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Resarch University

Research university

Research at Ohio State knows no bounds. Faculty and student researchers are making discoveries with impact across Ohio, the nation and the globe. Just this fall, Ohio State researchers made news across a remarkable spectrum of topics. The world’s first solar battery. The promise of ibuprofen in reducing lung swelling in older adults. The potential of improved construction standards to reduce natural gas contamination of drinking-water wells. Innovations in new sensors to gather big data aimed at improving health.

The university’s commitment to research demonstrates its resolve toward solving global challenges. Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Steinmetz showcases Ohio State’s strategy in a blog post focused on research.


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Success with the game of life

Reuben Klamer

At 92, Reuben Klamer still visits campus to inspire students, who surely have played his most-notable creation: the Game of Life. “It’s popular because it’s familiar,” says Klamer, class of 1944. “It reminds people about their hopes and dreams.” Klamer created more than 200 toys and introduced unbreakable plastic to the industry.


March behind the scenes

March behind the scenes

How in the world does the Ohio State Marching Band produce its out-of-this-world performances? Go behind the scenes in a special video story that puts you on the practice field as The Best Damn Band in the Land prepared for its stunning Wizard of Oz tribute half-time show. Read more about the 225-member band’s contributions off the field and its creative use of digital technology.


Cancer fight gains momentum

Doug Ulman

Curing cancer requires all hands on deck. Across Ohio State, a coordinated battle plan is picking up more steam. In December, the new 21-story James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute opens its doors – becoming the largest cancer hospital in the Midwest. Ohio State will become the only university in the country with a comprehensive cancer center and a freestanding cancer hospital.


Parking lease fuels scholars

Parking lease fuels scholars

Nearly $11 million in student scholarships has been funded through the 50-year lease of Ohio State’s parking operations. In addition, 25 high-achieving undergraduates in each new class are receiving full-ride fellowships, largely paid for through income generated by the $483 million parking deal.


What does Ohio State mean to you?

Ashley Wagner

Ashley Wagner describes her experience as an Ohio State Lima student in a word: personal. “The small community allows for individual attention from faculty and staff,” she says. “They’re preparing me for life beyond the classroom.”

Accomplishments and points of pride
High Points

Animal hospital makeover. A September groundbreaking ceremony kicked off the Veterinary Medical Center’s $30 million expansion and enhancement project. Led by Columbus- and Cleveland-based construction and engineering firms, the renovation will add three stories, triple the size of the Intensive Care Unit and add new surgery suites and exam rooms.

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