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ONU fracking research reveals small stream impacts that could alter ecosystems

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” a natural gas and oil extraction method that has been used throughout the country for more than a decade, is episodically reducing small Eastern Ohio River basin stream levels, an Ohio Northern University study found. The fluctuations, the authors warn, could be negatively impacting aquatic life in those areas – a situation that, if confirmed by more studies and monitoring, would warrant additional environmental protection measures.

ONU Spring ’23 Engineering projects focused on occupational therapy

Creating tools to assist those who are differently abled was the focus of Ohio Northern University’s engineering design capstone completed this semester by 169 first-year students enrolled in most of the T.J. Smull College of Engineering disciplines. A total of 34 teams designed projects that ranged from mobility assistance devices to educational games to trainers for skills like handwriting.

ONU pharmacy dean reflects on care-centered career

ONU Pharmacy Dean Steve Martin retires June 30

What does the future hold for pharmacists? Steve Martin, Pharm.D., foresees transformative changes that more closely align the field of pharmacy with physicians and psychiatrists for enhanced health and wellbeing. His predictions are based on both a lifetime of observation and practice along with academic insight into the ever-evolving and expanding pharmaceutical field.
On the eve of Martin’s retirement, he said he is optimistic about the direction of pharmacy, in large part because of the caliber of ONU’s pharmacy students and alumni. He recently took time to consider his career trajectory and what it has meant to him to be a Polar Bear (video located at the end of this story).
From family to faculty 
For Martin, who became Ohio Northern University’s Raabe College of Pharmacy dean and professor nine years ago, practicing pharmacy has been a family tradition. While growing up, he and his two brothers; along with his mother, a nurse who served as the neighborhood fixer upper when it came to physical mishaps; and a cousin; all worked at the family pharmacy where Martin’s dad was an owner and pharmacist, thereby ensuring the profession “was always part of the conversation” within their household and engrained in their service-focused philosophy. Inevitably, Martin followed in his father’s footsteps.
Transitioning his career into education also came naturally, he said.
“I think the number one thing that I enjoy about what I do, either in my role as a pharmacist taking care of patients or in my role as a faculty member working with students, is helping people,” Martin said.

ACE Day provides beautification opportunity

Ohio Northern University is currently registering organizations, businesses and residents for its annual Ada Community Engagement (ACE) Day to be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9:00 a.m.-noon.

A partnership with the village of Ada, the ACE Day program provides opportunities for ONU’s first-year students to not only engage with the community but also contribute to the village's beautification. Students will take part in one-hour shifts (9:30-10:30 a.m) or two-hour shifts (9:30-11:30 a.m.).

ONU Law graduate awarded national prize for Fourth Amendment analysis

Justin Marks, JD ’23, said he was “astonished” when he received the call that he was the winner of this year’s New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) Student Note Competition, noting, “The recognition came at the end of law school and was like the cherry on top.” He was awarded a $10,000 prize to be split with the Law Review student organization at Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law.

8th annual Patriotic Pops brings LSO to Ohio Northern

The Lima Symphony Orchestra’s free, public Patriotic Pops concert will be held at Ohio Northern University at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 2. The event will take place on the sculpture mall east of McIntosh Center between Presser and Weber halls.

This family-friendly concert will feature several Independence Day-themed musical selections. The LSO is under the direction of Maestro Andrew Crust.