March 2014

Ohio State co-founds lightweight materials center. Ohio State is partnering with the University of Michigan and Columbus-based EWI to launch a $148 million high-tech manufacturing research institute. The institute will develop lightweight materials for use in everything from new hulls for Navy ships to lighter and more efficient automobiles.

Tops in global education. Ohio State has been selected as a recipient of the 2014 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, the top award in the U.S. for campus internationalization. The university is one of four to receive the recognition from NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

$767K for the kids. Ohio State's student-run BuckeyeThon charitable drive set a new fundraising record of $767,227 at its annual dance marathon in February. BuckeyeThon exceeded its 2013 fundraising total by more than $150,000 and had more than 3,000 student participants. Funds go to help children with cancer.

New age of deep ice technology. Engineers and earth scientists received a three-year NASA grant to develop new technologies for gauging temperatures far below Greenland's ice sheet. Focusing on microwave technology that could be used by flying over an ice surface, the project could enhance climate change data currently obtained through ice boreholes.

Record book graduation for 92-year-old veteran. After a seven-decade break from school, World War II veteran Ted Chandler received his Bachelor of Science from the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in January. Chandler's studies were interrupted by the war during his junior year.

New digital archive features the art of Ann Hamilton. The works of internationally recognized visual artist and Distinguished University Professor Ann Hamilton are being digitally archived in a new publicly accessible collection. The university collection contains more than 1,000 downloadable images, ranging from Hamilton's time as a graduate student to her current multimedia installations exhibited worldwide.

Ohio State No. 4 in Peace Corps rankings. Ohio State has moved five spots to No. 4 on the Peace Corps' list of Top-Producing Colleges and Universities in 2014. Eighty-three Ohio State graduates currently serve in the Peace Corps around the world. Since 1961, 1,706 Buckeyes have served overseas.

The Wex hosts ambassador of Brazil. The Wexner Center for the Arts hosted Brazilian ambassador Mauro Vieira in his first official visit to Ohio during the January 31 opening of Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil . The exhibit is the culmination of the Wexner Center's long-term Via Brasil initiative.