Buckeye Bullet featured in Scientific American
The Buckeye Bullet is drawing international recognition with a new article about the latest iteration of the car — known as the Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 — that appears in the February 2013 print edition of Scientific American magazine.
Mechanical Engineering Professor Giorgio Rizzoni and several Ohio State students were interviewed for the article which details the challenges that lie ahead for the team and the car that will attempt to break the 400-mph barrier at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats later this summer. The VBB3 team has been working on the design of the car for the past year and are hopeful that their changes — ranging from the car’s aerodynamic design to the shape of the 80 custom-designed battery modules, to the cooling system of the VBB3’s four electric motors, which generate 400 horsepower each — will ensure that the car will be able to complete two 60-second runs and earn a new international speed record.
Gov. Kasich’s budget proposal affirms grad rate payments, adds 2 percent tuition cap
Ohio Gov. John Kasich unveiled his latest two-year state budget proposal this week. Included was the recommendation from higher education leaders to tie half of the state’s funding of higher education, about $900 million, to graduation rates.
“With this budget proposal, Gov. Kasich is unquestionably dedicated to strengthening Ohio’s economic climate and global competitiveness,” said Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee. “His budget outlines a clear strategy for how the state’s colleges and universities can move Ohio forward together. At a time when other states are reducing critical funding for higher education, the governor has once again affirmed the importance of an educated workforce to our state’s economic well-being by providing an increase for a new funding formula that rewards degree and course completion.”
Included in the budget also was a proposed 2 percent cap on undergraduate in-state tuition based on the school’s base tuition or the state average, whichever is greater. Kasich also is proposing to increase the State Share of Instruction 1.9 percent in each of the next two years.
Pelotonia Fellowship applications due this month
The Pelotonia Fellowships, which feature cancer research programs for undergraduates, graduates, medical students and postdoctoral students, are accepting applications through Feb. 15. A minimum of $2 million each year is put toward student research in the effort to cure cancer. Visit go.osu.edu/Rds to see the criteria for each application.
Gates Foundation grant creates new OSU MOOC
The Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy Studies program in the Department of English was awarded a $50,000 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant to create a Massive Open Online Course entitled “Writing II: Rhetorical Composition.” One of only four programs nationally to receive the award (the others include programs at Duke, Georgia Tech, and Mt. San Jacinto), the second-level writing program under Kay Halasek’s leadership is now poised to bring national — perhaps international — attention to the writing programs at OSU. The course will go live on Coursera (coursera.org) on April 22 and run though June 30.
Halasek will develop the course along with Susan Delagrange, Scott DeWitt, Ben McCorkle and Cynthia Selfe. Writing II emphasizes instruction in and extensive practice in composing, responding, viewing, reading and researching in alphabetic, digital and visual environments.
Mathematics’ free online course draws 23,000 registered students
More than 23,000 students registered to take Ohio State lecturer Jim Fowler’s free calculus course when it debuted Jan. 7 on Coursera. The site offers free courses from top universities throughout the world for no credit. Fowler’s course can be found at https://coursera.org/course/calc1. The Department of Mathematics is running a complementary site at https://mooculus.osu.edu.
Pension reform gets a public discussion
The Roundtable on Public Pension Reform, hosted by the Law and Capital Markets @ Ohio State, will bring together leading academics, pension fund managers and pension fund advisors to discuss the difficulties facing state and local public pension systems, and how governments and pension funds are responding to these challenges. The roundtable will include discussions from expert panels focused on three key areas: The state of public pension reforms, pressing governance issues at state and local pensions and investment strategies to tackle the many challenges faced by public pension funds.
The event, which is 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 22 at the Barrister Club (25 W. 11th Ave.), is free, but registration is required. For more information, visit go.osu.edu/Rdy.