October 2020

Internationally renowned. An Ohio State soil scientist has been honored with the Arrell Global Food Innovation Award. Across four continents, Rattan Lal has pioneered ways to reduce deforestation, control soil erosion and enrich soil, leading to sustained or higher crop yields. In June, Lal was named the 2020 recipient of the World Food Prize. In 2019, he became the first Ohio State scientist to receive the Japan Prize. Recently, a university center was named for Lal.

Fighting COVID-19. Ohio State received a $5 million, two-year award from the National Institutes of Health RADx-UP program to support projects designed to rapidly implement COVID-19 testing strategies in populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Additionally, Ohio’s COVID-19 Populations Needs Assessment, led by experts at the university’s College of Public Health, aims to improve Ohioans’ ability to prevent transmission of the virus.

New Buckeyes. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, the university recruited a record-high number of new first-year students this academic year. Ohio State set enrollment records for undergraduate students on the Columbus campus, as well as female and minority enrollment across all campuses. “We are encouraged to see that this class is among the most diverse and talented in university history,” President Kristina M. Johnson said.

Diversity and inclusion. Ohio State’s colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Optometry and Veterinary Medicine are being honored for their outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Each received the INSIGHT into Diversity magazine 2020 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. Ohio State is the only academic institution in the country to have four colleges receive the 2020 Health Professions HEED award.

National finalists. Ohio State’s LiFEsports has been recognized for its community engagement initiatives by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. More than 8,000 low-income youths have participated in the program’s summer camps, year-round sports clinics and youth leadership academy. And a collection of essays published by The Ohio State University Press is a finalist for this year’s National Book Award for nonfiction.