April 2021

Innovators of the year. The 2021 Research and Innovation Showcase has announced the Ohio State’s Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year, and two Next Generation Innovators of the Year. The annual event, co-hosted by the Office of Research and the Office of Innovation and Economic Development, honors excellence in research and innovation. The work of this year’s winners ranges from RNA nanotechnology and accelerated droplet chemistry to 3D-printed models for people who are blind.

Student excellence. Ohio State student Oseremhen “Ose” Arheghan is the recipient of a prestigious 2021 Harry S. Truman Scholarship, which supports and encourages the next generation of public service leaders. Truman Scholars demonstrate outstanding leadership potential, a commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit sector, and academic excellence. Internships with the U.S Department of State and Canadian Parliament have helped prepare Arheghan for their planned career in the U.S. Foreign Service.

First-generation Buckeyes. Sisters Sophia, Sylvia and Starling Tolliver are part of the first generation of their family to attend college and, ultimately, earned nine Ohio State degrees. They know well the challenges that many new-to-college students encounter and share their insights and tips on how first-generation college students can succeed at Ohio State. Meanwhile, a new class of Ohio State graduates is preparing to take part in spring commencement, the first non-virtual ceremonies since late 2019.

Taking the field. The thump of the marching band bass drums, the flash of a cheerleader’s silvery pom-pom, Brutus stooping to kiss the boot of Infectious Diseases Division Director Susan Koletar, who fractured her ankle pretending the floor was lava with a friend’s grandchildren — it was all in an afternoon’s work for Koletar and Wexner Medical Center critical care nurse Anne Spiller. They were selected to take part in the coin toss at the Ohio State football Spring Game inside Ohio Stadium. It marked a recognition and celebration of health care workers for their dedication and skill throughout the past year.

First of its kind. Ohio State is a core partner in a new national organization established to help the United States stay at the forefront of research and innovation — and maintain its leadership in the global economy. The National Science Foundation Directorate for Engineering has launched the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance, the first organization of its kind. Ohio State’s Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska is the organization’s principal investigator and played a key role in assembling its collaborators.

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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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