ONU receives grants
Ohio Northern has received recent grants from the Environmental Protection Agency for civil engineering students’ research, the National Endowment for the Arts and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Thanks to a $15,000 Environmental Protection Agency P3 Phase 1 grant, a team of Ohio Northern University civil engineering students will spend the year investigating a design to make concrete more environmentally friendly by adding limestone. The project, “Lowering Co2 Emission and Making Concrete More Environmentally Friendly by Adding Limestone,” is under the direction of Principal Investigator Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Mohti, assistant professor of civil engineering, and Co-Investigator Dr. Bryan Boulanger, associate professor of civil engineering. P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) is a unique college competition for designing solutions for a sustainable future. It offers students quality hands-on experience. In April, ONU’s team will bring their design to the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, DC to compete for a P3 Award and grant of $90,000 to take their design to real world application. Also working with the team is James E. Barnhart, Professional Engineer, at Ohio Concrete in Columbus, Ohio. This project is of interest to the National Lime & Stone Co., which has donated samples of limestone to ONU to be used in the project.
For the second year in a row, Ohio Northern is the recipient of an Arts Engagement in American Communities grant through the National Endowment of the Arts. Under the direction of Jerica Humphrey, interim director for the Freed Center of the Performing Arts, and Dr. Laurie Bell, chair of the Department of Theatre Arts, the $10,000 grant will be used to support performance and outreach efforts for the following programs: Beyond Glory - a master class presented by actor Stephen Lang for ONU students, veterans and community members; Raisin’ Cane - a jazz workshop presented by the Avery Sharp Trio for ONU students and area school and community musicians; A Day of Dance consisting of master dance classes and a “Choreographer’s Showcase” performance.
Ohio Northern University is working with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service on a 2014 Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) to implement conservation practices on sections of land owned by the University. NCRS will provide $5,869 to purchase plant nectar and pollen producing plants to help improve the health of bees, which play an important role in crop production. The funding is a focused investment to improve pollinator health. Professor Terry Keiser, director of sustainability at ONU, is the project director.