New tech for the Reds

Sign-stealing is considered a big problem in baseball. And we’re not talking about someone making off with a billboard. It’s when an opposing player on second base has a clear view of the catcher’s pitching signal. Now the Cincinnati Reds will be using tech to put an end to the problem. PitchCom is a wristband worn by players that has buttons on it that represent different kinds of pitches. When the catcher presses a button, the device transmits a voice to a headset, worn by the pitcher.

UC startup makes advancements in ‘green’ chemistry

UC Venture Lab-backed startup Cinthesis is developing a new method of chemistry that could make a wide range of products, including agrichemicals, pharmaceuticals, and plastics more environmentally friendly.

Aeroseal featured in documentary

A 10-part educational series, launched on April 15, 2022, hopes to increase awareness of the scientists, startups, and solutions helping the world reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. “Solving for Zero: The Search for Climate Innovation” features Bill Gates, along with Ohio-based Aeroseal and its leak sealing technologies that increase the energy efficiency of buildings by as much as 90%.

NSF grant supports local epidemic research

The National Science Foundation has awarded two grants totaling $416,300 to two organizations in Cincinnati to fund research to better understand the science of epidemic spread, such as the novel coronavirus in the case of COVID-19. The University of Cincinnati will receive $215,001 and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will receive $201,299.

Accelerator to address racial and gender inequity

Social impact accelerator Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub announced that First Financial Bank has joined as program sponsor for ElevateEquity, its seven-week virtual accelerator that aims to address racial and gender inequity through entrepreneurship. Here are the companies participating in the cohort.

Voice changing app

Because voice is a social cue to a person’s gender, transgender people may undertake voice training or therapy as a part of gender transition in order to make their voices sound more typical of their gender. That practice can be long and expensive. To make things easier, a UC researcher is collaborating with the gender diverse community to develop an app that will help people learn to change their voice.