CD Wire - March 28, 2016

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A Time to Practice Creative/Innovative Thinking

Who enjoys working in teams with a focus on brainstorming, creative thinking, and pitching ideas for funding? Mark your calendars for May 11 and 12 when we’ll have two formal opportunities to further our creativity skills.

InnovateOSU is a free event held May 11 at the Ohio Union. It is sponsored by OSU’s Office of Distance Education and eLearning and is designed to foster creative thinking about innovation in teaching and learning. The following day, InnovateExtension will be held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. This event is designed exclusively for Extension professionals to generate new ideas or creative solutions to Extension’s unique issues. Of course, participating in both would be fantastic. But, if your resources allow only one, I encourage you to seriously consider participating in innovateExtension.

There are a couple ways to approach innovateExtension: 1) register with a team of 3-5 Extension professionals you’d like to work with on a great idea; 2) register as an individual who doesn’t have a team in mind but has a desire to engage in creative thinking – you will be assigned to a team for the event.

Regardless of how you approach innovateExtension, organizers tell me you should expect to be fully engaged in brainstorming and developing ideas. There will be coaching throughout the day and at the end you will have a chance to make a pitch to Extension Director Roger Rennekamp for a chance to receive funding.

Please learn more at the Ed Tech blog and/or Register for the Event. If you have questions, please contact me, Jamie Seger or Danae Wolfe.

NOTE: Join the Ed Techs on Friday, April 1 from 10 to 11 a.m. for their monthly Coffee Break with an Ed Tech. They will be answering all your questions about innovateExtension and provide additional details about the event. To join the Coffee Break, use this link. Learn more about First Friday Coffee Breaks here. Also, see below for Innovate's 'Fund My Idea' proposal guidelines.

North Central Region CD Report – REMINDER – Response Due by April 15

‘First Responder’ kudos go to Becky Nesbitt for her super-speedy reply to the ‘indicators’ request (see below). I think Becky beat the long-standing response time record held by Rose Merkowitz by a wide margin!

Here’s the request from two weeks ago:

We are again compiling 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 to 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 ten 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.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Separating Fact from Fiction with Global Warming - March 30:

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering’s Sandip Mazumder will present “The Science Behind Global Warming” on Wednesday, March 30 at 4 p.m., 930 Kinnear Road. As part of the CAR Seminar Series, Mazumder will address why CO2 is considered so hazardous for global warming; why H2O, also termed a greenhouse gas, is considered benign by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; and why the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is such a concern from a global warming perspective. Read more.

Data Security Workshop - April 6:

Knowing Your Data: Security and Compliance Issues will be held on Wednesday, April 6 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at 260 Ramseyer Hall on the Columbus Campus. Complete information, including registration link, can be found in the flyer here: Data Security 040616.

EPN Breakfast Club - "Columbus GreenSpotLight Awards" - April 12:

The Ohio State University and the SENR Environmental Professionals Network will host the "City of Columbus GreenSpotLight 2016 Awards" and "OSU, Columbus, GreenSpot – Working Together for Sustainability" at the April EPN Breakfast on Tuesday, April 12 from 7:15 to 10:30 a.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Learn more here, including registration, agenda & speakers.

STEM School on Ohio State Campus - 'Get to Know Metro' April 12:


Did you know that there is a thriving STEM school right on the Ohio State campus? Ohio State faculty and staff connect their research and outreach to the Metro Early College High School in numerous ways, from mentoring high school students to conducting educational research.

The Ohio State community is invited to learn more about how to be involved with Metro during this spring's "Get To Know Metro" tour and discussion on Tuesday, April 12 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Metro Early College High School, 1929 Kenny Road. Click here to RSVP.

Overnight Travel: Pre-Trip Training April 15 / Post-Trip Training April 21:

Upcoming CFAES Finance Training will include Pre-Trip and Post-Trip sessions. Register here.
  • Overnight Travel – Pre-trip training
    • This course will cover everything you need to know before you travel; including what is a T number, how to get one and how to prepay expenses.
    • Method: Adobe Connect
    • Date: Friday, April 15, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
  • Overnight Travel – Post Trip training
    • This course will cover everything you need to know after you travel, including how to submit receipts on travel cards, how to get reimbursed for personal expenses and how long you will have to wait for reimbursement.
    • Method: Adobe Connect
    • Date: Thursday, April 21, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Microsoft Research Leader to speak on Collaborative Analytics - April 19:

The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA), the hub for GIS and data-driven urban science on campus, will host Kristin Tolle of Microsoft Research Outreach on Tuesday, April 19 at 4 p.m. in the Wexner Center Film/Video Theater. Tolle directs the Data Science Initiative at Microsoft Research Outreach, where she has worked for several product teams since 2000. Her talk, "Collaborative Analytics: Meeting global challenges through shared research and development," focuses on research collaborations cutting across sectors and offering interesting breakthroughs in research and development. All are welcome to attend this public lecture, but please RSVP. Read more.

CFAES Gender Initiative "Effective Negotiation" - June 7:

Effective Negotiation, the next CFAES Gender Initiative offering, will be facilitated by Dr. Ana Berrios-Allison, Associate Director of OSU Student Life Career Counseling and Support Services. The workshop is open to any employee of CFAES and will be an excellent professional (and personal) development opportunity. Registration is expected to open the first week of May, and it will be a free event offered in both Columbus and Wooster. Please mark the date – Tuesday, June 7.

eXtension Online Impact Statement Reporting Course:

In fall 2015, eXtension added the acclaimed Impact Statement Reporting Course to its Professional Development portfolio of courses for Cooperative Extension System professionals.

Created by the Office of Professional and Continuing Education at Oregon State University in collaboration with a nationwide team of Extension educators and trainers on impact report writing (including OSU's Suzanne Steel), the content addresses specifically the needs of Extension professionals.

eXtension’s online course format ensures continuity across trainings, widespread accessibility, and ease of use. This course provides a wealth of examples, resources, readings and assessments to support learners in applying the concepts and skills as rapidly as possible. Requiring approximately 80 minutes to complete, all at one time or across modules, this course provides timely instruction or can serve as a refresher as impact statement reporting deadlines approach.

Employees of eXtension member institutions receive this course as a Free Benefit through their institution’s membership. The course fee for employees of non-member institutions is $80. Learn more about the Impact Statement Reporting Course and check out the free sampler of the course.

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:

  • Improving Extension Accessibility - March 31 at 11 a.m.

  • Getting Noticed in the Digital Age - March 31 at 3 p.m.

  • Primary drivers of climate today and in the future - a primer for Extension - April 7 at 3 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 upcoming sessions, including:

  • Using Mediasite (DEMO) - April 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (161 MacQuigg Lab)
  • Whiteboarding and Screencasting: Six Dimensions of a Tool to support Instruction, Feedback, Knowledge Building and Assessment - May 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. (260 Ramseyer Hall)



Innovate's Fund My Idea - Submit by April 13:

Are you an OSU faculty or staff member with an exciting learning technology project? 

Submit your proposal for a chance to receive up to $5,000 of funding and five hours of tech support. Three finalists will be selected to present their ideas during Fund my Idea, the Innovate conference finale. Submit to Fund My Idea by April 13. Register for the Innovate Conference.

Seed Grant Initiative – Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE) - Letter of Intent due April 15; Full Proposals due June 15:

The Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE) program has announced a Seed Grant Initiative to advance sustainability science in order to accelerate the development of sustainable and resilient production and consumption systems that enhance the value and reduce the adverse impacts of material flows through the economy and society.

An important mechanism for achieving the above goals is to provide seed grants to Ohio State teams that wish to pursue promising opportunities in research, teaching, outreach, and practice.

Emphasis will be placed on funding proposals that are likely to produce tangible outputs that expand the financial or intellectual resources available to Ohio State. The first round of SRE seed grants was offered in the fall of 2015, and resulted in eight awards with a total value of $155,000. In addition, the successful proposals were able to secure a total of $173,000 in matching funds. We expect this second round to produce similar results.

SRE Seed Grant RFP Spring 2016

Specifics are detailed in the above document. The deadline for submission of the letter of intent is April 15, with full proposals due June 15. Direct all communications to the SRE Program Coordinator, Melissa Amos (, 614-292-3732).



President and Provost’s Council on Women - Nominations for Three-year Term due April 15:

Are you interested in the advancement of women at Ohio State? A three-year President and Provost’s Council on Women term offers an exciting opportunity to work with dynamic people from across the university. Nominations are accepted from faculty and staff. Details and submission information available at The deadline is Friday, April 15. Contact: Eunice Hornsby.

New HR Website improves Faculty and Staff User Experience:

Ohio State’s Human Resources website has been newly redesigned to improve the user experience — making it easier to access important HR information. The Office of Human Resources listened to feedback from faculty, staff, student employees and the HR community to learn what they needed in a new HR website, which resulted in more engaging content, easy-to-find contact information and intuitive navigation. Explore here.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Weekly News Digest (CFAES information blog for faculty & staff - March 13 - 28)


Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (March 2016)

Ohio State helps Columbus advance in Smart City Challenge (OSU College of Engineering News)

Town-gown a Land Grant's Duty (Buckeye Voices)


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