Research News

How One Tough Shrub Could Help Fight Hunger in Africa

11/06/18 – The trick to boosting crops in drought-prone, food-insecure areas of West Africa could be a ubiquitous shrub that persists in the toughest of growing conditions. A new study finds drought-resistant native shrub can irrigate food crops. Read more.

Renovated Mirror Lake Provides Hydrogeology Lab for Students

11/01/18 – The installation of the lab gives students the opportunity to apply classroom learning without leaving campus. Read more.

Ohio Sea Grant releases summary of ODHE Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative in third year

11/01/18 – Ohio Sea Grant has released the third-year research findings update for the statewide Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI), which seeks solutions for harmful algal blooms in Ohio. Read more.

Ohio State’s Rattan Lal Receives International Agriculture Award

10/31/18 – Rattan Lal, Ohio State Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science, has received the 2018 World Agriculture Prize from the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences. Read more.

Defending champion Ohio State Revved up for Next EcoCAR Competition

10/26/18 – A team of Buckeye students has been selected to participate in the upcoming Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition, EcoCAR Mobility Challenge. Read more.

CURIO Gathers Columbus Geospatial Data

10/25/18 – Online mapping helps citizens understand the character and pulse of the city where they live. Read more.

Climate Change, Rising Sea Levels a Threat to Farmers in Bangladesh

10/25/18 – Rising sea levels driven by climate change make for salty soil, and that is likely to force about 200,000 coastal farmers in Bangladesh inland as glaciers melt into the world’s oceans, according to estimates from an Ohio State researcher. Read more.

Looking to the skies: CHPPE 2018 Review

10/23/18 – The efficiency and environmental benefits of electrification are already propelling vehicles on the ground and sea, but next-generation engineers are looking to the skies for the next major breakthrough. Ohio State's Center for High Performance Power Electronics (CHPPE) held its annual review for industry leaders in October to discuss this topic. Read more.

Undergraduate’s love of nature and history fuels research in environmental archaeology

10/12/18 – When fourth-year anthropology student Catherine Mendel was young, she would flip through her parents’ encyclopedia collection to the sections on world archaeology. She would read the pages over and over, dreaming of one day becoming an archaeologist herself. Years later, after getting her start at Columbus State, Mendel is achieving her dream at Ohio State in the Department of Anthropology. Read more.

Student Takes Classroom Lessons to the Streets

10/12/18 – Mike Fackler, a junior in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University, credits the innovative coursework in his Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability major as giving him the tools needed to understand how business works and how sustainability plays into its success. Read more.

Trapping Toxic Compounds with ‘Molecular Baskets’

10/10/18 – Researchers have developed designer molecules that may one day be able to seek out and trap deadly nerve agents and other toxic compounds in the environment – and possibly in humans. Read more.

Voices of Excellence Explores Natural Gas Hydrates with guest Ann Cook

10/08/18 – Ann Cook, assistant professor in the School of Earth Sciences, aims to fill in the gaps in the scientific understanding of natural gas hydrates. She shares her research on the topic with David Staley on this week’s Voices of Excellence podcast. Read more.

Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Receives $550K Department of Energy Grant

10/08/18 – Christine Thomas, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was awarded a $550,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences for her work using metal-metal cooperativity to develop new catalytic reactions or to replace precious metal catalysts, which are currently widely used for the production of fuels and commodity chemicals. Read more.

$20 Million NSF Grant Continues Funding Groundbreaking Climate Change Research

10/08/18 – Heather Allen, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is a researcher for the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment, which recently received a five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Read more.

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Expands Research Scope

10/08/18 – The center is building upon nearly 60 years of excellence in polar and alpine research to support climate science across the university. Read more.

Restored Mirror Lake, Renovated Pomerene Hall Dedicated Homecoming Weekend

10/08/18 – Homecoming weekend kicked off Friday morning with a ceremony celebrating one of the iconic locations on campus, the historic Mirror Lake District. Read more.

To Measure Food Waste, Ohio State Students Dig Into It

10/03/18 – How audits of discarded food -- and an insect called a black soldier fly -- will help the university work toward the university's sustainability goal of diverting 90 percent of waste from landfills by 2025​. Read more.

CubeRRT: The Little Satellite That Could

10/02/18 – The debut data from The Ohio State University’s first satellite transmitted back from orbit, and the results look promising for future scientists studying the Earth. Read more.

His Work Involves Keeping Your Water in Harmony

09/28/18 – Eugene Braig has a passion for water — for Ohio’s ponds, rivers, lakes and streams; for the myriad things that call it home, from yellow perch to pickerelweed, smallmouth bass to microscopic plankton; and for making sure all its parts are in tune. Read more.

Students: What’s Your Sustainability Interest and IQ?

09/24/18 – Ohio State will survey students’ values, knowledge, attitudes and behavior toward sustainability topics beginning this week. Read more.