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Toward a New Ohio

Glenn College Distinguished Adjunct Professor Bill Shkurti and his coauthor Fran Stewart have released three reports on the state’s long-term economic performance and economic development that conclude in 12 questions about Ohio’s economy directed at the state’s candidates for governor. The purpose of this project is to help frame the debate for Ohio’s next governor by laying out the challenges facing Ohio’s economy and seeking candidates’ proposals for addressing them.
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Why Ohio’s retail electric deregulation has been bad for households and why re-regulation would be even worse

Ohio has a deregulated retail electricity market in which households and businesses can “shop” from among competing marketers for their electric service. But, have households actually experienced the benefits of this “competition”? A new study by Dr. Noah Dormady, Glenn College doctoral student Zhongnan Jiang and Matthew Hoyt finds that Ohio households have lost at least $1 billion under the current system.

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The impact of Ohio STEM high schools on student achievement

Glenn School professor Dr. Stéphane Lavertu and Dr. Jennifer Gnagey, Weber State University, have a new Ohio Education Research Center report that presents the results of their study estimating the impact of six inclusive Ohio STEM high schools on the academic achievement of the students who attended them.

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The potential impact of an anthrax attack on real estate prices and foreclosures

An anthrax attack on a major American city would have devastating consequences, not the least of these would be the decline in property values and the number of foreclosures in the attack area. Glenn School Assistant Professor Noah Dormady and his colleagues, Thomas Szelazek of Point C Partners and RideAmigos Corp, and Adam Rose, Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC, looked at the consequences of such an attack on the real estate market in Seattle.


Ohio Colleges Must Upgrade Remedial Education To Help Students Earn Degrees

To increase the number of college graduates, higher education institutions and policy makers must ensure that students required to take remedial courses do not drop out as a result of negative experiences. This policy paper recommends specific actions that can help improve student graduation rates and enable the Remediation Free Standards to work.


Firm-fixed-price contracts aren’t always firm

A new study by Dr. Trevor Brown, associate professor at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, and Glenn School graduate Dr. Yong Woon Kim, has found that short-term, fixed-price contracts for the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services are often dramatically extended or modified, risking cost overruns, delivery delays and diminished product quality even for simple products and services.


Can We Turn Unwanted Carbon Dioxide Into Electricity?

Dr. Jeffrey Bielicki works with teams of researchers at the University of Minnesota, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and The Ohio State University to develop innovative ways to use geothermal heat to produce renewable energy. Their research has developed a new kind of geothermal power plant that will lock away unwanted carbon dioxide (CO2) underground—and use it as a tool to boost electric power generation.

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Product Innovations Linked to Trans Fat Produces Healthier U.S./Canadian Cookies

The U.S. and Canadian food industry have adapted to new policy rules governing trans fat in cookies. Trans fat levels decreased over a six year period in the U.S., but saturated fat was higher. In Canada, there were no difference in the cookies’ composition, with the exception of reductions in trans fat over time. In both countries, cookie products without trans fat were more expensive.


Where does our organic food come from?

For many, the organic milk in their grocery store is linked with the idea that the cows are raised locally, but a new study by Dr. Neal Hooker, professor of food policy at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, has found the U.S. organic food market becoming increasingly more like its conventional food counterpart, and if the trend continues, more and more organic food won’t be local.

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