August 2015

Most donors in Ohio State history. A record 237,340 donors worldwide gave to Ohio State in the last fiscal year. They supported several priority areas in the But for Ohio State Campaign: placing students first, driving research and innovation, elevating faculty and the academic enterprise, and creating modern learning environments. Friends and alumni gave a total of $405.5 million, including a university best in cash donations of $360 million.

Buckeyes ready Pluto’s close-up. Professional and amateur stargazers alike marveled at the high-resolution images of Pluto taken by NASA’s New Horizons space probe – and Ohio State played an important role. University engineers helped test and calibrate the high-gain dish antenna design for New Horizons. It is one of seven instruments that collected data from space.

First-of-its-kind financial study. While seven out of 10 students feel stressed about finances, nearly 80 percent see college as a good investment. The findings are part of Ohio State’s National Student Financial Wellness Study, which explored – in the most detail ever – the financial lives of almost 19,000 students from across the United States. The study will help inform Ohio State’s commitment to college affordability, part of President Michael V. Drake’s 2020 Vision.

App helps addicts recover. A smartphone app created by a Wexner Medical Center intern and computer science students offers instant help to recovering heroin addicts. The app, developed to combat addiction problems plaguing communities around Ohio and the nation, facilitates text messages to supporters when temptation occurs and the likelihood of relapse is high.

Making art history. The Wexner Center for the Arts closed its 25th anniversary season with sold-out shows of the innovative the theater is a blank page, a collaboration between acclaimed artist Ann Hamilton and the SITI Company. Hamilton was also commissioned to design a $1 million art project for Manhattan’s Cortlandt Street subway station, destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001.