins innovation prize

CheckMelissa Bailey, associate professor of optometry, won the first $10,000 health-care innovation prize in the Big Ideas for Health competition hosted by the IDEA Studio for Healthcare and Design at the Wexner Medical Center. Bailey invented a software application for use on a mobile device that will allow health care practitioners to make many different measurements of the eye, including an estimate of a patient’s glasses prescription and a new, automated measurement of eye alignment. Because of the dramatically simplified hardware and ease of use, this device can be used by health care providers in any location. The competition was launched at the start of the 2013-2014 academic year, through the Big IDEAs for Health forum, to allow faculty, staff, students and the community to connect and pitch new ideas for health care products, services or companies. More than 90 ideas were considered by the panel of judges.

Buckeye Current finishes third in Isle of Man TT race

Buckeye Current The Buckeye Current motorcycle team, out of the Center for Automotive Research, placed third in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) Zero race for the second year in a row. The only U.S. collegiate team to compete this year among a field of professional competitors, Buckeye Current set a new collegiate record with an average speed of 93.531 mph. This year’s bike featured improved aerodynamics, a lighter, stronger frame and a state-of-the-art electronic system. The team continued their tradition of competing on a shoestring budget against multi-million dollar professional teams. Their 2014 budget of $30,000 came from corporate sponsors and private donations.

Next generation of bioethics leaders 

 parasidisEfthimios Parasidis, assistant professor of law and public health, is one of three researchers selected to receive a 2014-2017 Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics award. The program provides outstanding young bioethics researchers with 50% salary support for three years to develop their research programs, as well as feedback on their research, mentoring from senior bioethicists and opportunities to develop collaborations with other researchers. The program will also help the scholars disseminate their research findings beyond peer-reviewed professional journals to a wider audience, including patients, the public and policy makers. Parasidis’ research focuses on the regulation of medical products and human subjects research, the interplay between health law and intellectual property and the application of health information technology to public health policy. His project titled "The Military Biomedical Complex: How National Security Impacts Military Medicine and Research" examines the proliferation of innovative medical products and biomedical enhancements and the associated clinical, bioethical and legal concerns, particularly in the military context. He is Ohio State’s first Greenwall Scholar.

Chi receives junior faculty enhancement award 

Yuejie ChiYuejie Chi, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical informatics, has received a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) organization. The award provides seed money for junior faculty at ORAU institutions in engineering and applied science; life sciences; mathematics/computer science; physical sciences; and policy, management or education. The awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and lead to new funding opportunities. Recipients receive $5,000 from ORAU and a $5,000 match from their institution. Chi’s research focuses on high-dimensional data analysis, statistical signal processing, machine learning, especially sparse and low-rank methods, and their applications in communications, network inference, biological signal processing and active sensing.

Yuricich earns prestigious Astronaut Scholarship 

Astronaut ScholarshipJillian Yuricich, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering, has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, established in 1984 by the six surviving astronauts on the original Mercury Seven. The scholarship was designed to support top science, technology, engineering and mathematics students who have conducted considerable research in the lab and in the field. Yuricich, who has aspired to be an astronaut since she was a child, is the first Ohio State student to receive the award. She completed an internship last fall at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, working in the world's largest wind tunnel, identifying turbulence levels at the wind tunnel's inlet due to upwind blockages. This summer, she is an intern at the Naval Air Warfare Center in the Advanced Aircraft Design Branch, Fighters/Bombers division at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland.

Ohio State, Michigan partner to tackle oral cancer

Ohio State University and the University of Michigan have signed an exclusive worldwide agreement with Ohio-based Venture Therapeutics, Inc., to form a new company to develop and commercialize a technology to treat precancerous oral lesions. Ohio State, through the Ohio State Innovation Foundation and the Drug Development Institute, and the University of Michigan licensed the intellectual property to newly formed Sirona Therapeutics. The pharmaceutical technology, developed by researchers in the College of Dentistry (Susan Mallery, professor of oral and maxillofacial pathology, and Peter Larsen, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery) and the University of Michigan, addresses an unmet need related to oral cancer prevention. Because precancerous lesions can be seen and touched by patients, local drug delivery via an oral patch applied directly to the lesions can be used for treatment without causing systemic adverse side effects. Ohio State and Venture Therapeutics will work together throughout the drug development process, including commercialization of the technology. Venture Therapeutics will be responsible for the drug development activities including formulation development, clinical trial batch manufacture, clinical trial and bio-analytical activities and regulatory affairs. Ohio State will provide assistance with transfer of intellectual property, clinical trials, recruitment of patients, patient biopsies, surgical suites and pharmacokinetic analysis.

Environmental policy grads receive summer grants 

Three Ohio State graduate students have been awarded 2014 Environmental Policy Initiative (EPI) summer research grants. The program offers annual $4,000 research grants to graduate students preparing doctoral dissertation proposals for work in environmental policy. EPI aims to stimulate and focus systematic collaboration in environmental policy through research, graduate and undergraduate education, communication with the policy community and interaction with the national and international community of scholars in environmental policy. Elizabeth Gardiner, anthropology, Chris Hartmann, geography and Nicholas Irwin, agricultural, environmental and development economics, have each received the award. Gardiner will study the impact that land acquisitions by local companies, international corporations and foreign entities have had on food security and livelihood sustainability in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Hartmann will examine the roll out of a national health and well-being campaign, Vivir Bonito (Live Pretty), and the modernization of Managua, Nicaragua’s only municipal waste site. Irwin will extend his research on the impact of stormwater management practices in suburban settings to investigate the issue in urban locales.

FOCUS ON DISCOVERY THEMES

World’s largest cancer collaboration for big data

ORIEN artThe Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center has joined forces with Tampa, Florida-based Moffitt Cancer Center to form the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN), a unique research partnership and the largest collaboration of its kind to accelerate discoveries in cancer research. ORIEN provides the ability to leverage multiple data sources and match patients to targeted treatment using Total Cancer Care®, a common protocol that tracks a patient’s molecular, clinical and epidemiological data and follows them throughout their lifetime. ORIEN also provides access to one of the world’s largest clinically annotated cancer tissue repositories and data from more than 100,000 patients. Access to ORIEN’s large, shared data warehouse provides researchers with a rapid-learning environment where they can more effectively work to match patients to clinical data and targeted treatments, develop competitive grant submissions and participate in collaborations and biomarker discovery projects with academic partners and pharmaceutical companies.

UPDATES

OBIC seeking Bioproduct Innovation of the Year nominations

Innovator of the year logoThe Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center (OBIC), located at Ohio State, is seeking nominations for its inaugural "Bioproduct Innovation of the Year" award, which will recognize leadership from the emerging biobased products industry. The award will be presented as part of the Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference which will be held in Columbus, Ohio, October 5-8, 2014. The goal of this first-of-its-kind event, hosted by OBIC, is to accelerate the manufacturing, distribution and use of biobased products. Biobased products that have been introduced into the market from April 1, 2013, to October 1, 2014, are eligible for nomination. The nomination deadline is August 31, 2014. Download the application.

IRB study team lookup tool launched

A new study team lookup tool, located within the “Protocol Lookup” application,” was recently launched by the Office of Responsible Research Practices (ORRP). The tool allows users to build a list of study team personnel and verify each team member’s Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) and conflict of interest (COI) completion statuses. Confirming a study team’s completion of these requirements prior to submission to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) can help increase the efficiency of processing a submission and prevent delays resulting from incomplete requirements. The tool can be found on the ORRP website.

NIH piloting modified biosketches

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has initiated a second round of pilots to assess a planned modification of the NIH biographical sketch (biosketch). The new biosketch format will extend the page limit from four to five pages and will allow researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science along with the historical background that framed their research. This description can outline the central finding(s) of their work, the influence of those finding(s) on their field and how those findings may have contributed to improvements in health or technology. For those involved in team science, it will allow the investigator to describe his/her specific role in the described work. Each of these descriptions can be supported by listing up to four relevant, peer-reviewed publications. Please note that the use of the enhanced biosketch format is restricted to those RFAs included in the pilot.
EVENTS

Research Expo

September 23, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ohio Union, Great Hall Meeting Room
 

State of
Research address and Innovator of the Year awards

October 31, 2014
8:30 a.m.
Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Theater

Stone Lab guest lecture series

Thursday evenings (mid-June through mid August)
 
Hear about current Lake Erie research and get status updates from representatives of state agencies. See the keynote lecture live on Gibraltar Island, tour the Aquatic Visitors Center and catch a live broadcast from there, or watch the live webcast from home. 
 
View the events calendar.

From Inception to Prescription: An Overview of Drug Discovery 

July 7, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
115 Biomedical Research Tower
460 W. 12th Avenue

Scientists from Charles River Laboratories International will discuss key steps in the lengthy and complex process of drug discovery. They will use a case study involving an agent that achieved breakthrough status and discuss processes and studies that are necessary to progress candidates into clinical trials for ultimate registration. Register.

Mentoring workshop for faculty

July 23 and 30, 2014
(must attend both sessions)
2 - 5 p.m.
260 Prior Hall
376 W. 10th Avenue
 
If you are a mentor or interested in being one, plan to attend the Mentor Training workshop for faculty presented by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. The training session offers a case-based approach to research mentoring. Topics include establishing expectations, effective communications, assessing understanding, addressing diversity and fostering independence. Karla Zadnik, College of Optometry, and Lisa Christian, College of Medicine, are the facilitators. Space is limited, so register early.

Save the date: Outreach and engagement event at COSI

July 30, 2014
10 a.m. - noon
COSI
333 W. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Ohio State's outreach and engagement partnerships with COSI will be highlighted including the Labs in Life pods and WOSU@COSI. Explore opportunities for future collaborations.

Sponsored by the the Office of Outreach and Engagement, the Office of Research, WOSU and COSI.

To attend, contact the Office of Outreach and Engagement or call Mark McCann at 614-247-1939 by July 28.
 

Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs
at Ohio State and Beyond

August 21, 2014
4 - 6 p.m.
Technology Commercialization Office
1524 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43201

Networking and sharing of ideas about moving research or innovation towards commercialization. Hosted by Gender Initiatives in STEMM, Project CEOS, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the Technology Commercialization Office.

Contact Stephanie Schumaker for more information.

Climate Exploration Series: Glaciers, Mountains & People

September 13, 2014
5 - 9 p.m.
Battelle Darby Creek
Metro Park Nature Center
1775 Darby Creek Drive
Galloway, OH 43119

An evening of family-friendly activities and a screening of the film Glacial Balance. Explore the mountains, glaciers, people and changing climate conditions along the spine of the Andes Mountains. 

Project partners include the Byrd Polar Research Center, Extension, 4-H, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory, and Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. 

For more information, call 614-688-8279.
 
OPPORTUNITIES & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Undergraduate Research Scholar award

Funding opportunity
 
Are you an undergraduate student interested in pursuing your first faculty-supervised research project or creative activity? If so, you can apply for a $1,000 Undergraduate Research Scholar award to get your project started. The Office of Undergraduate Education, in partnership with the Undergraduate Research Office, makes up to 300 awards each year to first-time undergraduate researchers. Applications are accepted year-round, on or before the first of each month.

U.S. Department of Defense Request for Information

Responses due: July 14, 2014

The Department of Defense is seeking input from industry and academia as part of an effort to select and scope the technology focus areas for future Institutes of Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs). The IMIs will be regionally centered public-private partnerships enabling the scale-up of advanced manufacturing technologies and processes, with the goal of successful transition of existing science and technology into the marketplace for both defense and commercial applications. This is only a request for information.

Postdoctoral Pelotonia Fellowship Program

Funding opportunity
Deadline: July 15, 2014

The Pelotonia Fellowship Program provides up to 12 two-year research fellowships for postdoctoral students interested in finding cures for cancer. Postdocs from any field of study may apply. Fellowships provide a competitive annual stipend based on NIH guidelines for postdoctoral fellows. Direct questions to Jeff Mason.

Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-up Fund

Funding opportunity
Deadline: July 30, 2014 (Technology Transfer Office Qualification Document)
 
The goal of the Ohio Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-up Fund (TVSF) is to create greater economic growth in Ohio based on start-up companies that commercialize technologies developed by Ohio institutions of higher education and other Ohio not-for-profit research institutions. The Technology Validation and Start-Up Fund has been designed to:
  • Support protected technologies developed at Ohio research institutions that need known validation/proof that will directly impact and enhance both their commercial viability and ability to support a start-up company
  • Support Ohio start-up and Ohio young companies that license validated/proven technologies from these Ohio research institutions.
Proposals are due August 6, 2014.

Call for Nominations: National Academy of Inventors Fellowship

Fellowship opportunity
Deadline: November 1, 2014

Election to National Academy of Inventors (NAI) fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. There are currently 244 NAI Fellows worldwide, representing 121 universities and non-profit research institutes. Collectively, they hold more than 9,000 issued U.S. patents. Ohio State has two NAI fellows.

Nominations for 2014 Fellows open July 1, 2014. Nominees must be a named inventor on at least one patent issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and must be affiliated with a university, nonprofit research institute or other academic entity.
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