The stature of an institution is directly tied to the reputations of its individual colleges, departments, and programs. The Targeted Investment in Excellence initiative was developed in 2006 to promote those programs of such excellence that they could achieve broad recognition and, so, have a significant impact on the university’s academic stature. Some $100 million was earmarked for this purpose, with half the funding provided by the targeted units’ colleges. Ten campus-wide, multidiscilinary proposals were selected for central for 5 years of central start-up funding from 2006-2011.
A targeted investment in this collaboration of the Colleges of Engineering and Mathematical and Physical Sciences will support the creation of the Institute for Materials Research to coordinate existing and planned materials activities, facilities, and investment across the university. Because of the broad economic and entrepreneurial impact of materials research, and because such research is vital to so many business sectors within Ohio, the work of the Institute can be expected to have a direct impact on the state's economy.
The Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics, a collaboration of our Departments of Astronomy and Physics, will provide new opportunities for research at the interface of cosmology, astrophysics, and high energy physics and, so, will allow our faculty experts to address fundamental questions about the nature and evolution of the universe as well as the physics of black holes and the highest energy cosmic particles.
Center for Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
The targeted investment in the College of Engineering's Center for Energy, Sustainability and the Environment will address both the national and the global need for energy--now and throughout the next century. Center affiliates will engage in research on clean coal and nuclear power, fuel cells, and new technologies that will allow us to use renewable energy sources for some of our energy needs. Their parallel study of the impact of these technologies on society, the environment, and the economy will help inform energy policy and the development of codes and standards to regulate the new technologies.
The Climate, Water, and Carbon Program is a collaborative project of faculty in the Colleges of Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; and Social and Behavioral Sciences; the Byrd Polar Research Center; and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. The work of these experts will lead to scientific and policy responses to questions of global importance--for example, what is causing abrupt climate change, whether there will be sufficient quantities of fresh water worldwide, and how climate change and water resources will be impacted by fossil fuel combustion.
The targeted investment in this initiative of the Colleges of Biological Sciences and Mathematical and Physical Sciences will help attract exceptional new faculty who work across the boundaries of biology, mathematics, statistics, and computational modeling. It will also expand opportunities for collaboration among biologically oriented mathematical scientists and mathematically oriented biologists.
The Micro-RNA Project is a collaboration of the Colleges of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Pharmacy, the Department of Chemistry, and the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Its goal is to develop, validate, and commercialize both tests and Micro-RNA drugs for the diagnosis, monitoring, prognosis, and treatment of human malignancies. Micro-RNAs are a newly discovered family of genetic material that plays a key role in controlling gene expression. Ohio State's focus on Micro-RNAs will lead to the creation of a diagnostic platform and new strategies for cancer therapy.
The Music Industry Program offers students both a music business curriculum (including legal aspects of the music industry, music production, and merchandising) and an applied technology curriculum that concentrates on media and multimedia. these opportunities will qualify School of Music graduates for a wider range of career options in the music world--from recording engineer to music publisher, instrument designer, music executive, and more. With help from a targeted investment, this program will keep the School of Music at the cutting edge of the field.
The Population and Health Initiative is a project of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and its partners in the Colleges of Education and Human Ecology, Nursing, and Public Health. Building on Ohio State's critical mass of scientists who study population and health, this initiative will allow us to expand our research on such issues as the aging of the industrialized world's population, today's advances in medicine, the spiraling costs of health care, and differential access to effective health care. It will also capitalize on our Initiative in Population Research with its focus on health across populations as well as individual health behaviors.
The Public Health Preparedness Program is spearheaded by scholars in the Colleges of Public Health; Medicine; Veterinary Medicine; and Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Their efforts will be complemented by those of researchers in the Colleges of Biological Sciences and Pharmacy. As it accelerates the work being done on food pathogens, avian flu, anthrax, and other infectious diseases, their research can be expected to lead to improved detection, better monitoring, safer food, new diagnostic tools, therapies, and vaccines for human and animal diseases, including those resulting from bioterrorism and natural hazards.
The Colleges of Biological Sciences and Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences developed the Translational Plant Sciences Initiative to boost our expertise in the molecular plant sciences and to hasten the application of basic research in the plant sciences. As Ohio State researchers collaborate with such external partners as the Department of Energy National Laboratories, Battelle, and the Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center, Ohio's economic growth will be fueled by the enhanced applications in agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, and engineering that will result from the Translational Plant Sciences Program.