CD Wire - May 8, 2017

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AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Hello and Thank You, Tracy Turner

You may or may not be aware that CFAES Marketing and Communications works to generate and distribute a regular flow of press releases covering our most relevant and timely research and programs. How are they aware of our most relevant and timely research and programs? Well, here’s where they need our help. With the recent staffing changes in CFAES Marketing and Communications, Tracy Turner has been assigned to cover our work (among others including 4-H and FCS).

Tracy would like us to convey story ideas, news or other news worthy announcements to her on a regular basis. She is subscribed to our blog, so that should help.

If you have other key program info you think would be of interest to the general public (something they would read in their local paper or hear on the radio), please share with Tracy. If you are not sure if it ‘qualifies’ and want to share the idea with me, please feel free. For additional guidance, see a sampling of recent releases here.  In addition, you can subscribe to receive electronic press releases directly to your in-box (by topic/category) here

I know we have lots and lots of newsworthy work to share and hope to see an increase in our ‘coverage’. Tracy can be contacted at 614-688-1067 or

Innovate Extension

It’s not too late to sign up for the Innovate Extension event to be held Wednesday, May 17 in Columbus. Last year, there were nearly 150 people who stepped outside of the daily routine, the usual office, and the ‘to-do’ list to take a day to practice creativity with colleagues. 

Signing up as a team of 5-10 others is ideal, but not required. Nor is a previously team-identified topic or issue required to sign up. Organizers will team you up with others who have signed up without identifying a team and the goal is to exercise our creative abilities.

Check here to learn more and register.



Navigating the PI Portal Workshops - May 16 and 24:

Join us to learn tips on how to use the PI Portal system to manage financial aspects of a project, verify remaining balances, reconcile outstanding expenditures, monitor cost share activity, and review commitments and personnel appointments. We will also review project deadlines, uploaded documents, invoices/payments, expenditure allocation, important alerts from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and how to use the Portal to close Purchase Orders.

Training dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Wooster Campus, Fisher North
  • Wednesday, May 24 (date changed-previously May 17) from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Columbus Campus, Ag Admin 205

Registration is required. Click here to register. Contact Pam Schlegel if you have any questions.

EPN Breakfast Club "Satisfied Homeowners, Sustainable Planet" and Ohio State Green Home Workshop – May 16:

To help Ohioans make informed decisions for adoption of green home designs and technologies, the OSU Environmental Professionals Network and Green Home Technology Center are planning this breakfast and workshop with support of an OSU Engagement and Impact Grant Establishing a Green Home Technology Center: An OSU and Community Partnership.

Goals are to help Ohio homeowners reduce home energy consumption and costs, improve indoor air quality, and achieve a healthy and sustainable home and environment.

The workshop will be held Tuesday, May 16 from 7:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Registration deadline is Friday, May 12. Registration links, agenda, and other information can be found here.

NCRCRD Webinar "Family Business Contributions to Sustainable and Entrepreneurial Rural Communities over Time" Will Be Rescheduled:

This webinar will be led by Linda Niehm of Iowa State University and Glenn Muske and Margaret Fitzgerald of North Dakota State University. Originally scheduled for May 17, the date and time are now undetermined. To participate in any NCRCRD webinar, click here. Information on all upcoming NCRCRD webinars can be found here.

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:

  • Program Design Strategy to Increase Participant Capacity - Tuesday, May 16 at 3 p.m.
  • International Extension - Wednesday, May 17 at 2 p.m.
  • Gray Matters: Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury's Impact on Families - Thursday, May 18 at 2 p.m.
  • The Power of Online Maps for Outreach - Tuesday, May 23 at 2 p.m.

Zoom Training Series Starting June 2:

Extension is zooming into Zoom! Join Ed Techs for a series of trainings on using Zoom to host effective and engaging webinars.

Zoom trainings will be held on the first Friday of each month June through October at 10 a.m. Training dates are June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1, and October 6. These trainings follow the introductory Zoom trainings offered by CFAES IT. To access the introductory trainings, visit the CFAES Zoom Portal. Topics include the following:

  • Webinar best practices
  • Collaboration, scheduling, and registration
  • Marketing and reaching new audiences
  • Evaluation and reporting
  • PLUS! Sandbox time for playing, experimenting, and Q&A

More information on each session to follow. If there are questions, please contact Jame Seger or Danae Wolfe.

Registration Now Open for the Teaching & Learning Symposium:

The CFAES Teaching & Learning Symposium will be held Tuesday, August 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Fawcett Center at the Columbus campus.

Roundtrip transportation is available for Wooster participants. To register, view the agenda, and look over breakout sessions, click here.

"Land Grant Informatics" Fellowship:

CD & Admin Colleagues: Many of you know Jeff Piestrak (Cornell Mann Library). Here is a link to his latest post, a research and literature synthesis on linking people, tech, and information that can help direct our service to communities. This powerful insight stems from his eXtension fellowship.

In the article, he highlights several findings relevant to promoting healthy people, communities and food systems by more effectively linking people, technology and information across our Land Grant system and beyond.

This research is already leading to early explorations of how we might begin to implement some of these ideas, reimagining our Land Grant system in a more modern, inclusive and perhaps urgent light. Jeff's hope is that it will stimulate many more discussions and collaborations in the months ahead, and he looks forward to your thoughts and contributions!

Save the Date - "Our Farms, Our Future" Conference set for April 3-5, 2018:

Mark your calendars for an important national sustainable agriculture event one year from now, the Our Farms, Our Future conference, hosted by SARE and NCAT/ATTRA. This national event will bring together our diverse agricultural community: farmers and ranchers, agricultural professionals, agribusiness, students, researchers, scientists, agency representatives, and nonprofit leaders. Every decade, SARE hosts a conference to look at the progress of sustainability in agriculture, and to understand our trajectory for the future.

If interested, please contact Mike Hogan or Brian Kleinke for more information or to discuss opportunities for travel funding. For more details about the conference, visit the SARE website or join their mailing list to receive email updates.





Change in Leadership for the Southwest Region:

Mark Light and Melinda Morrison have agreed to share the duties of Southwest Regional Director on an interim basis as we pause to evaluate our field operations structure. Mark will work primarily with the Top of Ohio EERA and Melinda will serve the Miami Valley EERA. Some regional functions will be performed jointly. We anticipate this arrangement to be in place through December.
Administrative support for Mark and Melinda will be provided by Carol Bottoms and Patty Corfman. We also offer best wishes to Barbara Brahm as she retires with 43 years of service to Extension at the end of May.

Ohio State West Campus Science and Technology Festival - May 20:

The West Campus Science and Technology Festival will be held Saturday, May 20 in the courtyard of West Campus, at Carmack Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring the family and experience the many science labs and research centers housed on Ohio State’s West Campus. This family-friendly event will feature displays and hands-on activities highlighting research at Ohio State, as well as tours of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Lab, enCORE Solar House, Center for Automotive Research, and the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center. COSI and the Franklin Park Conservatory will also be there to provide hands-on activities. Food trucks will be available. The event is free and open to the public.

IT Services Review and Planning Initiative Update - Call for Suggestions:

CFAES and Ohio State’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) are collaborating on an IT Services Review and Planning initiative that will help the College make future IT budget and staffing decisions in the context of the College’s strategic objectives in teaching, research and extension.

The result of this collaborative effort will help us to:

  • Define the types of IT services needed to propel the College towards its strategic goals in teaching, research and extension
  • Prioritize critical infrastructure and IT security/compliance risks that need to be addressed
  • Explore options to optimize the delivery of IT services
  • Develop a 3-5 year IT roadmap and investment plan

For more background on the project and current status, visit our project page.

The team is also collecting feedback on the same questions used in focus groups from individual faculty and staff submitted via an online “suggestion box.” If you haven’t had an opportunity yet to share feedback, please consider doing so over the next few weeks.

Emails Will No Longer Be Able to be Forwarded to Outside Accounts Beginning September 29:

Forwarding emails to other accounts outside of the university creates a risk, and as the environment gets more dangerous, the risk has become too great to continue as we have in the past. New security controls prohibiting email account forwarding went into effect for the university on Wednesday, April 26 for incoming employees.

Similar controls to end forwarding for current employees won’t be put into place until Friday, September 29. To make your transition easier, we suggest using the next few months to discontinue forwarding and to set up your mailbox in Outlook. Individual messages to employees forwarding their email will begin next week to help ensure adjustments are made before the deadline.

If are forwarding your OSU email to a third-party system and would like assistance correcting this, then contact the CFAES IT Service Desk:

  • Web:
  • Email:
  • Phone:
    • 614-514-IT4U (4848)
    • 4-IT4U From Columbus Campus and ATI
    • 8-4-IT4U From OARDC in Wooster
    • 844-614-IT4U Toll Free for county offices and outlying stations.
  • For CFAES Classroom and Zoom services select Option #1.
  • For Columbus IT service select Option #2.
  • For Wooster IT service select Option #3.
  • Walk In:
    • Columbus: 240 Agricultural Administration Building
    • Wooster: 130 Research Services

Sharing Your Research with the Public:

Nearly 600,000 people have read public health professor Allard Dembe’s article titled “Why a four-day workweek is not good for your health.” It was published on The Conversation, a website partially sponsored by Ohio State, which helps faculty members explain their research to the public.

Contact Jeff Grabmeier in Media & Public Relations ( if you’re interested in increasing the visibility of your work.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

Extension News Roundup (April 2017)

Ohio Sea Grant Newsletter (April 2017)



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