January 2021

COVID-19 vaccination and research. Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center continues to be at the forefront of both vaccine distribution and virus research. It is utilizing the Schottenstein Center as a mass COVID-19 vaccination site capable of providing up to 3,000 shots daily. And Ohio State scientists have discovered a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, research that has received significant national and international attention.

Research and entrepreneurship. Four students – engineering undergraduates Caleb Buaful, Jacob Buaful Jr. and Anita Nti, and doctoral student Danny Freudiger – have developed a battery pack, delivery system and mobile app to replace gas generators as a portable power source that is more sustainable. Their startup company, Electrion, was inspired by observing Buckeye tailgates during the 2019 season. Similar opportunities are occurring across campus.

Fostering deliberative democracy. The “Education for Citizenship Discussion Series,” organized by Ohio State deans, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and other university leaders, is continuing to host virtual discussions about fostering deliberative democracy in an era of political polarization. Details are available through the Education for Citizenship Initiative website along with resources for respectful and productive dialogue.

Discovery, learning and impact. Five Ohio State scholars from a range of disciplines have been named among the “1,000 inspiring Black scientists in America” by Cell Mentor, an online resource for researchers. The honorees are: Darryl B. Hood, public health; Ray Bignall II, pediatrics; Aeriel Leonard, materials science and engineering; Joshua Joseph, endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism; and Ranthony A.C. Edmonds, mathematics.

Coolest science story of 2020. The award for Ohio State News’ coolest science story of 2020 goes to researchers who discovered that the human brain is “pre-wired” to see words and letters, a finding that suggests the brain is fertile ground for humans to learn to read and write – even before they are exposed to language. The story received more votes than the second-place story focused on the development of soft robots that fold up like origami to deliver medications and other therapies to cells inside the body as well as three other finalists.

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By the Numbers

1st among Ohio publics and No. 17 among all publics in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 edition of “America’s Best Colleges”

28th consecutive year among the nation’s “Best Hospitals” for the Wexner Medical Center — and the No. 1 hospital in central Ohio — according to U.S. News & World Report

9th among public universities for undergraduate teaching by U.S. News & World Report

9 Rhodes Scholars in university history, and three in the last three years

68,300 students enrolled

580,000 living alumni

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