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REACH for Commercialization™ Receives 2019 OSEP Award

Mon, 20th May, 2019

This original article was written by Chris Booker and published by Ohio State News on May 13, 2019 and can be found here.

Twenty-one projects — tackling issues such as addiction recovery, sustainability and income inequality — have been awarded grants in the second year of philanthropic funding from The Ohio State University’s comprehensive energy management partnership.

Ohio State Energy Partners contributes $810,000 each year to the university or affiliated philanthropic causes as part of its commitment to academic engagement.

The university’s Energy Academic Collaboration Council also solicited proposals from faculty, staff and students for consideration and advanced priorities to OSEP. The awards advance university priorities and foster transdisciplinary and community collaboration.

In 2017, the university and OSEP entered into the comprehensive energy management partnership, which launched an innovative energy efficiency program and boosted Ohio State’s standing as an international leader in sustainability. OSEP is a joint venture between ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure.

“Ohio State and OSEP share a commitment to tackling the issues that affect us all, locally and globally. I am thrilled that so many outstanding ideas generated by our university community are moving forward,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron.

Recipients of the 2019 OSEP Awards will address a broad range of issues and ideas. The largest single award of $200,000 will support Campus Student Sustainability Challenge. Six student teams received funding for projects to make campus more sustainable.

Another award supports opportunities for more than 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students to study abroad through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Education Abroad program. The program is operated in collaboration with the Office of International Affairs.

Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer James Moore said education abroad has immense student benefits, such as increased learning outcomes, retention and degree completion, as well as significant institutional benefits, including campus internationalization and an enhanced international reputation.

“I think it’s important for our students to have these experiences if we want to maintain our global edge,” Moore said.

“One expectation of the students is they will become ambassadors and they will share knowledge as well as shatter myths around education abroad,” he said. “They will explain why it’s important and what it does for them.”

Another award will support a survey of the ecological and economic potential of more than 1,000 acres of forest owned by the university. The School of Environment and Natural Resources is conducting the survey.

Ohio State ADVANCE and the Office of Research received support for the REACH for Commercialization program. REACH is a year-long program for female faculty, research staff and postdoctoral researchers designed to boost innovation and entrepreneurship.

“We could not be more proud of the outcomes we are already starting to see from this partnership. This is only the beginning. There is much more good work to be done,” McPheron said.

Click here for the complete list of award recipients



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2019 Faculty Recognition Reception Honors Past REACH Participants and ADVANCE Speakers

Thu, 9th May, 2019

Ohio State’s world-class faculty continue to be recognized across the country and around the world for the discoveries and impact they are making in their respective fields and disciplines. Over the past year, faculty received a record-breaking number of prestigious national and international awards. To celebrate their achievements, the Office of the President and the Office of Research hosted a Faculty Recognition Reception on April 22nd at the Faculty Club. Over 150 awardees were recognized throughout the evening. Congratulations to everyone who was honored.

Three of the honorees are pictured above with ADVANCE Associate Vice President Mary Juhas.

Andréa Grottoli: Ocean Sciences Voyager Award, American Geophysical Union, ADVANCE Faculty Research Lecturer

Jessica Winter: Five Sigma Physicist Award, American Physical Society, REACH 2011 Cohort and REACH Speaker

Dorota Brzezinska: Member, National Academy of Engineering & John Harrison Award, International Association of Institutes of Navigation, REACH 2011 Cohort, REACH Speaker and ADVANCE Faculty Research Lecturer

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REACH Alumna Katrina Cornish Named 2018 Innovator of the Year

Thu, 2nd May, 2019

As Ohio State continues to expand its role in the commercialization of research, it is important to create an environment that facilitates and rewards research creativity and entrepreneurship. To support and stimulate entrepreneurial activity among Ohio State researchers, several university-wide awards were presented on April 24, 2019, at the Research and Innovation Showcase hosted by the Office of Research and Corporate Engagement Office.

Innovator of the Year

Katrina Cornish

Katrina Cornish, PhD
Ohio Research Scholar/Endowed Chair, Bioemergent Materials
Department of Horticulture and Crop Science
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Katrina Cornish is the Endowed Chair and Ohio Research Scholar for Bioemergent Materials, and Technical Director of Ohio State’s Program of Excellence in Natural Rubber Alternatives. She is an internationally recognized expert and innovator in bioproducts, specifically in alternative natural rubber/latex crops and their processing and formulation technologies, as well is in valorization of wastes. She holds 25 issued or pending patents spanning a range of fields including transgenic enabling technologies, plant utility patents, process engineering, value added-materials, sustainable fillers and medical products and devices. She has invented processes to both fully mechanize developed world applications and address third-world low-tech practicalities. Dr. Cornish is a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and founder and CEO of EnergyEne, Inc., as well as other startup companies. She holds a BSc in biological sciences, and a PhD in plant biology from the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, England.

The Innovator of the Year award recognizes Ohio State researchers who are actively working to promote commercialization of university intellectual property, through invention disclosures filed, patents applied for and/or received, technologies licensed or spin-off companies formed. The creation of separate categories for more established researchers and for early career researchers allows cultivation of an entrepreneurial spirit among all of our investigators.

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REACH Alumna Umit Ozkan named Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Chair

Mon, 29th April, 2019

College of Engineering Distinguished Professor Umit Ozkan has been appointed the new chair of the William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, effective June 1. She will succeed Professor Andre Palmer, who has served admirably as chair since 2014.Umit Ozkan

An internationally recognized expert in catalysis and electrocatalysis with over 200 refereed publications and seven patents, Ozkan received her Ph.D from Iowa State University in 1984. She has been a trailblazer as the first woman to join Ohio State’s Department of Chemical Engineering in 1985, and now as the first woman to be named chair of the department. From 2000 to 2005, she served as the College of Engineering’s first female associate dean for research.

“Umit is the quintessential scholar, legendary among her many students and celebrated by the whole catalysis community,” said College of Engineering Dean David B. Williams. “She will be a most welcome addition to the college’s leadership team.”

Ozkan’s research addresses many critical problems facing our nation in the energy and environmental protection fields, and is funded by both federal agencies and industry. Her work on emission control for lean-burn natural gas reciprocating engines has led to the development of a catalytic system that can function as a “three-way catalyst,” for which a U.S. patent was issued in 2008.

Her success has earned awards and honors from many national and international organizations. In 2012 she received the American Chemical Society (ACS) Energy and Fuels Distinguished Researcher Award. She was honored with a special issue of the premier journal Topics in Catalysis, which included contributions of 35 research groups from 12 different countries, followed by a three-day ACS Symposium. In 2017 she was the first woman to receive the ACS Henry H. Storch Award in its 57-year history, which was commemorated with a special issue of Catalysis Today in 2019.

“I am very excited about leading a department with so much potential and I look forward to building on the growth trajectory brought to CBE by Andre Palmer,” Ozkan said. “My priorities will include recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty, making our graduate program one of the world’s best, providing undergraduates with a first-class education in a setting where they feel nurtured and cared for, and strengthening the ties with our alumni base.”

Ozkan is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAS), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the American Chemical Society. Other honors include awards from the Van ‘t Hoff Institute at the University of Amsterdam (Lectureship Award, 2010), the AIChE (Mentorship Excellence, 2009) and the Society of Women Engineers (Achievement Award, 2002). She also has received numerous accolades for her research and teaching prowess from Ohio State and her alma mater, Iowa State.

In her research group, Ozkan has advised and mentored over 100 graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and honors students.

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ADVANCE Faculty Research Lecture: Local Community-Based Approaches to Prevent Child Maltreatment: Rethinking the Paradigm Using Technology

Mon, 8th April, 2019

Ohio State ADVANCE Faculty Research Lecture Series continues today, April 8th from 4 – 5 PM at the Research Commons, 18th Ave. Library (3rd Floor). Come and hear from our featured lecturer, Bridget Freisthler, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Social Work and her talk entitled, Local Community-Based Approaches to Prevent Child Maltreatment: Rethinking the Paradigm Using Technology.

RSVP Here.

While we hope you can attend in person, should your schedule not permit you to do so, please use the below link to participate via CarmenConnect: carmenconnect.osu.edu/rc-advance.

Remote users will also need to have Adobe Flash player installed on their computer in order to join the webcast.

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Ohio Water Resources Center Funds Dr. Perena Gouma

Fri, 5th April, 2019

The work of Dr. Pelagia-Iren (Perena) Gouma, Orton Chair in Ceramic Engineering and Professor of both (1) Materials Science and Engineering and (2) Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been highlighted in the latest issue of the Ohio Water Resources Center (WRC) newsletter. Dr. Gouma and her team at Ohio State have made significant advancements in remediating effluents (wastewater) from unconventional energy sources such as hydraulic fracturing. Fracking activity continues to support Ohio’s economy and the need for finding economic ways to remediate and reuse produced water from fracking is emerging. Dr. Gouma’s work that is highlighted here may provide a sustainable, natural option for filtering toxic contaminants and potentially radionuclides from fracking wastewater. It also has a significant potential to find additional uses in water filtration and re-use.

Congratulations to Dr. Perena Gouma and her team for their dedication to research and the advancements in materials science.

The original story is below.

Ohio WRC Research Highlight

Composite Membranes for Produced Water Clean-up

Within Ohio, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking continues to be a common method for energy production in which oil or gas is extracted from rock and shale formations by drilling and injecting high-pressure water and chemicals into wells. This process uses millions of gallons of water and leaves the wastewater produced filled with salts, proprietary industrial chemicals, radionuclides, and toxic metals. The Ohio WRC is funding Dr. Pelagia-Iren Goumaand her team at the Ohio State University to study innovative water treatment technologies that can make removal of metals and radionuclides from fracking wastewater cost effective and scalable. Dr Gouma and her team focus on filtration using cellulose acetate-amyloid fibril mats, a natural biomaterial that they derive from wheat proteins, to efficiently remove specific contaminants.

Through our seed funding, Dr. Gouma and her team have reached three major breakthroughs. Firstly, they have come up with a cost effective way to scale the production of amyloid fibrils from common plant proteins. Next, they have successfully managed to encapsulate amyloid fibrils into non-woven mats of cellulose acetate via a single step process of electrospinning. Lastly, they have successfully utilized the electrospun mats to treat produced water. We at the Ohio WRC are excited to see what the future holds for this innovative and revolutionary technology. Due to the affordable nature of the membrane constituents and the potential for it to efficiently remove toxic metals and radionuclides via filtration, this technology could be of significant use in addressing water pollution issues, such as fracking wastewater.

Find out more about Dr. Gouma’s research by visiting her website. If you’d like to find out more about other Ohio WRC research projects, visit: https://wrc.osu.edu/past.

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2019 REACH Participant Perena Gouma Named a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society

Wed, 27th March, 2019

Perena Gouma, PhD, the Edward Orton, Jr. Chair in Ceramic Engineering and Professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has been named a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). Members of the Society shall prove qualified for elevation to the grade of Fellow by reason of outstanding contributions to the ceramic arts or sciences; through broad and productive scholarship in ceramic science and technology, by conspicuous achievement in ceramic industry or by outstanding service to the Society.

Professor Gouma will be inducted at the ACerS Honors and Awards Banquet at the 121st ACerS Annual Meeting on Monday, September 30, 2019 in Portland, Oregon.


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Celebrating International Women’s Day with REACH Innovators!

Fri, 8th March, 2019






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2019 REACH Participant Jenny Barker Named as a President’s Postdoctoral Scholar

Tue, 5th March, 2019

The Ohio State University has named 10 young researchers as the 2019 cohort of President’s Postdoctoral Scholars. The recipients were selected from a diverse and highly competitive pool of national and international applicants. The cohort’s research ranges from applying tissue engineering methodology to improve plastic surgery patient’s outcomes, to using novel mass spectrometry-based approaches to study histone proteins, to analyzing farmers’ livelihood strategies using social science theories, to examining the inflammatory mediators of stress exposure and neurodevelopment in preterm infants. Meet the scholars at research.osu.edu.

The President’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program, supported by the Office of the President, was launched in January 2018 to recognize outstanding young researchers at the university and aid in the recruitment of highly qualified postdoctoral trainees who will become leaders in their fields.

2019 REACH Participant Jenny Barker has been named one of the President’s Postdoctoral Scholars.

Jenny Barker
Faculty Mentor: Christopher Breuer, Pediatric Surgery
Jenny earned her BS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her MD and PhD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She is a resident in the Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program at Ohio State. Jenny is currently in the midst of a three-year research sabbatical being performed at the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She would like to focus on applying tissue engineering methodology to improve the outcomes of plastic surgery patients. Her long-term career objective is to be a surgeon-scientist focused on translational research in the field of wound healing.

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First Ohio State woman inducted into National Academy of Engineering

Mon, 11th February, 2019

An Ohio State University engineering professor has become the first woman from the university to be named to the National Academy of Engineering.

Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, associate dean for research in Ohio State’s College of Engineering, was one of 86 new members to receive the honor this year. Grejner-Brzezinska is also a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering.

The Academy cited Grejner-Brzezinska’s contributions to “geodetic science and satellite navigation, including integration with artificial intelligence.”

“Dorota is both an extraordinary scholar and a consummate research leader,” said David B. Williams, dean of the Ohio State College of Engineering. “We are honored to have her in the College of Engineering and thoroughly delighted that her international research leadership has been recognized by the Academy.”

She is the 13th faculty member from Ohio State to be elected to the NAE. Election to the academy is one of the highest professional distinctions an engineer can receive, and honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice or education,” and to “the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”

Grejner-Brzezinska’s early research helped build more reliable GPS navigation, adding to the body of work that would eventually allow for navigation systems to be built into today’s smartphones. In recent years, she and her research teams have built navigation systems that rely on artificial intelligence and image-based navigation rather than satellite systems alone, allowing for autonomous vehicle navigation and navigation and positioning in confined environments, where GPS signals are not available.

Grejner-Brzezinska came to Ohio State more than 20 years ago as a Fulbright Scholar from Poland intent on studying geodetic science, which, among other things, focuses on the size and shape of the Earth and the estimation of spatial coordinates—two keys to creating reliable global positioning systems. She went on to earn a Ph.D. and become a faculty member at the College of Engineering. She served as chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering for four years prior to becoming the associate dean for research in 2017. She also served as President of the Institute of Navigation (ION). She is an ION Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation.

She said she hopes her award inspires young female engineers.

“I have been there—not thinking that I can make it,” she said. “But what I can tell you is that some of my best students have always been women. And it means a lot to me to show the younger women that we can do it.

“And I hope this will be empowering to women, to say to themselves that they can do it because they are smart and there is really no limit to their talent and imagination. I would say to them: ‘You are all doing the right thing. Just trust your abilities and trust your work.’”

Grejner-Brzezinska and her class will be formally inducted at a ceremony during the academy’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Oct.

Written by: Laura Arenschield, 614-292-9475; Arenschield.2@osu.edu
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