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Capital University is a private accredited liberal arts and research university in the Columbus, suburb of Bexley, Ohio. Capital was founded originally as the Theological Seminary of the"Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Ohio" in 1830, and later was associated with its successor, the American Lutheran Church. The university has undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as a law school. Capital University is the oldest university in Central Ohio and is one of the oldest and largest Lutheran-affiliated universities in North America.According to an economic impact study, Capital University provides nearly $162 million in earnings, employment, and output to the eight county Columbus metro area based on 2011-12 data. Wikipedia.


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News Article | February 23, 2017
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Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit serving America’s military families, today announced the seven recipients of the coveted 2017 Military Child of the Year® Award. Six recipients earned the award based on the armed forces branch in which a parent either serves or has served — Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the National Guard. Additionally, one recipient earned the Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation presented by Booz Allen Hamilton. The 2017 Military Child of the Year® Award recipients are as follows: Army: Henderson Heussner, 18, Fort Myers, Fla., Estero High School Navy: Alexander McGrath, 17, Severna Park, Md., Severna Park Senior High School Marine Corps: Jackson Beatty, 18, Camp Lejeune, N.C., Lejeune High School Air Force: Jamal Braxton, 18, Hill AFB, Utah, Northridge High School Coast Guard: Mary Kate Cooper, 17, Fairfax, Va., W.T. Woodson High School National Guard: Molly Frey, 16, Pickerington, Ohio, Pickerington High School North Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation: Sophie Bernstein, 17, St. Louis, Mo., Navy, Clayton High School “These seven award recipients are truly exceptional young people who have achieved much at such a young age in terms of academic achievement and service to others. They are remarkable representatives of a larger community of extraordinary military kids,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront. “The nearly 400 nominees we had for our ninth annual Military Child of the Year® Awards all personified resiliency, leadership, achievement, and strength of character. Their families and their communities can be justifiably proud of each of them – and we are too.” Each award recipient will receive $10,000 and will be flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for a special recognition gala on April 6, during which senior military leaders will present the awards. United Technologies Corporation is the presenting sponsor for the 2017 Military Child of the Year® Awards Gala. Other gala sponsors are Booz Allen Hamilton, Murphy-Goode Winery, La Quinta Inns & Suites, MidAtlanticBroadband, and the Military Times. The six Military Child of the Year® Award recipients are selected based on their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, and extracurricular involvement. The Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation presented by Booz Allen Hamilton is awarded to the child who best demonstrates the power of innovative thinking. Examples include a new invention, improvement to existing technology, or creation of a new nonprofit. In addition to the $10,000 cash award, the Innovation award recipient will receive a mentorship by Booz Allen Hamilton employees to scale or to advance the recipient’s project. Henderson’s family moved to Florida from Colorado as his father was deployed to Afghanistan and as the family was caring for Henderson’s terminally ill grandfather. Henderson, recipient of the Army Military Child of the Year® Award, shouldered the emotional burden and set a leadership-by-example standard for his peers. A student-athlete and member of the Estero High School varsity baseball team – who worked tirelessly to rebuild his strength after he suffered two broken vertebrae during his sophomore year – Henderson spent many hours alone in the batting cage in August 2016 in the sweltering Florida heat. He was not alone for long because he led one teammate after another to join him in putting forth the same spare-time voluntary pursuit of excellence. That is but one example of Henderson’s leadership and can-do spirit. Henderson also devoted 240 volunteer hours in the year leading up to his nomination as a tutor and mentor for at-risk children and teens at the nonprofit New Horizons of Southwest Florida. Henderson, a onetime American Legion Boys State delegate and West Point Summer Leadership Experience participant, also served multiple terms as class president and as Student Government president. He has spent hundreds of hours as a youth group leader, Sports Camp counselor and Sunday School teacher at Summit Church. Alexander McGrath, the 2017 Military Child of the Year® Award recipient, in addition to spending time with his friends, spends some of his spare time reading U.S. Supreme Court opinions as well as books about the U.S. Constitution. It is a fitting activity for this 17-year-old Severna Park Senior High School senior, who has established a laudable track record of influencing public policy in the state of Maryland. As first vice president of the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils, which represents more than 80,000 county students at all levels of government, Alexander organized 700 students to lobby in favor of three education reform bills that would come before the Maryland General Assembly, which is the name of Maryland’s state legislature. He instructed his peers on the legislative process and on the effective use of talking points. He also arranged meetings between the hundreds of public school students and state lawmakers. Ultimately, all three bills got to committee and two became law. Alexander has long advocated on behalf of students from military families as well, personally bringing the needs of military children, notably those needs protected under the Interstate Military Compact, to the forefront of the Maryland State Board of Education’s attention. Jackson Beatty is an 18-year-old senior at Lejeune High School and recipient of the 2017 Marine Corps Military Child of the Year® Award. He began studying Kenpo karate at the age of 4 and achieved his black belt at 16. He has served as captain of the high school wrestling team. He competed at the 2017 North Carolina State Wrestling Championships and placed third in the 1A 106-pound weight class. He has qualified for the State Championship for the last three years and that was his best finish. He has been captain of the Marching Band drumline. He has a near-perfect GPA and has an outstanding track record of volunteerism, thusly giving back to the community, especially to children. Jackson has achieved these milestones through his skeletal dysplasia, a condition which hampers the growth and development of bones and joints. Working in conjunction with the Semper Fi Fund, which serves the children of wounded warriors, Jackson has been a mentor to other students participating in the Outdoor Odyssey Leadership Academy. Jackson is a Lejeune High School Band Booster, raising money for competition and band necessities. Jackson teaches karate to children in his spare time at Wright’s Mixed Martial Arts. Varsity swimming. Varsity cross country. Varsity outdoor track and field. Jamal Braxton, the Air Force 2017 Military Child of the Year® Award recipient and future United States Air Force Academy Class of 2021 cadet, has been an achiever in them all; nevertheless, this 18-year-old senior at Northridge High School in Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is distinguished, above all, by his selfless service to others. Jamal fills numerous leadership positions at the Red Cross, including Northern Utah Youth Co-Chair for Services to Armed Forces, Northern Utah Youth Co-Chair for International Services, Student Staff for Red Cross Leadership Development Camp, Member for the American Red Cross of Northern Utah Board of Directors, and the Northern Utah Youth Co-President. In these capacities, Jamal oversees monthly veteran house visits, youth group and leadership group meetings, numerous activities related to the armed forces, the recruitment of future Red Cross Youth Services leaders, and numerous fundraisers, including the International Measles & Rubella initiative fundraiser. He also educates youth on International Humanitarian Law. Serving military families abroad as well as domestically, Jamal earned the Commander’s Leadership Award from the 52nd Fighter Wing Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in 2013 and in 2014. Jamal in the U.S. and overseas has been a champion for the nonprofit New Eyes for the Needy. Although only 16, Molly Frey is a senior at Pickerington High School North in Pickerington, Ohio, and recipient of the 2017 National Guard Military Child of the Year® Award. She has been accepted to Capital University, where she will major in biology, with an emphasis on pre-med, and will play golf for the Capital Crusaders. For her academic excellence, Molly received a letter from President Barack Obama that read, in part, “Students like you will chart the course of our country’s unwritten history...” As a figure skater, dedicated to causes that benefit the troops, Molly and her coach in 2012 created the inaugural and annual figure skating show Tribute to the Troops, a program to honor the military and to collect donated items to send to deployed service members. She also raised funds and participated for five years in Skate for Hope, accumulating more than $6,000 for Breast Cancer research. Beyond the arts, Molly has served in the leadership group Students Serving Students, which is designed to improve character, bolster school climate, and organize events. Mary Kate Cooper, the 2017 Coast Guard Military Child of the Year® Award recipient, is a 17-year-old junior at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Va. A triple threat, Mary Kate is a scholar who is taking AP Calculus B/C as a junior and has a weighted 4.7 GPA. She is a star multi-sport athlete of national and international acclaim and a community activist who has devoted countless volunteer hours to the betterment of her peers and to strengthening a broader understanding of those with disabilities. That description does not even scratch the surface of Mary Kate’s life, which is practically the definition of resiliency. Mary Kate is a below-the-knee amputee from birth who has only known life with a prosthetic leg. She has transitioned from playing recreational soccer against able-bodied kids to competing at the highest level in Paralympic sports. In addition to earning All-American High School status in Track and Field from the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Olympic Committee, Mary has become a top swimmer, competing on the international level in the Can-Am Swimming Open. Mary Kate was one of the few athletes to qualify for the U.S. Paralympic Trials in more than one sport. While Mary Kate did not earn a spot on Team USA last year, in her best swimming event, she ranked 36th in the world. Sophie Bernstein, Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation Recipient of the 2017 Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation, Sophie Bernstein, a 17-year-old junior at Clayton High School in St. Louis, is passionate about food and about social justice. Sophie’s twin passions propelled her award-winning Innovation. Committed to improving the health of her community, Sophie has built, planted, maintained and harvested 22 raised vegetable gardens at low-income daycare centers and shelters in the St. Louis area. Sophie’s innovation has raised awareness of childhood hunger in the community, and it has increased the volume of fresh and healthy produce available at food banks and at child care facilities. Sophie had donated more than 13,570 pounds of produce to local food banks and to families in need by the time she was nominated for the award in the fall of 2016. Sophie’s project has been a hands-on learning lab for children as she has led 225 science technology engineering and math (STEM) botany and plant science workshops for young children throughout the year. In the process, students at low-income pre-schools are engaged in building, planting and maintaining produce gardens. More information about the Military Child of the Year® Awards is available at http://www.militarychildoftheyear.org. About Operation Homefront: A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront builds strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. With more than 3,200 volunteers nationwide, Operation Homefront has provided assistance to tens of thousands of military families since its inception shortly after 9/11. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront’s expenditures go directly to programs that provide support to our military families. For more information, go to http://www.OperationHomefront.net.


With an upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, Norma E. Anderson, PhD, MPH, BSN, joins the prestigious ranks of the International Nurses Association. Norma is a registered nurse with 58 years of experience in her field and an extensive expertise in all facets of her work. Norma is currently a volunteer parish nurse at Trinity Lutheran Church in Chesterfield, Missouri. Norma received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Capital University in 1958. She then acquired her Master of Public Health degree from UNC School of Public Health in Chapel Hill in 1972, and her PhD from Saint Louis University in 1991. Norma was certified by exam of the ANCC in Public Health Nursing, but is no longer being certified since retiring from teaching public health nursing for 35 years at St. Louis University School of Nursing. Norma has also taught the online course of Parish Nursing for 13 years for the SLU School of Nursing. Furthermore, Norma worked as a public health nurse for Wake County Health Department for approximately five years when she lived in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was also a member of the first class of Family Nurse Practitioners sponsored by the Schools of Nursing, Medicine and Public Health at UNC- Chapel Hill. Norma attributes her success to caring for people, and in her spare time enjoys playing golf and reading. Learn more about Norma here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4132787/info/ and read her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.


News Article | November 7, 2016
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MENTOR, OH, November 07, 2016-- Ernest Brass has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.For the past three years, Mr. Brass has been named a Five Star Professional by Cleveland Magazine, and recently, he was recognized as a top financial planner in the city. Serving as the president of Money Concepts at EHB Financial Services since 1992 and received his 25 year award. Mr. Brass has certainly accomplished a great deal in the field of financial planning. Currently he serves as a faculty member at Notre Dame College and Cuyahoga Community College. Previously he served as the marketing and sales director for Kuehne + Nagel Inc., and an assistant professor and director of the Small Business Institute at Capital University and Lake Erie College. He has also written articles that have been included in professional journals. Mr. Brass' most notable professional accomplishments include developing classes detailing both the history of the Federal Reserve System and the history of immigration in Cleveland, Ohio.Since 1990, Mr. Brass had been featured in Financial Planning, and he will appear in Cleveland Magazine in 2017. Furthermore, he has been listed in Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Fortune in 2015 with a five-star professional rating. His efforts have earned him inclusion in Who's Who in America as well. Other awards earned include the Local Small Business Administration Award and the Retention & Expansion Employment Award. To prepare for his career as a financial planner, Mr. Brass earned a Master of Arts in economics from Case Western Reserve University in 1978. He also possesses a Master of Arts in management and holds an ABD status with the University of Bradford in England.Aside from his work as a financial planner and educator, Mr. Brass has made numerous contributions to his community. He has served as the vice president of the Ohio Foreign Commerce Association. He is currently a trustee of The Economic and Social Research Institute and Lake County Development Council, past president of the Institute of Management Accountants, Cleveland East Chapter, and board member of the Lake County Ohio Visitors Bureau's Arts & Culture Committee. In the past, Mr. Brass was a member of the National Advisory Council of Small Business Administration and the Cleveland Small Business Administration Advisory Council. Furthermore, he is dedicated to learning about new developments in his industry. He accomplishes this through his alignment with the Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists and the Small Business Institute Directors' Association.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis now publishes many Who's Who titles, including Who's Who in America , Who's Who in the World , Who's Who in American Law , Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare , Who's Who in Science and Engineering , and Who's Who in Asia . Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com


The International Association of HealthCare Professionals is pleased to welcome Tong Jing, MD, PhD, Gastroenterologist, to their prestigious organization with his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. Dr. Tong Jing is a highly trained and qualified physician with an extensive expertise in all facets of his work, especially the diagnosis, staging, and treatment of diseases of the pancreas and biliary system, such as gallstones, pancreatitis, pancreatic cysts, and pancreatic cancer. Dr. Jing has been in practice for more than 10 years, and is currently serving patients within his own private practice, Jing Gastroenterology & Hepatology PC, located in Flushing, New York. Dr. Tong Jing graduated with his Medical Degree from the Capital University of Medical Sciences in Beijing, China. Upon relocating to the United States, Dr. Jing completed an internship and residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, before undertaking his fellowship training in Gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins University. He then completed an additional fellowship in Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Furthermore, Dr. Jing received his PhD in Molecular and Tumor Biology from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Jing is double board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. In addition to his clinical practice, he is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine. To keep up to date with the latest advances and developments in his field, Dr. Jing maintains professional memberships with the American Gastroenterological Society and the American Society for Gastroenterological Endoscopy. He is world renowned for attaining the highest level of treatment of a variety of complex diseases, and attributes his success to excellent patient care. In his free time, Dr. Jing enjoys skiing, playing chess, and reading. Learn more about Dr. Jing here: http://tjgastro.com/en/ and be sure to read his upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. FindaTopDoc.com is a hub for all things medicine, featuring detailed descriptions of medical professionals across all areas of expertise, and information on thousands of healthcare topics.  Each month, millions of patients use FindaTopDoc to find a doctor nearby and instantly book an appointment online or create a review.  FindaTopDoc.com features each doctor’s full professional biography highlighting their achievements, experience, patient reviews and areas of expertise.  A leading provider of valuable health information that helps empower patient and doctor alike, FindaTopDoc enables readers to live a happier and healthier life.  For more information about FindaTopDoc, visit http://www.findatopdoc.com


News Article | October 28, 2016
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Bridge Education Group has announced new partnerships with three universities in the United States. The partnerships include a new ESL Pathways center on the campus of Concordia University, St. Paul, in Minnesota, to be opened in September 2017; a new auxiliary campus at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado; and a Network Partnership with Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. The addition of these three new partners brings Bridge’s total number of university partnerships in the U.S. to eight. The three universities are joining Bridge’s existing higher education portfolio, which includes both ESL Pathways centers on campus as well as Network Partnerships. The latter partnership, which is the newest model offered by Bridge for U.S. universities, is tailored for institutions that may already have an Intensive English Program on campus, but wish to take advantage of Bridge’s extensive global agency network and international student recruitment services. The new Bridge ESL Pathways center at Concordia University, St. Paul will begin enrolling students in September of 2017, and will prepare international students for university degree programs by focusing on linguistic, academic, and intercultural skills. “The Concordia University, St. Paul campus community is so pleased to welcome the Bridge Pathways program to campus,” says Tiffanie Loeb Schneider, Director of International Student Services. “The quality language instruction provided by the Bridge Pathways program will set students up for academic success early on in their programs and beyond. We are really looking forward to this opportunity to further internationalization on campus,” says Schneider. The auxiliary campus on Metropolitan State University of Denver is an extension of the Bridge Language Center in downtown Denver, Colorado. The agreement allows international students to obtain conditional admission to the university, and also includes a TOEFL and IELTS waiver for students who successfully complete the Bridge Academic English Program. “Our hope with this new partnership is to see an increase in the number of international students on our campus and greater diversity within our international student body,” says Leigh Eleazer, M.Ed., who is International Student Support Coordinator at MSU. “Our partnership with Bridge English will allow students to matriculate into their academic programs with confidence, knowing that their English skills will be honed for the American classroom," Eleazer says. She sees the benefits for both international and domestic students at MSU, adding, “We hope to see our domestic students engaging more frequently with our growing international population, developing intercultural competencies that will aid them in their future professions within the global workforce.” The Network Partnership with Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, provides the university with access to global international student markets via the Bridge recruitment network, including students seeking either full or conditional admission. Students requiring ESL preparation will enroll at the university’s Intensive English Program on campus. “Capital University is an excellent addition to our growing higher education portfolio,” says Lisa Rooney, Vice President for Institutional Relations at Bridge. “Located in one of the largest metropolitan hubs for international students in the U.S., the university prides itself on providing a very personalized educational experience for all students, which is in alignment with Bridge’s own educational philosophy." Rooney further commented that Bridge would continue to carefully expand its higher education portfolio, with the goal of seeking a balance in terms of geography, academic offerings, and affordability.


Salt E.,University of Kentucky | Peden A.,Capital University
Qualitative Health Research | Year: 2011

There are effective medications available for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA); yet, medication adherence remains a problem. In this study, grounded theory methodology was used to investigate the decision-making process used by 30 women with RA when deciding to participate in an evidence-based treatment regimen for this disease. From the study findings, a four-phase process was identified. Pain, life functioning, and exhaustion of health care resources are the components of the initial phase, decision initiation. During knowledge acquisition, the second phase, patients attain information about RA and medications used for its treatment from varying sources. The third phase, trusting the health care provider, is defined by a trusting relationship between patients and health care providers. Patients decide to take or not take medications for RA during the final phase, decision is made. The participating women with RA used a complex decision-making process when deciding to take medications for this disease. © The Author(s) 2011.


Beggs C.,Capital University
Journal of holistic nursing : official journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association | Year: 2011

Test anxiety is a phenomenon that can affect as many as 40% of students. Many nursing students are under great stress from long hours of study, a rigorous curriculum, and balancing work and family life. These stressors can lead to anxiety in many areas of the student's life, most notably in situations where he or she is being evaluated. This article will aim to discuss how the use of guided reflection can help the student actualize his or her feelings about test anxiety by using Johns's Model for Structured Reflection. By using cues from the model and structure provided by a guide, the student will partake in a journey to gain insight about oneself and discover ways to decrease test anxiety that can be incorporated into the student's holistic self-care plan.


Dunnington R.M.,Capital University
Nursing Science Quarterly | Year: 2014

The aim of this grounded theory study was to explain the nature of presence among nursing students participating in scenario-based high fidelity human patient simulation. Data were derived from observations and interviews with 145 participants. Among participants, presence was found to be a multidimensional, dynamic interaction characterized by a centricity between the simulation and the natural environment. Presence, the core concept from the explanatory model that emerged from this study, is delineated in this article. Presence centricity in simulation may impact the learning experience and outcomes. These study results may support development of the educational science related to clinical simulation. © The Author(s) 2014.


Ulku M.A.,Capital University
International Journal of Production Economics | Year: 2012

Companies interested in greening their supply chains quickly realize that carbon and energy waste represents an expense, and thus minimizing this expense not only brings in truckloads of money, but also helps save the environment. This paper demonstrates that shipment consolidation, a powerful logistics strategy that combines two or more small shipments into an aggregate load to be dispatched on the same vehicle, can help mitigate carbon and energy waste. Specifically, a Discrete-Time Based Shipment ConsoLidation (DTB-SCL) policy and a new method to calculate CO 2 emissions associated with the dispatch of a vehicle are introduced. In addition, an optimization model with the objective of maximizing combined economic and environmental savings is developed in this study. It is shown that, among other benefits, the higher use of transportation capacity decreases environmental damage, one goal of the DTB-SCL policy. The mechanics of the mathematical models are illustrated by numerical examples, and sensitivity analyses are conducted to provide managerial insights that might help companies come to better decisions that are environmentally responsible. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Martin, an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering at Iowa State University and an associate of the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, has researched battery materials for 30-plus years. Specifically, he and his graduate students have been studying and measuring the basic properties of glassy solids: How do ions move through them? What about their mechanical robustness? How about their thermal stability? And their chemical stability? Martin, who teaches and researches in Iowa State's department of materials science and engineering, has long thought that using glassy solids as the electrolytes in batteries would make for safer, more powerful batteries. But there was limited research funding for battery studies and most of that was directed toward liquid-electrolyte batteries that have had problems with fires and energy capacity. So Martin worked hard for any support that allowed him to study fundamental properties of materials with potential for improving battery performance. That work was all about laying a foundation that would enable Martin and his research group to develop new, "all-solid-state" batteries whenever research funding was available. Well, times are changing. Millions of Americans now rely on battery-powered phones, devices and cars. Asian countries now dominate the entire battery industry. And so America's research agenda is starting to include money for research and development of battery technology and a domestic battery industry. Case in point: Martin has a new three-year, $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy and its new Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion-Conducting Solids program. There's additional, cost-share funding from Iowa State and the Iowa Energy Center. In addition to Martin's research, the funding will support the work of Jing Xu, a newly hired Iowa State assistant professor of materials science and engineering, three postdoctoral researchers, two doctoral students and three undergraduates. "This is my dream-come-true project," Martin said. "This is what I've been working on for 36 years." Ever since his undergraduate days poring over the science journals at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio – days that coincided with the American energy crisis of the 1970s – Martin has thought there must be a better way to power the country than fossil fuels and internal combustion. But alternatives such as electric vehicles came with so many limitations, including battery cost and performance. When he began his doctoral studies in 1980 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, Martin began looking for new materials that could improve battery performance. He eventually settled on using glass as a solid electrolyte in batteries. Battery electrolytes allow ions – atoms that have lost or gained electrons and are therefore positively or negatively charged – to flow back and forth between a battery's electron-accepting cathode and electron-losing anode. The resulting electrochemical reactions produce electricity and power our devices and electric vehicles. Commonly used organic liquid electrolytes in lithium-ion batteries are a problem, Martin said. They're as chemically reactive as gasoline and so they can – and do – catch on fire. Batteries based on them can also leak the flammable liquid. To make them safer, manufacturers slash the energy levels of the batteries. "It works," Martin said. "But it operates at a fraction of its theoretical maximum energy density." Martin thought using a stable, solid electrolyte would be a better, safer way to build batteries. But it can be a challenge to move ions through solids. That's why it has taken decades for Martin and his research group to understand the movement of ions through glass. By using certain sulfide glasses, he's been able to accelerate that movement, or conductivity. The new grant will allow Martin to demonstrate that glassy solids can be a low-cost, high-performance, safe and stable electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries. "And so maybe you're recharging your device every week instead of daily," Martin said. "Or maybe an electric vehicle that can now go 40 miles on a charge will be able to go 200 miles." The grant will help Martin purchase equipment to scale up his lab's glass production. If the production and studies go well, Martin said the grant encourages technology transfer to a spin-off company or to industry. All that has Martin thinking big about a dream project that was decades in the making: "Our goal is not just to make safer batteries, but also to increase energy capacity. We think we can increase capacity by a factor of 10." Explore further: Developing better batteries for energy alternatives

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