Good Sportsmanship, Good Deeds

The St. Mary Food Bank Alliance had some high-profile volunteers from the 2016 Fiesta Bowl this year. Ohio State University leaders, students and coaching staff families joined forces with other coaching staff families from Notre Dame to volunteer at the food bank. The group created more than 5,000 food kits for Arizona families in need.

The packages contain donated items from the food bank and Cheryl’s Cookies, donated by Kroger, in honor of the Brutus 50th Anniversary Celebration. The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences donated tomato seeds for the packages engineered at Ohio State to promote sustainable food sources.

The wives of the Ohio State and Notre Dame head coaches, Shelley Meyer and Paqui Kelly respectively, led the combined efforts of volunteers from the opposing teams who came together as one to support the less fortunate.

The OSU Office of Student life has planned some kind of bowl game community service for 18 years now and has always extended an invitation to the opposing team. This is the forth year the Ohio State University has worked with St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

Fall Commencement 2015

This past Sunday, December 20th 2015 the Ohio State University awarded special honors to some distinguished members of the OSU family.

Thomas D. Brock, who earned three degrees from the Ohio State University including his PhD in Botany, is credited with the discovery of microorganisms that not only survive but grow at very high temperatures in the geothermally heated waters in Yellowstone Park hot springs. The discovery is considered one of the fundamental milestones of microbiology. Brock is retired and is the E.B. Fred Professor of Natural Sciences Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On Sunday Brock was awarded the Joseph Sullivant Medal.

Ohio State will also present the Distinguished Service Award to Mabel Freeman, former assistant vice president for Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience, who played a pivotal role in the lives of a generation of Ohio State graduates.

Most importantly though, the Ohio State University awarded 3,000 some degrees to current student body members. Each graduate received his or her own diploma at the ceremony, a practice rarely attempted by a university the size of Ohio State.

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Faster Than a Speeding Buckeye

For a third year the Ohio State University’s Buckeye Bullet team won another international land-speed record for an electric vehicle at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah.
The electric bullet vehicle was designed and built by undergraduate and graduate students over a five year period at Ohio State in the Center for Automotive Research. They are partnered with Monaco electric vehicle manufacturer Venturi Automobiles.

It is fueled by two custom electric motors developed at Venturi and takes two megawatts of power from lithium ion batteries to run. The pilot, Roger Schroer, is a veteran team driver from Transportation Research Center, a leader among our nation’s independent automotive proving ground and vehicle testing organizations.

The team has set numerous other speed records in the past decade. In 2004, Buckeye Bullet 1, which ran on nickel metal hydrid batteries, set a national land speed record with an average time of 315 mph (506.9 kph). Venturi Buckeye Bullet 2, the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered land speed electric vehicle, set the international record of 303 miles per hour (487.6 kilometers per hour) in 2009.

In addition to the entry in the FIA competition, the team also had prepared to participate in this year’s Southern California Timing Association’s famed Speedweek event, which was scheduled for August 8-14, on another part of the Salt Flats. However, poor salt conditions resulted in the annual competition’s second consecutive cancellation. The private FIA event, held on a different area of the Salt Flats.

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Goodbye Murky MRIs!

A research group consisting of Ohio State University students was among one of 13 winning teams at the Neuro Startup Challenge. The NSC is a competition that seeks to foster commercialization of forward thinking medical inventions via grants from the National Institutes of Health.

This student research group invented a system—now called NeuroCognetix Inc – that consists of a camera and a software system that compensates for patient movement during brain MRI scans. The students estimate that unusable scans are a 6 billion dollar a year burden on health care.

Team leader Safa Salman described the advantages of the system being centered on its ability to be installed in existing MRI machines. Also, it won’t lengthen scan time or distort the image. The team estimates $220K savings per year, per machine which means the system could pay for itself in just the first year.

The winning teams were selected based on their business plans, financial models and live pitches. They now move forward to phase three, when they will be mentored to launch start-ups, incorporate their business, apply for licensing and execute development and regulatory requirements.

Ohio State Researcher Team Discovers How to Control Heat and Sound With Magnets

Most people were probably unaware the heat and sound have much in common and that it is possible to control heat—and probably sound – with magnetic fields. However, Ohio State researchers just published an article in Nature Materials in which they discuss their experiments where in they were able to reduce the amount of heat traveling through a semiconductor by 12 percent using a magnetic field about the size of a medical MRI. This is the first study to demonstrate that acoustic phonons, which are the particles that transmit both heat and sound, have magnetic properties.
Researchers believe with a strong enough magnetic field they should be able to control sound waves as well as heat.

At the moment it is difficult for researchers to imagine practical applications because the experiments were difficult to set up and the equipment doesn’t exist outside of hospitals and research laboratories. However, the discovery is interesting; theoretically one would be able to control the temperature materials like plastics, stone and glass with a strong enough magnet. In metals the difference would be negligible because so much heat is carried via electrons researchers say.

The next experiment these researchers have in mind is to see if they can deflect sound waves sideways with a magnetic field.

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