June 2014

Record-breaking applications. Ohio State received 42,785 freshman applications for roughly 7,000 spots at the Columbus campus for autumn 2014. This exceeds last year's total (35,438) by more than 20 percent, and is the largest number of applications in university history.

Green power champs. Ohio State officially uses more green power than any other school in the Big Ten. As the Environmental Protection Agency's 2013-14 B1G Conference Champion of the College & University Green Power Challenge, Ohio State used nearly 134 million kilowatt-hours of green power, avoiding carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to more than 19,000 passenger vehicles per year.

Governor honors Wexner Center director. Sherri Geldin, in her 20th year as director of the Wexner Center for the Arts, was honored last month at the Governor's Awards for the Arts in Ohio, where she received an award for Arts Administration. This follows the launch of the Sherri Geldin Innovation Fund, established to fuel the Wex's capacity to pursue groundbreaking initiatives and research projects.

HUD student victors. A team of students from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, Knowlton School of Architecture and City and Regional Planning has won the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development inaugural Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition. The Ohio State team created a design plan for turning a Revolutionary War-era structure in New Jersey into permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans.

"Cat Mastery" merges insight with technology. For the past 30 years, Dr. Tony Buffington with the College of Veterinary Medicine has studied cats and how their environment affects their health. Now, he is sharing this knowledge with the world through the launch of "Cat Mastery," an interactive digital book and free iTunes.U course. "Cat Mastery" has been highlighted by Fox News and through an AMA session on Reddit.

New offerings, from IBM's Watson to data analytics. This fall, Ohio State will join five other universities to offer cognitive computing courses that provide students unprecedented access to IBM's Watson, a cognitive technology that processes information more like a human than a computer. Additional new offerings include an interdisciplinary undergraduate major in data analytics, the first of its kind at a major research institution in the United States, and an executive MBA in energy at Fisher College of Business.

Safest and greatest. The Wexner Medical Center has been named one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America" by Becker's Hospital Review. And, for the fourth time, it has earned an "A" grade – the highest possible – for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry group that rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.

Global innovation recognition. Ohio State has been awarded three grants of up to $250,000 each as part of the Global Innovation Initiative, a new program funded by the United States and United Kingdom governments to foster research collaborations in Brazil, China, India and Indonesia. The Ohio State grants will fund new research, faculty exchanges, joint publications and symposia.