CD Wire - March 14, 2016

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That ‘Reporting Time of Year’

Kim Showalter in PD&E has been hard at work the last several weeks extracting data you’ve entered into RiV for the annual federal report. This is a 200+ page description of our 2015 efforts that Roger Rennekamp will review and submit to our federal partners at USDA in just a few weeks. Thank you for your keen attention to detail in reporting and especially to those of you who’ve provided additional detail at Kim’s request. Hopefully what we’ve provided in our regular RiV reporting and subsequent follow up makes her annual task easier. If you get a chance to send her a note or pop in, I encourage you to express your appreciation for her dedication to what she calls the “the $10 million dollar report.”

Speaking of reporting, it’s that time again to compile key metrics for the North Central Region CD Report coordinated by Rosa Soliz at the NCRCRD. As in past years, center staff (Rosa and now the new director, Mark Skidmore) will take the state data and generate a full report and executive summary that highlights changes in a number of common indicators across the 12-state region.

Here’s how you can contribute:

Before April 15, please take a few minutes to provide figures that apply to your work (in some cases, well-informed estimates are the best we can do, and that is fine). You can enter your figures into the attached Excel file, save, and send to me ( Your individual responses will be compiled into one report from Ohio and forwarded on to be aggregated into the larger North Central CD Program report.

Spending 10 minutes or so to reflect, locate existing data/report files or estimate if needed, and plug in numbers is probably about right. And, if your work may not yield indicators for every item described, that’s okay. However, you should be able to quickly estimate the number of programs conducted, number of minorities participating, and the dollar value of those programs, for example.

Additionally, if you have an impact statement that you have been using (beyond what is already reported in RiV) to illustrate your program’s impact in narrative form that you would also like to submit, we will be sharing key narratives as well. Simply attach or copy into the body of your reply email.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

2016 Campus Campaign Kick Off

We are now two weeks into the 2016 Campus Campaign, OSU’s annual fundraising effort targeting faculty and staff giving. Given the name (Campus Campaign), you may think the contributions benefit only those on campus. The reality is there are countless funds (CD has two, each county has at least one, Sea Grant has several, etc.) that support the work of OSU across the state.

This year’s theme, “Connecting the Dots,” will conclude on April 30. As you might know, the eight-week campaign window is designed to focus attention on participation; but rest assured, if you contributed anytime since July 1, 2015, your participation counts toward this year’s campaign. And, we’ll need all the participation we can get with a college-wide goal of 45%. Last year, CFAES reached a 39% participation rate.

As in the past, gifts to the Campus Campaign may be made to any university program via payroll deduction, cash, check, or credit card. If you want to designate your gift to benefit Community Development programs and initiatives, we have two options: Extension CD Support Fund #308100 or Extension CD Endowment #622250. If you want to survey the variety of possibilities to which you might contribute (as little as one dollar counts toward participation), investigate the search tab.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or learn more about Ohio State’s Campus Campaign here.

Update on CD Unit Meeting Dates/Locations - Mark your Calendars!

  • Spring Meeting: March 30 - Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center (International Room)
  • Summer Meeting: July 28 - Wooster (FABE Building, Room 200)
  • Fall Retreat: October 4-5 - TBD
  • Extension Annual Conference: December 6-7 - Ohio Union



Economics of Modern Energy Boomtowns: Do Oil and Gas Shocks Differ from Shocks in the Rest of the Economy? - March 24:

The SENR Seminar Series continues Thursday, March 24 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and welcomes Mark Partridge, Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy and Professor, OSU Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, who will present Economics of Modern Energy Boomtowns: Do Oil and Gas Shocks Differ from Shocks in the Rest of the Economy? The seminar begins at 4:10 in 164 Howlett Hall. CarmenConnect into 123 Williams Hall will be available at

The Greening of Big Food - March 24:

On Thursday, March 24 at 4 p.m. in room 165 Thompson Library, the Humanities Institute presents Susanne Freidberg, professor of geography at Dartmouth College, as part of the Public Humanities lecture series. Freidberg’s talk “Contentious Harvest: The Greening of Big Food” will focus on how climate change threatens major food manufacturers as they work to sustain food supplies. Read more.

North Central Region Water Network Webinar- Climate Impacts on Water Management in North Central Region - March 28:


The NCRWN will host a webinar as part of the Climate Change and Water for Agriculture Education for Extension Professionals series on March 28 from 2 - 3 p.m. discussing Climate Extremes. The speakers are Jonathan Aguilar, Assistant Professor and Extension Water Resource Engineer, Kansas State University and Jane Frankenberger, Professor in Ag and Biological Engineering, Purdue University. For more information on the webinar and to register, visit the website here.

Predatory Publishing, Solicitation Scams, and Unethical Publishing Practices: A Panel Discussion - April 7:

Predatory Publishing, Solicitation Scams, and Unethical Publishing Practices: A Panel Discussion will be held Thursday, April 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Research Commons (3rd Floor 18th Avenue Library, 175 West 18th Avenue).

Join in for an informal presentation and discussion about the alarming increase of predatory publishing and other scams. This session will focus on the quality and integrity of the publishing process, responsible editorial policies, transparency & ethical manuscript review, and things authors should look out for when assessing a journal. Presenters will share resources on both the potentials and pitfalls of open access publishing and where to go for additional information when it comes time to publish your research. This session is open to all members of the university community, i.e., faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. Learn more about this topic.

Lunch will be provided. Please register for this event. Click here for complete event information.

National Health Outreach Conference - April 6-8:

The theme for this year’s National Health Outreach Conference to be held April 6-8 in Roanoke, VA, is All Aboard: Building Partnerships for a Healthy America. The goal is to offer a participatory and collaborative conference joining organizations and agencies working across systems to address current and future health issues. The conference should be attended by health professionals, health educators, health policy makers and anyone interested in learning more about physical and mental wellness.

The conference begins on April 6 at 12:30 with participants having the choice of either several tours or the preconference. The conference will be kicked off with a banquet at 6 p.m. Plenary sessions and concurrent sessions will be held April 7 and 8 with the conference concluding at noon on the April 8.

Topics include

  • “Building Partnerships to Extend Program Outreach”
  • “How to Engage Communities in Planning”
  • “Working on Wellness: A Collaborative Model for Sustainable Community Change”
  • “Supporting Nutrition Educators in System-Wide Approaches”
  • “Economic Impact of Dining with Diabetes”
  • ”Intervention for Healthy Youth Development in Schools”
  • “Farm to City: Community Support of Families in Need”
  • “Collaboration to Support Farmworker Health”
  • “Community Engagement Through Needs Assessment”
  • “Overview of Let’s Move Child Care”

Visit the conference website for registration information and the conference schedule.

North Central Leadership Conference - May 2-4:

Early bird registration ($275) deadline for the North Central Leadership Conference is March 15. The conference will held May 2-4 at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN. Find more information here.

The committee has planned a wonderful conference with exciting and inspiring speakers and great breakout sessions – many of which will be presented by our colleagues from OSU Extension. The opening evening will include hors d’oeuvres and fun, fast, fascinating lighten sessions to get us off and running on our three days of learning, networking, and enjoyment. Be sure to bring your Buckeye finest because on the first evening, we are encouraging everyone to turn up sporting their school colors. A sea of Scarlet and Gray would be a great sight to see!

This is a quick conference that won’t take you away from your regular schedule for long – starting Monday evening and ending Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. 

Save the Date: State Food Policy Summit - May 3:

The 2016 State Food Policy Summit will be held on Tuesday, May 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. This year will feature nationally recognized experts and address a range of state food policy topics such as state legislative trends from across the country, the upcoming farm bill, and federal initiatives around nutrition and health. Learn about what is currently happening across the nation and envision future policy priorities for strengthening Ohio’s food system. The State Food Policy Summit, held by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, is the single annual event for food policy interests to join together across the state. The Summit is intended to inspire action by fostering awareness of food policy activities and possibilities at the state level. 

If you are a member of a local food policy council, you are also invited to attend the Pre-Summit session from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. which will provide opportunities for training and coalition-building for local food policy councils. Registration, along with a detailed agenda, will be available at the end of March.

Dredged Material: Make it Your Business - Digging Up Ideas Workshop - May 11:

Registration is now open for the Dredged Material: Make it Your Business - Digging Up Ideas Workshop to be held May 11 at Lorain County Community College. This workshop is an opportunity to explore ways Ohio can repurpose material dredged from Lake Erie's harbors. Policy makers, business experts and others will discuss what you need to make your dredged material product or idea a reality. For more information about the workshop and to register online, click here.

innovateOSU and innovateExtension Update:

Registration for innovateOSU is now open. This event will sell out, so register early.

You will need to register for innovateOSU (May 11) and our innovateExtension (May 12) event separately. Registration for innovateExtension event will be available soon. This is shaping up to be a fantastic event as we have collaborated with innovateOSU, HackOSU, OHI/O, the OSU Leadership Center, and other campus entities to make the day fun, engaging, productive, and of course - innovative.

Event information has been posted to the Ed Tech blog over the past month and we will continue to provide weekly updates prior to registration.

2016 Barnett Symposium on the Arts and Public Policy - May 11-12:

Registration is open for the 2016 Barnett Symposium on the Arts and Public Policy, titled "Planning Creative Cities: Global Trends, Local Action," which will take place May 11-12.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy and the Knowlton School of Architecture, and will feature leading professionals in the fields of heritage, creative placemaking, urban affairs and arts and cultural entrepreneurship. The main event will be hosted at the Columbus Museum of Art. Cost is $50 for general public, $25 for students and free for current Ohio State students. Register/read more:



eXtension announces new Clearinghouse for Extension Professionals' Educational Offerings:

The eXtension Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of Catalog, soon to become the gateway to a comprehensive listing of online courses, webinars, workshops, and eBooks available--both for Extension professionals and public learners--throughout the Cooperative Extension System.

The initial launch includes approximately 100 courses but will steadily scale up in the immediate term to offer more than 450 free and fee-based courses, webinars, and other educational offerings. All Extension professionals from eXtension Foundation Member Institutions can list their education offerings on Catalog.

The offerings on Catalog cover a wide array of topics and are delivered through several different platforms or technologies. Most of the courses are delivered through eXtension’s online course system, Campus. Originally launched in 2007, Campus offers some 360 courses of varying subject matter, rigor, cost and credit. Course subjects reflect the breadth of the Cooperative Extension System, as Extension educators from about 40 different land-grant universities and involved in various agriculture, family, community and youth programs offer online education through Campus.

Increasingly, these Extension educators are using new ways to deliver education to their respective audiences--particularly webconferencing, or webinars--which allow presenters to enhance their educational offerings with additional resources, opportunities for continued conversation, testing, certification or other extended learning activities. Some webinars may require fees for admission, and Catalog facilitates payment of fees and enrollment in those webinars. A full list of webinars can be found at

For more information and a close look at the Catalog, visit Also watch for coming announcements of webinars and other opportunities to learn more about using Catalog. For any questions you may have, please email



OSUE County Highlights now Available:

The 2015 edition of the County Highlights is now available online, featuring individual reports for each county as well as Adventure Central and the Alber Enterprise Center. These reports summarize the impact of our Extension professionals and our numerous partnerships with community leaders, by highlighting success stories in each of our impact areas:

  • Strengthening Families and Communities
  • Preparing Youth for Success
  • Enhancing Agriculture and the Environment
  • Advancing Employment and Income Opportunities

Our federal, state and local elected officials want to know what we are doing throughout the state for their constituents. The County Highlights are one of the most effective publications we use to share local impact information. You can print and distribute the County Highlights as necessary to help tell our story and highlight work that directly addresses critical issues and improves the lives of Ohio citizens.

Call for Nominations - Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education:

(From Terry Niblack)

CFAES Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Our search for the new Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education is now in the advertising and candidate recruitment phase. We are committed to identifying exciting and promising candidates through our collectively extensive networks within and outside of The Ohio State University – networks consisting of you and your colleagues.

We want your nominations! Think boldly and broadly about people you know who are committed to research and graduate education, and whom you believe have the skills and qualities to lead in this essential role. The search committee will be more than pleased to consider every nomination we receive, and grateful for your engagement in the search process.

Nominations may be sent to me (, or to Martin Baker (, or to any member of the search committee (see the committee link at There are no requirements for nominations beyond names, positions, and contact information; your personal statement of support will be appreciated even though it isn’t necessary.

Please help us build a strong candidate pool for this important leadership position in our College!

Carmen Courses are Changing:

Carmen, Ohio State's learning management system (LMS), will be getting a major improvement beginning this summer. In response to input from students, faculty and staff across the university, Ohio State is adopting Canvas as the LMS inside Carmen. Learn more about what Canvas offers and what to expect over the next year by visiting the Canvas adoption website.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Weekly News Digest (CFAES information blog for faculty & staff - March 1-12)


Ed Tech Blog:

North Central Region Water Network Newsletter (February 2016)

Ohio State climate science satellite approved for launch (OSU Electrical & Computer Engineering News)

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