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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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Today’s Faculty Research Lecture Canceled

Tue, 5th February, 2019

The February Faculty Research Lecture featuring Claudia Buchmann, PhD has been canceled. Please visit our website for future dates and speakers.

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Former REACH Participant Vanessa Chen wins CAREER award for real-time machine learning and cybersecurity

Thu, 31st January, 2019

At The Ohio State University, electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Vanessa Chen said smart technology is poised for another breakthrough. Her theory is to convert data into meaningful information and protect it from cyberattack in real time.

One day, every device must automatically be capable of performing its own cybersecurity and machine learning to support big data analysis. Chen said it is making the protection of internet-connected systems, including hardware, software and data, from cyberattacks detrimental.

The National Science Foundation just named Chen among the prestigious 2019 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award winners. Her research proposal, “Bio-Inspired Sensory Interfaces Incorporating Embedded Classification and Encryption,” earned $500,000 in new funding over the next five years from its Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) program.

“Ubiquitous sensing and computing, leading to rapid growth of big data analysis, will potentially transform the world,” Chen said. “Now, people are trying to turn everything into smart devices.”

The motivation to provide such real-time security within every smart device, she said, is because each one is under threat of malicious attacks by transmitting unencrypted data. Applications sending steady information for continuous health or weather monitoring, for example, are particularly vulnerable.

“The attacker may be able to record the confidential and private information or change the results to broadcast a fake national disaster alert. So, it’s critical to protect the wireless data,” Chen said.

The technological drawback for this, however, is the energy required to perform complex machine learning and encryption algorithms.

“It’s hard to use the energy from the environment to power the device, because it would require a large and stable power source like a battery,” Chen said.

Instead, she is working to develop a more energy-efficient circuit architecture to embed into energy-constrained edge devices, performing classification and encryption. An edge device is any piece of hardware that controls data flow at the boundary between two networks, such as routers, routing switches, integrated access devices (IADs), multiplexers, metropolitan area networks (MAN) and wide area networks (WAN).

“We can have a sensor that can extract and encrypt critical features in situ and then only send low-volume ciphered messages to the central device, so the transmission energy can be highly decreased to enable continuous monitoring,” she said.

As the director of the Energy-Efficient Circuits and Systems Lab at Ohio State Chen mentors roughly half a dozen graduate students in the realms of low-power cognitive interfaces for world-to-information computing. Lab work spans the design of wireless transceivers, analog neural networks as well as hardware-based cybersecurity.

One of her students, Jack Hsueh, is focused on low-power and secure sensory interfaces for next-generation Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. He became the first Ohio State student to win the prestigious ISSCC Analog Devices Outstanding Student Designer Award in 2018.

From a design standpoint, Chen’s CAREER research embraces machine learning and cybersecurity through the concept of randomness.

According to the proposal abstract, data is automatically classified and encrypted within the sensors, changed unpredictably into deterministic noise for transmission.

“The pipeline chaotic system can be trained with time-varying maps to enhance the strength of the security without creating observable patterns to counter side-channel attacks,” Chen said. “This ensures data integrity and basic authentication for multi-layer security schemes from the edge sensors to the cloud while classification algorithms are performed locally in sensors to achieve rapid analysis and data reduction for wireless communications.”

The transmitted data from the device becomes unclonable, she saids, ensuring complete security.

Article by Ryan Horns, ECE/IMR Communications Specialist

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ADVANCE Faculty Research Lecture: Getting Where You Want To Be: Sharing Your Aspirations

Fri, 11th January, 2019

Ohio State ADVANCE Faculty Research Lecture Series continues on Monday, January 14th  from 4 – 5 PM at the Research Commons, 18th Ave. Library (3rd Floor). Come and hear from our featured lecturer, Alicia L. Bertone, DVM, PhD, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School and her talk entitled, Getting Where You Want To Be: Sharing Your Aspirations.


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/advance-bertone

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

Upcoming Faculty Lectures: Save the Date
All events will take place at the same time and location.

February 5, 2019
The Rise of Women in Academia: Personal and Scholarly Insights
Featured Lecturer: Claudia Buchmann, PhD; Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology

March 7, 2019
Featured Lecturer: Carol Smidts, PhD; Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Director, Nuclear Engineering Program

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Mindset Digital Founders, Debra Jasper and Betsy Hubbard, Named to the Top 12 “Winning Entrepreneurial Women™ in North America

Fri, 30th November, 2018

The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program is a national competition and executive education program that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale — and then helps them do it.

Results show that the program is spurring rapid growth. According to an independent impact assessment directed by the Babson College Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, North America program participant companies’ total 2014 revenue was 54% higher than their total revenues in the years before they joined the program. Individual participants average 20% revenue growth annually; in the second year of participation, however, their companies have been known to grow up to 50%. Winners also report increases in entrepreneurial confidence, growth goals, networks and media visibility, to name a few.

For more on the program’s impact, visit our recent study, Force multipliers.

The Entrepreneurial Winning Women join an elite business network and customized executive leadership program with year-round activities designed to help their companies grow rapidly:

  • Expand their knowledge with the latest information, research and executive dialogues about business strategies and practices
  • Identify potential partners, strategic alliances, customers and suppliers as well as prospective sources of private capital
  • Provide access to informal, one-to-one guidance and support
  • Strengthen their executive leadership and business skills and identify opportunities to grow through meetings with senior advisors and seasoned entrepreneurs
  • Increase national and regional visibility for themselves and their companies among corporate executives, investors and the media

Know it before you need it: Distance learning for fast-growth companies

EY’s Know it before you need it curriculum addresses key issues often encountered by fast-growing companies. These 30-minute online sessions are designed to introduce the basic principles of each topic, encouraging listeners to think through the right questions in advance rather than unwinding missteps due to a knowledge gap.

Visit the EY website to see the full list of 2018 winners.

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CISO Helen Patton honored as Executive of the Year

Fri, 16th November, 2018

CISO Helen Patton honored as ISE® North American Executive of the Year

Award won by Helen Patton

The Information Security Executive® (ISE®) awards program recently recognized Chief Information Security Officer Helen Patton as ISE® North American Executive of the Year in the Academic/Public division. She was honored during the ISE® North America Leadership Summit and Awards held in Chicago on November 8-9.

Recognized as the industry’s most prestigious IT Security award, the ISE® Awards Program has become the most anticipated awards program for security executives and their project teams from across the U.S. The awards recognize the information security executives and teams who demonstrate outstanding leadership in risk management, data asset protection, regulatory compliance, privacy, and network security.

Unique to the ISE® North America Awards, both executive and project divisions offer recognition within industry classification, including Commercial, Financial Services, Health Care and Academic/Public Sector. ISE® previously honored Ohio State’s Enterprise Security team in 2015 for the Information Security Framework Project.

Congratulations, Helen!

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Ohio State ADVANCE and Proposal Development Office Welcome Assistant Director of Engineering at NSF to Campus

Tue, 13th November, 2018

On November 15th, Ohio State ADVANCE and the Proposal Development Office will host Dawn Tilbury, Assistant Director for Engineering at the National Science Foundation.  Dr. Tilbury will present two talks and meet with junior faculty. Her first talk, “Engineering at the National Science Foundation: Big Ideas, Emerging Frontiers, ERCs and More”, will provide an overview on NSF-funded programs and cross-disciplinary, convergent research. The second talk, “Broader Impacts and Broadening Participation: Opportunities and Priorities at the National Science Foundation”, will highlight collaborative participation across disciplines with a specific focus on the NSF Includes program and National Network.

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REACH for Commercialization™ to be featured on GUIRR Webinar

Fri, 9th November, 2018

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR)  is hosting a webinar on November 29th at 1 PM entitled, “REACH for Commercialization™: A Program for Women Inventors”.

Recent data reveal that fewer than 20% of issued U.S. patents name at least one woman inventor and less than 8% of issued U.S. patents list a woman as the primary inventor. Research out of the The Ohio State University shows that the pipeline of inventors is more gender balanced, but that women drop out of the commercialization process because of systemic barriers that can be addressed. GUIRR will host a webinar with Mary Juhas, director of the REACH for CommercializationTM program, and Ohio State ADVANCE Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Caroline Crisafulli to discuss how to dismantle these systemic barriers for women innovators and to address this persistent gender gap across academia, industry, and government.

REACH for CommercializationTM is a program developed at The Ohio State University. The cohort-based model was first introduced in 2010 under the support of the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Institutional Transformation program. The program has been expanded and refined to offer personalized consultation. The engagement of an entrepreneur-in-residence and development of a close partnership with Rev1Ventures, an investor startup studio, have resulted in a significant increase in commercialization activity.

Visit the GUIRR website to register for the webinar.

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ADVANCE Faculty Research Lecture: Biobehavioral Aspects of Cancer

Fri, 2nd November, 2018

Ohio State ADVANCE Faculty Research Lecture Series continues on Monday, November 5th  from 4 – 5 PM at the Research Commons, 18th Ave. Library (3rd Floor). Come and hear from our featured lecturer, Barbara Andersen, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology and her talk entitled, Biobehavioral Aspects of Cancer.


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/advance-andersen

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

Upcoming Faculty Lectures: Save the Date
All events will take place at the same time and location.

January 14, 2019
Getting Where You Want To Be: Sharing Your Aspirations
Featured Lecturer: Alicia Bertone, DVM, PhD; Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School

February 5, 2019
The Rise of Women in Academia: Personal and Scholarly Insights
Featured Lecturer: Claudia Buchmann, PhD; Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology

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