Ameritech Presents #1 Million Grant to Ohio State
AMERITECH PRESENTS $1 MILLION GRANT TO OHIO STATE COLUMBUS -- The Ameritech Foundation has awarded The Ohio State University a $1 million grant to support research in how telecommunications can be used to improve education, health care, and international trade. The award to the Graduate School will fund the continuance of the Ameritech Fellowship Program which was established in 1987 to foster research in telecommunications. "This is an outstanding example of Ameritech's on-going commitment to excellence in higher education and yet another sign of its dedication to health and economic prosperity," said Dr. E. Gordon Gee, president of Ohio State. "This grant will help our Graduate School continue the kind of research that is vital for our future. And it furthers our goal of support for student and research excellence." To be paid over a 5-year period, the grant will allow Ohio State faculty and graduate students to work on education-related projects, including distance learning research, i.e., using telecommunications to improve education of teachers and students. Health care projects will include applications involving Ohio State's College of Medicine and the Ohio Medical Education Network. Researchers also will study how telecommunications links between rural hospital emergency departments and major urban medical centers can be used to improve diagnostic capabilities and reduce administrative costs. "Ameritech is proud to support this important major field of study," said Richard H. Brown, Ameritech Foundation president and Ameritech Corporation vice chairman. "We are confident this research will yield tangible results that will help our nation understand and harness the tremendous potential telecommunications technology has toward improving the quality of life in the emerging Information Age." "The Ohio State University is renowned for academic excellence and dedication to research," said Jacqueline F. Woods, Ohio Bell president. "As part of the Ameritech family, Ohio Bell is pleased to have played a part in securing this grant for Ohio State, and we are looking forward to learning from the insights that are gained through this important work," she said. Another component of the program involves projects in international telecommunications. Ohio State faculty and students will pursue the feasibility and effectiveness of international communications links to provide education curricula on democracy and free enterprise systems. Last August, Columbus was chosen by the United Nations as one of only 16 trade points in the world to develop Information Age technologies and procedures that improve both the efficiency and volume of international trade. Researchers also hope to gain insight from work conducted in association with the Columbus "Info-Port" on developing paperless trading alternatives for international trade. The Ameritech Foundation grant also will fund the Ameritech Excellence Fund at Ohio State which supports visiting professors and experts from business, government, and other universities who come to Ohio State to work with faculty and to conduct outreach programs. "We are very pleased that the Ameritech Foundation is continuing its support of research and educational programs in the area of telecommunications," said Roy A. Koenigsknecht, dean of the Graduate School at Ohio State. "This award reflects the confidence of the foundation in Ohio State's faculty to continue to produce important work in the field of telecommunications." Based in Chicago, Ameritech is a leader in providing communications and information services to 12 million customers in the Midwest. Parent company of Ohio Bell, Ameritech also has operations in Poland, New Zealand, Norway and other countries. Its 1992 revenues were $11.2 billion. # Contact: Roy Koenigsknecht, dean of Ohio State's Graduate School, (614) 292-6031; David Kandel, Ohio Bell, (614) 223-6226. [Submitted by: REIDV (firstname.lastname@example.org) Mon, 13 Sep 93 08:25:05 EST] All documents are the responsibility of their originator.