Ringing in the new semester

DAVID C. MANDERSCHEID | Blog from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

And what a way to do it — with victory chimes!

First, the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day, then the National Championship — an epic end to an historic season.

These heady victories are not just about football; they are about perseverance and optimism in the face of adversity. This is Ohio State, how we face our challenges and make the impossible possible. The Buckeyes’ wins in the face of incredible odds are a case study in the importance of never giving up — something that everyone can learn from and be inspired by. The lasting lesson: never underestimate Ohio State.

Buckeye Nation is fired up to do great things, on and off the field.

Everywhere you look there is evidence that Ohio State is a force to be reckoned with — in research, in academia, in scholarship, in the arts, in paying forward and giving back, and yes — in athletics!

A shout-out to three of the newest—

  • Ohio State’s Center for Emergent Materials, a National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center — established by NSF in 2008 — just received a six-year, $17.9 million renewal. A handful of these NSF Flagship centers form an elite national network of leading materials research programs at top research institutions — Princeton, Harvard, MIT, Ohio State — capable of performing complex, ambitious, multi-disciplinary sciences.CEM is an important driver of the state’s economy. Eleven Ohio companies have benefited directly from the availability of CEM’s cutting-edge materials research tools.The renewal got the attention of Senator Sherrod Brown who cites it as a prime example of how collaborative partnerships can bolster manufacturing and encourage innovation.
  • A new, $2 million dollar grant establishing the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Languages — one of just a few such programs in foreign languages in the country — supports a partnership between Ohio State and The Five Colleges of Ohio: Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University and the College of Wooster.The program, which gives recent Ohio State language PhD recipients a unique opportunity to teach and do research at one of Ohio’s exceptional liberal arts colleges, will be excellent preparation for success in the job market.
  • CBEC, The first LEED-certified laboratory building on campus, opening in April, will be the new home to researchers in chemistry and biochemistry, and chemical and biomolecular engineering.CBEC’s novel design promotes an interdisciplinary research environment that enhances team collaboration and creativity, supporting and expanding partnerships to accelerate the discovery process.When up and fully running, it will maximize our competitive edge, increase student learning opportunities and increase Ohio State’s ability to play a dynamic leadership role in critical scientific advancements.Tomorrow, ASC and engineering faculty and students get the first public peek at this stunning new building.

The Buckeye Spirit burns bright even in the dead of winter.

Happy New Year!

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