Special Events

2016 Research Expo (Sep. 27, 2016)

More than 65 exhibitors- research centers, institutes, core laboratories, shared resource providers and campus vendors- will be on hand to help you navigate your way through the research enterprise. Network with fellow researchers and find collaborators for future endeavors. Demonstrations will be held from 9-11 a.m. Learn how to find funding, build a data management plan, use the Buck-IRB system, use the PI Portal system to monitor your research projects, engage with iThenticate (anti-plagiarism software), and more. Come early and attend the opening reception. Meet representatives from the Office of Research, the colleges, research centers, etc. This is a great opportunity to have all of your research-related questions answered. Hear remarks from Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research (Office of Research) and Alison Armstrong, associate director for research and education (University Libraries).

GIS Day 2016 (Nov. 16, 2016)

GIS Day at Ohio State is an annual event for students, staff, faculty, and visitors to learn about the power of geovisualization techniques. This year’s program features a “Lighting Lecture Lunch” with 10-minute talks on a wide variety of topics related to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Speakers include faculty, staff, students, and representatives of government and industry groups. After the talks, exhibitors will be available for a GIS information fair from 1:00-3:00 p.m. GIS professionals from municipal, academic, and industry organizations will be available to speak with students about possible careers in GIS and the application of geographic technology in real-world scenarios. GIS Day is made possible through a partnership of the University Libraries, the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA), and the Enterprise GIS Initiative at Ohio State. See the complete agenda and list of speakers here: GIS Day 2016 Agenda Handout.


Diversity and Gender in Scholarly Publishing (Nov. 4, 2016)

In this public lecture, Dr. Jevin West will be delving into the hidden and surprising ways that inequalities in gender are still present in the realm of scholarly publishing. Dr. West will highlight his findings and the implications of his results for understanding diversity in academia, within publishing practices and beyond. Furthermore, Dr. West will offer a brief explanation of how this data was obtained and interpreted, and discuss the ways in which other researchers can explore this rich data set to uncover other trends in scholarly publishing. Dr. West’s visit is co-sponsored by the University Libraries and Ohio State ADVANCE.

Dr. Jevin West is an Assistant Professor at the Information School at the University of Washington and co-director of the DataLab. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Washington and continued with a postdoc at the Department of Physics at Umea University in Sweden where he worked on the mapequation.org project in the Icelab. Dr. West co-founded Eigenfactor.org with Carl Bergstrom – a research project that maps large scale citation networks in order to better understand, navigate, and evaluate the scientific literature.


Buck-IRB Submissions (Sep. 7, 2016)

The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering a workshop on creating human subjects research submissions within the online Buck-IRB system. This workshop will explain the system’s functions and how to navigate the different submission types (i.e., initial, exempt, amendment, continuing review, event report). Anyone involved in preparing IRB submissions is welcome.

Industry Engagement 101: Collaborating with Commercial Enterprises (Sep. 8, 2016)

Many factors are driving an increase in engagement between universities and industry; including increased competition for redirected and/or declining governmental research investments and the creation of products and markets that require a workforce with new skills. As University researchers navigate these dynamics it is important to understand the extent to which successful relationships are dependent on an understanding of corporate decision making, the ability to manage expectations, and taking a holistic approach to finding win-win value propositions on the industry/university engagement continuum. Strategic partnerships in this domain merge the discovery-driven culture of the university with the innovation-driven environment of the company. But to make the chemistry work, each side must overcome the cultural and communications differences that often impair industry/university partnerships of all types and undercut their potential. This workshop, led by staff from the Industry Liaison Officeaddresses the challenge of bridging the continuum, tools for rapidly vetting and solidifying industrial opportunities, and knowledge of the support resources at OSU that are key to helping secure and nurture industrial relationships.

Grant Writing: An Introduction (Sep. 15, 2016)

Join us for this interactive workshop on grant writing. We will address some of the similarities and differences between the funding processes for federal/state agencies and private foundations. Topics include best practices for seeking funding, including the SPIN Funding Opportunities system and other funding resources, and examples of writing that is both persuasive and clear. Presenters include:

  • Dinessa Solomon, Executive Director, Foundation Relations
  • Jeff Agnoli, Office of Research
  • Amanda Rinehart, Data Management Services Librarian

An Undergraduate’s Guide to Presenting and Publishing Your Research (Sep. 16, 2016)

Discover the ins-and-outs of presenting and publishing your research! Learn strategies for presenting research at national conferences and how to find funding to support conference travel. Dr. Lorraine Wallace (URO Director, Associate Professor of Biomedical Education and Anatomy) will discuss publishing in scholarly journals outside of OSU and you can find out how to submit your work to JUROS, OSU’s all inclusive, student-run peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal. This workshop is sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Office.

Secondary Analysis of Data and Specimens (Sep. 21, 2016)

The Office of Responsible Research Practices (ORRP) is offering a two-part series on secondary analysis of data and specimens. This second session in the series will address the different review types (exempt, expedited IRB, convened IRB), the submission process, and consent considerations for secondary use projects. While the session will be tailored to social and behavioral sciences researchers, anyone preparing IRB submissions is welcome. The first session (July 14) covers determining whether review is required at Ohio State, how to determine whether the project constitutes human subjects research, and when Ohio State personnel need review for multi-institutional projects involving the transfer of data and specimens.

IRB and Classroom Research (Sep. 29, 2016)

The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering a workshop on classroom research that will focus on the following key topics:

  • General ethical considerations when conducting classroom research
  • Instructor consideration such as engagement
  • Additional regulatory requirements for conducting research involving children, including the requirements for enrolling children in a research project, obtaining assent, and obtaining parental permission.
  • Exempt related categories such as normal educational practices in educational settings
  • Using surveys and conducting observations

Grants for Graduate Students: How to Successfully Apply for a CGS Grant (Oct. 4, 2016)

Are you a graduate student interested in research, conference travel, and professional development grants available to you through the Council of Graduate Students (CGS)? Want to know how to push your CGS grant application over the top? Join us to learn the ins and outs of applying for the Global Gateway, Ray Travel Award, Career Development Grant, and Hayes Research Forum.

Zotero Basics: Citation Management Training (Oct. 6, 2016)

Are you interested in using citation management software for your next writing project but not sure where to start? Want to learn about how citation management software can make your life easier when it comes to collecting, organizing, and citing published works? Join the Libraries’ Research Services department for an overview of how you can use Zotero to organize your references, create bibliographies, and more as you prepare for your next paper or publication.

Finding Funding: SPIN (Oct. 11, 2016)

Want to learn strategies for finding funding opportunities and creating custom funding alerts relevant to your research? Join Jeff Agnoli and Ethan Barnhardt of the Office of Research for this interactive workshop, where you will learn more about using the SPIN funding opportunities database and accessing other funding and grant writing resources available to researchers at Ohio State.

IRB Training for Graduate Students (Oct. 19, 2017)

The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering a workshop for graduate students on how to navigate the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process. The workshop will focus on the following key topics:

  • Understanding why we have an IRB process
  • Exploring types of research and levels of review
  • Reviewing application completion
  • Finding out where to go for help
  • Q&A

GIS for the Rest of Us (Oct. 21, 2016)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has revolutionized our ability to visualize and display information connected to locations. Whether you have used Google’s free tools to find aerial photos of your neighborhood, have searched for a friend’s address using the county auditor’s website, or researched the likelihood of your business flooding during a major storm event, GIS tools are at work. The half-day workshop is designed for:

  • Researchers from All Disciplines New to GIS
  • K-12 Educators
  • Informal Educators
  • Members of the Non-Profit Community
  • Community Members Who Want to Learn More

A team of instructors will provide an overview of both Google and Esri platforms and showcase examples of how GIS can be used for research and education. Breakout sessions will provide training for various levels of experience. This program is offered through a partnership between the University Libraries, the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, and the Department of Geography at The Ohio State University.

Open Access: Know Your Rights, Share Your Research (Oct. 25, 2016)

This workshop will cover the basics of copyright and open access, including understanding your rights as an author, sharing your research to a broader audience, and publishing in open access journals.  Presented in conjunction with International Open Access Week, this workshop will feature speakers from the University Libraries’ Copyright Resources Center and Publishing and Repository Services department. Presenters include:

  • Sandra Enimil, Head of the Copyright Resources Center
  • Maria Scheid, Rights Management Specialist, Copyright Resources Center
  • Sharon Sadvari, Partner Relations Coordinator, Publishing and Repository Services

Writing a Successful Abstract (Oct. 27, 2016)

Are you interested in presenting your research at a poster forum or conference? During this session you will learn from a faculty member about strategies for writing a research abstract in any field and develop the skills to compose a strong abstract. There will also be a brief overview of the guidelines for applying to present your research at the annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. This workshop is sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Office.

Data Management Basics (Nov. 2, 2016)

Tired of searching for lost files? Worried the spreadsheet you’re editing isn’t the most recent version of your data? Looking for a better way to keep track of your methods and results? Join Amanda Rinehart, OSU’s Data Management Services Librarian, to learn more about creating a file naming system, tracking versions, and maintaining meaningful metadata for your research projects. This event is part of Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State.

Creating Data Management Plans with the DMPTool (Nov. 8, 2016)

Many funding agencies now require the submission of a data management plan along with a researcher’s grant proposal. In this session, we will discuss the information that researchers should be including in their data management plans. Participants will also learn strategies for creating data management plans with the online DMPTool, which walks researchers through a funding agency’s specific requirements and expectations. Join Amanda Rinehart, OSU’s Data Management Services Librarian, for this hands-on workshop. This event is part of Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State.

OSC @ OSU Workshop: Computing Services to Accelerate Research and Innovation (Nov. 10, 2016)

This workshop is part of Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State and will provide an introduction to Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) resources and how to access them. Topics include:

  • High performance computing concepts
  • Hardware and software available at OSC
  • Getting allocations and accounts
  • How to connect and log in
  • How to move data on and off the system
  • Introduction to batch processing
  • Storage and file systems

IRB and International Research (Nov. 29, 2016)

The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering a workshop on creating and submitting proposals for researchers who plan to conduct research in international locations. This workshop will focus on regulatory requirements, review considerations (e.g., informed consent process), and the cultural context to be considered when planning a project. While the session will be tailed to social and behavioral sciences researchers, anyone preparing IRB submissions is welcome.

Publishing Basics: Setting Yourself Up for Success (Dec. 1, 2016)

In this workshop, presenters from the University Libraries and the Office of Research will help you get your publishing career off on the right foot. Topics of discussion will include how scholarly publishing works, tips for getting an article published, and publishing ethics (including plagiarism and expectations for authorship). Presenters include:

  • Melanie Schlosser, Digital Publishing Librarian, University Libraries
  • Jennifer Yucel, Director & Research Integrity Officer, Office of Research Compliance

Panel Discussions

Industry-Sponsored Research (Oct. 12, 2016)

Despite the many challenges that must be overcome to establish successful university-industry collaborations, few will deny the benefits outweigh the difficulties. As a follow-up to the September 8th Industry Engagement 101 Workshop: Collaborating with Commercial Enterprises, the Industry Liaison Office, in conjunction with the Research Commons, will host an industry-sponsored research faculty panel discussion. Panelists who have successfully partnered with commercial customers, and representing a spectrum of colleges and industry partners, will share their first hand experience. Topics may include: the faculty member’s perspective on the benefits of industry research opportunities; relationship building with corporate partners; available OSU resources for successful internal partnering; how to balance academic responsibilities and student participation against industrial expectations; and lessons from the field. The final 30 minutes will be general Q&A. Attendees of the September 8th workshop will benefit from this panel discussion, but attendance at the workshop is not a pre-requisite for this program.

Open Data (Oct. 26, 2016)

Curious about Open Data? Want to know more about where to find Open Data to use in your own research, or how to make your data open to comply with funding agency mandates? Have your top concerns and questions addressed by a group of campus experts- all who are interested in Open Data are welcome! This event is part of Data Analytics Month @ Ohio State. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Elliot Bendoly, TDA@OhioState Faculty in Residence; Professor, Management Sciences, Fisher College of Business
  • Sandra Enimil, Head of the Copyright Resources Center, University Libraries
  • Amanda Rinehart, Data Management Services Librarian, University Libraries
  • Maria Scheid, Rights Management Specialist, University Libraries
  • Maureen WalshInstitutional Repository Services Librarain, University Libraries

Discussion Forums

Science Cafe- Hackathons at OSU and Beyond (Sep. 7, 2016)

OSU will be having its next hackathon November 19th-20th. But what are hackathons? What are their history at OSU and beyond? Hear about OSU’s previous hackathon prize winning projects from students in multiple fields and from multiple universities. This is your opportunity to begin thinking ahead towards November and meet others interested in participating.

Science Cafe- The Microbiome in Health and Disease: Bugs, Guts, and Drugs (Oct. 5, 2016)

An overview of how the microbes living in and on us can contribute to health, disease, and even our response to medicines. Speaker: Nicole Cartwright Kwiek- Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Nicole Kwiek is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. She is also the Director of the Generation Rx Laboratory at the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) and co-leads the Generation Rx Initiative, a learning community of OSU faculty, staff, and students studying the problem of prescription drug misuse.

Science Cafe- The Science of Election Prediction (Nov. 2, 2016)

Comparing election forecasting models, election stock markets, polls-of-polls, and other prediction systems for the 2016 U.S. presidential election. How should the quality of a prediction system be assessed? Which prediction systems have been most successful in the past? How useful can these predictions be in this most unpredictable election year? Speaker: Herb Weisberg, Academy Professor, OSU Dept. of Political Science.