Using Earth Observations for Public Policy and Business Decisions

Chayanan “Nan” Visudchindaporn, a recent graduate of the College of Engineering’s ECE dept., spoke to student, faculty and staff of the Battelle Center and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs about her work using satellite remote sensing data to understand poverty at Page Hall today (8/15/17). While her work focused on her native Thailand, the data and methods are applicable to the world's other economies and areas where urban planning, housing and economic development are paramount. It’s a good example of how technological advances and data are directly relevant to important public policy and business conversations.

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Battelle Center grad student lands White House internship

Congratulations to Battelle Center graduate student Kayleigh Gordon (Engr’19) who has been offered a student internship at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House.

Gordon is a masters’ student in aerospace engineering, ‘bitten’ by the public policy bug thanks to courses in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Most recently she has been assessing China’s space launch vehicles at the Battelle Center, and this summer went to Beijing for the Global Space Exploration Conference.

In 1976, Congress established the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to provide the president and others within the Executive Office of the President with advice on the scientific, engineering, and technological aspects of the economy, national security, homeland security, health, foreign relations, the environment, and the technological recovery and use of resources, among other topics. OSTP also leads interagency science and technology policy coordination efforts, assists the Office of Management and Budget with an annual review and analysis of federal research and development in budgets, and serves as a source of scientific and technological analysis and judgment for the president with respect to major policies, plans, and programs of the federal government.

Buckeye Space Launch Initiative wins first place in rocket competition

The Buckeye Space Launch Initiative won first place in the 30k Student Researched and Designed rocket competition at the Spaceport America Cup at Spaceport America, New Mexico. Their rocket reached 23,224 feet and landed and landed safely with its commercial payload — a GPS telemetry system — from a private sector partner, RadioBro. Nic Flesher, a Battelle Center student, is the project manager for the team.

The intercollegiate rocket engineering competition attracted 110 teams from across the world to the four-day event. This is the only competition where students can launch anything so large, high and fast.

Battelle Center receives grant to develop Sino-American space conference

The Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy has been awarded a $40,000 grant to host and support the first ever Conference for Sino-American Cooperation in Outer Space. The grant was given by The Ohio State University's China Gateway and the Office of Outreach and Engagement, partners in the Connect and Collaborate Grants Program.

The inaugural conference on will be held at Ohio State in the summer of 2018 and will bring together Chinese and Ohio State students and professionals where they will develop ideas for a joint space application project. Subsequent conferences will alternate between Ohio State and China. The conference goal is to foster a better understanding between the U.S. and Chinese space communities, laying a foundation for future cooperation.

Battelle Center students' research to be presented at IAF Congress

Seven Battelle Center students — Samuel Malloy, Kayleigh Gordon, Ariadna Martínez González, Jonathan Grimm, Nick Salamon, Andrew J. Steen and Jack DiGregorio — were selected by the International Astronautical Federation to present their research to its Congress in Adelaide, Australia, in September. The Congress is the largest annual gathering of space professionals in the world.

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Cuts to scientific research portends a lost generation of innovation

Professor Caroline Wagner has an editorial in The Hill, a newspaper in Washington, D.C., that focuses on politics and policy. She and co-author, Deborah Stine, Carnegie Mellon University, examine the impact of funding cuts to scientific and engineering research.

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Armstrong Space Symposium

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the College of Engineering sponsored the first ever Armstrong Space Symposium at the Ohio Union on Monday (5/8/17). The daylong event honoring Neil Armstrong featured panel discussions with Apollo astronauts, NASA, and other space agencies, as well as a keynote address by Dr. Michael D. Griffin, CEO of Schafer Corporation and a former NASA administrator.

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'Hidden Figures' panel discussion

Following Tuesday's (2/21/17) screening of the movie "Hidden Figures," Dr. Elizabeth Newton, director of the Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy, moderated a Facebook Live panel discussion on race, gender, leadership and the importance of diversity and gender equity in the private and public sectors.

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Horack leads U.N. symposium

Professor John Horack moderated an International Astronautical Federation symposium at the United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space meeting in Vienna, Austria, Wednesday (2/8/17).

The event, titled “What is at Stake in Space in 2017 and 2018,” began with an introduction by International Astronautical Federation President Dr. Jean-Yves LeGall, followed by a keynote address from Dr. Sandy Magnus, president of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. A moderated panel with seven speakers addressing "Views on Space — Why We Go" followed. In the last segment of the event, Prof. Dr. Johann-Dietrich Worner, director-general of the European Space Agency, delivered a keynote address that then led into a moderated panel discussion on "International Benefits from Space."