Research News

Recycle CFLs, More at Green Fair

04/01/16 – Don’t know what to do with your burned-out compact fluorescent light bulbs? Old car tires? Cans of unused paint? Take them to Wooster’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair. Read more.

See ‘Everyday Ways’ to Help the Earth at Green Fair

03/31/16 – Northeast Ohio’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair is back. The free public festival, whose theme is “Green Is for Life!” is April 19 at Wooster’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Read more.

​Wei Zhang wins prestigious CAREER award

03/28/16 – Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Wei Zhang recently received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. Read more.

Ohio State Joins US Water Partnership In Commitments At White House Water Summit

03/23/16 – The White House Water Summit, held on World Water Day (March 22), gathered leading institutions with a stake in innovating sustainable solutions to mounting water safety and security issues–and Ohio State was one of them. Read more.

Ohio State helps Columbus advance in Smart City Challenge

03/22/16 – The City of Columbus has been selected as one of seven finalists for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. Mobility experts at The Ohio State University are playing key roles in the city’s bid for $50 million in funding and to become the nation’s epicenter of advanced transportation infrastructure research and development. Read more.

Ohio State to Showcase Water Innovations at White House Summit

03/21/16 – As water issues continue to make headlines both close to home and far away, a White House Water Summit on Tuesday, March 22, will gather leading stakeholders — including The Ohio State University — that have innovative solutions. The event will be streamed online. Read more.

Ohio State Gets National Recognition for Tree Program

03/18/16 – For the fifth straight year, The Ohio State University is proud to earn a Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation, highlighting the university’s commitment to creating and maintaining a healthy tree population. Read more.

Sustainable and Resilient Economy Program Requests Seed Grant Proposals

03/17/16 – Faculty, staff, students and external partners can collaborate to apply for the Discovery Theme funding. Read more.

​Microgrid Resilience Researcher Wins Department of Defense Award

03/11/16 – Electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Mahesh Illindala, who received the Young Investigator Program Award, explains that his research explores the creation of a self-organizing and self-restorative framework for making microgrid systems resilient to unexpected disruptions. Read more.

Power drain and the electric vehicle

03/07/16 – If the demand for electric vehicles (EVs) continues to rise as expected, power grid losses and brown outs could become the new norm as drivers increasingly charge up for travel. New research from electrical engineers at The Ohio State University calls for an “urgent need” to expand public EV charging stations nationwide, while simultaneously prepping power grid infrastructure to handle the added stress. Read more.

Brian Snyder Joins Leadership Team at Ohio State's Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation

03/07/16 – Brian Snyder, executive director of one of the leading sustainable agriculture organizations in the nation, will join the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation at The Ohio State University on June 1. Read more.

Comprehensive Energy Management Project update

02/23/16 – Ohio State will be deepening its exploration of the Comprehensive Energy Management Project to determine whether and how it could help meet our sustainability goals. Read more.

Project Green Buckeyes Video Contest

02/19/16 – Do you have a passion for recycling and want to share it with fellow Buckeyes? The Office of Student Life’s Project Green Buckeyes is hosting a recycling video contest for Ohio State students and student organizations. Read more.

Energy Management Project Feedback Summary Available on Web

02/15/16 – The university is exploring a private partnership for comprehensive energy management, envisioning a lease with a private group that would provide benefits in four areas: conservation, supply, operations and affinity. Input and questions from the campus community are now available online. Read more.

Want to Add Solar Power on Your Farm? Go to This Workshop

02/12/16 – Farmers can save money with solar energy. So can other farm-related businesses. And grants and incentives exist that can help them get started. So say the organizers of a March 10 workshop at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, who plan to shed light on those topics. Read more.

Ohio State Study: Plankton communities key to carrying carbon to safe resting spot

02/11/16 – In a discovery that could play a role in slowing climate change, researchers are learning how the ocean plucks carbon from the atmosphere and shuttles it to the bottom of the sea. The new study establishes the important role of plankton networks in the process and opens up opportunities for caring for the ocean in ways that encourage it to absorb more carbon. Read more.

Battelle Expert Takes University Materials, Manufacturing Leadership Role

02/09/16 – Jay Sayre has been appointed to the newly created university positions of Assistant Vice President for Materials and Manufacturing Sustainability and Director of Innovation, Institute for Materials. At Battelle, Sayre was Director of Advanced Materials and Director of Internal Research and Development for Energy, Health and Environment. As the Director of Advanced Materials, he was responsible for the management of Battelle’s entire materials workforce in all disciplines related to advanced materials. Read more.

Honda and Ohio State partnership to strengthen focus on mobility innovation

02/03/16 – Honda and The Ohio State University today announced a new strategic direction for the partnership they have built during the last 28 years, with a sharpened focus on innovations in the mobility industry that will create new value for society. Read more.

Niezgoda receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

02/03/16 – Assistant Professor Stephen Niezgoda recently received a prestiguous Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for his project titled "Computational Design Tools for Quantifying Uncertainty Due to Material Variability." Read more.

​Turning good vibrations into energy

02/02/16 – New tools for harvesting wind energy may soon look less like giant windmills and more like tiny leafless trees. A project at The Ohio State University is testing whether high-tech objects that look a bit like artificial trees can generate renewable power when they are shaken by the wind—or by the sway of a tall building, traffic on a bridge or even seismic activity. Read more.