OSU’s Smartest Class Ever

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Ohio State freshman class is brightest class in university history

Columbus campus, total university enrollment also reach all-time highs

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State University welcomed the best-prepared and most diverse freshman class in university history for autumn 2017.

In addition, total university enrollment and Columbus campus enrollment hit record highs, according to the official autumn enrollment report released today. Students come from every county in Ohio and all 50 states.

Columbus campus freshmen achieved a record-high ACT composite score of 29.2 (up from 29.1 last year). Another record-setting measure of the class of 2021’s strong academic preparation is reflected in their high school performance: 65 percent of the Columbus campus freshmen graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class (up from 63 percent last year).

New first-year student minority representation increased to a record high 1,542 students – 21.6 percent of the class. Ohio State also set record highs in enrollment of total minority students at all campuses and all levels to 13,065, up 6.1 percent, and hit record highs in enrollment of Hispanic, Asian and African American students and students who identify with two or more races.

Overall, the university enrolled a record 66,444 students, including a record-high 59,837 at the Columbus campus. Undergraduate enrollment on all campuses and at the Columbus campus also achieved record highs.

Autumn 2017 enrollment highlights:

Total enrollment

• Total university enrollment: 66,444 (record high)

• Columbus campus enrollment: 59,835 (record high)

• Regional campus enrollment: 6,607

Enrollment by level

• Undergraduate enrollment, all campuses: 52,517 (record high)

• Undergraduate enrollment, Columbus campus: 45,946 (record high)

• New freshmen, Columbus campus: 7,136

• Graduate enrollment, Columbus campus: 10,672

Enrollment by ethnicity, all campuses

• Hispanic: 2,728 (record high)

• Asian: 4,074 (record high)

• African American: 3,979 (record high)

• Two or more races: 2,172 (new record)

• International students: 6,412

New freshmen, Columbus campus

• Average ACT: 29.2 (record high)

• Percent in top 10% of high school class: 65 (record high)

• Percent in top 25% of high school class: 95

• Ethnic minorities: 1,542 (record high)

• Domestic non-Ohio residents: 1,547

• International students: 588

The full report is available at http://oesar.osu.edu/pdf/student_enrollment/15th/enrollment/15THDAY_AUTUMN_2017.pdf

Clinical Trial Uses Nicotine Patches to Treat Chronic Lung Disease

They were created to help smokers quit, but may also help patients with sarcoidosis

Nicotine patches were created to help smokers quit, but researchers are conducting a study to see if they can also help patients who suffer from a chronic lung disease. Sarcoidosis is a growth of inflammatory cells, most likely triggered by inhaling pesticides or other toxic materials. If the condition doesn’t go away on its own, it can cause severe lung damage and even death.

Traditionally, sarcoidosis is treated with steroids, but long-term use can cause severe side effects, including high blood pressure, osteoporosis and diabetes.

So, researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center conducted a small three-month clinical trial using nicotine patches as a treatment for sarcoidosis. After seeing promising results, they’ve launched a larger randomized trial that will dig deeper into whether nicotine patches can be a long-term solution for managing the disease.

“When we examine the data, we hope to find that the nicotine patches help stop or even reverse the growth of sarcoidosis cells,” said Dr. Elliott Crouser, who is leading the clinical trial. “And because nicotine is a stimulant, patients also get a secondary benefit. Extreme fatigue is the most common symptom of sarcoidosis, and the patches help them get through their day with more energy.”

The trial will last 6 months and researchers will use CAT scans along with a newly-developed computer analysis system measure the amount of sarcoidosis in patients’ bodies.

Ohio State awards highest honors for philanthropy, volunteerism

William G. Lowrie, William J. Lhota, Stanley D. and Joan H. “Jodi” Ross recognized for generosity, dedication to Buckeye Nation

Four longtime Ohio State supporters have been recognized for their extraordinary generosity with the university’s most prestigious awards for philanthropy and volunteerism.

Stanley D. and Joan H. “Jodi” Ross are this year’s recipients of the Everett D. Reese Medal, the university’s highest honor in recognition of exceptional service in private philanthropy. William G. “Bill” Lowrie and the late William J. “Bill” Lhota have each received the John B. Gerlach Sr. Development Volunteer Award, which rewards those who show the utmost dedication and personal investment in university fundraising efforts.

“We are truly grateful to the Ross, Lhota and Lowrie families. Their generosity advances the work of our faculty, opens doors for our students and improves the health and well-being of our community,” said President Michael V. Drake. “These awards recognize and honor our Buckeye benefactors who make Ohio State, and the world, a better place.”

The Rosses, longtime supporters of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, have invested generously in research advancement across the entire spectrum of brain health at Ohio State’s Neurological Institute. Their $10 million gift, which was inspired by their son’s successful recovery at Dodd Hall after a race car accident, established the Stanley D. and Joan H. Ross Center for Brain Health and Performance. Stan Ross graduated from Ohio State in 1962.

Lowrie, a 1966 graduate, has provided leadership on a variety of Ohio State committees across four decades. In 2009, he made a transformative financial commitment to support the construction of the Koffolt Laboratories in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building, the creation of a professorship and an endowed chair, and enhancement of education and research initiatives.

Lhota, a 1964 graduate who passed away in August, retired as the president and CEO of the Central Ohio Transit Authority in 2012, and previously was division president at American Electric Power where he oversaw power transmission and distribution in 11 states. He served on dozens of nonprofit and corporate boards, including roles as chair of The Ohio State University Alumni Association. He and his wife, Susan, generously support the College of Engineering, the College of Medicine, and the Bill and Susan Lhota Office of Alumni Career Management within the alumni association.

“Ohio State thrives because of the hard work and generosity of our great alumni and supporters,” said Michael C. Eicher, senior vice president for advancement and president of The Ohio State University Foundation. “Stan and Jodi Ross, Bill Lowrie and Bill Lhota have given tirelessly to our university. Countless students, faculty and patients, and our entire Buckeye family have benefitted from them. We are all better because of our relationships with these incredible friends.”


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