Office of Energy and Environment Faculty/Staff News

Oct. 9, 2018

Educate, Engage and Empower Yourself During Mobility Week
Ohio State Mobility Week, Oct. 15-19, is an effort to educate, engage and empower the campus community around the current options and future of mobility on campus and beyond. The week provides several opportunities to engage with mobility providers, educate yourself through panels, and experience electric vehicles from the driver’s seat. Ohio State is the primary research partner of Smart Columbus, an initiative resulting from the city’s win of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Smart City Challenge. Columbus received $50 million in grants to transform mobility in central Ohio. A team of representatives from Ohio State's Corporate Engagement Office, Center for Automotive Research, Transportation and Traffic Management, Smart Campus student group and several community partners are involved in planning Mobility Week activities. Learn more at go.osu.edu/mobilityweek.

Smart = Data: The Benefits and Risks of Smart Data Use
Smart cities require a great deal of interconnected data. To be effective, many questions need to be answered to guide our smart city work. Ohio State’s Corporate Engagement Office will host a discussion from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Smart Columbus Experience Center. Join in the conversation with Ohio State experts and learn more about how we can maximize and minimize the risks of the data use while balancing privacy and social benefit.
Featured panelists include:

Learn more and register: go.osu.edu/smartdata Questions? corporateengagement@osu.edu

Ohio State Named Among Best Green U.S. Colleges
Ohio State has been named No. 6 among the College Consensus’ Best Green Colleges in the United States. The institutions featured in the Best Green Colleges have been selected because of their recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency as the largest green power users among higher education institutions in the Green Power Partnership. While they are lauded for their use of energy, these universities have made sustainability a driving force in their mission. Saying we are “leading transformation and innovation in sustainability,” the College Consensus highlights our wind energy partnership, INNOVATE-O-Thon, Zero Waste efforts and University Sustainability Goals.

Energy Department Announces $30 Million for Carbon Capture Technologies
Announced in September, up to $30 million in federal funding is available from the U.S. Department of Energy for cost-shared research and development under the second closing of the Office of Fossil Energy’s Novel and Enabling Carbon Capture Transformational Technologies funding opportunity announcement. Selected projects will support the development of solvent, sorbent and membrane technologies to address scientific challenges and knowledge gaps associated with reducing the cost of carbon capture, supporting DOE’s goal to develop technologies that can significantly reduce the cost of CO2 capture from coal-fired power plants. Responses are due Oct. 25.

Accelerator Awards Applications Open for Fall Funding Round
The Accelerator Awards program provides Ohio State researchers up to $100,000 to advance promising technologies and bring them closer to market. Researchers can use these funds for concept development, prototyping, coding, market studies and customer validation efforts. Ohio State researchers who have disclosed their inventions to technology commercialization are eligible for the award. Applications for this round of funding, due at 10 p.m. Oct. 26, can be accessed at go.osu.edu/accelawards. Contact: accelerator_awards@osu.edu

University Climate Change Coalition Issues Progress Report
Ohio State’s sustainability efforts are highlighted in the progress report from the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3). UC3 is a network of research institutions from across North America committed to leveraging their institutional strengths to foster a robust exchange of best practices and research agenda in pursuit of accelerating local climate solutions. The UC3 report, “Research for Solutions: Convening Stakeholders to Galvanize Local Climate Action,” features Ohio State’s research forum, “Building Resilient Communities in a Changing Climate,” as well as the Wexner Medical Center “Climate Change, Health and You” forum and “WestFest” community event, all held in May.

NSF Adds Funding for Student Internships outside of Academia
The National Science Foundation has added a supplemental funding opportunity for non-academic research internships for graduate students during fiscal years 2019 and 2020 to support career opportunities in any sector of the U.S. economy. NSF will consider supplemental funding requests that enable principal investigators to request up to six months of additional support for graduate students. Details here.

University Offers Proposal Writing Assistance
The Proposal Development Office in the Office of Research is offering assistance for researchers this fall:
Introduction to the Red Team Review Process – 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 8. This session offers an overview of the “Red Team,” a critical review step in the proposal development process, with discussion of the importance, timing and composition of the review as well as how this review process differs from others, such as peer reviews.
Questions? Contact Maureen Langlois (langlois.8@osu.edu), a proposal development specialist for sustainability and resilience topics.

NSF Adds Funding for Student Internships outside of Academia
The National Science Foundation has added a supplemental funding opportunity for non-academic research internships for graduate students during fiscal years 2019 and 2020 to support career opportunities in any sector of the U.S. economy. NSF will consider supplemental funding requests that enable principal investigators to request up to six months of additional support for graduate students. Details here.

Connect and Collaborate Funding Available for Faculty, Staff and Students
The Connect and Collaborate Grants Program incentivizes Ohio State-community teams to develop and grow meaningful partnerships that catalyze engaged teaching, research and service programs with measurable and sustainable benefits to the community while advancing the strategic and scholarly goals of the university. Grants up to $70,000 are available. Letters of intent are due Tuesday, Oct. 2. An information session will be held at 10 a.m.Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Research Commons and can be viewed online at https://carmenconnect.osu.edu/connectcollaborate. Read more at oaa.osu.edu/ccgrants.

Professional Development Opportunities in Engagement
Ohio State University Engagement offers Engagement Professional Development opportunities to assist in building and sustaining meaningful partnerships. Upcoming topics include communication strategies, data visualization and project management. Contact: engage@osu.edu

ARPA-E Announces Electric Grid, Heat Exchanger Funding
ARPA-E has issued a funding opportunity announcement of up to $35 million for the High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials and Manufacturing Processes (HITEMMP) program, to develop new approaches and technologies for the design and manufacture of high temperature, high pressure, and highly compact heat exchangers critical to efficient thermal energy use in numerous industrial and everyday applications, including electricity generation, nuclear reactors, transportation, petrochemical plants, and waste heat recovery. The deadline to submit a concept paper is 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. Additional information: ARPA-E eXCHANGE.



Making Headlines

Ohio State’s energy, environment and sustainabilty experts are in the news. The following articles have been published by media recently. Read more news coverage on our website.

Dandelions Ruin Your Front Yard but Could Be the Future of the Rubber Industry

The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 3

Featured expert: John Cardina, assistant professor, horticulture and crop science

Trump's Auto Emissions Plan Is Full of Faulty Logic

WIRED, Sept. 29

Featured expert: Giorgio Rizzoni, director, Center for Automotive Research


Upcoming Events

Science Sundays: Lessons from Nature — Bio-inspired Surfaces for Green Science and Technology, Oct 14
Bharat Bhushan discusses the emerging field of biomimetics, in which scientists mimic structures and processes found in biology or nature to develop nanomaterials, nanodevices and systems with desirable properties.

Energy and Environment Film Series, starts Oct. 15
This weekly series provides film screenings with lively discussions by leading Ohio State and local experts through November. The October features are “Rancher Farmer Fisherman,” “What Lies Upstream” and “Catching the Sun: The Race for a Clean Energy Future.” The films begin at 7 p.m. Mondays in CBEC Room 130.

World Food Day 2018 -- A Zero Hunger World: Data Resources for Improving Food Access, Health and Well-being, Oct. 16
Join us on World Food Day to raise awareness for food security challenges in our community and utilizing University and public libraries as a resource for seeking solutions.

EPN Breakfast Series: Ohio Hospital Association's Environmental Leadership Council, Oct. 16
In conjunction with the Ohio Hospital Association’s Environmental Leadership Council, Environmental Professionals Network will examine efforts to embed environmental sustainability into leading healthcare systems in Ohio with a select group of hospital systems that are leading the way to greening this sector in our state.

Integrating Philosophical and Economic Perspectives on Well-Being, Nov. 2

This conference aims to foster interdisciplinary understanding and collaboration between philosophers, economists and others who are interested in well-being.

CURA Speaker Series, Mobility and Equity: Todd Litman, Nov. 9
Todd Litman, founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute (VTPI), will visit for a public talk book-ended by a student round-table discussion on campus and a professional roundtable at the Smart Columbus Experience Center.

CURA Speaker Series, Mobility and Equity: Noreen McDonald, Nov. 16
This talk, with roundtable discussions, will feature Noreen McDonald, a professor and chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her presentation is "Healthcare Transportation Services: How Technology and Shared Mobility are Changing Options and Behavior."

CURA Speaker Series, Mobility and Equity: Can Transportation Make Columbus a More Equitable Community? Sept. 14
CURA, Ohio State’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, has a long tradition of bringing novel ideas and thoughtful discussion about urban and regional issues to Central Ohio through semi-annual speaker series. The theme for Fall 2018 will be mobility and equity, featuring a lineup of locally and nationally renowned experts.

Climate Change Justice and Responsibility, Sept. 14
The Mershon Center for International Security Studies hosts this Speaker Series event featuring Brooke Ackerly, professor of political science at Vanderbilt University and co-editor-in-chief of the International Feminist Journal of Politics.

Ohio Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, Sept. 14
The conference, presented by the Ohio Environmental Council, will kickstart a distinctly Ohioan conversation about controversial and complicated state and national environmental concerns.

Sustainable Cleveland Summit, Sept. 20-21
The 10th Annual Sustainable Cleveland Summit will be held Sept. 20-21 at Public Auditorium, 500 Lakeside Ave. Nearly 600 community and business leaders, government officials, students, and residents work together to help transform Cleveland into a "green city on a blue lake" and to report on our collective efforts and progress.

EPN Breakfast Series: Ohio Hospital Association's Environmental Leadership Council, Oct. 16
In conjunction with the Ohio Hospital Association’s Environmental Leadership Council, Environmental Professionals Network will examine current efforts to embed environmental sustainability into leading healthcare systems in Ohio with a select group of large and small, urban and rural, hospital systems that are leading the way to greening this sector in our state. Mark your calendar and watch epn.osu.edu for details.

CURA Speaker Series, Mobility and Equity: Todd Litman, Nov. 9
Todd Litman, founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute (VTPI), will visit for a public talk book-ended by a student round-table discussion on campus and a professional round-table at the Smart Columbus Experience Center. Mark your calendar and watch this website for more details.

CURA Speaker Series, Mobility and Equity: Noreen McDonald, Nov. 16
This talk, with roundtable discussions, will feature Noreen McDonald, a professor and chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. McDonald’s work focuses on how infrastructure investments and technology changes influence travel and the downstream impacts on road safety, public health, energy demand and city form. She is an internationally recognized expert on the travel behavior of youth and young adults. Mark your calendar and watch this website for more details.

Forum on Water Research, Feb. 8
The Middle East Studies Center, the Mershon Center, International Programs in Agriculture, and the Office of Research in the College of Arts and Sciences will host this forum to gather faculty input on the purpose and direction for a research community focused on water protection. RSVP.