Winter 2012

Ohio State ranked among nation's best: For the fourth year in a row, Ohio State was recognized as one of the country's most military-friendly schools. G.I. Jobs magazine placed the university in the top 15 percent of schools nationwide for embracing military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensuring their success on campus.

Student named Marshall Scholar: Alexander Chaitoff, a senior majoring in microbiology and political science, was recently named a 2013 Marshall Scholar. As one of the nation's 34 scholars, Alex will spend one year at the University of Sheffield in England obtaining a Master of Public Health and return to the United States to attend medical school.

Leibovitz exhibit breaks records: The Annie Leibovitz exhibit, which featured more than 200 works by the photographer at the Wexner Center for the Arts, set records for attendance, media coverage, social media activity, and membership. It drew between 1,500 and 2,000 visitors each weekend from September to December – more than any exhibition in the Wexner Center's 23-year history.

New center promises jobs, opportunity: IBM – in partnership with Fisher College of Business and other corporate partners – opened a new Center for Advanced Analytics in November. Located in Dublin, Ohio, the center will advance research, development, client services, and skills training in the areas of analytics, big data, and cognitive computing, and is expected to create 500 analytics jobs in the region over the next three years.

AAAS fellows reach 200: This fall, 18 Ohio State faculty members were elected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which recognizes contributions to science and technology. With more than 200 total fellows, Ohio State has ranked first or second in the nation for more than a decade in the number of scholars chosen for this prestigious award.

Recycling hits all-time high: Ohio State diverted a record amount of waste from the landfill this football season, achieving "Zero Waste" three times by diverting more than 90 percent of game day waste by recycling and composting. A record 98.2 percent was diverted during the November 3 game against Illinois – one of the highest rates at a sporting venue and the highest amount achieved by any collegiate venue during the Game Day Challenge.

Covelli gift to transform athletics corridor: With a $10 million commitment, Sam Covelli will fund the construction of a multi-sport sports complex for men's and women's volleyball, gymnastics, fencing, and wrestling – all of which are consistently ranked in the nation's top-25 programs. It is the largest cash gift from an individual donor to the Department of Athletics.

Alumni magazine earns top marks: The Ohio State Alumni Magazine was awarded a bronze award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education this fall in recognition of its excellence in publication. It is the third time in the past five years that Ohio State has been presented with the award, which recognizes the nation's best university publications.

Cancer center sets national standard: For the fourth consecutive year, the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute was named among the safest and most effective hospitals in the country by the Leapfrog Group. The James was selected from among 1,200 hospitals nationwide and is one of only two hospitals to receive this honor four years in a row.

Physicist develops world-class camera: Ohio State physics professor Klaus Honscheid spearheaded the development of software to run the world's most powerful digital camera. The Dark Energy Camera, located on a mountaintop in Chile, recently took its first photos of the night sky, which will help researchers study the expansion of the universe.