CD Wire - November 23, 2015

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Giving Thanks Everyday

Yes. Yes. Everyone is blogging about Thanksgiving and giving thanks this season. But I simply cannot help adding a brief story. I walked into my dentist’s office last week (on the one rainy day we’ve had in this beautiful autumn) and they said, “Hi Brian. Sorry you had to come out on such a yucky day.” Needless to say, that stopped me in my tracks. “But it’s a beautiful day,” I responded. “And you all are in the business of helping people smile. How wonderful is that on any day!”

If you’ve ever read Andrew Solzhenitsyn, you know it’s possible to find ways to be thankful, regardless of one’s circumstances (e.g., imprisonment in the Russian Gulag). But you sometimes have to look for it. This Thanksgiving season, I hope you will take an extra moment to think about a teacher, a friend, a parent or grandparent (living or passed), and say a “thank you” for their positive influence… something you learned… or simply a smile they once gave you. Then, pass it on here at work, at the grocery store, or to your family and friends. Doing that will bless them… AND it will also bolster your spirits.

Happy Thanksgiving.

McPheron to serve as Interim Ohio State Provost

Effective December 2, Bruce McPheron will serve as Ohio State's interim executive vice president and provost. Read the news article here. Ron Hendrick will serve as acting vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Dr. Terry Niblack, Chair, Department of Plant Pathology, will serve as acting senior associate dean for the College, pending approval of the Board of Trustees.

2015 Extension Annual Conference - REGISTER BY DECEMBER 1

Register for Extension Annual Conference by December 1. To learn more, click here.



Emeritus Academy Lecture Series “Needs vs. Assets — What’s the Big Deal and Does It Really Matter” - December 2:

Join the Emeritus Academy on Wednesday, December 2 for an open lecture by Jim Altschuld, professor emeritus, Department of Educational Studies, titled “Needs vs. Assets — What’s the Big Deal and Does It Really Matter.” Altschuld will discuss a new approach to societal improvement that blends the traditional approach of addressing weaknesses, and the counterpoint, building from strengths. The lecture begins at 4 p.m. in the Ohio Union, Ohio Staters Traditions Room. Register to attend: Read more: (click on "events"). 

Ed Tech Learning Opportunities at OSU Extension Annual Conference - December 8 & 9:

This year’s OSU Extension Annual Conference theme, “Innovation in Action”, provides the opportunity to showcase the creative, innovative programming taking place across Ohio in Extension. The Ed Tech unit is excited to offer several breakout sessions this year, alongside the annual Tech Faire (formerly the “Tech Zoo”). For information on all the Ed Tech learning opportunities at OSU Extension Annual Conference, click here.

EPN Breakfast: Tapping into Social Media, Green Investing and Other Tools to Fund Your Environmental Project or Enterprise - December 8:

The next EPN Breakfast, "Tapping into Social Media, Green Investing and Other Tools to Fund Your Environmental Project or Enterprise," will be held December 8 from 7:15 to 9:20 a.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. For complete information and to register by noon on December 4 ($10), visit:

NCRCRD Webinar: "Fostering Cross Disciplinary Research on Energy Development " - December 10:

December 10 at 12 p.m.

There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar. To join, go to: Enter as a guest, type your name into the text box provided and click on “Enter Room." A list of upcoming as well as recorded and Take Out Menu webinars can be found at:

About the webinar:

Funded by the National Science Foundation and led by a cross-disciplinary committee of faculty from research institutions across North America, the Energy Impacts Research Coordination Network seeks to overcome topical, disciplinary, and geographic silos in order to facilitate breakthroughs in understanding the social and community impacts of energy development. This webinar will provide an introduction to the three-year project, outlining the rationale, goals, and major project objectives, as well as solicit ideas and feedback from webinar participants on ways to increase cross-disciplinary social science research on energy.

Presented by:

Dr. Jeffrey B. Jacquet is an assistant professor in the department of Sociology and Rural Studies at South Dakota State University. Dr. Jacquet has performed social and economic impact analyses of unconventional oil and gas development since 2005, has performed sociological analysis of energy development in areas across the U.S, and has worked with a number of universities and Extension agencies. Current research projects include measuring the migration intentions of rural residents and understanding ownership structures of large scale wind energy. He attained his PhD from Cornell University in 2012.

Dr. Julia Haggerty is a human geographer focused on interactions between natural resource use and the social and economic well-being of rural communities. She is a faculty member in Montana State University's Earth Science Department and holds a joint appointment with the Montana Institute on Ecosystems. Prior to joining the Earth Sciences Department in the fall of 2013, she worked for five years as a policy analyst for the regional non-profit research group Headwaters Economics. Haggerty’s current research projects include a USDA NIFA-funded project on community economies and energy development, a project on community resilience and wildlife restoration on Fort Peck Reservation, and research on ranchland ownership dynamics in the Northern Great Plains.

Anne Junod is a PhD student studying Sociology at South Dakota State University. Anne is interested in the impacts of community perceptions of and responses to social and environmental changes, and her research interests include rural sociology, environmental sociology, and migration. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Anne worked in public advocacy on the issues of immigration, child abuse, and homelessness.

Web-based Survey Training - December 14:

Since the Web-based Survey Workshop held in Wooster filled up fast, PDE is offering another opportunity for this training. Please join members of the Program Development and Evaluation Unit for a Web-based Survey Workshop in Columbus on Monday, December 14 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Seating is limited, so please register soon ( More information:

Upcoming eXtension Web Sessions:

Visit eXtension Learn ( to view and register for upcoming webinar sessions. Please share these events with others who may also be interested.

Topics include:

  • Tell a photo-based, story-based map in a snap! - December 15 at 12 p.m.

  • Using Social Media to Deliver Extension - December 15 at 1 p.m.



Kresge Foundation Funding Opportunity - Proposals due January 15:

The Kresge Foundation seeks to support and accelerate local efforts that successfully use food as a platform for health, economic development and cultural expression, creating co-benefits for all – particularly low-income residents and families.

Fresh, Local & Equitable: Food as a Creative Platform for Neighborhood Revitalization

Kresge invites proposals from organizations and collaborations leading mission-driven food initiatives in economically distressed urban neighborhoods. Kresge intends to award up to 20 planning grants of up to $75,000 each in the first quarter of 2016. Planning grants can last up to 12 months, and awardees will have the opportunity to apply for implementation funding by the end of 2016. Proposals are due on January 15.

37th Annual American Community Garden Conference (August 4-7) - Call for Proposals due January 15:

Cleveland will be hosting the 37th Annual American Community Garden Conference August 4-7, 2016. The American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) is a non-profit organization of professionals and volunteers who seek to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada.

The ACGA annual conference brings together hundreds of individuals from across the United States, Canada, and abroad who are engaged in all aspects of gardening and greening. The conference includes hands-on workshops, presentations, poster sessions, keynote speakers, and visits to community gardens, urban agriculture sites, food security projects, and other green space in Cleveland.

The link to the call of proposals (presentation and poster) is: All proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on January 15. If you have questions about submitting your proposal, email:

Contribute to a Special Issue of the Journal of Community Development Society - Call for Abstracts due January 29:

Contribute to a special issue of Community Development (Journal of the Community Development Society) related to Business Retention and Expansion. Learn more: Call for Abstracts and website.

Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants - Applications due February 16:

Applications are being accepted for Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Research Grants. Deadline is Tuesday, February 16. Full-time faculty, graduate students and PhD candidates working on dissertations, and students in terminal MA or MFA/MBA programs are eligible. Contact: Read more:

New Buck-IRB updates:

The following features have been added to the Buck-IRB online submission system: IRB/exempt correspondence (e.g., approval letters and incomplete notices) is generated from Buck-IRB, sent in email, and stored, accessible to the study team; automated CITI training expiration notices are sent from the system to all active study team members; and study expiration dates are visible in the personal workspace. Log in to Buck-IRB at Read more:



Environmental Science Student Symposium - November 24:

The Ohio State community and public are invited to attend the fourth Annual Environmental Science Student Symposium Poster Day at the Ohio Union Performance Hall on Tuesday, November 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 700 poster presentations by Ohio State undergraduates will take place throughout the day. Posters will describe research in a particular area of environmental science, explore issues and present discoveries. Read more:

Articles/Publications of Interest:

CFAES Weekly News Digest

CFAES Monthly (November 2015)


7 Ways to Align Strategies Within your Organization (Alber Enterprise Center Blog)

UN Report on Green Infrastructure (NCRWN)

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