Research News

Ocean Viruses Could Reduce Carbon in Atmosphere

09/21/16 – Calling the ocean "a major buffer against climate change," Ohio State researchers hope the more than 15,000 genetically distinct viruses they cataloged from sea expeditions could interact with microbes and help modulate greenhouse gases and energy. Read more.

Arts and Sciences Launches New Environmental Humanities Program

09/12/16 – Climate change is the theme of the first two years of the program. Read more.

Wind/Farm energy park will connect art and energy

09/12/16 – ​​Thanks to a 2016 Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Endowment grant, Michael Mercil, professor of art, is beginning work on Wind|Farm, a 500-square-foot energy park to be temporarily located outside the Wexner Center for the Arts. Read more.

New genus of bacteria found living inside hydraulic fracturing wells

09/12/16 – Researchers analyzing the genomes of microorganisms living in shale oil and gas wells have found evidence of sustainable ecosystems taking hold there—populated in part by a never-before-seen genus of bacteria they have dubbed “Frackibacter.” Read more.

DOE funding to help advance groundbreaking welding technology

08/26/16 – A team of Ohio State University engineers has developed a new welding technique that could boost the auto industry’s efforts to offer vehicles that weigh less and are more fuel efficient. Read more.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco to Visit Ohio State and Deliver Remarks on Sustainability

08/25/16 – H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, a long-time supporter of global environmental and sustainability issues, will visit the university to see its sustainability efforts and present a lecture on climate change, biodiversity and access to clean water. Read more.

New technology may give electric car drivers more miles per minute of charging

08/24/16 – Researchers have designed a thin plastic membrane that stops rechargeable batteries from discharging when not in use and allows for rapid recharging. Read more.

Aug. 26 Conference to Help Consumers, Communities Reduce Food Waste; Attend In Person or Online

08/11/16 – On Aug. 26, several university partners will convene a conference aimed at helping communities reduce their food waste and better divert waste from landfills. Read more.

Ohio Shale Energy Development: Assessing the Economic Opportunities and Risks

08/11/16 – The recent technological advancement in horizontal hydraulic fracturing has unlocked oil and gas resources from shale formations once thought to be uneconomical to recover. Read more.

Ohio State University Receives $10 Million for Nuclear Waste Disposal Research

07/19/16 – The new Energy Department-funded center will be the first headquartered in the state of Ohio. Read more.

Facilities Operations and Development Receives National Recognition

07/18/16 – The Ohio State University’s Facilities Operations and Development (FOD) has received the 2016 APPA Award for Excellence. Read more.

Donation Launches Ohio State Study of Natural Gas Pipelines’ Impact on Farm Soil

07/14/16 – A study of how natural gas pipeline installations affect Ohio cropland productivity begins this fall thanks to a $200,000 gift from Kinder Morgan, Inc. to The Ohio State University. Read more.

Seed grant funding to advance subsurface energy issues

07/13/16 – The Subsurface Energy Resource Center invites faculty and research staff to apply for seed grant funding for 2016. Successful proposals will advance and disseminate the understanding of energy from underground sources and the intertwined environmental and socioeconomic issues. Proposal deadline: Friday (7/15). Read more.

Ohio State secures $2.55M to advance nuclear energy research

07/11/16 – Nuclear engineering researchers at The Ohio State University were recently awarded a total of $2.55 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for nuclear energy research and infrastructure upgrades. Read more.

The Ohio State University breaks ground on CNG fueling station

07/11/16 – The Ohio State University broke ground today on a new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station — the first of its kind for an Ohio university. Read more.

Ohio State Golf Courses Score Hole-in-One for Sustainability

07/01/16 – At The Ohio State University Golf Club, functioning sustainably is an everyday objective. Groundskeepers at Ohio State’s Scarlet and Gray courses fulfill their responsibility to the environment by mixing appropriate sustainability efforts into each section of the 300-acre facility, which is located in a residential neighborhood just three miles from the university’s Columbus campus. Read more.

How does climate affect violence? Researchers offer new theory

06/24/16 – Researchers have long struggled to explain why some violent crime rates are higher near the equator than other parts of the world. Now, a team of researchers have developed a model that could help explain why. Read more.

Ohio State to play a central role in implementing Smart City Challenge

06/24/16 – Researchers and facilities at The Ohio State University will play a central role as the collaborative Smart City team comes together under an unprecedented $140 million program to transform Central Ohio into the nation’s premier transportation innovation region. Read more.

Columbus, Ohio State Await Smart City Challenge Results

06/14/16 – The university is a major contributor toward the city's submission, which is a finalist in the federal competition to become the country’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies – self-driving cars, connected vehicles, and smart sensors – into its transportation network. Read more.

John M. Horack Joins Ohio State as Inaugural Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy

06/06/16 – The aerospace innovator and leader has connections with NASA and the world’s leading space agencies that will strengthen the role of earth-observation data in the university’s Energy and Environment Discovery Theme. Read more.