October 2015

White House honors Ohio State art professor. Ann Hamilton was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House. Hamilton, an internationally renowned visual artist and leading figure in contemporary art, joined actress Sally Field and author Stephen King in accepting the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the U.S. government.

None faster than a speeding Buckeye. A team of Buckeyes set a new land-speed record, recording an average speed of 240.3 miles per hour with its electric streamliner at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The Venturi Buckeye Bullet was designed and built by undergraduate and graduate students at the university's Center for Automotive Research in partnership with Venturi Automobiles.

Community action, real results. Water quality and job creation are hot topics in communities across the Buckeye State. Ohio State is helping to reduce nutrient runoff and improve water quality by training growers and producers responsible for farming some 1 million acres of land. Efforts in Ohio's Appalachian region, meanwhile, have helped create more than 2,500 jobs and retain 10,000 more, adding almost $200 million of direct economic activity.

Research to remember. For the first time, Ohio State scientists have found where our brains record the time and place of the events we remember—groundbreaking research that could provide new paths for studying Alzheimer's disease and related conditions. The patterns of brain activity that emerge when we recall memories are indicators of how far apart the events occurred in time and space.

National model for diversity. A White House initiative selected Ohio State's Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research (LASER) program as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education. LASER is the first scholarship and mentoring hub of its kind in the country. Ohio State also was named among the "Best of the Best" for LGBTQ students. Being a national model for diversity and inclusion is part of President Michael V. Drake's 2020 Vision for the university.