Ohio State’s smartest freshman class begins fall term
Applications to be part of Ohio State’s freshman class this year hit an all-time high, according to Dolan Evanovich, vice president for strategic enrollment planning.
“Demand for an Ohio State education has never been higher. We saw a 24 percent increase in freshman applications this year, with a record 35,475 applications,” Evanovich said.
Evanovich expects approximately 7,100 new students at the Columbus campus this year and also projects the class will be the brightest ever in terms of higher ACT scores (28.5 average) and students ranked in the top 10 and 25 percent of their high school classes.
A supposedly rare occurrence becomes commonplace at OSU
For the third time this year, Ohio State’s Biological Sciences Greenhouse has bragging rights to blooming a Titan Arum, better known as the Corpse Flower. This is the fifth Titan to bloom at Ohio State since 2011 — all raised from seeds planted by greenhouse manager Joan Leonard. All are named for Buckeye legends: Woody, Jesse, Woody 2 and Maudine.
The next great Buckeye Titan was expected to open this week, and the public is being asked to choose the flower’s new name from among Scarlet, Sloopy, Carmen or Orton by voting on the greenhouse’s Facebook page.
For the latest information, visit bioscigreenhouse.osu.edu/titan-arum.
The James earns 2013 Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality honor
The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute met all Core Four criteria for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patient-centered care in the recent release of the Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index. Receiving the coveted status of 2013 Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality, the Wexner Medical Center is one of only eight centers in the state of Ohio (and the only one in Columbus) to earn that distinction.
To see the full report, visit hrc.org/files/assets/resources/HEI_2013_final.pdf.
Arps Garage now open
Arps Garage opened on Aug. 19, though some work will continue inside the garage through April, resulting in about 100 closed spaces at a time. The entrance and exit gates have moved to the south side of the garage, with access and egress — for now — only from College Road. Parkers are urged to use caution in walking to and from the garage due to infrastructure construction surrounding the garage.
Ohio State partners with healthcare giant to improve user experience
The Wexner Medical Center is collaborating with GE Healthcare to improve the individual healthcare user experience through design thinking, a process which identifies opportunities for innovation, anticipates needs of users, utilizes empathy and creativity as part of the user experience, and efficiently and cost-effectively helps develop new ideas and create solutions. In addition, the two partners will work together to accelerate innovation and commercialization in health care by bringing together the expertise of their teams to create new solutions.
Dentistry, Medicine collaborate on $2.45M NIH grant
John Sheridan is the principal investigator on an interdisciplinary research project that received a five-year, $2.45 million National Institutes of Health grant for “Brain Region Dependent Trafficking of Myeloid Precursor Cells in Repeated Defeat.”
Co-investigators from Dentistry include Division of Oral Biology Professors Ning Quan and Michael Bailey and research scientist Nicole Powell. Collaborators from the College of Medicine are Department of Neuroscience Professors Jonathan Godbout (co-investigator) and Phillip Popovich (consultant).
The group is trying to understand how stress-associated promotion of myeloid cell trafficking to the brain contributes to neuroinflammatory gene expression and the development of prolonged mood disorders. The research could lead to novel interventions that target myeloid cell trafficking and attenuate prolonged neurobehavioral complications associated with chronic stress.
Save up to $25 on performances for Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Totem’
Cirque Du Soleil’s latest adventure, “Totem” is coming to the Big Tent at the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. from Aug. 22-Sept. 15. Discounts are available to all OSU and Wexner Medical Center faculty and staff. “Totem” traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Receive the discount by visiting
go.osu.edu/WCA and enter “GOBUCKS.”