Mobile data collection using GIS/GPS

2017 Voinovich School Lunch and Learn Series, Friday Sept. 15, 2017

During an upcoming lunch and learn event to be held this Friday, Sept. 15, Rob Delach, senior geospatial manager at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and Melanie Rudolf, Master of Science in Environmental Studies candidate, will discuss mobile data collection using GIS and GPS technology.

During a lunch and learn event last year, Delach discussed how Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) volunteers can create online maps to assist responders in reaching those in need during disasters. This type of crowdsourced mapping is especially vital in poor and vulnerable areas where HOT workers may be the first people to plot the land. Delach noted that anyone can help in times of need by volunteering with emergency mapping support from the comfort of their own computer screen.

As a follow-up topic, this lunch and learn event will cover the various capabilities, processes, accuracies, and applications available across the spectrum of available options. Currently, a number of free or low-cost geographic-based mobile data collection apps are accessible. Devices supported with free data collection apps include Android and Apple smart- phones, tablets, handheld GPS units, and Windows laptops. Pizza will be served at the event!

Other lunch and learn presentations will be conducted at The Ridges this fall, rotating between buildings 21 and 22 on the following Fridays from noon-1 p.m.

Please add the dates of the next presentations to your calendars:

  • September 22 and 29
  • October 6, 13, 20 and 27
  • November 3 and 17
  • December 1

Lunch and Learn_Mobile_Data_Collection Sept 15



Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment open house

Interested in paid undergraduate research opportunities related to energy and/or the environment? Want to apply your classroom learning to real engineering/scientific systems? Visit the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment’s open house on Wed., Sept. 20 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

You’ll learn about research directly from ISEE faculty, staff and students. The meeting will be in the Biochemistry Building at 350 W. State St., so be sure to wear proper lab attire — that means closed-toe shoes and long pants.

Pizza and drinks will also be provided.

RSVP by Fri., Sept. 15, via GoogleDocs at

Questions? Jason Trembly,


Voinovich School Research and Experience at the National Adaptation Forum     

National Adaptation Forum: Action today for a better tomorrow                                       2017 Voinovich Lunch and Learn Series, Friday Sept. 8, 2017

This Friday, join faculty presenter Dr. Derek Kauneckis and research associate Jackie Kloepfer as well as student presenters Jonathan Norris, Alex Hurley and Miles Gordon for a presentation entitled “National Adaptation Forum: Action today for a better tomorrow.”

In May of this year, Voinovich school faculty, staff, and students attended the National Adaptation Forum (NAF) in St. Paul, MN. The forum is described on its webpage as an event that allows a diverse group of “adaptation practitioners from around the country [to focus] on moving beyond adaptation awareness and planning…adaptation action.” The work of the forum is especially significant today; as climate change threatens “society’s past, present and future efforts to thrive, the need for practical climate adaptation solutions has never been greater.”

Azamat Tashev, a recent graduate of the Voinovich School, attended the forum and was thrilled at the, “number and diversity of participants, multitude of focal topics, quality of content, intensity of discussions, opportunities for hands-on training and networking” presented at the forum. In an article titled “National Adaptation Forum 2017: Fostering innovation and science-practice-policy dialogue for climate change adaptation,” he shared observations from a few key sessions focusing on topics including climate resilience, the integration of resilience and natural resource management, and ecosystem-based management. For him, the forum opened the door to “management solutions that foster adaptive learning and experimentation” and can help to increase resilience in a constantly changing environment.


Miles Gordon presents his research at NAF. 

During the lunch and learn, Jackie Kloepfer will discuss the conference and the importance of adaptation in the face of climate change, Dr. Derek Kauneckis will discuss his local governments research, and students Miles Gordon, Jonathan Norris and Alex Hurley will discuss their current research and what they learned at the conference. Pizza will be served at the event!

Other lunch and learn presentations will be conducted at The Ridges this fall, rotating between buildings 21 and 22 on the following Fridays from noon-1 p.m.

Please add the dates of the next presentations to your calendars:

  • September 15, 22 and 29
  • October 6, 13, 20 and 27
  • November 3 and 17

OHIO’s Office of the President now accepting applications to the presidential leadership society

Ohio University’s 21st president, M. Duane Nellis, took office earlier this year, and quickly formed the presidential leadership society, which provides a group of student ambassadors the opportunity to serve as official representatives of Ohio University and the Office of the President at various presidential events throughout the academic year.

Presidential Leaders are students who volunteer their time and talents to advance the priorities and initiatives of President Nellis. Students apply to serve for one-year terms and must re-apply at the end of each term for consideration.

Application Process

  • Presidential Leaders are chosen for their academic achievement, outgoing personalities, and record of accomplishment exemplifying the best of Ohio University.
  • Ambassadors are chosen each year by OHIO’s 21st president through a selective process. The inaugural class will have the unique opportunity to participate in the inauguration of President Nellis on October 18, 2017.
  • Requirements:
    – 3.0 GPA or higher
    – Enrollment as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student
    – Completion of at least two semesters of academic work at OHIO
  • Advisor: John Rogers, Associate Director of Presidential Events

Important 2017-2018 Dates

  • Application Deadline: Friday, September 8, 2017, midnight
  • Interview Process:September 18, 2017 to September 27, 2017
  • Notification Day: Dr. Nellis will call all ambassadors on Monday, October 2, 2017
  • Orientation of Presidential Leaders: Sunday, October 15, 2017, all day
  • First Assignment: The Inauguration of President M. Duane Nellis on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

To learn more or to apply, click here.

OHIO Webinar: Shale Midstream Market Trends in Ohio River Valley

Drilling for oil and gas in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays may have slowed in recent years, but the region is poised for the next phase of industry development: the midstream. As midstream operations evolve in the Marcellus and Utica area, will new transmission and refining capacity benefit regional manufacturers and their supply chains by attracting capital investments and the jobs that come with it? What is the current state of the midstream sector of the industry, what is on the horizon, and what impacts may these investments have on regional economic development and job creation? Join us to find out as we explore the connections between resource extraction and wealth retention in this upcoming webinar.

When: 12:00-1:30pm, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017
Register at:

Please forward any advance questions for our panelists to

The Shale Innovation Project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and the College of Arts and Sciences examining the impact of shale development on businesses and communities in Ohio’s shale region. This project is generously supported by a three-year Innovation Strategy Award from the Ohio University Research Division.

Win a trip abroad while working to solve global health issues

The Global Health Case Competition, sponsored by the College of Health Sciences and Professions, is a unique opportunity for Ohio University undergraduate and graduate students from multiple disciplines to research and develop innovative solutions to global health challenges. The goal of this competition is to promote awareness of 21st century global health issues, introduce students to diverse factors that impact decision-making and encourage students from different disciplines to collaborate on solutions.

The most innovative solution to the proposed case challenge will win one team a sponsored trip to in-country partners in summer 2018, where the team will do further research on solutions.

Students interested in participating, should note the following dates:

  • September 13, 2017: Kickoff and country reveal, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., E238 Grover Center
  • October 2, 2017: Team registration deadline, 5 p.m.
  • October 6, 2017: Release of the case details, 8 a.m.
  • October 25, 2017: Case solution due, 11:59 p.m.
  • November 3, 2017: Announcement of top six finalist teams
  • November 14, 2017: Case competition day, opening remarks 8:30 a.m., presentations 9 a.m. – noon, E328 Grover Center
  • November 5, 2017: International Education Week award ceremony, time/location TBD
  • May/June 2018: Winning team travel

For more information, click here or contact the Global Health Initiative at

Ohio University offers numerous internal awards for faculty and staff during 2017-18 academic year

Ohio University has an investment portfolio of more than 500 thousand dollars per year for faculty, staff, and student research and creative activity – with more than 100 thousand for new faculty alone. See below for a list of the many opportunities for faculty and staff to receive internal funding.

Air Travel Support Program

  • Funds are available to support trips to areas within a 1000-mile radius (including Washington DC, Chicago, New York, Atlanta) on the University’s King Air plane.  Activities that are allowable under this program include meetings with sponsors or potential collaborators and travel to conferences or to disseminate creative works.
  • A minimum of four faculty members must travel. Trip length can be one or two days (one night); a longer trip may be approved pending a decision from the planning unit.
  • Deadline: Open

Ohio University Research Committee (OURC)

  • Competitive awards of up to $8,000 provide seed money for faculty and staff to pursue new research and creative activity projects.  Priority is for new faculty and staff, or established faculty pursuing projects that are a clear departure from previous research foci. Two review cycles in fall and spring.
  • Deadlines: Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, 4:00 pm and Thursday, Feb. 08, 2018, 4:00 pm
  • Workshops: Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, 2-3 pm; Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, 10-11 am (repeat session); 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided; Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017, 10-11 am; Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2017 (repeat session), 2-3 pm; 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided

Baker Fund Awards Committee

  • Competitive awards of up to $12,000 to faculty and staff support research, scholarship, and creative activity. The Committee seeks to support projects that are near completion and can hopefully be brought to full completion with the assistance of an award.  Two review cycles in fall and spring.
  • Deadlines: Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, 4:00 pm and Thursday, Feb. 17, 2018, 4:00 pm
  • Workshops:  Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, 2-3 pm; Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, 10-11 am (repeat session); 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided; Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017, 10-11 am; Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2017 (repeat session), 2-3 pm; 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided

Presidential Research Scholars

  • Competitive awards of $3,000 to recognize faculty excellent in research, scholarship, and creative activity.  This program is targeted to mid-career scholars who have garnered national and international reputations within their respective fields.
  • For 2017-18, applications will be solicited for Social and Behavioral Sciences and Physical Sciences and Engineering. For 018-19, applications will be solicited in the areas of Life and Biomedical Sciences and Arts and Humanities.
  • Deadlines:
    • April 20, 2017, 4:00 pm (nominations)
    • June 15, 2017, 4:00 pm (applications)

1804 Fund

  • Funds to enhance the undergraduate and graduate student educational experience, faculty research, and research infrastructure.
  • Deadlines:
    • 15, 2018 for preliminary discussions
    • 15, 2018, 4:00 pm, proposal deadline

 Faculty Research Support Program

  • Funds publications, subventions, on-campus conferences, emergency equipment repair, travel to meet potential sponsors, or negotiating a research grant or contract (no conference travel). Awards are limited to $1,500 per year per faculty for travel; $600 per year per faculty for publication charges; all other requests may not exceed $1,000 per year per faculty.

For a complete list of programs, click here.

Ohio University offers $200K in internal awards for student research and creative activity

Ohio University has an investment portfolio of about $200,000 per year for student research and creative activity. See below for a list of the many opportunities for students to receive University funding.

Student Enhancement Awards

  • Competitive awards to support undergraduate, graduate and medical student research; scholarship; and creative activities. Awards of up to $6,000 support research and travel to attend a professional meeting to present results.
  • Deadline: Thursday Jan. 18, 2018, 4 p.m.
  • Workshops: Wednesday Nov. 15, 2017, 12-1 m.; Thursday Nov. 16, 2017, 5-6 p.m. (repeat session); 301U Alden Library; light refreshments provided

Ohio University Undergraduate Travel Fund

  • Small awards of up to $500 for travel assistance for undergraduate students presenting their work at conference and other venues for presentation.
  • Deadline: open, until funds expended.

Provost Undergraduate Research Fund

  • Small awards of up to $1,500 to support undergraduate research, including supplies, materials and travel.
  • Deadline: Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, 4 p.m.
  • Workshops:  Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, 4-5 m.; Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, 11-12 noon (repeat session); 301 U Alden Library

Student Senate Grant for Original Work

  • Competitive awards to graduate students to conduct original research, scholarship or creative work. Maximum award $750.
  • Deadlines: TBA

Student Senate Travel Program

  • Will support travel to present original work, as well as travel for professional development workshops and seminars. Proposal selected by lottery. Maximum award $500.
  • Deadlines: TBA

For a complete list of funding opportunities, click here.

LEED Green Associate training offered through Sierra Student Coalition

The Sierra Student Coalition is offering Voinovich School students the opportunity to receive assistance in earning the career-advancing LEED Green Associate (GA) certification with a competitively-priced training on Sept. 30 from 1 – 5 p.m. on Ohio University Campus in Grover, W103.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a sustainability scorecard for green buildings.  LEED GA is the only professional designation which provides students the needed skills to work on LEED projects and demonstrates knowledge in the field to future employers and clients.

The training, at a student rate of $200, provides the knowledge and materials necessary to pass the $100 LEED GA examination and earn certification. The same course has already proven to be instrumental in helping more than 8,000 students pass their respective exams at a 100 percent pass rate and graduate with letters after their names.

The course covers topics such sustainability in the 21st century, material and resource use, innovative design, the relationships between location, transportation and sustainability and, of course, information on the LEED certification and exam preparation.

To register for the training, click here. For more information, click here or contact the instructor, Lorne Mlotek, at

OHIO soliciting University nominations for innovation award

Ohio University’s Vice President for Research and Creative Activity is soliciting nominations for the 2017 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship.

The Ohio University Foundation established the award to recognize current and former faculty members, students and alumni who have demonstrated excellence in innovation, invention, commercialization and entrepreneurship.

Nominations should consist of a letter and an optional appendix of supporting documentation. Entries should address, and will be judged by, the degree to which they establish a record of demonstrated excellence in innovation, invention, commercialization and entrepreneurship by the nominee. Submissions should be sent electronically to Joseph Shields, vice president for research and creative activity, at

The deadline for nominations for the 2017 award cycle is Tuesday, Oct. 31. The selection committee, which is chaired by the vice president, will include the director of the Technology Transfer Office, one dean and two faculty members. The committee will make its selection by Dec. 1. Up to three awards may be given per year. The Konneker Medal will be presented to the recipient(s) in February 2018.

The award is named for Wilfred Konneker, an Ohio University alumnus with a distinguished record in research and entrepreneurship.

For more information or questions about the Konneker Medal, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity at or 740.593.0370.