Research Commons Presents

Tapping into Collective Creativity: Why are Design Swarms a good idea? (Mar. 5, 2019)

Design is a future-oriented process that is strengthened when it incorporates expertise from a range of disciplines. As a field of study, design has evolved as a form of practice that focused primarily on problem solving to one that excels at problem seeking. Its applicability to concerns that extend beyond the realm of physical space and objects to include interrelated services and systems parallels the evolution of technologies that impact our daily lives with increasing frequency. New modes of engagement such as the design swarm have emerged to support and encourage designers and non-designers to tackle complex problems together as a process of co-design. This presentation will provide examples of the ways that design thinking and visualization have been used to influence the outcome of social challenges in positive ways. It will also illustrate how a recent Ohio State Design swarm event promoted new ways of imagining alternative approaches  to improving Ohio’s opioid crisis. Practical tips for incorporating designers into research projects will also be provided.

Digital Humanities Showcase (Apr. 9, 2019)

Join us for the first Digital Humanities (DH) Showcase at Ohio State. The Showcase will feature “lightning talks” by humanities and arts faculty and graduate students about their research projects. Presenters include:

  • Harmony Bench, Dance
  • Christopher Brown, Classics
  • Danielle Fosler-Lussier, Music
  • Seth Gaiters, Comparative Studies
  • Philip Gleissner, Slavic & East European Languages & Cultures
  • John Jones, English
  • Hannah Kosstrin, Dance
  • Caroline Toy, Comparative Studies
  • Lauren Pond, Center for the Study of Religion
  • Leila Vieira, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Robyn Warhol, English

This will be a great opportunity to learn about Digital Humanities projects underway at Ohio State, and meet other faculty and graduate students who are doing DH in its many forms.

The Pursuit of Happiness @OSU (Apr. 10, 2019)

Can design stimulate positive thinking and positive activities that support people’s mental well-being? The question is vital to designers because successful design is not just about what users need, but knowing how design can create emotions, play off emotions, and learn from emotions. This presentation will discuss some design studies that integrate strategies from positive psychology and human-centered design approach that foster students’ subject well-being. Through data collections and visualizations, creative activities, and instructional projects, we are investigating design methods and practices that enable, support, and inspire college students to build resilience through self and community empowerment. 

Workshops and Events

Citation Tracking and Research Metrics Working Session (Jan. 9, 2019)

These small group hands-on sessions will focus on tracking citations to your work and gathering research metrics such as h-index, journal impact factors, and alternative metrics.  After a brief overview of the available tools (e.g. Web of Science, Scopus, Journal Citation Reports, Altmetric, etc.) the bulk of the time will available for participants to gather their own information, ask questions, and receive individualized assistance. 

Citation Tracking and Research Metrics Working Session (Jan. 10, 2019)

These small group hands-on sessions will focus on tracking citations to your work and gathering research metrics such as h-index, journal impact factors, and alternative metrics.  After a brief overview of the available tools (e.g. Web of Science, Scopus, Journal Citation Reports, Altmetric, etc.) the bulk of the time will available for participants to gather their own information, ask questions, and receive individualized assistance. 

Corporate Research Engagement 101 (Jan. 16, 2019)

Many factors are driving an increase in engagement between universities and industry. Both entities must overcome the cultural and communications differences that often impair industry/university partnerships of all types and undercut their potential. It is important for University researchers to understand the extent to which successful relationships are dependent on an understanding of corporate decision making, the ability to manage expectations, and finding win-win value propositions on the industry/university engagement continuum. This seminar led by the Industry Liaison Office addresses the industry-university opportunities by providing researchers with a fundamental understanding of the value of industry engagement and the engagement 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.

REDCap and Qualtrics: Are They Peas in a Pod or Apples and Oranges? (Jan. 16, 2019)

This presentation session will provide information to OSU and OSUWMC faculty and staff on the two electronic data collection tools available on campus- REDCap and Qualtrics. The discussion and Q&A will cover:

  • Overview of each tool.
  • Compare/contrast features.
  • How to choose which one is right for your project.
  • How to get access and training.
Introduction to Data Visualization (Jan. 31, 2019)

Data visualization (or data viz for short) has rapidly developed into a huge area of interest for a broad group of users including researchers, businesses, and anyone looking to effectively communicate a large amount of information to a specific audience. If you have a research question that utilizes data, data visualization and its associated tools can help you analyze and make sense of the information you have gathered. In this presentation, participants will:

  • Be introduced to what data visualization is and why it is both an important and relevant skill to learn in this day and age.
  • Learn more about the types of data visualizations available to choose from and reasons for using specific types of visualizations.
  • Take a look at some resources available for learning more about different types of data visualizations and how to create them.
  • Explore some of the tools used to create data visualizations in a variety of fields.
  • Watch a video showcasing what a great visualization and presentation can look like.
  • Gain some useful tips on how to better design your next visualization.
  • Find out what the Ohio State University Libraries has to offer in terms of data visualization support.
5-Day Research Impact Challenge (Feb. 4, 2019)

This is an online challenge designed to help researchers enhance the impact and visibility of their research.  Each day during the week of February 4-8, participants will receive an email with one or two tasks to complete that will help you to enhance your scholarly profile, along with links to instructions and advice for completing them.  Work at your own pace; there is no deadline for completion of the tasks.

Making Your Science Accessible (Feb. 6, 2019)

This introductory workshop is designed specifically for researchers, scientists, data analysts and others who want to share their research succinctly with their audiences. Topics included are:

  • Identifying the level of your audiences’ knowledge.
  • Building context.
  • Laddering complex ideas for clearer understanding.
  • Showcasing what is possible.

This event is sponsored by the University LibrariesOffice of ResearchDiscovery Themes, and the STEAM Factory.

REDCap Design Part 1 (Feb. 11, 2019)

This level of training is appropriate for individuals who are using REDCap for the first time, or individuals who have very limited prior experience. This level of training will cover:

  • The REDCap system interface.
  • Overview of REDCap project types (Research, Operational, Quality).
  • Data classifications (PHI and NonPHI).
  • REDCap Shared Library.
  • Creating data collection instruments using the Online Designer.
  • Field types, Field labels, Matrix fields.
  • Variable names (and suggested naming conventions) and Validation.
  • Setting required fields and identifiers.
  • Adding field notes.
  • Testing Forms.
  • Distributing surveys (Public link, Automated Invitations, Participant List).
Citation Tracking and Research Metrics Working Session (Feb. 12, 2019)

These small group hands-on sessions will focus on tracking citations to your work and gathering research metrics such as h-index, journal impact factors, and alternative metrics.  After a brief overview of the available tools (e.g. Web of Science, Scopus, Journal Citation Reports, Altmetric, etc.) the bulk of the time will available for participants to gather their own information, ask questions, and receive individualized assistance.

Introduction to Tableau for Data Visualization (Feb. 13, 2019)

Tableau is a data visualization program that offers both quick and flexible methods of visualizing your data in a variety of ways, including through interactive dashboards. Offering ways to explore your dataset as well as explain it, Tableau combines ease of use and powerful options for engaging your audience with interesting visualizations. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about the different types of Tableau that exist and how they can access the program.
  • Discover the Tableau interface and learn how to import and connect data to Tableau itself.
  • Explore how to quickly visualize data with different chart types and through dashboards.
  • Interact with other resources like Tableau Public’s Gallery and knowledge bank to help learn about Tableau beyond this workshop.
Citation Tracking and Research Metrics Working Session (Feb. 13, 2019)

These small group hands-on sessions will focus on tracking citations to your work and gathering research metrics such as h-index, journal impact factors, and alternative metrics.  After a brief overview of the available tools (e.g. Web of Science, Scopus, Journal Citation Reports, Altmetric, etc.) the bulk of the time will available for participants to gather their own information, ask questions, and receive individualized assistance.

Corporate Research Engagement 101 (Feb. 15, 2019)

Many factors are driving an increase in engagement between universities and industry. Both entities must overcome the cultural and communications differences that often impair industry/university partnerships of all types and undercut their potential. It is important for University researchers to understand the extent to which successful relationships are dependent on an understanding of corporate decision making, the ability to manage expectations, and finding win-win value propositions on the industry/university engagement continuum. This seminar led by the Industry Liaison Office addresses the industry-university opportunities by providing researchers with a fundamental understanding of the value of industry engagement and the engagement 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.

Finding Funding: SPIN (Feb. 19, 2019)

Want to learn strategies for finding funding opportunities and creating custom funding alerts relevant to your research? Join Jeff Agnoli from 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. 

Bringing Fair Use to Life (Feb. 27, 2019)

How can artists like Andy Warhol, Carrie Mae Weems, Roy Lichtenstein, or Richard Prince legally use somebody else’s materials in their own art? Are you using somebody else’s photograph, illustration, text, or video in your own scholarship or creative project? Do you need permission to do that? Join University Libraries’ on Wednesday, February 27th for a hands-on workshop on the important exception of fair use, an exception in the law that allows use of copyrighted content without permission. Learn how to use copyrighted materials confidently and legally in your research, teaching, and creative endeavors.

The workshop will cover the factors to consider in determining if a use is a fair use and look to examples of authors and artists that have relied on fair use in the production of their creative works. Attendees will have the opportunity to work through a fair use analysis while making their own creative work using materials from the OSU Libraries’ collections.

Initial Submissions under the Revised Common Rule (Feb. 28, 2019)

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 under the 2018 Common Rule
  • Reviewing application components
  • Tips for successful application completion
  • Finding out where to go for help
Grant Writing: An Introduction (Mar. 6, 2019)

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 engaging with sponsors
  • Navigating the research administration/proposal development and submission process
  • Drafting a compelling narrative
  • Seeking funding; Including the SPIN Funding Opportunities system and other funding resources
  • Examples of writing that is both persuasive and clear

Presenters include:

Kristina Ward, Director, Foundation Relations
Jeff Agnoli, Office of Research

Corporate Research Engagement 101 (Mar. 20, 2019)

Many factors are driving an increase in engagement between universities and industry. Both entities must overcome the cultural and communications differences that often impair industry/university partnerships of all types and undercut their potential. It is important for University researchers to understand the extent to which successful relationships are dependent on an understanding of corporate decision making, the ability to manage expectations, and finding win-win value propositions on the industry/university engagement continuum. This seminar led by the Industry Liaison Office addresses the industry-university opportunities by providing researchers with a fundamental understanding of the value of industry engagement and the engagement 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.

Supporting External Faculty Award Recognition (Mar. 20, 2019)

An important component of building a culture of faculty excellence and strengthening our institutional reputation is through a robust faculty recognition program. This event will examine and discuss both quantitative and qualitative approaches that the scholarly awards support team uses to assist with faculty nominations for national awards and recognitions. On the quantitative side, Academic Analytics has developed a tool with the ability to analyze national awards and award winners’ characteristics, identify local faculty displaying similar metrics of research activity, and identify nominees for national awards. The Ohio State University has been leveraging this report to target faculty members for certain prestigious recognitions and to strengthen existing faculty award portfolios. From a qualitative perspective, The Ohio State University seeks to build a culture that values and recognizes awards through communications efforts, targeted faculty outreach and mentoring, and other approaches to increase faculty networks and competitiveness. Join us to find out more about building a culture of excellence!

Introduction to Data Visualization (Mar. 20, 2019)

Data visualization (or data viz for short) has rapidly developed into a huge area of interest for a broad group of users including researchers, businesses, and anyone looking to effectively communicate a large amount of information to a specific audience. If you have a research question that utilizes data, data visualization and its associated tools can help you analyze and make sense of the information you have gathered. In this presentation, participants will:

  • Be introduced to what data visualization is and why it is both an important and relevant skill to learn in this day and age.
  • Learn more about the types of data visualizations available to choose from and reasons for using specific types of visualizations.
  • Take a look at some resources available for learning more about different types of data visualizations and how to create them.
  • Explore some of the tools used to create data visualizations in a variety of fields.
  • Watch a video showcasing what a great visualization and presentation can look like.
  • Gain some useful tips on how to better design your next visualization.
  • Find out what the Ohio State University Libraries has to offer in terms of data visualization support.
Making Your Science Accessible ( Mar. 21, 2019)

This introductory workshop is designed specifically for researchers, scientists, data analysts and others who want to share their research succinctly with their audiences. Topics included are:

  • Identifying the level of your audiences’ knowledge.
  • Building context.
  • Laddering complex ideas for clearer understanding.
  • Showcasing what is possible.

This event is sponsored by the University LibrariesOffice of ResearchDiscovery Themes, and the STEAM Factory.

REDCap and Qualtrics: Are They Peas in a Pod or Apples and Oranges? (Mar. 26, 2019)

This presentation session will provide information to OSU and OSUWMC faculty and staff on the two electronic data collection tools available on campus- REDCap and Qualtrics. The discussion and Q&A will cover:

  • Overview of each tool.
  • Compare/contrast features.
  • How to choose which one is right for your project.
  • How to get access and training.
Web Mapping Basics with ArcGIS Online (Mar. 26, 2019)

Want to make a map for your research, teaching, outreach, or just for fun? ArcGIS Online (AGOL) is the premier platform for easily and efficiently creating interactive web mapping applications. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Sign-up for access to ArcGIS Online using their OSU username and password
  • Learn the basics of making web maps with ArcGIS Online, including adding layers to a map, changing layer styles, and configuring pop-ups
  • Be introduced to spatial analysis and visualization techniques based on a real-world scenario

This workshop is offered through a collaboration between the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis and the University Libraries.

Initial Submissions and Buck-IRB (Mar. 27, 2019)

The Office of Responsible Research Practices is offering a workshop on the Buck-IRB initial submission application.  The workshop will:

  • Provide an overview of the Buck-IRB system and how to navigate through the Ohio State IRB initial application (not external or exempt)
  • Identify documents that typically accompany a complete application
  • Discuss common pitfalls and tips for successful submission
  • Focus on application sections specific to behavioral research
Grant Writing: An Introduction (Apr. 2, 2019)

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 engaging with sponsors
  • Navigating the research administration/proposal development and submission process
  • Drafting a compelling narrative
  • Seeking funding; Including the SPIN Funding Opportunities system and other funding resources
  • Examples of writing that is both persuasive and clear

Presenters include:

Leanda Rix, Director, Foundation Relations
Jeff Agnoli, Office of Research

Introduction to Tableau for Data Visualization (Apr. 11, 2019)

Tableau is a data visualization program that offers both quick and flexible methods of visualizing your data in a variety of ways, including through interactive dashboards. Offering ways to explore your dataset as well as explain it, Tableau combines ease of use and powerful options for engaging your audience with interesting visualizations. In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn about the different types of Tableau that exist and how they can access the program.
  • Discover the Tableau interface and learn how to import and connect data to Tableau itself.
  • Explore how to quickly visualize data with different chart types and through dashboards.
  • Interact with other resources like Tableau Public’s Gallery and knowledge bank to help learn about Tableau beyond this workshop.
Making Your Science Accessible (Apr. 16, 2019)

This introductory workshop is designed specifically for researchers, scientists, data analysts and others who want to share their research succinctly with their audiences. Topics included are:

  • Identifying the level of your audiences’ knowledge.
  • Building context.
  • Laddering complex ideas for clearer understanding.
  • Showcasing what is possible.

This event is sponsored by the University LibrariesOffice of ResearchDiscovery Themes, and the STEAM Factory.

Corporate Research Engagement 101 (Apr. 19, 2019)

Many factors are driving an increase in engagement between universities and industry. Both entities must overcome the cultural and communications differences that often impair industry/university partnerships of all types and undercut their potential. It is important for University researchers to understand the extent to which successful relationships are dependent on an understanding of corporate decision making, the ability to manage expectations, and finding win-win value propositions on the industry/university engagement continuum. This seminar led by the Industry Liaison Office addresses the industry-university opportunities by providing researchers with a fundamental understanding of the value of industry engagement and the engagement 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.

Increasing the Visibility of Your Research (May 2, 2019)

This workshop will discuss the strategies and outlets for making your research more visible, including open access, scholarly profiles, social media, and The Conversation. Presenters include:

  • Nancy Courtney, Research Impact Librarian, University Libraries
  • Jeff Grabmeier, Senior Director, Research Communications

ADVANCE Faculty Research Lecture Series

Ohio State ADVANCE launches a new faculty research lecture series focusing on the research journey of Ohio State faculty. Each lecture will feature the research of an invited faculty speaker. Speakers will also share their own research journey as a way to highlight both the challenges and successes that are part of the research process.

Getting Where You Want To Be: Sharing Your Aspirations (Jan. 14, 2019)

About the Speaker:

Alicia L. Bertone, DVM, PhD is the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School. Dr. Bertone joined Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) faculty in 1990. Currently a professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, she also serves as director of the Comparative Orthopedics Research Laboratories, an interdisciplinary molecular medicine and tissue-engineering laboratory. In addition to lecturing and providing clinical training, she has mentored professional students, surgery residents and research fellows, such that the CVM honored her with the Charles C. Capen Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Education.

From There to Here: The Risky Journey of a Reliable Person (Mar. 7, 2019)

About the Speaker:

Carol Smidts is a Professor and the Director of Nuclear Engineering Program at The Ohio State University. She obtained her PhD degree in Engineering Physics in 1991 from École Polytechnique, Université Libre de Bruxelles. Her research is in Probabilistic Dynamics for Complex Systems, Human Reliability, Reliability of Digital Instrumentation and Control Systems, Software Reliability Modeling and Software Test Automation. She is the author of more than 160 refereed journal and conference publications, is the recipient of multiple awards and 3 patents. Dr. Smidts’ research has been sponsored by Government (DOE, AFSOR, AFRL, NRC, NASA, NSF, FAA, DOD, NSA) as well as by industry (Texas Instruments, IBM). She is an IEEE fellow, was the associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Reliability and the conference co-Chair of the IEEE Int’l Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (2006 and 2013), IEEE High Assurance Systems Engineering (2008), is an Associate Editor for Software Testing Verification and Reliability and is a regular member on review panels (DOE, NSF, FDA, ISSRE, HASE, DSN).

Local Community-Based Approaches to Prevent Child Maltreatment: Rethinking the Paradigm using Technology (Apr. 8, 2019)

About the speaker:

Dr. Freisthler is a professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the Ohio State University in the College of Social Work. She runs a research program focusing on innovative approaches to study child abuse and neglect, including the study of drinking contexts related to the use of physical abuse and neglect, use of geographic information systems and spatial analysis to understand the spatial dimension of abuse and neglect, and the use of technology to improve the resource and referral process in the child welfare system.

 

Science Cafe Sessions

E-cigarettes: Not a Lucky Strike (Feb. 6, 2019)

Despite having been introduced ten years ago, little is known of the impact of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) on human health. ENDS usage is rapidly rising among adolescents and young adults, partially due to a perception that ENDS are safer than cigarettes. The CDC recently reported that 20.4 million individuals have tried ENDS at least once, and that 2.5 million children have used the products as well. This talk will focus on the effects of e-cigarettes on oral health.

About our speaker:

Dr. Purnima Kumar is a Professor of Periodontology at The Ohio State University. She received her dental degree from Annamalai University in India and Masters in Periodontology and PhD in Molecular Microbiology from The Ohio State University. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. Dr. Kumar has practiced and taught periodontology in India, United Arab Emirates and the USA. She maintains an active research that is funded through the NIH, NCI and industry.

Influenza: Novel Solutions to a Grave Threat to Humanity (Mar. 6, 2019)

Despite the availability of vaccines and antiviral drugs, seasonal influenza A virus epidemics currently cause more than 300,000 deaths/year worldwide. Influenza pandemics elicited devastating loss of life in the 20th Century, and have high potential to do so in the 21st, with potentially devastating societal consequences.

In a subset of patients, influenza progresses to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) which requires intensive care unit management and may be fatal. Currently, antiviral drugs do not help these patients and as part of this talk I will describe a new group of therapeutics that we believe can attenuate or possibly prevent influenza-induced ARDS.

About our speaker: Ian C. Davis, Associate Professor , OSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Davis trained as a veterinarian in the UK before moving to the US where he received his PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2000. He moved to OSU in 2006 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences. The current focus of Dr. Davis’ research is to understand how influenza viruses cause lung dysfunction and injury and to develop new therapies that can block the damaging effects of influenza on the host.

Surviving the South African Apartheid (Apr. 3, 2019)

Professor McKee lived in South Africa from 1986 to 1996, a time period spanning a ‘state of emergency’ to the end of the apartheid and the beginning of a true democracy. His paleoanthropological research led him to ‘homelands’ created by ‘grand apartheid’ where he got to know local customs and ways of life. There he witnessed the true costs of racism and bigotry, but also learned the resilience of the human spirit. This presentation is an anthropological look at apartheid, told through personal experience.

About the speaker:

Jeffrey K McKee, Department of Anthropology, The Ohio State University

Professor McKee got his BA degree from Miami University and his MA and PhD from Washington University (St. Louis). He then spent a decade teaching at the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School (Johannesburg, South Africa) and leading excavations at the early hominin fossil sites of Taung and Makapansgat. He returned to Ohio in 1996, conducting research on paleoecology, modeling of evolutionary processes, and contemporary biodiversity and demography. 

Information Sessions

$15,000 Publishing Grants for Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences (Jan. 24, 2019)

The Ohio State University Libraries is funding Open Access scholarly monographs for Ohio State faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences and has committed to funding three awards a year. Awards of up to $15,000 each will be provided as subventions to participating university presses. Our next deadline for expressions of interest is February 1, 2019. To learn more about this initiative and how to submit an application, please attend this information session.