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APRIL 2015


CBEC Building Officially Opens

The new Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) building will begin a new era with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 10. The first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) laboratory building on campus, CBEC is developed to cultivate interaction, collaboration and discovery between two premier departments. The 225,000-square-foot facility, located in the Academic Core North on West Woodruff Avenue, will better prepare students for careers in research within academia or the private sector. Many university supporters (Gary Booth, profiled here, for one) have contributed to make the project a reality.

Circle of Friends: Gary Booth

Gary Booth Gary Booth has served as a committee chairman for the CBEC building project and, with his wife, Jane, has established scholarships for future chemists. Now retired, the President's Club donor gives credit for his successful 31-year career in research and development to his doctorate in organic chemistry from Ohio State.

Campus Visit by Veteran Affairs' Robert A. McDonald Now Set for April 8

Ohio State is hosting Robert A. McDonald, the eighth U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs, for an intimate presentation and reception April 8 at Drinko Hall's Saxbe Auditorium. McDonald previously served as chair, president and chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble.

Script Ohio from DNA Origami Recognized by Guinness Book of World Records

The 2016 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records will recognize achievement in a new category — using biological materials to create the smallest logo ever made. Mike Hudoba, a two-time Ohio State graduate earning his doctoral degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering in May, will be recognized for his work creating Script Ohio from DNA origami, viewed with a transmission electron microscope. Read more about Hudoba's work.

Buckeye Voices: A Denman Success Story

With the 20th anniversary of the Richard J. and Martha D. Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in March, Associate Professor Rob Siston reflected on how the forum helped launch his career: “Because of completing my undergraduate research project, I knew that I loved research and that I loved biomechanics.” Read more about Siston's journey — and the experiences of five students who presented their work this year.

The Denmans are long-time members of the Ohio State community and founders of a professorship for clinical research in epilepsy. Richard was an Ohio State Foundation Board Director (1985-2003) and is now an emeritus board member and President’s Club donor.


Upcoming Events

President's Club is pleased to offer the following events to our donors. Reserve your President's Club experience by calling 614-292-9550 or sending an email to presidentsclub@osu.edu.

Tour of the Museum of Biological Diversity
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 5-7 p.m.
RSVP by April 3

(12 spaces remaining)

Biological research museums have a mission similar to that of libraries, but instead of preserving books, biological collections preserve individual organisms. The collections at The Ohio State University Museum of Biological Diversity grow through activities of faculty, students and other researchers, as well as by exchanges with other museums. The museum is a resource for research, teaching and outreach centered on biodiversity. Come along with President's Club as we view the evolutionary relationships of insects, fish, plants and more.

Tour of Waterman Dairy Center and Olentangy River Wetland Research Park
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 1-3 p.m.
RSVP by April 10
(30 spaces remaining)

Waterman Dairy Center on Ohio State’s main campus is part of the Waterman Agriculture and Natural Resources Laboratory complex. The dairy farm occupies 167 acres and has a three-fold purpose for graduate and undergraduate students: teaching, outreach and research. The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park is home of the School of Environment and Natural Resources’ aquatics program and plays an essential role in developing science-based solutions to critical issues in water resource management, restoration and conservation.

Tour of the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau
4-H Center

Friday, April 17, 2015, 1-2 p.m.
RSVP by April 10
(9 spaces remaining)

Take a tour of the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, a facility for youth, adult volunteers, community organizations and Ohio State partners locally and around the globe. The first environmentally friendly building on the Ohio State campus features geothermal heating and cooling, extensive natural lighting and plumbing fixtures that use 50 percent less water. It also offers flexible conference and meeting space and a catering kitchen.

Tour of the Schoenbaum Family Center and Star House
Thursday, May 21, 2015, 6-9 p.m.
RSVP by May 15

(60 spaces remaining)

Take a tour of the Schoenbaum Family Center and the Star House, two vital community programs that are part of the College of Education and Human Ecology. The Schoenbaum Family Center provides evidenced-based early childhood education and works with a network of organizations to support families and the community in nurturing healthy children in the Weinland Park neighborhood. The Star House integrates research and community service while providing homeless youth with a safe respite and a chance for a productive life.


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