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Universities focus more on clean energy sources

The Columbus Dispatch

July 6, 2014

In the past, colleges and universities “went green” by holding recycling challenges or encouraging students to turn down their air conditioners when the days got a little too sultry.

…. Ohio State University has offset its energy use for the past two years by buying credits for wind power from turbines in northwestern Ohio.

Ohio State team wins EcoCar 2 Competition with E85-fueled car

Ethanol Producers Magazine

June 18, 2014

On June 13, U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors Co. announced the winning team of the North American EcoCAR 2 Competition. The winner was the Ohio State team, as they took home the overall winners title at the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future finals.

ALSO: Marketwatch: The Ohio State University Wins North American EcoCAR 2 Competition

ALSO: Ohio Advanced Energy Economy: OSU CAR Team Places First in National Competition

Ohio State lab uses solar panels for study, efficiency

Ohio State University’s Lake Erie lab collects sunlight to study, reduce energy consumption

The Columbus Dispatch

June 15, 2014

Slowly but surely, Stone Lab is reducing its dependency on the grid.

Over time, the solar energy collected by the lab on Gibraltar Island on Lake Erie is expected to reduce conventional energy consumption at its facilities between 10 and 25 percent.

Ohio State students win EcoCAR 2 competition

The Columbus Dispatch

June 14, 2014

Ohio State University students have won a national automotive competition, taking first place in EcoCar 2.

The three-year contest challenges various schools to overhaul a standard vehicle to make it more fuel efficient and awards a $32,000 cash prize.

ALSO: Inside the Green Garage: The Ohio State University Wins Top Honors at the Year Three Competition

Quasar Energy's groundbreaking work might come with a price

Lancaster Eagle Gazette

June 14, 2014

For Quasar Energy Group, trash to treasure isn’t just a business model, it’s the way of the future.

Using one of the few anaerobic digesters in the state, the Cleveland-based waste management company, working in conjunction with Ohio State University researchers, takes organic matter — such as manure, food processing residuals and wastewater treatment sludge — and turns it into valuable energy.

Climate Change to Negatively Impact State of Ohio this Year and Beyond

Cleveland Leader

June 4, 2014

Changing climate is expected to impact Ohio in a negative way during the next year or so, and beyond. Scientists speaking at a conference at The Ohio State University last week delivered some research findings, including forecasts for a larger-than-average algae bloom in Lake Erie this summer, and El Niño that could make for a very dry 2015 in the Buckeye State.

Lightning Threat Increases With Heat


May 28, 2014

Lightning strikes become increasingly common in late spring and early summer.

...A single bolt contains up to several million volts of electricity, which has been duplicated at Ohio State, using a Tesla coil, coupled with an impulse generator to test materials that make better insulators.

Central Ohio Planners Spend $1.4M On Climate Change Study


May 27, 2014

Central Ohio government planners are spending more than a million dollars to study the possible impact of climate change on the region's water supply. The expenditure comes as researchers and local government officials pay closer attention to volatile weather.

Featured expert: David Bromwich, geography professor

EPA Water Task Force To Work With Universities

Associated Press

May 22, 2014

A task force established by the Environmental Protection Agency to curtail farmland pollution that flows into the Mississippi River has reached an agreement with 12 universities.

The Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Task Force will work with Purdue University, University of Illinois, University of Arkansas, University of Kentucky, Mississippi State University and Ohio State University.

Dr. Mike Bevis: A Researcher Who Found His Place in Science Using GPS to Study the Earth's Surface

People Behind the Science

May 19, 2014

Michael Bevis is a geophysicist who uses high accuracy GPS positioning to study the motion and deformation of the solid earth and related phenomena.

Featured Expert: Dr. Mike Bevis, professor of geodynamics in the School of Earth Sciences at The Ohio State University

Local helps lead Ohio State's latest EcoCAR engineers

This Week (Westerville)

May 15, 2014

A Westerville native will help lead a team of Ohio State University undergraduate students in a nationwide collegiate competition sponsered by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors.

OSU graduate student M.J. Yatsko will help direct the EcoCAR team, which is comprised of 45 graduate and undergraduate students, in redesigning a Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid vehicle in the four-year-long Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition.

Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans From Polar Melt

The New York Times

May 13, 2014

A large section of the mighty West Antarctica ice sheet has begun falling apart and its continued melting now appears to be unstoppable, two groups of scientists reported on Monday.

...The new finding appears to be the fulfillment of a prediction made in 1978 by an eminent glaciologist, John H. Mercer of the Ohio State University.

ALSO: The Columbus Dispatch: Antarctic ice melt alarming

Featured expert: Lonnie Thompson, a climate-change expert and glaciologist with Ohio State's Byrd Polar Research Center

Ohio State students fix up aging IndyCar racer

Aiming for road course at Indianapolis, with help of alumnus

The Columbus Dispatch

May 12, 2014

It would be weeks before the race car was ready to hurtle down the track in a glossy, white-and-black blur. But even as the car sat unmoving, unfinished under the warehouse lights, its racing team circled around to marvel.

The team, eight students from Ohio State University, had just assembled the car for the first time with its new engine. Axles, cockpit and a jumble of parts had come together into a sleek IndyCar racer, painted with a black No. 9.

Do energy standards create jobs? No

Cincinnati Enquirer (op-ed)

May 8, 2014

Featured expert: Op-ed contributor Brent Sohngen, professor of agricultural, environmental, and development economics at Ohio State University

Warming putting U.S. in danger, report says

Columbus Dispatch 

May 7, 2014

Featured expert: Jeff Rogers, Ohio State University geography professor and state climatologist

Climate Change and Greenland: Where Ice Melt Could Raise Seas by 23 Feet

The Weather Channel

May 6, 2014

Featured expert: Michael Bevis, a professor of earth sciences at Ohio State University

Everest is Melting

Outside magazine

May 5, 2014

Featured expert: Lonnie Thompson, paleoclimatologist at the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University

How to solve climate change with cows (maybe)

Boston Globe

May 4, 2014

Featured expert: Rattan Lal, soil scientist and director of Ohio State University's Carbon Management and Sequestration Center

OSU Fisher College adds energy-focused executive MBA

Columbus Business First

April 28, 2014

Ohio State University is cashing in on the state’s energy boom with an executive MBA specialization.

The OSU Fisher College of Business is offering an energy specialization geared toward “high-potential energy industry professionals” who want to widen their knowledge.

Reborn Olentangy becomes OSU lab

The Columbus Dispatch

April 27, 2014

Like doctors on their daily rounds, members of a team of Ohio State University researchers are probing, testing and monitoring their patients — the Olentangy and Scioto rivers. “Understanding what happens when a dam comes down is not particularly well-resolved,” said Mazeika Sullivan, an assistant professor of aquatic-riparian ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources.