CD Wire - February 4, 2014

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Leveraging Individual Talent via Collaboration

Continuing in our breakdown of the 20 specific action steps that will help us turn our Strategic Plan into action, this week we’ll look more closely at items 6-8. These Action List items speak to our desire to leverage our individual talents and expertise by working with others to make greater impact. Not only are we individually responsible for developing and enhancing expertise, we are also charged with applying our individual talents in collaborative fashion with others to address challenges and opportunities facing individuals and communities with whom we partner. How? By working with others to engage in more relevant applied research and expanded programming.

Think of our CD Small Grants-funded efforts that have created partnerships with colleagues in SENR and strengthened relations with JobsOhio. Or look to our NCRCRD Small Grants-funded projects that have created new collaborative efforts with colleagues in other north-central states, for example. Our planned multi-state program retreat with colleagues from Kentucky, Illinois and Purdue June 2-4 is another way we can leverage our individual efforts as well.

We have and will continue to discuss the merits of and need for working with others across the wide spectrum of possible collaborators, and most of us have experience in doing so. Our challenge isn’t necessarily how we leverage our individual expertise in collaboration with others as much as it is (like most every one of the items on the Action List) how we can do it better.

Extension Strategic Plan – Action List

  1. Understand full range of Extension in Ohio
  2. Learn program needs
  3. Prioritize programs, efforts, and audiences
  4. Inventory e-Learning modules
  5. Create e-Learning modules (10% increase annually)
  6. Align applied research with Discovery Themes
  7. Increase creative and scholarly outputs of a collaborative nature
  8. Engage in interdisciplinary/cross-program/multi-state/inter-institutional efforts
  9. Evaluate teaching (face-to-face, via distance/webinar, etc.)
  10. Create and use evaluation tools for programs
  11. Document efforts via RiV
  12. Communicate impact via various media (e.g., micro-blog, blog, webpage, etc.)
  13. Use social media to extend reach
  14. Track reach of social media
  15. Increase extramural funding by 5% (annually)
  16. Increase contributions to CD endowment/development account by 5% (annually)
  17. Create and implement comprehensive marketing plan
  18. Focus on improving core competencies
  19. Participate in a diversity training (annually)
  20. Implement OSUE coaching and mentoring protocols



AEDE Seminar Series, Whither the WTO? - February 4:

The Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics (AEDE) continues its Spring 2014 Applied Economics Seminar Series on Tuesday, February 4, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 105 Ag Admin Building. Ian Sheldon, Andersons Professor of International Trade at Ohio State, will present his research, “Whither the WTO?”. The event is open to the Ohio State community. Find complete information about this seminar at:

CAPE Webinar: An Introduction to Community Data Roundtable - February 6:

CAPE will present a free webinar titled "An Introduction to Community Data Roundtable" on February 6 at 1 p.m. via Adobe Connect ( This webinar will:
  1. Explain how behavioral health services are typically prescribed in Pennsylvania
  2. Discuss the limitations of the "Diagnostic Related Groupings" in behavioral health service matching
  3. Recognize the power of communimetric tools in capturing BioPsychoSocial clinical data
  4. Understand how CDR utilizes this data to inform Medical Necessity Criteria decision making
  5. Consider the use of Latent Class Analysis in identifying BioPsychoSocial profiles

The speaker will be Dan Warner, PhD, a clinical psychologist and the executive director of Community Data Roundtable ( CDR is a non-profit organization spearheading a collaborative effort among providers, payers, consumer groups and regulatory bodies to develop behavioral health outcomes data in Pennsylvania's public mental health system. The data is being used to inform Medical Necessity Criteria decisions in the state.

ODI Dialogue and Discussion Series on Diversity continues on February 6:

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is hosting its fourth session of the 2013-2014 ODI Dialogue and Discussion Series on Diversity on Thursday, February 6, from 3 to 4:15 p.m. at Hale Hall in the MLK Auditorium. L. Scott Lissner, Americans With Disabilities Act Coordinator, will facilitate "Disability and Identity: Similarities and Differences to Other Groups." RSVP by Wednesday, February 5, to Robert Decatur (

EPN Breakfast to feature Green Infrastructure in Columbus - February 11:

The next Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) breakfast will be held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Tuesday, February 11, from 7:15 to 9:20 a.m. The presentation, titled "Blueprint Columbus: Clean Streams, Strong Neighborhoods," will feature how the City of Columbus is using innovative green infrastructure practices in older neighborhoods to meet water quality goals, reduce costs for combined sewer solutions and improve communities through “Blueprint Columbus.” The event is supported by ARCADIS and the Ohio Stormwater Association. For complete information, a list of presenters and to register, visit:

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

Visit eXtension Learn ( to view and register for the many upcoming webinar sessions available throughout the next few months. Topics include:
  • The Value of Public Policy Engagement Programs - February 10 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Community Garden Webinars - February 19 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Moodle Meet-Up - February 26 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Incorporating Video into the Marketing Strategy - March 13 at 2 p.m.

Upcoming Events in the Office of Distance Education and eLearning:

Visit the Office of Distance Education and eLearning ( to view and register for the many upcoming sessions available, including:

  • Lively Presentations with Prezi - February 6 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. (186 Hagerty Hall)
  • iPads for Teaching & Learning: An Introduction - February 11 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (186 Hagerty Hall)
  • Using CarmenConnect (Hands-On) - February 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. (119 Campbell Hall)
  • Photoshop I: Intro & Basics (Hands-On) - February 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (119 Campbell Hall)
  • Using U.OSU.EDU (Hands-On) - March 4 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (186 Hagerty Hall)



Final Information Session for Outreach Grants - February 6:

The final information session for this year’s Engagement Impact Grants, OSU CARES/OSU Extension Seed Grants and Service-Learning Grants will take place Thursday, February 6, from noon to 1 p.m. at 33 W. 11th Avenue, room 101. Representatives from the Office of Outreach and Engagement, OSU CARES/OSU Extension and the Service-Learning Initiative will be available to answer your questions. The grant submission deadline is Friday, February 28. RSVP Grant information is available at:

Letters of Intent for AFRI's AERC Program Grant Proposals due February 19:

Letters of intent for the Agriculture & Food Research Initiative's (AFRI) Agricultural Economics & Rural Communities (AERC) foundational program grants are due February 19. The five program areas are:

  • Economics, Markets and Trade
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation
  • Rural Communities and Regional Development
  • Small and Medium Sized Farms

The application deadline for full proposals is April 28. You cannot submit a proposal if you do not first submit a letter of intent. The 2014 AFRI Foundational Request for Applications can be found Tips and Other AFRI Information can be found at: More information on AERC including a link to abstracts of projects funded in the past (2011) can be found at: For additional information, contact Robbin Shoemaker (202-720-5468 or

Call for Proposals for Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium due March 17:

The 15th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium will be held October 7-8 at the Shaw Conference Center in Edmonton, Alberta. The theme of this year's conference is "Engaging for Change: Changing for Engagement," and sub-themes include:

  • Why engage?
  • How do we engage?
  • What impacts are we having?

Proposals are sought for presentations, posters and other forms of communication that will inform or advance research on, and the practice of, Engaged Scholarship and Community-University Partnerships through means of research findings, innovative program design and partnership models, proven community/institutional impacts, effective curriculum or service-learning models, collaborative policy development and integration of successful civic engagement practices. Presenters should indicate ways in which their proposal relates to the conference theme and one or more sub-themes. The deadline for proposal submissions is March 17 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Proposals are invited for presentations related to one or more of the following topics:

  • Reasons for community university engagement
  • Ways of engaging
  • Building networks and partnerships
  • Impacts or outcomes of community university engagement
  • How to measure impacts or outcomes of community university engagement
  • Critical reflections on engagement
  • From theory to practice; from practice to theory
  • Changes required to improve engagement
  • Changes resulting from community university engagement
  • Any other topic clearly related to the theme or one of the sub-themes

Visit the conference website ( for complete information.



2014 Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award Nominations due February 14:

The Senate Diversity Committee, in partnership with the Office of Human Resources, is accepting nominations for the 2014 Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award through Friday, February 14. This annual award program will recognize up to five units, student groups or individuals that have demonstrated a significant commitment to enhancing diversity at Ohio State. For additional nomination information and interactive nomination form, visit:

2014 Distinguished Staff Award Nominations due February 17:

Human Resources is accepting nominations for the Distinguished Staff Award through Monday, February 17. Twelve staff members will be honored for their outstanding leadership and accomplishments in service to the university. For criteria, eligibility and interactive nomination form, visit:

Tribal Colleges and Universities seek VISTA Volunteers - Applications due February 10:

Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) serve the most persistent poverty communities in the nation. TCUs were created in response to the higher education needs of American Indians and generally serve geographically isolated populations that have no other means of accessing education beyond the high school level. TCUs received land‐grant status in the year 1994, which further positions them as core drivers of economic and community development. This project supports Tribal land‐grant institutional development in the areas of Economic Development, Healthy Futures and Environmental Stewardship. TCU/VISTAs will work with a Land‐Grant Tribal College or University to address the needs of the Tribal communities served by that institution.

Applications are due by February 10. Project start date is April 21. Apply to be a TCU/VISTA online ( or e‐mail ( for more information.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Building a Digital Presence at U.OSU.EDU (onCampus) - success of the EdgeU Tech blog

Ohio State Announces New Public-Private Partnership to Enhance Ohio MarketMaker (CFAES News)

CFAES Grad Report Positive Jobs Outlook (CFAES News)

Bio-plastics Not so Good at Biodegrading: Ohio State Study (CFAES News)

Ohio State Researchers Receive NASA Grant to test Deep-ice Temperatures (ECE News)

Transcend (Office of Research) - January issue

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