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Ohio State University News Tips 9/9/14

Ribbon cutting ceremony will officially open the Ohio State Brazil Gateway – Sept. 13. Ohio State will officially open its third Gateway location during a ribbon cutting ceremony in São Paulo, Brazil on Saturday, September 13. The Brazil Gateway is located in the Moema district, one of the premier business districts in the city of São Paulo. Ohio State has been strategically engaged in Brazil for more than 50 years with the University of São Paulo’s Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ/USP) in Piracicaba, and more recently has partnered with the São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP – to create a $1.4 million funding source that supports research collaborations between Brazilian and Ohio State researchers. Provost Joseph E. Steinmetz, Vice Provost William I. Brustein, Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman, along with Ohio State alumni and special guests, will be on hand for the ceremony.

Ohio State opened its first Global Gateway in Shanghai, China in 2010 followed by Mumbai, India in 2012. The Gateways serve as representative offices that enable Ohio State to forge new partnerships with a multitude of constituencies, facilitate faculty research, recruit international students, locate and facilitate international experiences for students and reconnect with a growing international alumni base. CONTACT: Maureen Miller, 614-307-0062 (cell); miller.4468@osu.edu.

Ohio State kicks off 2014-2015 Science Sundays free, public lecture series – Sept. 14. What do a Nobel Laureate, a Pixar animation tailor and a Ghost-particle hunter have in common? Can algebra be turned into art? Do we need to avoid GMOs? What about Einstein’s crazier theories, not to mention the future of the human population? And what does Homer have to do with mathematics? Answers are free at Science Sundays. Margot Gerritsen, Stanford University, starts it up September 14 at 3 p.m. in the Wexner Center Film/video Theater, with Mathematical Tools Bring Hidden Beauty to Light. SEE: http://artsandsciences.osu.edu/science-sundays. CONTACT: Sandi Rutkowski, The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences:614-292-4759, Rutkowski.1@osu.edu.

Congressional update on improving U.S. schools – Sept. 15. Jerome D’Agostino, professor of educational studies, will serve as a panelist for the “Investing in Innovation (i3): Using Evidence to Improve Our Nation’s Schools: An Update to Congress,” Monday, Sept. 15, at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. D’Agostino directs the $45 million i3 scale-up grant for Reading Recovery. The grant is making it possible to extend the research-based, short-term intervention to more than 88,000 lowest-achieving first graders nationwide. The panel will be moderated by Sarah Sparks, Education Week. It is hosted by the four i3 grant recipients in cooperation with the U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro. CONTACT: Gemma McLuckie, mcluckie.1@osu.edu.

Ohio State research offers first-ever look inside a working lithium-ion battery. For the first time, researchers have been able to open a kind of window into the inner workings of a lithium-ion battery.

Using a neutron beam, chemists and engineers at The Ohio State University were able to track the flow of lithium atoms into and out of an electrode in real time as a battery charged and discharged.

The study suggests that neutron depth profiling (NDP) could one day help explain why rechargeable batteries lose capacity over time, or sometimes even catch fire.

Ohio State researchers are using the technique to test new, high-capacity electrode materials, including ones containing tin, silicon, germanium and aluminum. These alternative electrodes could be capable of storing nearly three times as much energy as graphite, the material of choice in current lithium-ion batteries. They may also be less prone to overheating.

To Marcello Canova, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Ohio State, this successful application of NDP represents a huge step forward in studies of how batteries work. SEE: http://news.osu.edu/news/2014/09/08/first-ever-look-inside-a-working-lithium-ion-battery/.

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