May 2016

Historic medical breakthrough. For the first time in medical history, a paralyzed man moved his fingers and hand using his own thoughts — the result of a partnership between the Wexner Medical Center’s Neurological Institute and Battelle. This stunning scientific achievement has been reported across the nation and the world, demonstrating how Ohio State research changes lives.

Access, affordability and excellence. The university has frozen in-state tuition and mandatory fees for undergraduates for the fifth consecutive year, meaning Ohio students in the classes of 2016 and 2017 will graduate with no increases. Beyond tuition, Ohio State instituted a comprehensive freeze, including room and board, for 2015-2016 — the first of its kind in at least four decades.

Solving the critical issues of our time. Two graduating seniors will be recipients of the newly created President’s Prize, the highest recognition the university bestows on exceptional students committed to social change. Each scholar will receive a $50,000 living stipend and $50,000 in startup funding for a project with the potential to make a meaningful impact in the community.

One (tiny) size fits all. Ohio State scientists reached a milestone in wearable electronics, becoming the first to embroider circuits into fabric with 0.1 mm precision — the perfect size to integrate sensors and memory devices. The technology could lead to applications from shirts that act as antennas for smart phones to bandages that tell how well the tissue beneath is healing.

World premiere at the Wex. The Wexner Center for the Arts will present the global debut of the newly restored “Daughters of the Dust” — the first feature film by an African American woman to see wide release in the United States. Director Julie Dash, whose film earned wide praise when it was released 25 years ago, will attend and answer audience questions.