CD Wire - May 16, 2016

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innovateExtension Recap

I was fortunate to be among the nearly 150 participants of last Thursday’s innovateExtension event at the 4-H Center. The event was very well planned and led by Jamie Seger and Danae Wolfe, with ample help from Jerry Thomas, members of the Ed Tech Advisory Group, and the national eXtension Ed Tech Learning Network. I was part of a wonderful team (thank you to teammates Laquore Meadows, Godwin Apaliyah and Myra Moss) whose creative muscles were worked throughout the day by our teach coach, Bob Bertsch of North Dakota State University (and a member of the national eXtension Ed Tech Learning Network). I am grateful for the planners, my teammates, and coach for making it an engaging and fast-paced day until the very end. The final segment of this event included team ‘pitches’…our chance to share our innovation in three minutes to colleagues and administrators who were acting as judges (a Qualtrics points-judging survey made the evaluation easy). In the end, Roger Rennekamp picked the top three proposals to receive funding. And, while our idea (creating an ‘Emeriti Corp’ that partners recent and willing retirees with college interns to help address programmatic opportunities, as needed) was not among the three funded, I am thinking it may gain some traction in future discussions. Hopefully we have more to share on this idea at some point in the future.

Above the Line ‘Book Club’

We are six weeks into our virtual ‘book club’ and I thank you very much for your participation via our Facebook chat page. If you have yet to join in, you still have time. This week we are talking about Chapter 7. There are five more chapters (and an epilogue) to be covered over the next six weeks, but feel free to join in any of the previous weeks’ discussions at any time as well (oh, the beauty of the Facebook chat page!). We’ll also devote part of our July 28 meeting in Wooster to some face-to-face discussion.



Creating Liquidity in Impact Investing Webinar - May 26:

The new Exploring Innovation in Community Development webinar series from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis will continue on May 26 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

'Creating Liquidity in Impact Investing' will explore some of the key themes, gaps and opportunities outlined in the report co-authored by Michael Swack and Eric Hangen, Scaling U.S. Community Investing: The Investor-Product Interface. The webinar is free, but you must register. Complete information can be found here.

Mark your calendar now for the final webinar in this series on June 23 - Scaling U.S. Community Investing: Unleashing the Potential of Individual Investors. You can listen to the archived first session from April 28 - Scaling U.S. Community Investing: Overcoming the Challenge of Proving Impact.

Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute Program begins June 6:

Registration is now open for the 2016 Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute (OELI) program.

The OELI program is designed for environmental, natural resource and sustainability professionals and volunteers who lead or aspire to lead collaborative processes to achieve more sustainable organizations, businesses, and communities.

2016 Program:

Session 1:

  • June 6 - Welcome Dinner and Program Orientation
  • June 7 - Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast and the Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute Program

Session 2:

  • July 21 - Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute Sustainability Tour of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and dinner/discussion to follow
  • July 22 - Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute full day program at the Stratford Ecological Center

Session 3:

  • August 8 - Dinner and Networking Session
  • August 9 - Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast and the Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute Program, panel discussion and program graduation

Program fees: $300 for all three sessions. $130 for individual session registration.

For more information, visit for detailed session agendas or contact Mary Slyby (

Next EPN Breakfast: Leadership for Sustainable Infrastructure - June 7:

The next Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) breakfast will be held on Tuesday, June 7 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center from 7:15 to 9:20 a.m. Learn more and register here.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE report card) and others continue to document that the United States is doing a very poor job maintaining and improving its infrastructure.  At the same time, there is a growing realization that we need to factor principles of sustainability and innovation into infrastructure planning, construction, and maintenance.  Orion Magazine regarded this topic as so important that it published a two-year series of articles, from summer, 2013 through summer 2015, Reimagining Infrastructure.  “Once a point of national pride and identity, America’s infrastructure is showing its age. Even in their heyday, the big infrastructure projects of the past were not always mindful of the communities in which they were built, nor did they reflect or respect the realities of life on a finite planet. But this is a finite planet, and many communities are imagining new systems and structures for transportation, food, water, waste, energy, and information. In the process, they’re creating new, more beautiful, more resilient public works. Welcome to Reimagining Infrastructure, a series from Orion exploring infrastructure solutions for the next generation.”

Register now for Gender Initiative Skill Workshop - June 7:

The mission of the CFAES Gender Initiative is to identify and create a support structure that will lead to retention and advancement of women's careers in the agricultural and natural sciences.

Registration is now open for the June 7 workshop, 'Effective Negotiation: Strategies to help avoid, "I wish I would have asked" Syndrome.' The workshop will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Fisher Classroom on the Wooster campus and in Room 333 Kottman Hall on the Columbus campus. The session will be led by Ana C. Berrios Allison, PhD., LPC, Associate Director, Career Counseling and Support Services, Office of Student Life.



Tri-State Diversity Conference - Call for Proposals due June 30:

Tri-State Diversity Conference
February 16-17, 2017
Hebron, KY

Proposals due June 30

Are you interested in improving your programming? Research shows that the addition of diversity will net improved results. Diversity helps expand one’s perspective. The Tri-State Diversity Conference is an excellent place to gain perspective, make connections, and grow both personally and professionally. The conference will be held February 16-17 in Hebron, KY.

Proposals for presentations are being invited on best practices, curriculum models, research, professional development training, and success stories for implementing diversity initiatives in a variety of settings as it relates to this year’s conference theme, “Breaking Down The Walls: Building Inclusive Communities.”  The Planning Sub-Committee is seeking proposals for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of diversity learning. These proposals are peer-reviewed and you will be notified by September 1 if your presentation has been selected for presentation at the 2017 conference.

If you have questions, contact Brian Raison (

COSI Summer Camps seek Faculty/Staff to Share Science:

Ohio State astrophysicist Paul Sutter and COSI summer camp organizers invite Ohio State researchers to share their excitement of science with kids this summer. 

Camps are informal. Commitment level is flexible. Choose a morning, afternoon or week for a talk, demo or activity. All are welcome and can easily be dropped into existing programming. Camps begin mid-June, end early August, and enroll around 25 kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. Contact Paul Sutter ( for more information.

NIFA Water Challenge Area - Proposals due August 4:

The NIFA AFRI Water For Agriculture Challenge Area Request for applications (RFA) was announced on May 5, and proposals are due August 4. A total of $10,700,000 in funding is available. You can find more information here.

Funding will be used to develop management practices, technologies, and tools for farmers, ranchers, forest owners and managers, public decision makers, public and private managers, and citizens to improve water resource quantity and quality. The long-term goal of the AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area is to tackle critical water issues by developing both regional systems for the sustainable use and reuse, flow and management of water, and at the watershed and farm scales, water issues focused on production and environmental sustainability efforts. Project types supported within this Challenge area are multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Enhancement (FASE) Grants.



Survey Participants needed on Volunteers and Unpaid Interns:

The Office of Human Resources has created a brief survey for faculty and staff to relate the use of volunteers and unpaid interns in university and Wexner Medical Center operations. Results will help determine if streamlined processes and resources would be beneficial. Faculty and staff who work with volunteers and unpaid interns are encouraged to complete the brief survey by Friday, May 20. Contact.

CFAES Social Media Survey:

If you use social media for Ohio State University business, CFAES needs to hear from you.

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences reached over eight million people through social media in 2015 and would like to increase that in 2016 and beyond. To do that, they are developing a strategic social media strategy for the college. You can help capture the impact of their current social media efforts by completing a brief survey. The survey will help them learn about all of the social media sites that exist in the college, including departments, programs, Extension and OARDC, and how you use them to support your work. Not only do they want to know what “organizational” sites CFAES has, but also which faculty and staff use their personal social media sites to promote their work.

The survey will take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete, and they need your response by May 27.

2016 OSU Cares Seed Grant Recipients:

Seventeen of your OSU Extension colleagues; faculty and staff from five Ohio State colleges and two institutes/VP units; and ten community partners are involved in the 2016 OSU CARES grants. The grants were awarded in March and recognized at this year's Patterson Lecture and Outreach and Engagement Forum held on May 3 at the Ohio Union. Learn more about the work of the 2016 OSU CARES grant teams, and visit to learn more about the annual James F. Patterson lecture.  

This year’s OSU CARES grants focus on:

  • Management of Algal Growth in Ohio’s Medium-Sized Lakes
  • Securing the Future Workforce – Certifying Direct Care Workers in Long-Term Care
  • Place-Based Leadership Academy Initiative
  • Reducing Barriers to Entry for the Direct Sales of Local Foods in Ohio: A Review of Current Laws/Rules and Suggesting Changes for Ohio Businesses

Please contact the OSU CARES Team for additional information on these projects, and as you plan your own collaborative projects throughout Ohio.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Weekly News Digest (CFAES information blog for faculty & staff - May 2 - May 15)


CFAES Monthly (May 2016)

CFAES Research News (May 2016)

eXtension Month in Review (April 2016)

Horizon Report for Cooperative Extension System to Prepare for the Future (eXtension)

Ohio EPA Balanced Growth Newsletter


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