Stark Development Board Releases Hydraulic Fracturing Position Paper Earlier this year the Stark Development Board (SDB) formed a select committee to investigate both the economic impact and health and safety concerns related to horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing for gas and oil recovery in Stark County. Energy companies had become increasingly interested in Stark County’s Utica shale formation due to its high potential for commercial oil and gas production. The increased leasing of mineral rights had generated substantial media coverage and led to a public debate on the pros and cons of shale gas development. The select committee of ten key business and civic leaders spent six months thoroughly examining all aspects of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The committee engaged a series of experts to learn more about the geological considerations; the economic and social impacts; federal and state regulations; and environmental, health, and safety challenges. Based on the research, the committee validated the advantages shale oil and gas production brings to Stark County, including job creation, business investment, sustainable economic growth and greater tax revenues. The committee also identified health and safety challenges that exist and offered recommendations aimed at safeguarding the interests of Stark County’s residents. To learn more about the study, click on this Canton Repository article. To actually review the study and to read the committee’s recommendations, go to the Stark Development Board’s website at

Timken and The University of Akron to Accelerate Commercialization of Specialized Research The Timken Company and The University of Akron on August 24 announced a novel open-innovation agreement to accelerate technology development. The organizations plan to combine their expertise in materials and surface engineering at newly established laboratories in the UA College of Engineering. Timken will contribute resources to establish the Timken Engineered Surfaces Laboratory, which will be located in a new facility currently under construction on the UA campus. Timken’s Gary L. Doll, Ph.D., chief technologist in tribology and next-generation materials, will lead the lab as the newly-established Timken Endowed Chair in Engineered Surfaces. The Timken Company will fund and equip the new laboratory. Other labs in the new building will be the Wright Center for Sensor Systems Engineering as well as those for corrosion and reliability engineering, integrated biomedical engineering, and advanced vehicle and energy systems. The value of the partnership to UA, which includes research funding, is approximately $5 million and will place UA among the leading U.S. institutions nationally recognized for surface engineering and tribology research. To read more about this collaboration, click on this Timken Company news release.

Walsh University Receives Federal Grant Dr. Jacqueline Novak, Assistant Professor, Biology at Walsh University recently secured a three year, $356,556 grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH). The grant is to research the effects of the ovarian hormone relaxin in the treatment of post-menopausal coronary artery dysfunction. The NIH award is the first for Walsh University and for Dr. Novak. The grant provides an opportunity for Walsh students to join her in the research as well as collaborate with graduate students from The University of Akron. Dr. Novak’s co-applicant for the study is her husband, Dr. Rolando Ramirez, who is a faculty member of The University of Akron. Drs. Novak and Ramirez have a team of senior investigators from major universities in the United States, who will consult with the local investigators over the three year period. To read more about Walsh’s first major federally sponsored research grant, click on this Walsh University press release.


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