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Apr 17
Climates past: From greenhouse to hothouse Apr 17
The Earth’s climate has gone from Greenhouse to Hothouse more than dozen times this eon. Each time, researchers say, magma brought the heat. Full Story...
How much appetite does soil have for climate change? Apr 17
Above the soil, trees and crops are dining on carbon dioxide—even grabbing more than scientists originally expected from the atmosphere. They might suck some of that carbon into their roots, or lay it down upon the soil as they wither with winter. Full Story...
Increased time on Facebook may lead to negative body image, new study finds Apr 17
Co-authored by Yusuf Kalyango, the study surveyed 881 college women in the Midwest on their Facebook use, body image and eating and exercise habits. The study is the first to associate time spent on Facebook with poor body image Full Story...
Student Expo 2014 winners announced (PHOTOS) Apr 17
More than 800 students presented at the Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo on April 10, 2014 at the Convocation Center. The winners of each judging category are now available online. Full Story...
Student helps Jeff Lab accelerate toward 12 gigaelectronvolts Apr 17
Physics & Astronomy graduate student Mongi Dlamini was helping April 1 when “the crown jewel of the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility sparkled its way into a new era,” as Science Daily described it. Full Story...
Todd Young named editor of mathematics research journal Apr 17
Dr. Todd Young, Professor of Mathematics at Ohio University, has been named Co-Editor-in-Chief of the research journal Dynamical Systems: An International Journal. Full Story...
Apr 14
What's the big idea? A look at new OHIO inventions Apr 14
A spotlight on seven new technologies under development by Ohio University scientists and engineers. Full Story...
Apr 10
Ohio Third Frontier awards grant to develop Ohio University 3-D visualization suite for aircraft Apr 10
Ohio University has received $50,000 from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission to develop 3-D visualization software that will improve the development and design of new aircraft. The technology was created by current and former students in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology's computer science program and is being commercialized through the university's Technology Transfer Office. Full Story...
Apr 8
Physics Student Finds Way to Differentiate Nanoscale Defects in Graphene Apr 8
Analyzing the motion of electrons, Ohio University researchers have developed a process to discriminate among different impurities in graphene–the strong, light and conductive material only one atom thick being studied for a variety of nanoscale applications. Full Story...
Apr 3
Supercontinents: Earth’s radical story of birth and destruction Apr 3
Gondwana. Rodinia. Nuna. Kenorland. Vaalbara. They sound like other worlds. They likely represent the past of this world. Full Story...
Apr 2
University to showcase student research projects April 10 Apr 2
University will showcase the original work of its students at the Student Research and Creative Activity Expo on Thursday, April 10. This year's Expo will feature more than 800 participants from 56 departments and schools. Full Story...
Mar 31
Kanawha Project Introduces Climate Change to Interdisciplinary Faculty and Students Mar 31
Kanawha Project Introduces Climate Change to Interdisciplinary Faculty and Students Full Story...
Noelker will give arts and aging talk April 3 Mar 31
Noelker will give arts and aging talk April 3 Full Story...
Student Expo offers WOUB students live event broadcast experience Mar 31
WOUB Public Media and the Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo have worked together for eight years to help communications students get live broadcasting experience. They will collaborate again during this year's event on April 10. Full Story...
Mar 25
Student Enhancement Awards provide $115,945 in funding during spring 2014 cycle Mar 25
Student Enhancement Awards provide $115,945 in funding during spring 2014 cycle Full Story...
Thompson invited talk: ‘Peril of African American men in higher education policy’ Mar 25
Dr. Debra Thompson, Assistant Professor of Political Science, gave an invited talk on March 5 as part of the Conversation Series at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University. Full Story...
Mar 24
NSF creates industry electrochemical research center at OHIO Mar 24
The Center for Electrochemical Engineering at the Russ College of Engineering and Technology has received a National Science Foundation award to establish a new industry university cooperative research center in Athens. Full Story...
Mar 19
Oldest fossil evidence of modern African venomous snakes found in Tanzania Mar 19
Ohio University scientists have found the oldest definitive fossil evidence of modern, venomous snakes in Africa, according to a new study published March 19 in the journal PLOS ONE. Full Story...
Seven regional entrepreneurs, inventors receive 2013 Innovation Awards Mar 19
The awards, which celebrate creativity and innovation in southeastern Ohio, were announced March 18 at the annual gala. Full Story...
Mar 17
Senior Austin Way wins top honors at Physics Undergrad Research Conference Mar 17
Austin Way HTC Engineering Physics ‘14 received top honors at the recent 6th Annual Society of Physics Student Research Conference at Ohio University. His talk, “Fabrication of Photovoltaics,“ was voted ‘Best Presentation’ by a panel of faculty judges from the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Full Story...
Mar 14
Ohio University Research Committee selects six proposals for spring funding Mar 14
Ohio University Research Committee selects six proposals for spring funding Full Story...
Mar 13
Biologists track the impact of forest habitat change on warbler bird populations Mar 13
Research by Kelly Williams, a visiting professor of biological sciences and alumna of the doctoral program. Full Story...
Student Expo seeks judges for April 10 event Mar 13
Student Expo seeks judges for April 10 event Full Story...
Mar 10
Ross: 'Beyond Fear and Hatred in International Conflict' Mar 10
A new book by Dr. Andrew Ross, Assistant Professor of Political Science, looks at Mixed Emotions: Beyond Fear and Hatred in International Conflict (University of Chicago Press, 2013). Full Story...
Vis names newly discovered red algae after California professor Mar 10
Researchers at Ohio University in collaboration with European colleagues have named a new group of red algae Sheathia after CSUSM professor Dr. Bob Sheath, an aquatic biologist and one of the preeminent experts on North American freshwater algae. Full Story...
Mar 5
Software program can predict blood sugar crashes, spikes for patients with type 1 diabetes Mar 5
Ohio University engineers and endocrinologists seek to improve diabetes management. Full Story...
Mar 3
Beale named recipient of 2013 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Mar 3
Athens entrepreneur William Beale, a former Ohio University faculty member with a distinguished career in the development and manufacturing of new engine and power generation systems, has been named the recipient of the 2013 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship. Full Story...
Feb 26
Program allows faculty, staff to use university plane for research travel Feb 26
Program allows faculty, staff to use university plane for research travel Full Story...
Feb 25
Illustrator’s “Fear Project” gives voice to what scares us Feb 25
Julie M. Elman, an associate professor of visual communication, has solicited or received hundreds of tales of anxiety, worry, and unease. She's brought those concerns to life in a series of mixed media pieces. Full Story...
Feb 21
Psychology researchers examine how students with ADHD and other behavioral disorders can succeed in school Feb 21
Ohio University's Center for Intervention Research in Schools Full Story...
Feb 20
Finalists announced for southeastern Ohio’s 2013 Innovation Awards Feb 20
Forty-six entrepreneurs and innovators are finalists for the 2013 Innovation Awards, which celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation in the region. The winners in each of the six categories will be announced on Tuesday, March 18. Full Story...
How a secret garden can teach the community about sustainability Feb 20
Environmental studies graduate student Sarah Minkin pursues research and education initiatives to support sustainability. Full Story...
Feb 19
Cameras give voice to children undergoing medical treatments Feb 19
For her thesis project "Photographic Research Through A Child Life Lens," Katelyn Schlosser took cameras to a large freestanding children's hospital in the Midwest and gave them to a diverse group of five adolescents receiving pediatric cancer or hematology (blood disorder) services. Full Story...
Feb 14
Science Café to discuss importance of amphibians to human health Feb 14
Scott Moody, associate professor of biological sciences, will present a Science Café discussion titled "Endangered Species of Amphibians: Why Their Survival is Vital to Our Health," at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 in the Baker University Center Front Room. Full Story...
Student explores how young adult literature can help us understand adolescent development Feb 14
What do the characters Pi, Ponyboy, and Holden Caulfield have in common? Besides being the protagonists of three popular novels, they're also the subject of Spencer Smith's student thesis. Full Story...
Feb 11
Dinty W. Moore cultivates flash nonfiction for the digital age Feb 11
The director of Ohio University's creative writing program discusses the online journal Brevity and his writing process. Full Story...
Feb 10
Ohio University co-sponsors free screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey Feb 10
The classic science fiction film will be shown on Tuesday, Feb. 25 Full Story...
Feb 7
Botanists’ tiny violet find attracts international scientific interest Feb 7
Harvey Ballard, an associate professor of environmental and plant biology, details a distinctive plant found in the Peruvian Andes in 1962. Full Story...
Feb 4
Plants: How do they know which way is up? Feb 4
Gravity. Actors Sandra Bullock and George Clooney provided a theatrical look at how humans might experience the lack of gravity in space. But what about plants? Full Story...
Jan 29
New book focuses on historic African American resort town Jan 29
Ronald Stephens, an associate professor of African American studies, is the author of Idlewild: The Rise, Decline, and Rebirth of a Unique African American Resort Town (University of Michigan Press). Full Story...
Jan 22
What privacy? New book details surveillance in modern society Jan 22
"Terms like Big Brother and privacy no longer work," says John Gilliom, an Ohio University professor of political science. "Everything you know about surveillance is either wrong or incomplete." Full Story...
Jan 15
Registration for 2014 Student Expo now open Jan 15
Registration for the 2014 Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo is open until Friday, Feb. 28. This year's event will be held on Thursday, April 10, at the Convocation Center. Full Story...
Jan 13
Avionics Engineering Center celebrates 50 years of research in aviation technology Jan 13
Joined by a group of sponsors and alumni, the faculty and staff of the Avionics Engineering Center marked the 50th anniversary of its 1963 founding at a reception Thursday in Walter Hall. Full Story...
Sen. Rob Portman visit focuses on technology startups, research Jan 13
In between floor sessions in Washington, D.C., over federal unemployment benefits, Sen. Robert Portman, R-OH, visited Athens on Friday for a firsthand look at Ohio University’s research and entrepreneurship initiatives at the Innovation Center and Institute for Corrosion and Multiphase Technology. Full Story...
Jan 10
Graduate student examines how Egyptians are combating public sexual harassment Jan 10
Ohio University Student Enhancement Award recipient Nihal Said studies how independent movements in her native country work to reduce street harassment. Full Story...
Jan 6
OURC, Baker awards offer more than $90,000 in funding to 11 faculty members Jan 6
The John C. Baker Fund and the Ohio University Research Committee awarded $91,853 total to 11 faculty proposals for research, scholarship and creative work this fall. Both internal awards programs now are accepting proposals for the spring cycle of funding in January and February. Full Story...
Dec 17
Making the Connection Between Climate Change and Security Dec 17
Geoff Dabelko has been studying the links between the environment and security for most of his career.<br /><br />"When we investigated possible connections between the environment and instability in the wake of the Cold War, climate change was not part of the discussion," he said. "That is no longer the case. Climate change now dominates the environmental security landscape."<br /><br />Dabelko, professor and director of environmental studies at Ohio University's Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs, now heavily focuses his research on climate change and security links.  He thinks one important question has been largely overlooked: How will our responses to climate change affect peace?<br /> Full Story...
Dec 13
Innovation Center receives $350,000 in Third Frontier funding for southeastern Ohio business support Dec 13
The Ohio Third Frontier Commission has awarded Ohio University's Innovation Center $350,000 to help grow technology businesses in southeastern Ohio. Full Story...
Dec 10
Bayless named National Academy of Inventors fellow for engineering innovation Dec 10
Ohio University Loehr Professor of Mechanical Engineering David Bayless has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for his development of engineering technologies that seek to address the nation’s energy and environmental problems. Full Story...
Dec 9
Wednesday Science Café with John Kopchick to discuss athletes' growth hormone Dec 9
Kopchick will explore the misuse and abuse of growth hormone by athletes in hopes of enhancing their performance on Dec. 11. Full Story...