This past Sunday, December 20th 2015 the Ohio State University awarded special honors to some distinguished members of the OSU family.
Thomas D. Brock, who earned three degrees from the Ohio State University including his PhD in Botany, is credited with the discovery of microorganisms that not only survive but grow at very high temperatures in the geothermally heated waters in Yellowstone Park hot springs. The discovery is considered one of the fundamental milestones of microbiology. Brock is retired and is the E.B. Fred Professor of Natural Sciences Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On Sunday Brock was awarded the Joseph Sullivant Medal.
Ohio State will also present the Distinguished Service Award to Mabel Freeman, former assistant vice president for Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience, who played a pivotal role in the lives of a generation of Ohio State graduates.
Most importantly though, the Ohio State University awarded 3,000 some degrees to current student body members. Each graduate received his or her own diploma at the ceremony, a practice rarely attempted by a university the size of Ohio State.
Jody Victor crew