OSU researchers to launch $4.3 million center to study vehicle safety
The U.S. Department of Transportation will fund a new Crash Imminent Safety University Transportation Center at Ohio State. Researchers here and elsewhere will hope to save lives and reduce the severity of human injuries in auto accidents by looking closely at what happens in the final seconds before vehicle collisions, with a goal to increase understanding of technology design and improve the ways humans interact with intelligent, autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles.
Ohio State gets $25.4M to continue critical ‘bench to bedside’ translational research
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $25.4 million grant to Ohio State’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science, a collaboration between Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s Hospital created to accelerate basic science discoveries into life-saving medical advances.
The NIH’s endowment is funding of a multi-million dollar Clinical and Translational Science Award that was originally given to the CCTS in 2008. Since then, the center has helped connect hundreds of researchers across Ohio with the resources needed to discover new techniques and treatments for today’s deadliest and costliest diseases including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s, as well as a variety of disabling childhood illnesses like muscular dystrophy.
Rec Sports celebrates 100 years at Ohio State
The Office of Student Life’s Department of Recreational Sports was founded on Dec. 12, 1913, and Ohio State holds the distinguished honor of being the first university in the nation to establish such a department, originally known as the Department of Intramural Sports, offering soccer, football, track and cross country. After a century of movement, Rec Sports encompasses five indoor facilities, 90 acres of outdoor space, more than 40 intramural sports, 60 sport clubs, 100 group fitness classes per week, massage therapy, personal training, aquatics, outdoor adventure, climbing, tennis and community programming,
Rec Sports will feature special events through April to celebrate, including a centennial float for Ohio State’s Homecoming Parade, an indoor Beat Michigan Cycle Relay and Rally in November and activity days on the birthdays of former and current directors of Recreational Sports at Ohio State.
On Oct. 25, the department will honor this milestone with a Centennial Celebration at its flagship Recreation and Physical Activity Center from 5-8 p.m. In addition to a brief program and refreshments, attendees will venture into the history of recreation, highlighting old facilities, past directors and milestone events through guided activities at the RPAC.
Visit recsports.osu.edu/centennial for information on upcoming events.
Ohio State recognized for mental health services
Ohio State has received a national honor for commitment to the emotional well-being of students. The university, through Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service, has been awarded the prestigious JedCampus Seal, recognizing Ohio State for its comprehensive mental health services and the Ohio State University Suicide Prevention Program. The Jed Foundation is a national mental health advocacy organization.
OCIO enacts new email attachment filter
To protect users from malicious email messages, the Office of the CIO is implementing an attachment filter service for messages sent to and from the University Email Service. Email filters are a low user-impact way to restrict potentially damaging email content from infecting our computers and systems. This will result in fewer compromised machines and potential data loss, better workstation performance and reliability and a safer computing environment for all. This filter will be activated on Oct. 20.
For more information, visit ocio.osu.edu/blog/community.
Partnership creates Center for Lean Healthcare Research
As health-care organizations continue to seek ways to improve patient care quality and reduce costs, the Fisher College of Business and the
ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value are partnering to build the body of research on the emerging trend of process improvement in health care.
The organizations have announced the creation of the Center for Lean Healthcare Research, to be housed at Fisher. This collaboration will focus on studying and documenting how the lean methodology is producing lasting change in hospitals around the nation. Sharon Schweikhart, associate professor and director of the Master’s in Health Administration program at Ohio State, has been appointed director of the center.
“This research center will strengthen the connection between Fisher College of Business and the College of Public Health,” Schweikhart said. “We are excited about fostering and promoting research that will advance process improvement across the healthcare industry.”
The ultimate goal of the center is to create a peer-reviewed body of research that elevates the profile of lean health care practices and better equips hospitals and other organizations to deploy them.
OSU alum wins Ohio Teacher of the Year
Carole Morbitzer, a 1995 Ohio State graduate in Mathematics Education, was named the 2013 Ohio Teacher of the Year. Morbitzer, who teaches at Hamilton Township High School, had 93 percent of her sophomores pass the Ohio Graduation Test in 2012.
Among the four other finalists for the award, three were Ohio State graduates, including Thomas Gregory (’87 MA), a speech and television production teacher at Gahanna Lincoln High School; Holly Lavender (’00 MEd), who specializes in chemistry at Liberty Union High School; and Paul LaRue (’81), who teaches social studies to students at Washington High School.