2 Ohio University inventors earn honors

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio University says two of its professors have been named charter fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.

The school in southeast Ohio announced that John Kopchick and Gerardine Botte were among 98 innovators to receive the honor this year.

The Athens Messenger (http://bit.ly/TlVpFP ) reports that Kopchick is a professor of microbiology. He has developed intellectual property in the field of biotechnology that has made a significant impact on human health.

Botte is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering who has developed technologies that harness commercial and residential waste products such as ammonia, and turn them into sustainable energy sources.

Botte and Kopchick will be inducted as fellows during the conference of the National Academy of Inventors on Feb. 22 in Tampa, Fla.

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