December 2014

President appointed to international board. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) has appointed Ohio State President Michael V. Drake, MD, to a three-year term as secretary of its Council of Presidents. In this role, he will serve on the APLU’s Executive Committee, which helps set policy goals and priorities for the association.

Wexner collection makes top 25. In its feature “The 25 Must-See Museum Shows Around the World,” artnet News highlights Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection—the only exhibition in the Midwest to make the list. On view through the end of December, Transfigurations features works by Picasso, Dubuffet and Giacometti.

Pelotonia sets $21 million record. Pelotonia 2014 riders and their supporters raised more than $21 million this year, breaking the cancer-research fundraiser’s record and bringing its six-year fundraising total to $82 million. Every dollar raised goes to groundbreaking research at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Professor named psychology rock star. The American Psychological Association has named Richard Petty, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, one of the most eminent psychologists of the modern era.

Outstanding innovators of 2014. Three of Ohio State’s most successful faculty, staff and student entrepreneurs have been named the 2014 Innovators of the Year: Ali Rezai, world-renowned neurosurgeon and director of Ohio State’s Center for Neuromodulation; Kubilay Sertel, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; and David Maung, a doctoral student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Fisher names new dean. Ohio State’s Max M. Fisher College of Business has named Anil K. Makhija its new dean. Previously, Makhija chaired Fisher’s Department of Finance, ranked in the top 10 internationally for research.

Ohio State shines in national spotlight. In October, Ohio State hosted more than 400 science and medical writers at ScienceWriters2014. As a result, national news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, WIRED and Discover magazine, featured our faculty's research on everything from viruses to video games to coyotes.

Tops for Teach For America. For the fifth year, the university has been listed as a top producer of alumni serving with Teach For America. Thirty-six Buckeyes joined the corps in 2014; one-third of them were the first in their families to attend college.

Pioneering human performance research. Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and Department of Athletics are teaming up with the Air Force Research Laboratory to study stress, anxiety, sleep and overall health in patients, athletes and military personnel. Results will lead to the development of technological products that improve quality of life outcomes.

Buckeyes go global. In a new report from the Institute of International Education, Ohio State ranks No.7 in the nation for the number of students studying abroad, and No. 14 for international student enrollment. The university also ranks No. 2 for the number of students participating in short-term study abroad programs.

United against antibiotic resistance. A national task force has been created to advise the federal government on the use of antibiotics in production agriculture. Lonnie King, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and executive dean of the health sciences at Ohio State, will chair the task force, which includes 12 members from land-grant institutions across the country.