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Six teams with Voinovich School members awarded funding through OHIO Innovation Strategy

Jasmine Grillmeier
April 27, 2016

Five faculty and staff teams received planning grants of up to $20,000 each and another four received major funding awards of approximately $1 million each through Ohio University’s Innovation Strategy program. Three planning grant teams and three major funding award teams included members from the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Launched in 2014, the Innovation Strategy program allocated up to $5 million for major awards and planning or seed grants in this round of funding to advance innovation in research, teaching and institutional operations at Ohio University. 

The awarded projects that include Voinovich School team members include:

Planning Grants

  1. The “Partnership for Digitally Connected Environmental Monitoring” unites environmental science with journalism and public outreach initiatives. The planning grant will support environmental monitoring in Torch, Ohio, to measure the impact of hydraulic fracturing activities on the water supply. In addition, it will fund a website that will feature the environmental data and news reporting on the topic for citizens. The grant also will support a course for Ohio University students and a university/industry symposium.

    Team members: Natalie Kruse (Lead), Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs; Morgan Vis-Chiasson, Jared DeForest, Amy Lynch, Dina Lopez and Kelly Johnson, College of Arts and Sciences; Andrew Alexander, Philip Campbell, Hans Kruse and Tom Hodson, Scripps College of Communication; Kevin Crist, Shawn Ostermann and Harsha Chenji, Russ College of Engineering and Technology; Jennifer Bowman, Gary Conley, Geoffrey Dabelko and Michael Zimmer, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.
     
  2. “SmartWorks for Enterprise Innovation” proposes to use process improvement strategies to create efficiencies and innovative solutions for Ohio University administrative operations. The planning grant will support a pilot project that seeks to develop an institution-wide process for student employee orientation.

    Team members: Zaki Kuruppalil (Lead), Russ College of Engineering and Technology; Candice Morris, Instructional Innovations; Amy Taylor-Bianco and Ana Rosado Feger, College of Business; Charee Thompson and Hugh Martin, Scripps College of Communication; Todd Myers, Russ College of Engineering and Technology; John Glazer, TechGROWTH Ohio / Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.
     
  3. “Collaborative Hub of Innovators and Entrepreneurial Foundations” will support a needs assessment and business plan for new campus spaces for Ohio University students engaged in entrepreneurship and innovation activities. The team will conduct a survey, explore best practices at other universities and develop a proposal for creating and funding the proposed spaces.

    Team members: Luke Pittaway (Lead), College of Business; Jennifer Simon, Innovation Center; Michelle Ferrier, Scripps College of Communication; Jeffrey Giesey, Russ College of Engineering and Technology; Nathaniel Berger, College of Fine Arts; Lynn Gellermann, TechGROWTH Ohio / Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.
     

Major Funding Awards

  1. The “Innovative Strategies for Diagnosis of Osteoporosis and Prevention of Fractures" team has identified two new technologies that may prevent bone fractures by improving the diagnosis of osteoporosis. The faculty and staff plan to develop a new medical device and novel medical software and commercialize the innovations for clinical use. Current methods for diagnosis of osteoporosis may lead physicians to prescribe preventive care for many patients who do not need it, and also may not identify patients who could benefit from interventions.

    Team members: Brian Clark (Lead) and Laura Rush, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Robert Silva, Technology Transfer Office; Anne Loucks and Lyn Bowman, College of Arts and Sciences; Jianchao Zhu, Jundong Liu and John Cotton, Russ College of Engineering and Technology; Gary Chleboun and Betty Sindelar, College of Health Sciences and Professions; and Michele Migliuolo and Lee Groeschel, TechGROWTH Ohio / Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.
     
  2. The “Preventing a Bust: Innovations for Sustainable & Enhanced Economic Outcomes from Shale” initiative proposes to increase regional economic development and wealth, enhance energy security and mitigate the societal and pollution-related impacts of the pending shale industry “bust.” Team members will integrate their expertise in economic and public policy, fluid and solid mechanics, air and gas monitoring and modeling, electrochemistry and thermal and corrosion sciences to mitigate the impact of resource extraction industries on Appalachia.

    Team members: David Bayless (Lead), Kevin Crist, Srdjan Nesic, Marc Singer and Toufiq Reza, Russ College of Engineering and Technology; Daniel Karney, College of Arts and Sciences; Scott Miller, Elissa Welch and Michael Zimmer, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs; Jack Lewnard, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation; and Boujun Bai, Missouri University of Science and Technology.
     
  3. The “Academic Innovation Accelerator” will empower faculty to pursue appropriately designed and evaluated pilot projects in academic innovation that will enhance both the quality and reach of an Ohio University education. The project is modeled after accelerators that serve entrepreneurs by providing services, expert advice and financial support for ideas during their early-stage development. The accelerator will provide these resources for promising academic innovations that include a pathway to sustainability.

    Team members: Bradley Cohen (Lead), Provost’s Office; Linda Rice, College of Arts and Sciences; Raymond Frost, College of Business; Angela Hosek, Scripps College of Communication; David Moore, Patton College of Education; Gregory Kremer, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, William Condee, College of Fine Arts; Sally Marinellie, College of Health Sciences and Professions; and Derek Kauneckis, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

The teams who received a planning grant will have 12 months to complete their projects, and are eligible to apply for larger pools of funding available through the Innovation Strategy program’s future cycles. The teams who received major funding awards will receive multiple years of funding, dispersed in installments and contingent on the teams’ meeting intermediary milestones.

For more information about the Innovation Strategy program, visit www.ohio.edu/research/innovationstrategy.cfm.