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RENDERINGS: Ohio State making reworked Mirror Lake easy to drain – just in case

Business First

June 8, 2017

The new Mirror Lake could be quickly drained if needed to prevent students from jumping into it – and will cost $2.5 million more than previously budgeted.

Landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz out of Charlottesville, Virginia, designed the restoration of the landmark Ohio State University icon, which was announced in late October.

Intel, OSU to help test self-driving cars in Central Ohio

Business First

June 8, 2017

It looks like the Smart City will be getting even smarter.

Wind River, an Intel Corp. subsidiary, announced Wednesday it will partner with Ohio State, the city of Dublin and the Transportation Research Center to develop and test autonomous vehicle technologies in Central Ohio.

Smart Columbus: Who’s Making it Happen and How?

Columbus CEO

June 6, 2017

Those leading the charge for the Smart Columbus transportation initiative have plenty of work to do over the next three years, and they think they have the perfect place to get the job done.

…In agreement is Carla Bailo, Ohio State’s assistant vice president for mobility research and business development. She was a founding member of the group that wrote Columbus’ winning Smart City proposal and also serves on the Smart Columbus Executive Committee.

…As of May, Ohio State had committed $15 million to Smart Columbus: $5 million for electric vehicle projects, $2 million for autonomous shuttles and $8 million worth of research by faculty and students.

Much of that work will involve programs in the College of Engineering, which has been working on smart transportation projects for more than 30 years, says David Williams, dean of the college.

Food Violence Shows Need for Both Development and Climate Resilience

New Security Beat

May 31, 2017

In March, the Trump Administration released a new budget proposal that would cut funding to the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development by 28 percent. The proposal also reduces funding to the United Nations for ongoing climate change efforts.

Featured expert: column co-author Bear Braumoeller, professor of political science

Americans waste food because we're confused — and because we can

USA Today

May 31, 2017

Americans don’t set out to waste food. People don’t buy an apple because they plan to throw it away. Instagram isn’t filled with posts bragging about tossed leftovers. There isn’t a pro-food-waste lobby in Washington.

So why do we waste more than a third of our food a year?

Featured expert: article cites study by Brian Roe, the McCormick Professor of Agricultural Marketing and Policy

Ohio State team repeats as winner of EcoCar competition

The Columbus Dispatch

May 27, 2017

Ohio State University has won again in the EcoCar competition, continuing a run of dominance in the engineering contest.

The team of Ohio State students was named the winner Thursday night at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., after tests days earlier in Michigan of the Chevrolet Camaro the team had redesigned to run more efficiently.

Driving on eggshells: Researchers develop way to make TIRES from ground up food waste (and tomato peels will give them a reddish hue)

Daily Mail

May 19, 2017

Researchers have discovered that food waste can partially replace the petroleum-based filler that has been used in producing tires for more than a century.

The team found that substituting different portions of filler with ground eggshells and tomato peels allowed them to create the same synergistic effects – the rubber retained its flexibility.

Featured expert: Katrina Cornish, Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Biomaterials

$20M federal grant supports new Great Lakes research center

Associated Press

May 18, 2017

The University of Michigan is establishing a research institute focused on sustainable management of the Great Lakes.

Other academic partners include Central Michigan University, Cornell University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, Ohio State University, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the University of Windsor and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Go west, young pine: US forests shifting with climate change

Associated Press

May 18, 2017

A warmer, wetter climate is helping push dozens of Eastern U.S. trees to the north and, surprisingly, west, a new study finds.

The eastern white pine is going west, more than 80 miles (130 kilometers) since the early 1980s. The eastern cottonwood has been heading 77 miles north (124 kilometers), according to the research based on about three decades of forest data.

Featured expert: Brent Sohngen, professor of environmental and resource economics

Ohio farmers put conservation to test

Farm and Dairy

May 16, 2017

…The farms include three privately owned farms: Stateler Farms, a 600-acre grain farm in Hancock County, with a 7,200-head wean-to-finish swine operation; Kurt Farms, a 470-acre grain farm in Hardin County; and Kellogg Farms, a 5,000-acre grain farm, also in Hardin County.

The three farms are collectively known as the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms, and are part of a five-year on-farm research project that includes researchers from USDA and Ohio State University.

New Ohio State leaders dedicate cutting edge ATI greenhouse

Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net

May 15, 2017

The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) officially dedicated its newest greenhouse addition this past week, noting the top-of-the-line features and opportunities it looks to offer students and researchers.

New and returning administrators, faculty, and all-around supporters of the Wooster campus turned out to welcome the long-awaited structure.

BGSU professor to examine wastewater for plastic pollution

Toledo Blade

May 4, 2017

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission today agreed to grant John Farver, a Bowling Green State University geology professor, $14,930 to hunt down tiny bits of plastic barely visible to the human eye, such as plastics used in clothing fibers, that make their way into wastewater.

…In other action, the commission approved another $15,000 for Kevin King, an Ohio State University agricultural researcher, to continue studies into whether gypsum can effectively remove phosphorus if applied to farm fields.

Ohio State Snags $1 billion in Mammoth Energy Management Deal

Ohio State University will turn its energy management for the next five decades over to ENGIE North America in what may the largest such deal ever in America -- a harbinger of sweeping changes coming to the electric power business.

Energy Times

May 4, 2017

Ohio State University has taken the pursuit of energy improvements to another level. The school has entered into a 50-year agreement with a French-based energy company that will provide the school more than $1 billion immediately and give the private company control of the heating and cooling systems in the 485 facilities on the Columbus campus.

Student group collects, recycles discarded items to eliminate waste from OSU moving day

May 2, 2017

You'll spot stacks of rugs, leftover lights and laundry bins piled in residence halls across campus.

Many Ohio State students can't fit or don't need all their dorm rooms items, so in the past, that went to a landfill.

For years, Students for Recycling has collected these items left by students moving out as part of their 'Dump and Run' program.

ALSO: WCMH-TV: OSU aims for zero waste during student move-out

Carmakers, researchers on alert as Trump plans review of fuel standards

The Columbus Dispatch

April 30, 2017

Addressing Michigan auto workers last month, President Donald Trump won applause when he said he would consider changing fuel-economy standards for new cars and trucks.
For auto researchers, such as those at Ohio State University, the reaction stopped short of celebration.

Featured experts: Giorgio Rizzoni, director of the Center for Automotive Research, and Greg Jankord, Ph.D student in mechanical engineering and EcoCar team member

OSU Researchers Discover Food Waste Perfect for Filling Tires

The News Wheel

April 29, 2017

The universal law that opposites attract has been proven once again by researchers from The Ohio State University (OSU) who have discovered that organic material and car tires make quite the pair.

Featured expert: Katrina Cornish, Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Biomaterials

New Ohio State transit hubs, parking spots taking shape as Cannon Drive construction nears

Business First

April 26, 2017

Changes are coming to Ohio State University’s transportation system in advance of a major shifting of one of its main roads. New transit hubs and additional parking spots on west campus are among the new developments planned for the straightening and rising of Cannon Drive in September.

Caroline C. Whitacre, Ph.D.: U.S. investment in research leads to innovations

The Columbus Dispatch (op-ed)

April 26, 2017

Members of Congress returned to Washington this week with a dilemma: Reach an agreement on funding the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year or risk a government shutdown. While the potential for a short-term funding resolution is possible, the negotiations and decisions made this week about how to prioritize federal spending are likely a harbinger of what is to come when Congress quickly shifts its focus to next year’s budget. As such, the implications of these funding decisions could have an impact on our nation for years to come.

Featured expert: column author Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research and professor in the Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity

OSU students tell bike-rental stations where to go

ThisWeek Community News

April 25, 2017

A group of graduate and undergraduate students in the city and regional planning program of Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture last week offered their recommendations for expanding the CoGo bike-sharing system.

… “I’m extremely proud of the work the students have done this semester,” Chad D. Gibson, lecturer for the program and a senior planning officer in Upper Arlington’s Community Development Department, said at the outset of the April 18 presentation at Knowlton Hall.

On Central Ohio Visit, Secretary Chao Tours The Future Of Transportation


April 24, 2017

An hour northwest of Columbus, the 4500-acre Transportation Research Center in East Liberty is racing to develop the latest vehicle technologies. And Monday it welcomed an important visitor to show off its advancements: U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

… Phase one of the project costs $45 million and will be completed in three years. Money from state funds, Jobs Ohio and The Ohio State University are making it possible.