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Darla Munroe appointed interim chair of Department of Geography

Mon, 13th August, 2018

Darla Munroe, professor in the Department of Geography, was named interim chair of the department, effective July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

Munroe specializes in human-environment geography and land change, focusing on the interactions between people and their environments at a landscape level. She researches how forests are impacted by changes in land-use systems such as urban conversion and shifts in agricultural production patterns. Munroe has authored dozens of publications over the span of her career, the latest of which includes “Rural-to-urban migration and the geography of absentee nonindustrial private forest ownership: A case from southeast Ohio,” “Effects of Land Use” and “Using economic geography to reinvigorate land-change science.”

Munroe’s current work includes a three-year, $439,966 grant as a part of the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. Munroe, along with researchers from the University of Maine, James Madison University and the University of Connecticut, is studying biodiversity, ecosystem services and the socioeconomic sustainability of rural, forest-based communities.

Munroe earned her PhD in geography from the University of Illinois and earned her MA in applied economics from the University of Michigan.

“I am honored for the opportunity to serve the Department of Geography in this new capacity,” Munroe said. “I consider it my mission to work for and with all members of the department.”

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Dogan Ekici Receives TCO Accelerator Award

Wed, 25th July, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Ozlem Dogan Ekici on receiving the Technology Commercialization Office Accelerator Award grant of $100,000! This award program provides OSU researchers up to $100,000 to advance and further develop promising technologies, bringing them closer to market. More information regarding Dr. Dogan Ekici’s research highlighted in this award submission can be found in a YouTube video prepared by the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at OSU Newark.

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Simone Drake appointed chair of AAAS

Wed, 25th July, 2018

Simone Drake, Hazel C. Youngberg Trustees Distinguished Professor, has been named chair of the Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS), effective June 1, 2018, to June 30, 2022.

Drake’s research interests are broad and interdisciplinary, and focus on critical race, gender and legal studies; theories of black feminism and masculinity; visual and popular culture; and the African Diaspora in the Americas.

These research areas intersect in her two books, “Critical Appropriations: African American Women and the Construction of Transnational Identity” (Louisiana State University Press, 2014) and “When We Imagine Grace: Black Men and Subject Making” (University of Chicago Press, 2016), and a third book is underway.

Drake is the principal investigator for the Discovery Theme pilot project Transnational Black Citizenship and a team member on a second Discovery Theme project, Human Rights in Transit. She serves on the editorial board for The Ohio State University Press and Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men (Indiana University Press).

Drake earned a dual master’s degree in AAAS and English Literature and a Master in the Study of Law (MSL) from Ohio State, and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Maryland.

“I am looking forward to working with AAAS faculty, staff and students, as well as academic and student support units throughout campus, in order to advance the mission of AAAS and explore new opportunities for the department within and outside of the institution,” Drake said.

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REACH Mentioned in IWPR Report Released Today

Tue, 24th July, 2018

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Juhas Moderates Panel at Senator Brown’s Ohio College Presidents Conference

Fri, 13th July, 2018

Mary Juhas, Associate Vice President for Ohio State ADVANCE, was invited to moderate the panel, Innovation, Incubators and Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century, at the 11th Ohio College Presidents Conference in Washington D.C. in June. This event was hosted by Senator Sherrod Brown and included Senator Rob Portman and other members of Congress.  Dr. Juhas highlighted Ohio State ADVANCE’s REACH for Commercialization™ program and panelists included:

  • Shelton Mercer, Chief Innovation Officer, 1776
  • Sonal Shah, Executive Director, Professor of Practice, Georgetown University
  • Dr. Barry Johnson, Director of the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships of the Directorate for Engineering, National Science Foundation
  • Dr. James K. Woodell, Vice President, Economic Development and Community Engagement, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

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Vicky Doan-Nguyen earns ORAU Powe Award recognizing early career research

Mon, 9th July, 2018

Vicky Doan-Nguyen, an assistant professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has earned a 2018 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) in recognition of her research accomplishments and career potential.

Dean David B. Williams presents Assistant Professor Vicky Doan-Nguyen with her award plaque from ORAU.Doan-Nguyen is one of just 36 recipients nationwide to earn the prestigious award, which provides seed funding to enhance the research and professional growth of junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. Each winner receives a one-year, $5,000 research grant from ORAU, which is matched by the faculty member’s institution. Winners were competitively selected from among 159 faculty applications.

Doan-Nguyen joined Ohio State in 2017 as part of the Discovery Themes’ Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability Initiative. As part of the Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis, her cross-cutting research includes synthesis, in-situ structural characterization and functional testing of smart materials as well as advanced materials for energy storage and conversion.

For her Powe Award project, Doan-Nguyen will collaborate with researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory to examine controlled rapid synthesis, advanced characterization across multiple length scales and functional testing of sulfide-based solid electrolytes for safer batteries.

“We are targeting solid-state superionic conductors that are competitive with current liquid electrolytes. The solid-state electrolytes are less flammable and can maintain high ionic conductivity over a wider range of temperatures,” she said.

Her research group aims to use their expertise in materials synthesis and characterization to explain structure-property relations for a new class of superionic conductors that consists of sustainable, earth-abundant elements.

“By controlling chemical composition and structure of the solid electrolytes, we can design next generation safer batteries with longer cycle life,” said Doan-Nguyen.

by Meggie Biss, College of Engineering Communications | biss.11@osu.edu

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Melnyk selected for Women of Impact

Wed, 20th June, 2018

Bernadette Melnyk PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, College of Nursing dean, vice president for health promotion and chief wellness officer has been selected to be a member of Women of Impact. Women of Impact is a group of high-profile female executives representing all sectors of the healthcare industry across the United States who share the goal of realigning the healthcare system to meet the needs of all Americans. Melnyk will join the third cohort of members.

New members are nominated by someone in the group and selected because of their influence and commitment to making a lasting difference. Prior to acceptance, all participants are interviewed to determine their commitment to the process, as well as commitment to creating a measurable impact. “Membership is by invitation because it is not about being bigger, but creating a group that can both support each other and together effect real change in healthcare,” said Joanne Conroy, MD, CEO & president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and Women of Impact founder.

“It is an honor and privilege to have been selected to join this esteemed group of highly influential women who are healthcare leaders across the country,” said Melnyk. “They are truly ‘movers and shakers’ who have had a profound positive impact on healthcare.”

Each member participates in a forum to define her individual desired legacy and commit to having an impact as an individual. “This legacy work is the glue that holds the individual cohort and group together. It is what energizes us and refocuses us when we convene annually in DC. It is transformative even for the most experienced leaders. For experienced women in healthcare, this is a time to begin to do things with purpose and for a purpose,” Conroy said.

Founded in 2013, the group seeks to apply the concept of collective impact to advance those legacies in addressing complex problems in healthcare and critical concerns prominent in the national conversation.

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Carpenter-Hubin Receives Outstanding Service Award

Fri, 8th June, 2018

We’re excited to congratulate Julie Carpenter-Hubin, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning on her Outstanding Service Award by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR).  Each year, AIR members recognize colleagues who have made extraordinary contributions to the success of the Association and to the institutional research profession. The Outstanding Service Award recognizes a member for professional leadership and exemplary service to AIR.

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Yasuko Rikihisa, PhD, researcher at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, wins prestigious international veterinary award

Tue, 5th June, 2018

[Provided courtesy of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust]

Yasuko Rikihisa, PhD, University Distinguished Professor, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, won the coveted International Award category at the International Canine Health Awards, where she was awarded £40,000 (approximately $53,000) towards her future work. Rikihisa was recognized for her ground breaking work into a number of tick-borne diseases that infect dogs, other companion animals and humans. The international award is part of one of the largest and most distinguished veterinary awards in the world, the International Canine Health Awards.

The awards, which are run by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and underwritten by a major gift from Vernon and Shirley Hill of Metro Bank, highlight those individuals who go one step further to promote the health and wellbeing of dogs through their work in the world of veterinary science.

This year’s awards were presented to winners by Dr Andrew Higgins, Honorary Editor-in-Chief at the Veterinary Journal and judge for the awards, on Tuesday 22nd May at the Kennel Club in London, on behalf of the Vernon and Shirley Hill Foundation.

Rikihisa has been a pioneer and prolific contributor to our understanding of Rickettsial diseases, which affects dogs, other companion and wild animals and humans, transmitted by ticks. Ticks have been long known to be a source of infectious diseases in both animals and humans, and the results of Rikihisa’s decades of research into this area have directly lead to the development of the diagnostic tests used in veterinary practices around the world to identify dogs infected with one particular Rickettsial disease called Ehrlichiosis (also known as canine typhus). This is a debilitating and often fatal condition caused by a parasite that infects and survives within the white blood cells of its host.

During the 1980s, Rikihisa developed a method for growing Ehrlichia organisms in laboratory culture, a pre-requisite for carrying out research into how the parasite interacts with its host. This development supported her later research into diagnostic methods which have allowed fast and accurate diagnosis at an earlier stage of the disease, improving the prospects for effective treatment and reducing the risk of the infection being passed on to other dogs.

Rikihisa is a highly respected author, contributing 277 peer-reviewed papers in the scientific literature and 27 chapters in books and conference proceedings. In 2012 she was elected a member of the prestigious US National Academy of Sciences for her contributions in this area, where she became a sought-after expert and international contributor to the knowledge base in tick-borne diseases. She has also been granted 18 US and related international patents on the discoveries from her research portfolio.

With the £40,000 she was awarded at the International Canine Health Awards, Rikihisa hopes to continue to support a research project within her laboratories at the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University, which it is hoped will eventually lead to the first vaccine treatment for canine Ehrlichiosis. Although much of her research is focussed on developing methods `for controlling human diseases, the funding she received for this award will be deployed to directly benefit canine health in the field of tick-borne infectious diseases.

After receiving her award, Yasuko said: “It’s a great honour to receive this award. We are currently working hard to develop a vaccine for canine Ehrlichiosis and the award money will really help towards this.”

Rustin Moore, DVM, PhD, dean of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, said: “Professor Rikihisa is a role model of research excellence and tenacity in understanding and solving unmet needs in canine health and research, as well as commercializing her research to benefit animals through diagnostics and therapeutics. The college is pleased and excited to see her recognized for her influential and impactful work and contributions.”

The International Canine Health Awards were awarded in five categories: the International Award, which was awarded a prize of £40,000; the Lifetime Achievement Award, which received a prize of £10,000; the Postgraduate Student Inspiration Award, which was awarded a prize of £10,000; the Undergraduate Student Inspiration Award, which received a prize of £5,000; and the Breed Health Coordinator Award, which received a prize of £1,000. Nominations for the awards were judged by a panel of influential representatives from the veterinary profession and the world of scientific research.

This year’s judges for the International and Lifetime Awards were Dr Andrew Higgins, Honorary Editor-in-Chief at the Veterinary Journal; Dr Siraya Chunekamrai, Vice President of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association; Professor David Argyle, Dean of Veterinary Medicine and Head of School, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh; Nick Blayney, veterinary surgeon and veterinary advisor to the Kennel Club; Professor Holger Volk, Professor of Veterinary Neurology

and Neurosurgery and Head of Department of Clinical Science and Services, Royal Veterinary College (winner of the International Award in 2016); Professor Oliver Garden, Chair of Department of Clinical Studies-Philadelphia at Penn Vet (winner of the International Award in 2017); and Paul McGreevy, Professor of Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare Science at the Faculty of Veterinary Science University of Sydney (winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017).

Professor Steve Dean, chairman of trustees of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which runs the International Canine Health Awards, said: “Many congratulations to Professor Rikihisa for winning the International title. These awards were created to recognise talented individuals such as Yasuko, whose revolutionary research on vector-borne parasites is making a difference to the health of dogs all over the world. The contribution of ticks in the spread of parasitic illness is fully deserving of our attention and it is clear to see why Professor Rikihisa is so respected in the veterinary community. We are very much looking forward to seeing more ground breaking achievements from her in the future.”

Vernon Hill, founder and chairman of Metro Bank, and Shirley Hill, whose foundation underwrites the awards said: “Congratulations to Yasuko on her win – her work into tick-borne diseases is incredibly impressive, and we are pleased to recognise her many years of work with this award. We want to wish her the best of luck for the future – we are sure she will achieve further greatness within her field.”

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New drug may restore bladder function after spinal cord injury

Tue, 5th June, 2018

Sung Ok Yoon, OSU associate professor of biological chemistry and pharmacology, is a featured expert in the Business Standard article published on June 5, 2018.


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