Fulbright Week encourages future scholars and students, celebrates past recipients

On Monday, The Ohio State University kicked off its ninth annual Fulbright Week: five days of on-campus workshops, information sessions and open houses to inform faculty and students about opportunities available through the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

 

Ohio State is a top Fulbright grant producing institution, with nine Fulbright Scholars and 10 Fulbright Students in the 2017-18 academic year, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

 

The Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program offers a catalog of awards specific to those in the field of Engineering. However, all university faculty, professionals, undergraduate and graduate student are encouraged to participate and learn more about the Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays programs.

 

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MAE associate professor Carlos Castro receives Fulbright grant

Carlos Castro, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is set to spend this summer conducting research in Dublin, Ireland, after being named a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant winner.

 

The prestigious and highly competitive funding award helps continue strengthening international research ties at The Ohio State University.

 

Castro, a member of Ohio State’s Institute for Materials Research, will work with partners at Ireland’s leading materials science center, the Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research (AMBER) Centre, collaborating with colleagues at Trinity College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).

 

With the project, “Multiscale targeted delivery of DNA origami nanodevices,” Castro said he will work with researchers Cathal Kearney and Fergal O’Brien at the RCSI Tissue Engineering Research Group to “establish methods for the targeted delivery of DNA nanodevices to cells or tissues by incorporating the devices into biomaterials that can safely be injected into biological systems.”

 

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2017 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Awards

We are pleased to announce that after a thorough internal and external review process, 8 awards have been made to fund exceptionally promising, innovative materials research on campus through the 2017 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program.

 

These awards total $360,000 in internal research funding to 17 Ohio State researchers from 8 departments in two colleges. The program was able to fund 28% of the proposals submitted this year; 8 out of a total 28. Congratulations to the eight research teams whose projects were selected this year for seed grant funding.

 

The 2017 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program provides internal research funding opportunities through two distinct Funding Tiers designed to achieve the greatest impact for seeding and advancing excellence in materials research of varying scopes.

 

The OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program is jointly funded and managed by the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), the Center for Exploration of Novel Complex Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR).

 

A PDF with abstracts of each awarded research project is available online. Congratulations to the eight research teams whose projects were selected this year for seed grant funding!

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Did you miss out on OSU Materials Week?

 

Don’t worry! Check out the “Materials Week in Review” to see the highlights of Materials Week.

And if you couldn’t make it to the Three Minute Thesis competition, check out the awesome student finalists who presented during Materials Week. Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) whereby PhD students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. All participants did a wonderful job presenting to our panel of judges.

 

The six finalists for the 3-Minute Thesis competition were Ryan Buntain, Sarah Bushman, Xinpeng Du, Bryan Esser, Xianje (Tony) Ren and Matthew Souva.

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Two Members of Technical Staff Receive University Honors

All of us at the Institute for Materials Research are so proud of the well-deserved staff service awards to two of IMR’s Members of Technical Staff over the past week – Mark Brenner and Denis Pelekhov.  The two scientists were recognized for their commitment to supporting researchers, mentoring students, and ensuring safety in their respective research facilities.  Both Mark and Denis are IMR Members of Technical Staff through our research enhancement programs providing financial and logistical support of core materials research facilities on Ohio State’s campus.  Congratulations, Mark and Denis, on these recognitions of your excellent service to Ohio State’s materials community!

 

 

SEAL Lab Manager Mark Brenner receives his award from Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Chair Joel Johnson

Mark Brenner, Lab Manager with the Semiconductor Epitaxy and Analysis Laboratory (SEAL), was recently honored with the College of Engineering’s “Exemplary Support or Advancement of Research” Above and Beyond Award.  Given at the 2017 College of Engineering Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Brenner was recognized for his  service and dedication to faculty recruitment, as well as student and research support across multiple departments.

 

“Mark is a unique and outstanding part of our team and college,” his nomination letter states. “Without Mark here, we would not have been successful at recruiting the quality of faculty members that we have been able to nor would those faculty members have been able to grow their programs so successfully. Mark’s commitment to student learning and student research also sets him apart. He takes time to train students on the various aspects of the lab and explain why certain procedures are in place. He will always drop what he’s doing to answer a student’s question or assist them if they are having difficulty. He is a great mentor.”

 

NSLF Director Denis Pelekhov with his John G. Whitcomb Distinguished Staff Award

Denis Pelekhov, Director of NanoSystems Lab (NSL), received the John G. Whitcomb Distinguished Staff Award, which recognizes exceptional accomplishments, leadership, and service to the Department of Physics and its missions of research, teaching, and service.  Awarded this week at the Physics department picnic, Pelekhov was recognized for his strong commitment to safety, student mentorship, and consistently outstanding service to NSL users.

 

“Denis provides excellent service to users at NSL that is timely, thorough, inclusive, and equitable. I am particularly impressed with his respect for all levels of research: he treats graduate and undergraduate students with the same respect and care he shows to faculty… In addition to offering quality service, Denis is a shining example of scientific and research safety. He goes above and beyond to ensure that our students are following safety protocols- often adding his own for good measure- so that our students can learn and grow without fear or danger. I have personally witnessed Denis drop everything multiple times to address a safety issue with all the gravity and importance it deserves (and more) to protect a student.”