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The Ohio State University Academic Plan 2006 Update

The Targeted Investment in Excellence Program

Our institutional mission is uncompromising in its call for international distinction in education, scholarship, and public service. In 2006, with the inauguration of our Targeted Investment in Excellence program (TIE), we took the latest step in fulfilling that mission-and in continuing to discharge the mandates of our Academic Plan.

Fostering selected academic areas capable of achieving worldwide recognition, TIE is our most concerted strategy to date for promoting and sustaining Ohio State's international prominence. The program calls for us to reallocate some $50 million in central dollars over the next five years to support 10 high-impact initiatives chosen for Targeted Investment in Excellence funding. These funds will be matched by the colleges representing the winning initiatives, for a total investment of at least $100 million. In addition, all initiatives put forward for targeted investment funds are to be implemented-some 42 such plans- whether they received central funds or not.

As chief academic officer of the university, I am particularly proud that progress toward the goals of the Academic Plan was recorded in every area of the university in this sixth year of that 10-year vision. The Targeted Investment in Excellence Program is unique among this year's accomplishments, however, because the initiatives it has launched can be expected to accelerate our progress as never before. The winning TIE proposals, briefly described below, make it clear that Ohio State researchers are defining and driving the solutions to today's preeminent scientific, social, and cultural issues. And as it charts the way to our next level of excellence, our Academic Plan calls for no less.

Sincerely,

Barbara Snyder Signature
Barbara R. Snyder
Executive Vice President and Provost

 

 


1. Climate, Water, and Carbon Program
Cash: $11,350,000
Continuing funds: $510,000

The Climate, Water, and Carbon Program is a collaborative project of faculty in the Colleges of Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; and Social and Behavioral Sciences; the Byrd Polar Research Center; and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. The work of these experts will lead to scientific and policy responses to questions of global importance-for example, what is causing abrupt climate change, whether there will be sufficient quantities of fresh water worldwide, and how climate change and water resources will be impacted by fossil fuel combustion.


2. Mathematical Biosciences Institute
Cash: $1,490,000
Continuing funds: $725,000

The targeted investment in this initiative of the Colleges of Biological Sciences and Mathematical and Physical Sciences will help us attract exceptional new faculty who work across the boundaries of biology, mathematics, statistics, and computational modeling. It will also expand opportunities for collaboration among biologically oriented mathematical scientists and mathematically oriented biologists.


3. Public Health Preparedness Program
Cash: $3,331,112
Continuing funds: $1,457,835

The Public Health Preparedness Program is spearheaded by scholars in the School of Public Health and the Colleges of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Their efforts will be complemented by those of researchers in the Colleges of Biological Sciences; Pharmacy; and Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. As their research accelerates the work being done on avian flu, anthrax, and other infectious diseases, it can be expected to lead to improved detection and monitoring mechanisms as well as new diagnostic tools, therapies, and vaccines for infectious diseases, including those resulting from bioterrorism.


4. Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics
Cash: $4,780,000
Continuing funds: $282,000

The Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics, a collaboration of our Departments of Astronomy and Physics, will provide new opportunities for research at the interface of cosmology, astrophysics, and high energy physics and, so, will allow our faculty experts to address fundamental questions about the nature and evolution of the universe as well as the physics of black holes and the highest energy cosmic particles.


5. Center for Clean, Sustainable Energy
Cash: $1,273,000
Continuing funds: $704,500

The targeted investment in the College of Engineering's Center for Clean, Sustainable Energy will expand the center's efforts to address both the national and the global need for energy-now and throughout the next century. Center affiliates will engage in research on clean coal and nuclear power, fuel cells, and new technologies that will allow us to use renewable energy sources for some of our energy needs. Their parallel study of the impact of these technologies on society, the environment, and the economy will help inform energy policy and the development of codes and standards to regulate the new technologies.


6. Advanced Materials Initiative
Cash: $9,090,000
Continuing funds: $624,500

A targeted investment in this collaboration of the Colleges of Engineering and Mathematical and Physical Sciences will support the creation of the Institute for Materials Research to coordinate existing and planned materials activities, facilities, and investments across the university. Because of the broad economic and entrepreneurial impact of materials research, and because such research is vital to so many business sectors within Ohio, the work of the institute can be expected to have a direct impact on the state's economy.


Population and Health Initiative
Cash: $2,189,000
Continuing funds: $224,165

The Population and Health Initiative is a project of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and its partners in the School of Public Health and the Colleges of Education and Human Ecology and Nursing. Building on Ohio State's critical mass of scientists who study population and health, this initiative will allow us to expand our research on such issues as the aging of the industrialized world's population, today's advances in medicine, the spiraling costs of health care, and differential access to effective health care. It will also capitalize on our Initiative in Population Research with its focus on health across populations as well as individual health behaviors.


8. Translational Plant Sciences Initiative
Cash: $3,225,000
Continuing funds: $156,500

The Colleges of Biological Sciences and Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences developed the Translational Plant Sciences Initiative to boost our expertise in the molecular plant sciences and to hasten the application of basic research in the plant sciences. As Ohio State researchers collaborate with such external partners as the Department of Energy National Laboratories, Battelle, and the Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center, Ohio's economic growth will be fueled by the enhanced applications in agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, and engineering that will result from the Translational Plant Sciences Program.


9. The Music Industry Program
Cash: $137,000
Continuing funds: $315,500

The Music Industry Program offers students both a music business curriculum (including legal aspects of the music industry, music production, and merchandising) and an applied technology curriculum that concentrates on media and multimedia. These opportunities will qualify School of Music graduates for a wider range of career options in the music world-from recording engineer to music publisher, instrument designer, music executive, and more. With help from a targeted investment, this program will keep the School of Music at the cutting edge of the field.


10. Micro-RNA Project
Cash: $6,134,888
Continuing funds: $0

The Micro-RNA Project is a collaboration of the Colleges of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Pharmacy; the Department of Chemistry; and the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Its goal is to develop, validate, and commercialize both tests and Micro-RNA drugs for the diagnosis, monitoring, prognosis, and treatment of human malignancies. Micro-RNAs are a newly discovered family of genetic material that plays a key role in controlling gene expression. Ohio State's focus on Micro-RNAs will lead to the creation of a diagnostic platform and new strategies for cancer therapy.

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