Featured Centers

Arts and Sciences centers bring together multidisciplinary teams of leading experts to tackle some of today’s most critical problems. This concentration of expertise is bringing about real results and innovations in areas of energy and the environment, smart materials and much more.     

Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD)

The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), a collaborative research space focused on the use and integration of emerging art technologies, such as the Virtual Patient, developed by ACCAD and Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, allowing medical students to practice their clinical skills on believable virtual patients (avatars).

Aquatic Ecology Lab (AEL)

The Aquatic Ecology Lab (AEL) houses a dynamic research team advancing knowledge and stewardship of aquatic ecosystems worldwide. A unique relationship with Ohio’s Division of Wildlife facilitates expansive, management-driven approaches to questions involving Lake Erie and inland Ohio reservoirs.  AEL researchers also tackle ecosystem problems throughout the world. 

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

Named in honor of one of America's most famous explorers, the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center is recognized internationally as a leader in polar and alpine research with an expanding focus on global climate change. It houses the second largest collection of ice cores in the world.

Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS)

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS), taps into Ohio State’s incredible wealth of scientific expertise. Membership, based on teams, incorporates investigators across disciplines, departments, colleges, campuses to facilitate translating very basic biological concepts into practical solutions for food production and energy efficiency.

Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging (CCBBI)

The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging (CCBBI), a state-of-the-art research facility dedicated to structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), studies brain functioning and behavior — one of the fastest growing fields in psychology. A member of the national Concussion Neuroimaging Consortium, CCBBI, in partnership with Ohio State’s Department of Athletics, is developing protocols for athletes and soldiers to improve concussion prevention.

Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences

The Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, one of the premiere cognitive science programs in the U.S., focuses on biological learning, cognitive learning and artificial learning. Facilities include an EEG Lab, capable of recording data from 128 channels and easily administered on subjects from age 8 months to adults and an Eye Tracker to measure eye position and eye movement to study levels of attention.

Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP)

The Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP), a partnership between the Departments of Astronomy and Physics, accelerates collaborative research at the interface of cosmology, astrophysics and high-energy physics, providing young scientists an exceptional environment for discovery. CCAPP also educates the public through public lectures and mini-workshops coupled to CCAPP science initiatives.

Center for Emergent Materials (CEM)

The Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), an NSF-funded MERSEC, enables researchers from multiple disciplines to work in teams to address difficult, fundamental problems in science and engineering. CEM is one of only 21 NSF-supported materials research centers in the United States. Recently, NSF awarded CEM a six-year, $17.9 million grant to support its long-term studies of forward-looking new materials that are on the very edge of the possible.

Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR)

The Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR), a multidisciplinary research center, specializes in the development of state-of-the-art survey software. CHRR manages one of the largest, most influential tools available to social scientists, the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth (NLSY79 and NLSY97), sponsored by the Department of Labor’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA)

The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA), an interdisciplinary research innovation hub, specializes in the application of Geographic Information Science (GIS), spatial statistics, and graphic visualization to urban and regional issues. CURA serves as a bridge across academia, industry and the policy sector on economic, social, environmental and health issues in urban and regional settings. 

Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC)

The Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC) is a national center for research among faculty, students, policymakers and practitioners in the fields of crime, law and justice. Major research includes the Historical Violence Database; the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network; and Social Context of Adolescent Risky Behavior.

Institute for Population Research (IPR)

The Institute for Population Research (IPR), a nationally recognized multidisciplinary research center, focuses on the study of family demography, population health, immigration and integration. Established with a national center award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), IPR brings together behavioral and health scientists from seven colleges and multiple departments across the university to better understand issues impacting the health and the economy. 

Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI)

The Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI), one of just eight NSF-funded mathematical institutes around the country, fosters innovation in the application of mathematical, statistical and computational methods to tackle significant questions in the biosciences. MBI is the only NSF-funded mathematical institute in the country dedicated exclusively to problems at the intersection of math and biology.