Spring 2013

Researchers set clean coal milestone: A groundbreaking technology developed at Ohio State could hold the potential for clean coal energy. Professor Liang-Shih Fan and his team are the first in the world to operate a long-term chemical looping system – a process that converts coal to heat through chemicals instead of burning it. The U.S. Department of Energy is exploring how to use chemical looping in large-capacity power plants, as it captures 99 percent of carbon dioxide, eliminating nearly all air pollution.

Dean earns international accolade: Lonnie King, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded the Global One Health Award from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. One Health explores the links among animal health, human health, and the environment – areas increasingly important to understanding global health issues.

Students set fundraising record: Nearly 3,600 students took to the dance floor this year for the 12th annual BuckeyeThon, a dance marathon to raise money to support the kids treated at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The largest student-run philanthropy at Ohio State, BuckeyeThon garnered more than $600,000 in donations over two days – an increase of more than $150,000 from last year’s record total.

Six faculty named top scholars by National Science Foundation: Faculty from four Ohio State departments earned one of the nation’s most prestigious scientific honors – the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. The distinction supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars. With funding from the National Science Foundation, six Ohio State faculty will study everything from ghost particles to human DNA to computing devices.

James Cancer Hospital launches novel patient resource: To better support cancer patients and their families, the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute recently launched a social media network that connects patients with a range of information. CancerConnect provides access to a wealth of cancer-related reference materials, while also connecting patients and families with people across the nation who are facing similar challenges.

Student-athletes excel in the classroom: For the second year in a row, more than 500 student-athletes were named Ohio State Scholar-Athletes (earning a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher). In addition, softball player Alicia Herron (Education and Human Ecology) and fencer Max Stearns (Arts and Sciences) were named Ohio State’s 2013 recipients of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, given annually by Big Ten member schools to male and female athletes in the graduating class who have attained the greatest proficiency in both academics and athletics.

Crane gift to create three world-class centers: With a $13.5 million gift, the Crane family will create three landmark centers at Ohio State. The Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy will drive new discoveries in child development and education. The Loann Crane Advanced Languages Institute will be the state’s leading resource as tomorrow’s global leaders learn second languages. The new Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute will be the largest and most comprehensive sports medicine focused facility in the country.

Ohio State among top-ranked graduate programs: For the second year in a row, Ohio State has nearly a dozen graduate and professional programs ranked in the top 10 nationally. U.S. News & World Report ranked 10 of the university’s programs to the elite America’s Best Graduate Schools list, with the social psychology program ranked best in the nation. Among the top 10: part-time MBA program, supply chain/logistics (business), administration/supervision (education), counseling/personnel services (education), curriculum/instruction (education), elementary teacher education, secondary teacher education, vocational/ technical education, and international politics (political science).

Alumni help create Oscar-winning films: Two of 2012’s top films were successful thanks to the handiwork of six alumni. Five Arts and Sciences graduates worked on Pixar Animation Studios’ film Brave, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Film. Another Arts and Sciences graduate served as the rigging supervisor for Life of Pi, which snagged the Academy Award for best visual effects.

Ohio State among top college brands: In a recent national ranking of top colleges and universities, Ohio State posted the 12th strongest brand equity in the nation and 3rd among public universities. The rankings measure the value derived from the public perception of a university’s brand name, using a mathematical model that encompasses traditional, web, and social media.