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Can new labels take a bite out of food waste?

The current system of date-labeling emerged haphazardly and doesn't accurately reflect food safety, trade groups say.

Christian Science Monitor

February 18, 2017

Under a new set of guidelines released Thursday by the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, a food’s packaging would indicate the date of peak quality with the phrase “Best if used by,” and the last date it can be safely consumed with the phrase “use by.”

Food-safety experts say that these changes could reduce America’s food waste.

Featured expert: Story cites 2016 study by Brian Roe, the McCormick Professor of Agricultural Marketing and Policy

A Manhattan-sized chunk of ice just broke off from Antarctica

New York Post

February 18, 2017

A chunk of ice the size of Manhattan has broken away from an Antarctic glacier and floated off into the ocean.

Ian Howat, a glaciologist at Ohio State University, said the “event” was just one of many.

Featured expert: Ian Howat, professor of geography

Morning Roundup: Ohio State is a recycling champion | Columbus and the new geography of entrepreneurship | ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’

Business First

February 17, 2017

Big Ten Champs. For the fifth year in a row, The Ohio State University topped the Big Ten Conference in the annual GameDay Recycling Challenge by diverting more waste than any other school. The national competition is meant to promote waste reduction and sustainability at home football games. Ohio State notched an average diversion rate of 95.4 percent at Ohio Stadium during last year’s football season.

Can electric-car ownership expand beyond techies?

The Columbus Dispatch

February 15, 2017

At first, car manufacturers prioritized hybrid vehicles. Then they scrambled to design long-distance batteries. Now, attention has turned to laying a coast-to-coast network of charging stations.

Featured experts: Ramteen Sioshansi, professor of integrated systems engineering and Don Butler,administrative manager, Center for Automotive Research

Ohio State says document seeking university-wide energy deal is a secret

The Columbus Dispatch

February 13, 2017

A year after announcing that it would give private contractors the chance to operate the university's energy systems, Ohio State is asking companies to submit proposals. But officials intend to keep the details of the request secret from the public until after they get responses.

Stone Lab and Sea Grant has a new director

Sandusky Register

February 10, 2017

Stone Laboratory in Ottawa County and Ohio Sea Grant, based at Ohio State University in Columbus, both have a new director as the state moves forward in its battles against harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. Christopher Winslow has been named the new director for both of the closely related programs. The appointment is effective Feb. 1 but was publicly announced this week.

Ohio State energy privatization decision expected in April

Business First

February 10, 2017

Ohio State University is entering the final stretch in its bid to privatize its energy management, a step that will decide whether it enters into a partnership with an outside entity for 50 years. A decision is expected in two months. In an email to faculty, staff and students Thursday evening, Provost Bruce McPheron said the bidders "are all leading experts on energy use and sustainability who have demonstrated expertise, capabilities and quality of proposals to meet our needs."

To See Food Waste in a New Way, Start With Your Plate

National Geographic

Nov. 1, 2016

Getting a close look at home food waste is important, says Brian Roe, a behavioral economist at Ohio State University, because there’s just so much of it.

Featured Expert: Brian Roe, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

MI, OH, PA Transportation Officials To Collaborate On Autonomous Driving


February 2, 2017

Transportation officials and researchers from Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania this month announced plans to jointly advance autonomous and connected vehicle technology.

Academic partners include the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Ohio State University and Carnegie Mellon University as well as the American Center for Mobility in Michigan and the Transportation Research Center in Ohio.

People waste less food if told of harm to environment

The Columbus Dispatch

January 29, 2017

A piece of advice for green-minded restaurants and food service businesses - hide that compost bin.

That's because when diners know their scraps will be composted, they end up wasting more food, according to new research from Ohio State University.

Featured expert: Brian Roe, professor of agricultural, environmental and development economics

Gov. John Kasich, Ohio State University announce $45 million expansion in vehicle test center


January 27, 2017

Gov. John Kasich and Ohio State University President Michael Drake announced a $45 million investment for testing driverless cars and other vehicles at the Transportation Research Center. OSU will invest $25 million to expand the 4,500-acre facility in Logan County.

ALSO: Columbus Dispatch: I-670 could get variable speed limits to reduce congestion

ALSO: 13ABC (via Associated Press): Ohio auto testing facility to get $45M grant for expansion

ALSO: Industry Week: Ohio, OSU to invest $45M in autonomous vehicle testing expansion

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OSU gets grant to study autonomous vehicles

The Columbus Dispatch

January 26, 2017

A major research grant to expand Ohio State University's Transportation Research Center and study autonomous vehicles will mean jobs and economic development for central Ohio, according to the center's director.

Gov. John Kasich is scheduled to announce the grant, said to be tens of millions of dollars, at an event with Ohio State trustees at 2 p.m. today.

Ohio State spinoff getting boost from Safelite fuel-efficiency efforts

Business First

January 24, 2017

Safelite AutoGlass will start fueling fleet vehicles that run on compressed natural gas by month's end using a simplified compressor technology that just four years ago was an idea on paper at an Ohio State University lab.

Simple-Fill Inc., the Ohio State spinoff licensing the technology from the Center for Automotive Research, is ready to deploy the first production model of a compressor that uses liquid instead of thousands of spinning parts to compress the gas into usable fuel – for the first time making compressors affordable and easy to maintain for small to medium fleets.

OSU study: Discovery could lead to jet engines that run hotter, cleaner

Daily Reporter

January 23, 2017

Researchers here have made a discovery in materials science that sounds like something from the old Saturday morning cartoon Super Friends: They've found a way to deactivate "nano twins" to improve the high-temperature properties of superalloys that are used in jet engines.

Featured expert: Michael Mills, professor of materials science and engineering

ALSO: France-Metallurgie: Ohio State scientists find a way to remove defects from alloys to enable jet engines to run hotter and cleaner (US)

Think global warming's a fraud? These scientists want to change your mind

The Columbus Dispatch

January 23, 2017

As for consensus, studies show that more than 97 percent of scientists agree that humans are responsible for ongoing climate change. So how do experts convince doubters? The Dispatch asked a group of scientists to share their most-compelling evidence.

Featured expert: Lonnie Thompson, Department of Earth Sciences, Byrd Polar Research Center

New Technology Could Clean Up Jet Engines

R&D Magazine

January 19, 2017

A new method of deactivating nano twins to improve the high-temperature properties of superalloys may lead to a hotter and ultimately cleaner jet engine.

Featured expert: Michael Mills, professor of materials science and engineering

Ohio State receives $1.5 million to study ways to cut bus emissions

The Columbus Dispatch

January 19, 2017

Researchers at Ohio State University will receive $1.5 million from the federal government to test ways of reducing emissions from buses.

The Federal Transit Authority program will work with Ohio State's Center for Automotive Research, with the potential to receive a share of up to $12 million in additional funding over the next few years.

How Ohio State uses campus as a 'live proving ground’ for driverless vehicles

Business First

January 16, 2017

Ohio State University thinks it can be a “proving ground” for autonomous vehicles.

That means continuing to use its campus, one of the largest in the country, as a test site.

Here are some tidbits on what Ohio State is doing, based on its application to the U.S. Department of Transportation and a discussion with Carla Bailo, OSU’s assistant vice president for mobility research and business development:

• After performing virtual testing and simulations, Ohio State uses a 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid to test autonomous highway driving and an Innova micro-sized electric vehicle to test low-speed shuttle operations.

Ohio State asks feds to name it a proving ground for autonomous vehicles

Business First

January 13, 2017

Ohio State University hopes to make its Columbus campus a government-certified testing ground for autonomous vehicles.

Driverless vehicles still are largely experimental but expected to become a standardized form of transportation on U.S. roads.

Roger Schroer: The Fastest Man in Central Ohio

Columbus Monthly

January 2017

Not much scares Roger Schroer. Good thing, too, because steering a rocket on wheels upwards of 300 mph can be harrowing stuff.

“At a place like Bonneville, anything can happen,” he says. He is talking about Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, a vast white surface left over from an ancient lake, a favorite proving ground for high-speed vehicles. It’s also the place where the gray-haired, steely-eyed driver piloted Ohio State University’s Buckeye Bullet to another land-speed record for an electric vehicle in September.