At its meeting on September 10, 2004, Ohio University's Board of
Trustees authorized the establishment of the Astrophysical Institute
(ApI). The creation of the ApI recognizes the growth in astrophysical
research at the university and will facilitate plans to increase Ohio
University's national and international reputation in this field.
The astrophysics group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy has
improved the university's astronomy curriculum, involved increasing
numbers of undergraduate and graduate students in research, and forged
a vigorous collaboration of faculty with active research programs that
make use of major telescopes around the world and in space. In a
press release describing the Trustee's actions, Vice President for
Research Jack Bantle noted that "the astrophysics faculty has a proven
record of successfully competing in the national arena for federal
funding and for access to premier research facilities." Activities of
the new Institute will be supported by funding from the the National
Science Foundation and NASA.