October 2016

Historic generosity. More than 750,000 donors supported the But for Ohio State Campaign — likely the most ever to a higher education campaign. They gave an Ohio State record $3 billion to support the academic mission and vision in several areas: placing students first, driving research and innovation, elevating faculty and the academic enterprise, and creating modern learning environments.

Destination for lifesaving innovations. The Wexner Medical Center is one of 17 institutions in the United States — and the first in Ohio — to test a method that could double the number of available lungs for transplantation, potentially saving more of the 35 million Americans with chronic lung disease. The center was also selected for a new national initiative to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Buckeye supercar breaks world record. Reaching an average speed of 341.4 miles per hour, the all-electric Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3 shattered its own previous mark to set a new global, land-speed record. A team of Ohio State engineering students designed and built the streamliner. It is the latest iteration in a series of electric racing vehicles built at the university's Center for Automotive Research.

Access, affordability and excellence. Ohio State is decreasing the cost of summer tuition by 25 percent, saving students an estimated $1.7 million. The decrease follows efforts to provide greater access to summer course work, enabling more students to shorten their paths to graduation. It's part of President Michael V. Drake’s vision for the university to lower costs and increase value.

High-tech startups among nation's best. Two companies based on Ohio State research were selected as "Best University Startups" out of more than 200 applicants. One provides farmers with a way to increase crop yields while lowering costs and improving sustainability; the other focuses on growing models of the central nervous system to aid in research of debilitating brain diseases.