November 2020

Spirited support. Members of The Ohio State University ROTC stretched their muscles and flexed their school spirit to support students staying in quarantine or isolation housing due to exposure to or a positive test for COVID-19. The effort was part of Ohio State’s military appreciation activities leading up to Veterans Day. Students in quarantine or isolation raised signs in windows to share their thanks.

Student excellence. Ohio State’s Daniel Lesman has been named a 2021 Rhodes Scholar. He is the university’s ninth Rhodes Scholar, and the third Buckeye to be honored in three years — an unprecedented feat in Ohio State history. The Rhodes Trust selected Lesman for his work founding a non-profit organization that provides educational resources to homeless and at-risk students, as well as his biomedical research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Huntington's disease and COVID-19.

Faculty excellence. Bernadette Melnyk, chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing, received the Ada Sue Hinshaw Award, recognizing a substantive and sustained program of science. Associate Professor Hasan Jeffries’ edited volume “Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement” was awarded the American Historical Association’s 2020 James Harvey Robinson Prize for the most outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history in any field.

Powerful partnership. A partnership with the U.S. Air Force will increase opportunities for minority STEM students and graduates. Ohio State will co-lead the $40 million effort with several universities and the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The program will provide summer internships, access to research equipment and laboratory space, project support and more.

Land-grant impact. President Kristina M. Johnson joined a virtual fireside chat about the nation’s land-grant institutions with university leaders past a present. Included in the discussion: E. Gordon Gee, president of West Virginia University and former president of Ohio State; Stephen Gavazzi, professor in the Department of Human Sciences; and David Staley, associate professor in the Department of History.