CD Wire - November 6, 2017

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AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Promise for New Program Partnership: CD Program Leaders Meeting in Detroit

Monday and Tuesday this week, the north central region CD program leaders will be meeting in Detroit in hopes of building on our previous efforts to cultivate cross-state collaboration. Specifically, we’ll be exploring a ‘community capacity’ process modeled after Indiana’s Hometown Collaboration Initiative (a joint effort of Purdue, Ball State University and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs).

I am particularly excited by the program focus and the potential it creates for us to collaborate as a region. Mark Skidmore, NCRCRD director, and the NCRCRD board see enough potential to sponsor the cost of this two-day ‘summit’ too. Thanks much, Mark!

Plan to learn more about this when we meet on December 7.

NCRCRD Small Grants Available

Speaking of NCRCRD and cross-state collaboration, you may be interested to know that the NCRCRD is once again offering the small seed grants program. Funded efforts range from $5,000 to $25,000 and up to $144,000 will be awarded. Our previous efforts (2013-2014) yielded over $70,000 in NCRCRD funding focused on BR&E, Sustainable Planning, and Strategic Planning and engaged collaborators from Purdue, Iowa State, NDSU, UMN, SDSU, and University of Illinois. Proposals for this next round are due Monday, February 5. If you have an interest in learning more, you can join an informational webinar on Thursday, November 16 at 1:00 p.m. and Thursday, January 18 at 1:00 p.m. To sign up and receive the call in information email

New CD Positions – Adams, Brown, and Highland

I am pleased to report that three new full-time ANR/CD positions have been seeded in Adams, Brown, and Highland Counties. State screening interviews for Brown and Highland will be December 6 or 8 in Columbus. An earned Master’s degree with at least one degree in public administration, business administration, community planning, community development, applied economics, agriculture, natural resources, or a related field is required.

See the postings (433153 and 433154) at



Agricultural Policy Conference to Discuss Economic Outlook for Farmers – November 9:

The 2017 Agricultural Policy and Outlook Conference will be held on Thursday, November 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. The conference is organized by AEDE and features updates on policy changes, key issues, and market behavior with respect to farm, food, energy resources, and the environment. Any decline in agricultural income can affect the economy in the areas where farms and agribusinesses exist, so it is important to consider how Ohio’s many rural communities can rebound.

You can attend in person or via webinar. Please REGISTER here. You will be sent a confirmation email prior to the workshop with your chosen attendance decision. The webinar will also be recorded and shared. Click here to read the news release.

GIS Day - November 15:

GIS Day at Ohio State is an annual event for students, staff, faculty and visitors to learn about the power of geospatial analysis and visualization.

This year's program on Wednesday, November 15 features a "Lightning Lecture Lunch" with 10-minute talks on a wide variety of topics related to geographic information systems (GIS). The event will be held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Research Commons (3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library). Speakers include faculty, staff, students, and representatives of government and industry groups. Read more.

"Make Your Story Maps Shine" Webinar - November 20:

The newly-updated ESRI story mapping tool is significantly easier to use than previous versions. Learn more how you can use this popular and powerful tool to tell the story of your Extension programs. The webinar will be held Monday, November 20 at 2 p.m. Learn more or register here.

EPN Breakfast - December 5:

On Tuesday, December 5, another EPN Breakfast, "Beyond Boundaries, Rural, Urban, Political - Acting on Shared Interests Can Promote Prosperity and Sustainability," will be held from 7:15 - 10 a.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

Attend this EPN breakfast program to learn how to move beyond boundaries and hear of success stories in Ohio and elsewhere that promote shared values and recognize the many levels of interdependence across rural and urban areas – valuable lessons that could foster cooperation in our own communities. To register and see more information, click here.

Confidence in Leadership Seminar - December 8:

Self-confidence is often seen as a cornerstone of effective leadership, some view it as necessary to lead, to establish authority, to communicate, and to productively direct others. Explore how self-confidence interacts with authority, power, and influence and what it contributes to leadership rooted in collaboration, resilience, and optimism.

Confidence in Leadership is a seminar for female faculty, staff and graduate students presented by Cathann A. Kress, Vice President of Agricultural Administration and Dean of CFAES.

It will be held on Friday, December 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 344 Kottman Hall in Columbus (with live streaming to Wooster's 130 Research Services Building). The cost is free, and lunch will be provided at 11:30 with the presentation beginning at noon. 

Click here to register. Confidence in Leadership flyer.

Save the Date - North Central Leadership Conference April 30 - May 2:

For more information, check out this flyer.



Sustainable, Resilient Economy 2018 Seed Grant RFP Released, Letter of Intent due December 8:

The Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Themes program seeks to address key challenges of sustainable development by generating new knowledge and guiding solutions that enhance the efficiency of material and energy inputs, reduce adverse environmental and social impacts and protect critical ecosystem functions and services.

SRE 2018 Seed Grants at a Glance:

  • Eligibility: Faculty-student teams, preferably from multiple departments and colleges
  • Due dates: Letter of intent due Friday, December 8; full proposal due Wednesday, January 31
  • Awards announced: Tuesday, May 15
  • Total funding: 4 to 6 awards of $25,000 to $50,000; matching - cost sharing from external or internal sources is highly recommended

Read more.

Schedule a Funding Consultation:

Interested in identifying alternative sources of funding for your research projects? University Libraries Research Commons invites you to schedule a funding consult with their staff. They will work with faculty, researchers and graduate students to help find grants and awards to further research activities. Read more.



New Online Job-Related Risk Assessment Tool now Available:

The Office of Research and the Office of Environmental Safety are launching a web-based tool for conducting risk-based assessments—the Online Risk Assessment Tool (ORAT). It replaced the existing Occupational Health Registry on Wednesday, November 1.

Because it is important that you understand the potential risks associated with your research/job-related duties, the ORAT will walk you through the process for assessing potential risks due to contact with animals, hazardous agents, operations or environments.

If you have completed the Occupational Health Registry in the past, you will receive a notification near your next annual renewal date prompting you to complete the ORAT. If you have never completed an assessment but need to do so, please utilize the ORAT now.  Read more.

Open Enrollment Ends November 14:

Open Enrollment for 2018 benefits:

Now through Tuesday, November 14

Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity to assess your benefits and make sure they will continue to meet your needs for the coming year. Make your selections at Employee Self Service. Click here to watch a webinar on Open Enrollment to learn about what changes are in store for 2018. Read more.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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


Research News (November 2017)

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