April 2014

Ann Hamilton honored. Distinguished Professor Ann Hamilton has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among the most prestigious honors a living artist can receive. Membership is limited to 250 people, and Hamilton joins the ranks of composer Philip Glass, artist Maya Lin and author Toni Morrison, among other notable artists and writers.

Cancer breakthrough gets FDA approval. Research by scientists at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute facilitated FDA approval of a unique drug to treat the most common type of leukemia. Dr. John Byrd, director of the division of hematology, led Ohio State's team in demonstrating the effects of the drug, ibrutinib.

Ants inspire micro-robots. After reverse engineering the bodies of common American field ants, engineers at Ohio State discovered that an ant's neck joint can withstand pressures up to 5,000 times its weight. This revelation has inspired inquiry into whether similar joints might enable future micro-sized robots to mimic that weight-lifting ability on earth and in space.

Luce Scholar focuses on human rights. Jacob Bogart, a senior Honors student who intends to pursue a career in human rights, has been named Ohio State's first Luce Scholar. The scholarship provides funding and training for a one-year professional placement in Asia. Eighteen scholarships are awarded nationwide annually.

Four stars from Forbes. The Forbes Travel Guide has named the Blackwell Inn and Pfahl Conference Center a Four Star hotel on its official 2014 Forbes Star Rating list. The Blackwell is the only hotel in Columbus that holds this prestigious distinction.

Graduate programs shine in 2015 U.S. News rankings. Six Ohio State graduate programs in business, education and law ranked among the nation's top 10 in U.S. News' 2015 Best Graduate School rankings. The Moritz College of Law Dispute Resolution graduate program was ranked No. 2 in its field.

Royal Shakespeare Company returns. The Royal Shakespeare Company-Ohio State partnership will once again offer world-class theater for central Ohio schoolchildren. The RSC will perform First Encounter: The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare's classic play edited for younger audiences, in the Drake Performance and Event Center April 4-11.

Ohio State tops for veterans. Military Times listed the Fisher College of Business No. 2 in its "Best for Vets: Business School" 2014 rankings, while the Pat Tillman Foundation selected Ohio State as a University Partner in its Tillman Military Scholars program. The Tillman program provides educational scholarships for veterans, active-duty service members and their spouses.