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May 2014


Awards by Sponsor:
April 1, 2014, through April 30, 2014

National Institutes of Health 122 $22,724,640
National Science Foundation 27 $3,020,766
Department of Education 2 $357,635
Department of Defense 31 $4,518,360
Department of Energy 12 $1,532,570
Department of Agriculture 6 $995,304
National Aeronautics and Space Administration 6 $877,928
Other Federal 18 $2,205,690
Total Federal 224 $36,232,893
Industry 184 $3,310,210
State of Ohio 8 $385,796
Private Agencies 42 $1,376,044
Colleges and Universities 7 $89,326
Other Non-Federal 1 $70,000
Total Non-Federal 242 $5,231,376
TOTAL 466 $41,464,268


Ohio State celebrates first Tillman Military Scholar

Greg FreisingerGreg Freisinger, a PhD student in mechanical engineering and a U.S. Army veteran who earned a Bronze Star for his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom, has been named Ohio State's first Tillman Military Scholar. In 2008, the Pat Tillman Foundation established the Tillman Military Scholars program to invest in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships, building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others. Ohio State was named a university partner by the Tillman Foundation earlier this year. Freisinger researches intra-operative knee laxity and outcomes following total knee replacement through a joint project with the Department of Orthopaedics and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He wants to be an advocate for wounded service members and initiate research programs that will advance the current state of rehabilitation and improve quality of life. Freisinger is one of 60 selected from over 7,500 applicants for this prestigious award. 


Ohio State student team wins inaugural HUD design competition

HUD design Compitition
A team of students from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, Knowlton School of Architecture and City and Regional Planning won the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) inaugural Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition. The team was challenged with preserving a historic structure, producing affordable housing and offering a supportive environment for the homeless while considering design, community development and financing elements, needs of the intended residents, zoning restrictions and leveraging opportunities. They developed a plan to rehabilitate the Peter DeBaun House, a Revolutionary War-era structure in Bergen County, New Jersey, into new permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans. Team members include Donald Wiggins Jr. and Shanell Davis (John Glenn School of Public Affairs), Meghan Kaple (City and Regional Planning), and Brad Hosfeld and Kevin Schildwaster (Knowlton School of Architecture). The team will receive a $10,000 award.

Exploring therapeutics in tumor angiogenesis

Lee Nam Nam Lee, assistant professor of pharmacology, received a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute to determine ways to make FDA-approved drugs more effective in fighting tumor-associated angiogenesis (i.e., the way tumors recruit new blood vessels for growth). Lee’s project focuses on understanding the basic mechanisms by which endoglin, a protein located on cell surfaces, promotes tumor-associated angiogenesis. Lee and his team will look at several treatment options to determine ways to improve and make current drugs more effective in fighting angiogenesis.

Seven Outreach and Engagement Impact grants funded

Seven innovative research programs have been awarded 2014 Office of Outreach and Engagement Impact Grants totaling $300,000. The grant program supports university-community teams that apply creative scholarship, research and community service to address local, national and global societal challenges. The programs that received funding are:
  • OSU and South Africa Collaborate to Combat Antibiotic Resistant "Superbugs"; Team lead: Debra Goff, College of Pharmacy
  • Bold Booths: A New Strategy to Engage Columbus and its Infrastructures; Team lead: Beth Blostein, Knowlton School of Architecture
  • Creation of the Central Ohio Community Technology Clinic; Team lead: Kevin Passino, College of Engineering
  • Ghana Sustainable Change Program; Team lead: Jennifer Evans-Cowley, Knowlton School of Architecture
  • Inclusive and Equitable Neighborhood Revitalization on Columbus' Southside: A University and Community Partnership to Assure Diversity and Inclusion in the Neighborhood's Renaissance; Team lead: Jason Reece, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
  • Understanding Barriers to Reproductive Health Care Among Somali Women in Columbus, Ohio; Team lead: Allison Norris, College of Public Health
  • Camp NERF (Nutrition Education Recreation and Fitness): A Summer Intervention Designed to Empower Disadvantaged Children to Make Healthy Dietary and Physical Activity Choices and Prevent Unhealthy Weight Gain; Team lead: Carolyn Gunther, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Student team to compete in EcoCAR 3 competition

Eco Car
An Ohio State student team has been selected to participate in EcoCAR 3, an Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors. The AVTC’s mission is to encourage the development of alternative fuel technologies and advanced propulsion, as well as to provide students with professional, hands-on systems-level engineering experiences. The U.S. DOE and General Motors are challenging 16 North American universities to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid-electric car that will reduce environmental impact, while maintaining the muscle and performance expected from this iconic American car. While the model is the most technologically-advanced Camaro in the vehicle’s history, EcoCAR 3 teams will be tasked to incorporate innovative ideas, solve complex engineering challenges and apply the latest cutting-edge technologies. The EcoCAR team is currently finishing the third and final year of the  EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future competition, which challenged teams to redesign a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu into a more environmentally-friendly vehicle. The final competition for EcoCAR 2 will be held June 1-12 in Milford, Michigan, and Washington, D.C. 

Converting industrial carbon dioxide emissions into biofuels

Robert TabitaOakbio, a California-based clean tech company, and Ohio State will collaborate on a project to convert industrial carbon dioxide emissions into biofuels and chemicals, reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the process. The research will be funded with a $500,000 award from the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) of Alberta, Canada – part of CCEMC’s Innovative Carbon Use program. Oakbio will develop a system for converting carbon dioxide from Alberta industrial fluegas emissions into butanol and other biofuels using the system they developed for production of bioplastics. Robert Tabita, Ohio Eminent Scholar and professor of microbiology, will further develop this n-butanol production platform. The key underlying technology for this work was developed under a grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) performed at Ohio State.

Fourteen Ohio State students awarded Fulbright grants

Fourteen Ohio State students have been offered grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the academic year 2014-2015. Additionally, four students have been named Scholar Alternates. Fulbright grants offer one year of academic study, research or teaching assistantship experience in more than 155 countries. Over 1,900 grants are awarded annually to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries.

Ohio State, Hong Kong Baptist University establish dual PhD programs

Hong Kong and OSUThe College of Pharmacy and the College of Arts and Sciences (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) have formed an educational partnership with Hong Kong Baptist University’s (HKBU) Faculty of Science and School of Chinese Medicine to establish a dual PhD program. Graduates of the program will focus their research on drug discovery and biomedical science and will receive a PhD from both Ohio State and HKBU. Students will spend the first two years at HKBU and finish their degrees at Ohio State. HKBU has invested more than $144 million to develop facilities for the program. Recruitment for the inaugural autumn semester has begun. While HKBU plans to establish dual PhD programs with other U.S. universities, Ohio State is their first U.S. partner. 

Data analytics major to help address growing workforce needs

Autumn semester will see the launch of an undergraduate data analytics major at Ohio State – the first of its kind offered by a major research institution in the U.S. The new major will address needs of companies looking for employees with the skills to build and query large data sets. The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering are partnering to deliver core courses in computer sciences, mathematics and statistics. Students will choose one of three areas of specialization (biomedical informatics, business analytics and computational analytics) to learn how data analytics is applied in a particular field. Each specialization will include a capstone or integrative experiential component. Majors will receive a BS in data analytics from the College of Arts and Sciences. Christopher Hans, associate professor of statistics, and Srinivasan Parthasarathy, professor of computer and engineering science, are the program’s co-directors.

Rapid weight loss associated with cancer and chronic diseases

Martha BeluryA two-year, $361,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will allow Ohio State researchers to study rapid, dangerous weight loss often associated with cancer, chemotherapy and other serious diseases and their treatments. Martha Belury, Carol S. Kennedy Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition and a scientist with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, will explore cachexia, a hyper-metabolic condition that causes cellular changes resulting in increased energy consumption. The condition causes the body to quickly use up calories and draw energy from fat stores and muscle tissue. The resulting rapid loss in weight and muscle mass often leads to a poor prognosis and reduced quality of life for patients. There are currently no effective treatments for cancer cachexia, and the NCI estimates that it is the immediate cause of death in 20 to 40 percent of cancer patients. Belury hopes to find a way to interrupt the mechanisms that cause loss of fat stores, leading to new ways to treat cachexia and improve cancer survival rates. Peter Reiser, professor of biosciences in the College of Dentistry, and Rebecca Andridge, assistant professor of biostatistics in the College of Public Health, are co-investigators on the study.


IBM launches cognitive computing courses at Ohio State

IBM computing course Thanks to a partnership with IBM, students at seven top technology institutions will gain the technical knowledge and hands-on learning required to develop new cognitive computing applications. IBM will provide students at Ohio State; Carnegie Mellon University; New York University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; University of California, Berkeley; University of Michigan and the University of Texas – Austin with unprecedented access to one of the company’s most prized innovations – Watson. Watson is a cognitive technology that processes information more like a human than a computer – by understanding natural language, generating hypotheses based on evidence and learning as it goes. Ohio State students will have access to Watson via the Watson Developer Cloud. As a classroom, the students will select an industry to focus on and ultimately develop prototype apps and a business plan based on their Watson industry of choice. The initiative is part of an ongoing effort to expand and strengthen student skills and understanding of big data and analytics in order to meet the growing demand for highly skilled analytics workers. 


Nominate a speaker for the Discovery Themes Lecturer Program

Provost Joseph Steinmetz has issued a call for nominations for the 2014-2015 Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program. Lecturers should be eminent authorities from across the public and private sectors who can address topics related to the Discovery Themes. Faculty, staff and students are urged to submit nominations by June 6, 2014. 

Speakers wanted for TEDxColumbus 2014: STEAM

TEDxColumbus 2014 is looking for speakers and performers to "tease out the spokes" of STEAM: Education, energy, food, and emotion and as fuel for creativity and innovation. In the traditional TED approach, the types of talks accepted include an idea worth spreading; an amazing personal story; a stunning performance; a jaw-dropping technology demo; a brand new piece of work/research; a unique “how to”; a slide show of remarkable images; a review of a unique trend or set of data with a unique lens; or anything that would fascinate, excite, educate, inspire or delight.

Online application forms are due June 1, 2014. An open call for auditions will be held on June 3, 2014, from 7-9 p.m. 
Stone Labs Building

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.

Tools of the trade: Advancing your career in biomedical research

8 a.m.-noon
115 Biomedical Research Tower
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science is hosting a Tools of the Trade program for early career biomedical researchers. Researchers and research staff who are knowledgeable and skilled communicators will present information on getting protocols approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), grant writing do’s and don'ts, managing grants, informatics tools for research and getting manuscripts published. Register for the event.

Mentoring workshop for faculty

July 23 and 30, 2014
(must attend both sessions)
2-5 p.m.
260 Prior Hall

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. 

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 an Undergraduate Research Scholar award and receive $1,000 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.

ARPA-E funding opportunities

Funding opportunity
Deadline: June 13, 2014 (Concept papers due)
ARPA-E has announced up to $60 million in funding for two new programs. Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions (MONITOR) will develop disruptive technologies for low-cost, highly sensitive systems to detect and measure methane associated with the production and transportation of oil and natural gas. Delivering Efficient Local Thermal Amenities (DELTA) will develop innovative localized heating and cooling devices to expand temperature ranges within buildings. 
Did you know? Stone Laboratory, Ohio State’s Island Campus on Lake Erie, offers 25 college-credit science courses each summer for undergraduate and graduate students, advanced high school students and educators

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