OSU to Create Center Dedicated to Data

The Ohio State University has established a Translational Data Analytics Institute that will advance Ohio toward becoming a global hub for the development, application and study of translational data analytics solutions.

The TDAI represents an investment over 10 years of $500 million in teaching, research and engagement to solve global issues related to energy and the environment, food security and production, health and wellness, and the humanities and arts.

TDAI is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive community of innovators. Together, its 105 faculty affiliates from throughout the university, including 41 new hires, bring expertise and know-how unparalleled in scope across foundational data science disciplines and applied domains.

In addition to research and scholarship, TDAI is advancing data science and analytics education to ensure Ohio State students are prepared to take on the countless opportunities in one of the job market’s fastest-growing fields.

In April 2018, TDAI will move to its new home in the renovated Pomerene Hall, where it will offer 21,000 square feet of research, teaching and innovation space for faculty, industry partners and the community to collaborate. The new facility will include hardware, software and data visualization labs; multiple types of work areas; and event space. It will launch with a series of open-house events next spring.

Jody Victor: Buckeyes Host to Host NIFA’s SAFECON Flying Competition

The Ohio State University Center for Aviation Studies hosts the National Intercollegiate Flying Associations’ Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference 2017, a flight competition that brings the nation’s top collegiate pilots to the university’s airport to participate in flight and ground events that encourage aviation safety as well as superior knowledge, skill and professionalism.

This is the 11th time Ohio State has hosted the SAFECON Flying Competition. Throughout the week, 26 teams comprising almost 400 students will compete in 12 different events, including aircraft recognition, navigation, precision landing and message drop.

The event will be held on Tuesday, May 9, through Sunday, May 14, throughout the day.

The National Intercollegiate Flying Association was formed for the purposes of developing and advancing aviation education; to promote, encourage and foster safety in aviation; to promote and foster communications and cooperation between aviation students, educators, educational institutions and the aviation industry; and to provide an arena for aviation competition. NIFA exists as a forum for collegiate aviators to expand their studies and further their careers by participating in competitive and non-competitive events, networking with industry and contemporaries, and applying themselves to go above and beyond their ordinary curriculum.

OSU Researchers Surveys Under Studied Group: Social Smokers

Social smokers’ risk for high blood pressure and high cholesterol is identical to those who light up every day, new research has found. Social smokers were defined as those who do not smoke cigarettes daily, but who smoke in certain social situations regularly.

Social smokers in the study were more likely to be younger (between 21 and 40 years old), male and Hispanic. After the researchers took into account demographic and biometric differences between the smokers and social smokers in the study, they found no difference in the risk of hypertension or high cholesterol.

This large, nationally representative study is the first to look at blood pressure and cholesterol in social smokers. More than 10 percent of 39,555 people surveyed said they were social smokers, meaning they didn’t smoke every day. That’s on top of the 17 percent who called themselves current smokers.

Among current and social smokers (after researchers adjusted for differences in factors including demographics and obesity), about 75 percent had high blood pressure and roughly 54 percent had high cholesterol.

The good news about this study is there’s plenty of room for intervention and prevention of future death and disease, the researchers said.

Jody Victor: Honda To Build Advanced Wind Tunnel at OSU

Honda has partnered with the Ohio State University to build and staff an advanced wind tunnel facility. Honda is investing $24 million to build the facility. OSU will provide faculty, staff and students to work with Honda researchers at the East Liberty Transportation Research Facility where the tunnel will be built.

The new wind tunnel facility is intended to help solidify Honda’s commitment to fuel efficiency technology. The new facility will feature the ability to test both production vehicles and race cars. Wind speeds of up to 192MPH can be produced in this type of tunnel.
Honda also hopes to advance the acoustic design of future cars to reduce wind noise.

The TRC was purchased by Honda of America Mfg. in 1988 and the proceeds went to the College of Engineering at OSU to establish a transportation research endowment fund. The TRC has continued to operate as a independent testing and research facility that has used it surpluses to fund other research at the College of Engineering. To date the TRC has generated more than $54 million.

OSU Researchers Look At the Benefits of Family Structure

New study at OSU is suggesting that familial structure like regular bed and meal times and limited time on electronic devices may be linked to better emotional health in preschoolers and this may lower chances of obesity.

Researchers evaluated three household routines when children were 3 years old: regular bedtime, regular mealtime and whether or not parents limited television and video watching to an hour or less daily. Then they compared those to parents’ reports of two aspects of children’s self-regulation at that same age. Lastly, they investigated how the routines and self-regulation worked together to impact obesity at age 11, defined based on international criteria.

All three household routines were associated with better emotional self-regulation – a measure based on parents’ responses to questions such as how easily the child becomes frustrated or over-excited. Those children with greater emotional dysregulation were more likely to be obese later.