Office of Energy and Environment Faculty/Staff News

June 16, 2017

Office of Energy and Environment

Energy and Environment
News and Updates

$1 Million Available for Tech Investment Via Accelerator Awards
The Accelerator Awards program provides Ohio State researchers up to $100,000 to advance and further develop promising technologies and bring them closer to market. Concept development, prototyping, coding, market studies and customer validation efforts are eligible uses for this award. The awards are available to all Ohio State researchers who have disclosed their inventions to the Technology Commercialization Office. Applications for this round of funding are due Monday, June 19.

Energy Impacts Symposium Set for 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. The preliminary program has now been announced.

Discovery Theme News

Seeking Nominations for Lecturers
The Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program is seeking nominations for 2017-18 academic year lecturers. The program engages students, faculty, staff and members of the community in thoughtful examination of major issues of public concern related to the Discovery Themes — Health and Wellness, Energy and Environment, Food Production and Security and Humanities and the Arts. Past lecturers have been eminent authorities from across the public and private sector.

Mumbai Conference Addresses India’s Emerging Waste Crisis
More than 400 professionals from the private and public sectors met at an international conference to consider innovative possibilities to manage waste in India. The U.S. Consulate General Mumbai and Ohio State co-hosted the Waste Management Innovation Conference in Mumbai, India, in April to exchange ideas and identify technologies for effective waste management to accelerate India’s economic growth. Goals of the conference were to build collaborative networks among individuals and organizations in the United States, India and South Asia that address waste management issues, and to help them explore ways to build upon conventional and new waste management concepts. The U.S. keynote speaker was Ohio State’s Prof. Rattan Lal, who outlined the immense challenges of waste management in India and the urgency of taking action.

SRE Co-hosts National Conference on Resilience
Ohio State will host the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development annual summer conference July 18-19. Organized in partnership with the Sustainable and Resilient Economy program, the “Expanding the Circle,” conference will focus on scaling up the “circular economy.” Participants will explore cutting-edge topics such as Smart and Resilient Cities, Human and Natural Systems in a Circular Economy, Cyclical and Resilient Supply Networks, and Digital Platforms for Co-Creation of Value.

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.

Group of U.S. senators push to retain $63M fund for National Sea Grant Program
Toledo Blade
June 8, 2017
Featured expert: Jeffrey Reutter, special adviser to Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory

Food Violence Shows Need for Both Development and Climate Resilience
New Security Beat
May 31, 2017
Featured expert: column co-author Bear Braumoeller, professor of political science

Americans waste food because we're confused — and because we can
USA Today
May 31, 2017
Featured expert: article cites study by Brian Roe, the McCormick Professor of Agricultural Marketing and Policy

Driving on eggshells: Researchers develop way to make TIRES from ground up food waste (and tomato peels will give them a reddish hue)
Daily Mail
May 19, 2017
Featured expert: Katrina Cornish, Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Biomaterials

Go west, young pine: US forests shifting with climate change
Associated Press
May 18, 2017
Featured expert: Brent Sohngen, professor of environmental and resource economics

Carmakers, researchers on alert as Trump plans review of fuel standards
The Columbus Dispatch
April 30, 2017
Featured experts: Giorgio Rizzoni, director of the Center for Automotive Research, and Greg Jankord, Ph.D student in mechanical engineering and EcoCar team member

OSU Researchers Discover Food Waste Perfect for Filling Tires
The News Wheel
April 29, 2017
Featured expert: Katrina Cornish, Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Biomaterials

Upcoming Events

July EPN Breakfast Club, July 27

Plan to attend the July EPN Breakfast Club "Community Development in Energy Host Communities." Panel speakers will discuss the expansion of the oil and gas extraction and transmission industry in Ohio and how it affects local communities.

Storm Outage Prediction, Preparedness and Response Workshop, Aug. 15-16
The workshop will highlight current practices, recent advances, continuing challenges and ongoing research into the complex and critical areas of storm outage prediction, preparedness and response.