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OSU, AEP partnership working to reclaim old mining land

Zanesville Times Recorder

June 27, 2017

Ohio State University President Dr. Michael Drake got a first-hand look Monday at a partnership that is working to reclaim an old surface land mine.

OSU is partnering with American Electric Power on the reclamation project taking place behind the Conesville power plant. Officials touted it not just for its environmental impact, but also its cost effectiveness.

OSU Research Associate Professor Dr. Tarunjit Butalia, from the school's Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, and AEP geologist John Massey-Norton, both of whom have been integral in the project, spoke to Drake about what they are working to accomplish.

Cities vie to become hubs of self-driving technology

USA Today

June 26, 2017

Columbus leaders are tickled their city was chosen for $50 million in federal and private funding over seven other finalists. Key to Columbus’ win was the buy-in of the city’s major employers, who have come to view their home city’s preparation for autonomous vehicles as part of the companies’ preparation for profits in the next century.

It combined investments from top local companies, the state of Ohio and Ohio State University to pool more than $400 million for autonomous and electric vehicles.

Cars of the future will drive themselves, and talk to one another

The Columbus Dispatch

June 23, 2017

As Michael Stevens guided his 16-year-old son, Ted, through a driving lesson, he wondered if his son would ever have the same opportunity.

“I said, ‘You realize you probably won’t be doing this for your child,’” said Stevens, chief innovation officer for Smart Columbus.

That’s because Stevens, 45, isn’t sure automobiles will be used in the same way when his son is his age.

Featured expert: Giorgio Rizzoni, chairman of Ohio State University’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and head of its Center for Automotive Research.

1 million more people? Columbus on verge of growth spurt

The Columbus Dispatch

June 23, 2017

Flying cars never took off. Humans haven’t colonized the moon. Hoverboards that fly high in the air still haven’t materialized outside the big screen.

We’ll forgive the prognosticators of the past for missing the mark. Predicting the future is tricky business.

But as central Ohio lights the fuse for a population explosion, it’s important to anticipate the effects of that growth.

Featured experts: Ned Hill, professor of public affairs, David Staley, professor of history, and Jason Reece, professor of city and regional planning and senior associate director, Kirwan Institute

DOE awards millions in energy research grants

E&E News

June 23, 2017

The Department of Energy has awarded millions of dollars to universities and national laboratories for nuclear energy research.

…Carol Smidts, director of Ohio State's nuclear engineering program, said she was excited to learn of the grant for more than $1.5 million. About $250,000 will be used to support research in advanced sensor development, while about $184,000 will be used to acquire radiation shielding material for the nuclear reactor on campus, she said.

Unprecedented ice melt in Antarctica (Video)

Global News Canada

June 21, 2017

One of the coldest regions on earth is warming at an alarming rate. The great ice shelves of Western Antarctica are melting. As Eric Sorensen reports, warmer ocean currents below and air above are shrinking Antarctica and raising concerns that the world’s sea levels will rise even faster than expected.

Featured expert: David Bromwich, professor of geography

ALSO: CBC: Antarctic ice melt tied to El Nino warming

Building Out Electric Vehicle Infrastructure: Where Are the Best Locations for Charging Stations?

Researchers from Ohio State University released a report chronicling how to best determine where charging stations can go to encourage electric vehicle adoption.


June 20, 2017

For cities looking to increase their electric vehicle ridership, a dilemma exists: What comes first, electric vehicles themselves or the charging station infrastructure?

In attempting to answer this classic “chicken or the egg” quandary, researchers from Ohio State University sought to discover how local municipalities can make more informed decisions about where to place charging stations — a pertinent determination because if municipalities decide to invest in EV-infrastructure, they will want to build stations in prime locations that are frequently used.

Ohio to play key role in driverless cars, transportation research

Springfield News Sun

June 20, 2017

…Recent investments in Ohio in autonomous vehicles and transportation include:

• The Transportation Research Center is investing millions to improve both its capabilities and facilities to attract more business. That includes an initial $45 million investment from the state and Ohio State University for an expansion of the the center’s 540-acre SMART Center, a state-of-the-art hub for autonomous and connected vehicle research. The center also plans to invest an additional $8 million for business infrastructure and safety improvements. And Ohio State University has pledged about $24 million to hire faculty and staff to conduct research.

A huge part of Antarctica is melting and scientists say that's bad news


June 20, 2017

Antarctica is experiencing weird weather, and the changes have some scientists worried about the future.

There's an area on the west side of the icy continent called the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and last January, scientists found a 300,000-square-mile portion of its perimeter was melting. That's an area roughly two times the size of California, covered in slush.

Featured experts: David Bromwich, professor of geography and Julien Nicolas, research associate, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

Why Did an Enormous Chunk of West Antarctica Suddenly Start Melting?


June 18, 2017

300,000 square miles is nearly twice the area of California. It’s difficult to visualize a space that vast, but go ahead and give it a try. Now, imagine this California plus-sized chunk of land is covered in thousands of feet of ice. Then, all of a sudden, that frozen fortress becomes a wading pool.

Featured expert: David Bromwich, professor of geography

ALSO: The Verge: Unusual weather in Antarctica leads to rain and a Texas-sized melt

ALSO: AOL: Antarctic surface ice melt could be a sign of things to come

ALSO: The Weather Channel: 2016 Antarctica Melt Event Was Bigger Than Texas, Scientists Conclude

ALSO: Ars Technica: Thin ice: Vanishing ice only exacerbates a bad, climate change-fueled situation

The Future of fuel, and the problem with exhaust (Podcast)

Brain On, NPR

June 16, 2017

In this episode, we’re answering a question from listener Katelynn: “Why is car exhaust bad for the planet?” Our planet NEEDS some carbon dioxide, but cars are pumping more into the atmosphere than our carbon cycle can handle. We’ll explore what all this carbon means for our planet.

And we talk to Anne Co, a scientist who is working to change how we fuel our cars, so we can cut back on all this carbon dioxide. She explains how fuel cells and batteries work to power electric cars. Anne’s vision for the future of cars can be summed up in one word: electric.

Featured expert: Anne Co, assistant professor, chemistry

Ohio State gets $1.5M in federal money to study nuclear energy

Business First

June 16, 2017

The federal government has awarded $1.55 million to Ohio State University for nuclear energy research.

More than half of the money, almost $800,000, goes toward a research and development project through the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Program that deals with risk assessment in power plants.

ALSO: Toledo Blade: Ohio State, Michigan receive funds for nuclear power projects

Ross Ice Shelf, largest floating ice platform on Earth, recently experienced a massive melt event

Daily Kos

June 16, 2017

There has been yet another terrifying event that has been documented regarding the melting of the sleeping ice giant we know as Antarctica. Large scale surface melting of an Antarctica ice shelf that is 2 miles thick has “rattled scientists” because Antarctica is blistering cold and surface melt has not been a near term contributor to sea level rise.

Featured expert: David Bromwich, professor of geography


Ohio State researchers find El Nino melting ice shelf

The Columbus Dispatch

June 15, 2017

Warm gusts of air caused by a particularly strong El Nino last year resulted in substantial melting of an Antarctic ice sheet twice the size of California, according to a new study led by Ohio State University researchers.

Featured expert: David Bromwich, professor of geography

ALSO: Washington Post: Scientists just documented a massive melt event on the surface of Antarctica

ALSO: International Business Times: West Antarctica: An area of ice twice the size of California has turned to slush

ALSO: Health Medicine Network: Scientists report large-scale surface melting event in Antarctica during 2015-16 El Niño

Research On Lake Erie Algae Blooms Imperiled

Trump Budget Blueprint Calls For Eliminating Sea Grant Funding

Wisconsin Public Radio

June 15, 2017

A lot of attention has focused on President Donald Trump's proposal to eliminate funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which doles out $300 million a year for various projects. But his "skinny budget" has other cuts — including the National Sea Grant program — that would also affect the region.

Featured expert: Chris Winslow, Ohio Sea Grant

Ohio State increases budget for redesign of Mirror Lake

Dayton Daily News

June 10, 2017

Ohio State University is moving ahead with its plans to redesign Mirror Lake on campus.

OSU’s board of trustees on Friday increased the budget for the project by $2.5 million, according to the university.

The additional funding will come from donations and is for overlooks at Oval Drive and Neil Avenue, among other changes.

Group of U.S. senators push to retain $63M fund for National Sea Grant Program

Toledo Blade

June 8, 2017

A coalition of 26 U.S. senators from across America are calling upon Congress to maintain funding for the $63 million National Sea Grant College Program, a bread-and-butter account for much of western Lake Erie’s most important algae and research, as well as scientific studies into the primary cause of it, agricultural runoff.

Featured expert: Jeffrey Reutter, special adviser to Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory

RENDERINGS: Ohio State making reworked Mirror Lake easy to drain – just in case

Business First

June 8, 2017

The new Mirror Lake could be quickly drained if needed to prevent students from jumping into it – and will cost $2.5 million more than previously budgeted.

Landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz out of Charlottesville, Virginia, designed the restoration of the landmark Ohio State University icon, which was announced in late October.

Intel, OSU to help test self-driving cars in Central Ohio

Business First

June 8, 2017

It looks like the Smart City will be getting even smarter.

Wind River, an Intel Corp. subsidiary, announced Wednesday it will partner with Ohio State, the city of Dublin and the Transportation Research Center to develop and test autonomous vehicle technologies in Central Ohio.

Smart Columbus: Who’s Making it Happen and How?

Columbus CEO

June 6, 2017

Those leading the charge for the Smart Columbus transportation initiative have plenty of work to do over the next three years, and they think they have the perfect place to get the job done.

…In agreement is Carla Bailo, Ohio State’s assistant vice president for mobility research and business development. She was a founding member of the group that wrote Columbus’ winning Smart City proposal and also serves on the Smart Columbus Executive Committee.

…As of May, Ohio State had committed $15 million to Smart Columbus: $5 million for electric vehicle projects, $2 million for autonomous shuttles and $8 million worth of research by faculty and students.

Much of that work will involve programs in the College of Engineering, which has been working on smart transportation projects for more than 30 years, says David Williams, dean of the college.