2022 Top 10 Stories

Join us as we take a look back at the Top 10 stories of 2022. From the announcement of a new OSU president to a world record-breaking robot and a project to revitalize Reser Stadium, we've had a year of progress, collaboration and success.


10. Skin Cancer Vaccine

Research by the College of Pharmacy suggests that a vaccine stimulating production of a protein critical to the skin’s antioxidant network could help people bolster their defenses against skin cancer, the most common cancer in the United States.



9. Bill Ripple

An international coalition of researchers, led by OSU's Bill Ripple and Christopher Wolf, published a report that states "humanity is unequivocally facing a climate emergency," with many of Earth’s vital signs at record extremes.



8. Blue Light and Aging

The damaging effects of daily, lifelong exposure to the blue light emanating from phones and computers worsen as a person ages, OSU researchers discovered.



7. Political Leaders Visit Wave Lab

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Oregon U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visited the O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory in October to learn about OSU’s marine renewable energy and green energy research.



6. OSU Research Funding Hits Record

Our research funding increased by greater than 22% in the last fiscal year to more than $471 million — a university record. It marks the fourth time in six years that research awards have exceeded $400 million. Go to the Research website.



5. Hemp V COVID

OSU researchers identified hemp compounds that show the ability to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from entering human cells. The compounds bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, blocking a critical step in the process the virus uses to infect people.



4. Cassie

Cassie the robot, invented in the College of Engineering and produced by OSU spinout company Agility Robotics, established a Guinness World Record for the fastest 100 meters by a bipedal robot.



3. Reser Implosion

Contractors imploded the west side of Reser Stadium as part of a $153 million project to complete the stadium — including a new west side, a welcome center for prospective new students and a health care clinic for students, staff and community members. Watch the implosion.



2. Collaborative Innovation Complex

The $213 million research and education center — including a $50 million gift from NVIDIA founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and his spouse Lori — will work to solve global challenges by harnessing one of the nation’s most powerful supercomputers. Go to the CIC website.



1. New President

In June, we welcomed our 16th president, Jayathi Y. Murthy — a national leader in higher education, engineering and diversity, equity and inclusion. Born in India, Murthy began her service as OSU’s new president in September. Go to the President's website.