Speeding to $100 million for cancer research. Nearly 8,000 cyclists — a new record — made the seventh-annual Pelotonia another milestone event in the fight against cancer. This year, Pelotonia is expected to raise more than $20 million before fundraising ends on October 9, which will push the total raised for cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center–Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute past the $100 million mark.
Saving Haiti’s most fragile lives. Hundreds of newborns have been saved thanks to The Ohio State University/Greif Neonatal Survival Program. The initiative, formed to tackle the global issue of infant mortality, celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Specialized Newborn Care Unit at St. Therese Hospital in Haiti. It was the first time any of the more than 2,000 infants born each year at the hospital had access to a crib, clean linens, life-monitoring equipment and a trained neonatal nursing staff.
Most talented class, historic demand. A record number of Buckeyes in the 2015 freshman class graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, while 22 percent of new domestic students represent the first in their families to attend college. The demand for an Ohio State education is also at an all-time high, with the most applications received in university history. Efforts focused on access, affordability and excellence continue to help make Ohio State a destination for students and families.
World’s first solar battery charges ahead. Ohio State researchers have reached a new technological landmark after debuting the world’s first solar air battery. The design, which combines a solar cell and a battery into one device, now achieves a 20 percent energy savings over traditional rechargeable batteries. Researchers say it’s easily integrated with existing technology —and could bridge the gap between today’s energy grid and sources of renewable energy.
Enriching bodies, minds in the community. More than 4,000 pounds of produce was harvested last year as part of a program to teach young people to grow their own food and eat healthfully while minority high school students came to campus from across Ohio to explore careers in business and accounting. The programs are among many that keep Ohio State’s Education for Citizenship motto alive, part of a commitment to community engagement in President Michael V. Drake’s 2020 Vision.