CD Wire - January 30, 2017

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-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

OSU Conversation on the Opioid Crisis

Today I was among 200+ others from Ohio State University and throughout Ohio (including several of our CD folks) engaged in a conversation about the opioid crisis in Ohio. The event, spearheaded by Dean Bill Martin (College of Public Health) and Extension director Roger Rennekamp, was designed to describe the situation in the region and Ohio and to cultivate new relationships among attendees. Attendees heard reports from representatives of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services, and the Research Triangle Institute and Battelle. I learned that a wide variety of resources are at work to help address prevention, treatment, and recovery, and that there are ample opportunities for better coordination and communication. Many county-based Extension professionals are engaged at varying levels, and it is anticipated that more will be as we continue the conversations.

Courteous Communications

Speaking of ample opportunities for better coordination and communication, please remember to practice good teamwork when conducting a program or project in a county different from your own. That is, if you are invited to another location to conduct a project or program presentation, please be sure to invite that county’s Extension professional(s) to join you in the effort. They may politely decline, and that’s okay. The point is that we are a team and we are courteous in the way we work together!

REMINDER: Ohio NACDEP Award Applications due February 1

You have a few days yet to submit your applications and nominations for NACDEP Award consideration. Remember, we submit our best individual and team work for Ohio consideration first using the NACDEP Award categories described at to Laura Fuller, Ohio NACDEP President. Ohio winners are then encouraged to submit for national recognition.

A summary of the application/award process is as follows:

  1. Complete your application (find the application at the link above), but DO NOT submit directly to NACDEP!
  2. Email COMPLETE applications to Laura Fuller – - by noon, Wednesday, February 1.
  3. Applications will be reviewed and state winners notified by Friday, February 3.
  4. Our state winners for all represented categories will need to submit by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, March 3 to NACDEP for national consideration at
  5. Awardees are presented plaques/certificates at the NACDEP Annual Conference in Big Sky, Montana.



NCRCRD Webinar Series Continue:

Placemaking Webinar Series continues February 9 at 2 p.m.
Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool
Kurt Schindler, Michigan State University

Community Impacts of Energy Development Webinar Series continues February 16 at 2 p.m.
New Voices in Energy Impacts Research: Graduate Research Highlights
Dylan Bugden (Cornell University), Bec Coplvin (University of Queensland), Emily Grubert (Stanford University) and Shawn Olson-Hazboun (Utah State University)

Click here for complete information on the above webinars. There is no registration and no fee for attending NCRCRD hosted webinars. To join the webinar go to, and “enter as a guest” is by default already chosen. Type your name into the text box provided, select “Enter Room.”

PILD Conference - April 2-5:

The 2017 Public Issues Leadership Development (PILD) Conference will be held April 2-5 in Crystal City, Virginia. For registration and additional information, please visit the JCEP website. Earlybird registration is $395 (through March 3rd). The theme of the 2017 PILD conference is Relationships, Relevance, Results. Speakers at this year's conference include Marshall Stewart (University of Missouri), Ronnie McDonald (Texas A&M), John Dillard (OFW Law), Sonny Ramaswamy (NIFA), and Fred Schlutt (ECOP Chair). 

The conference will include expanded presentations by National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA) staff, breakout sessions, presentations by the House and Senate staffers, and much more. This is a great opportunity for Extension professionals and their volunteers to enhance their understanding of "education" versus "advocacy", the role of Extension and their volunteers in both of these, and to improve their message prior to visits to Capitol Hill.

National Extension Energy Summit - April 3-6:

NEES 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 National Extension Energy Summer (NEES), which will be held April 3-6 in Knoxville, TN. Hotel reservations can be made at the government rate of $96+tax. Visit the Summit website to see the latest information and links to registration, hotel, local information, etc.

The program committee is working on agenda details and is planning a variety of speakers, panel discussions and workshops covering technical information as well as energy policies affecting educational programs. There is still an opportunity to submit an oral or poster presentation for the event. The submission deadline has been extended to February 1.

Information Security Awareness Training - Complete by September 30:

Ohio State Policy (ISCR IT16.1.1, page 174) states the following: “organizations must ensure that all users of university networks or institutional data participate in university-approved information security awareness activities. Users must participate in a minimum of 1 hour of information security awareness annually.”

CFAES Information Security has been working with OSU Enterprise Security to compile training videos ranging from 2 to 5 minutes each in length.  The 1 hour of training includes 15 minutes needed to complete the comprehension quizzes.  Each video will provide content that is useful while at work and at home.  Training will be available starting this month via BuckeyeLearn with employees, who will have until September 30 to complete their assigned training and quizzes.

You will see an email from BuckeyeLearn indicating training has been assigned to you and is now available (Title is: Securing the Human).  Please note you may need to turn off your pop-up blocker to view 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:

  • Evaluation Conversation: Diversity & Inclusion Issue Corps - February 1 at 3 p.m.

  • Building Evaluation Capacity through Data Jams - Part 2 - February 2 at 2 p.m.

  • Placemaking as an Economic Development Tool - February 9 at 2 p.m.

  • Building Your Personal Brand in Social Media: Diversity & Inclusion Issue Corps - March 15 at 4:30 p.m.



NCRWN Seed Funding Proposals due March 14: 

The North Central Region Water Network (NCRWN) has announced two calls for seed funding proposals.

The first call is for Impact 2020 preproposals that will ultimately result in the selection of two Network “flagship initiatives” funded through December 2019. Successful pre-proposal teams will be expected to participate in a 1-1/2 day Design Meeting to 1) build systems thinking and initiative design skills and 2) refine pre-proposals.

The second call is for Capacity Building Mini Grant full proposals. This call will result in up to four year-long mini grants for 2017. 

Both Impact 2020 preproposals and Capacity Building Mini Grant full proposals are due March 14.

As with previous Network initiatives, lead applicants must have an Extension appointment/assignment at a land-grant institution in the North Central Region. They welcome and emphasize the value of partnerships in fostering the success of all Network initiatives.

A Q&A webinar for both calls will be held on January 26 at 3 p.m. For more information and to sign up for the Q&A webinar, please see the Funding Info web page. You can also contact Rebecca Power ( or the Network Point of Contact for your state.

National Extension Tourism Conference (NET) (August 8-10) - Proposals due March 13:

The 2017 NET Conference will allow extension educators to share programs, initiatives, research, and success stories, and to network with other professionals.

This year’s theme, “Tourism in the 21st Century: Connecting Communities, Places, and People,” focuses on the important role that tourism plays in many aspects of communities, places, and people. Topics of focus include Nature-Based Tourism, Placemaking, Community and Regional Planning and Development, Economic, Environmental, and Social Impacts of Tourism and Recreation, and more!

Proposals for the conference are due March 13. Selected proposals will be notified by mid-April. Presentation types include oral presentations, poster presentations, and workshop presentations. You can submit a proposal for the conference here.

USDA Announces $27 Million in Grants Available to Support Local Food Sector - Applications due March 27:

The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced the availability of $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. Examples of qualifying projects may involve the following: farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands, agritourism, aggregation, processing, storage, and distribution of local foods. The grant applications must be submitted electronically at by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 27. For complete information, please visit the USDA website.

Autumn Connect and Collaborate Grants Recipients Announced:

  The Connect and Collaborate Grants program awarded more than $300,000 to 12 teams during the autumn 2016 funding cycle. The grants are designed to bring together multiple university and community resources and leverage existing community platforms to develop programs that achieve measurable, positive impacts in communities, while advancing the scholarly goals of the university. Preproposals for the spring 2017 funding cycle are due Wednesday, February 1. Read more.



Ohio JCEP Scholarships due February 15:

Just a reminder that the deadline for JCEP Scholarships of February 15 is approaching fast. Here is your chance to apply for up to $750 to support your professional development plan or meet those professional development goals you set for 2017. Ohio JCEP will award $3000 of scholarships in this round of funding. There are two more rounds with deadlines of May 1 and September 1 as well. Applications can be found here.

Apple iOS Security Message:

Apple released iOS 10.2.1 on January 23 that fixes some pretty bad arbitrary code execution flaws that if exploited could allow kernel access to the device. If you have any iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod, etc.) it would be a good idea to patch those as soon as possible. More detailed information on the update can be found here:

VITA to Replace RiV:

Beginning April 3, Symplectic Elements’ VITA will replace Research in View (RiV) as the university’s tool for scholarly activity management services for Ohio State faculty, staff, students, and department and college unit administrators. All RiV profiles and data is being moved to VITA, and there will be no need to re-enter scholarly activities already recorded. For questions about RiV, contact Debby Lewis ( or Kim Showalter ( Click for more details on VITA.

Denman Undergraduate Research Forum Judges Needed:

Faculty from all disciplines, including the professional colleges, are needed to serve as judges for the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum on Wednesday, March 29 in the RPAC. Judges can volunteer for either session (9:30-11:30 a.m. or 2-4 p.m.). If interested, please register to serve as a judge by Friday, February 17. Read more.

Shape Young STEM Minds as a Science Olympiad Volunteer:

Ohio Science Olympiad boosts the interest of middle and high school students in STEM fields through active, hands-on participation. The Office of Distance Education and eLearning manages and hosts the annual Ohio Science Olympiad state tournament on Saturday, April 1. We are calling on you to volunteer and help make this event a success for the bright minds coming to campus this spring. Read more.

Vacation Donation Questions Answered:

We have had questions in regard to vacation donation for employees who may in the future exhaust their leave balances due to extended medical leave. If you have a large balance and would like to contribute, contact your Region Director, as they may know of an individual in need. Kate Lobley is our contact for Extension (, and she has shared the following guidelines for the donation program:

  • Employees who donate vacation time must have 80 hours of vacation left after making their donation.

  • People paid from projects may not donate. The donor must complete a Vacation Donation Donor Agreement Form and return it to Kate.

  • Donations must be made in increments of eight hours.

  • Employees wanting to coordinate a donation with their anniversary should notify Kate of their anniversary date and return the Donor Agreement at the beginning of that month.

  • Before employees can begin using donated time, they must exhaust all of their current sick and vacation hours. Kate will coordinate when the employee is eligible to start using the time that has been donated to them.

  • Employees may not actively solicit donations for themselves, so please work with Kate directly to express any need or to make any donations.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Weekly News Digest (CFAES information blog for faculty & staff)

Ohio Sea Grant Newsletter (January 2017)

Research News (January 2017)

Economist studies what makes for transformative science (American Economic Association)


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