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REACH for Commercialization™ 2020 Application Now Available

Fri, 11th October, 2019

Ohio State ADVANCE is proud to offer REACH for Commercialization™ 2020. REACH is a year-long program designed to help women faculty and post-doctoral scholars explore commercialization as a means of expanding the impact of their research.

The application for REACH 2020 is now available.

Additional information on the REACH 2020 program can be found on the ADVANCE website. Please contact Katie Musson, musson.7@osu.edu, with any questions or problems regarding the application.

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REACH for Commercialization™ Alumna Selected for Third Fulbright Award

Wed, 26th June, 2019

New award focuses on work to develop nursing curriculum in Norway

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board awarded Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, from The Ohio State University College of Nursing the third Fulbright award of her career.

The 2019 Fulbright Specialist award will take Morrison-Beedy to Norway, where she will work through August and September on nursing curricular innovations that set the stage for developing a master’s-level nurse practitioner program at The Lovisenberg Diakonale University College in Oslo.

“Fulbright experiences are opportunities not only to learn about other countries and cultures, but also to engage with them about aspirations that we can help them fulfill,” Morrison-Beedy said. “I am very excited about working with partners and nursing leaders in Norway to advance the quality of healthcare and prepare future generations of nurses there for success.”

Morrison-Beedy, who serves as chief talent and global strategy officer and the Centennial Professor for the College of Nursing, has previously earned a Fulbright Administrator award to France and a Fulbright Scholar award to conduct research in Scotland.

The Fulbright program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. For more information on Fulbright opportunities at Ohio State, please contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser or visit the Fulbright page of the Office of International Affairs.

Story originally posted by The Ohio State University College of Nursing.
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Melnyk Awarded “Academy Edge Runner” Honor from American Academy of Nursing

Mon, 3rd June, 2019

Recognition earned for impactful cognitive-behavioral skills building program

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) has honored Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN as an Academy Edge Runner designee for her successful cognitive-behavioral skills building intervention programs. This is the third Edge Runner honor for Melnyk.

Melnyk, who serves as vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University, created her programs to improve both mental and physical health outcomes in children, adolescents and college students through early intervention strategies. Research shows that one in every four children, teenagers and college-aged youth suffers from a mental health disorder, yet fewer than a quarter of them receive any treatment. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death in 10- to 34-year-olds.

“Although the numerous studies that I have conducted across more than two decades have shown that my cognitive-behavioral skills building programs are effective in treating depression and anxiety,” said Melnyk, “my dream is that these programs are heavily used in schools, community settings and universities across the U.S. and the globe as a preventive intervention strategy to curb the rapidly-escalating and high prevalence of mental health problems and suicide in children and youth.”

More than 12,000 children and youth of all backgrounds have benefitted in 44 states and five countries that have implemented Melnyk’s program. Outcomes include lower rates of depression, anxiety, and suicidal intent, higher levels of healthy lifestyle behaviors and improvement in academic outcomes.

The AAN stated that the Academy Edge Runner honor recognizes “nurse innovators who have charted a new course and ushered in remarkable improvement to major healthcare challenges at every level … Melnyk’s program is transforming the way students think about their own mental health while learning lifelong strategies for healthy living.”

Melnyk’s cognitive-behavioral skills building intervention is the basis for the College of Nursing’s MINDSTRONG program, a seven-week, evidence-based intervention with a goal of reducing stress and improving resiliency and self-protective factors for overall well-being. MINDSTRONG is being rolled out to students at Ohio State and will soon be made available for faculty, staff and their families.

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Ohio State ADVANCE contributes to first publication from World Intellectual Property Review’s Influential Women in IP

Fri, 31st May, 2019

According to the WIPR website, the publication profiles the leading female IP practitioners from around world, including 20 Trailblazers, identified as rising stars in the industry. There are also interviews, statistics and articles on gender equality featured in the magazine. Click here to view the publication.

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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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