May 2014

Near-record graduating class: Ohio State had its second-largest graduating class on May 4, with 10,200 students earning their degrees at spring commencement. In addition to the graduates, Ohio State also presented Distinguished Service Awards to alumni Mac Stewart and John B. "Jay" Gerlach.

Rare exhibition launches 25th anniversary celebration. The Wexner Center for the Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary this fall with an exhibition of the personal art collection of Leslie and Abigail Wexner – on view for the first time publicly. "Transfigurations: Modern Masters from the Wexner Family Collection" will feature an in-depth selection of works by Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti and Jean Dubuffet.

Fisher ranks high for accounting research. According to Brigham Young University's 2013 Accounting Research Rankings, faculty from the Fisher College of Business and the Department of Economics rank fourth in the world for articles published in the top 11 accounting journals, first for managerial analytical research and fourth for financial archival research.

B1G's brainy Buckeyes. Allison Elber, a psychology student and rower, and Aaron Craft, a nutrition major and basketball player, received the Big Ten Medal of Honor, which has recognized students' achievements in sports and academics since 1915. The awards were given at the 47th Annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner, where more than 500 student-athletes were honored.

Dean advocates on Capitol Hill. Cheryl Achterberg, dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology, recently made the case for increased federal funding for education research with officials in Washington, D.C. With deans from top-ranked education research programs, Achterberg called for more research on early childhood learning and recommended a national initiative to ensure teacher preparation programs meet K-12 needs.

'Studentrepreneurs' receive national acclaim. Ohio State students nabbed two of the top 10 spots on America's Coolest College Startups by Engineering students Keith Shields and Joshua Tucker co-founded in 2012 Applits, a platform with social capabilities allowing app-builders and enthusiasts to create new apps. Business student Megan Holstein was recognized for Pufferfish apps, which assist with therapy and teaching of autistic children.

Anticancer vaccines on the way. Ohio State has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with Medvax Technologies, Inc., for the licensing of groundbreaking cancer peptide vaccine technologies. Designed for the treatment and prevention of cancers associated with the HER2 protein, including breast, ovarian and lung cancers, these anticancer vaccine technologies are the culmination of decades of research led by Dr. Pravin T.P. Kaumaya at the OSUCCC – James.

Wellness on wheels. The Buckeye Wellness on Wheels program is taking wellness education on the road to communities across Ohio. The program launched in April with stops in Wooster, Cleveland and Mansfield. Each stop offers free health screenings for Ohio State alumni, faculty, staff and their families, as well as community members.