August 2014

Landmark year for Ohio State giving. During fiscal year 2014, Ohio State exceeded its annual But for Ohio State Campaign goal, raising $404 million and engaging a record 233,185 donors. Annual giving grew by more than 15 percent, bolstering the campaign as it surges toward its $2.5 billion goal to support the work of students and faculty.

50 filmmakers, 23 countries, one dance. Filmmaker Mitchell Rose and choreographer Bebe Miller, both from the Department of Dance, have released an international crowd-sourced film, Globe Trot. They collaborated with filmmakers on all seven continents, including an Ohio State research station in Antarctica, to collect footage. The film has won five festival awards.

Heart health breakthrough and milestone. The Wexner Medical Center, where doctors recently performed their 400th heart transplant, is also the first hospital in the country where heart failure patients can be treated with a wireless, implantable monitor newly approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Ohio State doctors were investigators on the clinical trials for the device, which helps physicians detect congestion early and prevent hospitalization.

Paying forward made simpler. With the launch of the university's new Office of Volunteer Relations—among the first of its kind in the nation—alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Ohio State can easily find volunteer opportunities of interest. A clearinghouse for non-student volunteer opportunities, the office is a hub for people who volunteer for or in the name of the university.

Buckeye student-athletes lead B1G. Ohio State placed a conference-high 88 student-athletes representing 30 sports on the 2014 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars list, recognizing their 3.7 or higher grade point averages. Thirteen of those Buckeyes posted perfect 4.0 GPAs over the previous academic year.

No. 1 for neuroscience. Ohio State's neuroscience graduate program is the best in the nation, according to student reviews in's Spring 2014 Rankings of Top Graduate Programs. Ohio State's education, medical school and full-time MBA programs also ranked in the top 10.

First-time honors for engineering scholars. Jillian Yuricich, a junior studying aerospace engineering, and Greg Freisinger, a U.S. Army veteran and mechanical engineering PhD candidate, are the first Buckeyes to earn two prestigious honors. Yuricich has received a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, and Freisinger was selected from 7,500 applicants as a 2014 Tillman Military Scholar.

Nipping oral cancer early. Ohio State and the University of Michigan are partnering with an Ohio business to form a new company to develop and commercialize a pharmaceutical technology that would treat precancerous oral lesions, which can lead to oral cancer 30 percent of the time. The oral patch treats lesions without adverse side effects.

Highly influential researchers. Fourteen Ohio State researchers have made Thomson Reuters' 2014 list of Highly Cited Researchers, a measure of the worldwide impact and influence of an individual's research. These researchers have produced a large number of reports that rank among the top 1 percent most cited for their subject field and year of publication.

Green building is gold. Ohio State's 600,000-square-foot South High-Rise project has been awarded a green building designation of LEED Gold. The project features 30 percent more energy savings than conventional structures, geothermal wells that power heating and cooling and an on-site water retention system.