October 2014

Top 20 public university. In its 2015 edition of “Best Colleges,” U.S. News & World Report has once again named Ohio State the top public university in Ohio. The university is No. 54 nationally and No. 18 among public institutions. Additionally, Ohio State received a fifth-place ranking among universities for support for veteran students.

Buckeyes in Brazil. Last month, Ohio State opened a Global Gateway office in São Paulo, Brazil. With Global Gateways already in Shanghai, China, and Mumbai, India, these “mini embassies” strengthen the university’s international presence and connect students, faculty and alumni with opportunities around the world.

Record-breaking gift to CFAES. A $7 million gift from the estate of Gallipolis hotelier Delma Roush is the largest donation ever to the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The gift establishes the Delma L. Roush Scholarship Fund, which will provide annual scholarships to CFAES students from three southeastern Ohio counties.

Animal hospital makeover. A September groundbreaking ceremony kicked off the Veterinary Medical Center’s $30 million expansion and enhancement project. Led by Columbus- and Cleveland-based construction and engineering firms, the renovation will add three stories, triple the size of the Intensive Care Unit and add new surgery suites and exam rooms.

Historian awarded British Academy Medal. Geoffrey Parker, Distinguished University Professor and Andreas Dorpalen Professor of European History, has received a 2014 British Academy Medal for his acclaimed book, Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century. The academy awards up to three medals each year for landmark academic achievement.

Discovery Themes: full steam ahead. Ohio State has selected six proposals for targeted financial and strategic investment as part of its Discovery Themes program. The efforts will focus on emerging and re-emerging diseases, materials for a sustainable world and food to improve health. Philip R.O. Payne, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, will lead the first Discovery Themes initiative as director of the Data Analytics Collaborative.

Sullivant Hall transformed. The historic Sullivant Hall officially reopened last month as home to Ohio State’s Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy; Department of Dance; Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design; Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise; and Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. Following the multimillion-dollar renovation, Sullivant Hall serves as the cornerstone of the university’s new Arts District.

Researchers' rare glimpse sparks innovation. For the first time, researchers have opened a window into the inner workings of a lithium-ion battery. Using a neutron beam, Ohio State chemists and engineers tracked the flow of lithium atoms through an electrode in real time as a battery charged and discharged. Their study is testing alternative electrodes that may serve as safer, higher-capacity materials for batteries.

Expanding autism and emergency services. With the recent openings of the Center for Autism and Transition (CAST) and the Abercrombie & Fitch Emergency Department, the Wexner Medical Center has greatly enhanced its service offerings for countless patients. CAST is one of only a few clinics in the country to provide care coordination, along with primary and specialty care, for adults with autism. Meanwhile, the new, larger ED offers the nation’s first integrated cancer emergency room.

Top honors for outstanding educators. James Cowan, Melvin S. Newman Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The American Accounting Association has named John C. Fellingham, professor and H.P. Wolfe Chair in Accounting at Fisher College of Business, a 2014 recipient of the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award.

Columbus ambassadors are born. The Office of Student Life has launched the Columbus Ambassador program to encourage students to explore and connect with the broader Columbus community. More than 300 resident advisors have received training on how to serve as peer-to-peer guides for opportunities related to internships, entertainment and leadership and service.