Impact Stories

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A widow’s mission: better treatment for dementia

Lewy body dementia took Barry Pfaff’s voice and eroded his body. Carol Pfaff and her sons are supporting Ohio State research so other families don’t have to experience that pain.
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Sustainable crop production through next-gen agriculture

Professor Chieri Kubota’s research is fueling a booming U.S. indoor farming industry. A new Ohio State academic facility is about to help her make even more groundbreaking discoveries.
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Lowering language barriers to make health care a safe haven

Jessica Zimmer, a senior biology and Spanish double-major from London, Ohio, spent mornings caring for infants at Immokalee’s Pathways Early Education Center during her Buck-I-SERV trip. Pathways serves more than 100 children, from 1 month old to 5 years old, the majority of which are from Immokalee families living at or below poverty levels.
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Exploring results in life-changing technology

Kathy Guo is pioneering a way to help stroke victims regain their voices. She discovered an innovative way to make this happen through a team-based approach that explored the convergence of music, technology and compassion.
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Revitalizing communities through collaboration

Children on the Near East Side of Columbus have an enhanced educational experience when a public research university, its hospital system and a community come together.
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Creating an environment to thrive in

When an Ohio State professor was asked how he could make cities more welcoming to those with autism, he went straight to the source: He asked those from that very community what they needed. What followed is a unique set of guidelines for city planning that's already being put into effect.
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