November 2014

No. 3 for excellence in patient safety, quality and diversity. Out of 104 academic medical centers, the Wexner Medical Center ranked third in the University HealthSystem Consortium’s Quality and Accountability Study, which measures the quality and safety of patient care. The Institute for Diversity in Health Management also recognized the medical center as a “Best in Class“ hospital for addressing health disparities and improving diversity.

New cancer hospital offers hope. Public tours have started at the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, which opens to patients in December. The largest construction project in Ohio State history, the $750 million hospital serves as a teaching center, research and clinical hub and technological marvel.

Ranked among Best Global Universities. After evaluating institutions across the United States and 50 other countries, U.S. News & World Report ranks Ohio State No. 34 on its list of “Best Global Universities.

World’s first solar battery unveiled. Researchers at Ohio State have created a battery that runs on a combination of light and air. The patent-pending battery will reduce the cost of renewable energy by 25 percent, and the university will license it to industry.

Clean water for Ohio. The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is embarking on a $1 million effort to ensure access to clean drinking water across Ohio. The Field to Faucet initiative will seek solutions to harmful algal blooms and other issues affecting water quality in the Lake Erie basin.

LIVESTRONG leader joins Pelotonia. Doug Ulman, a nationally recognized voice in the fight against cancer, has been appointed president and CEO of Pelotonia. The three-time cancer survivor spent 14 years transforming LIVESTRONG into a global cancer advocacy organization.

Future of sports medicine. Ground has broken for the new Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute. It will be home to the largest and most comprehensive sports medicine facility in the country with four research and performance labs, 15 interdisciplinary specialties and 160 sports medicine faculty and staff.

Addressing the achievement gap. Ohio State has joined an unprecedented nationwide effort to improve college graduation rates among low-income and first-generation students. The University Innovation Alliance has raised $5.6 million for the effort and will develop a national “playbook” of proven interventions.

Tobacco-free policy recognized nationally. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has given its Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative Silver Award to Ohio State for prohibiting the use of all types of tobacco products on university property. The policy went into effect Jan. 1.

Helping young readers. The National Eye Institute has awarded an $8 million grant to Ohio State researchers to study the treatment of convergence insufficiency, a common vision disorder that contributes to reading problems in children. The National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services also support the College of Optometry study.