March 2015

Global impact of Ohio State research

First woman to win Wolf Prize in Agriculture
Professor Linda Saif is the first woman and Ohio State’s first scientist to receive the prestigious Wolf Prize, joining the likes of Stephen Hawking and Peter Higgs. Saif’s virus-fighting work in humans and food-producing animals has saved lives and led to new ways to design vaccines.

Leading the pack in global research
Ohio State ranks as a top producer of Fulbright recipients. From Ethiopia to Taiwan, our faculty and student research ambassadors are sharing knowledge around the world.

Dancing to end childhood cancer
By engaging the community – from local high schools to corporate sponsors – and securing donations for its annual dance marathon, BuckeyeThon raised a record-breaking $1.23 million. All proceeds support the BuckeyeThon Miracle Kids in treatment for cancer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Forbes’ 30-Under-30 in Energy
Students Damian Beauchamp, Xiaodi Ren and Kate Fisher, co-founders of KAir Battery LLC, have been named to Forbes Magazine’s list of young, innovative professionals. The KAir team is commercializing an award-winning potassium air battery that could be the future of energy efficiency.

Investigating youth suicide in rural America
A team of Ohio State researchers discovered that the youth suicide rate in rural areas is nearly double the rate in cities. Published in JAMA Pediatrics and picked up by news media around the globe, the findings suggest an urgent need to improve access to and availability of mental health care in rural areas.

Undergraduate research stars take the stage
In its 20th year, the upcoming Denman Undergraduate Research Forum remains one of the nation’s largest showcases of undergraduate research. Thanks to a generous donation from Richard and Martha Denman, hundreds of students have a chance each spring to share their work with judges from faculty and the corporate world.

Solving the most pressing neurological disorders
Next year, the Wexner Medical Center will open a new hospital to meet the growing needs for services for patients with neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. As part of Ohio State’s Neurological Institute, services and research at the Brain and Spine Hospital will improve the diagnosis, treatment and likelihood of finding a cure for these diseases.