No. 1 in Fulbrights: Ohio State tops the list of Fulbright Scholars (faculty and staff) at research institutions, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s compilation of Fulbright-producing universities. Fourteen Ohio State faculty and staff earned the academic recognition in 2013-14.
Researchers contribute to Nobel-winning research: Eight Ohio State physicists played a key role in the July 2012 discovery of the Higgs boson particle. The theory behind that research was recognized with the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics.
University cited as economic force: Ohio State was one of 16 universities to earn the inaugural designation of “Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities,” by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The designation acknowledges universities working with public and private sector partners to support economic development.
Alumnus to lead FCC: Ohio State alumnus Tom Wheeler was confirmed as chair of the Federal Communications Commission in October. Wheeler is a 1968 graduate of Fisher College of Business and one of the country’s most recognized telecommunications experts.
Ohio State climbs in the rankings: The university moved up two spots to 16 in the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the top-50 public national universities.
Green power: Ohio State was selected as a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Green Power Partner of the Year for augmenting campus electricity resources with wind power. Only four organizations nationwide received this award.
Visionary invention: A lens invented at Ohio State combines the focusing ability of a human eye with the wide-angle view of an insect eye to capture images with depth. The lens could revolutionize smartphone cameras and create surgical imaging that enables doctors to see inside the human body like never before.
Scientist recognized as a global champion: Ohio State soil scientist Rattan Lal was recognized by the United Nations as a global “champion” for his land management contributions. Lal, who earned his doctorate from Ohio State, is a Distinguished University Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources.
Grant funds new tobacco center: A new Ohio State center will examine the use, marketing and perceptions of tobacco. The Ohio State University Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science was made possible by an $18.7 million grant from the Food and Drug Administration and will engage 18 scientists from six colleges.
Partnering to transform cancer research: Ohio State’s licensing agreement with a biotech company is its largest in a decade and will bring nearly 100 issued and pending microRNA patents to market. The agreement will enable the university to provide its research to patients with prostate, ovarian, colon and lung cancers.
‘Hearing aid on steroids’: Speech and hearing science professor Eric Healy and engineering researcher DeLiang Wang have developed a processing algorithm that may dramatically improve hearing aids and cochlear implants. The algorithm extracts speech from noise, improving word recognition for the hearing impaired.
Buckeye first in the operating room: An Ohio State surgeon became the first to use Google Glass to communicate with a distant colleague during live surgery. Dr. Christopher Kaeding used the head-mounted computer and camera device to explore how this new technology could benefit patient outcomes and medical education.
Revolutionary microscopy center: Ohio State’s new Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS) is one of the largest advanced materials characterization centers in the world. Medicine, environmental science and energy are among the fields that will benefit from CEMAS partnerships and research.
Union earns high marks: Best College Reviews identified the Ohio Union as one of the country’s most “amazing” student unions in a recent ranking. BCR rated the Ohio Union as third-best in its top-25 rankings.
By the Numbers
among the nation's best public universities in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 edition of "America's Best Colleges"
among Ohio publics in academics
years Wexner Medical Center has been named one of the country's best by U.S. News & World Report
graduate programs ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report
in the nation for sought-after graduates, as ranked by the Wall Street Journal.
percent of freshmen are from Ohio
(through August 2013)