Internship Program provides meaningful experiences for students and companies

Ohio Third Frontier’s Diversity & Inclusion Technology Internship Program is seeking college students and companies to take part in the new program. Ohio Third Frontier provides access to a network of resources statewide, including TechGROWTH Ohio, one of their Entrepreneurial Support Provider programs located at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Highly motivated and driven college students can apply to be placed at early-stage technology companies or companies that demonstrate a need for technology. Students will get real-world business and entrepreneurial experience as they work at the assigned company. The program is open to students from all majors who are from Ohio or attending school in Ohio and is geared toward students from minority populations.

Entrepreneurs and companies can also apply to be part of the program. If selected to provide a meaningful internship to an Ohio student, entrepreneurs and companies can receive up to $10,000 to cover two-thirds of an intern’s wages. The host companies must be located in Ohio and provide a meaningful internship experience for its intern(s). Internships are completed before the end of the calendar year and last between three and six months.

The deadline for companies to apply for the summer program is April 30. The deadline for students for summer 2018 has passed, but will be open to students again in the future. For more information and to apply, visit https://www.development.ohio.gov/bs_thirdfrontier/diip.htm.

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Enter to Name That Space, win cash prizes

Enter a University-wide contest to name the new cross-disciplinary space that will open on campus in the fall. The space, located on the third floor of Alden Library, is intended to be a place for innovation, ideation and entrepreneurship for all OHIO students.

Formerly called the “C-Suite Project,” the University wants to rename the space to reflect its mission as a resource for students of all majors and disciplines. The winner will be awarded a $250 prize and be invited to the grand opening of the space.
As part of the entry, contestants must provide their OHIO email, a suggestion for a name and an explanation of why that name should be chosen. Only current students, faculty and staff may enter the contest, which can be found here.

Entries must be submitted by April 27, 2018. If the winning name is submitted more than once, then the entry with the earlier timestamp will be the winner. The winner will be announced in early May.

Celebration to honor Judy Millesen’s 18 years at the Voinovich School

millesen.PNGAfter 18 years providing outstanding student education and non-profit organization leadership expertise, professor Judy Millesen is moving on from Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. In honor of Millesen’s time at the School, a cake and coffee celebration will be held Thurs., April 26 from 4—5 p.m. on the first floor of Bldg. 21 at The Ridges.

Voinovich School faculty, professional staff and students are encouraged to attend in order to enjoy the afternoon with Millesen and wish her luck at her next position.

Should you like to forward along well wishes to Millesen as she transitions from the Voinovich School, you may share them in two ways.

First, you may send along a short video to be compiled into one large video for her, which will be shown at the reception. Video files can be shared directly through email or via Dropbox or Google Drive files. Feel free to create your own video by phone, tablet or laptop. The School should be able to use any format. Once the video is complete, send your file to Alex Murray murraya@ohio.edu. Please be sure to include your name so that Alex will can easily attribute the video to you.

The second option is to send along a hand-written note or card to the Voinovich School. We will secure them and present them to Dr. Millesen during the reception. Those can be sent to:

Amista Lipot
Ohio University’s Voinovich School
Building 21, The Ridges
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

PORTS Past and Future: The Health Crisis and Starting Anew

When an individual is elected into any office, they are often faced with a number of issues that they must address but had little to no action in creating. This was seen when Senator Voinovich’s was elected Governor of Ohio and had to address the budget crisis, but some problems are not as pertinent or may not appear until later (The Burden of a Budget Deficit). However, the representative is still responsible and must work to find a solution to any and all issues. Senator Voinovich experienced this a number of times in office but one major project that he faced began in 1954, at the beginning of the Cold War, when the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant was opened in Piketon, Ohio (Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Remarks, 10.30.1999). The plant was created by the United States Atomic Energy Commission to expand the atomic energy program, and was welcomed by Portsmouth locals as a way to develop the local economy (History of the Plant). For years, the plant functioned properly, was passed to private ownership to maintain jobs, and provided stability to the local economy, yet underlying issues would later come to fruition.

In the late 1990s, a series of reports were published by The Columbus Dispatch regarding unusual illnesses in and around the community of Oak Ridge, which was home to a similar plant in Tennessee. The Centers for Disease Control performed a study but found inconclusive results. Soon the issue grew and, in 1999, the Department of Energy “acknowledged that certain workers at DOE sites had been exposed to harmful materials” (Thompson/Voinovich Announce Hearing on Health and Safety Issues, 2000). Senators Fred Thompson from Tennessee and Senator Voinovich held an oversight hearing into the Department of Energy’s health and safety management the following year and discussed the fact that many workers were suffering from Chronic Beryllium Disease (CBD). Senator Voinovich expressed at the hearing:

I believe the brave men and women of Piketon, Oak Ridge and Paducah – as well as all those who have served our nation – deserve to know if the federal government was responsible for causing them illness or harm, and if so, to provide them the care that they need. The time to act is now. (The Department of Energy’s Management of Health and Safety Issues at its Gaseous Diffusion Plant, March 22, 2000)

While the issue had been developing for decades, it was now up to Senator Voinovich to address the harm experienced by many of the workers.

His work began immediately by co-sponsoring the Energy Employees’ Compensation Act in January of 2000 (Beryllium Nuke Workers Press Release, 1.24.2000). Then, in May 2000, Senator Voinovich introduced an expanded version of the original Bill to include all Department of Energy employees, not only those working on DoE facilities. Senate Bill 2519 entitled “Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act of 2000” ensured civilian employees were entitled to $150,000 in monetary compensation for a number of illnesses relating to nuclear weapon development (Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act). The Bill was cosponsored by 11 other Senators, both Republicans, and Democrats and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on December 7, 2000.

While the Bill was a win for all the workers at the plant, a new issue loomed on the horizon. In 1998, Congress had passed legislation that would allow two facilities to be built that would convert depleted uranium hexafluoride into a stable material. One of those facilities was to be placed in the Piketon facility and was to be run by the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC). However, it was soon clear that facility would not be used as stated as it required a massive restricting to ensure all former materials could be properly disposed of or stored (7.28.04 Portsmouth DUF6 Groundbreaking). The Senator proposed and passed a $279 million bill to fund the clean up the waste and expressed, “Not only is cleanup and transition funding important to the region’s economy, but it also helps address potential hazards to public health and the environment, which is why I’m glad I was able to help secure these funds” (Voinovich DeWine Announce Portsmouth to Receive Federal Funding, 11.19.2003). The cleanup of the massive plant would be a long-term process, but that did not dissuade the Senator as he continued to push forward.

Graduating MPA students to showcase work at upcoming symposium

MPA students.PNGJoin Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs in celebration of graduating Master’s in Public Administration students at the MPA Portfolio Symposium taking place Friday, April 20 at 1 p.m. at The Ridges, Bldg. 21, room 105. Master’s candidates will debut an updated portfolio process and showcase their work from throughout their time in the program.

The symposium, which is open to all, will highlight the work of MPA students Katelin Franklin, Ellenore Holbrook, Bakari Lumumba, Marina Olson, Zeb Martin and Megan Conkle. The students’ presentations will follow an IGNITE format, meaning that each student will present their portfolio in 20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a series of jam-packed and fun five-minute presentations.

Guests are encouraged to arrive around 12:45 p.m., as the event will begin promptly at 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided, and special guests will make a surprise appearance.

Lunch and Learn March 30: Disasters in Field Research

This Friday, join Dr. Gillian Ice and Dr. Nancy Stevens as they discuss their recently published book titled Disasters in Field research: Preparing for and Coping with Unexpected Events.

They will offer a guide to what can go wrong while conducting fieldwork—and what you can do to avoid or minimize the impact of unexpected events. From ravenous ants and temperamental gear to debilitating illness and unpredictable politics, field research can be fraught with challenges and opportunities for mishap. The speakers address the issues confronting both students and professional researchers as they embark on field research.

Dr. Gillian Ice is a Professor and Director of Global Health in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her research interests include human biology, aging, stress, long-term care and grandparenting.

Dr. Nancy Stevens is Professor of Functional Morphology and Vertebrate Paleontology in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. She explores interactions between organisms and their environments through time, in particular the relationships between form and function in primates and other animals. She has conducted paleontological field research in over a dozen countries in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

Future installments in the lunch and learn presentation series will take place at The Ridges this spring, rotating between buildings 21 and 22 on select Fridays. The final presentation will take place on April 6 and will offer participants a chance to hear Dr. Bill Mitsch discuss wetlaculture, a sustainable process that uses wetland systems to remove excess nutrient pollution from landscapes.

Pizza will be provided, but participants should bring their own water bottles, as this is a zero waste event. For additional information about the series, contact Joe Wakeman, manager of enrollment and student success, at wakemanj@ohio.edu or 740.593.2133.

Directly after this week’s lunch and learn presentation there will also be a special opportunity to prepare for the Student Research and Creative Activity Expo. From 1-2 p.m., Dr. Sarah Davis and Laura Alloway will be available to help you practice your Expo oral presentation and give feedback. Bring your poster file or your poster proof, and take advantage of this opportunity to finalize all the hard work you’ve put in so far!Screen Shot 2018-03-28 at 2.20.05 PM.png

April 6 Lunch and Learn: Using wetland systems to sustainably remove excess phosphorus and nitrogen from landscapes

On Friday April 6, join Dr. Bill Mitsch for a lunch and learn presentation from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Ridges, Bldg. 21, Room 105.

Today, the world faces unprecedented threats to our aquatic ecosystems from excessive nutrients. Most of these nutrients are introduced to aquatic ecosystems through agricultural and urban runoff. More than 750 aquatic ecosystems currently suffer from degraded ecosystem services and impairments including oxygen deficiency or hypoxia, dead zones, and harmful algal blooms; these stresses are mostly caused by excessive nitrogen and phosphorus pollution.

It has also been estimated that, on a global scale, the world has lost half of its original wetlands, with most of that loss in the 20th century.

Dr. Mitsch’s presentation will focus on the ways an increase in wetland resources around the world can be used to solve the diminishing wetland problem, with the strategic purpose of mitigating excess phosphorous and nitrogen in a sustainable fashion.

Examples of this process include minimizing phosphorus inflows to the Florida Everglades and Lake Erie and reducing nitrogen fluxes by wetlands and riparian forests in Midwestern USA to reduce seasonal hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Mitsch will also discuss the opportunities presented by wetlaculture, a new process named in reference to the words wetland and agriculture. This process will enable the removal of excess nutrients from aquatic ecosystems and return them directly to growing crops. Wetlaculture has the dual benefit of improving water quality and lessening the need for fertilizers as fertilizer runoff is effectively recycled.

Dr. Mitsch is eminent scholar and director for the Everglades Wetland Research Park and Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration, Florida Gulf Coast University in Naples, Florida. He is professor emeritus of environmental science and founding director of the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at The Ohio State University. He was editor-in-chief of Ecological Engineering journal for 25 years after founding it in 1992. He was awarded the 2004 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate bestowed by the King of Sweden and the 2010 Einstein Professor from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He completed the fifth edition of his standard textbook, “Wetlands” in 2015. He has guided 78 graduate students through thesis or dissertation, 55 of which were at The Ohio State University during his 26-year career there.

Pizza will be provided at the presentation, but participants should bring their own water bottles, as this is a zero waste event. For additional information about the series, contact Joe Wakeman, manager of enrollment and student success, at wakemanj@ohio.edu or 740.593.2133.

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March 23 Lunch and Learn: Climate Change and the Law of Cooperation

This Friday, join Professor Cinnamon Piñon Carlarne for a lunch and learn presentation from noon-1 p.m. at the Ridges, Bldg. 22, Room 221.

Her talk will focus on the current state of international climate change law as framed by the larger context of the evolving international law of cooperation. The presentation will contextualize the Paris Agreement and the new model of cooperation that it creates within ongoing efforts to function more effectively as a collective global human community and the way in which the current political moment complicates these already fragile efforts.

Professor Cinnamon Piñon Carlarne is a leading expert in environmental law and climate change law and policy at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Carlarne’s scholarship focuses on the evolution of system of domestic and international environmental governance and includes a book on comparative climate change law and policy with Oxford University Press. She is on the editorial board for the Climate Law journal (IOS Press) and the newly established Transnational Environmental Law journal, launched by Cambridge University Press in 2012.

Future installments in the lunch and learn presentation series will take place at The Ridges this spring, rotating between buildings 21 and 22 on the following Fridays:

  • March 30
  • April 6

Pizza will be provided, but participants should bring their own water bottles, as this is a zero waste event. For additional information about the series, contact Joe Wakeman, manager of enrollment and student success, at wakemanj@ohio.edu or 740.593.2133.

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Gallery talk offers insight into the Voinovich School’s tenth anniversary photo exhibition

gallerytalk.PNGJoin the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs on Monday, March 19 from 2 – 3 p.m. at the Kennedy Museum of Art for a special, behind the scenes presentation on the School’s tenth anniversary photo exhibition, “Sighting Progress,” by the exhibition curator, Merry Foresta.

Featuring 10 years of photos by Voinovich School Photojournalism Fellows, a partnership with the School of Visual Communication, the exhibition tells the story of the Voinovich School’s impact on the region, state and nation. At the event, Foresta, a Voinovich School Scholar in Residence and the former Senior Curator and Director of the Smithsonian Photography Institute, will provide insight into her selection of photos for the collection.

Voinovich School students, faculty and staff, as well as anyone with an interest in photography or the School’s work, is encouraged to attend. For more information, visit our webpage on the exhibition.