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Ohio State honors four at summer 2008 commencement

Four individuals will be honored at The Ohio State University's summer 2008 commencement for their contributions to society and academics, and their dedication to the university. Ceremonies begin at 1 p.m. Sunday (8/24), at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

Honorary doctorates will be presented Frank Wilczek, one of the world's most eminent theoretical physicists; and John L. Hall, internationally renowned for his experimentation with lasers.

The Distinguished Service Award will be presented to two dedicated Ohio State alumni: Alice Remington Galloway, who helped establish the Ohio State Marion campus; and Corbett A. Price, founder, chair, and chief executive officer of Kurron Shares of America, Inc.

Frank Wilczek, Doctor of Science

Frank Wilczek is the Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an adjunct professor in the Centro de Estudios Cientificos in Valdivia, Chile.

Considered one of the world's most eminent theoretical physicists, he is known, among other things, for the discovery of asymptotic freedom, the development of quantum chromodynamics, the invention of axions, and the discovery and exploitation of new forms of quantum statistics (anyons). When only 21 years old and a graduate student at Princeton University, in work with David Gross, he defined the properties of color gluons, which hold atomic nuclei together. For this work, he was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Professor Wilczek received his BS degree from the University of Chicago and his PhD from Princeton University. After teaching at Princeton from 1974 to 1981, he was the Chancellor Robert Huttenback Professor of Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the first permanent member of the National Science Foundation's Institute for Theoretical Physics. In 2000, he moved from the Institute for Advanced Study, where he was the J.R. Oppenheimer Professor, to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professor Wilczek has received fellowships from the Sloan Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. He is the recipient of UNESCO's Dirac Medal, the American Physical Society's Sakurai Prize, the Michelson Prize from Case Western University, and the Lorentz Medal of the Netherlands Academy for his contributions to the development of theoretical physics. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Netherlands Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He contributes regularly to Physics Today and to Nature, explaining topics at the frontiers of physics to wider scientific audiences.

His book, Longing for the Harmonies, co-written with his wife, Betsy Devine, was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He is also the author of Fantastic Realities and his new book The Lightness of Being.

John L. Hall, Doctor of Science

Nobel laureate John L. Hall is senior fellow emeritus at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), adjoint professor at the University of Colorado, and adjoint fellow of JILA (formerly the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics), a cooperative physical science research institute of NIST and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

The Colorado native holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University). He joined the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) as a physicist in 1962 and served as senior scientist from 1971 until his retirement in 2004.

Internationally renowned for his experimentation with lasers, Dr. Hall has contributed significantly to the evolution of the laser from a laboratory curiosity into one of the fundamental tools of modern science. His research has resulted in a number of major innovations and developments in laser frequency stabilization, high-resolution and ultrasensitive laser spectroscopy, laser length and frequency standards, laser/atom cooling, quantum optics, and high-precision laser-based measurements.

He was awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics, jointly with Theodor Hänsch of the Max Planck Institute and Roy Glauber of Harvard, for his pioneering work on "Optical Comb" techniques, which allow simple and direct measurement of optical frequencies and have broad applications in science, meteorology, and diagnostic medicine.

Dr. Hall has received numerous other peer-generated awards, has more than 235 refereed publications, and holds 11 U.S. patents, the most recent on "Airport Sniffing." He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the French Lègion d'honneur, and fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society.

Alice Remington Galloway, Distinguished Service Award

Alice Remington Galloway is a longtime supporter of and advocate for The Ohio State University, having earned her bachelor of arts degree in speech as a Phi Beta Kappa scholar from the university in 1947.

After raising her children, Mrs. Galloway joined the faculty of the Marion City Schools in 1967, teaching English, speech, and drama until her 1986 retirement. Throughout her teaching career, she was a member of many educational and theatrical organizations and directed annual musical and theatrical productions.

With her late husband, Joseph W. Galloway Jr., Mrs. Galloway devoted her energies to establishing the Ohio State Marion campus. Actively involved with the campus since its inception in 1957, the Galloways solicited funds from individuals and organizations throughout central Ohio to buy land and build Morrill Hall in 1968 and are recognized as campus founders. She has continued to be an active Marion campus volunteer for five decades in a variety of roles, including Buckeye Backers, a group of volunteers that she helped organize to serve the campus as needed and for which she serves as unofficial historian.

Beginning in 2006, Mrs. Galloway began service on the Marion campus 50th Anniversary Committee, where she researched archival scrapbooks and created a chronology of events vital to the development, character, and progress of the campus. The first segment of that history has been published and is titled Reflections: 1957-1968. The next installment will cover the 40 years of the present campus and its growth.

Mrs. Galloway's service was recognized with the Marion campus Ralph Howard Service Award in 2001. In 2006, she established the Susan Galloway Endowed Scholarship in memory of her late daughter, who earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Ohio State.

Corbett A. Price, Distinguished Service Award

Corbett A. Price is founder, chair, and chief executive officer of Kurron Shares of America, Inc., a leading health care acquisition, management, consulting, restructuring, and strategic advisory firm with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Columbus, and Bermuda.

Since founding Kurron in 1990, Mr. Price has led the restructuring and revitalization of health care institutions and systems valued in excess of $2 billion. He has directed the operational, restructuring, and financial revitalization of more than 60 health care companies, urgent care centers, physician groups, assisted living nursing homes and home health care companies,
third party administration companies, and hospitals throughout the United States.

Recognized as an international leader in health care management, Mr. Price has been frequently called upon by the governments of Central and South American countries to design, develop, or improve their health care systems. He is currently working with the governments of Mexico and Barbados to develop their health care systems.

Since earning his master's degree in health administration from The Ohio State University in 1975, Mr. Price has been a dedicated supporter of and advocate for the university. He provided the lead gift to create a professorship in Health Services Management and Policy in the College of Public Health, where he also established an endowment to fund scholarships, technological enhancements, and training programs. In addition, he has supported the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. He serves as a director of The Ohio State University Foundation Board and is a member of the advisory board of the Fisher College of Business.

Mr. Price is the father of two sons, Devin Price and Dorian Price, both graduates of Ohio State. He is the co-founder, with Devin, of the Louise Cares Foundation, which provides educational opportunities, including private boarding school scholarships, to promising young inner city males from Baltimore, Maryland. Devin named the foundation in honor of his maternal grandmother, Louise Jenkins Bates, who graduated from Ohio State in 1936.