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Caroline Whitacre, PhDOhio State is alive with the spirit of discovery and invention. The inquiry, scholarship, and accomplishments of the many talented faculty and student researchers are a fundamental part of the work of this great institution, and enhance every aspect of the university’s mission.

The tireless efforts of our researchers transcend traditional boundaries and take Ohio State to new heights of creativity and innovation. Their remarkable work magnifies the impact of teaching, service, and outreach, and is a critical component of our commitment to enrich the lives of our citizens. The advances achieved address important societal problems and help drive the economy of Ohio, the nation, and the world. And, the opportunity for students to engage in such a wide variety of groundbreaking research further enriches the outstanding educational experience that is Ohio State.

Each month we would like to help you learn more about research at Ohio State by sharing a sampling of the exciting new discoveries, technologies, scholarship, and creative works that come from the incredibly gifted faculty and students.

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Caroline Whitacre, PhD
Vice President for Research


Awards by Sponsor: August 1, 2013, through August 31, 2013

National Institutes of Health 93 $12,421,727
National Science Foundation 49 $15,084,281
Department of Education 14 $3,790,977
Department of Defense 25 $3,157,800
Department of Energy 18 $3,015,480
Department of Agriculture 8 $355,967
Department of Labor 2 $371,420
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 10 $870,176
Other Federal 18 $2,181,905
Total Federal 237 $41,249,733
Industry 224 $3,274,920
State of Ohio 11 $1,172,341
Private Agencies 43 $2,020,874
Colleges and Universities 10 $81,062
Total Non-Federal 288 $6,549,197
TOTAL 525 $47,798,930


Ohio State/Brazil collaborations to build on existing partnerships

Brazil and Ohio State partnership O-H-I-OOhio State University and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) will build upon existing partnerships and collaborate in new ways, as a result of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement that was signed in March 2013 to support research and innovation. The agreement called for Ohio State and FAPESP to each contribute $700,000 to begin a five-year program. 
A call for proposals was issued to encourage the formation of research collaborations. Researchers from any department and discipline affiliated with Ohio State and the Higher Education Research Institutions in the State of São Paulo were invited to submit collaborative proposals. Thirty-eight proposals, representing a wide range of disciplines, were received. Following a competitive review process coordinated by FAPESP and Ohio State, 24 proposals have been selected for funding. These awards represent seed funding, with a goal of securing additional support from funding agencies in the U.S. and Brazil.

Ohio State receives $18.7 M to establish Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science

Ohio State will receive an $18.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, to establish a research center devoted to the study of tobacco use patterns, industry marketing practices, and public perceptions. Ohio State’s center is one of 14 established nationally under the Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science Program to help the Food and Drug Administration put science behind its new role in regulating tobacco. Eighteen scientists from six colleges and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC) will work to reduce addiction and shed light on health problems arising from tobacco use among youths and adults in rural and urban settings. Mary Ellen Wewers, professor of health behavior and health promotion, and Peter Shields, deputy director of the OSUCCC, are the lead investigators.

Wilson receives NSF grant for Antarctic Network expansion

Terry Wilson POLENT projectTerry Wilson, professor of earth sciences, received nearly $4.2 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to expand the Polar Earth Observing Network (POLENET) - Antarctic Network (ANET) and advance understanding of geodynamic processes and their influence on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. ANET is a GPS and seismic network spanning West Antarctica and the Transantarctic Mountains. It is unique in that it records both GPS and seismic measurements, which together provide a means to answer critical questions about ice sheet behavior in a warming world. Visit the POLENET web site for more information.


Inaugural Funding Opportunity: Discovery Themes Initiative

The Discovery Themes Initiative (DTI) is a ten-year, multi-million dollar investment program that will accelerate the university’s responses to the global challenges of the 21st century by attracting new tenured and tenure-track faculty in the areas of Energy and Environment, Food Production and Security, and Health and Wellness. The addition of new faculty will accelerate innovation and move the university towards eminence in research and innovation, teaching and learning, and outreach and engagement.

The Request for Proposals (RFP), issued on September 16, 2013, is aimed at building the university’s data analytics capacity, an area that applies to all disciplines and overlaps and cuts across the three DTI areas. Proposals must demonstrate that hiring of new faculty to fill critical gaps will accelerate innovation and create transformational solutions to complex issues. Teams of faculty are invited to apply. Letters of intent are due November 1, 2013. Full proposals are due December 18, 2013.

Kramer to lead Industry Liaison Office

Daniel Kramer associate vice president and director of the Industry Liaison OfficeDaniel Kramer will assume the role of associate vice president in the Office of Research and director of the Industry Liaison Office (ILO) effective November 1, 2013. He will take the reins from Sharell Mikesell, associate vice president, who will retire from the university in December. In this new role, Kramer will work closely with Office of Research leaders and college deans to expand existing partnerships and create new industry-university collaborations that will build on the university’s core capabilities in learning, discovery, innovation, and services.

Exploring new spin-based thermal effects

Spin-based thermal effectsThe first large research initiative in spin and thermal electronics in the U.S. is taking place at Ohio State. Roberto Myers, professor of materials science and engineering, is leading a $6.25 million initiative to explore and develop materials with spin-mediated thermal properties that could lead to new materials and devices for thermal management and waste heat recovery. The highly-competitive Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) supports research teams of investigators that intersect several traditional science and engineering disciplines to accelerate research progress.

Developing new treatments for liver cancer

NIH logoAccording to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 31,640 new cases of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), one of the most common liver cancers, will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year. With a 10- to 20-percent survival rate, the prognosis for patients with HCC is poor. Thanks to a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Thomas Schmittgen, associate professor and chair, and Mitch Phelps, assistant professor, both in the division of pharmaceutics and pharmaceutical chemistry, will work to develop a novel cancer treatment based on a new class of biomolecules called microRNA, which serve as a very specific control point for how a gene operates.

Chronic stress and health: What’s the connection?

John Sheridan, professor and associate dean for researchIt is understood that social stressors negatively affect health and quality of life. But what do we know about the mechanisms that underlie these neurobehavioral deficits? With a $2.5 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, researchers from dentistry and medicine will continue their study of bi-directional communication between the brain and the immune system, leading to novel interventions to target myeloid cell trafficking to the central nervous system and attenuate prolonged neurobehavioral complications associated with stress. John Sheridan, professor and associate dean for research in the college of dentistry and associate director of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, leads the study.

Expanding Ohio State’s research portfolio

Marty Kress associate vice president for research developmentMarty Kress recently joined Ohio State as assistant vice president for research development in Ohio. Kress will focus his efforts on developing large-scale, collaborative research projects that integrate Ohio State’s assets with the university’s Discovery Themes as well as key state, national, and international initiatives. He will also work to expand Ohio State’s portfolio of projects funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of Defense, with an emphasis on the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Risk Management Research Laboratory in Cincinnati. Connect with Marty at


Extending Ohio State’s global reach

What happened when 20 Ohio State faculty and students traveled to Ethiopia to take part in the first comprehensive One Health Summer Institute? They had the opportunity to develop a sustainable and mutually beneficial partnership with hundreds of Ethiopian students, health care professionals, and policymakers to improve that nation’s well-being. The One Health Initiative, a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations in all aspects of health care for humans, animals, and the environment, represents the first time Ohio State’s seven health sciences colleges have teamed up for an international project of this magnitude. The first institute focused on improved screening and treatment for cervical cancer, rabies prevention and control methods, and food security and safety.


Reiser named IACUC chair

Peter Reiser IACUC chairPeter J. Reiser, professor of oral biology in the College of Dentistry and professor of physiology and cell biology in the College of Medicine, has been named chair of Ohio State’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IACUC oversees the responsible use of animals in university research and instructional activities.

NIH requires new electronic forms beginning September 25, 2013

Most proposals submitted to NIH on or after 9/25/13 will be required to use a new application forms package (Forms-C). Additional details.
  • Multi-project applications transitioning to electronic submission beginning with 9/25/13 due dates will also use the Forms-C package. The transition will be implemented by activity code. Additional details.
  • OSP’s best advice: Start your proposal preparation early and consult your sponsored program officer.
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Revolutionary Electron Microscopy Facility Grand Opening

The Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS), which opened its doors September 18, may hold the highest concentration of high-end microscopes in North America. This new hub for business and academia materials characterization will be home to $28 million of equipment, including 10 FEI electron microscopes, two X-ray diffractometer systems, facilities for nanoindentation, and an extensive array of sample preparation facilities. CEMAS faculty members expect the center to be ranked among the top ten electron microscopy facilities worldwide.

State of Research Address/
Innovator of the Year Awards

Wednesday, November 6
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.
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2014 Distinguished Scholar Award

Call for Nominations
Deadline: October 15

Battelle Engineering, Technology, and Human Affairs Endowment

Call for Proposals
Deadline: November 26

Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)

Funding Opportunity

Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) efforts involve teams of researchers investigating high priority topics and opportunities that intersect more than one traditional technical discipline. For many military problems, this multidisciplinary approach serves to stimulate innovations, accelerate research progress, and expedite transition of results into naval applications.

White papers are due October 15, 2013.
See the Broad Agency Announcement.
Did you know?

95% of all agbioscience research in Ohio is conducted at Ohio State

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