Research News

​Students Examine Response to Energy, Infrastructure Changes

08/06/18 – Three Ohio State doctoral students furthered their educational experiences by attending sustainability-related conferences with financial support from the Sustainability Institute of Ohio State. Read more.

​School of Environment and Natural Resources Faculty Recognized for Teaching Excellence

08/06/18 – Nicholas Basta, David Hix and Roger Williams received the 2018 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Educator Award at the NACTA annual meeting in June. Read more.

Ian Howat named director of Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

08/06/18 – Ian Howat, professor in the School of Earth Sciences, has been named director of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (BPCRC). Read more.

To be the force it could be in sustainability, academia needs to build bridges faster

07/25/18 – Academic institutions have the opportunity to play a far bigger and much-needed part in helping society solve global sustainability challenges, according to Ohio State University researcher Elena Irwin and her colleagues. Read more.

Getting to know the microbes that drive climate change

07/16/18 – A new understanding of the microbes and viruses in the thawing permafrost in Sweden may help scientists better predict the pace of climate change. Read more.

One year later: Ohio State energy partnership benefiting campus, students

07/12/18 – It has been one year since The Ohio State University entered into a 50-year partnership to improve the university’s energy management and sustainability. And the agreement is already leading to a brighter campus and brighter students. Read more.

Ohio State Tour to Highlight Columbus’ Growing Urban Agriculture Industry

07/05/18 – OSU Extension’s Franklin County office, along with the Columbus Urban Farmers Network, will host a free, public tour of five urban farms this summer to highlight the work urban farmers are doing and to educate consumers on the possibilities of urban farming. Read more.

Energy Department Funds Ohio State Biomass Research

07/02/18 – The team will develop processes that use microorganisms to convert biomass and CO2 into high yields of ethylene and propylene. Over 200 million tons of these compounds are required annually for the production of plastics. Read more.

Mitsch receives first Odum award

06/28/18 – Bill Mitsch, Ohio State professor emeritus of environment and natural resources and founding director of the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, was honored by the American Ecological Engineering Society. Read more.

Bringing sustainable water systems to Tanzania

06/28/18 – Ohio State's Global Water Institute is leading a consortium funded by a more than $1 million investment from the United States Agency for International Development and The Coca-Cola Foundation to install sustainable solar powered water systems in Tanzania. Read more.

University’s energy partner contributes $810,000 to academic, student programs

06/27/18 – Ohio State Energy Partners has funded $810,000 to a wide variety of university organizations in its first year on campus, with contributions supporting academic initiatives, sustainability and other priorities. Read more.

Recent Graduate Pursues Career in Sustainable Energy

06/25/18 – Numerous internships, mentors and student organizations have led environment, economy, development and sustainability graduate Sarah Fischer to pursue a career in sustainable energy and transportation. Read more.

​Methane-producing microbial communities found in fracking wells

06/25/18 – Deep in the rocky earth, in the liquid-filled cracks created by fracking, lives a community of highly interactive microbes – one that could at once have serious implications for energy companies, human health and scientists investigating the potential for life on Mars. Read more.

Bedrock in West Antarctica rising at surprisingly rapid rate

06/21/18 – The earth is rising in one part of Antarctica at one of the fastest rates ever recorded, as ice rapidly disappears and weight is lifted off the bedrock, a new international study has found. Read more.

Schlumberger donates software package to School of Earth Sciences

06/20/18 – Schlumberger, the world’s largest oilfield services company, has donated a substantial package of its software technology to the School of Earth Sciences. Read more.

InFACT Provides Support for Nine Interdisciplinary Grant Projects

06/18/18 – Our vision is for The Ohio State University to be the worldwide leader in developing conceptual models and practical examples of climate-resilient, secure and equitable agricultural and food systems. Read more.

​Ohio State University trustees approve new endowments from proceeds of energy management partnership

06/12/18 – The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today approved the establishment of the Strategic Initiatives Endowment Fund with $700 million from the Comprehensive Energy Management transaction. Read more.

Students Plant Seeds of Culture Change

06/06/18 – Students and staff collaborated to design and plant a new themed garden outside of Smith Lab. Read more.

Ohio State Experts Address Energy Infrastructure Challenges

05/24/18 – Researchers and community leaders examined community resiliency in the face of climate change at a university forum. Read more.

AEP Ohio funds research on protecting power grids from cyberattacks

05/24/18 – ​In March, the U.S. government revealed concerns about foreign cyberattacks into the operating systems of domestic electric power infrastructure and noted that the efforts to disrupt the grid date back to 2013. Read more.