January 2017

Access, affordability and excellence. Ohio State is a founding member of the American Talent Initiative, a national effort to increase the number of low- and moderate-income students by 50,000 at up to 270 top-performing institutions. Ohio State President Michael V. Drake, an American Talent Initiative Steering Committee member, said the initiative will give thousands of students who believe higher education is beyond their reach the chance to attend the "college of their dreams."

Top of its class. The hospitals at the Wexner Medical Center have earned an "A" — the highest possible mark — for patient safety. The Hospital Safety Grade, compiled by the independent Leapfrog Group, is designed to indicate how well health care institutions protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. Of the 2,633 hospitals that were issued a score, only 36 percent earned an A. Across a wide range of ratings, the Wexner Medical Center is consistently among the nation's best.

Eye of the storm. When NASA set out to explore how and why hurricanes intensify, it turned to Ohio State for help. A professor and research scientist from the College of Engineering are on the team behind the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System — the first to probe the inner core of hurricanes to better understand rapid intensification. A pharmaceutical sciences student, meanwhile, is partnering with NASA to find out why astronauts return from space with significant muscle atrophy.

Legacy of student impact. Herbert W. Ockerman recently celebrated his 55th year at Ohio State by doing what he has done since his first day on the job: educating students. Ockerman, a professor in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, keeps in touch on a daily basis with his former pupils — many of whom hold impactful roles around the world. It's a legacy of service stemming from a focus on food security and expanding to other philanthropic efforts.

Engineering happiness. The holiday season was a bit brighter for children with special needs thanks to Ohio State's Toy Adaptation Program. Buckeye engineering students add their technical expertise to existing toys, altering and adjusting them so that the gifts can be operated by kids with physical impairments. "It gives them control over something and it lets them interact with the world," said one parent whose 3-year-old son received new adapted toys during a Toys for All Tots event.