CD Wire - August 20, 2013

AD Update:

Four Weeks to NACDEP/Galaxy IV Conference

In four short weeks, we’ll be kicking off the Galaxy IV Conference in Pittsburgh. This year, being a JCEP Galaxy year, we will have a full menu of Extension-related presentations, posters, and workshops in addition to the CD-related content and NACDEP regional and national awards and business meetings. I hope you have looked over the program listing and are getting excited to share and learn from Extension colleagues from throughout the U.S. during this action-packed week.

Last year, our CD attendees were responsible for 18% of scholarly presentations given when we convened in late May in Park City, Utah. Being a special Galaxy year, I want to be sure we have a complete listing of our participation. As such, if you submitted a proposal that was selected, please let me know via email of your session title (including poster or presentation) and the names of your co-presenters. Also, as you are finalizing your posters and/or presentation materials, be sure you are following the new brand standards (under "Campus and Research Faculty and Staff Toolbox," click on "Templates").



Forum on Research Addressing Global Water Crisis - September 4:

The Middle East Studies Center is hosting a forum for faculty to learn about funding opportunities for current and potential interdisciplinary research projects addressing the global water crisis and local water issues impacting the global crisis. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 4, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in 120 Mershon Center for International Security Studies (Neil & Eighth Avenues). RSVP to Melinda McClimans ( Read more

Food for Billions Summit - September 12:

Registration is now open for a pivotal food summit to be held at the Ohio Union on Thursday, September 12, at 11:00 a.m. Food for Billions will inspire researchers, policy makers, community organizers, industry leaders, and food enthusiasts to brainstorm, innovate, and invent the food system that satiates billions in a nutritious, healthy, and sustainable way. For complete information and to register,

Save the Date: Shale Gas In-Service - September 25:

A shale gas in-service, Pipelines, Midstream Issues and Cooperatives, will be held Wednesday, September 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The meeting will be hosted by OSU Extension and the Ohio State Subsurface Energy Resource Center. More information will be available soon. Topics will include:

  • Pipelines 101
  • Pipelines: State and Local Issues
  • Landowner Rights and Eminent Domain
  • Cooperatives and Gas Distribution Companies Forming in Ohio
  • Midstream Activities in Ohio: What Communities Should Know; What Companies Need
  • Ohio's Response: Craig Butler, Ohio Office of the Governor

Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics - Series begins October 3:

Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics, level one of the Foundations of Practice in Community Development program, provides an introduction to the seven core competencies that focuses on the ability to understand community of place, the nature of public issues, the dynamics and interdependencies of the various segments of the community, and the basics of community development work. This is a web-based training, taught by seasoned CRD Extension personnel, aimed at Extension Community Development professionals. The target audiences are new hires and Extension professionals with a part-time CRD assignment.

Each week of the seven-week series will feature a 90-minute webinar focusing on topics that include demographics, economic development, strategic planning, and power structures. Supplemental resources and online discussion opportunities will be available on the course website. Topics include:

  • October 3 - Introduction to Community
  • October 10 - Community Demographics
  • October 17 - Community Situational Analysis
  • October 24 - Community Economics
  • October 31 - Community Power Dynamics
  • November 7 - Mapping Community Assets
  • November 14 - Community Development Process

For complete information, including course descriptions and registration, visit:

Digital Union in Prior Hall now Open:

The Digital Union is now open in Prior Hall, room 460A. Digital Union support focuses on training, education, and individual consultations towards developing coursework using technology. With Mac and PC workstations, a videoconferencing room, and a whisper room, DU staff are available to assist with everything from documents and spreadsheets to graphics and video. For more information, including upcoming workshops and blog posts, visit:

Mark Your Calendars for OSU Extension Annual Conference on December 4:

The OSU Extension Annual Conference will be held December 4 at the Ohio Union. RFPs will be announced soon. Registration for the event will begin on October 21. Marshall Stewart, associate director of 4-H and FCS for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, will be the keynote speaker. This year’s theme is “Moving Forward, Looking Back: A celebration of history and possibility.” Association and program meetings will be held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on December 3, as well as our CD unit meeting in the morning at Ag Admin.



Rural Community Development Initiative Funding Applications due November 12:

The Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for the next round of Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) funding has been issued. Competitive grant funds in the amount of $5,676,077 are available for the RCDI program through the Rural Housing Services, an agency within the USDA Rural Development mission area. Applicants must provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the Federal grant. The grants will be made to qualified intermediary organizations that will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development. The deadline for receipt of applications is 4:00 p.m. local time on November 12. The NOFA may be found at:

Call for Proposals: Planning for and Recovering from Urban Disasters:

Professors Pierre Filion (University of Waterloo), Gary Sands (Wayne State University), and Mark Skidmore (Michigan State University) are seeking contributions of chapters of an edited volume on disasters (natural and otherwise) and urban areas. The focus of the book will be on preparing for disasters and recovering from them, not necessarily on the disaster events themselves. As part of the Michigan State University Global Urban Book Series published by Ashgate Press, the volume will be international and interdisciplinary. If you are interested in proposing a chapter, please feel free to get in touch with of the co-editors. Click here for complete information.



New CD Fact Sheets posted to Ohioline:

The first three fact sheets in a new series, Distributed Energy Generation, have been posted to Ohioline. They are:

  • Producing Your Own Electricity in Ohio - CDFS-DEG1-13 (Eric Romich)
  • A Business Retention & Expansion Strategy - CDFS-DEG2-13 (Nancy Bowen)
  • A Business Guide for Investing in On-Site Energy Generation - CDFS-DEG3-13 (Nancy Bowen & Eric Romich)

You can find them at: Congratulations, Nancy and Eric!

Article of Interest:

Food Science Grad Student Advises U.S. Policy-Makers on Global Food Security (CFAES News)


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