January 2015

Wexner Medical Center attracts first-rate CEO. President Michael V. Drake has recruited one of the nation’s most respected academic medical center leaders to serve as executive vice president of health sciences and CEO of the Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Sheldon Retchin currently leads the VCU Health System, of which VCU Medical Center is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top hospitals in the country.

Buckeyes head to national championship. Ohio State is capping off its 125th football season with a trip to the first College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 12. Head Coach Urban Meyer has thanked Buckeye Nation for its incredible support this season: Ohio State topped all other schools in game attendance, averaging 106,296 fans per game.

International honor for OSU Extension leader. Karen Bruns, assistant director of OSU Extension’s Family & Consumer Sciences program and leader of OSU CARES, was one of 14 scholars from the United States, Canada and Australia recently inducted as an inaugural member of the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship.

PhD wins national dissertation award. Joshua Kertzer, who earned his PhD in political science from Ohio State in 2013, was awarded the nation’s most prestigious honor for doctoral dissertations: a Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Council of Graduate Schools and ProQuest.

Smart students and an excellent value. Business Insider ranks Ohio State No. 11 in its recent list of the “Smartest Public Colleges in America.”

Pioneering treatment for cluster headaches. Surgeons at the Wexner Medical Center were the first in the nation to use a neurostimulator to provide relief from cluster headaches. The miniscule device, inserted in the patient’s gum during an outpatient surgery, is just one of Ohio State’s latest neurological innovations.

Great on the gridiron and in green practices. Ohio State placed third in SaveOnEnergy.com’s sustainability ranking of The Associated Press’s top 25 NCAA football programs. Rankings were determined by a variety of factors, including number of active green organizations, waste diversion rates, environmental study courses and other campus green initiatives.

Millions reinvested in Ohio State materials research. The National Science Foundation has renewed a $17.9 million grant to continue funding broad-impact science at Ohio State’s Center for Emergent Materials, which already has benefited 11 Ohio companies. The NSF has 12 Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers at flagship research institutions, including Ohio State, Princeton, Harvard and MIT.

Student startup wins prestigious business plan competition. Genetesis, a startup biotechnology and bioinformatics company founded by Ohio State undergraduate Peeyush Shrivastava, won the People’s Choice Award and $260,000 in the country’s largest business plan competition of its kind, 43North.

Six faculty inducted as fellows. Six Ohio State faculty were selected by their peers in 2014 as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, including Bruce McPheron, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

International Business at Fisher scores competitive grant. Fisher College of Business was one of only 17 schools nationwide to receive a prestigious grant from the U.S. Department of Education to benefit the college’s Center for International Business Education. The $1 million grant will continue to enhance curriculum development, research and training on issues of U.S. trade and competitiveness.