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Awards by Sponsor:
September 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013

National Institutes of Health 74 $11,926,321
National Science Foundation 42 $15,281,069
Department of Education 6 $1,232,304
Department of Defense 23 $5,710,825
Department of Energy 12 $1,747,894
Department of Agriculture 20 $2,524,525
Department of Labor 2 $698,015
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 11 $798,770
Other Federal 22 $3,166,702
Total Federal 212 $43,086,425
Industry 92 $2,046,848
State of Ohio 8 $3,260,947
Private Agencies 47 $1,730,987
Colleges and Universities 3 $50,227
Other Non-Federal 2 $160,303
Total Non-Federal 152 $7,249,312
TOTAL 364 $50,335,738


University’s chief wellness officer elected to Institute of Medicine

Bernadette MelynkBernadette Melnyk, Ohio State’s first chief wellness officer, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. The IOM, one of the National Academies, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Melnyk, who is also dean of the College of Nursing and associate vice president for health promotion, is an internationally-recognized expert in evidence-based practice, intervention research and child and adolescent mental health. Melnyk is among eight IOM members at Ohio State.

Ohio State named APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity University

Ohio State is one of 16 institutions designated as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The designation acknowledges universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development and community engagement. The other institutions that comprise the inaugural class of Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities are: Boise State University; California State University, Fresno; Northern Illinois University; The State University of New York; University of Central Florida; University of Cincinnati; University of Georgia; University of Idaho; University of Memphis; University of Michigan; University of Minnesota; University of Missouri; University of Oklahoma; University of Toledo; and Washington State University.

New transportation center to study driver behavior in crash situations

Center to Study Vehicle SafetyResearchers at Ohio State hope to save lives and reduce the severity of human injuries in auto accidents by taking a closer look at driver-vehicle interaction in the final seconds before a crash. The university’s new Crash Imminent Safety University Transportation Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, will focus on increasing understanding of technology design and improving the ways humans interact with intelligent, autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles. According to Umit Ozguner, professor of electrical and computer engineering and head of the center, “This research will become more critical in the years to come as even more advanced vehicles are developed." Partner universities include Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, North Carolina A&T State University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the University of Wisconsin.

Bench to bedside translational research gets $25.4 million boost

“bench to bedside” translational researchOhio State’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) will continue to accelerate basic science discoveries into life-saving medical advances, thanks to a $25.4 million competitive renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health. The CCTS, a collaboration between Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, connects hundreds of researchers across the state of Ohio with the resources needed to discover new techniques and treatments for today’s deadliest and costliest diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s, as well as a variety of disabling childhood illnesses like muscular dystrophy. The CCTS, led by Rebecca Jackson, professor of internal medicine and associate dean for clinical research in the College of Medicine, has been successful in creating partnerships, infrastructure and programs that drive innovation, training the next generation of scientists and making the research process more efficient.


Ohio State researchers contribute to “God particle” discovery

Higgs BosonThe 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to Peter Higgs, University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and François Englert, Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, for a theory of how particles acquire mass. In 1964, they proposed the theory independent of each other. In 2012, their ideas were confirmed by the discovery at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland, of a subatomic particle that came to be called the Higgs boson or “God particle.” Two research groups of some 3,000 scientists managed to extract the Higgs particle from billions of particle collisions. Eight Ohio State physicists were among the thousands of scientists worldwide who designed, built and ran experiments that would render the Higgs boson visible. In addition, scores of Ohio State students earned their degrees hunting the particle.

LSAMP alliance: Increasing underrepresented student success in STEM

Ohio State will lead an alliance of seven four-year institutions and four community colleges in Ohio to increase underrepresented student success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The alliance will share a $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, awarded through the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program. The alliance hopes to double the number of bachelor’s degrees completed in STEM fields by underrepresented minority students at partner institutions within five years. Barbara Fink, associate professor of optometry, will direct the Ohio-based program and lead the alliance to incorporate evidence-based strategies for successful recruitment, retention and degree completion. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will oversee the implementation of the grant.

Expanding access to longitudinal data systems

Randy OlsenNearly $500,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation will allow an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR) to expand the community of users of the Ohio Longitudinal Data Archive, a collection of state administrative data from education, higher education and labor. Led by Randall Olsen, professor of economics, the team will develop a shared research platform across multiple universities and state agencies. The archive is affiliated with the Ohio Education Research Center, a collaboration of six universities and four research organizations that connect research, education and policy for Ohio’s schools.

Bringing the university’s transformational cancer discoveries to patients

Ohio State has signed an exclusive world-wide agreement with Microlin Bio Inc., licensing a large portfolio of Ohio State’s groundbreaking cancer discoveries. The portfolio includes nearly 100 issued and pending microRNA patents that could lead to new, more effective and more targeted ways to diagnose and treat prostate, ovarian, colon and lung cancers. Additionally, Microlin Bio Inc. has licensed a novel nucleic acid delivery technology to transport these transformational therapies to cancer cells. Years in the making, these technologies were developed by Carlo Croce, College of Medicine and the Comprehensive Cancer Center; Robert Lee, College of Pharmacy; and collaborators from the National Cancer Institute.

Interdisciplinary team to study game-based

Ola AhlqvistResearchers from geography, physics, computer science and engineering have teamed up to develop and explore the innovative use of geospatial and gaming technology for teaching and learning of complex interdisciplinary subjects. With nearly $250,000 in continued funding from the National Science Foundation, the research team, led by Ola Ahlqvist, associate professor of geography, will build on their existing GeoGame prototype framework to further develop and design a web-based platform that merges Massive Multi-play Online Game (MMOG) software with online Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and mapping and sensor technology. They will create a learning environment that allows users to easily experiment and interact with real-world data and simulation models established by and for experts. The results of the project will contribute to the development of a new generation of learning tools that will give students a richer and more experiential understanding of the world.

OncoFilter student team receives additional funding

OncoFilter TeamOncoFilter, an Ohio State student team that took top honors in the 2013 Ohio State University Business Plan Competition, has earned another award that will help them navigate the path to commercialization of their novel cancer diagnostic technology. The team received a Stage 2 E-Team Program Grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance for their easy-to-use, cost-effective screening kit that tests blood samples to detect cancers at an earlier stage than is possible with products currently on the market. Team members include Kinshuk Mitra, a fourth-year biomedical engineering major; Brett Geiger, a PhD candidate in biomedical engineering; and Jeff Kessler, an undergraduate in the Fisher College of Business. Michael Tweedle, professor of radiology and Stephanie Spielman Chair in Cancer Imaging, is the principal investigator on the study.


Intelligent sprayer reduces pesticide use, off-target contamination

“intelligent” sprayer A new prototype for an intelligent sprayer can reduce pesticide use by growers up to 73 percent while reducing off-target contamination. Designed and developed by engineers from the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, the air-, laser- and computer-assisted device accurately targets spray applications, significantly reducing the amount and cost of pesticides for growers as well as the environmental risk of pesticide pollution. According to the researchers, this is the only sprayer of its kind in the world. It discharges sprays only when there is a tree in sight and matches the pesticide spray rate to the tree characteristics. The research began as part of a PhD dissertation by former Ohio State graduate student Yu Chen, under co-advisers Erdal Ozkan, an agricultural engineering professor and spray technology expert with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), and Heping Zhu, an adjunct assistant professor at the USDA-ARS Application Technology Research unit at OARDC. With a $1.8 million grant from the USDA, the sprayer was further refined and tested. The technology is now ready to be commercialized by sprayer companies.


Recovering from the federal shutdown

The government shutdown had a significant effect on both proposal submission and proposal review processes. Many agencies were unable to accept proposals. Two major funding agencies, NSF and NIH, have issued specific guidance on how they plan to resume operations.

Proposal submission

NSF has revised the due dates for proposals that had deadlines during the shutdown. There are no changes for proposals due after October 25.

NIH has extended most October deadlines to November, but not necessarily to the same day (e.g. R01 proposals originally due October 5 are now due November 12, as are K proposals that were due October 12). Check the revised due date list carefully to make sure you have the correct date. Due dates for November proposals are not being extended.

Because those submitting proposals for October now have more time to work on them, NIH is also providing an opportunity for anyone who submitted a proposal in advance of the October deadline to withdraw that proposal and submit a “refreshed” proposal. If you decide to accept this opportunity, please work with your Office of Sponsored Programs sponsored program officer to ensure that the process is coordinated appropriately.

Proposal review

NSF is still determining how it will manage review committee meetings that should have taken place during the shutdown.

NIH is postponing most, but not all, October reviews until winter. Therefore, proposal reviews will be delayed by one council meeting. As with the proposal submission process, NIH will be communicating with investigators who submitted proposals in advance of the October deadline, providing them with an opportunity to refresh their proposals.

FastLane, and NIH Commons are all likely to be overloaded in the coming weeks. It is strongly recommended that proposals be submitted as early as possible to avoid potential problems and/or delays.

Governor appoints David Williams to Third Frontier Advisory Board

Dean WilliamsDavid Williams, dean of the College of Engineering, has been appointed by Governor John Kasich to the Ohio Third Frontier Advisory Board. The 16-member Advisory Board comprises leaders from industry, academia and government who advise on strategic planning, general management and coordination of programs associated with the Ohio Third Frontier. Created in 2002, the $2.3 billion Ohio Third Frontier initiative provides funding to Ohio companies, universities, nonprofit research institutions and other organizations to create new technology-based products, companies, industries and jobs.

Check for IACUC policy updates

IACUC policy changesThe Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) continually reviews and updates policies regarding the care and use of animals at Ohio State. All policies, including several that were recently revised, are available on the IACUC website. The next edition of the Animal Care and Use newsletter will be available soon.
State of Research address

State of Research Address and
Innovator of the Year Awards

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Ohio Union (U.S. Bank Conference Theater)
Meet the 2013 Innovators at a reception immediately following the announcement in Woody’s Tavern.
Science Sundays

Science Sundays at Ohio State

Building the cosmos: How simulations shed light on the dark universe
Nov. 17, 2013
3-4 p.m.
Ohio Union (U.S. Bank Conference Theater)
Presenter: Risa Wechsler, Stanford University


A look at changing ice and changing ways of life 
Dec. 3-5, 2013
Researching climate change: Glacial balance with Dr. Lonnie Thompson
Dec. 5, 2013
7 p.m.
COSI (Downtown Columbus)
World-renowned researcher Lonnie Thompson will explain how science has allowed us to understand Earth’s past climate and how the choices we make today will impact the future.

Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs Endowment

Call for Proposals
Deadline: November 26 


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