Office of Energy and Environment Faculty/Staff News

March 20, 2017

Office of Energy and Environment

Energy and Environment
News and Updates

Energy Impacts Symposium to be held at Ohio State
The Energy Impacts Research Coordination Network is hosting the Energy Impacts Symposium July 26-27 at Ohio State. This is the first large-scale gathering in the Western Hemisphere dedicated to social science research on energy development. The goals of the symposium include building and supporting a discipline around social science energy research, and organizers welcome sociologists, psychologists, economists, political scientists and public health researchers to attend.

Lyons Receives Fulbright
Berry Lyons, professor and director, School of Earth Sciences, has received a Fulbright to fund combined research and teaching at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Lyons will spend January through June 2018 collecting and analyzing stream and bog water samples in Ireland. His goal is to determine chemical weathering rates, as well as provide new information to aid both environmental management and natural-resource assessment. Additionally, Lyons will teach short modules focusing primarily on his research and the climatic status of polar regions today.

College of Engineering Offers Online LEED Course
Ohio State students, faculty and staff as well as industry professionals can take this Green Building Methods course, in which participants learn about green building methods, techniques and practices and how they can be applied to planning practice. The course focuses on concepts associated with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, a green building certification program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to recognize building practices that save money, reduce water consumption, improve indoor air quality, make better material choices, and overall have fewer negative impacts to the environment. The course begins May 1.

ARPA-E Projects Receive more than $1.8 Billion in Private Follow-on Funding
The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has attracted over $1.8 billion in private sector follow-on funding for 74 project teams since the agency’s founding in 2009. In addition, ARPA-E, tasked with supporting transformative innovation in the energy sector, announced that 56 projects have formed new companies, 68 projects have partnered with other government agencies for further development, and an ever-increasing number of technologies have been incorporated into products sold on the market today. These data illustrate ARPA-E’s critical role in supporting high-potential, high-impact technologies to the point where additional investment can be leveraged for continued development and deployment in the marketplace. To date, ARPA-E has provided approximately $1.5 billion to fund more than R&D 580 projects across 36 focused programs and three open funding solicitations. The agency is charged by Congress to maintain U.S. competitiveness in the energy space, which it achieves through targeted support of projects that, if successful, could transform how Americans generate, store and use energy.

Discovery Theme News

Translational Data Analytics Offers Seed Grants
The Translational Data Analytics Discovery Theme program is seeking proposals from teams that wish to form new, interdisciplinary teams to generate preliminary study concepts, technologies, data and results encompassing data analytics. These proposals will support the creation of a community of scholars dedicated to identifying, sharply defining and providing solutions to problems within the scope of TDA. Letter of Intent deadline is March 21. Earliest possible start date will be fall semester 2017.

2017 Ohio State Materials Week Runs May 9-12
Registration is open for the 9th annual Materials Week conference, a showcase of materials-allied research at Ohio State and beyond. Presented by the Institute for Materials Research and the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability Discovery Theme program, the four-day event features sessions including Manufacturing and Materials for Sustainability; Materials Innovation; Integrated Design of Materials and Innovations in Advanced Microscopy. The keynote speaker is Ayodhya N. Tiwari of ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Zurich, Flisom Company, and Empa–Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology.

Making Headlines

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

Making Tire Filler From Eggshells
The Wall Street Journal
March 10, 2017
Featured expert: Katrina Cornish, an Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Biomaterials
Video: Scientists Test Tire Filler Made From Food Waste

ALSO: Yahoo News: Tires Made of Eggshells and Tomato Skins Now a Reality
ALSO: Waste Management World: Egg Heads at Ohio State University Recycling Food Waste into Carbon Black for Tyres
ALSO: HowStuffWorks: Amazing, Absurd and Abnormal: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week
ALSO: Rubber World: Ohio State researchers use food waste as fillers for manufacturing tires
ALSO: Nanowerk News: Turning food waste into tires
ALSO: World Industrial Reporter: Ohio State Uses Food Waste to Partially Replace Petroleum-Based Tire Fillers
ALSO: U.S. News & World Report: Potential New Use for Food Waste: Tires
ALSO: R&D Magazine: Science Converts Food Waste into Tires

Lightweighting Goes Beyond the Low-Hanging Fruit
March 2, 2017
Featured expert: Glenn Daehn, professor of metallurgical engineering

Antarctic ice crack could cause big rise in sea level
New York Post
February 24, 2017
Featured expert: Ian Howatt, professor of geography

Upcoming Events

Smart City, Healthy City? A Panel Discussion, March 24

Smart Columbus is a $140 million public-private technology project designed to address some of the city's most pressing transportation challenges, including access to prenatal health care. Of particular concern is the staggering infant mortality rate — four times the national average — in the Linden neighborhood. CURA, the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, will take a closer look at the potential health impact of the project when it hosts a panel discussion March 24 with experts from industry, Ohio State and Smart Columbus.

TEDxOhioStateUniversity: Precipice, March 25
The 2017 theme Precipice embodies a wide range of definitions — a turning point, the face of a cliff, the tip of knowledge — yet unites them at a common point. This year’s student-run event features 12 Ohio State-affiliated presenters who will inspire and challenge our concepts of science, technology, history and life. Plan to attend from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 25, in the Ohio Union Grand Ballroom. Tickets are required.

"Time For Change Week" at Ohio State, April 3-9
Ohio State's Undergraduate Student Government, the Sustainability Council, Office of Student Life and the Office of Energy and Environment are teaming up to present "Time For Change Week 2017," a series of fun events, talks, outdoor activities and a concert to focus on how we can protect and sustain our Earth.

From Summits to Sustainability: REI's Vikram Sahney, April 12
This Environmental Professionals Network signature event features Vikram Sahneyh, vice president of sustainability for REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.), who will share how he finds ways to align his passions and profession to reach ever higher levels of sustainability. REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) is the largest consumer co-op in the United States with over 6 million active members. The outdoor retail co-op is dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Register to attend for free by Wednesday, April 5.