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July/August 2007

What's going on at Ohio State?

President Elect Gordon Gee says it's time for Ohio State to move "from excellence to eminence." Whites underestimate the hardship of being black, a researcher says. Researchers look for practical uses for nanotechnology. Former Buckeye b-baller Greg Oden makes NBA draft history. Nutrition experts teach grillers to make healthier burgers. Dean William Meezan's late sister is honored with a scholarship fund. And the Ohio State Alumni Magazine follows three football families through the Buckeyes' season.

"From excellence to eminence"

When Gordon Gee returns to Ohio State this fall, he has his work cut out for him.

The university's reputation has climbed since Gee's first presidency began in 1990. Now, he says, "We are poised to move from excellence to eminence. That is an aspiration that very few universities in this country can ever have, and we are there."

Read Ohio State Alumni Magazine essays Gee wrote during his first stint as president.

Black and white economics

White Americans think a life without television is a greater hardship than living as an African American, according to a recent Ohio State study: Survey participants said they'd have to be paid about $1 million to give up TV for life, compared with less than $10,000 to live the rest of their lives as African Americans.

The study shows that white Americans "don't really understand the extent to which African Americans, as a group, are disadvantaged," says Professor Philip Mazzocco.

Find out more about the study and what it means.

Nano mania

From an artificial muscle made of material that replicates DNA to a see-through MP3 player, nanotechnology is a field that holds plenty of promises.

Ohio State researchers are looking for new ways to use nanotechnology--and patenting their ideas.

“We're very excited about where this kind of development can take us," says Professor Arthur Epstein.

Learn how nanotechnology works and how Ohio State researchers think it can be used.

Going to the NBA

Greg Oden made Buckeye basketball history earlier this summer: He's the first Ohio State player ever to be picked first in the NBA draft.

Oden, who will play for the Portland Trail Blazers, was drafted along with two others who played on last year's dream team: Mike Conley Jr., who goes to the Memphis Grizzlies, and Daequan Cook, who will play for the Philadelphia 76ers.

"All of them were able to develop as people and players by wearing the scarlet and gray," says Coach Thad Matta. "They will continue to be great ambassadors for our team and The Ohio State University."

Find out more about the draft.

It's burger time

Firing up the grill and throwing on some burgers makes for an easy summer meal. But is it healthful?

A university nutritionist has offered some tips on how to grill a good-for-you burger.

Read that advice.

Dean's sister honored

Judith Meezan Bayha’s passion for social service runs in her family: Her parents still volunteer at 90 and 87 and her brother, William, is dean of Ohio State’s College of Social Work.

When Bayha passed away in 2005--the same year her brother was named dean--her parents established a scholarship in her name. The money will go to a grad student who plans to work with children with emotional problems.

"My parents were able to find a sense of closure for their loss while at the same time acknowledging my new position at Ohio State," William Meezan says.

Find out more.

The biggest fans

Remember a Buckeye football moment that quickened your pulse and made you start biting your fingernails? Now imagine how much more intense that feeling would be if your son or brother was out on the field.

Last fall, the families of three Buckeyes--Anthony Gonzalez, Todd Denlinger, and Jay Richardson--opened their lives to an Ohio State Alumni Magazine reporter.

Read about the families' experiences, read a mother's journal, and see photos.

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