July 2015

Ohio State helps 12,000 students. The university announced details of the $15 million President’s Affordability Grant program, which will provide aid to low- and middle-income students from Ohio. Part of President Michael V. Drake’s 2020 Vision for Ohio State, the affordability initiative is the latest step in the university’s long-term commitment to ease the burden of college expenses.

Smart ideas for patients, consumers. Students have invented a system that compensates for patient movement during brain MRI scans — addressing a problem that costs the health care system $6 billion each year. Researchers also have developed technology that uses radio signals from a cell phone to power the phone itself. These are just two of Ohio State’s latest commercialization success stories.

Leader in diversity. Ohio State’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is tied for No. 1 in the nation for number of women faculty and No. 4 for percentage of minority faculty. The top rankings are reflective of the university’s commitment to creating a dynamic learning environment while increasing diversity in STEM disciplines.

One year, five champions. For the first time in Ohio State history, five teams have been crowned national champions in a single academic year. The women’s rowing team won an NCAA title — its third straight — to join the wrestling, football, synchronized swimming and pistol teams as national champions in 2014-2015.

Upping the Buck-IQ. The city of Columbus has been named the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year, selected first among 400 cities worldwide. Ohio State played a key partnership role in the selection — as a center for research with global impact as well as for collaborations in areas ranging from data analytics to driverless cars.