April 2020

Innovating to save lives. Battelle and the Wexner Medical Center have jointly developed a new rapid, sensitive diagnostic test for COVID-19. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved solutions created by scientists across Ohio State that both expand and accelerate COVID-19 testing in Ohio through the development of kits that include much-needed swabs and viral transport media.

Resolve during trying times. In the span of just a few weeks, everything seems to have changed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Everything, that is, except the drive of the Ohio State community to fulfill its academic mission. Stories of resolve show the unique resilience of Buckeyes in the face of unprecedented challenges. At the same time, students are putting their skills to work in the community, helping those in need and empowering health care providers.

Buckeye generosity. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends continue to demonstrate incredible support for one another and their communities. More than 650 donors have raised $200,000 thus far to support Buckeyes through student emergency funding. Additionally, Gene and Sheila Smith, Ryan and Nina Day, and Chris and Lori Holtmann donated to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s COVID-19 emergency fund.

Pulling together. Colleges and units are providing resources in the fight against COVID-19. These include the Knowledge Exchange COVID-19 Hub, led by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), Ohio State University Extension and the CFAES research communities. And COVID Connect, launched by the College of Public Health, unites health departments and other organizations with professional volunteers.

Together in spirit. Every Buckeye football game at Ohio Stadium starts with the band marching onto the field, perfectly in step, playing the “Buckeye Battle Cry.” While the COVID-19 pandemic has stopped almost every communal moment from happening in person, The Ohio State University Marching Band is creating them virtually. Band members recorded themselves playing to create “Socially Distanced Buckeye Battle Cry.”