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A message from President Carter

As the semester draws to a close, I want to thank you for your dedication to teaching, learning, research, patient care – and to Ohio State. As we look forward to spring commencement and the events surrounding this momentous occasion for the class of 2024, I am reminded of the resilience of this class as they navigated starting their collegiate careers during a pandemic.

Coral reef exhibition opens at Ohio State

People may be surprised to learn that, despite being in the heart of the Midwest, Ohio is home to spectacular coral reef fossils. Why? Because millions of years ago, the state did not look like it does now.

“This area, during the Silurian and Devonian periods, was in low latitudes. It was somewhere in the tropics,” said Loren Babcock, professor of earth sciences and director of the Orton Geological Museum at The Ohio State University. “It was covered by warm, shallow seas. That is the perfect setting for coral reefs to develop.”